Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. Everyone is the same. Except Jonas.
Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test—when he must try to save someone he loves—he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?
Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling it questions every value we have taken for granted and reexamines our most deeply held beliefs.
Teens are ready for plot twists, adventure, moral quandaries, history, and a wide variety of literary genres. Enter the Boomerang!
Our year-long program is delivered in 9 month-long lesson plans, released one month at a time.
Each handbook is based on a novel and immerses your teen in the world of:
Each handbook contains:
Detailed notes to establish the context of the novel of the month (book not included)
Four passages taken from the novel for copywork and dictation, one per week
Easy-to-follow instructions to teach writing elements found in the passages
Examination of grammar and punctuation
Additional notes that go beyond the passage
Nine "think piece" questions—for discussion and writing
Book club party ideas
Copywork passages on separate printable pages
Four-color design that looks gorgeous on tablets or printed at home
The Boomerang program comes with guidelines to help you implement the practices of copywork and dictation, as well as a planning tool and a writing skills tracker to help you stay attuned to your teen's progress.
The Boomerang is delivered to your Brave Writer online account once per month on the 15th (starting in July). Each handbook is four-color, about 40-50 pages, is a non-consumable PDF, and can be used with multiple children (no need to purchase additional copies).
Find related books in the Brave Writer Book Shop: The Hunger Games, Brother's Keeper, The Giver, Disability Visibility (adapted for young readers), The Lightning Thief, The War of the Worlds, Brown Girl Dreaming, Romeo and Juliet (graphic novel), I Must Betray You