Title: Where Arrows Fly
Author: Rosie Boom
Series: The Barn Chronicles, book 2
Major Themes: New Zealand, Farm Life, Homeschooling, Family Life
Synopsis: In their second year of living in a barn, the Boom family has many more adventures, including some they really didn’t wish for as well as a lot of fun together.
We really love the Barn Chronicles. When the Boom family bought an 11-acre piece of land with only a 100-year-old barn on it, they decided to make the barn into a home until they could get their house built on the property. The six children and their parents had never-ending adventures on their land as they worked and played and explored together. This series is a wonderful set of stories about a large, loving homeschool family. Somewhat reminiscent of the Little House books, it actually took place only a few years ago (I believe they moved into the barn in 2008 or 2009), on the North Island of New Zealand.
Where Arrows Fly begins as the Boom family are ready to leave for a short holiday as they begin their second year of living on the land. They come home to find tragedy, when the retarded rooster is missing. As the year wears on, Millie finally gets the cow she has been wanting for so long—only to be terribly disappointed. Will she ever get a good house cow? One of the biggest events of the year happens in the winter, on Jake’s birthday, when Mum breaks her leg very badly. What will that do to the progress on the house, which Mum and Dad are building together while Kate runs the house and homeschools the younger children?
You and your children will love these stories about a real family that love each other and have fun together. Millie is a wonderful, imaginative, strong-willed young lady with understanding parents. I was at an evening gathering several months ago at which Rosie Boom spoke, encouraging parents in their God-given job of raising children for Him. She is a lovely woman. I felt very privileged to get to meet her, after reading these books. I highly recommend the Barn Chronicles as read-alouds for any family who enjoys stories about other real families, or farm life, or even pioneer life.
WARNING: The word “darn” is used on pages 129 and 227 (chapters 17 and 31).
Listening Level—Ages 5 – 8, 8 – 12, 10 – 12, Family Friendly
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12, 10 – 12, 12 – 15