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  1. Mousenet by Prudence Breitrose also has a homeschooled girl returning to traditional school. I thought both it and Wonder were fairly kind to homeschoolers although it annoyed me a bit that the Mom in Wonder gives her inability to teach fractions as one of her reasons for putting Auggie in traditional school.

    It is interesting to see so many books with homeschooled characters. Also interesting that they all involve the transition to traditional school and not the homeschooling itself. Or the family is in a very unusual circumstance. (Nim’s Island or the movies A Dolphin’s Tale and We Bought a Zoo all had homeschooled kids but with very unusual family situations.) It will be great when there is a book or movie with a homeschooled character who is actually currently being homeschooled but living a fairly normal, average life.

  2. I saw this at the library on the new book rack yesterday.

    It sounds like it might hit some of my tender spots these days as a homeschooler — my awareness of the things I don’t feel I’m providing very well!

  3. Amy

    Alice, I agree that it would be really nice to read about a homeschooled child or homeschooling family in the midst of homeschooling, not transitioning to traditional school. Even in Liar and Spy, the homeschooled friends of the protagonists end up with going to school as a real possibility after the end of the story.

    Janet,

    Yes, I know what you mean. This book, however, focuses so much on Ivy’s family issues and their effect on her life (at least in the second half) that you don’t have much time to think about Prairie’s friendlessness.

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