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Arrows and Boomerangs for 2016-17!

2016-17 Arrows and Boomerangs
Presenting the 2016-2017 book lists for our literature program!

(3rd-10th grades)

Full Year On Sale in June
Arrow: $69.00 (regularly $79.00)
Boomerang: $89.00 (regularly $99.00)

The Arrow (3rd-6th) and The Boomerang (7th-10th) are our language arts tools (digital magazines) that teach grammar, spelling, punctuation, and literary elements using living literature (a la Charlotte Mason). We pick books for you to read that represent a diversity of perspectives and writing genres to expand the horizons of your young charges. From those books, we select four passages for copywork and dictation, paired with easy to understand notes written in a conversational and engaging style.

The practices of copywork and dictation powerfully teach the mechanics of writing to your kids, without the emotional toll of critiquing your children’s original writing! They allow for the brain to encode proper usage, spelling, and syntax by marrying transcription skills to sentences loaded with meaning.

Try it this year, and see the difference!

2016-17 Arrows

August: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
September: The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate)
October: Homer Price (Robert McCloskey)
November: Carry on Mr. Bowditch (Jean Lee Latham)
December: The Birchbark House (Louise Erdrich)
January: The Green Ember (S. D. Smith)
February: Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis)
March: Out of My Mind (Sharon M. Draper)
April: A Long Walk to Water (Linda Sue Park)
May: The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

2016-17 Boomerangs

August: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
September: Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George)
October: The Prince and the Pauper (Mark Twain)
November: Moon Over Manifest (Clare Vanderpool)
December: American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang)
January: Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidder)
February: The Crossover (Kwame Alexander)
March: Divergent (Veronica Roth)
April: The Chosen (Chaim Potok)
May: Echo (Pam Munoz Ryan)

Each issue publishes on the 1st of the month and will be available for download from a private folder on our Brave Writer Website. (Books, teacup, and frog not included.)

To purchase the books (all in one place for ease of ordering), use our Amazon Store (affiliate links)!

Want to know more? Watch the scope below to learn how the Arrow and Boomerang programs work and a little about each of the book selections!

One last caveat: We are offering Arrow and Boomerang book clubs for ALL 20 titles next year. If you decide you want your kids to be in our book discussion clubs, know that the issues of the Arrow and Boomerang are included for the price of the club.

We’re excited to read with your family during the coming year!

Happy Birthday, George Selden!

The Cricket in Times Square Arrow Sale

May 14th was author George Selden’s birthday and to celebrate, we’re making a special offer! The Quiver Arrow for his novel, The Cricket in Times Square, is:

HALF PRICE through Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Midnight EST! ($4.95)


The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden is an enchanting description of the powers of friendship and music. Chester, a cricket from Connecticut, accidentally manages to travel to New York City. In the hustle and bustle of Times Square, he makes his way to a struggling newspaper stand owned by the Bellini family. Through music, Chester is able to overcome the busyness of the city and remind people of the beauty of nature.

An excerpt from the book:

Chester’s playing filled the station. Like ripples around a stone dropped into still water, the circles of silence spread out from the news-stand. And as the people listened, a change came over their faces. Eyes that looked worried grew soft and peaceful; tongues left off chattering; and ears full of the city’s rustling were rested by the cricket’s melody… You wouldn’t think a cricket’s tiny chirp could carry so far, but when all is silence, the piercing notes can be heard for miles.

The Cricket in Times Square provides a great starting place for discussing classical music. A number of works, some lesser known and some more known, are discussed in the book including ‘A Little Night Music’ by Mozart and the sextet from ‘Lucia di Lammermoor.’ Encouraging your children to listen to the music and reflect on it as they read the book is an excellent writing exercise.

So, celebrate George Selden’s birthday and take advantage of our special offer!

Also, if you’d like to buy a copy of the novel, it’s available through Amazon: The Cricket in Times Square (affiliate link).

The Arrow is a monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context. Quiver Arrows are especially designed for 1st and 2nd grades and include French-style dictation pages.

Happy Birthday, Kate DiCamillo!

Arrow for Tale of Despereaux

Today, March 25, is author Kate DiCamillo’s birthday! In celebration, there is a special deal on The Arrow for her popular novel about an unlikely but lovable hero, The Tale of Despereaux:

HALF PRICE through Sunday, Mar. 27, 2016 at Midnight EDT! ($4.95)

The Tale of Despereaux was inspired by a friend’s son who asked that DiCamillo write a story with an unlikely hero who had “exceptionally large ears.” Thus Despereaux, the misfit mouse with floppy and, indeed, large ears, was born.

Despeareaux is a small mouse, always the one left behind in his family, who resides in a medieval castle. He falls in love with the princess and his adventures begin from there.

By describing a unique and unlikely love and an even unlikelier friendship, DiCamillo creates an entertaining hero that, though unlikely at first, has everyone rallying around him by the end of the novel. How can they not, when he seeks to win the honor of the princess and holds himself to the same standards as the knights of his kingdom? Despereaux’s heart is truly comparable to his big, floppy ears in terms of size.

Fall in love with Despereaux and his story for yourself, and take advantage of The Arrow’s limited-time offer.

If you need a copy of the novel, you can purchase it through Amazon: The Tale of Despereaux (affiliate link).

The Arrow language arts program

Happy Birthday, E. L. Konigsburg!

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler ARROW SALE

Today is author Elaine Lobl Konigsburg’s birthday and to celebrate, we’re making a special offer! The Arrow for her novel, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, is:

HALF PRICE through Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at Midnight EST! ($4.95)

Hannah Hayes, Brave Writer student and former intern, writes:

In preparation for family road trips, my mom, brother, and I would eagerly search the library shelves for audio books. Without fail, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, would be weeded from the sea of plastic cases and invariably placed in a prominent place atop overflowing piles to be listened to first.

It came as no surprise to me to find the tell-tale Newberry Medal upon the cover for the award is well deserved. This book remains a sheer classic—it was as compelling each time for my parents as it was for my child-self. And with each retelling, it only got better. That, to me is proof of its power.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a story about the adventures of childhood and the lessons the characters discover on the runaway road of growing up. Without giving too much away before you read this gem for yourself, here are some of my favorite quotes:

“The eyes are the windows of the soul… If someone was to look into your eyes, what would you want them to see?”

“But lying in bed just before going to sleep is the worst time for organized thinking; it is the best time for free thinking. Ideas drift like clouds in an undecided breeze, taking first this direction and then that.”

“Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away. That is, running away in the heat of anger with a knapsack on her pack. She didn’t like discomfort; even picnics were untidy and inconvenient: all those insects and the sun melting the icing on the cupcakes. Therefore, she decided that her leaving home would not be just running from somewhere but would be running to somewhere.”

I know that this book will be considered the icing on the cake in your collection as you delight in the words of E.L. Konigsburg time and time again.

So, celebrate E. L. Konigsburg’s birthday and take advantage of our special offer!

Also, if you’d like to buy a copy of the novel, it’s available through Amazon: From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (affiliate link).

The Arrow is a monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl!

James and the Giant Peach FREE ArrowToday is September 13th, and on this day in 1916 Roald Dahl was born. He went on to author books full of whimsy and fantasy, and in honor of his birthday today we are offering a special deal on The Arrow for one of his most popular titles, James and the Giant Peach:


AND it includes The Arrow Guidelines
  until midnight Sept. 15th (EDT)!

The James and the Giant Peach Arrow is always free, but for a limited time The Arrow Guidelines will be included with the sample. The sample gives you a feel for what a typical Arrow issue includes. The Guidelines explain how to use the program and they apply to ALL issues of The Arrow!

James and the Giant Peach is a beloved story about a young boy who is being raised by two difficult aunts – until he finds an escape through, as the title suggests, a giant peach. He is met by creatures of all sorts, such as worms and grasshoppers, and while the book is fantastical and funny it also has its dark elements.

Dahl’s writing is parallel to his plotlines – creative, and both humorous and dark. The following quote is a poetic passage from James and the Giant Peach that will give you an insight into Dahl’s mind and James’ story, demonstrating his style of dark humor:

“We may see a Creature with forty-nine heads
Who lives in the desolate snow,
And whenever he catches a cold (which he dreads)
He has forty-nine noses to blow.
‘We may see the venomous Pink-Spotted Scrunch
Who can chew up a man with one bite.
It likes to eat five of them roasted for lunch
And eighteen for its supper at night.
‘We may see a Dragon, and nobody knows
That we won’t see a Unicorn there…”

Be sure to grab the FREE Arrow AND the Arrow Guidelines

for James and the Giant Peach today!

If you’d like a copy of the novel itself, you can buy it through Amazon (aff link): James and the Giant Peach