Having been homeschooled her whole life and after moving to Portland, Maine, with her family, Azalea attempts unschooling, in which she is given the freedom to discover her own truth. She is guided by her parents, friends, and community members to learn practical skills and to find her own passions though it s not as easy as it sounds. With everyday challenges come valuable lessons, and both parents and kids can be educated by this fascinating perspective. --Foreword Reviews
Kleinman s use of language is well balanced and seemingly effortless. She maintains a consistent storyline with diverse and evolving (yet always relatable) characters, and expertly juggles multiple themes family conflict, young friendship, and trust among them. With a moving plot and some unexpected turns, Kleinman upholds a sophistication that s rarely seen in middle-reader books.
--Sarah Giles, Bangor Daily News
The middle-grade novel has a good old-fashioned whodunnit that adds just enough suspense . . . --Portland Press Herald
[Azalea, Unschooled is] a clever, fun story containing well-crafted life lessons about family and friend relationships, parents and children, and the things they learn when faced with unexpected challenges. --Bill Bushnell, Kennebec Journal
Brook Gideon is an artist from southeastern Massachusetts. A graduate of the Children’s Book Illustration Certificate program at the Rhode Island School of Design, she also has a degree in biology from the University of Tampa. She works at a veterinary hospital while trying to be the best children’s book storyteller and artist that she can. She lives with her husband, two children, two dogs, four cats, ladybugs, stink bugs, and spiders in big, old, spooky-looking house.