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Subject: Why can't there be books with homeschool kids as characters?
Date Posted: 7/24/2008 10:50 PM ET
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i was in barnes and noble earlier I was looking for some books I thought my daughter might like to read. All the books seem to revolve around kids and their school activities. I was thinking, why can't there be some books with homeschooled characters? I guess that probably would not be very popular?

I hesitated to buy some of these books because I was worried she would start thinking about what she was missing at school...

One series I was looking at was The Beacon Street Girls but I passed on it.

Date Posted: 7/24/2008 11:04 PM ET
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There actually is a series based on homeschool kids as the main characters as I had a couple of them (and they were requested)--my memory fails me at the moment what they were called, but I will try to remember for you.

Date Posted: 7/24/2008 11:09 PM ET
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Copied from another homeschooling forum.  I have NOT read them all so I do not know for sure but I just wanted to throw this list out here. 

These are of all different reading levels.

*A Time to Fly Free - Stephanie Tolan



*Allison's Story: A Book about Homeschooling - Jon Lurie


*Alice, I Think - Susan Juby



*Armageddon Summer - Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville


*Brian's Hunt - Gary Paulsen



*I am a Homeschooler - Julie Voetberg



*Kandoo Kangaroo Hops Into Homeschool - Susan Ratner



*Kensuke's Kingdom - Michael Morpurgo


*Little Women - Louisa May Alcott



*Monster of the Month Club (Series) - Dian Curtis Regan



*My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durell



*My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George



*Olympus: It's Not Just a Game - Scott W. Somerville



*Pippi Longstocking (Series) - Astrid Lindgren



*Ruby Slippers School (Series) - Stacy Towle Morgan


*Sarah, Plain and Tall (Series) - Patricia MacLachlan



*Skellig - David Almond



*Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli


*Surviving the Applewhites - Stephanie Tolan



*Touching Spirit Bear - Ben Mikaelsen

 

*Islander by Cynthia Rylant (~ages 8-12)



*Nim's Island by Wendy Orr (~ages 6-11)


*Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (~ages 8-12)



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Date Posted: 7/24/2008 11:29 PM ET
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wow, there really are books with homeschool kids as characters! Thanks I will check some out.

Date Posted: 7/25/2008 2:38 PM ET
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Oh, I remembered the name of the series.  It was called home school detectives.

Date Posted: 7/26/2008 3:09 PM ET
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Amee are all those books you listed about homeschoolers? really? Wow, I would have never imagined there were any out there at all.

Thanks for posting those, gives us a whole lot more to explore. What fun.

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Date Posted: 7/26/2008 8:09 PM ET
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There is a series called Hannah's Island from YWAM publishing that has home schooled kids too!
Date Posted: 7/26/2008 8:49 PM ET
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I got it from a homeschooling forum that I am part of, and I *hope* I can trust most of the members there.  Unfortunately I haven't read any of them myself.  :(  Hmmmm, maybe I should get on that, lol.

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 4:11 PM ET
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Hey everyone,

I also thought there was a series a few years ago called Reel Kids (like the movie reels) and I thought they were also Hs'd.



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Date Posted: 7/27/2008 4:27 PM ET
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I found a book in the Fairy Chronicles series that has a homeschool girl character.

Firefly and the Quest of the Black Squirrel (The Fairy Chronicles)

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 7:11 PM ET
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There are also lots of books like the Boxcar children or the Swallows and Amazon series that take place during school holidays, and very little or no mention is made of school and are very homeschool/unschool freindly.