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  • Published: San Diego : Harcourt, 2001.
  • Year Published: 2001
  • Description: 153 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 540

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0152163751
  • 9780152046996


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The secret school

by Avi, 1937-

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Call number: J Fiction / Avi

Available Copies: Downtown Youth, Pittsfield Youth

Additional Details

Youth level.

In 1925, fourteen-year-old Ida Bidson secretly takes over as the teacher when the one-room schoolhouse in her remote Colorado area closes unexpectedly.

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this is one of the books you do not want to read over and over again. When you do know the ending and it is your 5th time reading it, it get's boring.


in colorado, 1925, the one room school house closes about a month before the term ends because the teachers mother in iowa got sick and she must leave to take care of her. the school board doesnt think its worth getting a new teacher for that short amount of time. the kids wouldnt mind a long vacatin but the thing is, they wouldnt get any credit for the year and would have to repeat everything. worst of all; ida and tom, 8th graders, wouldnt get to take their exit exams to get into high school, and this year is idas only chance because her familys farm has done well and can afford to pay. and so, the kids secretly continue with their schooling with ida as teacher.

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