Where Lions Roar at Night

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Where Lions Roar at Night is an engaging read-aloud for the whole family. Enjoy the fun, adventures and dramas of a modern day ‘pioneering’ family as they make their home in a 90-year-old barn in rural N.Z. The first of the Barn Chronicles series and winner of the 2010 CALEB Prize for children’s books. “A simple piece of sunlit childhood. ” Emma Jelsma, Scene Magazine 2010 More

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About Rosie Boom

I am a wife and homeschooling mother of six children, living in rural New Zealand. My passion is to encourage and inspire others. Over the years I have been able to communicate this passion through songwriting and singing, and public speaking. For the last twelve years I have discovered the thrill (and effectiveness!) of writing – my books travel far further afield than either time or money enable me to go myself. Let me tell you a bit about myself and the wonderful family I have been blessed with…

We are eight Booms living on a small homestead in Whangarei, New Zealand. Chris and I have been married now for nearly 25 years. I met him in New Zealand shortly before I went to Borneo to be involved in missionary work. Some months later he came over for a visit and declared his love. When I returned to NZ a year later our romance blossomed and we married in 1987. We have been blessed with six beautiful children! Now I am a full time home-schooling mother.

I spent some of my childhood in Papua New Guinea, where my parents were missionaries. It was a fantastic childhood – weird and wonderful pets, jungle clubs, huts by the river…

We came home to NZ when my twin sister Penny and I were ten. I went on to do my nursing training and worked for the next ten years in both public and private hospitals and as a practice nurse in a doctor’s surgery. I finished nursing when our oldest son was born, and since then have swapped my nurse’s uniform for my teacher’s garb. I have been homes-chooling now for 20 years and it has been my ‘magnum opus’. But whenever I get a spare moment, I love to write!

Chris and I are also singer/songwriters (in our spare time!), and have been travelling around New Zealand now for 25 years, singing at churches, camps, conferences etc - most anywhere we’re asked!
In 2007 we made the big move and bought 11 acres of land, complete with river and a ninety-year- old barn which was to become our home.
I never dreamed that the next four years would hold so much fun and so many memorable moments. We knocked the barn into some semblence of order, evicted the resident possum, put in a few windows and best of all, set up a Homewood stove which was to become the heart of the barn – cooking our food, heating our water and keeping us warm through the cold winter months. In the first six months, we survived two ‘one hundred year’ storms. The barn creaked and shook and groaned, but outlasted the onslaught. Those were exciting, nerve-wracking days and nights of gale force winds, rain so loud on the tin roof that we couldn’t hear ourselves shout, rescuing animals and anxiously watching to see if the barn roof would lift off.

In our second year I began writing Where Lions Roar at Night, a family read-aloud book telling all the fun and adventures we had in our first year of living in the barn. The second book in The Barn Chronicles, Where Arrows Fly, was published in 2010 and the third book in the series, Where The Crickets Sing,was released in May 2012, and the fourth book is on its way!

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Review by: Raewyn Newberry on Nov. 16, 2012 :
I’ve just finished reading Rosie’s book Where Lions Roar At Night. I’m a Kiwi home schooling mum with two daughters. Our family lives and works in China. I had intended to preview the book to see if it was suitable to read aloud to my girls. I became engrossed with the story and soon found myself laughing and crying as the Boom adventure unfolded. I usually like to read books aloud to my girls before I know what is going to happen so I can experience the emotion with them. The only exception to that rule is when I read them my old favorites. Maybe I’ll have to start a new category for this one – new favorites! Makes me want to head home to my Dad’s NZ farm ! A good wholesome read!
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Review by: Kim on Sep. 11, 2012 :
I loved this book. I'm a homeschool mom and I read it in a couple nights of reading. Now I'm planning on reading it to our four boys. Love the stories, the homesteading, great book!
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Review by: Ed Sehr on June 13, 2012 :
This is a warm and wonderful book that the whole family will enjoy. The book overflows with the love this family has and you will be carried along on their fascinating adventures and won't want to put the book down. Reading it together with your family is a wonderful experience for all.
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Review by: Brittany Johnson on June 08, 2012 :
It was okay. Based on the other reviews I was expecting more and was rather disappointed.
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Review by: Smithies Family on June 01, 2012 : (no rating)
Every child (and parents too) should read this book! This is such a warm book filled with golden threads. It is a real treasure.
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Review by: Penelope Foote on May 30, 2012 :
Full of laughs and dramas, this book is hard to put down! For children of all ages and also the parents who read it aloud, Where Lions Roar at Night is compulsive reading!! Readers will finish this book feeling inspired to take the opportunites that present themselves to make their own lives as exciting and fulfilling as the Boom family's. They will also be inspired to buy the sequels and find out what happens next...
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Review by: Cindy Cochran on May 25, 2012 : (no rating)
What a pleasure to have a book that my reluctant reader son eagerly picked up! Rosie's book made a world of difference to him. Finally he had a story to inspire him to achieve reading skills. I would read some and then leave him in suspense but he had the option to read more himself. Where Lions Roar at Night is the book that got my son reading with confidence. Thanks for the inspiring words that have led to reading success.
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Review by: Heather Major on May 21, 2012 :
Great farm fun and adventure! I have always wanted to live on a farm, and this book inspired me to take up horse-riding. I could read this book over and over again without getting bored! Each time I read it, it always sends a shiver of adventure up my spine! I recommend this book for all ages.

Rachel Major,9 5 stars!
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Review by: freckle10 on May 19, 2012 :
This book is a treasure! One of those books that, while reading aloud to your children, you realise that they will one day want to read it to their own children. This book - actually, the whole Barn Chronicles series - will stand the test of time. Such a wonderful true story and so beautifully written. Our whole family delights in this book.
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Review by: JanineW on May 17, 2012 :
Heartwarming and funny-such great family reading. We all really loved it!
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Review by: Liz on May 17, 2012 :
So nice for my home schooled children to read about other home schooled children! Wonderful, exciting, real stories.
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Review by: Blakemore family on May 17, 2012 :
In an age when the majority of children's books are in the fantasy genre, what a delight to join the adventures of a real family having fun and hilarity in life's daily happenings. Like everyone else we know who has read it, our family couldn't wait for each instalment. The Barn Chronicles are perfect gifts for anyone with kids.
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Review by: Blakemore family on May 17, 2012 :
In an age when the majority of children's books are in the fantasy genre, what a delight to join the adventures of a real family having fun and hilarity in life's daily happenings. Like everyone else we know who has read it, our family couldn't wait for each instalment. The Barn Chronicles are perfect gifts for anyone with kids.
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Review by: L.D. Taylor on May 16, 2012 :
A modern-day "Little House on the Prairies" - and every bit as charming as that classic. My daughter was just spellbound by this and the second book in the series. Though they were family read-alouds she kept sneaking off with them to read ahead. Can't wait to get our hands on the third book. In an era where wholesome, fun children's novels are increasingly hard to come by, this series is a gem.
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Review by: Lynn Riding on May 16, 2012 :
If you've got kids, then get this book!
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Review by: Tressa Wayman on May 15, 2012 :
This is such a wonderful family reading time book! Just makes you want to get cozy by the fire with your kids. Positive values and has inspired my kids to create their own fun and to love one another. Can't say enough good things about it!
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Review by: Katie B on May 15, 2012 :
Wow! This book is a must-have if you like adventure, fun, comedy, drama, families, or animals! You can't go wrong with this one. Superb writing + awesome stories = I know why this book is award-winning! Five stars.
P.S. The other books are just as tantalisingly good!
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Review by: Barbara Smith on May 15, 2012 :
We love this book and Rosie's other books. It is a fantastic read aloud book for the whole family. We laughed, cried, smiled and rejoiced with the Boom family. If you have not read this book before then take advantage of the free offer. You will find that you will want to get your own copy of this book and the rest of the books in the Barn Chronciles.
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Review by: Barbara Smith on May 15, 2012 : (no rating)
We love this book and Rosie's other books. This is a great read aloud book for everyone in the family. You will laugh, smile, cry and rejoice with the Boom family. If you have never read this book then take advantage of the free offer over the next two weeks. You will want to buy your own copy and to get the rest of the books in the Barn Chronciles.
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Review by: Thomas Anderton on May 15, 2012 :
An absolutely wonderful book I must have read it about 5 times in a row!! I can't wait to read the third one!!!!!! It is a must read!
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Review by: jess foote on May 15, 2012 :
This book is so wonderful! such a great read, for both children and adults - Rosie you are an inspiration xox
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Review by: Angela Taylor on May 14, 2012 :
We read this aloud together, but my daughter loved it so much, when we finished she wanted to read it herself. We love this book, and the sequel!
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Review by: Jacqui Watson on May 14, 2012 :
I cannot begin to tell you how much our family enjoyed this book (and the sequel) this one book is the reason my children now LOVE to be read to... I assure you you will not regret downloading this book.
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Review by: Anna Werhan on May 14, 2012 :
We love this book!
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Review by: Monica Jones on May 14, 2012 :
Where Lions Roar at Night, the first in Rosie Boom’s Barn Chronicles series, is a literary masterpiece. I thoroughly enjoyed every page and found the book very hard to put aside once I began reading. It is a book full of family, adventure, fun and values lovingly woven together to create a heart-warming story which both young and old alike will cherish and enjoy for years to come.
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Review by: Jenny Waldron on May 14, 2012 :
Rosie has captured the essence of an exciting and rich family life, in beautiful New Zealand. It is comparable to the Little House on the Prairie series. A lovely family read that will keep young adventurers, boy and girl, riveted to the page. We have read them aloud and as the children grew older, they have read them for themselves. Highly recommended.
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Review by: J R on May 14, 2012 :
The perfect book to read with your kids snuggled up by a roaring fire and drinking hot chocolates but works just as well in summer with ice cream in the shade of a tree. Not only will you enjoy the delightful Boom family and their adventures you will be inspired to have your own family adventures as well!
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Review by: 7 little dwarves on May 14, 2012 :
We so love this book - and the sequel! We have read it aloud and found it really hard to put down!
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Review by: Megan Craven on May 14, 2012 :
We have enjoyed this fabulous story as our family read aloud book. I was most relieved when Rosie's second book was released. We have read each FIVE times as the children love the stories so much.
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Review by: Evan Harris on May 14, 2012 :
Fabulous fun! As good as Little House on the Prairie. Will read it again Evan Harris
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Review by: Sima J on May 14, 2012 :
SUCH an awesome book! My son got it and I devoured it - staying up late into the night because it was so riveting! Then we read it aloud to the kids, and now my son reads it (over and over again!) Definitely highly recommended - (also love her 2nd book, Where Arrows Fly - and we can't wait for the third instalment!)
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Review by: Eliza Mary Jane on May 14, 2012 :
This review might be considered biased, but it definitely isn't! This book is fantastic and makes a great read aloud as it is simple and yet beautifully written. It is full of adventure, everyday humour and family values. Where Lions Roar at Night will appeal to all ages and people from all places in life. It has often been likened to Little House on the Prairie, and this is a very well-founded comparison!
All in all, it is a wonderful book and absolutely worth reading. :)
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Review by: Jen Anderson on May 14, 2012 :
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Review by: Jen Anderson on May 14, 2012 : (no rating)
Beautifully written, highly engaging family adventure. We picked it up intending to read a chapter in the evenings over the month but couldn't put it down. After a week we had devoured the book and the boys begged me to start it all over again. Every childs adventure and every parent's inspiration. A must read!
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Review by: Tracy Bedford on May 14, 2012 :
My kids just couldn't get enough! They loved all the wonderful animals, adventures and life on the farm that unfolded every day with the Boom Family. Looking forward to reading more from Rosie Boom.
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Review by: Janie Foote on May 14, 2012 :
A book for the whole family! Lots of funny moments and very hard to read just one chapter. Highly recommend and look forward to the next book!!
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Review by: Nicole Reid on May 14, 2012 :
My husband and I read this book to our children, and were never able to stop at just one chapter! The whole family loved the book, and now (a couple of years later), still talk about it! We also loved the sequel, and wait with eager anticipation for number three in the series!
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Review by: Sheri Graham on May 14, 2012 :
I read Where Lions Roar at Night to my kids during our read-aloud time and we all loved it! It was so much fun to read about the adventures of the Boom family living in a barn! Yes, that's right! And all the stories are true too!

I highly recommend this book, as well as the others that Rosie has published. They are EXCELLENT!
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Review by: litle bitt on May 14, 2012 :
Not only did the kids enjoy this one, so did Mum & Dad. We shared it as a family read aloud in the evenings. It was so popular I had to keep it hidden during the day otherwise it would've been demolished by my eager readers.
The story is full of good clean family adventure. A book you can trust with your kids.
Well done Rosie Boom.
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Review by: Peter Harris on May 13, 2012 :
Definitely destined to be Classic! Perfect family bed-time reading, with each chapter a self-contained adventure, heart-warming or laugh-out-loud funny - and all true things that happened in this big, boisterous and love-filled family as they lived their dream on their new land. The print version in New Zealand has already launched a thousand family fan-ships, as children - and their parents - yearn to learn more about the home-schooled Boom family and their life together in the big old barn, and all the animals and all the adventures they have together. Good old-fashioned homesteading, christian life and family at its BEST - I know because I'm Rosie's brother and it's all true. They are an inspiration to me and my wife, and I am proud to have been able to encourage Rosie to start her writing journey which has led to this wonderful series. This first book is just the beginning! The others are just as good. I told Rosie don't you dare stop at just the six! What if C.S.Lewis had only written six Narnia books! I know you will echo my cry after you have read the sixth and are hanging out to find out what happens next in the unfolding of the Boom family story...
Read this, enjoy, like it on facebook or on whatever media you use, and help spread the word. In this troubled age we need all the hope and down-home values that this series is so rich in. And the best part? This is not fiction!
P.S: it is well and simply written, in a lovely style that reflects Rosie's sunny nature, faith and optimism. Now stop reading reviews, and READ THIS BOOK!
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Review by: Jane Boom on May 12, 2012 :
It was such a delight for me to read this book. I so enjoyed reading about the family antics and had a smile on my face right through.
Some of my friends have read it aloud to their young children
with great excitement, and the older children have enjoyed reading it themselves.
I thoroughly recommend it to families around the world who want a good wholesome book to read together.
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Review by: Lisa Crosse on May 12, 2012 :
Where the Lions Roar is a great book! Full of laughs and adventure of a very special, yet ordinary NZ family. Rosie has a unique way of unfolding the dramas, trials and joys of the Boom family in a way that has the children begging for another chapter and that makes you sad to get to the end of the book! Great that it in now available in ebook format!
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