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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. We’ll send it out again that morning.

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019
Time: 11:30 am EST
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/111145777

We’ll also simulcast on Facebook Live.

See you soon!

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Harry Potter *Updated* Arrow Guide

Updated Harry Potter Arrow

The world of Harry Potter is bursting with surprise, mystery, risk, and adventure! Delightful names like Quidditch and Diagon Alley abound. Peculiar characters (including one who deems explosion from school to be more dire than death) are the norm.


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A magical school for witches and wizards—with invitations delivered by owl, no less—provides the backdrop for the adventures of the first installment of the seven-book series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

You and your children can explore all of this and more in our

Updated and Expanded
 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ARROW Guide!

Along with all the usual elements of our Arrow guides (grammar, punctuation, spelling, literary element, and writing activity), the guide has been updated with nine Big Juicy Questions and Party School Book Club ideas.

Who is ready for a magical book club party to celebrate the completion of the book?

The Arrow guide is a companion to you, the parent. It’s the language arts partner that helps you teach writing mechanics and literary elements to multiple children of varying ages and skills—all with one guide!

Grow your young writers while following Harry, Ron, and Hermione on their adventure!

Win! Win!

Get the Harry Potter Arrow


FYI: Save the Date! The 2019–2020 Arrow and Boomerang book list reveal is May 31! More details soon!


If you are a planner and want a year-long language arts program right now, grab the 2018-2019 Arrow or Boomerang collection at the year-of-release discount rate—available until May 30!

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!

Arrow Book Club: April 2019

Arrow Book Club April 2019

Our online book clubs for kids are a great way to get comfortable with the Brave Writer program! The book clubs provide literature discussion without the pressure of essay composition!

Plus a FREE digital copy of our language arts guide based on the book is provided.


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April’s Arrow Book Club selection is By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman.

Follow the adventures of Jack, a twelve-year-old Bostonian, and his English butler, Praiseworthy, as they set forth to strike it rich in the California Gold Rush! These two unlikely gold miners need to hit pay dirt to save the family estate. Along the way, they meet a cast of colorful characters and find themselves in plenty of predicaments. 

Purchase the novel.

Homeschool students especially need the chance to talk about what they read—-yet the busy mother-of-many doesn’t always have time to take the discussion to a written form.

Let Brave Writer help you. These book discussions are drawn from entertaining works of fiction that your kids are sure to love!

REGISTER HERE

Caveat: Please remember that you’re the parent. If you have doubts about the content of a particular book, please check the reviews of the novel or read it for yourself first.


Also starting in April are our Boomerang and Pouch Book Clubs.

Arrow Book Club: March 2019

Arrow Book Club

We’re sneaky! The Arrow Book Club (ages 9-12) provides an online discussion space where students discuss literature using literary analysis vocabulary without the pressure of writing “essays.” All that discussion will be put “into” writing but it will be invisible to them. They will feel like they are just “talking” when in fact they are writing!

Plus a FREE digital copy of our language arts guide based on the book is provided.


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


March’s Arrow Book Club selection is Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh.

Discover the world through the eyes of eleven-year-old Harriet, a spy. As all good spies do, she writes down everything she observes in her notebook—even brutally honest and often awful thoughts about her classmates. When the notebook goes missing, Harriet finds herself in a fix. Will the rambunctious Harriet smooth out the mess and regain the trust of her friends? Available as an audiobook read by Anne Bobby.

Purchase the novel.

Homeschool students especially need the chance to talk about what they read—-yet the busy mother-of-many doesn’t always have time to take the discussion to a written form.

Let Brave Writer help you. These book discussions are drawn from entertaining works of fiction that your kids are sure to love!

REGISTER HERE

Caveat: Please remember that you’re the parent. If you have doubts about the content of a particular book, please check the reviews of the novel or read it for yourself first.


Also starting in March are our Boomerang and Pouch Book Clubs.