The Secret School
About the book:
In the spirit of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Newbery Medal winner Avi creates an inspiring story of a headstrong girl determined to control her own destiny.
About the author:
Q. Tom tells Ida something his uncle once said: "If you want to try something new, and you”re not scared, means you”re not really trying something new." What did he mean?
Q. When Ida’s dad asks her if she wants to be treated like a kid or a grown-up, she confesses, "I don’t know." Why wouldn’t she want to be treated like an adult?
Q. Ida has to deal with Herbert when he acts up in class. Would you have handled the situation differently if you were in her place?
Q. Tom warns Ida not to forget who she is. Why would that make things harder for Ida and her friends?
Q. How is a day in Ida’s one-room school different from or similar to a day in your own school?