Homeschooled Characters

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Middle Readers

  • Surviving the Applewhites, by Stephanie Tolan – 13-year-old Jake has been kicked out of every school in his state – his only hope now is to survive the eccentric family responsible for his home-schooling.
  • Libby on Wednesday by Zilpha Keatley Snyder is another story about an 11-year-old home-schooled girl entering public school for the first time – in an accelerated 8th grade program.
  • Ida B by Katherine Hannigan – Ida’s ideal farm life, which included homeschooling by her parents – is disrupted when her mother is diagnosed with cancer and she is sent to fourth grade in public school.
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law features a home-schooling family with special abilities.
  • Skellig by David Almond – Michael, coping with issues at school and in his family, encounters a strange being in his garage and turns to his home-schooled friend Mina for support.
  • Schooled by Gordon Korman features Cap Anderson, home-schooled by his hippie grandmother until she becomes ill – when he must transition to public seventh-grade.
  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, is the sequel to Stargirl. In the sequel, home-schooled Stargirl writes to her ex boyfriend Leo to describe her new life after she moved.
  • Chicken Friend by Nicola Morgan - Becca's parents suddenly decide to move to the English countryside, where they plan to raise chickens and homeschool Becca and her brothers. Becca, trying to befriend kids she meets, hides truths about herself and lets them talk her into throwing a party.

Older YAs

  • Feed, by M. T. Anderson - features a home-schooled girl who is an individual not deceived by the brain manipulation evident in others.
  • Alice, I Think, by Susan Juby – Fifteen-year-old Alice is finally sick of being at home and wants to be “normal” – until she realizes that what makes her family crazy is also what makes them special. Alice’s story is continued in Miss Smithers and then Alice Macleod, Realist At Last.
  • Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger – Grady is attempting more of a transition than just home-school to mainstream. He used to be Angela, but that never felt right. Now he is struggling to find his place within his home-schooling family and his new public school friends.
  • Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don’t Go To School Tell Their Own Stories edited by Grace Llewellyn