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Highschooler Summer Reading List

Our summer reading series continues with recommendations for highschoolers.

We hope you and your teen find homeschool encouragement, guidance, and inspiration within this carefully chosen book list.*

Happy summer reading!


The book summaries have been created by the publishers.


Book cover for "The Year I Didn’t Go to School"

by Grace Llewellyn

Prices vary

"This book tells teens how to take control of their lives and get a 'real life.'

Young people can reclaim their natural ability to teach themselves and design a personalized education program. Grace Llewellyn explains the entire process, from making the decision to quit school, to discovering the learning opportunities available."


Book cover for "This is My Home, This is My School"

by Blake Boles

Amazon price $18.53

“College Without High School shows how independent teens can self-design their high school education by becoming unschooled. Students begin by defining their goals and dreams and then pursue them through a combination of meaningful and engaging adventures.

It is possible to pursue your dreams and gain admission to any college of your choice. The guidebook shows how to fulfill college admission requirements by proving five preparatory results: intellectual passion, leadership, logical reasoning, background knowledge, and the capacity for structured learning.”


Book cover for "Shouldn’t you be in School?"

by Lea Ann Garfias

Amazon price $12.39

“Are you afraid homeschooling high school may be too difficult, too time-consuming, or too frustrating? From the author of the popular Homeschool Made Easy comes the long-anticipated high school version. Topics include identifying the purpose of your homeschool, finding what to expect each year and how to plan effectively, making the most of both your student's learning style and your teaching style, considering classes and CLEP courses, preparing transcripts and college entrance exams, understanding the mental and social development of high school students, and much more. Author and long-time homeschool adviser Lea Ann Garfias is a homeschool graduate and has homeschooled her four children for the last fifteen years. She knows how hectic it is with homeschooling, work, church, and community. Keeping things simple is the only way to go. In this easy-to-follow book, Lea Ann shares what she has learned from two decades of homeschooling — as a student and as a mom. She also gives you real-life tips for keeping learning as easy and enjoyable as possible.”


Book Cover for "Adventures in the Neighborhood Woods: The Tunnel"

by Jennifer Cook-DeRosa

Amazon price $14.99

“Perfectly suited to the homeschool family, this book has everything you need to build a successful high school curriculum that earns college level credit at home. Jennifer shows you how to become an amazing high school guidance counselor for your family, the top 10 must-have high school resources for homeschooling families, game plans for average kids, or highly motivated ones!

Using Jennifer's '6-layer technique' for curriculum development and studying, she gives you the tools to create a $5000 'homemade scholarship' for each of your children! Even if you've never been to college, this book will turn every parent into a well-versed homeschool guidance counselor!”


Book cover for "Adventures in the Neighborhood Woods: The Secret Baseball Card"

by Lee Binz

Amazon price $6.95

“If starting to homeschool high school makes you nervous, 'How to Homeschool 9th and 10th Grades: Simple Steps for Starting Strong' is the book that will help you homeschool with confidence.

'How to Homeschool 9th and 10th Grades' is part of The HomeScholar's Coffee Break Book series. Designed especially for parents who don’t want to spend hours and hours reading a 400-page book on homeschooling high school, each book combines Lee's practical and friendly approach with detailed, but easy-to-digest information, perfect to read over a cup of coffee at your favorite coffee shop!”


Book cover for "Ippie Unschooled"

by Lee Binz

Amazon price $6.95

“'Junior Year is the Key to Homeschool Success' is part of The HomeScholar's Coffee Break Book series. Designed especially for parents who don’t want to spend hours and hours reading a 400-page book on homeschooling high school, each book combines Lee's practical and friendly approach with detailed, but easy-to-digest information, perfect to read over a cup of coffee at your favorite coffee shop! This book covers the important tasks of junior year, including taking the PSAT, preparing for college admissions tests, attending college fairs, choosing a college, finding merit scholarships, and getting a jump on senior year”


Book cover for "Allison's Story, A Book About Homeschooling"

by Lee Binz

Amazon price $6.95

“If senior year seems overwhelming to you, 'Senior Year Step-by-Step: Simple Instructions for Busy Homeschool Parents' is just what you need! Get the encouragement, tips and tricks you need to get through senior year. Lee will take you through each season of Senior Year, covering:

  • homeschool records

  • forms and deadlines

  • college application essays

  • college interviews

  • planning a graduation ceremony

  • how to save money and get those scholarships,

  • preparing for college life and more!”


Book cover for "Eloise"

by Janice Campbell

Amazon Kindle: $13.97

“You can give your teen a head start on life!

Get a Jump Start on College! will show you how...

This concise, practical guide shows you, step by step, exactly how your teen can:

  • Get started on college at any age.

  • Use exams to earn a semester of credit in half a day.

  • Document learning and experience with a portfolio.

  • Choose an affordable, accredited college that offers the flexible options you need”


Book cover for "Wright on Time Book 1: Arizona"

by Lee Binz

Amazon Kindle: $9.99

“Parents who consider homeschooling their children through high school are often consumed by insecurity - 'Are we ruining their college chances?' Well, worry no more! When it comes to college admissions and scholarships, homeschoolers have what the colleges are looking for! 'Setting the Records Straight' will provide you the tools and information you need to create homeschool records to perfectly document your amazing homeschool education in a way that will demand attention. You CAN craft high school transcripts and records that gain choice college admission and win BIG scholarships.

Here is what you will learn:

  • How to build a winning homeschool transcript, regardless of your homeschool methods or style.

  • How to create credible grades and credits, even if you don't give tests

  • How to provide the exact records the colleges are looking for.”


Book cover for "Wright on Time Book 2: Utah"

by Dale J. Stephens

Prices vary

“Hacking Your Education offers valuable advice to current students as well as those who decided to skip college. Stephens teaches you to create opportunities for yourself and design your curriculum—inside or outside the classroom. Whether your dream is to travel the world, build a startup, or climb the corporate ladder, Stephens proves you can do it now, rather than waiting for life to start after 'graduation' day.”


Book cover for "Wright on Time Book 3: Wyoming"

by Cafi Cohen

Prices vary

"The teen years can be the most exciting time in your child's life. He or she is becoming an independent young adult and beginning to make decisions for the future. Yet growing concern about the negative social pressures, safety, and efficiency of our traditional high schools has prompted many parents just like you to teach their teenagers at home. With 'Homeschooling: The Teen Years' as your guide, you'll discover it's not as daunting a task as you've been led to believe. Using real-life stories from dozens of families, this book reveals the secrets of making homeschooling work for you and your teen. You'll discover how to:

  • Work with your teen to create a unique, individual learning experience

  • Make coursework interesting, challenging, and fun

  • Allow your teen to discover the best vocational path, including selecting a college

  • Know when your teen has 'completed' high school

  • And much more!”


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