Braille Book Review

January-February 2011

Books for Children


Waiting for Normal         BR 18148
by Leslie Connor
2 volumes
Upstate New York. Addie's plucky spirit makes the best of awkward situations such as moving into a tiny trailer with her difficult mother, separating from her stepdad and two half sisters, and coping with her learning difficulties in her new school's band. For grades 5-8. Schneider Family Book Award. 2008.

Mothstorm; or, The Horror from beyond (Uranus) Georgium Sidus! or, A Tale of Two Shapers; a Rattling Yarn of Danger, Dastardy, and Derring-do upon the Far Frontiers of British Space!         BR 18411
by Philip Reeve
2 volumes
Responding to an interrupted message from the Reverend Shipton Cruet and his daughter, the Mumby family swiftly embarks on a mission to planet Georgium Sidus. They hope to rescue their friends and investigate the monstrous cloud encroaching on the known universe. Sequel to Starcross (BR 17670). For grades 6-9. 2008.

Blue         BR 18532
by Joyce Moyer Hostetter
2 volumes
Hickory, North Carolina; 1944. When thirteen-year-old Ann Faye's daddy leaves to fight in the war against Hitler, he puts her in charge at home. Ann Faye tends the vegetable garden and looks after her twin sisters and little brother--until the polio epidemic strikes the family. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Comfort         BR 18533
by Joyce Moyer Hostetter
2 volumes
North Carolina, 1945. Ann Faye hopes that now that she is back from the polio hospital and her daddy is home from the war with Hitler, normal family life will resume. But war changed her father and Ann Faye can't walk. Sequel to Blue (BR 18532). For grades 6-9. 2009.

Houndsley and Catina: Plink and Plunk         BR 18537
by James Howe
1 volume
Houndsley likes canoes but Catina prefers riding a bicycle. Each helps the other learn to enjoy these activities so they can do them together. For grades K-3. 2009.

Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me         BR 18539
by Nan Marino
1 volume
1969. Tammy has it in for skinny ten-year-old Douglas McGinty, the new foster kid she calls Muscle Man. Especially because of the lies he tells and his bragging that he can beat everyone at kickball. And Tammy really misses her best friend Kebsie, who moved away. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Day of the Pelican         BR 18598
by Katherine Paterson
1 volume
When the hostilities between Albanians and Serbs escalate in Kosovo, Meli's older brother Mehmet is temporarily captured. Fleeing to refugee camps, the Lleshi family then immigrates to Vermont, where, after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, they face mistreatment for being Muslim. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Hannah's Winter         BR 18605
by Kierin Meehan
2 volumes
Hannah goes to stay with the Maekawa family in Japan to improve her language skills, but when Hannah and her new friend Miki discover a message written in old Japanese, they get caught up in solving a mysterious riddle. For grades 5-8. 2001.

Soldier's Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson         BR 18619
by Sheila Solomon Klass
1 volume
After completing her indentured servitude, Deborah Sampson, a tall and strong young woman, wants to join America's Continental army and help the colonies gain independence. She disguises herself as a boy, enlists in a Massachusetts regiment, and serves admirably as a Revolutionary War soldier. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Creature of the Night         BR 18693
by Kate Thompson
2 volumes
Fourteen-year-old Robert prefers his life of crime in Dublin to the isolated rural existence at the farmhouse his mother rents. He senses danger in the dwelling--a feeling that is intensified by his little brother's talk of a strange nighttime visitor. Strong language. For grades 6-9. 2008.

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