I can’t seem to find a good list of fiction books about homeschoolers. Could you please help me build one? To be clear, I’ll outline two categories of books that I’m not researching and then zero in on the type that I am looking for.
Homeschool How To, Philosophy, or Rah Rah Books – There are lots of books (and websites) which are non-fiction which provide useful hows tos, or whys or go-for-its. I’m not looking for these.
Great Novels and Fiction – There is the existing body of literature which can serve as the basis of a literature, reading comprehension, or any other type of course. These could be sorted by quality, by age appropriateness, and whether they are supportive of any specific philosophical viewpoint. This is als not what I’m looking for.
I’m looking to build a list of books that are stories that include homeschoolers. I’d also like to find reviews of them. I’m curious whether these is a good body of literature that includes homeschooling as a theme or environment. As a starter, this is what I’m aware of:
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan. Kids literature. Fine.
The Applewhites book starts with a traditionally-school adolescent who is having alot of problems. He is sent as a foster kid to a rural homeschooling “unschooling” family full of some stereotypical characters. The cityboy “comes of age” through his experiences on the farm and with the family. For a review of the Applewhite .
Schooled by Gordan Korman. Kids literature. Bad. The homeschooled boy is a terrible representation of being a social misfit-homeschooler. The middle schoolers at public school are horridly behaving. The hippie homeschooled boy is basically tormented in school to the point where it would be impossible for the reader not to pity him. (excerpted from a review of Schooled by ChristineMM)
The Adventures of Lil’ Wolf, Twinkie, Toes, and Flower Girl in the Homeschool Forest by Jacqueline R. Campos. Editorial description from Amazon: Come and join in all the fun of the Wolf Family as they share their homeschooling adventures with you! It is never a dull day in the Homeschool Forest, with the gentle Flower Girl, lazy Toes, fun loving Lilâ€™ Wolf, and the very clever Twinkie.
- One parent sent me the homeschool fiction list from something called WorldCat.Â Thanks.