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Azalea, Unschooled: 01/11/17
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.