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Happy Birthday, Rebecca Stead!

Brave Writer Happy Birthday Rebecca Stead

In celebration of Rebecca Stead’s birthday on January 16, the Boomerang based on her book, When You Reach Me, is:

HALF PRICE till Friday, January 18 midnight ET ($5.95)!


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Born on January 16, 1968, Rebecca Stead is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning and best-selling novel When You Reach Me.

Shortly after a fall-out with her best friend, sixth grader Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, and she doesn’t know what to do. The notes tell her that she must write a letter—a true story, and that she can’t share her mission with anyone.

It would be easy to ignore the strange messages, except that whoever is leaving them has an uncanny ability to predict the future. If that is the case, then Miranda has a big problem—because the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it.—Amazon

BoomerangLearn language arts with When You Reach Me Boomerang!

The Boomerang is a digital downloadable product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It includes notes about how to teach spelling, grammar, and literary devices found in the passages. It is geared toward 7th 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.

So, celebrate Rebecca Stead’s birthday and take advantage of this special offer today!

Also, if you’d like to buy a copy of the novel, it’s available through Amazon: When You Reach Me

February 2019 Boomerang Book Club

Brave Writer 2019 Feb Boomerang Book Club

Dive into the new year with excellent literature and sign up for our February Boomerang Book Club. After all, what could be a better way to spend the beginning of a new year than with good books and community for your children?

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! And that’s where we come in. Teenagers are invited to join our virtual book discussion club, conducted entirely online in the Brave Writer classroom.

Also a FREE digital copy of our language arts guide based on the book selection for the month is provided.


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February’s selection for the Boomerang Book Club is March by John Lewis.

With vivid detail only a graphic novel could create, March brings a first-hand account of the Civil Rights movement and the life of U.S. Congressman John Lewis to the page. Book one in the three-part autobiographical series covers Lewis’ early life on a sharecropper’s farm in Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., and the beginning of the Nashville Student Movement and their struggles to fight segregation with nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins.

Purchase the novel here.

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

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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 February are our Arrow and Pouch Book Clubs.

Movie Wednesday: Sense and Sensibility

Brave Writer Movie Wednesday Sense and Sensibility

by Amy Frantz

The Dashwood sisters, Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret, are left penniless when Mr. Dashwood passes away, leaving everything to their half-brother who forces them to move out of their own home and live meagerly with distant relatives. In the country, the young women encounter love and heartache as they navigate their new social status.


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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen was originally published in 1811. It’s original by line read: “By a Lady.” But today Jane Austen might be one of the most recognizable author names on any given shelf in a bookstore.

In 1995 Austen’s novel was adapted to the big screen as a major motion picture. Directed by Ang Lee, the film stars Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, and Hugh Grant.

Much of Austen’s work, if not all of it, falls under the genre of novels of manners. Novels of manners are deeply concerned with, well, manners. That is to say, the social conventions, restrictions, and behaviors that “define a class.”

In Sense and Sensibility, a lot of emphasis is given to how characters behave when interacting with others, sometimes in juxtaposition with how society feels they ought to behave. Characters who behave “improperly” are sneered at or judged by those around them.

A central struggle many characters face is how to forge meaningful relationships around the restrictions on class and gender interactions put on them by society, and much of both the comedy and drama arises from how awkward following these conventions can make a conversation.

Discussion Questions

  • At the time during which Sense and Sensibility is set only men could inherit property, so the Dashwood sisters and their mother are deprived of their home and forced to live in the countryside. What other examples from the story can you think of that show the different social restrictions and expectations placed on men and women?
  • Do you think the film provides sufficient evidence of the change in Marianne’s affections towards Colonel Brandon at the end of the film or does it feel too sudden? Explain your answer.
  • Of the Dashwood sisters, whom do you relate to the most and why?
  • A character arc is when a character fundamentally changes as a result of their experiences. Example: Marianne journeys from innocent naivety to a more subdued practicality after her heart is broken by Willoughby. Do you think Elinor has a character arc? And if so, in what ways do you think she demonstrates growth over the course of the story?

Additional Resources

Brave Writer Boomerang Book ClubSign up now for our online Boomerang Book Club for Sense and Sensibility (class begins January 1, 2019).

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.

Also check out our Brave Writer ideas for a Jane Austen Deep Dive including:

  • novels,
  • films,
  • writing
  • prompts,
  • tutorials, and more!

Amy Frantz is a Brave Writer alum and now works as a Virtual Marketing Assistant for Brave Writer.


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January 2019 Boomerang Book Club

Brave Writer Boomerang 2019 January Book Club

The Boomerang Book Club for January 2019 is starting soon! It’s amazing how time flies, but believe it or not it’ll be January before you know it! And with the new year comes new book clubs. You can register for January’s Boomerang Book Club now to ensure your child starts the writing year off on a good foot with some good ol’ Jane Austen.

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! And that’s where we come in.

Also a FREE digital copy of our language arts guide based on the book selection for the month is provided.


[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!]


January’s selection for the Boomerang Book Club is Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

Jane Austen’s first published work follows the story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, as they navigate the perils of the heart and judgments of society in 19th century England. While these sisters take vastly different approaches to life, their love and loyalty remain strong, despite the challenges they face.

Purchase the novel here.

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. Pouch and Boomerang books in particular may include sexuality, graphic language, and mature themes.


Also starting in January are our Arrow and Pouch Book Clubs.

Shakespeare Resources

Brave Writer Shakespeare Resources

This month our Brave Writer Lifestyle focus is Shakespeare! Check out our website page for ways to include the Bard in your homeschool.

And guess what? Registration for our Shakespeare Family Workshop class opens soon on December 3, so break out your fancy quills and mark your calendars.

The Shakespeare Family Workshop is aimed at a younger audience. This hands-on five-week workshop is great for all kinds of learners.

The class will include:

  • craft projects,
  • group learning/research,
  • online resources, discussion,
  • creative writing
  • video recommendations

The family workshop provides a multi-sensory approach to the study of Shakespeare and his works. A few informal writing assignments will be provided for families to do together or separately.

In this course, we’ll learn about:

  • The Elizabethan Theatre scene
  • Shakespeare’s life and times
  • The Bard’s poems and plays
  • Will’s unique writing style and place in English literature

In addition, we’ll also explore one of Shakespeare’s famed sonnets and a few of Shakespeare’s more well-known soliloquies and scenes from several plays.

While you wait for registration to open, here are some Shakespeare resources you can use with your family right now:

Movie Wednesday post for Romeo and Juliet

This Movie Wednesday selection includes a summary of the 2013 film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, background information on the play and this particular adaptation including alterations made to the text, along with five discussion questions for starting Big Juicy Conversations, as well as additional resources.

Pouch of Boomerangs: Shakespeare’s Scribe

This Boomerang is a part of A Pouch of Boomerangs—a set of ten digital literature guides which are designed for 6th-7th grades. The Pouch is similar to The Boomerang but written for the middle school set. Purchase them individually or bundled together.


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