The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden

Karina Yan Glaser • Illustrated Text

The Arrow is the monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel (you purchase or obtain the novels yourself). It’s geared toward children ages 11–12 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

This guide contains the following features:

  • 4 Passages (one per week) for copywork/dictation
  • Notes about punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and literary devices
  • 3 Grammar or Punctuation Spotlights 
  • Literary Device: Illustrated Text
  • Writing Activity: Insert Illustrated Text
  • 9 Discussion Questions
  • Book Club Party Ideas
  • 52 pages
  • Publication Date: March 2022

How does the Arrow fit into the Brave Writer complete language arts program? Learn more on our Getting Started page.

About the book 

While Isa is off at sleepaway orchestra camp, Jessie, Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney are stuck at home in the brownstone with nothing to do but get on one another’s nerves. But when catastrophe strikes their beloved upstairs neighbor, their sleepy summer transforms in an instant as the Vanderbeeker children band together to do what they do best: make a plan. They will create the most magical healing garden in all of Harlem.

In this companion to 
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, experience the warmth of a family and their community as they work together to bring a little more beauty and kindness to the world, one thwarted plan at a time. – Amazon

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This month’s book selection from the year-long Arrow program.


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