Award-winning author Amina Luqman-Dawson pens a lyrical, accessible historical middle-grade novel about two enslaved children’s escape from a plantation and the many ways they find freedom.
After an entire young life of enslavement, twelve-year-old Homer escapes Southerland Plantation with his little sister Ada, leaving his beloved mother behind. Much as he adores her and fears for her life, Homer knows there’s no turning back, not with the overseer on their trail. Through tangled vines, secret doorways, and over a sky bridge, the two find a secret community called Freewater, deep in the recesses of the swamp.
In this new, free society made up of escaped slaves and some born-free children, Homer cautiously embraces a set of spirited friends, almost forgetting where he came from. But when he learns of a threat that could destroy Freewater, he hatches a plan to return to Southerland plantation, overcome his own cautious nature, and free his mother from enslavement. Loosely based on a little-mined but important piece of history, this is an inspiring and deeply empowering story of survival, love, and courage.
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Our year-long program is delivered in 10 month-long lesson plans, released one month at a time.
Each handbook is based on a novel and immerses your child in the world of:
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Our program uses copywork and dictation as the key tools to learn punctuation, spelling, and grammar naturally in context. We teach you four methods for applying those practices to literature and writing.
Each handbook contains:
Notes to go with a selected read aloud (book not provided)
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
Playful grammar and punctuation activities that kids love
A simple, delightful writing exercise
Nine comprehension questions
Book club party ideas
Copywork passages on separate printable pages
Four-color design that looks gorgeous on tablets or printed at home
The Arrow 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 child's progress.
The Arrow 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: Amari and the Great Game, Wildoak, It Ain't So Awful, Falafel, The Game of Silence, A Rover's Story, Honestly Elliott, Freewater, Peter Lee's Notes from the Field, Alias Anna