Braille Book Review

September-October 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.

The Old Dog BR 10034
by Charlotte Zolotow
1 volume
Ben and his dog have been together for a long time, and now his dog has become old. One morning when Ben goes to wake her up, she doesn't wag her tail or open her eyes. Ben's father quietly tells Ben that she is dead. Now Ben has no one to run and play with--until his father comes home with a surprise. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1995.

Waterless Mountain BR 10589
by Laura Adams Armer
2 volumes
Eight-year-old Younger Brother loves the beauty of the dawn, the sky, the rainbow, and the clouds. When the boy sees the Deer People in a vision, his uncle knows that Younger Brother can learn the songs of his Navajo people to become a powerful medicine man. Younger Brother finds adventures in nature around him, new encounters with whites, and his role as Little Singer. Newbery Medal winner in 1932. For grades 5-8. 1931.

Painted Devil BR 10617
by Michael Bedard
2 volumes
While Alice's mother is confined to bed with a difficult pregnancy, Alice watches her little sister, Lela, and begins a job at the library. She is confused by the odd feelings she has about both Lela's doll and the scary devil puppet at the library. Meanwhile, Alice's secretive Aunt Emily arrives with a chilling tale about a magic show she attended twenty-eight years earlier, which she believes is about to happen again. For grades 5-8. 1994.

Black-Eyed Susan BR 10670
by Jennifer Armstrong
1 volume
Susie lives with her parents in a sod house on their Dakota farm. She loves the wide open spaces and likes to stand on her sod roof to watch the sunrise. But Susie's mother, who misses trees and her life back east, is becoming more and more depressed, and Susie wants to cheer her up. For grades 3-6. 1995.

The Night the Heads Came BR 10697
by William Sleator
1 volume
Late one night, Leo is driving his friend Tim to catch a bus to New York. Instead, the car is stopped by aliens who let Leo go but keep Tim. Afterwards Tim must remember what happened and then convince himself, Leo's parents, and the police. For grades 6-9. 1996.

Would My Fortune Cookie Lie? BR 10702
by Stella Pevsner
1 volume
Alexis Dawson, thirteen, and her best friend, Suzy Wing, live in the same condo building in Chicago. Alexis's mother wants to move to the suburbs, but her father has other plans. And Suzy thinks she is being followed by a stranger. For grades 5-8. 1996.

Lost in Cyberspace BR 10713
by Richard Peck
1 volume
Sixth-grade New Yorker Josh Lewis has problems. His parents are separated, his mother is trying to find an acceptable au pair, and his friend Aaron is trying to convince him one can use a computer to travel through time. Then Aaron accidentally brings a young woman from 1923 into the 1990s, solving one problem but creating others. For grades 4-7. 1995.

Dakota Dream BR 10720
by James Bennett
1 volume
Fifteen-year-old Floyd Rayfield, who has lived in foster homes most of his life, believes his destiny is to become a Dakota. No longer able to tolerate being shuffled from home to home, and without telling his counselor, Floyd heads for Pine Ridge Reservation with hopes of undergoing a vision quest and finding a place where he really belongs. For grades 6-9. 1994.

The Tinker's Daughter BR 10731
by Sheila Hayes
1 volume
Holly Gerard, twelve, just wants to live a normal life. But with a mom who never gave up her "flower child" lifestyle, it is difficult. When newcomer Maddy Brown picks Holly as her best friend, Holly is overjoyed but terrified; she can't let Maddy know about her mother. For grades 5-8. 1995.

Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird BR 10739
by Vivian Vande Velde
1 volume
Humorous reworkings of thirteen folktales by the Brothers Grimm. In "The Granddaughter," Granny and the wolf find Little Red Riding Hood so disagreeable they both plot against her. After the oldest Billy Goat Gruff disposes of the troll in "The Bridge," he knocks both brothers into the water out of spite. For grades 3-6. 1995.

Blue Sky, Butterfly BR 10764
by Jean Van Leeuwen
1 volume
Eleven-year-old Twig is devastated by her parents' separation. Her mother mopes around the house all day; the laundry is piling up and the refrigerator is empty. Her older brother is almost never home and stays in his room when he is, and her father has his own apartment, which Twig refuses to visit. Life is difficult--until Grandma Ruthie arrives. For grades 4-7. 1996.

The Amazing Magic Show BR 10769
by P.J. Petersen
1 volume
There is a magic show in town, and Hal and his big brother, Chuck, want to go. They earn the money and have a great time at the show--Chuck even disappears for a while and Hal gets scared. But when Hal tries to do some tricks at home, he wishes Chuck would disappear again. For grades 2-4. 1994.

Katy No-Pocket BR 10792
by Emmy Payne
1 volume
Katy is a kangaroo without a pocket. She tries to carry her son, Freddy, the way other types of animals carry their young, but nothing works. So Katy and Freddy head for the city to buy a pocket. For grades K-3. 1944.

Mary by Myself BR 10796
by Jane Denitz Smith
1 volume
Ten-year-old Mary is having trouble adjusting to the crib death of her baby sister, Felicity. Mary's parents are concerned about her and hope that four weeks at summer camp will be good for her. At camp, Mary develops a relationship with Laura that proves helpful, but not in the way Mary expects. For grades 3-6. 1994.


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