Braille Book Review

November-December 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.


The Huckabuck Family: And How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back BR 12050
by Carl Sandburg
1 volume
When Pony Pony Huckabuck finds a Chinese silver slipper buckle in a squash, her parents say it is a sign their luck will change one way or another. That very night a fire starts popping the popcorn harvest on their farm. One of the Rootabaga Stories, first published in 1923. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1999.

Zelda and Ivy and the Boy Next Door BR 12476
by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
1 volume
Fox sisters Zelda and Ivy are playing in their backyard when their new neighbor, Eugene, climbs over the fence. The three get involved in several adventures, but it usually ends up being two foxes against one. Companion to Zelda and Ivy (BR 11866). For grades 2-4. 1999.

Little Men BR 12486
by Louisa May Alcott
3 volumes (Reissue)
Describes life at Plumfield, the progressive school established by Jo and her husband. Advanced theories of education mingle with the escapades of the students. Originally published in 1871. Sequel to Little Women (BR 11778). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1986.

Playoff Dreams BR 12493
by Fred Bowen
1 volume
Brendan is the best baseball player on a losing team. His uncle Jack takes him to a Chicago Cubs game where he learns that there are more important things than winning. For grades 3-6. 1997.

T.J.'s Secret Pitch BR 12494
by Fred Bowen
1 volume
Twelve-year-old baseball player T.J. is not very good at pitching until his grandfather shows him an unusual method perfected by Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Rip Sewell. T.J. practices nonstop until he gets an opportunity to help his team. For grades 3-6. 1996.

The Yearling BR 12512
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
3 volumes (Reissue)
Classic story about the Baxter family, who make a precarious living on a backwoods farm in northern Florida. The young son, Jody, tames an orphaned fawn. When the deer begins to eat the family corn, Jody is ordered to shoot him. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1938.

Can You Feel the Thunder? BR 12527
by Lynn E. McElfresh
1 volume
Seventh-grader Mic Parsons has mixed feelings about his fifteen- year-old deaf and blind sister Stephanie. And if he doesn't pass mathematics, his parents won't let him try out for baseball. After Stephanie helps Mic learn fractions, he comes to appreciate her in a new way. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Zooman Sam BR 12537
by Lois Lowry
1 volume
In preparing for Future Job Day at Sam Krupnik's nursery school, his parents and sister Anastasia help him put together a zookeeper's costume. In the process Sam learns to sound out some words. Companion to See You Around, Sam! (BR 10909). For grades 3-6. 1999.

Frindle BR 12547
by Andrew Clements
1 volume
In the fifth grade Nick has his first difficult class--language arts with Mrs. Granger. He and his classmates decide to "beat her at her own game" by inventing a new word. They begin calling their pens "frindles," even though it means being on detention every day. For grades 3-6. 1996.

Dear Austin: Letters from the Underground Railroad BR 12562
by Elvira Woodruff
1 volume
In 1853, Levi writes letters to his older brother about his adventures in Pennsylvania. Then Darcy--the sister of Levi's African American friend Jupiter--disappears, so Levi and Jupiter head south to search the slave markets for her. Levi recounts his subsequent experiences with the Underground Railroad. Sequel to Dear Levi...(BR 10365). For grades 4-7. 1998.

Bud, Not Buddy BR 12592
by Christopher Paul Curtis
2 volumes
During the Great Depression, ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy, runs away from his latest (bad) foster home in Flint, Michigan. He sets out for Grand Rapids in search of the man he believes to be his father--renowned bandleader Herman E. Calloway. For grades 4-7. Coretta Scott King and Newbery awards. 1999.

The House of Wisdom BR 13001
by Florence Parry Heide and Judith Heide Gilliland
1 volume
Based on the true story of Ishaq, a young boy in ninth-century Baghdad. When the caliph sends him on an expedition in search of books for the House of Wisdom, Ishaq enjoys his journey. But his greatest discovery is the power of the written word. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 1999.

The Drums of Noto Hanto BR 13002
by J. Alison James
1 volume
Villagers in ancient Japan use their wits to avert an attack by a fleet of samurai warriors. Relying on their mighty drums, masks of bark and seaweed, and beach bonfires, residents frighten off the invaders. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1999.

Mandy Sue Day BR 13003
by Roberta Karim
1 volume
Mandy Sue's farmer father promises each of the children one day without chores, and today is Mandy Sue day. She spends it riding and talking to her horse, Ben, and although Mandy Sue is blind, she knows her best friend's ears flick back to hear her. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1994.

A Symphony of Whales BR 13006
by Steve Schuch
1 volume
Young Glashka's sled dogs lead her to thousands of Beluga whales trapped by the ice freezing over a great bay. An icebreaker clears a path for the whales, but they don't leave until Glashka's dream about music provides a solution for their rescue. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1999.

Little Bunny on the Move BR 13007
by Peter McCarty
1 volume
A little bunny is hurrying through the countryside, past other animals and even past a little girl who wants him for a pet. For the little bunny has a special destination. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1999.

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