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In Fiction, Homeschooling is Always an Escape

By September 25, 2013

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Little House on the PrairieIn real life, it's pretty common for families go back and forth between traditional school and homeschooling. In fiction, however, any time a character is a homeschooler, you can bet that they are trying to hide from the world.

It's easy to understand how homeschooling has become a symbol. For most readers (and authors), it's usually not something they have experience with themselves. And good stories have always been built on standard formulas, which can go back to ancient mythology.

At the same time, readers like to see themselves in fiction from time to time. As a homeschooling mom and fan of children's literature (particularly YA), I will go out of my way to read a book if it has a homeschooling character.

My new article features a selection of books with homeschooling characters that I have read. Let me know what you think, and feel free to suggest others to add to the list!

Image: HarperCollins Children's Books

Comments

September 27, 2013 at 6:02 am
(1) Greg says:

You’ve written a good article, but I’m disappointed that you completely left out the books from Do Life Right, Inc.– a publishing company which specializes in books about homeschoolers. The second book of their Howling Vowels series was just recently released. The sixth book of the Wright on Time series is due out in October. The second book of the My Solar-Powered History series is due out later this year.

Please add these books (and the rest of Do Life Right’s catalog) to your list. Reviews would be great too!

September 27, 2013 at 9:04 am
(2) Kathy Ceceri, About.com Homeschooling Guide says:

Thanks for bringing your company to our attention. I’m sure some of my readers will be interested in checking out your books.

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