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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Do Life Right, Incorporated (November 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982482973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982482971
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,771,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Leslie Schultz is a lifelong artist intrigued by subtle connections between stories and images. She likes exploring how to tell stories not only with words but with photographs. Leslie began writing stories and poetry in third grade. Today, she has published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and book reviews, and she makes her living as a writer helping non-profit organizations. In addition, Leslie carries her camera everywhere, and she exhibits and sells her photographs. As a child, Leslie moved extensively with her family, living in many states and overseas. Consequently, she always longed for roots. Now, Minnesota is her home. Here, along with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Julia, she revels in the turn of the seasons, the connections with neighbors, and the ongoing adventure of homeschooling. At first, homeschooling seemed a daunting prospect, but she knew that what Julia needed couldn’t happened in a school setting, and so Leslie decided to take a leap of faith. Now, Julia has a tailor-made program of stimulating academics balanced by fun with friends and time to dream and create. The Howling Vowels grows out of this experience of homeschooling in a small Minnesota town. As Julia began reading, she couldn’t find any books about other children who were homeschooled. Leslie began writing the book for Julia, and Julia encouraged her to publish it. Learn more about Leslie by visiting: www.winonamedia.net

More About the Author

For lots more information--photography, poems, homeschooling ideas, and mini-essays--take a look at my website: www.winonamedia.net. If you like what you see, subscribe for the free Wednesday blog post!

As a girl, I yearned to be Laura Ingalls Wilder. After a childhood of frequent moves to several states and abroad, I now love living in Minnesota, reading, quilting, taking pictures, making soup, writing (poetry, fiction, essays), and learning new things with my daughter, Julia, and my husband, Tim. I am a passionate supporter of education for girls in developing countries and for healthy arts environments everywhere. Since 2012, it delights me to see poems imprinted in the sidewalks of my hometown. Currently, I am refining Reading the Bones, a new manuscript of my collected poems, and finishing the first drafts of two adult novels: Where Dreams Reside, a story of three generations of women, and Starry, Starry, Death, a murder mystery set in Minnesota that combines the worlds of visual art, poetry, astrology, small towns, big cities, and the impulses, both murderous and loving, of the human heart.

Happy reading!

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The characters are interesting and I loved the story.
Traveler
The author's way with words made the images from the story come alive in my mind, and the vocabulary used is extensive.
Liz Jordan
I recommend this book to middle schoolers and their parents.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Davis on September 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was very entertaining! I could read it 10 times in a row! The book is about five children, Alexa, Eduardo, Isabelle, Otto, and Ursula, and their adventures. It has wonderful illustrations and amazing writing. I love the details in the story, like the way all the friends meet. One of my favorite parts of the book is that Alexa is nine years old and she is homeschooled. I also like that the story takes place in the country. I highly recommend this book! This review was written by Juliet, a nine-year-old homeschooler.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was about a girl called Alexa; at first she lives in New York, and then she moves to a place in Minnesota. She's homeschooled. She meets some friends (whose names begin with the vowels), and they have adventures together.

I liked this book because it was about a homeschooled girl. I also liked that it was fun, and written in a nice way. I liked almost the whole book. I just turned ten and this book took me one day to read. I couldn't put it down. I'm giving it five stars because it is one of the best books I have read this month.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By new_rider on December 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Howling Vowels (Volume 1)
Leslie Schultz is a sensitive, insightful poet who uses those skills to advantage in The Howling Vowels, her first published, middle grade novel. Inspired by adventures in homeschooling her own daughter, Schultz brings to life five fun, terrific kids, especially Alexa, the main character.

While reading The Howling Vowels, I thought, "Who's going to believe the point of view of Alexa, who often speaks with a sophisticated grasp of language?" My answer? "Everyone!" Kids in general have a natural language ability. When encouraged, they develop it early on. This is doubly true of THV's main character.

Alexa is gifted, precocious, and a joy to follow through this story of a New York City ten-year-old who blooms in small town life, reflecting the satisfaction and challenge Schultz and her family find in their own version of Sundog, Minnesota. What a treat to find kids who are allowed to be kids and not super-heroes. Schultz transforms the commonplace and makes it new and interesting through her children as they discover and experience everything for the first time--a sense of wonderment found in the author's poetry. While reading, I often wished I lived in Sundog, too, and decided we can all live in Sundog if we just look around and take the trouble to find it.

Not only a good read, Schultz's book is a tribute to the beauty of education as a source of entertainment and wonder. It's about what education can be, far beyond facts, figures, and dates. Education at its best expands the soul as well as the mind and prepares us in innumerable ways not only for careers, but for life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Traveler on June 16, 2012
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The imagery brought to mind by the words is spectacular. I felt I could see the city of Sundog. This book would appeal to any age child. The characters are interesting and I loved the story. I can't wait for the sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Dugan on January 10, 2012
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The Howling Vowels is a delightful read for an imaginative child, a parent of a precocious child, or a grandparent of one. Leslie Schultz captured a transitional year in the life of ten-year old, Alexa, how she adjusted to homeschooling and her family's move from NYC to suburban Minnesota, and how her newly found friends - each friend's name beginning with a different vowel - added dimension to her development.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K_ATL on November 16, 2011
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The Howling Vowels by Leslie Schultz is a wonderful story. I think anyone would enjoy it as much as I did. Reading it made me smile. The illustrations are very cute and go with the story.
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