Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Both Sides of the Teacher's Desk ; in Avi's Latest Novel, a Student Discovers There's No Learning like Teaching

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Both Sides of the Teacher's Desk ; in Avi's Latest Novel, a Student Discovers There's No Learning like Teaching

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Fourteen-year-old Ida Bidson can't reach the pedals in her family's Model T Ford. While she steers and yells commands from the seat, her little brother hunches on the floor and uses his hands to push the brake and clutch. It's April 1925, and Ida will do just about anything to get to school.

In "The Secret School," acclaimed author Avi offers engaging historical fiction featuring a resourceful and determined heroine. Readers who enjoyed his award-winning novel for middle-grade readers, "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" (1990), will find this new story a wonderful addition to the library.

Ida hopes to become a teacher, if her family can survive without her help on the farm and also pull together enough money to send her to high school in the nearby city.

When her teacher unexpectedly leaves near the end of the school year and the tight-fisted superintendent decides to close the school, Ida has to prove herself in a test much more difficult than any eighth-grade exit exam. …

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