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Boomerang Book Club: October 2019

Boomerang Book Club

A road schooler at heart? Wish you could learn another language? Meet someone from the other side of the world? Think that the curriculum you bought in September is the limit of what you can explore?

THINK AGAIN! This is how you make your world bigger than your backyard: BOOKS!

Books and perspectives outside their normal range of experience grow writers. Give your kids something to think about that’s outside the box! Reading is the easiest, safest and CHEAPEST way to see the world. 


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Check out our online Boomerang Book Club (ages 13-18) selection for October:

The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez.

This is the tale of 14-year-old Lucía Álvarez, who has been relocated with her younger brother from Cuba to the United States as part of Operation Pedro Pan—an operation that facilitated the flight of more than 14,000 Cuba children to the US to flee Fidel Castro’s revolution. Lucía misses the way it used to be before the revolution came marching into her small Cuban town and changed everything. As she adapts to her new life in the heartland of America, she wonders if she will ever see her parents, or her homeland, again.

Purchase the novel here.


A rich array of experience await! Join us and get a free copy of our language arts guide to go with the book.

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Boomerang Book Club: September 2019

Boomerang Book Club

Brave Writer’s Boomerang Book Club is the perfect jumping off point for sparking exploration.

There are no grades, no pressures, no strict expectations.

Just pure inspiration! New worlds and experiences!  (A recipe for enchantment, I tell ya!)

At the heart of our online book club, you’ll find our beloved coaches who facilitate:

  • reading
  • questioning
  • reflecting
  • discovering!

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Join us for the Big Juicy Conversations we’re having in September (ages 13-18):

Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli. Ember Reprint Edition, 2002. 208 pages.

Follow Leo Borlock as he navigates the treacherous waters of high school. Leo’s plan to blend in is foiled when he falls for Stargirl—the outrageously nonconformist new girl! Stargirl sends Leo, and the rest of the students at Mica Area High School, for a tailspin as they grapple with the shifting winds of popularity and what it means to be true to yourself.

Writing doesn’t need to be like pulling teeth. In our Boomerang Book Club, teens can’t wait to share their thoughts! Passionate opinions naturally draw out the writer in them. 

Boomerang Book Club

Boomerang Book Club: August 2019

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.

A rich array of experiences await!

Boomerang Book Club


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

2019-2020 Arrows and Boomerangs

Brave Writer 2019-2020 Arrows and Boomerangs

The new Arrow and Boomerang book lists have dropped! What a party!

If you did not catch the big reveal live, you can watch the REPLAY here or on the Brave Writer Facebook page.

Why the big party?

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.
  • incorporate a variety of genres: fantasy to the classics.
  • carefully orchestrate the sequence of the books.
  • balance book length against the holiday demands of a given month.
  • alternate moving, poignant books with silly, lighthearted books.
  • 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!

About the Arrow and Boomerang

The Arrow (3rd-6th) and the Boomerang (8th-11th) are your specially crafted monthly guides to teaching literature and the mechanics of writing.

These programs include 10 month-long guides that feature:

  • exciting read aloud novels each month,
  • copywork and dictation,
  • literary elements,
  • Big Juicy Discussion/Think Piece questions,
  • and Book Club Party School ideas.

A year’s worth of curriculum (10 month-long guides) for one low price!
When you purchase, you will be invited to a Private Facebook Group for year-long members.

The Brave Writer Arrow and Boomerang guides use living literature to bring writing mechanics to life.

A year of adventure, heart-break, humor, tenderness, history, and fantasy await you!

2019-2020 Titles


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Arrows

August: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
September: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
October: Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
November: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
December: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
January: PIE by Sarah Weeks
February: Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper
March: Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
April: Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan
May: The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter

Purchase the 2019-2020 Arrow Subscription

Boomerangs

August: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (reboot)
September: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
October: The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
November: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
December: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (reboot)
January: A Separate Peace by John Knowles
February: Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg
March: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
April: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
May: The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Purchase the 2019-2020 Boomerang Subscription