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Brave Writer Reviews by Melanated Gold

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We are honored to have had top home educators from the Melanated Gold Review Squad try our program and provide helpful reviews to our customers. We hope these reviews help you to see the Brave Writer programs in action and to make good decisions for your family.

Here are their reviews:

Mechanics & Literature

Dart: The One and Only Bob by Hi Homeschool

Arrow: Amari and the Night Brothers by Simple Homeschool Lifestyle

Arrow: Amari and the Night Brothers by Little Learner and Mom

Writing Projects

Jot It Down! by the Mama Connect

Partnership Writing Review by How We School

Partnership Writing: It’s a Vibe by The Simple Happy Life

Brave Writer Products

Mechanics & Literature: January 2022

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In January’s Dart, Arrow, Boomerang, and Slingshot, circumstances have upended the lives of our protagonists. Now they’re looking for love and belonging as they rise to meet big challenges.

Get inspired by these characters’ savvy and spirit while exploring, in meaningful ways with your family:

  • writing,
  • mechanics,
  • and literary devices.

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Dart (ages 8-10)

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Trees can’t tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all.

Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best―writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view. ~Amazon

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Front Desk
Arrow (ages 11-12)

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they’ve been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language? It will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

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The Barren Grounds
Boomerang (ages 13-14)

The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson

Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their culture and each other, and struggle to fit in at school and at their new home — until they find a secret place, walled off in an unfinished attic bedroom. A portal opens to another reality, Askí, bringing them onto frozen, barren grounds, where they meet Ochek (Fisher). The only hunter supporting his starving community, Misewa, Ochek welcomes the human children, teaching them traditional ways to survive. But as the need for food becomes desperate, they embark on a dangerous mission. Accompanied by Arik, a sassy Squirrel they catch stealing from the trapline, they try to save Misewa before the icy grip of winter freezes everything — including them.

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The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Lives of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sister, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come. ~Amazon

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Mechanics & Literature: December 2021

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Whether searching for home, new community connections, or a piece of the American Dream, the characters in this month’s Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang are all on a quest to find their place.

Read about it while exploring writing, mechanics, and literary devices in meaningful ways with your family.

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Brave Writer Dart
Dart (ages 8-10)

Heartwood Hotel: A True Home by Kallie George

When Mona the Mouse stumbles across the wondrous world of the Heartwood Hotel in the middle of a storm, she desperately hopes they’ll let her stay. As it turns out, Mona is precisely the maid they need at the grandest hotel in Fernwood Forest, where animals come from far and wide for safety, luxury, and comfort. But the Heartwood Hotel is not all acorn souffle and soft moss-lined beds. Danger lurks, and as it approaches, Mona finds that this hotel is more than a warm place to spend the night. It might also be a home.

This delightfully enticing start of a new chapter book series tells a tale of friendship, courage, and community, with exquisite black-and-white illustrations throughout. -Amazon

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Brave Writer Arrow
Arrow (ages 11-12)

The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm

Bell has spent his whole life — all eleven years of it — on Mars. But he’s still just a regular kid — he loves cats, any kind of cake, and is curious about the secrets the adults in the US colony are keeping. Like, why don’t they have contact with anyone on the other Mars colonies? Why are they so isolated? When a virus breaks out and the grown-ups all fall ill, Bell and the other children are the only ones who can help. It’s up to Bell—a regular kid in a very different world—to uncover the truth and save his family . . . and possibly unite an entire planet. Mars may be a world far, far away, but in the hands of Jennifer L. Holm, beloved and bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish, it can’t help but feel like home.

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Brave Writer Boomerang
Boomerang (ages 13-14)

Great American Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) edited by Paul Negri*

Featuring 19 of the finest works from the most distinguished writers in the American short-story tradition, this new compilation begins with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1835 tale “Young Goodman Brown” and ranges across an entire century, concluding with Ernest Hemingway’s 1927 classic, “The Killers.” Other selections include Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Melville’s “Bartleby,” Harte’s “The Luck of Roaring Camp,” “To Build a Fire,” by Jack London, “The Real Thing” by Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Bernice Bobs Her Hair,” plus stories by Mark Twain, Sarah Orne Jewett, Charles Chesnutt, Kate Chopin, Stephen Crane, Willa Cather, Ambrose Bierce, Theodore Dreiser, and others.

*A note about this Boomerang: These stories touch on mature themes of human experience—love, unexpected windfall, but also danger, stolen luxuries, race, poverty, and death (including suicide in “Paul’s Case”). We highly recommend you preread each story before sharing it with your teen and review the content provided in the Boomerang to help you teach these stories in historical context.

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2021 Holiday Shoppe is OPEN

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The Brave Writer Holiday Shoppe is OPEN!

TODAY, November 30, 2021 is the opening of our annual Holiday Shoppe!

Each year, we host a variety of gifts you can purchase for yourself or friends that aren’t available the rest of the year.

You’ll find:

  • mugs,
  • tote bags,
  • journals,
  • and our Gracious Space books as a collection on Kindle!
Brave Writer Holiday Gifts

New item: Julie Bogart Autograph Bookplates

If you want to give the gift of THE BRAVE LEARNER or you want to pre-order a copy of RAISING CRITICAL THINKERS (my new book), and you’d like it autographed by me, you can do that too!

For a small fee, you can purchase a signed bookplate by the author (that would be me)! Pop the bookplate into a mug or tuck it into a card along with the book or book receipt and you will have a perfect gift for your friend. Then the two of you can read and discuss the book(s) together.

I will turn around the signatures and mail the bookplates back to you as soon as you order them!

Julie Bogart Bookplates

Open between Nov 30 and Dec 31

The Holiday Shoppe stays open all of December! 

Brave Writer Holiday Shoppe

Cyber Monday Sale 2021!

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Cyber Monday is here!

30% discount on ALL Brave Writer products purchased in our store (not classes) for 24 hours. 

Sale starts on Monday November 29 at MIDNIGHT (Eastern) and ends MIDNIGHT (Eastern) on Tuesday November 30.

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This is the biggest sale we’ve had in three years. Stock up now!

Holiday Shoppe

Tuesday, November 30 will be the opening of our annual Holiday Shoppe! This shoppe includes Brave Writer and Brave Learner Home swag (and a few items for my new book Raising Critical Thinkers!). 

Perfect gift ideas for your friends who are fans (or maybe even for you!). It will be open through midnight EST Dec. 31, 2021.

Note: many of the items are hosted on another platform and Brave Writer does not have control over shipping the items to you. Check for their discount codes and shipping.

Excited for you to have what you want!

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