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Coming Soon: Big Bonanza Book Reveal

2020-21 Arrows and Boomerangs

Oh the stack is growing as the books roll in…

Our 🎉 Big Bonanza Book Reveal Party 🎉 is coming your way. It’s a global event and your kids are invited.

May 28 is like the NFL Draft of Read Alouds! We will announce book selections for the 2020-2021 school year for kids aged from 8-15!

These will be the read alouds for three of our programs—including the Arrow and Boomerang—and one more with a mystery name!


When: May 28, 2020 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Brave Writer Book Reveal 2020-2021
Register for the live webinar:

A replay will be available.

Will also be simulcast on Facebook.

You won’t want to miss it. We’re told that your kids get excited for the coming school year during the broadcast! It’s, in a word, awesome!

Brave Writer Arrow and Boomerang Programs

Arrow Book Club: May 2020

Arrow Book Club

Brave Writer’s Arrow Book Club (for ages 9-12) provides an online discussion space (asynchronous, bulletin board style) for students to learn to discuss literature using literary analysis vocabulary without the pressure of writing “essays.”

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What we’re reading in May: The Boy Who Saved Baseball, John H. Ritter. Puffin Books Reprint Edition, 2005. 224 pages.

A plucky, underdog of a team is going the distance—with a bit of unconventional help—to save their local ball field and maybe baseball itself! Not just for baseball fanatics, this story has something for just about everyone. Strong girls, funny boys, delightful character interactions, and cross-generational teamwork bring this story of community and friendship together in a way that will make you laugh, make you sigh, and maybe even make you shed a tear or two. You don’t have to have a household full of baseball fans to love this book. The characters drive the story—and they will stick with you long after the last inning.

Purchase the novel here.

Arrow Book Club

A Surprise Package of New Ideas

A Surprise Package of New Ideas

Back in 2002, I dreaded opening a big thick textbook for any school subject. There’s something heavy about knowing you have 200+ pages of any program to get through, delivered all at once, to be parsed out correctly over ten months.

I had been using Family Fun magazine as my primary schooling inspiration in the 1990s, and loved it! Each month came fresh. Felt like a surprise package of good new ideas!

It dawned on me that we could do something similar for writing and education at home.

  • What if we picked one read aloud per month for the whole family?
  • What if all the language arts activities and practices were included in one package?
  • What if the practices could be modified up or down for a variety of ages and skills?

The Arrow was born—one book to read aloud, one family to listen, four copywork/dictation passages to adapt to all levels + notes in conversational English, one literary element explored, one writing activity to try. The Arrow spread like wildfire. I think you all felt relieved, just like I did. One month at a time.

I must have tapped into something because the Arrow quickly became our best-selling product (still is). We expanded to create similar products for other levels (the Boomerang is the higher level). And we’ve expanded the contents to include discussion questions and book club party ideas.

Today, the monthly Arrow and Boomerang run some 40 pages! We don’t leave you to figure out how to use them either. We provide detailed, user-friendly guidelines, too.

What’s cool is we’ve been at it for 18 years so we have a slew of single issues for a wide variety of titles. You can pick a book you want to read and buy an Arrow or Boomerang to go with it.

For under $12.00 (!), you will purchase a month’s worth of reading, writing, and language arts for multiple ages of kids, complete with guidance for how to grow your writers.

Check out the Single Issues of the Arrow and Boomerang in our store.

We have free samples (click on single issues pages) for you as well. All products are digital and can be printed at home or via any print shop if you prefer.

Arrow Book Club: April 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.

At the heart of our Book Clubs, you’ll find:

  1. reading
  2. questioning
  3. reflecting
  4. discovering!

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Here’s what we’re reading in April in our Arrow Book Club (ages 9-12): Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan. Candlewick, 2017. 400 pages.

A best-selling children’s book in China, Bronze and Sunflower has been translated for American readers. What a gift. The story follows Sunflower, a young girl from the city, who is transplanted to the countryside during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which occurred between 1966 – 1976. She befriends Bronze, the often ostracized and misunderstood deaf boy from a nearby village. After tragedy strikes, Bronze supports Sunflower and she becomes the sister he always wanted. While life is hard in the village, Sunflower loves her new family—but will she be able to stay with them? If you enjoyed The Birchbark House, you’ll love this book!

Purchase the novel here.

Try our low-intensity, warm and welcoming discussion club this April!

Arrow Book Club

Arrow Book Club: March 2020

Arrow Book Club

Brave Writer’s monthly online book clubs are where your kids can meet to discuss thought-provoking questions about books with one of our amazing writing coaches.

And kids are having a ball!

What students have to say:

I would definitely recommend this to a friend because it was very fun and awesome. HOORAY FOR BOOK CLUB!!!! â€”Drew

This class gave me a greater sense of “knowing” the book. If it wasn’t for this class, I would’ve likely understood less and didn’t have as much of a “full” feeling.  —Arina

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Here’s what we’re reading in March in our Arrow Book Club (ages 9-12): Book Scavenger, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC Reprint Edition, 2016. 368 pages.

Here is a delightful tale of friendship and finding a place to call home. Emily’s family moves—a lot. While her parents see the freedom of their nomadic life as a gift, Emily yearns for roots and friendship. When they land in San Francisco, she unexpectedly stumbles upon a mystery, and just as unexpectedly, finds a friend to help her solve it. Part coming-of-age, part mystery—Book Scavenger adds up to a whole lot of book-binding adventure.

Purchase the novel here.

Arrow Book Club