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Black Friday Weekend (November 25-27)

Buy-2-get-1-free deal on Brave Writer:

Literature Singles!

I know so many of you want to experience Brave Writer but don’t know where to start.

THIS is where to start

Whether your kids are 5, 9, 14 or 18, we’ve got you covered!

In a single month, let us help you teach your kids language arts and writing through literature!

  • A classic novel to read aloud (book not included)
  • Four weeks of instruction
    • grammar
    • punctuation
    • literary devices
    • spelling
    • handwriting
    • copywork/dictation practices
  • Big juicy comprehension questions
  • Notes about historical and cultural context
  • Ideas for a book party that follows the theme
  • Writing activities

All of this material in an easy-to-use format for less than $19.95.

Buy any two literature singles ($9.95-$19.95) and get a third for free!

This is a time to stock up on titles that go with your other subjects of study (history, geography, science, math, poetry…).

Select and Sort

To help you make quality selections, we’ve put together a spreadsheet that identifies cross-curricular connections, the time period of the novel, and literary devices the products cover. You’re welcome!

Select and Sort Spreadsheet!

Research, add to cart, and then click purchase! The discount is taken automatically at checkout. If you have any questions, email us!

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2022 Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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Hey I know it’s been a rough year. Everyone is economizing any way they can.

As a result, this year for the first time ever, we have an entire weekend of sales for you!

Mark your calendars and do your research now!

Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Monday are around the corner.

We have offers for both.

Black Friday

On Black Friday Weekend (11/25-27), we’re offering a buy-two-get-one-free deal on our Literature Singles.

Cyber Monday

On Cyber Monday (11/28), take a whopping 28% OFF of any product purchase (except Literature Singles). That bundle you’ve been eyeing? It will be at its best price of the year!

Prepare NOW while your hands aren’t covered in flour and pie crust. 

Shop the following weekend. 😍


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Mechanics & Literature: November 2022

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November’s Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang selections feature unexpected heroes who, against all odds, use their special talents to rise and save the day!

And this month’s Quill invites you to explore the wild world of animals from the cozy comfort of your home while nurturing your child’s early reading, handwriting, and math skills.


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Quill (ages 5-7)

Great ready to ROAR and GROWLLLL your way into fall with November’s Quill: Wild Animals.

In this Quill we’ll dig into fantastic facts found in nonfiction books as we explore boxes, glossaries, and more; play with awesome adjectives as we craft a creature and name it; Hissssss. . . Caw. Grrrrrowl. ROAR! with onomatopoeia; put numbers in their places and hunt for them in the wild; stare at staggering statistics and make up some of our own; and pull out our rulers to make critter comparisons from the largest to the smallest and everything in between! 

NOTE: You can use any animal-themed picture books you have in your stacks or find at your library.

Some Suggestions:

  • A Nest Is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long
  • Born to Be Wild: How Baby Animals Survive and Thrive by DK Publishing
  • Eye Spy: Wild Ways Animals See the World by Guillaume Duprat
  • Crowbar: The Smartest Bird in the World by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Wendell Minor
  • Dear Wandering Wildebeest and Other Poems from the Watering Hole by Irene Latham, Illustrated by Anna Wadham 
  • The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale by Jan Brett (and other Jan Brett books) 

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Dart (ages 8-10)

Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs by Pam Muñoz Ryan 

Find out if Solimar can save her kingdom and the future of the monarchs from a greedy king! This page turner weaves themes of family, courage, and perseverance in ways your children won’t soon forget!

Your child will feel as bright as a button this month when they explore similes as a literary device.

We’ll also: 

  • make noise with onomatopoeia,
  • meet the handy-dandy hyphen,
  • dig into dialogue,
  • admire alliteration,
  • ponder a powerful symbol,
  • link phrases with conjunctions, and so much more!

Purchase the book.

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Arrow (ages 11-12)

Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith

You’ll see Peter Pan like you’ve never seen him before when you read this imaginative twist on a beloved classic.

The Literary Device is breaking the fourth wall. Find out what happens when writers use this technique to transport readers into the story. 

We’ll also: 

  • hoot and howl over onomatopoeia;
  • realize what retellings reveal; 
  • discover the power of descriptive details
  • boldly behold adverbs;
  • chat about dialogue punctuation;
  • ponder personification, and so much more! 

Purchase the book.

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Boomerang (ages 13-14)

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac

This novel is the story of a sixteen-year-old Navajo code talker who played an important role in facilitating vital US military communications during World War II.

In this Boomerang we’ll:

  • sink deep into symbolism;
  • crack the code and appreciate anecdotes;
  • enlighten with analogies;
  • note names and nicknames galore;
  • connect with conditional statements;
  • play on words with puns, and so much more!

Purchase the book.

Get the Boomerang.


For ages 15-18, check out the Slingshot.


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Mechanics & Literature: October 2022

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This month’s Quill is all about Art! Infuse your child’s day with a burst of color and a dash of design as you explore familiar concepts from a fresh new angle!

And October’s Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang selections inspire dynamic discussions. Use these stories to dig deep and examine topical issues while you explore:

  • writing,
  • mechanics,
  • and literary devices together! 

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Quill (ages 5-7)

In this Quill, we’ll get wordy with as we read artwork through shapes, see art styles come to life through a thematic art study, tell a new story through art edits, bring silent subjects to life with captions, tickle our imaginations with tessellations and tangrams, and play with scale and proportion!

NOTE: You can use any art-themed picture books you have in your stacks or find at your library.

Some Suggestions:

  • A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  • The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Sean Rubin
  • Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung, illustrated by Chris Sasaki
  • Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts 
  • I Spy Shapes in Art and other books by Lucy Micklethwait
  • Art Lab for Kids by Susan Schwake (activity book)

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Dart (ages 8-10)

Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot

You won’t believe what happens if you a let a dragon out of a bag and feed it sweet treats.

It’s time to “let the cat out of the bag.” We’re about to “spill the beans!” You guessed it, this month’s Literary Device is the idiom!

We’ll also:

  • investigate writer’s craft,
  • poke around some prepositions,
  • assemble question marks for a game of Twenty Questions,
  • unpack the power of a particular prefix,
  • inject excitement into our writing with interjections (oh boy!),
  • eyeball the em dash, and so much more!

Purchase the book.

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Arrow (ages 11-12)

Loyalty by Avi

Explore the American Revolution from a fresh new perspective!

The Literary Device is imagery. Explore the wondrous ways words paint pictures that we see, smell, hear, taste, and touch! 

We’ll also:

  • dabble in dialogue punctuation,
  • step back in time to highlight historical context,
  • explore our interest in possessive adjectives,
  • count on an opportunity to discuss writing numbers,
  • wait for it—entertain the em dash,
  • show you dazzling descriptive verbs, and so much more!

Purchase the book.

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Boomerang (ages 13-14)

The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga

This powerful novel affirms the ways deep friendships provide strength to help us navigate the most difficult of times.

In this Boomerang, we’ll:

  • examine epistolary writing down to the letter,
  • consider characterization and ponder point of view,
  • dissect dialogue,
  • spice things up with specific details,
  • tackle titles,
  • notice the narrative arc and the emotional arc, and much more!

Purchase the book.

Get the Boomerang.


For ages 15-18, check out the Slingshot.


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Mechanics & Literature: September 2022

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September is a fresh start—a chance to make new family memories.

Are you ready to laugh? This month’s Quill is all about Riddles and Jokes!

September’s Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang are stories that celebrate the beauty of connection with:

  • nature,
  • family,
  • and friends.

Immerse yourself in these dynamic stories of courage and perseverance while your family explores writing, mechanics, and literary devices in brand new ways! 


[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!]


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Quill (ages 5-7)

In this Quill we’ll get wordy with wordplay—exploring how puns, slang, homonyms, and homophones make jokes work; examine book brains, also known as the table of contents; hunt for letters in the wild as we explore fonts; hone comedic timing by telling jokes; collect favorite funnies in a joke book; and play with patterns in jokes and beyond! 

NOTE: You can use any joke-themed picture books you have in your stacks or find at your library.

Some suggestions:

  • Eight Ate: A Feast of Homonym Riddles by Marvin Terban
  • Fun Jokes for Funny Kids! by Reader’s Digest 
  • Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On by Winters, Sherritt-Fleming, and Collins (poem: “Pattern Rock!”) 
  • Riddles by Pam Rosenberg 
  • Riddles and Trick Questions for Kids and Family! by Puzzleland
  • So Imagine Me: Nature Riddles in Poetry by Lynn Davies 

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Dart (ages 8-10)

Willodeen by Katherine Applegate

A timely and timeless tale about our fragile earth, and one girl’s fierce determination to make a difference.

The Literary Device is Descriptive Language, a tool that makes moments in a story feel real.

We’ll also: 

  • collapse words into contractions,
  • examine end marks,
  • find out why dilly bugs and peacock snails are compound nouns,
  • take note of a commanding colon,
  • spy several scent-ilating similes,
  • use a robust set of tools to describe some magical creatures, and so much more!

Purchase the book.

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Arrow (ages 11-12)

Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca

Reha feels torn between two worlds: school, where she’s the only Indian American student, and home, with her family’s traditions and holidays. When Reha finds out that her mom is sick, she is determined to make her Amma well again. She’ll be the perfect daughter if it means saving her mom’s life.

The Literary Device is Allusion. LaRocca leans heavily on this device, repeatedly referring to popular music from the 1980s to help us hear this story unfold.

We’ll also: 

  • notice and name the elements of a novel in verse,
  • see why metaphors are often the apple of an author’s eye,
  • practice personification,
  • read one-word sentences and ponder their power,
  • examine epistolary writing down to the letter,
  • learn the story behind the story with help from the author’s note, and so much more!

Purchase the book.

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Boomerang (ages 13-14)

The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger’s Apprentice, Book One) by John Flanagan

The Rangers have always scared him in the past—with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. Now, our 15-year-old protagonist, always small for his age, has been chosen as their apprentice. He will soon find out that they are the protectors of the kingdom.

In this Boomerang we’ll:

  • ponder shifting perspectives and point of view,
  • brood over the backstory and forecast the future with foreshadowing,
  • glance at graphic design choices,
  • linger with ellipses,
  • analyze archetypes and flutter through the fantasy fiction genre,
  • dissect storytelling in dialogue, and so much more!

Purchase the book.

Get the Boomerang.


For ages 15-18, check out the Slingshot.


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