Braille Book Review

July-August 2003

Books for Children--Fiction


The Magician's Nephew: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 BR 13945
by C.S. Lewis
1 volume (Reissue)
When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia, where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech. Followed by The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (BR 11912). For grades 4-7. 1955.

The Horse and His Boy: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3 BR 13946
by C.S. Lewis
2 volumes (Reissue)
A boy and his talking horse share an adventurous and dangerous journey to Narnia to warn of invading barbarians. Sequel to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (BR 11912). For grades 4-7. 1954.

Daisy Comes Home BR 14031
by Jan Brett
1 volume
In faraway China, Mei Mei keeps six hens to sell their eggs at market. One night the smallest and most picked on hen, Daisy, floats downriver in a basket. She has many adventures before Mei Mei finds her again. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2002.

A Gift from the Sea BR 14032
by Kate Banks
1 volume
When a boy picks up a rock on a sandy beach, he doesn't know that it is very old, has been in many places, and has had many adventures. He takes it home because the rock somehow feels special to him. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2001.

Oranges on Golden Mountain BR 14033
by Elizabeth Partridge
1 volume
A drought forces Jo Lee's mother to send him from China to Fourth Uncle on Golden Mountain in California. There Jo Lee helps his uncle fish and he dreams of being reunited with his mother and little sister, Mei-Mei. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2001.

At the Sign of the Star BR 14089
by Katherine Sturtevant
1 volume
London, England; 1677. Twelve-year-old Meg lives with her widowed father and helps him in his bookshop. When he remarries, Meg is forced to learn household arts and give up her hope of inheriting the store. For grades 6-9. 2000.

Walker's Crossing BR 14094
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
2 volumes
When his older brother, Gil, enlists in the Mountain Patriots Association--a local militia with anti-Semitic beliefs--seventh- grader Ryan begins to question the political rhetoric he's grown up with on a Wyoming ranch. Ryan is torn between loyalty to his brother and his dislike of bigotry and hatred. For grades 6-9. 1999.

Caleb's Story BR 14100
by Patricia MacLachlan
1 volume
In this sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall (BR 9531), Caleb's discovery of an old man in the barn becomes a family problem. Although Caleb, his sister Cassie, and Sarah welcome him as a long-lost grandfather, Jacob remembers the pain of the past. For grades 3-6. 2001.

Busted! Left Behind--the Kids, Volume 7 BR 14258
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
1 volume
In this sequel to The Underground (BR 13707), the Young Trib Force faces pressure for publishing its own newspaper to spread the truth. Betrayal causes a major problem. For grades 5- 8. 2000.

Death Strike: Left Behind--the Kids, Volume 8 BR 14259
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
1 volume
Continuing the action from Busted! (BR 14258), Judd, Vicki, and the rest of the Young Trib Force struggle for their lives as the world crumbles. Judd's new goal puts the group in more danger, causing heartbreaking challenges. For grades 5-8. 2000.

The Search: Left Behind--the Kids, Volume 9 BR 14260
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
1 volume
The Young Trib Force struggles to survive as World War III erupts in this sequel to Death Strike (BR 14259). Judd, Vicki, and Lionel desperately search for their friend Ryan, attempting to rescue him before another air attack by the Global Community. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Harry by the Sea BR 14292
by Gene Zion
1 volume
Harry the dog searches for one cool spot on a hot, sunny day at the beach and finds it when a crashing wave leaves him covered with cool, slimy, green seaweed. What Harry doesn't know is that it also makes him look like a sea monster. For preschool-grade 2. 1965.

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