Braille Book Review

November-December 2010

Books for Children


Penderwicks on Gardam Street    BR 18090
by Jeanne Birdsall
2 volumes
Four years after their mother's death, the Penderwick sisters--Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty--are appalled when their aunt Claire arranges a date for their father. Desperate to avoid having a stepmother, the girls hatch their own plan. Sequel to The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale...(BR 16482). For grades 4-7. 2008.

Word Nerd    BR 18301
by Susin Nielsen
2 volumes
Seventh grader and social misfit Ambrose finds that correspondence courses and lots of free time allow him to finagle recently released criminal Cosmo--the landlord's son--into joining a Scrabble club. Becoming friends with Cosmo and improving his Scrabble game bring Ambrose unexpected adventures and acceptance. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Savvy    BR 18369
by Ingrid Law
2 volumes
Thirteenth birthdays in the Beaumont family reveal a magical power unique to the honoree. After Fish learns to cause hurricanes and Rocket to make electricity, Mibs eagerly awaits her turn. But Poppa has a terrible accident and all Mibs wants is to save him. For grades 4-7. Newbery Honor Book. 2008.

Bambi: A Life in the Woods    BR 18421
by Felix Salten
1 volume
The story of Bambi, a deer, who grows up along the banks of the Danube. Bambi explores his world, makes friends, and learns life lessons from his mother and a great wise stag--none more important than to fear man above any other creature. For grades 4-7. 1928.

Underneath    BR 18567
by Kathi Appelt
2 volumes
In the alligator-filled bayous between Texas and Louisiana, long-suffering hound dog Ranger welcomes a stray, pregnant calico cat underneath his rundown porch. When his cruel owner Gar Face dispatches the mother cat, Ranger and the calico's two kittens form an unlikely family. For grades 4-7 and older readers. Newbery Honor Book. 2008.

When You Reach Me    BR 18568
by Rebecca Stead
1 volume
New York City, 1979. Twelve-year-old Miranda helps her mother prepare to be on a television game show. Meanwhile Miranda tries to understand why her best friend Sal doesn't want to hang out anymore--and why someone is sending Miranda tiny notes from the future. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Goblin Baby    BR 18578
by Berlie Doherty
1 volume
Nine-year-old Tam must travel to fairyland to exchange the goblin child in his sister's crib for his real sister Blue. There are many rules to follow if Tam doesn't want to turn one hundred when he returns to his world. Beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2004.

Into the Mist: The Land of Elyon    BR 18581
by Patrick Carman
2 volumes
Roland Warvold, captain of the boat Warwick Beacon, tells Alexa and Yipes about the adventures he shared with his brother Thomas in Elyon before the wall went up dividing the world in two. Companion to the first three books in the Land of Elyon series. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Notes from the Dog    BR 18596
by Gary Paulsen
1 volume
At the beginning of summer, middle-schooler Finn, his pal Matthew, and his dog Dylan meet graduate student Johanna, who is undergoing chemo for breast cancer. Finn awkwardly attempts to garden for Johanna, receives anonymous notes of wisdom delivered by his dog, and learns compassion. For grades 6-9. 2009.

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