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The Winners of our Big Book Giveaway!

2017-18 Big Book Winners

We wanted you to have the books to go with your Arrow or Boomerang purchase so we held a BIG BOOK GIVEAWAY for the 2017-18 book collections!

Here are the 5 lucky winners:

  • Betsy Frodermann
  • Deanna Niles McConnell
  • Emily Anderson
  • Sandy Foutz
  • Vincent Casey Lee

Congratulations! You’ll be contacted soon and your set of Arrow or Boomerang titles (your pick!) will be on its way (international winners will receive a $100 Amazon gift card to buy the books).

2017-18 Arrow and Boomerang Books

The Arrow (3rd-6th) and the Boomerang (7th-10th) are Brave Writer’s language arts tools (digital magazines) that teach

  • grammar,
  • spelling,
  • punctuation,
  • and literary elements using living literature (a la Charlotte Mason)

They include

  • four passages for copywork and dictation,
  • parent-friendly notes to help you teach the mechanics of writing,
  • nine discussion questions,
  • and a sheet of themed-party suggestions.

Each issue publishes on the 1st of the month and will be available for download from a private folder on our Brave Writer Website.

One caveat: We are offering Arrow and Boomerang book clubs for ALL 20 titles (registration opens in July). 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.

Science-Themed Language Arts

Science-Themed Language Arts

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


A mom on Braveschoolers asked about Science-Themed Arrows and here are ones that were recommended:

Blood and Guts

This is a book to help you explore the amazing territory that is inside the bag you live in that you call your skin. It will show you experiments to try, tests to take, and the tools to make that will help you see and feel and hear what is going on inside. You’ll amaze yourself.—From the back cover

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Readers today are still fascinated by “Nat,” an eighteenth-century nautical wonder and mathematical wizard. Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a sailor’s world—Salem in the early days, when tall-masted ships from foreign ports crowded the wharves. But Nat didn’t promise to have the makings of a sailor; he was too physically small. Nat may have been slight of build, but no one guessed that he had the persistence and determination to master sea navigation in the days when men sailed only by “log, lead, and lookout.”—Amazon

Galen and the History of Medicine

When Endemus recovered, suddenly people all over Rome wanted Galen to be their doctor…Galen gave lectures to explain his ideas…In one demonstration, Galen wanted to prove that speech came from the brain, not the heart, even though sound seems to come from the chest.—From the book

Nim’s Island

A girl. An iguana. An island. And e-mail. Meet Nim–a modern-day Robinson Crusoe! She can chop down bananas with a machete, climb tall palm trees, and start a fire with a piece of glass. So she’s not afraid when her scientist dad sails off to study plankton for three days, leaving her alone on their island. Besides, it’s not as if no one’s looking after her–she’s got a sea lion to mother her and an iguana for comic relief. She also has an interesting new e-mail pal. But when her father’s cell-phone calls stop coming and disaster seems near, Nim has to be stronger and braver than she’s ever been before.—Amazon

Science Verse

What if a boring lesson about the food chain becomes a sing-aloud celebration about predators and prey? A twinkle-twinkle little star transforms into a twinkle-less, sunshine-eating-and rhyming Black Hole? What if amoebas, combustion, metamorphosis, viruses, the creation of the universe are all irresistible, laugh-out-loud poetry? Well, you’re thinking in science verse, that’s what. And if you can’t stop the rhymes . . . the atomic joke is on you. Only the amazing talents of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, the team who created Math Curse, could make science so much fun.—Amazon

Nature Study

Charlotte’s Web (FREE!)
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Poppy
The Big Wave
Trumpet of the Swan


Brave Writer Online Class: Skip into Science

How We Select Boomerang Books

How We Select Boomerang Books

The Boomerang is Brave Writer’s monthly digital product that features a classic work of fiction each month. These novels are used to teach the mechanics of writing (grammar, spelling, punctuation, and literary elements) to students, usually 8th grade and above.

Sometimes Boomerang book selections contain mature language or themes, and parents have asked why we chose them. We share below how we select all the books on our list.


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We pick books because we love them.

For instance, I’ve read The Thing About Jellyfish (and sobbed my little heart out at the end – such a tearjerker of mother’s love!). The novel is the story of a middle school aged girl struggling to process her grief at the loss of her best friend from childhood (death by possible drowning). The writing is gorgeous and the attention to detail, astonishing.

The books also represent the following criteria:

Quality literature (good writing).

For example, the 2017-18 books include Newbery Medal winners and National Book Award finalists.

Diverse authorship.

  • male/female
  • various viewpoints
  • diverse ethnicity
  • diverse time period
  • classics and modern

Both male and female protagonists.

Variety of genres.

  • poetry
  • prose
  • first person narrative
  • third person narrative
  • fantasy
  • historical fiction, etc.

That’s how books make it to our list.

What I often say to parents is this: select books that both feel right for your family (your values) and those that stretch you to include viewpoints you aren’t familiar with. Even when you disagree with something, it is worth it to read and discover how others see the world and to appreciate how their point of view feels to them. Reading a book is not the same as agreeing with a viewpoint.

That said, we encourage parents to make their own judgments. The Boomerang will address the writing. That’s our focus.


Brave Writer Boomerang Book ClubBoomerang Book Club

Teens are invited to join our virtual book club! Rather than reading in isolation, without the benefit of examining the writing and the layers of meaning novelists intend, The Boomerang Book Club provides a forum for that opportunity.

Arrow/Boomerang SALE + Giveaway!

2017-18 Arrow/Boomerang Sale + Giveaway

A Big Book Bonanza just for you!

1. Big Book Giveaway

You could win ALL 10 of the Arrow or Boomerang books to go with your Arrow or Boomerang purchase in June. Details for the Giveaway are below.

2. A Sale in June

Brave Writer is pleased to announce that the 2017-2018 Arrow and Boomerang Collections are on sale for the entire month of June.

Arrow: $69.00 (regular price: $79.00)

Boomerang $89.00 (regular price: $99.00)

We’ve added a new feature to BOTH sets of guides: A list of Book Club activities and ideas to host your own Arrow and Boomerang parties!

Our brand new staff member, Mary Wilson (from the popular blog “Not Before 7“) is our party planner.

Mary Wilson

Mary will share her amazing tips and ideas for bringing these books to life AND she’ll be hosting a special Facebook Group for subscribers to both the Arrow and Boomerang.

PLUS the Arrow is being written this year by the incredible Melissa Wiley, children’s novelist!

Melissa Wiley


10 Issue Bundle Sale Runs June 1-30!

The Arrow (3rd-6th) and the Boomerang (7th-10th) are Brave Writer’s language arts tools (digital magazines) that teach

  • grammar,
  • spelling,
  • punctuation,
  • nine discussion questions,
  • a sheet of themed-party suggestions,
  • 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.

Each issue publishes on the 1st of the month and will be available for download from a private folder on our Brave Writer Website.

Purchase the novels in our Amazon store.

One caveat: We are offering Arrow and Boomerang book clubs for ALL 20 titles (registration opens in July). 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 giving away 5 sets of 10 books!

Here’s your chance to win either the Arrow or Boomerang Book Collection for 2017-2018! We want you to have the books to go with your Arrow or Boomerang purchase.

To enter, simply fill out our form. For additional entries, share the contest with friends. So easy!

International Brave Writer fans can play too (if you win, we’ll send you a $100 Amazon gift card so you can buy the books yourself). No purchase necessary to play. Ends June 30, 2017. Winners will be announced July 3rd.

Enter the Giveaway

2017-18 Arrow and Boomerang Titles!

Arrow and Boomerang Titles for 2017-18

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Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]

Presenting the 2017-2018 book lists for our literature program!

Full Year Bundle On Sale JUNE 1st

Ever wish you could teach the mechanics of writing in a natural, literature-bathed context? Well you can! Here at Brave Writer, we dedicate careful attention to providing you with language-rich materials that make learning the mechanics of writing as natural as learning to speak!

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.

Each issue publishes on the 1st of the month and will be available for download from a private folder on our Brave Writer Website.

Try it this year, and see the difference!

One caveat: We are offering Arrow and Boomerang book clubs for ALL 20 titles (registration opens in July). If you decide you want your kids to be in our 2017-18 book discussion clubs, know that the issues of the Arrow and Boomerang are included for the price of the club.

The Arrow Books

2017-18 Arrow Titles

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning by Daniel Handler
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

The Boomerang Books

2017-18 Boomerang Titles

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Walking by Henry David Thoreau
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Georges by Alexandre Dumas
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Watch this introduction to all the books!


During June, you also have the chance to WIN either the Arrow or Boomerang Book Collection! We’ll post all the details on June 1. To enter, you’ll fill out a form. For additional entries, you’ll have the opportunity to share the contest with friends. We’re giving away 5 sets of books! International Brave Writer fans can play too (if you win, we’ll send you a $100 Amazon gift card). No purchase necessary. Stay tuned for more details.

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

UPDATED: Enter the Giveaway HERE