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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Reviews of Where Lions Roar at Night by Rosie Boom

Raewyn Newberry reviewed 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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Kim reviewed 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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Ed Sehr reviewed 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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Brittany Johnson reviewed on June 8, 2012

It was okay. Based on the other reviews I was expecting more and was rather disappointed.
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Smithies Family reviewed on June 1, 2012
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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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Penelope Foote reviewed 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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Cindy Cochran reviewed on May 25, 2012
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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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Heather Major reviewed 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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freckle10 reviewed 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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JanineW reviewed on May 17, 2012

Heartwarming and funny-such great family reading. We all really loved it!
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