Braille Book Review

July-August 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.

Lassie Come-Home BR 10025
by Rosemary Wells
1 volume
An adaption for younger readers of Eric Knight's original 1938 classic. Joe has a collie named Lassie who waits for him outside of school each day at four o'clock. When Joe's unemployed father sells Lassie to a duke, Lassie keeps escaping to meet Joe. Even when the duke takes Lassie to Scotland, she slips out the gate and starts a year-long walk back home to England. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 1995.

Leah's Pony BR 10026
by Elizabeth Friedrich
1 volume
Leah and her family live in the Dust Bowl. "The year the corn grew tall and straight" Leah's papa bought her a pony, but this year there is no rain and the crops have not grown tall. Now an auctioneer is coming to sell the animals and the new tractor. Then Leah thinks of a way to help. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1996.

Dear Rebecca, Winter Is Here BR 10027
by Jean Craighead George
1 volume
In December a woman explains in a letter to her granddaughter that little hands of darkness have brought in winter. She describes all the things that nature will experience before the little hands push back the edges of darkness and summer returns. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1993.

The Matzah That Papa Brought Home BR 10029
by Fran Manushkin
1 volume
A cumulative rhyme story, written in the style of "The House That Jack Built," that explains what happens to the matzah Papa brings home for the family's Passover Seder. Includes definitions of Passover foods and traditions. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1995.

Music from a Place Called Half Moon BR 10526
by Jerrie Oughton
1 volume
In 1956 a couple of incidents leave Edie Jo, thirteen, scared of the Native Americans that live in her small town of Half Moon, North Carolina. But while spending her summer writing poetry by the creek, Edie begins a tentative attachment to classmate Cherokee Fish. Unfortunately the majority of Half Moon residents are not willing to integrate and tragedy ensues. Some strong language. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1995.

The Desperate Search: An American Adventure, Book 2 BR 10622
by Lee Roddy
2 volumes
Hildy Corrigan, twelve, has found her stepmother, Molly, and her sisters and brother in Illinois, and she and Molly have come to a better understanding. Then Joe Corrigan arrives to take his family to California, where he has been promised a job and a house. But first the family has to find a car to replace their old one. And that is just one problem. Sequel to The Overland Escape (BR 10402). For grades 4-7. 1989.

A Midnight Clear: Stories for the Christmas Season BR 10634
by Katherine Paterson
1 volume
A collection of stories that the author wrote for her pastor husband to tell his congregation on Christmas Eves. In the title story, a boy who is scared by recurring visions of nuclear mushroom clouds finds comfort in helping a homeless old woman. In "Amazing Grace," a woman stranded when the car runs out of gas gives birth in a humble cabin on Christmas Eve. For grades 5-8. 1995.

Possibles BR 10657
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
1 volume
Shortly before Mary Sheppard Lee (Sheppy) graduates from grammar school, her father dies of cancer. Instead of going to camp with her friend Tess for the summer, Sheppy takes a job helping a young woman, Connie, with a broken leg. Sheppy has a lot of troubles to sort through: her mother, brother, and Tess won't talk about her father; Connie has a secret reason to be crabby; and another friend is having family problems. For grades 3-6. 1995.

Tom, Babette, and Simon: Three Tales of Transformation BR 10671
by Avi
1 volume
Tom is bored and decides to change places with his cat. But what will happen when Tom is bored with being a cat? Babette's mother wanted a child with no visible flaws--unfortunately Babette is invisible. Simon grows into a vain young man who kills the Golden Bird and becomes a bird from the neck up. For grades 4-7. 1995.


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