Braille Book Review

September-October 2010

Books for Children


The Wakame Gatherers         BR 18023
by Holly Thompson
1 volume

When Nanami’s Gram from Maine visits Japan, Nanami’s Japanese grandmother Baachan takes them to the seashore to gather wakame seaweed for cooking. World War II memories are shared as the grandmothers become friends through their love for Nanami. Includes three recipes. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2007.

Spain or Shine         BR 18085
by Michelle Jellen
2 volumes
At home in California, sixteen-year-old Elena Holloway feels overshadowed by her siblings. But then she spends a semester in Spain living with a Spanish family, studying playwriting, and flirting with Miguel, an attractive local boy. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Six Innings: A Game in the Life         BR 18140
by James Preller
1 volume
Twelve-year-old Sam Reiser loved being on a baseball team. Even though cancer has forced him to use a wheelchair now, Sam still participates in the Little League championship as the game's announcer. With his best friend Mike Tyree playing, Sam becomes caught up in the action. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Baseball Crazy: Ten Short Stories That Cover All the Bases         BR 18142
by Nancy E. Mercado
1 volume
Ten authors write about hometown baseball and its players--good, mediocre, and bad. In Joseph Bruchac's "Ball Hawk," Mitchell, whose deceased father was a Native American and a great ball player, heeds his uncle's lessons and finally hits a long, high ball to an unusual catcher. For grades 4-7. 2008.

The Diamond of Darkhold         BR 18292
by Jeanne DuPrau
2 volumes
Lina's trade with a roamer gains Doon a battered old book that alludes to a mysterious device. Lina and Doon return underground to Ember to retrieve the machine, hoping it will help their new community, Sparks. Companion to The People of Sparks (BR 15562). For grades 5-8. 2008.

Lucky Breaks         BR 18355
by Susan Patron
1 volume
As Lucky turns eleven, she wishes for change. When smart and funny Paloma visits tiny Hard Pan, California, Lucky considers her to be best-girlfriend material. But Lucky has much to learn about friendship and parental trust. Sequel to The Higher Power of Lucky (BR 16881). For grades 4-7. 2009.

Eleven Birthdays         BR 18360
by Wendy Mass
2 volumes
Born on the same day, Leo and Amanda have shared nine birthday parties. But on their tenth, Amanda's feelings are hurt and she doesn't speak to Leo for a year. When their separate eleventh birthdays keep repeating, Leo and Amanda need to reconcile to get unstuck. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator         BR 18368
by Roald Dahl
1 volume
Mr. Willy Wonka's magic glass elevator accidentally orbits Charlie Bucket and his family into space, where they fight ferocious battles with the dreadful Vermicious Knids and barely rescue Grandma Georgina from Minusland, where people disappear. Sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (BR 11466). For grades 4-7. 1972.

After Tupac and D Foster         BR 18562
by Jacqueline Woodson
1 volume
Eleven-year-olds Neeka and her best friend meet newcomer "D Foster" and the three girls become a team. When their hero, rapper Tupac, is shot, they decide to have a "big purpose" as Tupac did and stay friends forever--but D's mom returns. For grades 6-9 and older readers. Newbery Honor Book. 2008.

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