Braille Book Review

November-December 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.

Amanda Pig, Schoolgirl BR 11019
by Jean Van Leeuwen
1 volume
Amanda Pig has been waiting to start school her whole life. When the day finally arrives, she is very happy and excited. But the little pig sitting next to her on the bus does not seem happy at all, and Amanda Pig is determined to cheer her up. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1997.

Hosni, the Dreamer: An Arabian Tale BR 11021
by Ehud Ben-Ezer
1 volume
In this folktale, a shy, but very independent, young shepherd fulfills his dream of traveling to the city. Hosni spends all his money to buy a verse from a wise man in the market. The older shepherds make fun of Hosni, but soon his understanding of the verse saves him from disaster. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 1997.

An Angel Just like Me BR 11029
by Mary Hoffman
1 volume
The family's angel ornament for the Christmas tree is broken when it is unwrapped. Tyler asks his mother if any angels look like him, a boy with brown skin. His mother doesn't know, so Tyler spends his afternoons shopping unsuccessfully for one. On Christmas morning, a special present comes for Tyler--a carved angel that looks just like him. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1997.

The Rough-Face Girl BR 11031
by Rafe Martin
1 volume
This Algonquin Indian folktale is a variation on the Cinderella story. The two beautiful older sisters are mean to the Rough-Face Girl. But her inner beauty gives her an advantage when all three want to marry the Invisible Being. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1992.

Bearskin BR 11032
by Howard Pyle
1 volume
A resourceful young man raised by a mother bear with magical powers unwittingly fulfills a prophecy when he champions a princess and slays a three-headed dragon. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1997.

Belle Prater's Boy BR 11318
by Ruth White
1 volume
When twelve-year-old Woodrow Prater's mother, Belle, mysteriously vanishes from the family's Appalachian shack, Woodrow moves into town to live with his grandparents. Beautiful next-door cousin Gypsy first seeks to discover cross-eyed Woodrow's secret and then comes to respect him for who he is. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor Book. 1996.

Little Town on the Prairie BR 11326
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
2 volumes
In 1881 Mary, who is blind, is finally able to leave for college, and Laura gets a job in town helping a seamstress. She also continues her schooling so she can receive her teaching certificate. Sequel to The Long Winter (BR 11325). For grades 4-7. 1941.

These Happy Golden Years BR 11327
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
2 volumes
Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder, the town's most eligible bachelor, enjoy a delightful romance while Laura teaches school. When her last term ends, they marry and look forward to a long and happy life together. Sequel to Little Town on the Prairie (BR 11326). For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1943.

Lone Wolf BR 11338
by Kristine L. Franklin
1 volume
Since his baby sister died and his mother moved out three years ago, Perry Dubois, now eleven, and his father have lived alone in the woods. When a large family buys the land where Perry's secret cave is, he despairs of ever sighting the wolf he's been hearing. But he finds an unlikely friend in the family's oldest girl. For grades 4-7. 1997.

Family Tree BR 11363
by Katherine Ayres
1 volume
When sixth-grader Tyler Stoudt gets an assignment to create a family tree, her heart sinks. Her widowed father won't talk about his own family or her mother's, so Tyler has no idea who her relatives are. For grades 3-6. 1996.

Countdown BR 11378
by Ben Mikaelsen
2 volumes
NASA has selected Elliot to be the first junior astronaut. While in space he talks on shortwave radio to people on earth, including Vincent, a Masai youth. Elliot and Vincent argue about their different beliefs and customs but finally realize that differences do not have to be barriers to friendship. Some violence. For grades 5-8. 1996.

Search for the Shadowman BR 11385
by Joan Lowery Nixon
1 volume
When twelve-year-old Andy Thomas interviews his relatives for a family history assignment, he discovers a long-hidden scandal. Generations before, his ancestor Coley Joe Bonner supposedly ran away with his father's money. Andy's great-aunt refuses to discuss it, but after seeing a photo of Coley, Andy is determined to clear Coley's name. For grades 3-6. 1996.

The Dancing Fox: Arctic Folktales BR 11387
edited by John Bierhorst
1 volume
A collection of eighteen folktales from Alaska, Canada, and Greenland. In these ancient tales, animals can take human form and magic often plays a role. The stories highlight Inuit traditions and express the human experiences of death, hunger, sadness, and joy. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1997.

Purely Rosie Pearl BR 11390
by Patricia A. Cochrane
1 volume
In 1936, Rosie Pearl, twelve, and her family have been migrant workers since the Great Depression forced them to sell the family farm. Her new friendship with Maggie, who at first seems "too snooty to be a picker," helps Rosie Pearl through a summer of tough times. For grades 5-8. 1996.

Meet Josefina: An American Girl BR 11391
by Valerie Tripp
1 volume
In 1824 nine-year-old Josefina lives with her father and three sisters on a rancho near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The girls try hard to take care of things the way Mama did before she died the previous year. When their grandfather comes for a visit, they are surprised by the guest he brings--Tia Dolores, their mother's sister. Prequel to Josefina Learns a Lesson (BR 11392). For grades 2-4. 1997.

Josefina Learns a Lesson: A School Story BR 11392
by Valerie Tripp
1 volume
Tia Dolores has returned to help Josefina and her sisters learn how to do many of the things their mother would have taught them. But one of Josefina's sisters is afraid that learning new things, like reading and writing, will make them forget Mama. Sequel to Meet Josefina (BR 11391). For grades 2-4. 1997.

Josefina's Surprise: A Christmas Story BR 11393
by Valerie Tripp
1 volume
Christmas is near and Josefina, her sisters, and their aunt are getting ready. It has been a year since the girls lost their mother, and they hope this Christmas will be a little happier. But when they take out the altar cloth their mother made, they find it has been ruined by the flood earlier in the year. Sequel to Josefina Learns a Lesson (BR 11392). For grades 2-4. 1997.

Stargone John BR 11396
by Ellen Kindt McKenzie
1 volume
From the first day Liza's little brother, John, joins her in the one-room schoolhouse, he is in trouble. Their teacher whacks him for being "stargone"--unresponsive to his lessons. In desperation Liza takes him to her retired teacher, who is now blind. Soon John begins amazing his classmates. For grades 3-6. 1990.

The Music of Dolphins BR 11397
by Karen Hesse
1 volume
An adolescent girl is captured by the Coast Guard, separating her from the dolphin family that raised her. Believing they rescued her, doctors name her Mila, for "miracle," and try to teach her human skills. But Mila misses her dolphin family and longs for her home in the warm sea. She questions the wisdom of the doctors and whose life is better. For grades 5-8. 1996.

Sun and Spoon BR 11400
by Kevin Henkes
1 volume
After the death of his beloved grandmother, ten-year-old Spoon pockets Gram's special deck of solitaire cards as a keepsake. When his grandfather becomes nostalgic and searches for the missing cards, Spoon returns the deck in exchange for another memento with a very special meaning. For grades 4-7. 1997.

The Friends BR 11432
by Kazumi Yumoto
1 volume
Three Japanese sixth-grade boys who are longtime friends decide to find out about death. They hear about an old man who is supposed to die any day, and they decide to spy on him. But their original plan slowly changes after the old man discovers them stalking him. For grades 5-8. 1996.

The Schernoff Discoveries BR 11442
by Gary Paulsen
1 volume
Science whiz Harold Schernoff and his best friend, both fourteen years old, are the most unpopular students in their Minnesota junior high school. Harold devises schemes to boost their popularity, but the plans usually backfire. When members of the football team break his slide rule, Harold takes revenge by making them a unique chocolate cake. For grades 5-8. 1997.

The Window BR 11455
by Jeanette Ingold
1 volume
Fifteen-year-old Mandy is blinded in a car accident that took the life of her mother. Sent to live with unknown great-uncles and -aunts, Mandy elects to attend the local high school. With the help of voices from the past, Mandy learns to understand and accept her new family. For grades 6-9. 1996.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory BR 11466
by Roald Dahl
1 volume
Five children win a coveted tour of Mr. Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Four of the children meet disaster at their own hands, but a deserving boy wins both the day and the factory. For grades 4-7. 1964.

Fudge-a-mania BR 11468
by Judy Blume
1 volume
The Tubmans and Hatchers are sharing a summer home in Maine, throwing together five-year-old Fudge, his older brother Peter, and Peter's archenemy Sheila "Queen of Cooties" Tubman for three long weeks. Mayhem becomes the order of the day as children, adults, and pets find themselves in one predicament after another. Companion to Superfudge (BR 11448) and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great (BR 11472). For grades 3-6. 1990.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing BR 11471
by Judy Blume
1 volume
Peter finds his two-year-old brother, Fudge, an ever-increasing problem as the child proceeds to get lost at the movies and eats Peter's pet turtle. For grades 3-5. 1972.

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great BR 11472
by Judy Blume
1 volume
Although Sheila pretends to be knowledgeable, witty, and afraid of nothing, she secretly fears dogs, spiders, pools, thunder, ghosts, and the dark. A summer away from home brings out all her fears. For grades 4-7. 1972.

Out of the Dark BR 11476
by Welwyn Wilton Katz
2 volumes
After his mother is killed, Ben's family moves to his father's Newfoundland boyhood home. Ben's younger brother makes friends with the local boys, but Ben avoids them, escaping into the fantasy world of the nearby Viking settlement, armed with stories his mother had told him. For grades 6-9. 1996.

The Underground: Animorphs, Volume 17 BR 11495
by K.A. Applegate
2 volumes
Rachel and her four friends are able to morph into any animal. They are all flying around as large birds when Rachel telepathically directs them to catch a man jumping from a building. It appears the man's brain has been invaded by Yeerks. Rachel plots to destroy the Yeerks with an ordinary breakfast food, but it is a risky, dangerous venture. For grades 4-7. 1998.

The Polar Express BR 12001
by Chris Van Allsburg
1 volume
On a dark Christmas Eve, a boy boards a mysterious train, the Polar Express, hoping to visit Santa Claus. He and the other children, still in their nightclothes, drink hot chocolate and sing carols as the train races through snowy landscapes toward a huge city at the North Pole. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. Caldecott Medal. 1985.


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