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Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang: Oct. 2020

Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang: October 2020

Our Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang guides pair living literature with lively lessons to help make mundane writing mechanics come alive. And our October book selections promise adventure and lots of fuel for Big Juicy Conversations!

This month we’ll travel with a family of Moomintrolls on an exciting adventure; we’ll meet a kid who breaks the mold; we’ll solve the case with a clever detective and his sidekick; and we’ll learn the ins and outs of grammar and punctuation along the way.


Brave Writer Dart

Finn Family Moomintroll, Tove Jansson

It is spring in the valley and the Moomins are ready for adventure! Moomintroll and his friends Snufkin and Sniff find the Hobgoblin’s top hat, all shiny and new and just waiting to be taken home. They soon realize that his is no ordinary hat; it can turn anything―or anyone―into something else! ~Amazon

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Brave Writer Arrow

Fish in a Tree, Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike. ~Amazon

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Brave Writer Boomerang

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Excitement! Intrigue! Suspense! Horror!

The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally serialized in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England’s West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case. This was the first appearance of Holmes since his intended death in “The Final Problem”, and the success of The Hound of the Baskervilles led to the character’s eventual revival. ~Amazon

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Brave Writer Language Arts

Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang: Sept. 2020

September 2020 Dart Arrow Boomerang

What do a train, a hot-air balloon, and a magical creature called a brownie have in common?

If you guessed that they are all featured in the Brave Writer September book selections, you’re right!

While exploring grammar, punctuation, spelling, and literary devices, you can also

  • perform perilous stunts with Pearl,
  • solve magical mysteries with Louisa,
  • or travel home by train with Saroo.

The Brave Writer Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang guides pair living literature with lively lessons to help make mundane writing mechanics come alive.

Act out adjectives, fall over in a fit of giggles over comma usage, and break the “rules” by watching the movie first!

Read. Engage. Connect.


The Prairie Thief, Melissa Wiley

Louisa Brody’s life on the Colorado prairie is not at all what she expected. Her dear Pa, accused of thievery, is locked thirty miles away in jail. She’s living with the awful Smirches, her closest neighbors and the very family that accused her Pa of the horrendous crime. And now she’s discovered one very cantankerous—and magical—secret beneath the hazel grove. With her life flipped upside-down, it’s up to Louisa, her sassy friend Jessamine, and that cranky secret to save Pa from a guilty verdict.

Ten bold illustrations from Erwin Madrid accompany seasoned storyteller Melissa Wiley’s vibrant and enchanting tale of life on the prairie—with one magical twist. ~Amazon

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The Nerviest Girl in the WorldMelissa Wiley

Pearl lives on a ranch where her chores include collecting eggs and feeding ornery ostriches. She has three older brothers, who don’t coddle her at all. And she knows a thing or two about horses, too.

One day, Pearl’s brothers get cushy jobs doing stunts for this new form of entertainment called “moving pictures.” They’re the Daredevil Donnelly Brothers, a Death-Defying Cowboy Trio. Before she knows it, Pearl has stumbled into being a stunt girl herself—and dreams of becoming a star. The only problem is, her mother has no idea what she’s up to. And let’s just say she wouldn’t be too happy to find out that Pearl’s been jumping out of burning buildings in her spare time. Filled with action, humor, and heart–not to mention those pesky ostriches—The Nerviest Girl in the World introduces a spunky heroine whose adventures will have kids on the edge of their seats and whose sense of humor will have them laughing until the very last line. ~Amazon

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A Long Way Home: A Memoir, Saroo Brierley

This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again.

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

A Long Way Home is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: Hope. ~Amazon

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Don’t Do Everything

Don't Do Everything

A familiar refrain I am seeing everywhere in the Brave Writer space: that you feel overwhelmed by too much to do.

Let me make it perfectly clear here.

Don’t do everything!

Start with ONE of our products. Just that one. Read the information at the front or in the guidelines or one chapter of the Writer’s Jungle.

Then DO that thing without reading anything else, without planning anything else, without thinking about how it all fits together. That is utterly unnecessary.

You will get so much value if you deep dive into ONE of the products and take it just ONE week or project or activity at a time.

So do ONE thing this month and shelve everything else. If you find yourself really enjoying that thing, do it more! Don’t rush on to the next thing. Maximize the value right there. If you notice flagging interest after a bit, then turn your attention to the NEXT product and do ONE small bit of that one.

You cannot do this wrong!

Each product creates engagement with writing. ALL of them do. They all work.

You’re going to be okay. Take a risk and TRY one thing. Just one! See how it feels.

xo Julie


Brave Learner Home

Brave Writer Summer Camp 2020

Brave Writer Summer Camp 2020

FREE Online Summer Camp!

July 21-22, 2020

Wondering how to kick off a great homeschool year?

Wish you knew more about Brave Writer and all its offerings?

Here’s your chance! We’ve got two days of FREE webinars to help you prepare.

We’ve got a camp handbook for you and your kids with crafts and snacks for them!

And Melissa Wiley is gracing us with a sneak peak of her brand new book, The Nerviest Girl in the World, one of our Arrow books! She’ll read aloud to your kids each day over lunch!

You can join us as it suits your schedule.

We will have replays. 

We can’t wait to serve you! Descriptions below. Sign up here.


Webinar Descriptions

On Ramp to Homeschool

Join Julie Bogart (Creator of the Brave Writer program) to hear about how to jump-start your homeschool for the fall. She’ll cover how to boot up the first six weeks and plan for a great year ahead. Great for newbies and in the “middle of the muddle” homeschoolers too. Julie will give an overview of how the whole Brave Writer program fits together. If you are still wondering how to get started with Brave Writer, this is the session for you!

Get into Gear with Reading and Writing

In this session, Dawn Smith (Director of Publishing) and Julie Bogart will talk about the power of reading aloud to your kids and how literature is a springboard for learning all the mechanics of writing. Imagine combining handwriting, spelling, grammar, and literary power using living literature! It’s a beautiful vision!

Nerviest Girl in the World

Give your kids a treat! Melissa Wiley, children’s author and Brave Writer coach and writer, has chosen to share her brand new book with our community first: The Nerviest Girl in the World! You can bring your kids to listen and know that they are getting the sneak peak! She’ll read for 20-30 minutes with all the voices!

The Horsepower of Short, Focused, Online Writing Classes

Our award-winning online writing classes are unlike any on the market. Kirsten Merryman (Director of Online Classes) and Jen Holman (Senior Writing Coach and Trainer) offer insights into how to maximize the power of a class in your child’s writing life. Discover how your kids can fall in love with writing!

Roadmap to Your Best Homeschool Life: Brave Learner Home

Imagine having support, friendship, coaching, and resources that give you what you need when you need them. Our Brave Learner Home community is designed to offer you the space you need to grow. Our goal is not to scrutinize curriculum but to work with the underlying principles of healthy family life combined with how to harness the power of natural learning. We’ll also take care of you, so you have the stamina to keep going. Join Jeanne Faulconer (Director of the Brave Learner Home) and Julie Bogart for an hour of inspiration!


Register + Get Handbook

The entire Brave Writer team is excited to serve you this year.

Get ready for your best homeschool year yet!

Brave Writer Summer Camp

About the Wand

The Wand

Brave Writer has a change coming.

Our popular “learning to read” program, the Wand, is returning to its original creator, Rita Cevasco. When Rita created the Wand for Brave Writer, she was in private practice. Today, she has her own thriving company called Rooted in Language

In reviewing our goals and hers, the Wand fits so beautifully with what she’s building, it felt important for Rita to have the rights back to sell and support it. She’s also rolling out a brand new phonics program called Pinwheels that dovetails beautifully with the Wand.

What does that mean for Brave Writer?

We will sell the Wand until July 15. You can purchase the Jot it Down! bundle with the Wand and be added to the Brave Learner Home. After July 15, all Wand purchases will be through Rita’s company.

Brave Writer is producing a new product to release in 2021 for this youngest level of student that will focus on writing, rather than learning to read.

  • Purchase the Wand on the Brave Writer website for now, here.
  • Purchase the Jot it Down! bundle with the Wand, here.

Read more details about the Brave Learner Home Special Offer.

To discuss this change in more detail and to learn more about this offer, please come to my Facebook Live on Thursday, July 2 at 4:00 PM.