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Iggie's House

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  3,879 ratings  ·  223 reviews
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.
ebook, 128 pages
Published March 21st 2012 by Yearling (first published 1970)
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The second book in my project to read or re-read all the Judy Blume. I never read this one as a kid. It's a little dated, and the capital-M Message definitely overrides the story, but I feel like this would be a really good way into talking with your kid about racism. Because it's narrated by a little while girl, the focus is obviously on her as she tries to befriend a black family (the first and only in her neighborhood). It walks us through the process by which she learns to untangle her own r ...more
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Stephani by: Was interested in reading a Judy Blume book with Black characters
I had to stop reading this book when the White girl slapped the Black boy for taking her to task for her White Savior Complex ("the first time she hit anyone ever!"--and it had to be a Black boy, how nice!) AND his brother didn't put a whoopin' on her for hitting his brother with no justification AND/OR tell his mom or dad that this White girl just hit his brother, at which point mom or dad would have told that White girl to get out of their house!

I really was a 1970s Black kid from
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was always a big fan of Judy Blume when I was younger, and I recently decided to reread some of her books. Iggie's House wasn't one that I read as a child, so I was pleased to get it from the library and settle down with it.

Iggie's House tells the story of Winnie, a girl whose best friend moves away to Japan in the middle of the summer. This in itself could be enough of a story for a Judy Blume novel, but instead she decides to introduce a typically American story, making the family that move into Ig/>Iggie's
Aimee Massey
I first read this when I was eight or nine and thought Judy Blume was the best thing since sliced bread. I remember liking it a whole lot, but now I'm at a loss to explain just why I liked it. Surely not SOLELY because it was Judy Blume? There must have been something that grabbed me and kept me reading.
Winnie is eleven years old and lives in a white neighborhood. Her best friend Iggie has moved to Japan and Winnie is heartbroken; she seems to have no other friends. But she is excited to f
Jason Pettus
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I have the distinct memory of this being my least favorite of all of Judy Blume's books, back when I was a kid in the 1970s, and a re-read this week at the age of 50 pretty conclusively proves why. To begin with, it's based around a subject that I didn't have the slightest bit of experience with myself, and in fact didn't even understand the context of why this would make a good subject for a
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8 yrs +, people interested in novels about discrimination and racism
I've been a fan of Judy Blume, ever since my fourth grade teacher read 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing' which was summed up as hilarious and enjoyable.
I picked up a more serious novel of Blume's. 'Iggie's house'. Iggie's house focuses on the friendships between two racial groups at a time of political racial and racism issues.
The protagonist, Winnie Barringer's best friend Iggie moves to Tokyo. When a black family: the Garbers, move into her old house, Winnie is fascinated as they are th
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the story because it was easy to understand and interesting, but I felt like something was missing after I read this book. This book isn't long, so you can read it in a couple of days if you like to read it.
Apr 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always thought this book felt like Blume was trying too hard...or not trying hard enough. I don't know - it just always feels like it's lacking.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book in one sitting of 90 minutes and loved it.

The sad part of this book is that it was written 50 years ago and it feels like not much has changed in terms of racism 😳
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alexa Zuniga
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iggie’s House by Judy Blume is about a girl named Winnie who’s best friend Iggie just moved to Tokyo. She will never see Iggie again. Iggie did tell her that someone special will be moving in to her house. When Winnie finds out that the new family(the Garbers) are African American, she sets out to make a good impression. After all, they are the only African American family on her street. But the Garbers don’t want a good neighbor, they want a friend.Mrs.Landon, a neighbor, is not so accepting ho ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This felt like such genuine book, especially the naïveté of the main character and the emotions/thoughts of 11-year-olds. Judy Blume books even have a hard time feeling dated (this was originally published in 1970).
Letoia Mann
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so important to discussions of race. Loved it!
Alexandra Cathrine
Not Judy Blumes best work, but I did enjoy it.
Dyane Foltz
Samantha loved this book.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a white girl in a town with no negro black nor colored people when a black family moves in to the white girls friends house. note: I said the different names because her folks say negro the negro family say black and this stupid mean racist lady says colored. Anyway the girl tries to make friends with them. then things get hard. like the kid Herbie the impossible. mrs. racist germ and little miss germ. then the protest. the moving. in a world where a little girl is trying to g ...more
Nikinnia Smith
I would have given this book 4 stars if it had been longer. I love the concept, and the message behind the story. I just wish there was more or an epilogue to tell us more about the friendship between Winnie and the Grubers.

I love Winnie's courage to step outside the norm. She went against what was popular at the moment and went with what is write. The line about the Grubers using the same peanut butter as Winnie's family was extremely profound to me. The message was very powerful.
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
once again, i love judy blume! her way of writing and connecting her characters to the reader is awesome. i really enjoyed this book, understanding what it's like meeting you new neighbors, not wanting to embarrass yourself or say something stupid.i hated when i had to close this book when i finished and turn it back into the library. i wish it would go on and tell a longer story.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: car-audio-books
Although my kids cringed at Winnie's naivete and the many times she puts her foot in her mouth, this book from the 70's about race relations is still plenty relevant for kids today, and sparked some good conversations as we listened on a car trip.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book shows that not everyone hated colored people, some didn't even care about skin color they just wanted to be friends. Others hated colored people without even knowing them. I loved this book a lot
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish it was longer :(((((

Other than that, great!
Sean Kennedy
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, this book is STILL relevant, almost forty years later. How depressing.
Nov 01, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-literature
Rather heavy-handed YA novel on the evils of racism.
I don't think this was a Judy Blume I read during my childhood. If it was I don't remember it. So this is not a re-read for me for nostalgia's sake. A few of my friends and I decided to start a book club. Something I have honestly been wanting to do for as long as a I can remember, but has never happened. We went one step further and made it a Judy Blume book club in the hopes of reading through all of her works starting chronologically - naturally.

We decided against her first book "the One in
Suzanne Paschke
I'm sure my opinion of this book would have been different if I had read it at the height of Judy Bloome popularity. Or perhaps not, I don't know. It's certainly set in a different era than I grew up in as well as a different country. I was a kid of the 80's in a small town that was highly, highly multicultural. I was taught from a very young age that people are all people, regardless of age, colour, creed or anything else. Sure, there was racism in my area - and in my house at times - but one p ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Poor Winnie! Her best friend, Iggie, has moved to Tokyo and her old house is being occupied by a new family, the Gerbers. After Winnie discovers that her new neighbors aren't quite like the rest of the people in her neighborhood, she does her best to make friends with them. Even though the rest of the neighborhood, including her parents, don't agree with her, Winnie is quite fond of the Gerbers and advocates for everyone else to think the same!

Evaluation: I really think this book would
Heidi Hertzog
I haven't read this book since I was in elementary school, not all that long after it was written and man, it took me back in time. I could relate to the story completely having grown up in that time in a similar environment and hearing the same discussions. Sorry to say that I heard the same things....having colored people move into the neighborhood will bring down the whole neighborhood, etc. So many racist stereotypes. Sadly, too many of these same thoughts are being expressed in these very m ...more
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As part of my children's literature class I had two choose two books written from the same author. I reviewed Iggie's house and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing(both written by Judy Blume).

Iggie's House centers heavily on the topic of racism.The books is a bit outdated. In my opinion, the book waters down racism to racist thoughts and a few racist behaviors.The book also made a comment on the impact of media. This specific comment was about how media only pictured the rioter
Kim Fay
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade-ya
Judy Blume just gets it. All of it. Life. Kids. Kids' lives. It's been probably 40 years since I first read this book (it was published in 1970), and I'm struck by how relevant it feels. When Winnie's best friend Iggie moves away, the only consolation is that a family with kids is moving into Iggie's old house. But the family turns out to be black - the only black family in the entire community. A hateful white neighbor starts a petition, while Winnie struggles with the fact that her own parents ...more
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