Homeschool Fiction Books

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 Lil’ Wolf, and the very clever Twinkie.

Other suggestions?
- One parent sent me the homeschool fiction list from something called WorldCat.  Thanks.

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  • We have a favorite that is written for younger students. Its called “Kandoo Kangaroo Hops into Homeschool” by Susan Ratner. Its a great book for the new homeschool kids!

  • This post gets a fair amount of attention so I’ve updated it…
    http://www.homeschoolonline.org/2008/08/08/homeschool-literature/

  • click here for an updated list of homeschool literature

  • Cross-Country Treasure Hunt (And the Mystery that Followed) is a fiction chapter book (152 pages) for ages 7 – 12 featuring a homeschooling family. When 11-year-old Josh Reed (who wants to be a detective), his twin sister Brittany, and the rest of their family of seven receive an unexpected letter in the mail, they soon find themselves on the adventure of a lifetime – the ultimate homeschooling field trip!. They must follow clues, which the reader can help solve, to find each new location as they camp across America. Along the way, they see many wonders of God’s creation as they end up at many National Monuments and national parks. As children read about racing away from a tornado in Tornado Alley, flying over the Grand Canyon, someone getting lost in the giant sequoia trees, getting stranded in Death Valley, and much more, they are also learning something about the states through which the family travels. Good anytime–this story would especially be great to use while studying the states. A map is included in the book for children to color in as the family in the story reaches each new state so they can see where the family is and where they might go next on this treasure hunt. Actual photos are also included. A treasure waits at the end of the hunt, but what they discover along the way may be even more valuable–the treasure of each other. Plus, a mystery develops for readers to solve. Josh thinks someone may be following them, but who and why? As the author, I actually did go on a cross-country trip, camping across America, with my homeschooling family during my growing up years and journaled about it, so the story has details and researched facts that give it a realistic feel. This book has been well-received by parents and children alike in our homeschooling community. Some even tell me their child was so engaged in the story that they did not want to stop reading. One young girl read the entire book in two days! This book was featured in late December on FLN radio network. It works both as a book for children to read themselves and as a family read-aloud book.

  • There is now an entire website devoted to being the ultimate directory of literature featuing homeschoolers or homeschooling. Check it out. Link to it:

    http://www.homeschooliterature.com