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2019-2020 Arrows and Boomerangs

Brave Writer 2019-2020 Arrows and Boomerangs

The new Arrow and Boomerang book lists have dropped! What a party!

If you did not catch the big reveal live, you can watch the REPLAY here or on the Brave Writer Facebook page.

Why the big party?

The big reveal is exciting because these are:

  • Books your family will read aloud together and treasure all year.
  • Books that naturally teach writing mechanics and introduce literary elements.

Here at Brave Writer, we take the selection of these 20 book titles Very Seriously! All year, we read, discuss, and delight in the year’s latest fiction as well as relishing the classics. We:

  • aim for diversity of authorship and protagonists.
  • incorporate a variety of genres: fantasy to the classics.
  • carefully orchestrate the sequence of the books.
  • balance book length against the holiday demands of a given month.
  • alternate moving, poignant books with silly, lighthearted books.
  • launch the year with a sure-fire winner and end with a warmhearted one.

By the time we’ve settled on a book list, we’re chomping at the bit to share it with you!

This year’s Arrow list is all brand new, and the Boomerang list features only two re-boots. You can expect a lively, inspired reading journey!

About the Arrow and Boomerang

The Arrow (3rd-6th) and the Boomerang (8th-11th) are your specially crafted monthly guides to teaching literature and the mechanics of writing.

These programs include 10 month-long guides that feature:

  • exciting read aloud novels each month,
  • copywork and dictation,
  • literary elements,
  • Big Juicy Discussion/Think Piece questions,
  • and Book Club Party School ideas.

A year’s worth of curriculum (10 month-long guides) for one low price!
When you purchase, you will be invited to a Private Facebook Group for year-long members.

The Arrow and Boomerang are ON SALE
for $89.00 ($10.00 savings) during June only!

The Brave Writer Arrow and Boomerang guides use living literature to bring writing mechanics to life.

A year of adventure, heart-break, humor, tenderness, history, and fantasy await you!

2019-2020 Titles

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August: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
September: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
October: Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
November: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
December: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
January: PIE by Sarah Weeks
February: Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper
March: Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
April: Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan
May: The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter

Purchase the 2019-2020 Arrow Subscription


August: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (reboot)
September: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
October: The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
November: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
December: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (reboot)
January: A Separate Peace by John Knowles
February: Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg
March: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
April: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
May: The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Purchase the 2019-2020 Boomerang Subscription

2019-2020 Arrow & Boomerang Book Reveal: May 31

2019-20 Arrow Boomerang Book Reveal

It’s that time of year when our families get a little nutty enthusiastic. They’re excited for good reason! 

Each year at the end of May, I announce the new book titles for the coming academic year for our Arrow and Boomerang programs. These programs are designed to teach your kids the mechanics of writing through living literature!

The big reveal is exciting because these are:

  • Books your family will read aloud together and treasure all year. 
  • Books that naturally teach writing mechanics and introduce literary elements

Here at Brave Writer, we take the selection of these 20 book titles Very Seriously! All year, we read, discuss, and delight in the year’s latest fiction as well as relishing the classics.

We aim for diversity of authorship and protagonists.

We incorporate a variety of genres: fantasy to the classics.

We carefully orchestrate the sequence of the books.

  • We balance book length against the holiday demands of a given month.
  • We alternate moving, poignant books with silly, lighthearted books.
  • We launch the year with a sure-fire winner and end with a warmhearted one.

By the time we’ve settled on a book list, we’re chomping at the bit to share it with you!

This year’s Arrow list is all brand new, and the Boomerang list features only two re-boots. You can expect a lively, inspired reading journey!

Come to the live reveal! It’s always a blast!

Be sure to have your kids tune in too—they love it!

Some families get together and throw a community party for the big book reveal. 

We’ve got new surprises in store for this year’s books and subscriptions to the Arrow and Boomerang too, which we’ll share on book reveal day.

So are you IN? I hope so!

This year we are hosting the webinar on Zoom (our live webinar platform). You don’t need to register to participate. Just click the link below on May 31.

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019
Time: 11:30 am EDT
Zoom Link:

We’ll also simulcast on Facebook Live.

See you soon!

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Lighten Up Spring with Enchanting Reads!

Arrow and Boomerang Spring Sale

Enchanting Arrows and Boomerangs ON SALE!

Spring is here! The kids are outside catching tadpoles and making mud pies; you’ve thrown the windows open, and you’re ready for the light, airy season of spring.

It feels good to let the kids go—to embrace the freedom that comes when the cold lifts and the flowers bloom. Sigh…. Yes!

Yet the pressure mounts: the end of the year is in sight and you want to be sure you covered enough writing to leave you relaxed and satisfied in June.

How do you engage your children in learning spelling and grammar when everyone is ready to lighten the academic load? How do you discuss writer’s craft when your kids only want to craft mud pies?

The answer: connection over light, enchanting reads!

We’ve curated a selection of books to pair with our Arrow and Boomerang literature guides that teach mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation, and writing craft).

These are the perfect titles to read under a shady backyard tree. Practice copywork on clipboards while sprawled on a picnic blanket. Don’t forget the lemonade!

ON SALE until April 30th!

Presenting: Arrows (3rd – 6th grades):

If your mud pie-making babes have grown into mouse-clicking teens, try enticing them to the page with brownies and a Boomerang title!

Presenting: Boomerangs (7th -10th grades):

Living Literature + Writing Mechanics

The Arrow and The Boomerang are our language arts tools (digital guides) that teach

  • grammar,
  • spelling,
  • punctuation,
  • and literary elements

through novels you read aloud! (A la Charlotte Mason)

You’ll have a ready-made month-long language arts program that includes passages for copywork and dictation, as well as detailed notes to help you explain a comma or alliteration!

$7.00 per guide is a STEAL! Snap them up before time runs out.

Don’t forget to grab your guides from the shop!

Have an Enchanting Spring!

Natural Stages of Growth: Early Writers

Children are writers before they can handwrite!

Do you know your child is a writer well before she can handwrite? We do! Early writers are in the natural stages of growth in writing we call Jot It Down and Partnership Writing.

Perhaps you saw our recent webinar on the natural stages of growth. If not, watch it here!

Early writers are bursting with stories about anything from the report about the dog who just ate your shoe to their recap of how they built the latest LEGO masterpiece. When you capture these ideas in writing, you show your kids their thoughts have value and are worthy of sharing with others. An author is born!

In addition to following your child around with pen and paper in hand, ready to write down their precious utterances, how else can you foster the craft of these budding writers? Story Switcheroo and Telling Tales to the rescue! In these family classes (sign up as many children as you want for one low price), we guide you, the parent, through a series of delightful writing activities centered around beloved

  • fairy tales,
  • myths,
  • and legends.

Our instructors show you how to “come alongside” your writer, providing the necessary support to enable him to twist those tales into new stories. Imagine the feeling a child experiences when his stories are not only written down but also shared at dinner and put in the morning basket for a regular rereading. Your kids will soon know that they are authors!

Brave Writer classes help you establish writing routines and a language-rich household where words become fodder for play and experimentation.

Here’s what our parents have to say:

My son surprised me with how well he absorbed the elements of a fairy tale and how confidently he was able to write his own fairy tale in week 4 of the class using so many of the fairy tale elements we learnt during the class. I am very impressed with the “Switcheroo” process – trust the process. Thanks Jen for an amazing course. The activities in this course were very effective and engaging. My sons loved it and so did I. We had lots of fun and laughs. My sons and I bonded so much and I was able to connect with them. Thank you very much!! -Anna

The class is full of amazing ideas for how to promote storytelling in natural, amusing, and imaginative ways. You don’t have to think of storytelling as starting from scratch – a blank canvas. Instead, you can use stories that you already know and transform them into new and often hilarious stories of your own. -Elizabeth

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Cyber Monday SALE + the Opening of our Holiday Shoppe!

Brave Writer Holiday ShoppeIt’s Cyber Monday!

I’m doing my happy dance because today we’re offering our biggest discount on ALL Brave Writer products in our store—for 24 hours only!

If you’ve got questions, join me on Facebook and Instagram Live at 11:30 AM (Eastern) this morning. I’ll answer all your questions.

Here are the details:

30% discount on ALL Brave Writer products purchased in our store (not classes) for 24 hours. Sale starts on Monday November 26 9:00 AM (Eastern) and ends 9:00 AM (Eastern) on Tuesday November 27.

Discount Code: CELEBRATE18

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Today is also the GRAND OPENING of our annual Holiday Shoppe! Note: These products are hosted on other websites (like Amazon and Zazzle). Check the sites for their holiday discounts so you can apply them to the products. Brave Writer discount codes do not work for these items.

Our brand new Brave Writer Mug is ready for purchase!

  • Buy one for yourself,
  • several for your posse of Brave Writer friends,
  • or a slew of them for Poetry Teatime!

Brave Writer mug

Any item in our store with a bow on it is a part of our Brave Writer Holiday Shoppe—gift ideas for your friends and family (and don’t forget to treat yourself!). The Holiday Shoppe will be open through Midnight Eastern Dec. 31, 2018.

I’m a big fan of shopping from my cozy home, sipping something warm, while wearing comfy clothes. Isn’t it the best? Now nab those products you’ve been eyeing!

Happy shopping!

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