Braille Book Review

September-October 2001

Books for Children--Fiction

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The Great Interactive Dream Machine: Another Adventure in Cyberspace BR 12834
by Richard Peck
1 volume
In this sequel to Lost in Cyberspace (BR 10713) Aaron has designed a computer program that will transport him through time and space, but it has a flaw. If anyone is nearby, the program will send Aaron and Josh where that person dreams of going. For grades 4-7. 1996.

The Kite Fighters BR 12840
by Linda Sue Park
1 volume
Seoul, Korea, 1473. Eleven-year-old Young-sup realizes his skill in kite flying, while his older brother Kee-sup demonstrates his talent in designing and building beautiful kites. As they prepare to enter the New Year's competition, their very young king approaches them with some astonishing requests. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Shiloh Season BR 12871
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1 volume
It's been a month since Marty adopted his mistreated beagle, Shiloh, from his neighbor Judd. The only problem is that Judd now wants the dog back. How can Marty convince Judd to leave Shiloh alone? Sequel to Shiloh (BR 11971). For grades 4-7. 1996.

Saving Shiloh BR 12872
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1 volume
Sequel to Shiloh Season (BR 12871). When Judd Travers appears to be mending his mean and angry ways, his young friend Marty is encouraged, despite rumors of Judd's involvement in criminal activities. Judd repays Marty's confidence by rescuing Marty's dog, Shiloh, from drowning. For grades 4-7. 1997.

Orphan Journey Home BR 12876
by Liza Ketchum
1 volume
In 1828 Jesse, twelve, and Moses, thirteen, are returning with their parents and two younger siblings from their failed Illinois farm to grandmother's house in Kentucky. When both parents die on the trip, the children must escape the usual orphans' fate of becoming indentured servants. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Sammy the Seal BR 12878
by Syd Hoff
1 volume
Eager to try life outside the zoo, Sammy the seal explores the city, goes to school, and plays with the children but decides that, after all, home is best. For grades K-3. 1959.

Absolutely Lucy BR 12909
by Ilene Cooper
1 volume
Bobby Quinn has always been shy. Then for his eighth birthday his parents give him a beagle puppy, which he names Lucy. Before long Lucy is helping Bobby make lots of friends. A chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2000.

The Complete Adventures of Curious George BR 12910
by Margret Rey and H.A. Rey
1 volume
A collection of seven books published between 1941 and 1966 featuring George, a mischievous monkey. George likes to investigate the new things he encounters, a habit that usually causes trouble. His friend, the man with the large yellow hat, often rescues George--who goes on to more adventures. For grades K-3. 1994.

Skellig BR 12915
by David Almond
1 volume
With an ailing infant, Michael's family is sad-hearted as they settle into their new home. In the ramshackle garage Michael discovers Skellig, a sickly, winged man. As the boy and his intellectual next-door friend, Mina, nurse Skellig back to health, the mysterious man introduces them to life's magical side. For grades 5-8. 1998.

Because of Winn-Dixie BR 12917
by Kate DiCamillo
1 volume
Ten-year-old India Opal and her preacher dad move to a new town in Florida during the summer. Opal is lonely until she adopts a big stray dog she names Winn-Dixie. The two soon make friends with the local librarian, the pet store manager, and a nearly blind elderly neighbor. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Echohawk BR 12923
by Lynda Durrant
1 volume
In 1738 four-year-old Jonathan is abducted by Mohican warriors and renamed Echohawk. The boy adapts well to his new family. Then at age twelve he and his brother are sent to an English school, where he discovers his earlier heritage. Prequel to Turtle Clan Journey (BR 12924). For grades 5-8. 1996.

Turtle Clan Journey BR 12924
by Lynda Durrant
1 volume
In this sequel to Echohawk (BR12923), the English boy raised with the Mohicans continues to feel the conflict of his dual heritage. Captured and sent to live with his aunt in Albany, Echohawk escapes and makes a perilous journey to Ohio with his Mohican father and brother. For grades 5-8. 1999.

A Mouse Called Wolf BR 12987
by Dick King-Smith
1 volume
Mary the mouse gives her very small son an important-sounding name she finds on sheet music outside her hole: Wolfgang Amadeus. As tiny Wolf listens to old Mrs. Honeybee play her piano, he realizes he can sing! Entranced, Mrs. Honeybee encourages him, and they become friends. For grades 2-4. 1997.

Leo the Late Bloomer BR 13068
by Robert Kraus
1 volume
Little tiger Leo couldn't do anything the other young animals were doing; he couldn't read, write, draw, eat neatly, or even speak. Leo's father was worried, but Leo's mother was certain Leo was just a late bloomer. And in his own good time, Leo proved his mother right! PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1971.

Buttons BR 13070
by Brock Cole
1 volume
When an old man eats so much that his britches burst and his buttons pop into the fire, his three daughters think up different plans for replacing them. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2000.

Yoshi's Feast BR 13072
by Kimiko Kajikawa
1 volume
When Yoshi's neighbor, Sabu the eel broiler, attempts to charge him for the delicious-smelling aromas he has been enjoying, Yoshi hatches a plan to enrich them both. Adapted from a Japanese folktale. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2000.

More Adventures of the Great Brain BR 13176
by John D. Fitzgerald
1 volume (Reissue)
Adenville, Utah; 1896. Eleven-year-old Tom, known as "The Great Brain" because of his ingenious schemes, terrorizes the entire town when he plants fake dinosaur tracks from Skeleton Cave to the river. For grades 4-7. 1969.

The Folk Keeper BR 13177
by Franny Billingsley
1 volume
The orphan Corinna transforms herself into Corin because only boys are Folk Keepers, appeasers of the evil Folk. Her identity is further challenged at her new post near the sea when she discovers her heritage as a Sealmaiden, and she must draw upon all her gifts to stay alive. For grades 5-8. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. 1999.

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