Whether you’re taking a trip this summer or staying close to home, your kids can go on the ultimate adventure with our August Boomerang Book Club selection: THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien.
It doesn’t get more epic than this! Fantasy is ‘all the rage’ in teen literature— but this is a bonafide classic you’ll be thrilled to add to your teen’s list.
Plus class tuition includes a free copy of the Boomerang guide based on the book.
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The lives of all Middle Earth lie in the balance as Bilbo Baggins joins a rag-tag company of dwarves to reclaim the Arkenstone from the mighty dragon, Smaug. Enter dramatic encounters with giant spiders, wizards, and goblins. (As well as the faithful, conniving and ever-present Golum! Love him or hate him!)
Teens get full-on obsessed with Tolkien’s world. Are you ready? Pick up the book, sign up for the Boomerang Book Club, and make it ‘the summer they read The Hobbit’! After class, they can go on to watch the movies and devour Middle Earth lore.
Why do we expect our kids to jump straight into academic writing?
Students of all ages need a chance to play with words and ideasbefore 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.
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!
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.
Don’t tell your teens: the Boomerang 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 high schoolers don’t even know they’re getting!
Plus a FREE digital copy of our language arts guide based on the book selection for the month is provided.
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May’s selection for the Boomerang Book Club (ages 13-18) is The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.
A series of poetic vignettes about the life of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl living in Chicago. The oldest child of a family that moves from one apartment to the next, Esperanza finds her voice as she navigates a world filled with joy and heartbreak. Available as an audiobook read by the author.
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. Pouch and Boomerang books in particular may include sexuality, graphic language, and mature themes.
Also starting in May are our Arrow and Pouch Book Clubs.
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