Braille Book Review--May-June 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.

Time for Bed BR 10013
by Mem Fox
1 volume
The book opens with a mother about to read a bedtime story to her child and ends with the mother saying good night and tucking her sleepy child into bed. In between, other mothers say good night to their babies: a mouse, goose, cat, cow, horse, fish, sheep, bird, bee, snake, dog, and deer. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1993.

Switch Cat BR 10019
by Garry Disher
1 volume
A scruffy girl's sleek cat, Evangelina, prefers the well-groomed neighbor girl, Cecilia. Likewise Cecilia's untidy cat, Ms. Whiz, prefers Evangelina's owner. When Cecilia's family moves away, all four pine for their better matches. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1994.

The Long Silk Strand BR 10020
by Laura E. Williams
1 volume
After supper one night, Yasuyo joins Grandmother as she begins to wind strands of silk thread into a ball. Each night the ball gets larger as Grandmother adds more thread and tells Yasuyo a story about each piece of thread. When Grandmother dies, Yasuyo finds a strand of silk thread hanging from the sky. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1995.

The Library Dragon BR 10022
by Carmen Agra Deedy
1 volume
Miss Lotta Scales, the new librarian at Sunrise Elementary School, is a dragon who fiercely protects her books. Children are afraid to go to the library because she might singe them, and teachers can't stand up to her. Finally, a small, nearsighted girl enters the library, picks up a book, and begins to read out loud. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1994.

Later, Gator BR 10484
by Laurence Yep
1 volume
Teddy hates the fact that his little brother Bobby is so well behaved. He always tries to get a rise out of Bobby by giving him unlikable birthday presents, but this year Teddy's mother insists he buy Bobby a turtle. Teddy compromises by buying Bobby a baby alligator. To Teddy's surprise, Bobby loves his new pet! For grades 3-6. 1995.

Boundless Grace BR 10495
by Mary Hoffman
1 volume
Grace's only family is her mother, grandmother, and a cat. Her father returned to Africa after her parents divorced, and now he has a new family. When her father sends Grace airplane tickets to visit him, her excitement changes to fear that he will not still love her. But as she is with him and his new wife and children, she learns that families truly are what you make them. Sequel to Amazing Grace (BR 8955). For grades K-3. 1995.

Songs in the Silence BR 10497
by Catherine Frey Murphy
1 volume
Hallie takes her friend's small boat out in the cove to have privacy to cry for her little brother, Josh, who is in the hospital after burning himself on the barbeque. Hallie falls out of the boat and is guided to safety by an odd soothing voice. The speaker is Melae, a whale who has entered the cove to assist another whale who is injured. Hallie and her incredible new friend secretly help each other cope. For grades 4-6. 1994.

Pinocchio's Sister BR 10500
by Jan Slepian
1 volume
Martha Rosedale, ten, is part of the traveling vaudeville act of Iris and Mr. Rosedale. Iris is the wooden dummy her father uses in his ventriloquist act, and, while Martha is a rather plain looking child, Iris is quite beautiful and gets all of Mr. Rosedale's attention. One night during a performance, Martha suddenly realizes just how jealous she is of Iris and makes plans to get rid of her. For grades 3-6. 1995.

Fifth-Grade Fever BR 10501
by Michele Granger
1 volume
When best friends Marty and Nina learn that they have handsome Mr. Truesdale for their fifth-grade teacher, they make a plan to become teacher's pets. It won't be easy: neither girl is a particularly good student, and they have stiff competition from Beverly, who has been a teacher's pet every year so far. For grades 4-6. 1995.

Anna Is Still Here BR 10502
by Ida Vos
1 volume
Thirteen-year-old Anna survived the Holocaust by hiding in an attic for three years. During that time, the only person she spoke to was the man who brought her food. Now the war is over and Anna and her family have been reunited, but her parents will not talk about the war. Anna needs to discuss her fears, and when she meets Mrs. Neumann, a German neighbor, she finally finds someone to communicate with. For grades 5-8. 1986.

The Land of Gold BR 10505
by Gillian Bradshaw
1 volume
Princess Kandaki, awakened in the middle of the night by screams, discovers her parents dead and a guard standing nearby with a bloody spear in his hand. Kandaki is taken captive and promised as a sacrifice to the water dragon. Fortunately Prahotep, the Egyptian thief, and Hathor, a benign dragon, come to Kandaki's rescue and help her regain her kingdom. Sequel to The Dragon and the Thief (BR 10188). For grades 6-9. 1992.

Fig Pudding BR 10519
by Ralph Fletcher
1 volume
Cliff is the oldest of the six Abernathy children. His mom says the family always overdoes everything, but the year Cliff describes in this book is "like five years crammed into one." He starts with December when toddler Josh is very sick in the hospital and all he wants for Christmas is a mysterious "yidda yadda." By the next year's end, recovered Josh accidentally steps in the fig pudding his father made for a party. For grades 4-7. 1995.

Nobody's Daughter BR 10523
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
1 volume
Aunt Mabel's death leaves Emily a destitute orphan. Then she learns that when her mother died years ago giving birth to her sister, the baby lived and was adopted by an unknown family. With no other family, Emily clings to the hope of finding her sister even as she moves into the Austen Home for Orphaned Girls. Emily tries not to despair as disappointments come. Then a librarian helps Emily to understand her own worth and offers friendship. For grades 3-6. 1995.

A Very Personal Computer BR 10532
by Justine Rendal
1 volume
Eighth-grader Pollard Gunning is having a bad year. An accident took away his dog and his mother, his grades have gone downhill, and he has no social life. Then a personal computer at school tells Pollard it knows all about him and begins to give him advice. For grades 5-8. 1995.

The Watchers: A Mystery at Alton Towers BR 10537
by Helen Cresswell
2 volumes
Katy and Josh have both been put in Kirby House, a children's home. Unhappy there, the pair decide to run away to the local amusement park, Alton Towers. They soon realize what Alton Towers employees have always suspected: weird things happen there at night. There is a bag lady who seems to be warning them away and an obnoxious youth who calls himself the king. And neither is quite human. For grades 4-7. 1993.

October Moon BR 10552
by Michael Scott
1 volume
Rachel Stone, fifteen, and her parents are in Ireland to visit the four-hundred-year-old house and horse farm they have just bought, and Rachel looks forward to the chance to do some riding. Then some rather strange accidents begin to happen, and they all seem directed toward Rachel. Rachel slowly discovers that members of an ancient clan plan to pass a curse on to her on Halloween. For grades 6-9. 1992.

A Horse for All Seasons: Collected Stories BR 10554
by Sheila Kelly Welch
1 volume
Twelve stories about horses. In "The Long March," Josh's pregnant mare, Rosey, gets locked out of her stall and gives birth in the woods, where border collie Kip guards her until Josh can come. In "Hand-Me-Down Horse," Carrie is jealous of her new neighbor and her fancy show horse until her own horse becomes a hero. These two stories are set in the spring; the other selections cover all four seasons. For grades 5-8. 1994.

A Girl's Best Friend BR 10555
by Harriet May Savitz
1 volume
Laurie Moss, twelve, is worried that her parents will put their old beagle, Jessie, to sleep because of her arthritis. The vet has some new medicine, but it is expensive so Laurie takes a part-time job. Her boss is blind, like Laurie, and very particular about how things are done at his bike shop. Meanwhile, a new teacher thinks Laurie can't do anything by herself, and a bully taunts her in the halls. For grades 3-6. 1995.

The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog BR 10558
by John R. Erickson
1 volume
Humorous tale of Hank the Cowdog, who is very proud of his position as head of ranch security. Unfortunately, Hank's heroic attempts at finding a chicken murderer backfire, and his helper cowdog is no help at all. When the rancher accuses Hank of being the killer, he quits his job, becomes an outlaw, and meets a beautiful coyote. For grades 2-4. 1988.

Hob and the Goblins BR 10560
by William Mayne
1 volume
Invisible Hob works very hard helping one family at a time by chasing the mischief out of the home while living beneath the stairs. On the lookout for a new host, Hob happens on bus driver Charlie. When a gremlin steals Charlie's bus and gets him fired, Charlie decides to move his family to Fairy Ring Cottage. A horrified Hob goes along, though he knows the cottage is full of danger. For grades 4-6. 1993.

The Case of the Double Bumblebee Sting: Hank the Cowdog, Volume 22 BR 10566
by John R. Erickson
1 volume
As Slim and Loper prepare to help a friend with his spring branding for a few days, Hank the Cowdog, head of ranch security, sticks his head into a bumblebee nest and gets stung twice on the nose. Loper's wife, Sally May, takes Hank to the vet and tries to make him comfortable while he gets better. But she won't let him into the house until he gives her the "look of maximum woe and misery." For grades 4-7. 1994.

Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered BR 10574
by Gary Paulsen
1 volume
In the 1950s, two boys on a farm find all kinds of trouble and adventure. Told by one boy, whose parents are drunk a lot, the story begins when he goes to stay with his cousin Harris's family. The first day, he gets kicked in the groin and head by a demonic cow, battles a manic rooster, wrestles a pig in manure, rides monstrous horses, loses a bout with a lynx, and eats around twenty meals. Some strong language. For grades 6-9. 1993.

Chicago Blues BR 10630
by Julie Reece Deaver
1 volume
Lissa, seventeen, attends art school in Chicago. Her parents are divorced, and her sister, Marnie, eleven, lives with their mother. When her alcoholism worsens, the mother decides she can no longer keep Marnie. Lissa agrees to care for her sister, but naturally Marnie does not want to leave her mother. The two girls eventually establish a workable relationship, and all is well until their mother decides she wants Marnie back. For grades 6-9. 1995.

The Crystal Garden BR 10631
by Vicki Grove
2 volumes
Eliza's father has been dead for three years and her mother wants to get a new start in life. So they move to Gouge Eye, Missouri, with Mama's boyfriend Burl, whose group performs in nearby Branson. Eliza hopes she will be able to find some friends, but the only girl her age is Dierdre. Although the girls have some similarities, Dierdre seems more interested in a science project than a friend. For grades 5-8. 1995.

The Formerly Great Alexander Family BR 10643
by Susan Shreve
1 volume
Liam Alexander's fourth-grade friends always want to come to his house to play, because Liam's family is so easygoing. When Liam learns that his parents are separating, he's afraid his friends will think he's a wimp for not being able to keep them together. For grades 3-6. 1995.

Titanic Crossing BR 10644
by Barbara Williams
1 volume
As the Trask family sets sail aboard the Titanic in 1912, thirteen-year-old Albert has a lot on his mind. His father has died, leaving him to be the man of the family. His mother is unhappy about returning to America from England, where they have been living, and his younger sister is worse than a pest. When the "unsinkable" ship begins to go down, Albert takes his responsibilities seriously, risking his life. For grades 4-7. 1995.

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