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Iggie's House

By: Judy Blume
Narrated by: Emily Janice Card
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Publisher's Summary

A classic coming of age novel from award-winning author Judy Blume about the bonds that form between children when a Black family moves into an all White neighborhood.

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.

But Glenn and Herbie and Tina didn’t want a “good neighbor". They wanted a friend. And when the other White families on the block got word of it, that's when the trouble started.

©1986 Judy Blume (P)2010 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"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)

"The last book that I really loved (which makes it great to me) was probably Iggie’s House...When I think about the fact that it was published in 1970 and addresses white flight, I’m enamored by Blume’s courage." (Jason Reynolds, bestselling author of Long Way Down, in The New York Times Book Review)

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Nice Book, Good Story

Judy Blume is one of my 10 year old son's favorite authors. We listened to this together on a long trip. It was a good story, nice reader. The author attempts to tackle prejudice and I think she did a decent job putting this into a book for kids. Side note, I was very happy that my 10 yr old did not know what Negro meant, and we are black...that shows progress in America. I certainly knew what it meant and had heard it far too much when I was 10 yrs old.

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