First, it was a clothing boutique for pets in Pennsylvania. Then a breakfast buffet in North Carolina. Then an apple orchard in Connecticut. Now, Azalea’s dad says he’s going to drive a tour bus in Portland, Maine.
Azalea’s sick of moving. She is determined to stay in Portland and call it home. But a mysterious bandit is threatening her father’s business. Can Azalea use her new freedom as an unschooler to save the day—and her family? In Liza Kleinman’s fresh and funny debut middle-grade novel, the author deftly explores, with poise and insight, the growing unschooling movement as well as the challenges of moving to a new home, making friends, and finding room for differences within a family.
Azalea, Unschooled, by Liza Kleinman, illustrations by Brook Gideon, published on May 5. Liza is giving away five signed copies of her delightful new book. Enter below!
Tricia is the author of many books for middle grade, most recently "Every Single Second" (HarperCollins) and the third book in the Cody series, "Cody and the Rules of Life" (Candlewick Press). A frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, she lives in Cleveland OH. You can find out more about her and her work at www.triciaspringstubb.com
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