Iggie's House

Iggie's House

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by Judy Blume
     
 

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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

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Overview

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.

Glenn and Herbie and Tina didn't want a "good neighbor." They wanted a friend.

Editorial Reviews

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. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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"The purpose is worthy, and the most perceptive aspect of the book is the interpretation of the reaction of the black family."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.
Children's Literature - Margaret Orto
Eleven year old Winnie Barringer is lonely. She has no one to play with for the rest of the summer. Her best friend Iggie has moved to Tokyo, far away from Grove Street in the New Jersey town where Winnie has always lived. When the Garber family moves into Iggie’s house, Winnie is thrilled that there are three kids. She is also surprised to learn that her new neighbors are black—the first in this previously all-white neighborhood. Winnie sets out to welcome them but soon realizes that she’s the only one. In fact, Mrs. Landon, a neighbor, circulates a petition to get rid of the new family. While her parents do not sign it, Winnie is confused by their ambivalent feelings about the Garbers. Meanwhile, she sticks her foot in her mouth with her new friends several times with some unintended racial slurs. She persists in her friendly relations, however, and is eventually accused by them of being a crusader. By the end, she and the Garber kids sort out the difference between friendships based on real connection rather than good race relations. While some of the terminology in the book is dated and the blatant racism portrayed has subsided, the issues of segregation raised are still relevant to today’s readers. Blume is at her strongest when she conveys Winnie’s confusion over adult behavior; especially effective is a letter to her friend Iggie that she writes as events unfold. This book, along with six other classic Blume titles for middle grade readers, is being reissued in 2014 with a newly illustrated and designed cover that is striking and sure to attract a new generation of readers. Reviewer: Margaret Orto; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—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.—Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, OR

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440440628
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/28/1986
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
407,204
Product dimensions:
5.09(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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