|The Secret School
More than anything, Ida Bidson wants to become a teacher. To do that, she needs to finish eighth grade so she can go on to high school. But when the one-room school in Ida’s remote Colorado town closes unexpectedly, that dream seems unattainable. Her only hope is to keep the school open without anyone finding out. Yet even a secret school needs a teacher. Ida can’t be it … or can she?
Behind the Book
Avi writes: I’ve long been fascinated by one-room school houses. At one time there were thousands of them all over the country. If you go to a school in what is referred to as a “consolidated” school district, chances are that back in the 1960s a whole lot of one-room school houses consolidated to make that district. You may have grandparents who went to such schools. In Colorado, where I live, a few still exist! One of the things that interests me about these schools is how older students helped the younger ones learn, and how the schools often functioned as a large family, and were often the social center of a whole area. When I was working on the book I visited some one-room schools that still function.
Awards and Honors
IRA Teachers’ choice
“Humorously effective descriptions, as in the Bidson’s old car ‘hiccupping like a damp firecracker,’ enliven the sense of hardships. The importance of education and dreaming of one’s future are imparted in an entertaining way. This carefully plotted, enjoyable, old-fashioned tale of children taking control of a bad situation is a welcome addition to the literature of empowerment.” (School Library Journal)
Website copyright 2003 - Avi. All rights reserved. Site designed by Winding Oak.
Materials on this website may be copied for classroom or library use but may not be reprinted or resold for commercial purposes.