The Homeschool Liberation League

The Homeschool Liberation League

Book - 2009
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After a summer at Wilderness Camp, thirteen year-old Katya decides that she absolutely cannot go back to school. At school she can't eradicate invasive alien plants, go on foraged-food-finding missions, or just be herself. Her parents, despite being "school kind of people," are willing to give it a try, but Katya has to stick to their (just-like-school!) assignments. This isn't what she had in mind.

So with the help of a mysterious violin-playing boy, Milo, and new friend Francesca, Katya comes up with a plan to save her homeschooling experience. The three become the founding members of the Homeschool Liberation League--but will it be enough to convince Katya's parents that her ideas about learning might be just right for her?

Publisher: New York : Dial Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780803732308
Branch Call Number: J FRA

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Apr 28, 2012

This book was interesting.... I get that the message was to follow yourself. The problem as that katya got really whiny on the way.. The book had actually no league at all, so don't expect that. All in all it was just a book nothing to good or to bad.

Nov 06, 2010

Katie is sick of school. She is sick of sitting in class, listening to teachers read the answers out of the back of the book. She is sick of getting in trouble because of things she does to alleviate her boredom.

Summer at wilderness camp was different. There she was Katya. There she was encouraged to challenge the status quo. There she learned. If only school could be like wilderness camp.

Then Katie has an idea. She will be home schooled instead. Then she can learn what she wants, at the pace she wants. Now if only she can get her parents and teachers to see it is the best thing for her. Then everything would be perfect.

Author Lucy Frank has struck a good balance with this young adult novel of one girls journey to find the right school and the right place for her. Others have pointed out that in the end, everyone of the characters ends up back in school, which does weaken what could be a very good critique of modern education.

Still the story is well written, the characters well drawn, and the scrapes that Katie/Katya gets into are believable, if sometimes painful. We also see that high school is a hard place for everyone, not just the odd. Which is a good message for teenagers to hear.

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