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Arrow Book Club: October 2019

Arrow Book Club

Got big readers at home, devouring library books one by one? We’ve got a way to make those books last a little longer! A book club!

Save yourself the hassle of hosting though! We’ve got it all laid out for you.

Log in to the Brave Writer classroom and find:

  • enthusiastic conversationalists
  • thought-provoking questions
  • exposure to diverse opinions
  • a writing coach providing activities
  • opportunities to dig deep

All you need to do is provide the snacks!


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Here’s what Brave Writers (ages 9-12) will be reading in October’s online Arrow Book Club:

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

This novel is the 2019 Newbery winner. It’s a heartwarming (and sometimes heart wrenching) coming-of-age story with a delightfully relatable protagonist—Merci! As she navigates 6th grade, Merci struggles with the developmental and emotional changes that come with growing up. Along with her typical tween-concerns, she must also come to understand and accept the changes brought to her tight-knit family when the effects of Alzheimer’s disease alter her beloved grandfather. This is a story about growing up, growing old, and growing as a family.

Purchase the novel here.


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

Arrow Book Club

Arrow Book Club: September 2019

Arrow Book Club

Don’t tell your kids: the book club experience at Brave Writer isn’t just about having fun reading and chatting with new friends online. The deep reading experience we offer includes benefits your child doesn’t even know they’re getting!

Close reading of quality literature 

  • encourages kids’ brains to understand sequence via story structure and plot,
  • expands their attention spans, and
  • increases white matter in the language areas of the brain.

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Get in on the action with September’s Arrow selection (ages 9-12):

The Wild RobotPeter Brown. Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016. 288 pages.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown is NOT about a robot GONE wild, but a robot IN the wild. When Roz the Robot finds herself stranded on an island, she develops unexpected relationships with the local inhabitants. As she learns to survive in an environment she was not built for, she creates connections and community. A robot with a big heart, Roz’s search for meaning will create plenty of opportunities to discuss friendship, family, the blending of nature and technology, and so much more.

Brave Writer online book clubs provide

  • thought-provoking questions,
  • engagement with one of Brave Writer’s talented writing coaches, and
  • a safe place to have interactions online about a common interest: books! 

Plus: Book Clubs are our best value: lowest tuition, lots of writing! ($99.00 for a month)

Arrow Book Club

Arrow Book Club: August 2019

Got big readers at home this summer, devouring library books one by one? We’ve got a way to make those books last a little longer! A book club!

Save yourself the hassle of hosting though! We’ve got it all laid out 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

All you need to do is provide the snacks!

Plus class tuition includes a free copy of the Arrow guide based on the book.

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Next up in our Arrow Book Club (ages 9-12) is a favorite: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien! 

The story centers on an unusual group of rats with the ability to solve even the most puzzling problems—and a mouse with a perplexing problem to solve. With the threat of the farmer’s plow looming, Mrs. Frisby must find a way to keep her son, Timothy, warm and safe while he recovers from his illness. Can the extraordinary Rats of NIMH help her?

Here’s our little secret. Our 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 gearing up for September!

Arrow Book Club


Happy Birthday, E.B. White!

Happy Birthday EB White Quiver Sale

Elwyn Brooks White, better known as E.B. White, was born on July 11th, 1899, and to celebrate we’re offering you a special deal (keep reading!).

Did you know that two of the writing mechanics and literature guides in our Quiver of Arrows set (1st–2nd grades) are based on books by E.B. White?

Yes, two! They are Charlotte’s Web (our free sample) and The Trumpet of the Swan.

That’s how much we adore E.B. White’s

  • charming stories,
  • delightful characters, and
  • relatable, witty writing style. 

Not to mention his opening hooks (“Where’s Papa going with that ax?”)!


How are we celebrating White’s birthday?

Happy Birthday, E.B. White SalePick one:

  1. Purchase The Trumpet of the Swan Arrow for half price ($5.95).
  2. Or use the discount code QUIV10 to buy the complete Quiver of Arrows set (10 issues) and get the Trumpet of the Swan Arrow for FREE!

The sale ends July 17, 2019 at midnight Eastern.


What’s the Quiver of Arrows?

The Brave Writer Quiver of Arrows is a collection of 10 guides that provide a gentle step into the study of writing mechanics and literature.

They make a bridge for your child from The Wand (K–1st) to the Arrow (3rd–6th grades).

The guides and the accompanying Guidelines equip you, the homeschooling parent, to teach:

  • spelling,
  • punctuation,
  • grammar, and
  • literary elements (like the opening hook)

using quality living literature.

And don’t forget the Book Club Party School sections!

They’re bursting with ideas to celebrate literature and bring stories to life with your kids.


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


Although E.B. White’s first books did not earn immediate critical acclaim, they quickly became favorites to those most discerning of critics–young children. Kids know what kids like, after all, and kids love White’s books.

So take advantage of this special offer (ends July 17, 2019 at midnight ET)!

Purchase The Trumpet of the Swan Arrow for half price ($5.95) or use the discount code QUIV10 to buy the complete Quiver of Arrows set (10 issues) and get The Trumpet of the Swan Arrow for FREE!

If you’d also like to buy a copy of the novel, it’s available through Amazon: The Trumpet of the Swan

Kids Won’t Even Know They’re Writing!

Brave Writer Online Movie Discussion Club

Take Learning to the Movies!

Parents ask me: “How do I get my reluctant writer to grow?”

I answer: “Join a Movie Discussion Club class! They won’t even feel like they’re writing.”

Why do we expect our kids to jump straight into academic writing?

Students of all ages need a chance to play with words and ideas before we expect them to put those thoughts into a ship-shape essay; to get the feel of the raw clay in their hands before they sit down to throw a fully formed pot.

Summer is a great time to flip the script!

Watch a movie, write about it in a conversation with other students, and BUILD academic writing skills naturally!

In our Discussion Clubs, students will:

  • Articulate a position (think thesis statements!)
  • Communicate their insights freely
  • Experience reader responses from peers and an instructor (without grades!)
  • Use concrete examples and evidence in support
  • Write their thoughts without worry about mechanics
  • Developtheir writing voices

Never fear the rainy day—or starting back in September with rusty writing skills. 

This summer we have TWO movie discussion clubs ready for your kids.

All about Animation (July 8 – Aug 2)

Up Seventy-eight-year-old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Persepolis A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Fantastic Mr. Fox An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation.

The Land before Time An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.

Marvelous Musicals (Aug 5 – Aug 30)

The Sound of Music A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Les Misérables In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

West Side Story Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but can love flourish in the midst of intense friction between the warring Jets and Sharks?

Dreamgirls A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.

Give your kids a chance to play this summer. Connect with a different audience, a new purpose, and a new conversation in our Movie Discussion Clubs

Brave Writer Movie Discussion Club