Overall: 84/100 or B
Source: Publisher for Cybils
After a summer at Wilderness Camp, thirteen-year-old Katya decides that she absolutely cannot go back to school. At school she can't eradicate invasive alien plants, go on foraged-food-finding missions, or just be herself. Her parents, despite being "school kind of people," are willing to give it a try, but Katya has to stick to their (just-like-school!) assignments. This isn't what she had in mind. So with the help of a mysterious violin-playing boy, Milo, and new friend Francesca, Katya comes up with a plan to save her homeschooling experience. The three become the founding members of the Homeschool Liberation League––but will it be enough to convince Katya's parents that her ideas about learning might be just right for her?
Kayta was a fun character. I adored her fascination with plants and animals. I also loved Milo. He was so cute and I mean I am homeschooled, where is my cute violinist... Her friend Francesca was a nice addition to the book and I liked her. Katya's parent's attitude about homeschooling annoyed me. I am homeschooled and my parents have little structure of when I do my work. I wish that her parents would have allowed her to be more independent. Plus having her give pedicures was just odd. The thing that I liked the most is that this was a realistic account of homeschooling. Most of the time, it is about crazy religious people, hippies, or super genius. A lot of homeschooled kids are busy with medical care or work. I think that this book is perfect for anyone that has been homeschooled, wants to be homeschooled, or is currently homeschooled. It was really cute and a fun read.