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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Do Life Right, Incorporated; English Language edition (August 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982482906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982482902
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meet the Wrights - a fictional family of homeschoolers exploring the U.S.A. by RV as they `road-school' their way across the nation. Wright On Time: Arizona, the first in the series, finds author Lisa M. Cotrell-Bentley seamlessly blending mystery, suspense, and adventure with a thoroughly educational exploration of cave rock formations, bat habits, minerals, desert climate, acoustics and much more.

Think the Magic Schoolbus series of educational chapter books, but for homeschoolers, and much better. Rather than presenting educational facts in `chunks' or obviously lecture-style explanations, learning opportunities are woven into the dialogue, interests, and discoveries of the characters. As a matter of fact, the very writing style mirrors the philosophies of the delight-driven, lifestyle led method of education that the Wright's use to much success with their children.

With the boy/girl gender split in the Wright family, there's a good balance of themes and interests to appeal to both groups of readers. Aidan, the family's exuberant seven-year-old, can't wait to see the bats he hopes to find deep within the desert cave. Nadia, a research-driven 11-year-old, is fascinated by the prospect of mining for minerals and hopes to find some malachite (her favorite).

In keeping with the characters' ages, children between six and 12 will likely be the most drawn to the series, but our entire family enjoyed Arizona as a read-aloud -- even my three-year-old and my husband were kept engaged by the short, fast-moving chapters and cliff-hanger chapter endings that kept the pages flying. This is the first book my six-year-old has wanted to savor: "Let's only read it every few days Mommy.
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Finally, a children's fiction series about homeschoolers that is fun, educational and family-friendly. Each book in the series relates the adventures of the Wright family as they travel the U.S in an RV. Fifty books are planned, one for each state.

These are easy-to-read chapter books that entertain and educate similar to the Magic Tree House series, but without the magic. As you read each book, you'll experience adventure, humor, and positive family values, qualities that are not often found in today's children's literature.

In this first book, Arizona, your children will learn about Arizona, bats, and minerals as they follow Nadia and Aidan Wright deep into a desert cave located in Arizona. Weird noises, mysterious objects, and "freaky awesome" bats will definitely keep your children's interest; and when they are done, they'll be asking for the next book in the series!

Be sure to visit the Wright on Time Web site to read Nadia's Blog, read biographies of the characters, and learn which state will be featured next in the series.
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The Wright on Time books follow the adventures of Aidan, 7, his sister Nadia, 11, as they and their parents travel from state to state, homeschooling as they go. Each book takes place in a different state, so the entire series consist of 50 books! Well, it will anyway. As of this writing only two books have been published. I was sent the first book, Wright on Time: Arizona, so that I could read it and give you my opinion. The second book, Wright on Time: Utah, has also been published. Several more are in the works.

The family explores a cave in Wright on Time: Arizona. Aidan is fascinated by the bats, while Nadia hopes to find some unique gemstones. As you read along, you are not just enjoying a story, you are learning right along with the family. I think it's a great idea, and I think it's great that the books show homeschoolers in such a positive light.

There were a few things that I would have liked to have seen different. First, the parents in the book are referred to by their first names. Call me old-fashioned, but I still prefer that my kids call adults by Mr. and Mrs.

Second, and here I go sounding like an old lady again, but I do not like the phrases Aidan uses throughout book. He was always saying, "Freaky cool!" and "Freaky awesome!" I know, I know, it's like saying "freaky" and "awesome" only together, but every time I read it, I thought of the way people always use the word "freakin'", which I hate, and, well, it just bugged me! LOL (Just a heads up in case you are an old fogey like me!")

Third, they left me hanging! I mean, really! They found this mysterious thing in the cave and I wanted to know what it was, and now I have to read the second book! Tricky, I tell, you, tricky!
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We are a homeschool family ourselves and I was excited to provide a book for my kids that actually features a homeschool family. My daughter (9) got this for her birthday and it was a very quick, light read for her, nevertheless she loved it and enjoyed their little adventure and would like to read more from them. She knows many homeschool families and lifestyles like the one, the Wright family has chosen and thought it was great that they can travel a lot. She enjoyed the tips on mining and that the kids get to do a lot of unschooling. The author has a nice touch to include facts about Arizona, animals and geology and the included drawings were great. I read only a few parts in the actual book myself and while I understand some issues with the language ( freaky cool ) it was not a big deal to me and found nothing disturbing. Maybe the stories are a little too dreamy and perfect, but sometimes it is just nice to give your child something " dreamy " and "perfect" and yet adventurous to read without having to address other issues in the book or story line. Only reason why I did not give it 5 stars was, that it was a little short for the quick readers in our family ;)
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