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Azalea, Unschooled by Liza Kleinman
Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation by Kyo Maclear
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Blood and Circuses by Kerry Greenwood
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The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
Finding Fortune by Delia Ray
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The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood
Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia by Won-Ldy Paye
Hello, My Name is Octicorn by Kevin Diller
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph M. Marshall III
"It's a Good Life" by Jerome Bixby
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber
Pantomime by Laura Lam
Pippi Moves In by Astrid Lindgren
Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
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The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
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Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

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4 stars: Good but flawed
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2 stars: OK
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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Azalea, Unschooled: 01/11/17

Azalea, Unschooled by Liza Kleinman

Azalea, Unschooled by Liza Kleinman is yet another tween story set in Maine (a very popular locale this year). Azalea and her family have moved once again because her father's last job didn't work out. Now he's trying to be a tour bus driver around Portland. Except it seems that someone wants to put them out of business before they even get started.

Meanwhile Azalea and her sister are meeting up with the local neighborhood's unschoolers. They've been homeschooled before but this way offers a less structured, more child driven method.

Reviews I've seen have praised the book for making the unschoolers seem so normal. That I can't speak on as no one in this book seems fleshed out enough to even count as a character. Instead this book dashes between between being a how-to-unschool pamphlet and a very loosely crafted mystery. Frankly the book would have been better if more time was spent on the mystery — the who is sabotaging the tour bus, than on proving how normal it can be to not go to school.

Two stars

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