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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’.

As eleven year-old Milly and her family begin their second year of living in the ninety-year-old barn, Milly has never been happier.  While Dad and Mum are busy building the new family home, the children are messing about on the land. Their days are full of adventures ­- horse riding, camping in Lantern Waste, making huts, canoeing and swimming in the river, archery … and all the while, Milly’s menagerie of animals continues to grow. But one thing is missing. Milly dreams of milking her very own cow. However when the time finally comes, Milly discovers that training a house cow is not as easy as she thought it would be…


Where Arrows Fly - eBook Digital Download

  • It’s exciting to know that families all over the world are enjoying reading together about the fun and adventures we’ve enjoyed as a family on our piece of land, living in our barn.

    When we first moved to Whangarei, New Zealand and bought 11 acres of farm land, complete with an old barn, I never dreamed that the next two years would hold so much fun and so many memorable moments. I love cooking on our woodburning Homewood stove, tending the vegetable garden, and enjoying the constant challenges that go hand in hand with a small block.

    And I have loved re-living all the special moments as I’ve written this book!

    When I was a child, my parents and siblings lived in Papua New Guinea for three years. That was the most thrilling time in my childhood. I’m sure it set me up for thriving on a challenge and enjoying having to ‘rough it’. When I first laid eyes on the ancient barn, all I could think was, ‘We could live here!’

    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.

    Milly, the main character in the story, is my strong willed, feisty 12 year old. She is full of life and action, and is passionately fond of any sort of animal. Over the two years we have been here, she has gathered quite a menagerie of pets – chickens, Indian Runner ducks, a pony and a milking cow to name a few. But more of that in the book!

    You may be wondering about the title of my book, given that there are no wild lions in New Zealand! The first night we spent in the barn was an exciting one. We all lay on mattresses on the loft floor, complete with mosquito nets. It was to be a very wakeful night for some of us – strange noises, worries about rats, loud water pumps, and then… the eerie sound of lions roaring. I couldn’t believe it at first. But Chris assured me that it was indeed lions. Just north of the barn and over a few hills is Zion Wildlife Gardens home to a large number of lions and tigers. And when the wind blows the right way, we hear their roaring. A spine tingling sound in the middle of the night! The sound somehow encapsulated the exciting start to our new adventure and seemed to be a fitting title when I came to write the book.

    My hope is that Where Lions Roar at Night will cause people to reflect on the joy and wonder of family. I hope that the adults who read this book will re-capture some of the wonder of childhood. And of course I hope that all the children who enjoy the adventures in the book will be inspired to make the most of their own childhood and enjoy many similar adventures with their own family.


  • “Hello Rosie and family!! I received ‘WHERE ARROWS FLY’ today. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited about starting it! My hobby might be collecting ‘The Barn Chronicles’, they look so cool. You are the beeeeeeeeeeeeeeest author EVER! Thank you for signing my new book. I love your handwriting! Love, Moana C.”

    “We have just loved the first chapters, laughed over Josiah’s “spider’ legs, felt sad about John the Baptist and winced over a broken tailbone and swollen eyes. We look forward to reading on and yet we don’t want it to end.” Janet

    Thankyou SOOO much for writing Where Lions Roar at Night, and Where Arrows fly. I think your books are the BEST I have EVER read!
    I am reading it for the second time and I started it yesterday! They are full of fun, adventure, celebrations, broken legs, and heaps more!
    I would LOVE to live in a barn like that and live on that property with a river, animals, swings, eels and everything else! I would also love to have all those adventures. You are definitly my favourite author. I was sad when I finished the book but I was SO happy when I saw …To Be Continued!” ~ Aria, 10


    “Your books are winners! I’ve been devouring them over and over again, and every time I do, they seem better than last time! I’ve always thought books were like angels, but these are by far WAY past being the best! I know, that if the Boom family had never moved into Narnia and written about it, I would be living a boring life.

    These are the captivating stories of the exciting (and tragic) lives of the Boom family as they thrive living in a 90-year-old barn. They battle ‘hundred year storms’ , make metal daggers, and who knows what’s going to happen next? There’s no telling.” ~ Moana 9

    Hi Rosie! I like your book! I’m Isaac. We live in FRANCE. I am 9. My favorite part is when you get the rooster and when Milly writes: “DEAR ROOSTER, I AM SORRY DAD NEEDS TO CUT YOUR HEAD OFF.” ~ Isaac 9

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