Friday, June 30, 2023

The Secret Sisters by Avi

Readers were introduced to Ida Bidson in The Secret School, and now Avi offers the next installment in Ida's path toward her dream of becoming a teacher. Ida feels like she is a step closer to that dream when an opportunity to attend high school opens up in Steamboat Springs. She boards with a former teacher, Miss Sedgewick, and the world suddenly opens up to her. So many differences between her life at home and life in Steamboat Springs. 

At school, she meets so many girls with various backgrounds. Ida is faced with new ideas and new friendships--can she still remain herself in this new environment? With challenging studies and a principal who has taken a disliking to her, Ida has her work cut out for her. If she doesn't pass her classes, she'll have to leave and that will be such a disappointment to the parents who sacrificed for her to have this opportunity. 

Readers will get a glimpse at life in 1925 and share in Ida's excitement when using a telephone for the first time or seeing a movie. And she even belongs to a special club of "sisters"--girls who want to celebrate everything modern. But will modern life clash with the traditional values of the school principal? Can Ida find a balance between her life in the past and the possibilities of life in the future?

Check out The Secret Sisters to find out how Ida's year concludes and whether she'll be returning for another term or going home in shame. This book about friendships, learning to face consequences, and working hard to achieve your goals will resonate with young people of all ages. 

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of The Secret Sisters from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are my own.


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