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Boomerang Book Club: June 2020

Boomerang Book Club

Teenagers are invited to join our virtual book discussion club, conducted entirely online in the Brave Writer classroom.

Our book discussions are drawn from rich works of fiction that will easily fulfill the English credit requirement for literature for a year of high school.


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Here’s what we’re reading in June in the Boomerang Book Club: Lord of the Flies, William Golding. Penguin Books Reissue Edition, 2003. 224 pages.

Before The Hunger Games, there was Lord of the Flies. A group of schoolboys is stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash. The lure of adventure free of adult supervision quickly gives way to fear as the boys start to turn on each other. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic.

Purchase the novel here.

Boomerang Book Club

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!

SAVE THE DATE: MAY 28

When: May 28, 2020 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Brave Writer Book Reveal 2020-2021
Register for the live webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UkK36CM4St6IDDG_T0mfxw

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

Boomerang Book Club: May 2020

Boomerang Book Club

The Boomerang Book Club (for teens) provides an online forum for students to freely discuss the novels they read at home. Homeschool students especially need the chance to talk about what they read—yet the busy mother-of-many doesn’t always have time to read those lengthy dense books, let alone discuss them in depth!

Let Brave Writer help. These book discussions are drawn from rich works of fiction that will easily fulfill the English credit requirement for literature for a year of high school.

Teenagers are invited to join our virtual book discussion club, conducted entirely online in the Brave Writer classroom.


[This post contains Amazon affiliate links. When you click on those links to make purchases, Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]


What we’re discussing in May: The Wednesday Wars, Gary D. Schmidt. Clarion Books Reprint Edition, 2009. 272 pages.

The Wednesday Wars, a Newbery Honor-winning novel, takes readers on a comical and often touching, trip through seventh grade in the late 1960s. Will Holling Hoodhood survive the trials of cream puffs, baseball heroes, enraged rats, and, unexpectedly, William Shakespeare and yellow tights? With the Vietnam war in the backdrop, Holling does his best to dig deep for the courage to face each challenge thrown his way. Along the way, he realizes motivation to move forward can come from people he never thought could help and places he never thought to look.

Purchase the novel here.

Boomerang 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.

Tolkien Reading Day

Tolkien Reading Day 2020

March 25 is Tolkien Reading Day!

The Hobbit is by far our most popular Boomerang* language arts guide! Why? You might say, J. R. R. Tolkien has a bit of a following. (If you have a day, you’re popular! Just saying…)

Brave Writer is no exception in this matter: We’re fans!  

Not only did we accompany Bilbo on his uncomfortable adventure in The Hobbit through the Boomerang, but we’ve thrown a Hobbit-themed Poetry Teatime (with no cracked dishes or broken plates) and traveled with Bilbo there and back again on Movie Wednesday

Are you a Tolkien fan?

  • What’s your favorite Tolkien book?
  • Favorite Tolkien quote?
  • When did you first read Tolkien and what were your first thoughts?
  • What’s your fancy: books or movies? (Or: Both are awesome!)
  • What will you do to celebrate Tolkien Reading Day? 

Use the questions above for writing prompts! And feel free to share your family’s answers on our Facebook page.

*The Boomerang is a digital downloadable product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It is geared toward 8th to 10th graders (ages 12—advanced, 13-15) and is the indispensable tool for Brave Writer parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.