Braille Book Review

March-April 1999
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 Goose That Almost Got Cooked BR 11038
by Marc Simont
1 volume
Flying with her flock of wild Canada geese, Emily tires herself by doing flips and stops to take a nap. She lands on a farm, sees how wonderful life is for farm geese, and decides to stay. But soon Emily learns the downside of farm living. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1997.

The Bone Man: A Native American Modoc Tale BR 11044
retold by Laura Simms
1 volume
Nulwee, raised by his grandmother, is destined to confront the monster Bone Man, who devoured his people and drank the river dry. But Nulwee's encounter with the Bone Man comes sooner than expected. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 1997.

Elfwyn's Saga BR 11045
by David Wisniewski
1 volume
Because of a curse placed on Anlaf by Gorm the Grim, Anlaf's daughter Elfwyn is born blind. But Elfwyn is able to do many things, even ride a pony. And when Gorm presents a crystal stone to Anlaf and his people, causing them to become discontented with their lives, it is Elfwyn and her pony who break the curse and create the northern lights. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 4-7. 1990.

The Sandy Bottom Orchestra BR 11490
by Garrison Keillor and Jenny Lind Nilsson
2 volumes
Eighth-grader Rachel Green is not looking forward to the summer. She and her best friend, Carol, seem to be growing apart, and her parents have decided to stay in town for the summer because her father is in charge of the Fourth of July celebration. Life does begin to look up, however, when Rachel is invited to play her violin in the Sandy Bottom Orchestra. For grades 5-8. 1996.

Camelot BR 11494
edited by Jane Yolen
2 volumes
Several authors provide ten stories and one song about the legend of King Arthur--some humorous, some historical, and some tragic. Anne McCaffrey writes about a search for horses to enrich the bloodlines of the king's horses. Terry Pratchett offers a scientific explanation of the sword in the stone. For grades 3-6. 1995.

What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything? and Other Stories BR 11512
by Avi
1 volume
Seven short stories in which young people make difficult decisions as they learn to think for themselves. In "What's Inside," a thirteen-year-old must act under pressure to save his cousin from shooting himself. In "Fortune Cookie," a boy faces his first birthday since his parents were divorced. In the title piece, a boy wishes he could find a cure for unhappiness. For grades 6-9. 1997.

Stranded BR 11523
by Ben Mikaelsen
2 volumes
Twelve-year-old Koby is completely at home in the ocean in spite of her artificial foot. She rescues a mother whale and newborn calf from a fishing net. But when they become beached in shallow water, Koby faces a dilemma: if she leaves for help the whales may die, but if she stays she may be attacked by sharks. For grades 5-8. 1995.

Hatchet BR 11525
by Gary Paulsen
1 volume (Reissue)
Brian, thirteen and troubled by his parents' divorce, is flying in a single-engine plane to visit his father. As Brian is the only passenger, the pilot casually shows him how to fly the plane. When the pilot has a heart attack and dies, Brian must take control. After the plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness, Brian has only the hatchet attached to his belt to help him survive. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1987.

The Indian in the Cupboard BR 11529
by Lynne Reid Banks
2 volumes
Omri is disappointed with the miniature plastic Indian that his best friend gives him for his birthday until the toy comes to life as a fierce Iroquois Indian only three inches tall. A witty story for grades 4-7 and older readers. 1980.

Moving Mama to Town BR 11532
by Ronder Thomas Young
2 volumes
Freddy James Johnson, thirteen, is confused when his father, "Big Kenny," leaves his family members to fend for themselves on the farm in 1947. But Freddy soon arranges to move Mama and little Kenneth Lee into town, and he gets a job to support them. For grades 5-8. 1997.

Awake and Dreaming BR 11536
by Kit Pearson
2 volumes
Theo, who lives in near poverty with her irresponsible waitress mother in Vancouver, escapes into books and fantasizes about the perfect family. Just as things get really bad, Theo receives magical help from a ghost and, for a while, becomes part of just such a family. For grades 4-7. 1996.

The Skull of Truth: A Magic Shop Book BR 11539
by Bruce Coville
1 volume
Running from bullies, Charlie escapes into Mr. Elives's magic shop where, to his own horror, he steals a human skull. Worse, the skull talks, and it forces Charlie to always tell the truth--something he rarely did in the past. For grades 4-7. 1997.

Aliens Ate My Homework BR 11547
by Bruce Coville
1 volume
Rod Allbright is building a volcano for a school project when a small spaceship crashes through the window. A tiny spaceman emerges, and Rod helps him and the crew repair their ship. The aliens are on Earth to catch a notorious criminal, and Rod is surprised to learn who it is. For grades 3-6. 1993.

Where the Red Fern Grows: The Story of Two Dogs and a Boy BR 11548
by Wilson Rawls
2 volumes
Ten-year-old Billy, a country boy in the Ozarks, wants a pair of coonhounds so badly that he works hard for two years to pay for them. For grades 5-8. 1961.

Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes BR 11568
by Roald Dahl
1 volume
A retelling in verse of six well-known fairy tales featuring surprise endings in place of the traditional happily-ever-after ones. For grades 3-6. 1982.

The Islander BR 11569
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
Daniel is lonely living on a remote island with his grandfather. Then he meets a mermaid who knows his name. She sends him a key that locates injured birds, his future bride, and a puppy to keep him company. After the older man's death, Daniel discovers clues to the mermaid's identity among his grandfather's belongings. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1998.

The Terrorist BR 11588
by Caroline B. Cooney
1 volume
The Williams family has moved to London for a year. Unlike the rest of the students, naive, sixteen-year-old Laura does not know or care about current events or different cultures. But when her eleven-year-old brother, Billy, innocently accepts a package from a stranger on the subway and it explodes, Laura becomes obsessed with finding the terrorist who killed him. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 1997.

The Velveteen Rabbit; or, How Toys Become Real BR 11596
by Margery Williams
1 volume
A velveteen rabbit stuffed with sawdust learns from an older toy that a child's love can make him real. Rabbit happily experiences the joy of this love and at last learns of another kind of reality. For grades 2-5 and older readers. 1922.

Richard Wright and the Library Card BR 11662
by William Miller
1 volume
A story from Wright's autobiography describing how he, a seventeen-year-old African American, found a daring way to borrow library books in the segregated South. For grades 3-6. 1997.

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