Braille Book Review

September-October 2002

Books for Children--Fiction


Silver on the Tree BR 13424
by Susan Cooper
2 volumes
In this sequel to The Grey King (BR 13423) and the last in the series, Will Stanton, an immortal dedicated to saving the world, receives a dreadful warning that the Dark is rising in its last and greatest bid for global domination. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1977.

Shore Thing: Two of a Kind Diaries, Book 17 BR 13586
by Judy Katschke
1 volume
The diary entries of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen describe their trip to Camp Coral Reef in Florida during summer vacation. Mary-Kate looks forward to scuba diving, until she tries on the mask and reads Ashley's book, The Worst That Can Happen. For grades 4-7. Bestseller 2001.

Two for the Road: Two of a Kind Diaries, Book 18 BR 13587
by Nancy Butcher
1 volume
In this continuation of Shore Thing (BR 13586), the Olsen twins' summer camp diary, Ashley is upset that her twin Mary-Kate and their friend Phoebe are missing in a canoe. Meanwhile Mary- Kate writes about being lost in a swamp. For grades 4-7. 2001.

Deceptions: Star Wars; Jedi Apprentice, Special Edition BR 13588
by Jude Watson
1 volume
Obi-Wan, a Jedi Knight, takes Anakin Skywalker as his apprentice. Secrets from Obi-Wan's past endanger both of them, and they must fight deception. For grades 4-7. Bestseller 2001.

The Wide Window: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 3 BR 13628
by Lemony Snicket
1 volume
In this sequel to The Reptile Room (BR 13627), the Baudelaire orphans are sent to live with Aunt Josephine, who worries about everything, especially Lake Lachrymose and its loathsome leeches. The unhappy youngsters encounter cold soup on a rainy day, a hurricane, and a villain with a peg leg. For grades 4-7. Bestseller 2000.

The Miserable Mill: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 4 BR 13629
by Lemony Snicket
1 volume
In this sequel to The Wide Window (BR 13628), the saga of the Baudelaire orphans continues as they are sent to work at a grimy lumber mill in exchange for dormitory bunks. In due course their nemesis, Count Olaf, appears in yet another disguise. For grades 4-7. 2000.

The Austere Academy: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 5 BR 13630
by Lemony Snicket
1 volume
Once again, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny encounter adversity--which here means trouble--when they attend the Prufrock Preparatory School with its horrid violin-playing vice-principal Nero. New friends help, but dreadful Count Olaf reappears, in this sequel to The Miserable Mill (BR 13629). For grades 4-7. 2000.

The Ersatz Elevator: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 6 BR 13631
by Lemony Snicket
1 volume
The woeful saga of the Baudelaire orphans, last encountered in The Austere Academy (BR 13630), continues as evil Count Olaf discovers their whereabouts at Esmé Squalor's seventy-one-bedroom penthouse and concocts a new plan to steal their family fortune. For grades 4-7. Bestseller 2001.

The Vile Village: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 7 BR 13632
by Lemony Snicket
1 volume
Mr. Poe, the Baudelaire orphans' banker, decides to follow the saying "It takes a village to raise a child" and has the children adopted by the village of V.F.D. The results are predictably disastrous. Sequel to The Ersatz Elevator (BR 13631). For grades 4-7. Bestseller 2001.

The Hostile Hospital: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 8 BR 13633
by Lemony Snicket
1 volume
On the run after being falsely accused of murder, the three Baudelaire orphans--Violet, Klaus, and Sunny--find themselves in Heimlich Hospital, with the evil Count Olaf in close pursuit. Sequel to The Vile Village (BR 13632). For grades 4-7. Bestseller 2001.

Taggerung: A Tale from Redwall BR 13638
by Brian Jacques
3 volumes
The clan of Sawney Rath kidnap an otter born at Redwall Abbey because he bears the special mark of Taggerung, the warrior hero. But Tagg refuses to kill, rebelling against his adoptive tribe and seeking his true heritage. For grades 5-8. Bestseller 2001.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel BR 13645
by Virginia Lee Burton
1 volume
Mike Mulligan remains loyal to his steam shovel, Mary Anne, against the threat of the new diesel-engine contraptions. He digs his way to a surprising and happy ending. For grades K-3. 1939.

A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor BR 13647
by Harry Mazer
1 volume
December 7, 1941. Fourteen-year-old Adam lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, where his father is stationed on a battleship. Adam and two of his classmates are fishing in a rowboat when the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. Although wounded, Adam is conscripted to help the survivors. For grades 6-9. 2001.

The Kid in the Red Jacket BR 13648
by Barbara Park
1 volume (Reissue)
Ten-year-old Howard is miserable when his family moves from Arizona to Massachusetts in the middle of the school year. Being the new kid at school is as bad as he expects. To make matters worse, his first-grade neighbor, Molly, decides to make him her best friend. For grades 4-7. 1987.

Stranger in Dadland BR 13678
by Amy Goldman Koss
1 volume
Twelve-year-old John and his older sister, Liz, visit their dad in California once a year. But this year Liz won't come and John is stuck with his busy, absent father for a whole week. Then Dad breaks his leg. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2001.

Treasure Island BR 13682
by Robert Louis Stevenson
2 volumes
Young Jim Hawkins finds a map in a dead seaman's possessions. His friends, Squire Trelawney and Doctor Livesey, realize it's a treasure map. They hire a ship, unaware that the crew includes the pirate Long John Silver. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1881.

Beatrice's Goat BR 14006
by Page McBrier
1 volume
In her small Ugandan village, Beatrice has to work hard to help her family. She can only dream of going to school. When the family receives a goat as a gift from people far away, their luck changes. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Bestseller 2001.

Looking Out for Sarah BR 14009
by Glenna Lang
1 volume
Describes a day in the life of Perry, a seeing-eye dog. He guides his owner, Sarah, to the grocery store and the post office and on a school visit. He dreams about the month that he and Sarah walked from Boston to New York. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2001.

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