Brave Writer Titles (The Arrow)

A Door in the Wall

by Marguerite de Angeli Biography

A Long Way from Chicago

by Richard Peck Historical Context

A Tugging String

by David T. Greenberg Narrator

Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo Collage

Ben and Me

by Robert Lawson Historical Setting

Blood and Guts

by Linda Allison Titles

Bud, Not Buddy

by Christopher Paul Curtis Onomatopoeia

By the Great Horn Spoon!

by Sid Fleischman Dialect

By the Shores of Silver Lake

by Laura Ingalls Wilder Antonyms

Caddie Woodlawn

by Carol Ryrie Brink Conclusions

Call It Courage

by Armstrong Perry Imagery

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

by Jean Lee Latham Writer’s Voice

Charlotte’s Web

by E. B. White Alliteration

Cricket in Times Square

by George Selden Rhyme

Danny, Champion of the World

by Roald Dahl Character Interview

Encyclopedia Brown

by Donald Sobel Analogies

Esperanza Rising

by Pam Munoz Ryan

Foreign Language

Farmer Boy

by Laura Ingalls Wilder Descriptive Detail

Free Baseball

by Sue Corbett Diamante

Freedom Train

by Dorothy Sterling Cliches


by Andrew Clements Compound Words

Galen and the Gateway to Medicine

by Jeanne Bendick Updating History

Ginger Pye

by Eleanor Estes


Half Magic

by Edward Eager Dialog

Harriet the Spy

by Louise Fitzhugh Hyperbole

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by J. K. Rowling

Henry Huggins

by Beverly Cleary

Homer Price

by Robert McCloskey Wild Words


by Carl Hiaasen One Sentence

How Tia Lola Came to Stay

by Julia Alvarez Apostrophe

How to Train Your Dragon

by Cressida Cowell


Ida B

by Katherine Hannigan Grammar Games

In the Beginning

by Virginia Hamilton Repetition of Key Terms

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

by Bette Bao Lord Personification

James and the Giant Peach

by Roald Dahl Stylish Synonyms

Johnny Tremain

by Esther Forbes Opening Hooks

Journey to Jo’burg

by Beverley Naidoo Cinquain

Just So Stories

by Rudyard Kipling Invented Language

Little Britches

by Ralph Moody Figurative Language

Little House in the Big Woods

by Laura Ingalls Wilder Protagonist

Little House on the Prairie

by Laura Ingalls Wilder Confusing Word Pairs

Mary Poppins

by P. L. Travers Rhyme

Moccasin Trail

by Eloise Jarvis McGraw Alliteration


by Brian Jacques Onomatopoeia

My Side of the Mountain

by Jean Craighead George


Nim’s Island

by Wendy Orr Similes and Metaphors

On the Banks of Plum Creek

by Laura Ingalls Wilder Mood

Pippi Longstocking

by Astrid Lindgren Onomoatopoeia


by Sterling North Consonance


by Brian Jacques Onomatopoeia

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

by Eleanor Coerr Fictionalizing History

Sarah, Plain and Tall

by Patricia Maclachlan Confusing Word Pairs

Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett Surprise

Secret of the Andes

by Ann Nolan Clark Dialog


by Robert Newton Peck Metaphor

Star of Light

by Patricia St. John Metaphor

Stuart Little

by E. B. White Details

The Big Wave

by Pearl S. Buck Theme

The Borrowers

by Mary Norton Topics

The Cabin Faced West

by Jean Fritz Consonance

The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn

by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler Personification

The Hero and the Crown

by Robin McKinley Homonym/Homophone

The Horse and His Boy

by C. S. Lewis Writing Projects

The House at Pooh Corner

by A. A. Milne Synonyms

The Liberation of Gabriel King

by K. L. Going Journaling

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by C. S. Lewis Powerful Verbs

The Long Winter

by Laura Ingalls Wilder Amplification

The Midwife’s Apprentice

by Karen Cushman

Gritty Realism

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

by Beverly Cleary Viewpoint

The Penderwicks

by Jeanne Birdsall


The People at Pineapple Place

by Anne Lindbergh Fantasy

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster

Literal Meaning

The Prairie Thief

by Melissa Wiley Similes

The Tale of Despereaux

by Kate DiCamillo


Thimble Summer

by Elizabeth Enright Simile

Treasures in the Snow

by Patricia St. John Punctuation

Trumpet of the Swan

by E. B. White Appeal to Known Experience

Turn Homeward, Hannalee

by Patricia Beatty Writing Letters

Wheel on the School

by Meinart DeJong Assonance

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

by Grace Lin

Heroic Journey

Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame

10 thoughts on “Brave Writer Titles (The Arrow)

  1. Dear Sheila,

    How do you plan to incorporate the Brave Writer curriculum into a Waldorf format? I would like to use the Wand, which is used weekly. But I also like letting subjects “sleep”, as they say.

    Thanks in advance,

    • Hey Samantha,
      I chose certain titles that would correspond with the blocks my seventh grader will be doing. How I *think* it will work (one never knows LOL) is that he will read the book on his own and then we will do the lessons on Fridays. Each Arrow is supposed to take 4 weeks, which will correspond nicely to our blocks. Also I’m not doing a book for every block.

      I looked at the Wand and saw that it is recommended for early elementary. I am going to start some spelling and grammar with my 3rd grader this year, but not weekly. Maybe incorporate it with the story blocks (OT stories and NA stories). Personally, I think weekly grammar and such is too much – even in middle school. In the Writer’s Jungle (the Brave Writer writing philosophy curriculum) Julie recommends 3 grammar blocks: one in late elementary school, one in middle school and one in high school.

      That all probably muddies the water, LOL.
      Interested to hear what you decide.

      • Dear Sheila,
        Thanks for taking the time to respond to my question.

        I decided to borrow your idea and incorporate the Wand into our language arts block, instead of the weekly format. Weekly is too much for 2nd grade.

        So I’ll read through for the academic lessons, chose passages from the stories we’re using, and apply the lessons to our passages. Its more work than using the provided passages during preparation, but less time during our actual lessons. Hope that’s clear.

        Also, I wanted to mention they now have a product between the Wand and the Arrow, A Quiver of Arrows. That might fit if the Arrow is too hard for your 3rd grader.

        Thanks again,

  2. Sheila, I would love to hear how it’s going with BW and the Arrow, if you ever felt like sharing. I am struggling with it, despite the fact that I truly believe in it’s underlying goals. I’d love to get your insights and share tricks of the trade!

    Loved the 2014 list – a good foundation (whether in garments or writing or math or…anything) is essential!!

    • LOL Yes, it IS all about the foundation.

      Hmmm, BW and the Arrow. We did Galen and The Gateway to Medicine when we studied anatomy a couple of months ago and we used the Arrow that went along with that. I guess I liked it – we did the dictation and discussed the finer points of writing that she emphasizes.

      As far as BW itself, I LOVE her philosophy of a whole language approach to reading and writing. We fell off the wagon with free writes, but we probably have 6 or 7 pieces. I may resurrect one of them to turn into a finished piece.

      For us, the best thing for writing this year has been note booking pages. It has really, really helped Vincent to get words on the page. We work with sentence structure, diction and such while creating summaries mostly about the explorers we are studying. We now do this at the kitchen table – with Vincent sitting and me kinda puttering in the kitchen. When I was sitting next to him at the desks in the schoolroom, it got WAY too intense. So we actually do most of his schoolwork in the kitchen this way.

      I am thinking of reading Carry On Mr. Bowditch this January with The Arrow. I’ll let you know.

      Remind me again how old your kids are?

  3. Almost 17 and 13. BW is all about the 13 year old – the 17 year old is pretty much “cooked” lol, Thanks a bundle for your reply :)

  4. I replied too quickly – sorry! BW principles absolutely do apply to both daughters, it’s just that the writing skill in the older one is pretty much in place (just needs a lifetime of practice, kwim?).

    I am thinking of doing Wish/Wonder/Surprise with them, as I think we would all enjoy it a lot, and I never did it with my high-schooler. I like note-booking pages too, especially for subject areas like History and Science, they are a natural for people who have done main lesson books, and they are such treasures in later years – much nicer to hang on to than worksheets!

    (no judgement about the worksheet people, I use some myself, there’s just something s special about MLBs)

    Enjoy your day!

  5. Hi Sheila,
    I’m thinking about using Brave Writer and buying The Writer’s Jungle and some back issues of The Arrow while they’re on special at the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op. I downloaded some samples and have been listening to some of Julie’s podcasts and receiving her daily writer’s tip for a while now. I know I’m very much in-line with her philosophy but I have a couple of concerns and, as it’s quite a large financial outlay for us, was wondering if I could have your thoughts on using it.
    My biggest concern is fitting it in to what is already a very full year. Like you, I want it to blend in with our other plans for the grade, but I can only see that happening if I just use maybe The Arrow for 3 or 4 books a year. But at the same time, I’m starting to feel this (Brave Writer) could be more important than some of the Waldorf work we actually are doing……
    It sounds like you just used The Arrow weekly when you were doing a book. You mentioned that Vincent read the book on his own. Did you read it too? I’m finding it hard to keep up with all my pre-reading this year (5th), so the thought of adding even more in is a bit of a worry (although I do enjoy a good book….so many books, so little time…sigh). Have you done any other books since Galen and the Gateway to Medicine? You sounded a bit “on the fence” with that one. Was it the book, or using The Arrow with it (or something else)? Do you have any further advice or experience to share on blending Brave Writer with Waldorf?
    Happy Easter,

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