Where Arrows Fly

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WINNER OF THE AUSTRALASIAN CALEB BOOK AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK 2011

Where Arrows Fly is the sequel to Where Lions Roar at Night and is the second book in The Barn Chronicles series by New Zealand author Rosie Boom. Read about the continuing adventures of the Boom family and the everyday joys and challenges of the ‘simple life’. 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: Jen Anderson on May 24, 2012 : star star star star star
What a fabulous book! Our whole family has devoured it's pages both as Dad read it aloud to us all, and as family members re-read their own treasured copy. We laughed, gasped, held our breath, and cried as the Boom family story unfolded in our living room. You will want both an online copy of this book, and your own beautifully bound heritage quality copy to keep and hand down, as we have now purchased for each of our children. And what we are hoping for, is for Rosie Boom to write a whole collection of these wonderful, heart filled, Barn Chronicles (and beyond? - eg The Rosie Years?) to keep in our family library, to be read and re-read over and over.
These are the books I have searched for, for years, for our family to read together.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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