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Arrow Book Club: February 2020

Arrow Book Club

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

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February’s Arrow Book Club title (for ages 9-12): Stella by StarlightSharon Draper. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books Reprint Edition, 2016. 352 pages.

Stella is a brave, tenacious girl growing up in a segregated North Carolina town during the depression. When Sella and her brother witness the activity of the Ku Klux Klan late one night, it is a sign of unwelcome changes to come. As Stella struggles to find her purpose, her community grapples with the oppression perpetrated by the Klan members in town. This book about family, community, and hope is infused with a sense of time and place. Draper weaves song and dialect into the story to create vivid scenes that bring the story to life.

Purchase the novel here.

Join the Arrow Book Club and let Brave Writer do all the heavy lifting for you. All you need to do is provide the cookies!

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Inspired to Write

Brave Writer Student Spotlight

Through the unique use of writing mechanics, informative illustrations, vivid storytelling, and a good dose of humor, Jemma (age 9) brings her characters to life in an epic adventure to save the kingdom from a HUGE, hungry dragon.

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Jemma’s inspiration?

The book, How to Train Your Dragon, and Brave Writer’s accompanying Arrow mechanics and literature guide! 

How to Save Your Kingdom

by Jemma

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Student Spotlight: Jemma

The How to Train Your Dragon Arrow highlights “Punctuation and Writing Mechanics as Style” and provides insights into the power these elements lend to writing.

All Arrows foster inquiry and curiosity about how writers use punctuation, grammar, and spelling, as a means to engage readers—not to simply have “correct” writing. 

Arrows provide easy-to-understand notes to help parents and their children explore writing mechanics and writers’ craft through the published works of established authors. Over time, children apply these writing tools to original writing, as Jemma has shown in her engaging story. 

Thank you for sharing your epic story with us, Jemma! We wish you many days of brave writing ahead!

Creative Ways to Use Brave Writer’s Arrow & Boomerang Year-Long Programs

Brave Writer Arrow and Boomerang

When you purchase either the Arrow (3rd – 6th grades) or the Boomerang (8th – 10th grades) mechanics and literature guides you are automatically invited to the Brave Writer coaching + training community on Facebook. I give webinars there every other month to members to help you gain confidence and skill.

But what if you aren’t using the year-long program and still want the training?

Our community members have suggested clever ways to take part in the Arrow and Boomerang Facebook group—even if they’re not using all ten issues right now.

Let’s take a look at different scenarios and possibilities!

Situation #1

My kids are at different stages.


Purchase the Arrow and the Boomerang year-long programs (might pair one of them instead with our Quiver of Arrows or Pouch of Boomerangs) and save half the guides for next year.

Situation #2

My child is between levels.


Purchase the Arrow or the Boomerang year-long program closest to your child’s current level then start with appropriate single issues and move into (or feather in) the Arrow or Boomerang titles.

Situation #3

There is no way we’ll get through ten issues in one year. 


Purchase the Arrow or the Boomerang year-long program and use it over two years (five guides a year instead of ten). Take advantage of the training now and extend the learning possibilities with deeper dives into fewer guides.

So join the nearly 1000 families who are in our Facebook group! Watch the training videos, read the helpful discussion, and apply what you learn to your homeschool lessons.

Arrow Book Club: January 2020

Brave Writer Arrow Book Club

Let Brave Writer’s Arrow Book Club selections open worlds for your kids! 

In discussion with their peers, they

  • Create empathy and a broader perspective on a topic
  • Practice composing responses and figuring out their opinion
  • Imbue more sophistication in their writing long term

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January’s Arrow Book Club title (for ages 9-12): PIE by Sarah Weeks. Scholastic Paperbacks Reprint Edition, 2013. 192 pages.

Alice loves her Aunt Polly, and she connects with her beloved aunt through one of Polly’s favorite things: making pies! When her aunt unexpectedly passes away, Alice is left with Aunt Polly’s cat, Lardo, and a mystery! What is the secret to her aunt’s world-famous pie-crust recipe? And why did she leave the recipe to Lardo? Small-town politics, pie-baking contests, and a few red herrings make this a delightful read. With a pie recipe at the beginning of each chapter, you and your kids will be running to the kitchen to make award-winning pies all month long!

Purchase the novel here.

A rich array of experience await! Join the Arrow Book Club and get a free copy of our language arts guide to go with the book.

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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!

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