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Released January 29, 2019 – An updated release of Unvaccinated, Homeschooled, and TV-Free!

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I originally published this book in 2010 after 5 years of deep research.  But, so much has changed since the original release.  Approximately 40% of this book is new/updated material.

“Rarely does a young parent have the courage to question mainstream culture and parenting. Julie Cook did just that. Questioning led to insight, wisdom, and a better path for herself and her daughter. I am confident my adult children will enjoy exploring the same path as they read this remarkable book.”

BRETT WILCOX, author, JABBED: How the Vaccine Industry, Medical Establishment and Government Stick It to You and Your Family,

For years, mainstream media has tried to marginalize the homeschooling, TV-free, and anti-vaccine movements. It hasn’t worked.  These lifestyle choices continue to gain momentum and are getting a big boost in support by the independent-minded millennials.

  • Homeschooling in the U.S. is growing by 3-8% per year, with homeschooled students outnumbering charter school students.
  • Highly educated parents have become the least likely to vaccinate.
  • Nearly half of all millennials never watch TV and 84% of them don’t trust traditional media sources or advertisers.

This book will show you why it’s imperative that you think for yourself and have the courage to believe that your decisions are right.

Shane and Shelly Aren’t Sheeple: 24 Scenarios that Encourage Rule Breaking and Independent Thinking for Young People

by Julie Cook

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This book teaches young people how to retain their ability to think independently despite living in a society that is trying to control them at every turn. There are 24 scenarios, along with daily activities, that encourage constructive rule-breaking as a basis for cultivating independent thoughts, and breaking free of sheeplehood. Without independent thoughts, there can be no creativity or innovation on an individual level, corporate level, or societal level.

Julie Cook’s practical book connects the dots to give us 24 situational examples of how parents and kids can make mindful, emotionally intelligent choices and free ourselves from the dangers of groupthink and conformity.

–ERIK WAHL, Graffiti Artist and Bestselling Author of UNthink

The Unschooled Adventures of Amanda & Aidan: The Cracked Egg

by Julie Cook & Genevieve Cook

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TheCrackedEggCoverAidan and Amanda are 8-year-old twins who are homeschooled, using the “unschooling” method. It’s a typical Wednesday, and by the afternoon, the twins have already learned many exciting things, such as how to use an architect’s scale, how to use a computer spreadsheet program to plan out their gardens, the difference between heirloom and hybrid seeds, and how to send an international letter. Later in the afternoon, they discover a bird’s nest in the back yard, and spot a cracked robin’s egg on the ground beneath it. While the twins and their friends are guarding the egg and waiting for it to hatch, they decide to learn all they can about how to care for an abandoned baby bird.

The Cracked Egg is the third book in this series.

“There’s a humble revolution happening in education today, and ‘The Unschooled Adventures of Amanda and Aidan’ show exactly how it’s happening. In an easy-to-read, conversational style, the authors calmly share the everyday nature of unschooling without hyperbole or over-intellectualization. In their latest tale, readers see normalized roles for young people who are family members instead of subjugated servants. These books will encourage unschooled children and youth to feel accepted, and inspire parents who need support. Out of dozens of books, this series is the best introduction to the topic I’ve read yet!

–Adam Fletcher, founder of The Freechild Project and author of Ending Discrimination Against Young People.

The Unschooled Adventures of Amanda & Aidan: The Penpal

by Julie Cook & Genevieve Cook

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The Unschooled Adventures of Amanda & Aidan: The PenpalAidan and Amanda are 8-year-old twins who are homeschooled, using the “unschooling” method. It’s a typical Tuesday, and by the early afternoon, the twins have already baked cookies, played with their guinea pigs, created a backyard fort which included making train tracks for their Lego people, and helped their mom measure for two new gardens. When the mail truck arrives, it delivers a letter addressed to Aidan and Amanda, from someone in Canada, who wants to be their penpal. Aidan and Amanda are excited to have a penpal from another country, and want to learn all about his hometown.

The Penpal is the second book in this series.

“This book is part of a ground-breaking series in which the characters are learning through living a rich, full life, without the trappings of traditional schooling. As the Unschooling movement grows with leaps and bounds, a new niche serving to normalize a partnership paradigm in education and parenting is emerging. This book fills that niche through offering a heartwarming and relatable adventure, following a day in thelife of an Unschooling family. It serves as a form of validation and support throughout the story, as the reader recognizes that learning is happening, simply by the children following their passions and interests in life. This book demonstrates that learning can be easy, natural, and fun with family connection and love as the backdrop.”
— Dayna Martin, author of Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun.


The Unschooled Adventures of Amanda & Aidan: The Lost Watch

by Julie Cook & Genevieve Cook

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The Unschooled Adventures of Amanda & Aidan: The Lost WatchAidan and Amanda are 8-year-old twins who are homeschooled, using the “unschooling” method. On one particular Monday morning, they planned to help their mom bake cookies for the Library Open House, and then go to their homeschool gymnastics class. But, when their mom loses her watch around breakfast time, their plans are put on hold while they help search for the lost watch. While searching for the watch, the twins make some interesting discoveries in their own backyard. Driven by their curiosity, Aidan and Amanda embark on a day filled with adventure and learning.

The Lost Watch is the first book in this series.

“With this book, and series, unschooling receives a new boost toward cultural acceptance as a perfectly normal educational alternative.  We see here two normal children and their mom living a normal day, and we see how learning inevitably happens.”
— Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn:  How Releasing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.
“This book presents unschooling as a seamless part of life and shows how conversation, getting things done together, and being playful are inextricably linked to learning. The Lost Watch is the first book in the series of The Unschooled Adventures of Amanda and Aidan; I look forward to reading the next ones.”
— Patrick Farenga, co-author of Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling


Unvaccinated, Homeschooled, and TV-Free: It’s Not Just for Fanatics and Zealots

by Julie Cook

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51zI98OiqZL._AA160_For years, the homeschooling, TV-free, and anti-vaccine movements have been regarded by most as lifestyles for fanatics and zealots. Mass media has continued to portray families who choose these lifestyles as outsiders and oddballs, even though homeschooling has been growing at a rate of 7%-12% per year, and most homeschooling families are in the upper middle class with both parents having advanced degrees. Unvaccinated, Homeschooled, and TV-Free: It’s Not Just for Fanatics and Zealots, will show you why it is so important that you think for yourself, research for yourself, and have the courage to believe that you are right. This is a book for educators, parents, parents-to-be, and anyone who cares about the health, well-being, and future of children. In most ways, Julie Cook lives a typical mainstream life, complete with high-tech career, multiple degrees and a suburban lifestyle. But, she’s making non-mainstream decisions for her daughter. In this book, she describes her decision-making process, and the facts that led her to these alternative choices. In the end she says, “I never care that people arrive at the same conclusions that I did. I only care that they personally put in a level of effort that corresponds to the importance of the decision.”

“This book empowers parents to break free of blind allegiance to the aggressive mass hypnotic

mantra of “Everyone does it so it has to be right”. Julie Cook challenges parents to trust their instincts and research the dark history and financial motives behind the ubiquitous institution of public schooling as well as television and vaccines. Julie has a knack for exposing the buried facts about these topics so that the facts become clear and obvious. Any parent who wants better for

their child than the mediocre fare that the mainstream culture serves should read this book.”

LAURIE A. COUTURE, Author, Instead of Medicating and Punishing: Healing the Causes of our
Children’s Acting-Out Behavior by Parenting and Educating the Way Nature Intended


Julie has written a wonderful book for parents. She has covered several topics that are not commonly discussed that are very important to the health of children. Her common sense suggestions are refreshing. Thank you for your work, Julie!”

DR. SHERRI TENPENNY, Author, Saying No to Vaccines, and FOWL! Bird Flu: It’s NotWhat You Think. President OsteoMed II, and


“The most important aspect of Julie Cook’s book, “Unvaccinated, Homeschooled and TV-Free,”
is that it gets you thinking, asking questions, and looking at all your options. There is almost noth‑
ing more important than finding out why we are doing what we do and for that reason alone you
should take the time to read Ms. Cook’s book.”

ROBERT KESTEN, Executive Director, Center for SCREEN-TIME Awareness