The Boomerang


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
  • Print or read on your device (you own them)
  • No matter when you purchase, you’ll have access to all 10 Boomerangs by May 2020
  • See the tab at bottom of page for in-depth Program Details.

2019-2020 program begins August 1, 2019.
Private Facebook support group included in purchase (opens August 1).

2019-2020 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: The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien)
September: Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli)
October: The Red Umbrella (Christina Diaz Gonzalez)
November: A Wizard of Earthsea (Ursula K. Le Guin)
December: Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
January: A Separate Peace ( John Knowles)
February: Unbound: A Novel in Verse (Ann E. Burg)
March: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
April: The Night Diary (Veera Hiranandani)
May: The Wednesday Wars (Gary D. Schmidt)

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. 

Brand New Features

This year's 10-month Boomerang program comes with brand new features:

  • Julie will be joining the Private Facebook Group to support your use of the program, offering comments and quarterly webinars for members only.
  • A new Boomerang Skills Tracker checklist to help you box-checkers have a way to keep track of what you can do with the Boomerang, for reassurance that you are doing "the right things."
  • A new Our Week with Boomerang planner to help you plan your week with the Boomerang and tailor the program to the needs and skills of your teen. 

Check out the Boomerang Book Club for students interested in online class discussion.

Find single issue Boomerangs here.

All purchases of digital products are FINAL. No refunds.

  • Age: Ages 13–16 (around 8th–10th grades), or any high school student interested in the literature.See the Pouch of Boomerangs for 6th-7th grades.

    Format: PDF files, downloadable to your computer or tablet. Permission to print also included. See for good prices and quality printing.

  • Download a Sample Issue (The Prince and the Pauper)

    Boomerang Guidelines are included with each purchased Boomerang but are not included with the 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.

    The Skinny

    • 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 ideas.

    How do I use it?

    1. Read the Guidelines (separate download, included with purchase) to understand how to make the most of your Boomerangs.
    2. Read the first week’s passage and the accompanying notes.
    3. Investigate the passage with your teens, highlighting the grammar, spelling, punctuation, and literary elements.
    4. Consider the “Inside Scoop” and “Beyond the Passage” sections for insights into literary analysis.
    5. Give your teens the opportunity to copy the passage or to write it from dictation.
    6. Invite your teens to discuss and write about some of the Think Piece questions.
    7. 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 8th-11th grades includes:

    1. A tool for literature and mechanics: punctuation, grammar, spelling, literary style (Boomerang)
    2. A tool that teaches the writing process for original writing (Help for High School)
    3. A tool that supplies writing projects (assignments) that makes use of mechanics and original writing skills (online high school writing classes)

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