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Arrow Book Club: December 2019

Arrow Book Club

Need a way to make the busy season less stressful? Have your kids join a Brave Writer book club because we do all the work for you!

Log in to the Brave Writer classroom and find:

  • enthusiastic conversationalists—all reading the same book
  • thought-provoking questions and discussion points
  • exposure to diverse opinions, new friends to be made!
  • a writing coach moderating the discussion and providing activities
  • opportunities to dig deep in the parts of the book that fascinated them

Plus class tuition includes a free copy of the Arrow guide based on the book.

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The selection for our December Arrow Book Club (ages 9-12): The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser! 

This timeless, heartwarming story reads like a classic in a contemporary setting. Set in Harlem, the endearing cast of characters brings this New York neighborhood to life on the page. The five Vanderbeeker kids live in the same neighborhood where their dad grew up. To stay in their beloved brownstone home, they’ve got to convince a landlord they never see to renew their lease. Their hijinks will make you laugh. Their tenderness will make you sigh. Their determination will make you root for them! If you liked the Penderwicks or the Melendys, you’ll adore the Vanderbeekers!

Brave Writer book clubs are a wonderful sneaky way to draw out the writer. They think they’re chatting with new friends online. You know they’re naturally growing writing skills!

Arrow Book Club

Training Tip: Wordplay

Training Tip: Wordplay

Words are the building blocks of our imaginative world.

Think of words like Lego bricks. Before our kids are building the Eiffel Tower out of Lego, they simply investigate the bricks through play. They:

  • take them apart,
  • attach them in new formations,
  • mix and match them. 

Words are the same!

Here’s a training tip to encourage wordplay in your homeschool.

Training Tip: Wordplay

Wordplay is also the perfect preparation for our Arrow (ages 9-12) and Boomerang (ages 13-18) Book Clubs. They offer a virtual living room space–where students gather to freely discuss the novels they read with you at home.

Brave Writer’s online Book Clubs are a great way to homeschool in a busy season. Try our low-intensity, warm and welcoming discussion clubs!


We also invite you to log in to a sample class. Click around, play with our text editor, and read real instructor responses to writing posted in class.


Brave Writer Arrow and Boomerang Book Clubs

Arrow Book Club: November 2019

Arrow Book Club November 2019

When was the last time you heard this? “I’m bored.”

What if I told you about a magic portal that lies in wait for your child, where they could be transported and enchanted? There is! They can!

Grab a copy of the next Arrow Book Club read (for ages 9-12) and let them dive in! 


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November’s Arrow Book Club selection: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis is the boy criminal mastermind you’ll love, hate, or love to hate. Artemis, most unconventionally, seeks to restore his family fortune and pull his family back together by kidnapping a fairy. And not just any fairy. A very dangerous fairy. This story blends the modern and the magical with delightful effect. Get ready for an adventure with Artemis!

Purchase the novel here.


Boredom banished! 

And here’s a secret. While they’re having fun reading and chatting with new friends online, their minds are growing! Stretching! A benefit your child doesn’t even know they’re getting!

Deep reading of quality literature has advantages:

  • story structure encourages our brains to understand sequence
  • expands our attention spans
  • white matter is in the language area of your brain expands
  • deep reading creates empathy
  • close reading gives the brain a workout in multiple complex cognitive functions

Join us!

Arrow Book Club

Arrow Book Club: October 2019

Arrow Book Club

Got big readers at home, devouring library books one by one? We’ve got a way to make those books last a little longer! A book club!

Save yourself the hassle of hosting though! We’ve got it all laid out for you.

Log in to the Brave Writer classroom and find:

  • enthusiastic conversationalists
  • thought-provoking questions
  • exposure to diverse opinions
  • a writing coach providing activities
  • opportunities to dig deep

All you need to do is provide the snacks!


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Here’s what Brave Writers (ages 9-12) will be reading in October’s online Arrow Book Club:

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

This novel is the 2019 Newbery winner. It’s a heartwarming (and sometimes heart wrenching) coming-of-age story with a delightfully relatable protagonist—Merci! As she navigates 6th grade, Merci struggles with the developmental and emotional changes that come with growing up. Along with her typical tween-concerns, she must also come to understand and accept the changes brought to her tight-knit family when the effects of Alzheimer’s disease alter her beloved grandfather. This is a story about growing up, growing old, and growing as a family.

Purchase the novel here.


Brave Writer offers a virtual living room space—where students gather to freely discuss the novels they read with you at home. Join us!

Arrow Book Club

Arrow Book Club: September 2019

Arrow Book Club

Don’t tell your kids: the book club experience at Brave Writer isn’t just about having fun reading and chatting with new friends online. The deep reading experience we offer includes benefits your child doesn’t even know they’re getting!

Close reading of quality literature 

  • encourages kids’ brains to understand sequence via story structure and plot,
  • expands their attention spans, and
  • increases white matter in the language areas of the brain.

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Get in on the action with September’s Arrow selection (ages 9-12):

The Wild RobotPeter Brown. Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016. 288 pages.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown is NOT about a robot GONE wild, but a robot IN the wild. When Roz the Robot finds herself stranded on an island, she develops unexpected relationships with the local inhabitants. As she learns to survive in an environment she was not built for, she creates connections and community. A robot with a big heart, Roz’s search for meaning will create plenty of opportunities to discuss friendship, family, the blending of nature and technology, and so much more.

Brave Writer online book clubs provide

  • thought-provoking questions,
  • engagement with one of Brave Writer’s talented writing coaches, and
  • a safe place to have interactions online about a common interest: books! 

Plus: Book Clubs are our best value: lowest tuition, lots of writing! ($99.00 for a month)

Arrow Book Club