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Boomerang Book Club: April 2020

Boomerang Book Club

Rather than teens reading in isolation, without the benefit of examining the writing and the layers of meaning novelists intend their readers to experience, Brave Writer’s The Boomerang Book Club  provides a forum for that opportunity.

The 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.

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Look what we’re discussing in our April Boomerang Book Club (ages 13-18): The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani. Kokila, 2018. 272 pages.

This is the harrowing story of Nisha, a 12-year-old girl, who is half-Hindu, half-Muslim. As tensions rise after India gained independence from British rule, she finds herself in the middle of a conflict between Hindus and Muslims. India’s independence and the partition that followed disrupted Nisha’s idyllic life in what was to become Pakistan. She becomes a refugee and must flee the only home she has ever known. Along the way, she records her hopes and fears in a journal as letters to her mother—a mother who passed away while giving birth to Nisha and her twin brother. Nisha’s story is one of family, hope, and bravery. It gives readers a touching and insightful look at this tumultuous time in the region’s history.

Purchase the novel here.

Boomerang Book Club

Arrow Book Club: April 2020

Arrow Book Club

Brave Writer offers a virtual living room space–where students gather to freely discuss the novels they read with you at home.

At the heart of our Book Clubs, you’ll find:

  1. reading
  2. questioning
  3. reflecting
  4. discovering!

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Here’s what we’re reading in April in our Arrow Book Club (ages 9-12): Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan. Candlewick, 2017. 400 pages.

A best-selling children’s book in China, Bronze and Sunflower has been translated for American readers. What a gift. The story follows Sunflower, a young girl from the city, who is transplanted to the countryside during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which occurred between 1966 – 1976. She befriends Bronze, the often ostracized and misunderstood deaf boy from a nearby village. After tragedy strikes, Bronze supports Sunflower and she becomes the sister he always wanted. While life is hard in the village, Sunflower loves her new family—but will she be able to stay with them? If you enjoyed The Birchbark House, you’ll love this book!

Purchase the novel here.

Try our low-intensity, warm and welcoming discussion club this April!

Arrow Book Club

*NEW* Partnership Writing Planner

Partnership Writing Planner

We promised! The Partnership Writing Planner has come out on schedule, despite the wild ride we’re all on together. I see you over there hunkering down. Well done!

The Jot It Down! Planner has been wildly successful! 

Next up: Partnership Writing!  🎉

Our NEW Partnership Writing Planner provides:

  • Clarity about how to implement Brave Writer programs and the Brave Writer Lifestyle. Check!
  • Support for planning ahead. Check!
  • Tools to keep track of good work and writing skill development. Check!

No matter what kind of homeschooler you are, we’ve heard you and are offering those of you in the Partnership Writing stage a brand new tool to help you be an even more confident, effective parent-educator.

Each Partnership Writing project has a custom designed Week in Focus Planner and Writing Skills Tracker.

The Week in Focus Planner helps

  • weave Brave Writer Lifestyle activities into your week 
  • schedule oral language practices: memorization, narration, and word play
  • plan daily activities for the writing project of the month

The Writing Skills Tracker provides

  • checklists to note basic and project-specific writing skills 
  • a word bank of academic vocabulary 
  • a space to incorporate that language into a short narrative about your child’s learning experience

NOTE: If you purchased Partnership Writing or the Partnership Writing bundle before 3/16/2020, you’ll need to purchase the Planner a la carte. Follow this link for more details.

Plus don’t forget, we have a 20% OFF Discount Code for you to use all week in the Brave Writer storeHOME20

Partnership Writing Planner

Want to learn more? Watch this recorded broadcast.

Needing Support Due to COVID-19?

Welcome Home

We know many of you are “suddenly-at-home schoolers” and most of you are “already homeschoolers.” 

During this time of confinement due to COVID-19, all of us may feel a little uneasy, at loose ends, and antsy. Brave Writer has lots of resources to help you.

We’ve made some of our paid resources free until April 30, 2020 so that you can enjoy them without spending a dime. 

We’ve also created a 20% off discount code (scroll down) for those who want to purchase our products but are going through an economically challenging moment (like all of us, really).

Finally, take a look at our online classes listed below if you are looking for short-term, powerful writing instruction while your kids are home from traditional school or are being homeschooled. 

Our classes are 3-6 weeks in length and new ones start every Monday.


100 Daily Writing Tips (Writing prompts for the whole family, 144 pages!)

7-Day Writing Blitz (One week of pure writing fun!)

Friday Freewriting Prompts

Content from the Homeschool Alliance

To access the “free preview” content in the Homeschool Alliance, you will be asked to enter your name and email address. Once done, you will have full access to the complete Lesson Plans and Master Classes listed here (look for the yellow tag that says “Free Preview”).

Ready-Made Lesson Plans

Use these ready-made lesson plans to create learning using what you have on hand. These lessons are free for a limited time (until the end of April).

Master Classes: Creating the Learning Environment

Also taken from the Homeschool Alliance, these are webinars and readings to help you create a healthy context for learning.

A Gracious Space

Download my book, A Gracious Space: Spring.

These daily readings give you support and encouragement. Included: 50 non-sectarian essays designed to comfort you when you run up against your limitations and to provide energy for learning at home.

If you’re brand new to Brave Writer you can learn more here: Get Started.


Use STUCKATHOME to purchase products in the Brave Writer Store and get 20% OFF through Friday, March 27, 2020, at midnight EDT.

Download our free Product Sample Set here.


Our online classes require no special software and are asynchronous (you can log in when convenient to you). Suitable for kids who homeschool or attend traditional schools. We have lots of additional offerings, but here are some suggested classes to get you started in March and early April.

Ages 9-12

Family Classes

High School

Movie Discussion Clubs (Discounts when you sign up for 2 or more)

More FREE information and support

And we have so much more for you to read, peruse, or pop into your earbuds.

Brave Writer Podcast

The Brave Writer Lifestyle

A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief Blog

Brave Writer YouTube Channel

Poetry Teatime (Download the FREE Quick Start Guide)

The Brave Learner Companion Guide (goes with The Brave Learner, Julie’s book)

Questions? Contact help@bravewriter.com

Watch the recorded broadcast below to learn more.