Friday, September 11, 2020

Ten books about the promise & perils of alternative schooling

Jae-Yeon Yoo is a volunteer intern at Electric Literature.

She tagged ten books about the merits and dangers of alternative schooling. One title on the list:
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Stage’s psychological thriller is split between the perspectives of Hanna, a seemingly-angelic little girl who doesn’t speak, and Suzette, her mother who is homeschooling her. The catch? Hanna is plotting her mother’s death, so she can get her father all to herself. Suzette becomes increasingly unsure of the family’s decision to homeschool, as Hanna’s antics grow more and more extreme. Baby Teeth certainly challenges parents to think twice, before dismissing the glint in children’s eyes as a simple “prank”!
Read about another entry on the list.

Baby Teeth is among Pamela Crane's five top novels featuring parenting gone wild, Damien Angelica Walters's five titles about the horror of girlhood, and Sally Hepworth's eight messed up fictional families.

--Marshal Zeringue