For Hire: A Literary Travel Guide
Explores a new novel each month
Confidently leads through lush language landscapes
Offers a detailed account of rare punctuation and grammar sightings
Shares engaging discussion prompts
Investigates literary themes with flair!
Meet: the Boomerang
The Boomerang is your boots-on-the-ground master tour guide, intrepidly leading you through the challenging terrain of high school literature.
Each month, your language arts field guide:
- Chooses a powerful novel to read
- Selects four insightful passages for copywork and dictation
- Offers expert, easy-to-understand language notes for you and your teen
- Guides students in literary analysis
- Plans book club parties so you don’t have to!
How it works
- Each Boomerang is a digital PDF file that includes four weeks of instruction
- New Boomerangs are uploaded to a private folder on the first of each month
- Check your email (once your purchase is complete) for login instructions
- Download the Boomerang(s) and the Boomerang Guidelines at your convenience (starting August 1, 2020).
- Print or read on your device (you own them)
- No matter when you purchase, you’ll have access to all ten Boomerangs by May 2021
- See the tab at the bottom of this page for in-depth Program Details.
2020-2021 program begins August 1, 2020.
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The 2020-2021 Boomerang Book List
We encourage you to review the books yourself to be certain that you are comfortable with the content before giving them to your teens.
August: Emma (Jane Austen)
September: A Long Way Home: A Memoir (Saroo Brierley) [movie edition: Lion]
October: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
November: How I Became a Ghost (Tim Tingle)
December: The Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)
January: Other Words for Home (Jasmine Warga)
February: Blink (Malcolm Gladwell)
March: They Called Us Enemy (George Takei )
April: Our Town (Thornton Wilder)
May: Refugee (Alan Gratz)
Books are not included with purchase of the Boomerang. Book list contains Amazon affiliate links. Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you.
The Boomerang appears in our Faltering Ownership Bundle and our Transition to Ownership Bundle.
Find single issues of the Boomerang here.
Check out the Boomerang Book Club for students interested in online class discussion!
All purchases of digital products are FINAL. No refunds.
Age: Ages 13–14 (around 7th–9th grades), or any Jr. high or high school student interested in the literature.
Format: PDF files, downloadable to your computer or tablet. Permission to print also included.
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Download a free sample.
What is the Boomerang?
The Boomerang shows you, the homeschooling parent, how to bring language arts and literary analysis to life for your teens through living literature, copywork, and dictation.
- Each month, your teen will read the selected work (novel or short story).
- Each week, your teen will examine a selected passage from that novel.
- The weekly passages are accompanied by notes that detail spelling, punctuation, grammar and literary analysis.
- Each Boomerang provides "Think Piece" Questions that provoke deeper investigation of the novel’s themes, plot, and characters through discussion and freewriting.
- Each month students are encouraged to select “Golden Lines”—their favorite passages from the novel, to keep in a special notebook.
- Each Boomerang includes Book Club Party School ideas.
How do I use it?
Read the Guidelines (separate download, included with purchase) to understand how to make the most of your Boomerangs.
- Read the first week’s passage and the accompanying notes. Investigate the passage with your teens, highlighting the grammar, spelling, punctuation, and literary devices.
- Consider the “Inside Scoop” and “Beyond the Passage” sections for insights into literary analysis.
- Give your teens the opportunity to copy the passage or to write it from dictation.
- Invite your teens to discuss and write about some of the Think Piece questions.
- Select a “Golden Line” (favorite passage) and hold a book club party!
How the Boomerang fits into a Complete Writing Program
The Boomerang is one part of a three-part complete writing and language arts curriculum, meeting the need for instruction in writing mechanics and the reading and study of quality literature.
A three-part Brave Writer writing program for ages 13–14 includes:
- A tool for mechanics and literature (punctuation, grammar, spelling, literary style).
- A tool that teaches the writing process for original writing (Help for High School).
- A tool that supplies writing projects (assignments) that makes use of mechanics and original writing skills (online high school writing classes).