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Book Title: Libby on Wednesday|
The author of the book: Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Date of issue: November 30th 2011
ISBN 13: 9780307801579
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 722 KB
Read full description of the books Libby on Wednesday:I picked up a copy of this after asking all my friends to recommend books that have homeschooled characters in them. I knew nothing else about the book, and it turned out I was getting into something a bit darker than I expected.
I enjoyed the story, even if it was somewhat predictable and stereotyped -- a bunch of misfits turn out to be more complicated than they appear on the surface, and become friends. However, there were several problems.
First, the portrayal of homeschooling was good, but the portrayal of a homeschooled kid's social life was not. Libby was interested, enthusiastic, and well-educated. But before starting school, she apparently had no friends outside her family. That's just unrealistic -- she should have had friends from her neighborhood, from clubs and activities (ballet class?), and maybe from homeschool groups as well though I guess those were more rare in the 1980s than they are today. Still, her mother's insistence that Libby go to school to become "socialized" is one of the most stereotypical arguments against homeschooling, and it bothered me that by the end Libby agreed with her, even after being bullied and educationally stunted at school.
Second, the story of G.G. and his father was tied up too pat. That was an extremely serious and dangerous situation, and it seemed to me that six weeks at an alcohol rehab facility was not going to solve the problems there. Much of the abuse seemed premeditated -- leaving the boy home alone until after midnight, setting up tasks for him to do that he was going to fail at to justify later physical violence -- not just random alcohol-fueled rage. Putting G.G. back with his father and a belief that everything was going to be better now was really upsetting to me.
Read information about the authorThe recipient of three Newbery Honor Book awards for "The Egypt Game," "The Headless Cupid," and "The Witches of Worm," Zilpha Keatley Snyder began writing books for children in 1964 when her first book, "A Season of Ponies," was published. Over the course of the career she completed 43 books, mostly for children aged 9 to 13, but also including two books for young adults, four picture books for younger children and a book of poetry.
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