Braille Book Review

July-August 1998
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.

Noisy Nora BR 11011
by Rosemary Wells
1 volume
Feeling ignored as the middle child, Nora finds a way to attract her parents' attention. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1973.

The Crocodile and the Dentist BR 11013
by Taro Gomi
1 volume
A crocodile needs to have a cavity filled but is afraid of the dentist. The dentist is equally afraid of the crocodile. In the end they agree they may skip next year's meeting if the crocodile remembers to brush his teeth. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1994.

Little Red Riding Hood: By the Brothers Grimm BR 11014
retold by Trina Schart Hyman
1 volume
When Little Red Riding Hood is walking through the forest to take a basket of food to her sick grandmother, she meets a hungry wolf. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1983.

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi BR 11015
by Rudyard Kipling
1 volume
A young mongoose is found by an English family in India and, following his instincts, he stalks and kills poisonous snakes in their garden. His courage endears him to everyone. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 1997.

Rapunzel BR 11018
retold by Paul O. Zelinsky
1 volume
Rapunzel is twelve, with beautiful, long, red-gold hair, when a sorceress places her in a high tower in a lonely forest. A handsome prince secretly visits Rapunzel until the sorceress finds out and punishes them, keeping them apart. But their love for each other promises to restore their happiness. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal. 1997.

Deep Trouble II: Goosebumps BR 11158
by R.L. Stine
2 volumes
Billy and Sheena Deep are spending the summer aboard their uncle's floating research lab in the Caribbean. Last year they spent a lot of time swimming and snorkeling, and this year they plan to do the same thing. But something is different. The fish have grown into monster-sized creatures. For grades 4-7. 1997.

The Haunted School: Goosebumps BR 11159
by R.L. Stine
2 volumes
At twelve, Tommy Frazer suddenly finds himself with a new mom, a new house, and a new school. In hopes of making friends, he volunteers to be on the decoration committee for the school dance. Everything is going just fine until Tommy has to make a trip to the art room on the third floor where he begins hearing voices. For grades 4-7. 1997.

Werewolf Skin: Goosebumps BR 11160
by R.L. Stine
2 volumes
Alex Hunter comes to Wolf Creek to spend several weeks with his aunt and uncle while his parents travel. He brings along his own camera and hopes to get lessons from his relatives, who are professional photographers. Alex gets two warnings when he arrives--stay out of the woods and away from the neighbors. For grades 4-7. 1997.

The Riddle of Penncroft Farm BR 11246
by Dorothea Jensen
2 volumes
When Lars Olafson reluctantly moves with his parents to his great-aunt's farm in Pennsylvania, the last thing he's interested in is his family's Revolutionary War history. But that quickly changes when Lars is befriended by oddly dressed Geordie and realizes Geordie is the spirit of a long-ago ancestor. For grades 5-8. 1989.

One More River BR 11265
by Lynne Reid Banks
2 volumes
This account of fourteen-year-old Lesley Shelby is centered around the 1967 Six-Day War in Israel. Shelby has grown up in Canada and is extremely resistant to change, but her parents feel they must live in Israel in order to survive as Jews. Lesley slowly learns to adapt to life on a kibbutz. Prequel to Broken Bridge (BR 11275). For grades 6-9. 1992.

Goblins in the Castle BR 11273
by Bruce Coville
1 volume
William has lived in Toad-in-a-Cage Castle since the cold December night he was found on the doorstep. He lives with the Baron; Karl, who tends the Baron's large library; and Hulda, the housekeeper. But there must be someone else in the castle, because William hears strange moans drifting down the hallways. For grades 4-7. 1992.

Broken Bridge BR 11275
by Lynne Reid Banks
2 volumes
This sequel to One More River (BR 11265) focuses on Lesley's fourteen-year-old daughter, Nili. Nili and her cousin Glen have just arrived from London when Glen is stabbed to death by an Arab terrorist. Nili is spared by the terrorist's companion and becomes torn between loyalty to her Jewish heritage and her feelings toward the terrorist who spared her life. For grades 6-9. 1994.

You're Dead, David Borelli BR 11278
by Susan M. Brown
1 volume
After his mother dies, David Borelli lives with his often-absent father and attends a private school. Then Mr. Borelli is accused of stealing money and flees. David is thrust into a foster home and a public school where he is tormented. For grades 5-8. 1995.

Step by Wicked Step BR 11280
by Anne Fine
1 volume
Five children on an overnight school field trip discover a long-ago diary of a boy who hated his stepfather. This find leads to the revelation that each of them is also from a broken home. They spend the rest of the night telling their own stories filled with stepparents, wicked and otherwise. For grades 4-7. 1996.

Aunt Eater's Mystery Vacation BR 11301
by Doug Cushman
1 volume
Aunt Eater loves to read detective stories, and she plans to read a lot of them while on vacation at the Hotel Bathwater. But instead of reading, Aunt Eater finds herself solving several mysteries. For grades K-3. 1992.

Bad Girls BR 11341
by Cynthia Voigt
2 volumes
Mikey and Margalo are the new girls in fifth grade. Sitting next to each other, they soon discover that they are kindred spirits who like getting into mischief. Mikey likes to fight while Margalo likes to play tricks. Together they cause more trouble than the rest of the kids in Mrs. Chemsky's class. For grades 4-7. 1996.

The Hating Book BR 11348
by Charlotte Zolotow
1 volume
A young girl declares that she hates her friend who hurt her feelings. The girl's mother encourages her to ask the friend why she is being so mean. When the two finally talk, they realize it was all a misunderstanding. For grades K-3. 1969.

My Life among the Aliens BR 11351
by Gail Gauthier
1 volume
Will and his little brother, Robby, have a problem--they keep meeting aliens. At first they're scared and try to convince their mother to help. When she refuses to believe them, the boys resign themselves to dealing with the many aliens who appear to be drawn to their house by their mother's healthy snacks. For grades 3-6. 1996.


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