Iggie's House
Iggie's House

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Annotation: When an African American family with three children moves into her white neighborhood, eleven-year-old Winnie learns the difference between being a good neighbor and being a good friend.
Catalog Number: #87912
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Atheneum
Copyright Date: 1970
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 145 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-41104-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-83315-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-41104-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-83315-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2013049264
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
Judy Blume's body of work returns to her original editor, Richard Jackson, with the rerelease of four classics in hardcover. An African-American family moves to all-white Grove Street in Iggie's House, to be released in April. The author's breakthrough title, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, about 11-year old Margaret Simon's struggles with puberty and religion, is now available in hardcover as well as in a Spanish-language edition, Estas ahi Dios? Soy yo, Margaret. Two additional titles came out last season: Blubber takes on preteen teasing; and It's Not the End of the World explores the effects of divorce.
School Library Journal
Gr 4&11;6&12; Winnie misses her best friend, Iggie, who moved with her family to Japan and mopes around the house in this novel by Judy Blume (Atheneum, 2002 rerelease). When she goes to see who moved into her friend's house, Winnie discovers a "Negro" family with three kids outside. She is excited to have her first "colored" neighbors, the Garbers. As Winnie befriends the family's children, the siblings are skeptical at first, and the eldest is perturbed that people always think they are from Africa, not Detroit. As Winnie gets to know the family, a busybody neighbor circulates a petition to households on Grove Street stating that "colored people" are not welcome in the neighborhood and that they must leave. As the tensions among neighbors mount, Winnie learns there is more to people than just the color of their skin as she discovers that, rather than focusing on being a good neighbor, she should just be a friend. Emily Janice Card provides superior narration, voicing the emotions of all the characters. Through the trials of one neighborhood, listeners learn about racial tension from a child's point of view.&12; Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, OR
Word Count: 22,666
Reading Level: 3.5
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.5 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 5022 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.3 / points:7.0 / quiz:Q05743
Lexile: 520L
Guided Reading Level: R
Fountas & Pinnell: R

When it comes to friendship, who cares about skin color? This classic middle grade novel from Judy Blume carries an important message—with a fresh new look.

Iggie’s House just wasn’t the same. Iggie was gone, moved to Tokyo. And there was Winnie, cracking her gum on Grove Street, where she’d always lived, with no more best friend and two weeks left of summer.

Then the Garber family moved into Iggie’s house—two boys, Glenn and Herbie, and Tina, their little sister. The Garbers were black and Grove Street was white and always had been. Winnie, a welcoming committee of one, set out to make a good impression and be a good neighbor. That’s why the trouble started.

Because Glenn and Herbie and Tina didn’t want a “good neighbor.” They wanted a friend.

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