The Secret School

Written by Avi

Reviewed by Lesbeth R (age 10)

This book is about a class that worked in a one room school house during the 1920s. They had a teacher, Ms. Fletcher, who had to leave the school because her mother became ill. The school board couldn't get a new teacher to teach the school so the students voted an 8th grade girl named Ida to be their teacher. They thought it was best to keep their school a secret from Mr. Jordan and the school board. Will they be able to keep their school a secret? You will have to read it to find out!

I think this book was good. I would give it 3 stars out of 5 stars, because this book is historical fiction and I'm more into mystery books. My favorite part was when Mrs. Sedgewick from the Routt County Education Office went to the school and said she was going to tell about the secret school to the school board. I liked it because it made me curious to know what will happen next.

I found many characters that I liked and found interesting, especially Ida. I liked Ida because she got voted to be a teacher and that was always her dream. A character that reminded me of myself is Ida. Ida reminded me of myself because I've gotten voted for things like she has been. She never gives up her dream of being a teacher and I will never give up my dream of being a lawyer.

I would recommend this book to a 4th grader and older because I think a 3rd grader would not really understand this book. A type of reader who would like this book is a person who wants to be a teacher or someone who likes historical fiction.

Lesbeth R is a student in MPowering Kids 5th Grade
2009-2010