Ali Iqbal Iqbal itibaren Paço de Arcos, Portekiz
The emotions that run in this short, easy read were surprisingly strong and compelling. Perhaps it was because I read it at a time when I was particularly open to them, but I was amazed at the intensity of feeling in this novel about a little girl coming to grips with the changes around her. It's a simple story about dealing with difficulties and finding your place in the world, but Ida B's experiences have lessons for adults as well as children. This is similar to The Secret Life of Bees in emotional range, so I'd recommend it to those who enjoyed that book.