Our 2014-2015 Book List
September: To Kill a Mockingbird; Harper Lee
This regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
October: What the Moon Saw; Laura Resau
Out of the blue, 14-year-old Clara Luna receives a letter from her grandparents inviting her to spend the summer with them in Mexico. She has never met her fathers parents and he has not seen them since he left his homeland more than 20 years ago. Wary of visiting people she doesn’t know and yet frustrated and restless with her life at home, Clara embarks on the two-day journey to the remote village of Yucuyoo.
November: Lord of the Flies; William Golding
Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic.
December: The Call of the Wild/White Fang; Jack London
Two classic nature-wilderness-survival tales set in Alaska by an American great: Jack London.
January: The Joy Luck Club; Amy Tan
Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who’s “saying” the stories, set in the US and China.
February: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Mildred D. Taylor
Newbery Medal Winner: Set in a small town in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this powerful, moving novel deals with issues of prejudice, courage, and self-respect.
March: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian; Sherman Alexie
In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
April: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl; Anne Frank
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.
May: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams
Join Douglas Adams’s hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc.
June: Catching Fire; Suzanne Collins
In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.
*We will be using The Boomerang Brave Writer resource:
The Boomerang is a monthly digital downloadable product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. You may download a sample issue to view (and use!) by clicking on the “Download a Sample” button on the right.
It is the indispensable tool for Brave Writer parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context, using copywork and dictation. It is a language arts resource that equips you, the homeschooling parent, to fulfill your best intentions related to:
- Literary elements
- Quality living literature
- Literary analysis
The practices of copywork and dictation teach your children the fundamentals of written communication. These practices naturally facilitate the development of accurate mechanics in the context of quality literature (the best words, in the best style, accurately edited).
– See more at: http://www.bravewriter.com/program/language-arts-programs/the-boomerang/#list