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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?
In the spirit of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, two-time Newbery Honor recipient Avi once again has created a compelling story featuring a headstrong and memorable heroine who is determined to take control of her destiny.
Hardcover, 153 pages
Published on August 15, 2001 by Harcourt Children's Books
ISBN-10: 0152163751
ISBN-13: 9780152163754
7 Book Reviews
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  • Syd123Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 1:39 pm
    thing about this book is that it does not show the ages of something to something but the rest i think the rest of the book is okay but it they could tell us
    • al3720
      al3720Monday, November 23, 2015 at 2:45 pm33 stars
      really easy and fun to read, really good book
      • otter
        otterFriday, February 21, 2014 at 6:20 am33 stars
        I guess it's okay, but it sort of seemed too fast. No one would decide to have a secret school that fast. It has a great plot, and i think if it was longer I'd like it better, though. It is about a girl named Ida BIdson who's parents were sheep farmers. She wants to be a teacher, but to do that she has to pass an exam. Her teacher, Miss Fletcher, leaves, and Ida has no way to take the exams. Also, there is a one-room-school-house full of teacher-less kids. Ida can't exactly teach them- or can she?
        • otter
          otterSunday, February 23, 2014 at 8:25 am33 stars
          I just finished, and it got so much better at the end. I was so, so, so, happy for Ida when she opened the envelope. This book has an okay beginning, but it gets better at the end! YOU MUST READ THIS!
        • rozeb
          rozebFriday, February 14, 2014 at 6:40 pm55 starsFeatured
          This is only THE greatest book ever. OK, so there's this girl named Ida. She absolutely loves school(which I can relate to). Anyways, the teacher's mother gets sick, so the school has to close. Which means Ida and her best friend Tom don't get to take their exams, so they can't go into high school the next year. Going to high school means everything to Ida, and she just has to take that exam. To her, the world would probably be over if she didn't go to high school. So then Tom has this brilliant idea: Ida could become the teacher. Ida hates the idea at first but then, she and her fellow classmates take a vote of Ida should be the teacher so then they voted her in. But they have to keep the school a secret. One day, a school inspection person comes in, and figures out about the school. She agrees to keep the school a secret, but the children all have to take the exams since Ida is not a certified teacher. So then one of the students, the one that is the troublemaker, hadn't come to school in a while so she went to see him. The boy's father then tells the school board about the secret school. But then the boy walks to Ida's house to tell her about the school board meeting (which, by the way, she wasn't supposed to know about) and she goes to the meeting. She stands up for the school and they decide that it couldn't do any harm to let them continue the school until the exams. They do, so then after everybody takes the exams and everyone except the troublemaker passes. But Ida still isn't sure that she'll be able to go to high school because her family has to have enough money for her to board somewhere. But then the inspection lady says she will let Ida stay at her house for free. So Ida and Tom go to high school and all is well. Ravi is such a great writer. I read The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle but The Secret School was so much better.
          • rebeccag
            rebeccagThursday, February 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm55 stars
            I really like this book. It is about a girl who wants to be a teacher and runs her own secret school.
            • lilabean1000
              lilabean1000Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 9:18 am
              it is a book about the olden days and how a school only had 1 room. #school #history a girl and boy really want to gradguate but when thier only teacher gets sick what will happen will school still go on? #book