Happy Birthday, Katherine Paterson!

The Master PuppeteerIn celebration of Katherine Paterson’s birthday (born October 31, 1932) we’re making a special offer! The Boomerang for her novel, The Master Puppeteer, is:

Half price for one day only: $4.95! OFFER HAS EXPIRED

Katherine Paterson said she never wanted to be a writer growing up (she wanted to be either a movie star or a missionary), but she went on to pen some of the most admired works of children’s literature. She’s best known for Bridge to Terabithia. Other works include The Great Gilly Hopkins and Jacob Have I Loved.

Paterson tackles difficult themes in her stories, such as death, jealousy, and being outcast in society. Her young protagonists often triumph over adversity through inner strength and self-sacrifice.

The Master Puppeteer won the National Book Award for Children’s Literature 1977. Paterson’s website describes it like this:

Who is the man called Saburo, the mysterious bandit who robs the rich and helps the poor of the Japanese city of Osaka? And what is his connection with the Hanaza, the puppet theater run by the harsh master of Yoshida? Young Jiro, an apprentice puppeteer, is determined to find out even though this could be very dangerous.

So, celebrate Katherine Paterson’s birthday and take advantage of this special offer today!

The Boomerang is a monthly digital downloadable product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It is geared toward 7th to 10th graders (ages 12—advanced, 13-15) and is the indispensable tool for Brave Writer parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

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