Braille Book Review--Jan.-Feb. 1997

Books for Children--Fiction

Books listed in this issue of Braille Book Review were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including animals, geography, nature, mystery, sports, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection.

To order books, contact your cooperating library.

A Village Full of Valentines BR 10006
by James Stevenson
1 volume
All the animals in the village are preparing for Valentine's Day by making valentines for someone special. Clifford has been waiting a long time for a valentine because he won't send one until he gets one. Murray is trying to make the world's most beautiful valentine, and Gus has a valentine for the whole village. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1995.

Tops and Bottoms BR 10010
by Janet Stevens
1 volume
Mr. Bear, who is quite lazy, and Mr. Hare, who is quite clever, are neighbors. But Mr. Hare and his family have a problem--they have no food, and they have sold their land to Mr. Bear to pay a debt, so they have no land on which to grow food. Then Mr. and Mrs. Hare have a wonderful idea. They will plant a crop on Mr. Bear's land and share it with Mr. Bear. All he has to do is decide if he wants the tops or the bottoms. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1995.

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses BR 10014
by Paul Goble
1 volume
The tale of a young Native American girl who loved horses in a very special way. The people in her village noticed that she understood the wild horses and how the horses would follow her when she spoke softly to them. Although fond of her parents and her tribe, the girl would at last become one of the Horse People. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4 and older readers. Caldecott Medal. 1978.

Officer Buckle and Gloria BR 10015
by Peggy Rathmann
1 volume
Officer Buckle knows lots of safety tips, and he loves to share them with the students at Napville School. But nobody seems to listen to him. Then one day, the Napville police department gets a police dog--Gloria. Office Buckle takes her along the next time he goes to Napville School, and this time the children listen. But why? PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal. 1995.

Shortcut BR 10016
by David Macaulay
1 volume
When Albert and his horse, June, take a shortcut on their weekly trip to sell melons at the market, they set off a chain of comical events. By day's end, a pet pig has taken a surprise ride on a runaway train and a bird-watching balloonist has saved a cockatoo and fallen in love. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1995.

Jeremy Kooloo BR 10017
by Tim Mahurin
1 volume
Jeremy Kooloo loves milk, and when he sees four glasses of milk and a milk carton on the table, he can't resist having some. In fact, he has a lot! Discover in ABC order just what happens to Jeremy after that. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1995.

Turandot BR 10018
by Marianna Mayer
1 volume
Turandot is a princess in Peking, China, who does not want to marry. When her emperor father insists, Turandot comes up with harsh rules a suitor must follow to win her. After ringing the bronze gong in the square, he must correctly answer three riddles of her making or die. Even after many men are beheaded, a young stranger to the city is compelled to try for the princess upon seeing her. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6. 1995.

Darnell Rock Reporting BR 10315
by Walter Dean Myers
1 volume
Darnell Rock isn't doing very well in middle school. It also turns out he's not participating in any school activities. So when the principal gets upset with him, Darnell decides to try working on the school paper. The person he chooses to interview is a homeless man who was in Vietnam with Darnell's father. Before long, Darnell's testifying in front of the city council! For grades 4-7. 1994.

Cattail Moon BR 10322
by Jean Thesman
2 volumes
Julia, fifteen, is studying to be a classical musician. Her mother disagrees, pushing her to change her image and to become a cheerleader. In desperation, Julia goes to live with her father and grandmother in rural Washington. During the school year, Julia learns a lot about herself and how to make her own decisions--thanks to a ghost. For grades 6-9. 1994.

Coaster BR 10327
by Betsy Duffey
1 volume
After his parents divorce, Hart and his adventurous father begin riding roller coasters together. This summer, while he waits for his father to come to town, Hart builds his own coaster with his friend. He also worries about the fact that his mother is dating an embarrassing weatherman named Dub, who is too chicken ever to ride a roller coaster. For grades 5-8. 1994.

The Absolutely True Story: How I Visited Yellowstone Park with the Terrible Rupes BR 10328
by Willo Davis Roberts
1 volume
The Dodge twins, Lewis and Alison, are thrilled when the Rupe family moves in next door, especially when the Rupes invite them to go along on a motorhome trip to Yellowstone Park. The trip turns into a nightmare, but Lewis's account of it earns a big red A on his paper about "how I spent my vacation." For grades 3-6. 1994.

Down Came a Blackbird BR 10329
by Nicholas Wilde
2 volumes
When his alcoholic mother is hospitalized, thirteen-year-old James leaves London to stay with a great-uncle Greville he has never met. If this doesn't work out and if James doesn't stop pilfering things, he will be placed in foster care. Despite the kindness of housekeeper Sarah, James resents being at the old estate, and his chronic nightmares begin to have a recurring theme. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1991.

Juliet Fisher and the Foolproof Plan BR 10332
by Natalie Honeycutt
1 volume
Third-grader Juliet Fisher is a good student and very organized, but nobody seems to like her very much. When her teacher seats talkative, sloppy Lydia Jane next to her, Juliet realizes she is supposed to set a good example. But Lydia Jane doesn't improve, and Juliet can't stand listening to her. Juliet's only two friends suggest a plan: Juliet starts acting like Lydia Jane until the teacher moves her. For grades 3-6. 1992.

Minnie BR 10338
by Annie M.G. Schmidt
1 volume
Newspaper reporter Mr. Tibbs is told he will be fired if he doesn't stop writing about cats. But Mr. Tibbs is too shy to find a real news story. Then he meets Minnie, a young woman who claims to have been a cat. Indeed, she can talk to all of the neighborhood cats and even brings Mr. Tibbs news stories from her cat contacts. All she asks for is a box to sleep in and some food. Some strong language. For grades 3-6. 1992.

Hooray for the Golly Sisters! BR 10361
by Betsy Byars
1 volume
In this sequel to The Golly Sisters Go West (BR 10157), May-May and Rose Golly have to get their horse and wagon across a big river so they can get to town to put on their traveling show. In other adventures, May-May makes the mistake of using pigs instead of rabbits in her magic hat act, Rose tries to sing and dance on a high wire, and the sisters also face a scary swamp. For preschool-grade 2. 1990.

Dear Levi: Letters from the Overland Trail BR 10365
by Elvira Woodruff
1 volume
In 1851 twelve-year-old Austin Ives sets off on the Overland Trail to find the land his late father claimed for him and his little brother, Levi. As he travels the almost three thousand miles from Pennsylvania to Oregon, Austin writes letters to Levi describing the friends he makes on the trail and the troubles the group encounters. For grades 4-7. 1994.

Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky BR 10381
by Faith Ringgold
1 volume
In this companion to Tar Beach (BR 8940), Cassie Louise Lightfoot and her little brother, Be Be, are flying among the stars when they come across a ramshackle train. To Cassie's horror, Be Be boards the train. Then Cassie meets Harriet Tubman, who explains that Be Be will experience what their great-great-grandparents did while escaping slavery by the underground railroad. For grades 2-4. 1992.

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Two Spies BR 10391
by Donald J. Sobol
1 volume
Collection of ten more cases for Encyclopedia Brown to solve as he continues his war on crime in Idaville. In the title story, Encyclopedia helps his police chief dad figure out how two spies are passing information to each other. For grades 3-6. 1994.

The Overland Escape: An American Adventure, Book 1 BR 10402
by Lee Roddy
2 volumes
Ozark mountains, 1934. Hildy Corrigan, twelve, spent the night with her cousin Ruby. Returning home she finds the house empty and her stepmother, four younger sisters, and baby brother gone. Running to her grandmother, Hildy learns she has been left behind on purpose. Hildy is determined to find the children she promised to stay with forever. Prequel to The Desperate Search (BR 10403). For grades 4-7. 1989.

The Secret of the Howling Cave: An American Adventure, Book 4 BR 10405
by Lee Roddy
2 volumes
Ruby Konning found her father, and they have paid off the mortgage on the land he bought. But troubles just seem to plague Ruby and her cousin Hildy Corrigan. Now Ruby is accused of helping a man steal a watch from a pawn shop, and her pet raccoon is missing. The watch is found but disappears again the next day, and this time Hildy is accused of being the thief. Sequel to Danger on Thunder Mountain (BR 10404). For grades 4-7. 1990.

The Flaming Trap: An American Adventure, Book 5 BR 10406
by Lee Roddy
2 volumes
Hildy Corrigan, her cousin Ruby Konning, and Ruby's father have a chance to travel with the Farnham family from California back to St. Louis, where Hildy hopes to make peace with her grandmother. Vester Hardesty has continued his search for the girls and has shown up in California. Will the girls and Mr. Konning be able to make the trip and escape from Vester? Sequel to The Secret of the Howling Cave (BR 10405). For grades 4-7. 1990.

Terror in the Sky: An American Adventure, Book 6 BR 10407
by Lee Roddy
2 volumes
Hildy Corrigan and Ruby Konning have returned to California from St. Louis and are eager to enter school. Hildy hopes to do well so she can go to college and become a schoolteacher. As usual the girls have their share of problems. Then the opportunity comes for Hildy to win an academic contest and the money for college. But some people don't want her to win. Sequel to The Flaming Trap (BR 10406). For grades 4-7. 1991.

Mystery of the Phantom Gold: An American Adventure, Book 7 BR 10408
by Lee Roddy
2 volumes
When Mr. Farnham realizes gold is being stolen from the historic Mother Lode mine in California, he calls on Hildy, twelve, and her good friend Spud to help find the thief. Excited, Hildy also enlists her cousin Ruby, and they all begin to gather information and to follow clues. Soon their detective work throws them into an unexpected, dangerous situation. Sequel to Terror in the Sky (BR 10407). For grades 4-7. 1991.

The Gold Train Bandits: An American Adventure, Book 8 BR 10409
by Lee Roddy
2 volumes
Times are hard for the Corrigans and Konnings during the Great Depression. Someone has moved into the big house next to the shack Hildy's family lives in, and Hildy knows she has seen a young girl in the yard even though a gruff old man says he has no daughter. Ruby, Hildy, and Spud finally befriend Dixie Mae and learn some startling information about her family. Sequel to Mystery of the Phantom Gold (BR 10408). For grades 4-7. 1992.

High Country Ambush: An American Adventure, Book 9 BR 10410
by Lee Roddy
2 volumes
As the Great Depression continues, Hildy's father is having trouble getting and keeping a job and is considering moving his family. But Hildy doesn't want to move and leave her friends behind. When Hildy witnesses men stealing cattle from her friend Brother Ben, she becomes part of a rugged adventure with a surprising twist at the end. Sequel to The Gold Train Bandits (BR 10409). For grades 4-7. 1992.

Nick of Time BR 10411
by Anne Lindbergh
1 volume
Jericho, thirteen, lives at Mending Wall, a nontraditional school his father founded. He is in love with his best friend and fellow student, Alison, but she calls herself a hands-off experiment. Then Nick enters their lives by stepping through the school's kitchen wall. Nick lives in the museum of the school in the year 2094. Jericho, Alison, and another student, Bunny, begin visiting the future by passing through the wall. For grades 5-8. 1994.

Out of the Storm BR 10415
by Patricia Willis
1 volume
Before Mandy's father went off to war, he was saving to buy the Fulton place with the big front porch. But Mandy's father was killed, and Mandy, her brother, and her mother have moved to Great-aunt Bess's sheep farm. Mandy's unhappiness and homesickness are compounded by Aunt Bess's stern bossiness. But the sheep that she feared at first are becoming her friends and so are some of her classmates. For grades 5-8. 1995.

Infield Hit BR 10423
by Thomas J. Dygard
1 volume
It's not easy being the son of Ralph Stevens, one of the best third basemen who ever played major-league baseball. So Hal is relieved to move to a new town with his divorced mother because no one knows who his father is. The high school coach, also a former professional baseball player, tells Hal he's more suited for second base, even though Hal's father always encouraged him to play third. For grades 6-9. 1995.

O the Red Rose Tree BR 10432
by Patricia Beatty
2 volumes
Amanda and her friends attempt to find seven different shades of special red cloth so that old Mrs. Hankinson can make the quilt of her dreams. The girls' search leads them to Dr. Perkins's red flannel chest protector and to a visiting opera star's red petticoat. For grades 5-8. 1972.

Call Me Francis Tucket BR 10437
by Gary Paulsen
1 volume
In this sequel to Mr. Tucket (BR 10438), young Francis Tucket has parted ways with the mountain man who rescued him from the Pawnees. Francis is now heading alone to Oregon to find his family's wagon train. Along the way he is accosted by a thieving duo and makes three new friends: a mule and two orphaned children. For grades 5-8. 1995.

Mr. Tucket BR 10438
by Gary Paulsen
1 volume
In 1848 Francis Alphonse Tucket turns fourteen while he and his family are traveling from their Missouri farm to Oregon by wagon. As he shoots his new rifle, the wagon train rolls out of sight. Francis is kidnapped by Pawnees and held captive until one-armed mountain man Jason Grimes rescues him. Now Mr. Grimes has to teach Mr. Tucket to survive in the wild as he searches for his family. Prequel to Call Me Francis Tucket (BR 10437). For grades 5-8. 1994.

Low Tide BR 10439
by William Mayne
2 volumes
Charlie and Elisabeth Snelling and their Maori friend Wiremu have gone fishing at their home in Jade Bay, New Zealand. A very low tide has left a larger expanse of beach than they have ever seen before, and atop a craggy rock is the long-lost ship Alexander. Just as the children reach the ship, a tidal wave carries them and the ship far inland to where a dangerous mountain man lives. For grades 4-7. 1992.

Hiroshima BR 10442
by Laurence Yep
1 volume
On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Yep tells the story of Sachi, a young Japanese schoolgirl, and explains the short- and long-term effects of the explosion on her, her family, and her friends. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1995.

Superbird to the Rescue BR 10452
by Nancy Hayashi
1 volume
When Jesse Beeman hears that a department store is having trouble with shoplifters, he plans how he and his friend Walter will catch them. Jesse has a wonderful parrot named Zenith who always protects him. If the boys were to shout for help near a thief, Zenith would swoop down and help them. The only problem is that Jesse's mother won't let Zenith out of the house. For grades 3-6. 1995.


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