The Secret School by Avi

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More than anything, Ida Bidson wants to become a teacher. To do that, she must finish eighth grade, then go on to high school. But her dream falters when the one-room school in her remote Colorado town shuts down. 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?
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 Avi

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Lynne Ewing is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Moon series, and the popular companion series Sons of the Dark and Sisters of Isis. Ms. Ewing lives in Los Angeles, California, and Washington, DC.
 
Published August 1, 2003 by Sandpiper. 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Fiction

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Fourteen-year-old Ida Bidson is not—closing the school will mean missing the exams that would qualify her to go on to high school, effectively dashing her hopes of becoming a teacher.

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Right from the opening scene showing resourceful Ida and her seven-year-old brother driving the family's Model T to school—Ida at the wheel hollering directions ("Brake and clutch!") while Felix pushes the pedals with his hands—Avi wittily up-ends the usual roles assigned adults and children.

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When the teacher at the one-room schoolhouse must depart unexpectedly, a 14-year-old girl swears the other students to secrecy and decides to take over the school in order to complete her exit exams.

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No sooner does Ida take up her job as teacher than Miss Sedgewick, the local school examiner, appears and the private arrangement between the students of the little school becomes public.

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