Braille Book Review

January-February 2004

Books for Children


The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman BR 14046
by Paul Goble
1 volume
Recounts the legend of the Great Spirit's gift of the Sacred Calf Pipe. The White Buffalo Woman brings the pipe to the Lakota, giving them hope and a new way to pray after a long time of hardship. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6. 1998.

Revolutionary War on Wednesday: Magic Tree House, Book 22 BR 14356
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
Using their magic tree house, Jack and Annie travel back to the time of the American Revolution and help General George Washington during his famous crossing of the Delaware River. For grades 2-4. 2000.

Twister on Tuesday: Magic Tree House, Book 23 BR 14357
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
When Jack and Annie travel back to the Kansas prairie at the time of the earliest railroad trains, they discover the hardships of the pioneers. And they experience the terror of a tornado. For grades 2-4. 2001.

Earthquake in the Early Morning: Magic Tree House, Book 24 BR 14358
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
The magic tree house carries Jack and Annie back to 1906 San Francisco, where they experience one of the biggest earthquakes ever in the United States. For grades 2-4. 2001.

Good Morning, Gorillas: Magic Tree House, Book 26 BR 14360
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie to a misty rain forest in Central Africa. They meet a young gorilla and spend time with the entire family, finding ways to communicate. For grades 2-4. 2002.

Flipped BR 14401
by Wendelin Van Draanen
2 volumes
In alternating chapters, neighbors Juli Baker and Bryce Loski describe how their feelings for each other and their families have changed since second grade. Juli used to chase Bryce, and now he wishes she still did. For grades 5-8. 2001.

Mystery of the Dark Tower BR 14403
by Evelyn Coleman
1 volume
In 1928 twelve-year-old Bessie and her younger brother are taken by their father to live with his sisters in Harlem. When he disappears, Bessie feels trapped without her mother and her familiar North Carolina life. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Triss: A Tale from Redwall BR 14412
by Brian Jacques
3 volumes
Triss the squirrelmaid, Shogg the otter, and Welfo the hedgehog escape from slavery at Riftgard and are pursued across the sea toward Redwall by Princess Kurda--a pure ferret--her brother Prince Bladd, and a band of freebooters who seek the rumored treasure of Brockhall. For grades 5-8. 2002.

The Stranger Next Door BR 14481
by Peg Kehret
1 volume
Newcomer Alex is excited when another boy his age moves next door. But Rocky and his family are secretly in hiding. When several crimes occur, Alex, his cat, Pete, and Rocky join forces to solve them. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Shadows in the Glasshouse BR 14502
by Megan McDonald
1 volume
Jamestown, Virginia; 1621. After a hazardous ocean crossing, Merry, a poor twelve-year-old English orphan, is indentured to a glassblower. She uncovers sabotage at the glass-making site and has to prove her own innocence. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Enemy in the Fort BR 14505
by Sarah Masters Buckey
1 volume
In 1754 twelve-year-old Rebecca lives at a fort in New Hampshire after her parents are taken prisoner by the Abenaki natives. A boy who had also been a hostage is returned after two years, but Rebecca suspects him of being a thief. For grades 4-7. 2001.

I Am Angela BR 14507
by Holly Keller
1 volume
Whether she's at camp, on a trip to the zoo, or working on a class project, Angela's love of nature is evident. For grades 2- 4. 1997.

The Lunchroom of Doom: The Werewolf Club, Book 2 BR 14520
by Daniel Pinkwater
1 volume
After Billy Furball is banned from the school lunchroom for having a food fight with himself, the Werewolf Club decides not to eat there either. Instead they go to Honest Tom's Tibetan American Lunchroom, where they meet a life-form from another planet. For grades 2-4. 2000.

The Thief Lord BR 14540
by Cornelia Funke
2 volumes
Orphan brothers Prosper, age twelve, and Bo (Boniface), age five, have run away from their cruel aunt and uncle in Hamburg to Venice--their mother's favorite city. They join a band of urchins led by a mysterious Thief Lord who steals to support them. And then the complications begin. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Tree Girl BR 14552
by T.A. Barron
1 volume
Rowanna loves to sing and dance and befriend animals, but she longs for a mother. Her grumpy guardian, Master Mellwyn, forbids her to enter the forest, where ghouls lurk. Yet Rowanna is drawn to a huge willow and a bear, who is more than he seems. For grades 4-7. 2001.

Saffy's Angel BR 14553
by Hilary McKay
1 volume
When she is three and her mother dies, Saffron "Saffy" Casson is adopted by her offbeat English kinfolk. She stows away to Italy at thirteen with a friend's family, hoping to recall her early childhood and try to claim her inheritance, a stone garden angel. For grades 4-7. Whitbread Award. 2001.

The Carnivorous Carnival: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 9 BR 14558
by Lemony Snicket
1 volume
The Baudelaire orphans stow away in the trunk of Count Olaf's car after he frames them for murder and sets fire to The Hostile Hospital (BR 13633). They resort to disguises as they hide at the Caligari Carnival where Count Olaf consults a fortune-teller. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest BR 14561
by Nancy Springer
1 volume
After her mother's murder, thirteen-year-old Rosemary sets out to find the outlaw Robin Hood--the father she has never met. She disguises herself as a boy for safety; befriends a half- wolf/half-dog, a runaway princess, and a singing giant; and gradually makes peace with her elfin heritage. For grades 4-7. 2001.

Double Fudge BR 14568
by Judy Blume
2 volumes
Twelve-year-old Peter suffers some embarrassing moments because of Fudge, his five-year-old money-obsessed brother. The discovery of long-lost cousins, including a second "Fudge" from Hawaii, makes matters worse. Sequel to Fudge-a-mania (BR 11468). For grades 4-7. 2002.

Henry and Mudge and Annie's Good Move: The Eighteenth Book of Their Adventures BR 14569
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
Annie is nervous about moving even though she is happy the new house is next door to her cousin Henry's. Henry and his big friendly dog, Mudge, help Annie calm down on moving day. For grades K-3. 1998.

Bad Girls in Love BR 14572
by Cynthia Voigt
2 volumes
Following It's Not Easy Being Bad (BR 13368), best friends Mikey and Margalo are now in eighth grade and experiencing their first crushes. While Mikey becomes obsessed with the most popular boy in class, Margalo has a secret crush on a teacher. For grades 5-8. 2002.

A Mother to Embarrass Me BR 14651
by Carol Lynch Williams
1 volume
Twelve-year-old Laura of Mapleton, Utah, can hardly believe how embarrassing her impulsive mother has become, especially now that she's pregnant. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix BR 14705
by J.K. Rowling
13 volumes
The first part of the summer after his fourth year at Hogwarts-- covered in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (BR 12764)- -finds Harry back with the Dursleys, isolated in the Muggles' world. But that changes after he is attacked by Dementors. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2003.

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