Braille Book Review

July-August 2004

Books for Children


Changes for Kaya: A Story of Courage BR 14757
by Janet Shaw
1 volume
In this sequel to Kaya Shows the Way (BR 14756), Kaya faces danger from a sudden mountain fire while searching for Steps High, the horse stolen from her. Includes historical notes on the Nez Perce Indians. For grades 2-4. 2002.

The School Story BR 14771
by Andrew Clements
1 volume
After twelve-year-old Natalie writes a wonderful novel, her friend Zoe helps her devise a scheme involving their English teacher to get it accepted at the publishing house where Natalie's mother works. For grades 4-7. 2001.

Men of Stone BR 14811
by Gayle Friesen
2 volumes
Fifteen-year-old Ben, living with his widowed mother and three older sisters, gave up ballet when he started high school. Ben is still bullied at school, however, until his elderly Mennonite great-aunt visits and teaches him the value of courage. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2000.

Soldier Boys BR 14816
by Dean Hughes
1 volume
Two teenagers--Spencer Morgan, an American Mormon from Utah, and Dieter Hedrick from Germany--eagerly join the armies of their countries during World War II. Their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge, where they learn that war is more than bravado. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2001.

The Dinosaur Mystery BR 14818
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
1 volume
The Boxcar Children's grandfather takes them to help the Pickering Natural History Museum set up its Dino World exhibit. They witness unusual shadows in the display hall, where some Tyrannosaurus rex bones disappear. For grades 3-6. 1995.

Skullduggery BR 14858
by Kathleen Karr
1 volume
New York, 1839. Twelve-year-old orphan Matthew Morrissey works as an assistant to a phrenologist who robs graves to study the skulls. A rival body snatcher follows them to Europe, where they search for the burial plots of famous dead people. Followed by Bone Dry (BR 14855). For grades 5-8. 2000.

A Wind in the Door BR 14880
by Madeleine L'Engle
2 volumes
Evil in the form of the Echthroi is spreading throughout the galaxy, but Meg Murry is not involved in the struggle until the Echthroi invade her younger brother. Sequel to A Wrinkle in Time (BR 09403). For grades 5-8. 1973.

A Swiftly Tilting Planet BR 14881
by Madeleine L'Engle
2 volumes
Charles Wallace, the youngest of the Murry children, must travel through time and space in a battle against an evil dictator who wants to destroy the entire universe. Sequel to A Wind in the Door (BR 14880). For grades 5-8. 1978.

Many Waters BR 14884
by Madeleine L'Engle
2 volumes
The twin Murry boys, Sandy and Dennys, are accidentally sent back to a strange biblical time period, in which mythical beasts roam the desert, and a man named Noah is building a boat in preparation for a great flood. Sequel to A Swiftly Tilting Planet (BR 14881). For grades 5-8. 1986.

The Dark Horse BR 14891
by Marcus Sedgwick
1 volume
Before recorded history, an isolated coastal people known as the Storn fight to defend themselves against the nomadic and destructive Dark Horse. It all starts when Sigurd rescues a small girl--called Mouse by her adoptive family--whose true identity leads to betrayal. For grades 6-9. 2003.

Lord of the Kill BR 14894
by Theodore Taylor
1 volume
With his parents in India, sixteen-year-old Ben Jepson--from Sniper (BR 8709)--is in charge of Los Coyotes Preserve, a family-run refuge for big cats near Los Angeles. Two powerful groups try to shut down the shelter by intimidation, murder, and kidnapping the largest tiger in captivity. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Rugby and Rosie BR 14911
by Nan Parson Rossiter
1 volume
A young boy tells about his beloved dog, Rugby, and what happens when Rosie, a puppy, comes to stay with them. After a year, Rosie leaves for training to become a guide dog for a blind person. For grades K-3. 1997.

Behind the Mountains BR 14941
by Edwidge Danticat
1 volume
Thirteen-year-old Celiane begins a diary in 2000, describing her life with her mother and brother in Haiti during political disturbances. After emigrating with them to be reunited with her father in Brooklyn, Celiane writes about adjusting to her new situation. For grades 6-9. 2002.

The Mysterious Tadpole BR 15012
by Steven Kellogg
1 volume
Louis is delighted when his uncle gives him a tadpole from Scotland for his birthday. But it soon becomes clear that Louis's pet is not turning into an ordinary frog. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2002.

Dear Santa, Please Come to the 19th Floor BR 15015
by Yin
1 volume
Willy wants to make this Christmas special for his best friend now that Carlos is in a wheelchair. So he e-mails Santa asking him to bring a gift to Carlos in his apartment on the nineteenth floor. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2002.

What James Likes Best BR 15016
by Amy Schwartz
1 volume
Four stories about James and where he goes. He visits twin babies, his grandmother, the county fair, and his friend Angela. On each trip the reader is asked what he thinks James liked best. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.

Peter's Chair BR 15021
by Ezra Jack Keats
1 volume
When Peter discovers his blue furniture is being painted pink for a new baby sister, he grabs the last unpainted piece--his old chair--and runs away with it. Outside, he tries to sit in the little chair and finds that he's grown too big! PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1967.

Zoom! BR 15022
by Robert Munsch
1 volume
When Lauretta's mother takes her shopping for a new wheelchair, Lauretta wants one that goes really fast. The store lets her have a 92-speed dirt-bike model for home testing, and then Lauretta's adventures begin. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2003.

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