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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Aug. 31 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152163751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152163754
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 286 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,485,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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ON A COOL MONDAY morning in early April 1925, Ida Bidson, aged fourteen, carefully guided her family's battered Model T Ford along a narrow, twisting dirt road in Elk Valley, Colorado. Read the first page
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I discovered this book by accident at my public library. I thoroughly enjoyed it! It tells the story of a 14-year-old girl who, in order to graduate from the eighth grade, must take over her small country school for the final two months of the year. It is a wonderful slice of historical fiction.
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By A Customer on April 20 2004
Format: Paperback
The book I read is called The Secret School. It was really good. It was about a girl, Ida Bidson. She wanted to become a teacher, and needed to have her exit exam her eighth grade year. Things were looking good, but then her teacher, Miss Fletcher leaves. Mr. Jordan, the head of school board, decides to close the school instead of finding a new teacher. This breaks Ida's heart because next year may be too late for her to go to high school. Money depends on how well her family farm prospers. Her friend, Tom, mentions her being the teacher. This idea grows to a reality as she teaches secretly for quite a while. Mr. Jordan finds out and tries to close the school. Fortunately this doesn't work. So Ida, along with her students pass the exit exam. Now she can finally have a chance of going to high school.
I thought this was very brave of her to teach at such a young age. I would never have enough courage or confidence to do this. She acts as if it's no big deal. Even though I want to become a teacher someday I know I am far away from my goal. She had problems, but she didn't seem to handle them any different from an experienced teacher. "I'd [meaning Herbert, the troublemaker] sure like to see your make me [referring to the very nervous Ida on her first day.]"All in all she did very well. I hope if I do get to be a teacher myself, I'll be like her.
I most disliked the character of Mr. Jordan. I'm sure Avi meant to make readers dislike him. She did a very good job of it too. He was made out to be mean, bossy. In my opinion I think guys and girls are equal. It might be partly because I am a girl, either way that's how I view it. I think most of today's people agree with me. In the 1920's when this story takes place it was different. Girls were no comparison to the almighty man.
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By A Customer on Dec 19 2003
Format: Paperback
A quiet day in 1925, Ida Bidson and her classmates heard the terrible news. Her teacher had to go take care of her. Mr Jordon was closing the school down for good!!!! Ida felt like tearing every strand of hair out of her head because the exams for high-school was soon what should she do. All of a sudden Tom her best friend had a excellent idea but the idea had to be kept a secret.
I thought this book had great use of vocabulary and I never wanted to put it down. I reccomend this book for 4-6 grade girls and boys. Avi did it AGAIN!!!!!!
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By A Customer on Dec 16 2003
Format: Paperback
It's a plain, regular day in a Colarado one-room school house in the year 1925. Ida Bidson, age 14, hopes to become a teacher. To do that she must finish 8th grade and complete high shcool. Cautiously the other children and Ida discover that Miss Fletcher, the teacher, has to go to Iowa to help her mom because of her mom's sickness. Later on in the book the school shuts down due to the absece of Miss Fletcher. Is this an opportunity for Ida?
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Format: Paperback
It's 1925 in a one room school house in Colorado. Ida Bidson and her friend Tom are both stuck smack in the middle of copious amounts of dilemmas. Their teacher, Miss. Fletcher,has to leave town and take care of her ill mother. A replacement teacher cannot be found. The one room school house is shut down and Ida and Tom cannot take their final exams. This dilemma punctures their hopes to go to highschool. Tom exhorts Ida to take over and be the new teacher but to keep it a secret. Mr. Jordon, a monsterous teacher on the school board, is who they want to keep it a secret from. Ida thinks, "Should I be the teacher?"
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By A Customer on April 24 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Secret School By: Avi
Unlike this school, this book should not be kept a secret. This is the story of a young ambitious girl named Ida. She has this crazy idea to start a secret school because her old teacher left. Ida has to face the problem of teaching herself, as well as her peers at the same time. Ida learns to deal with her problems and live life to its fullest! Critic: Maggie
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By A Customer on April 4 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Secret School by AVI
This book is mainly about a girl named Ida Bidson. Ida is in the 8th grade. She is14 and goes to Elk Valley. The school she goes to is a one room schoolhouse. One morning as Ida drives to school, there is a car no one has ever seen before. Once everyone was let into the school house they noticed it was Mr.Jordan, the man that owned the school . He anounced the school will be shut down because Miss Fletcher, the teacher, must go take care of her ill mother. The children don't want the school to close and vote on whether or not to have a secret school . The class decides Ida will be the teacher. Do you think they can pull their secret school off? Read the book and find out. I recomend this book for 4th and 5th graders. I liked this book because it was funny and caring. I recommend you read The Secret School.
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By A Customer on April 3 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Secret School takes place in Elk Valley,Colorado in 1925. I thought this book was interesting because it is about a class who finds out that their teacher is leaving. Ida is one of the students and she is worried that Tom and she will not get to take their final exams if Mrs.Fletcher, the teacher, has to leave to take care of her sick mother. So Ida and the rest of the class take a vote and they all elect to keep the school running,but not to tell anyone that Ida is the new teacher. The biggest problem was that Ida got tired of being teacher because she wanted to keep up with her studies. Soon there is to be a meeting to shut down the school because Mr.Jordan found out about the secret school.They all got their exams back except Herbert I won't give away the ending. So I hope you read this book.
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