Ida B...and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan: This is a book about a spunky little gal that talks to apple trees and communes with nature. Things are going great in her life until her mother gets cancer (see, I told you... sick, dying, and dead mothers are a major theme in children's lit). While her mother struggles to get well, her family has to quit homeschooling Ida and has to sell some of the land they own and apple trees are cut down in order to pay medical bills (btw......No public option! Are you kidding me?!). Ida hardens her heart and becomes a pretty mean person for awhile. The story is kind of pathetic (not in a good way).
I was planning on using this book as an excuse to write about homeschooling, but Ramona is teething and she cried all evening. I'm too tired to make a coherent statement.
Put down the blog, Nova. Go to bed.