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Iggie's House by Judy Blume

Iggie's House (1970)

by Judy Blume

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Narrated by Emily Janice Card. Winnie’s best friend Iggie has moved to Tokyo and Winnie still misses her. Then the Garber family moves into Iggie’s house with three kids. Winnie is excited to meet the kids and even more intrigued because the family is black. But some of the neighbors especially Mrs. Landon are concerned about what the Garbers’ presence means for the neighborhood. Card's presentation is likable but I found the story uncomfortably dated, even viewing it as a historical novel. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is one of Blume's books for younger readers, but despite this (and its age), she manages to examine race relations in suburbia in a really provocative way, touching on many of the sometimes-conflicted emotions that children caught in the racial crossfires might experience. The black children in the novel, for example, have understandable problems trusting their new white friend--is she being genuine, or does she just want an exotic token of her openmindedness? That Blume had the guts to address these sort of complexities is a testament to the respect she gave young readers. ( )
  PhoebeReading | Nov 24, 2010 |
This book is about segregation and how a 'black" family moved to "white" street. Winnie tries to greet the new neighbors but this caused problems. Winnie didn't really understand that people are different and that sometimes people don't want to change.
  Molly2Faith | Jan 24, 2010 |
I felt this book was different from all other of Judy Blume's wonderful books. It says how segragation sometimes stays in people's lives. It gave a message that all people are different; and you should always respect that.
  maisiefinn | Aug 25, 2009 |
Steve Bowles (Books for Keeps No. 15, July 1982)
The late arrival here of Judy Blume's first novel suggested that English publishers didn't rate it. Consequently, my expectations were low---perhaps why I was pleasantly surprised. Once best friend Iggie moves away. Winnie anxiously awaits new neighbours. The Garbers are black and, swallowing initial amazement. Winnie starts to make friends with the three kids---hindered by her own clumsiness and the middle Garber's prickliness. Surburban racism rears its head---but capitulates quite easily in the end. Inevitably, it's simplistic---the Blume approach suits domestic/personal affairs better than major public issues---but Winnie is appealing and the package very easily consumed, 9-12. Category: Middle/Secondary. . ...., Piccolo, D1.00. Ages 10 to 14 (CCLD). ( )
  Sherri28 | Nov 21, 2007 |
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Winnie Barringer’s best friend, Iggie, has moved away. How is Winnie going to make it through summer vacation?

Then the Garber family moves into Iggie’s House, and Winnie is thrilled. The problem is, not everyone is as welcoming as Winnie.

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When a black family with three children moves into the white neighborhood, eleven-year-old Winnie learns the difference between being a good neighbor and being a good friend.

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