Braille Book Review

January-February 2000

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.

This page includes Web-Braille links to full-text braille versions of books. Eligible patrons may sign up for Web-Braille through the library that handles their braille magazine subscriptions.

It's My Life BR 11923
by Michael Harrison
1 volume
Martin's mother had ordered him straight home from school. When she calls to check on him, Martin reaches for the phone only to have someone grab him from behind. So begins Martin's kidnapping, which becomes more and more bizarre as he realizes just who his enemies really are. For grades 6-9. 1997.

Frozen Stiff BR 11924
by Sherry Shahan
1 volume
For the three summers since her parents' divorce, Cody and her mother have stayed in a small Alaskan village. This year, Cody sneaks away for an overnight kayaking trip with her visiting cousin Derek. An advancing glacier turns the adventure into a terrifying experience. For grades 4-7. 1998.

The Butterfly Lion BR 11928
by Michael Morpurgo
1 volume
When a ten-year-old boy runs away from an English boarding school, he encounters an elderly woman who tells him about an earlier runaway, Bertie, who had a pet white lion. Over tea and scones, she explains why Bertie carved the image of the lion into the hillside, and why the boy should return to his school. For grades 3-6. 1996.

Faraway Summer BR 11930
by Johanna Hurwitz
1 volume
In 1910, orphaned Dossi, twelve, lives with her seamstress sister, Ruthi, in a New York tenement. Ruthi signs Dossi up for a Fresh Air Fund vacation on a Vermont farm. Dossi knows the family members are puzzled by her Jewish customs, but she can't understand why the daughter is so unfriendly to her. For grades 5-8. 1998.

Hush! A Thai Lullaby BR 12025
by Minfong Ho
1 volume
A mother in the countryside of Thailand lays her baby in a hammock. She hushes all of the animals so her baby can rest. At the end, everyone is asleep except the baby. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1996.

Josefina Saves the Day: A Summer Story BR 12053
by Valerie Tripp
1 volume
Josefina and her family, in Santa Fe, await the arrival of wagon trains to trade blankets and mules for goods they need. Patrick O'Toole, a wagon scout, promises to handle the family's transactions, but he suddenly disappears. Sequel to Happy Birthday, Josefina (BR 12052). For grades 2-4. 1998.

Changes for Josefina: A Winter Story BR 12054
by Valerie Tripp
1 volume
Following the family's fiesta on the Feast of the Three Kings, Tía Dolores announces she must return home. But knowing Tía and her papá love each other, Josefina begins making plans. Sequel to Josefina Saves the Day (BR 12053). For grades 2-4. 1998.

Come Back, Amelia Bedelia BR 12067
by Peggy Parish
1 volume
Amelia Bedelia cannot keep a job because she does exactly as she is instructed. For example, as an office clerk Amelia jumps up and down on letters that she is asked to stamp. For K-3. 1971.

Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals; Beastly Fables BR 12072
by Jon Scieszka
1 volume
Eighteen modern fables with fresh morals about bossy, sneaky, funny, annoying, "dim-bulb" people--all disguised as animals to avoid hurting anyone's feelings. Topics include homework, using the telephone on the right occasion, friendship, and dinner-table talk. For grades 3-6. 1998.

Clockwork; or, All Wound Up BR 12077
by Philip Pullman
1 volume
Long ago in a German tavern, Fritz begins telling a story about a clockmaker. This master craftsman makes mechanical figures so lifelike, they appear to breathe. Then Fritz's story comes to life as the clockmaker enters the tavern. And Karl, an apprentice clockmaker, is desperate enough to accept this stranger's dangerous mechanical gift. For grades 5-8. 1996.

Brian's Winter BR 12117
by Gary Paulsen
1 volume
Thirteen-year-old Brian was rescued from the Canadian wilderness at the end of summer in The Hatchet (RC 30535). But what if, instead, he had faced the harsh winter in the woods? This survival story pits the stranded young outdoorsman against the cold, loneliness, and worst of nature. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1996.

Marvin's Best Christmas Present Ever BR 12128
by Katherine Paterson
1 volume
Christmas is coming, and Marvin wants to make a nicer present than the one he made for his parents last year. Finally he decides to make a big wreath to hang on the end of their house trailer. But when Christmas is past, he doesn't want the wreath taken down. For grades K-3. 1997.

Seeing Lessons: The Story of Abigail Carter and America's First School for Blind People BR 12163
by Spring Hermann
1 volume
1832. Ten-year-old Abigail and her six-year-old sister, Sophia, are among the first students chosen to attend a new school in Boston that is solely for children who are blind. The girls are homesick but thrilled at the chance to learn to read, do math and handicrafts, and play the pianoforte. For grades 4-7. 1998.

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