Reviews

Four Stars from HomeschoolLiterature.com

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Azalea, Unschooled, Reviews | 0 comments

Four Stars from HomeschoolLiterature.com

HomeschoolLiterature.com says of Azalea, Unschooled, “What a unique book…from the very beginning it caught my attention and kept it…it’s a funny and rather sweet story.” Read the full review here! And see YouTube version...

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Azalea, Reviewed

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Azalea, Unschooled, Reviews | 0 comments

Azalea, Reviewed

Maine book columnist Bill Bushnell reviews Azalea, Unschooled on centralmaine.com, the online site for Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. “Azalea Unschooled” is the debut middle-grade (ages 8-12) novel by Portland author Liza Kleinman, 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. Kleinman is a talented writer with a good eye for middle-grade storytelling. This is a tale that kids and adults will enjoy — the humor, the suspense, the mystery and a...

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Bangor Daily News: Azalea, Unschooled “A Little Gem”

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Azalea, Unschooled, Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Bangor Daily News blogger Sarah Giles reviews Azalea, Unschooled: This book is charming and carefully thought out. I expected to feel that I was “just reading a kid’s book” – but I was happily surprised. 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. Read...

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Talking with LitPick

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Azalea, Unschooled, Reviews, Uncategorized, Unschooling | 0 comments

Talking with LitPick

I loved reading eleven-year-old reviewer GlowElm’s review of Azalea, Unschooled on LitPick. LitPick also asked me to participate in their Six Minutes with an Author feature. You can see it on their Facebook page, or read it below. **How did you get started writing? In first grade, I wrote a story in which the narrator meets a lot of barking dogs. In my mind, it was hilarious. I’ve been writing ever since. **Who influenced you? The people who wrote ‘The Muppet Show.’ When I was a kid, it seemed like the height of wit and sophistication. It still does, more or less, especially the...

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Interview with Homeschool Literature

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Azalea, Unschooled, Reviews, Uncategorized, Unschooling | 0 comments

Interview with Homeschool Literature

HomeschoolLiterature.com, a website that connects homeschooling parents and kids to literature with a homeschooling focus, recently interviewed me about Azalea, Unschooled. We talked about the writing process, hobbies (couldn’t think of any; had to make some up) and my favorite inspirational writer quote (hint: it’s snippy). Looking forward to the site’s forthcoming review of...

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Extra, Extra

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Azalea, Unschooled, Reviews, Unschooling | 0 comments

I sat down recently with a reporter from the Portland Press Herald to talk about Azalea, Unschooled. I enjoyed talking with her and with her homeschooled daughter, who was present at the interview. We talked about the book, homeschooling, and life in Portland (it turns out that my family isn’t the only one that has mixed up an experimental batch of switchel). Here’s the...

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