Braille Book Review

September-October 2011

Books for Children

Fiction


Perils of Love: Left Behind—The Kids, Book 38         BR 16256
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
2 volumes
After the Heat Wave (BR 16255), darkness falls on New Babylon, causing suicides. Vicki and Lionel fly to Petra, where Judd joins them and they watch Chloe's statement of faith and televised execution. The Kids celebrate new beginnings with Judd and Vicki's marriage. For grades 5-8. 2004.


Road to War: Left Behind—The Kids, Book 39         BR 16257
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
1 volume
In Wisconsin, Mark is captured by Global Community members and speaks about God before facing the guillotine. His death saddens the Young Tribulation Force, which is immersed in preparations for the Battle of Armageddon. Sequel to The Perils of Love (BR 16256). For grades 5-8. 2004.


Triumphant Return: Left Behind—The Kids, Book 40         BR 16258
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
2 volumes
While Nicolae Carpathia expects the defeat of the rebels against the Global Community, Judd, Vicki, Lionel, and the rest of the Young Trib Force await the Glorious Appearing—the return of Jesus Christ. Sequel to The Road to War (BR 16257). For grades 5-8. 2004.


Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma         BR 18483
by Trenton Lee Stewart
3 volumes
When an unexplained blackout engulfs Stonetown, Benedict Society members Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance follow clues in an adventure that threatens to separate them from their families, friends, and even one another. Sequel to The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (BR 18601). For grades 4-7. 2009.


Tales of Horror and Suspense         BR 18491
by Edgar Allan Poe
2 volumes
Eight mysterious stories by American author Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), beginning with "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "The Cask of Amontillado." Concludes with detective stories "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter." For grades 6-9. 2003.


Meet Rebecca: An American Girl, 1914; Book 1         BR 18667
by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
1 volume
New York City, 1914. Rebecca enjoys her family's Sabbath suppers, but she worries about her uncle's family going hungry in Russia, where Jewish people are suffering. Unexpectedly, Rebecca finds a way to earn money to help her cousin Ana come to America. For grades 3-6. 2009.


Rebecca and the Movies: An American Girl, 1914; Book 4         BR 18670
by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
1 volume
Rebecca's family gives her a surprise tenth birthday party made even more special by her cousin Max's gift—a visit to the movie studio where he works. She meets a real movie star and has an unexpected opportunity. For grades 3-6. 2009.


Changes for Rebecca: An American Girl, 1914; Book 6         BR 18672
by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
1 volume
When Rebecca and Ana take supper to Ana's brother Josef, who works at a clothing factory, the girls get a first-hand look at the horrible sweatshop conditions. Inspired to make a difference, Rebecca joins a workers' strike—but gets injured. For grades 3-6. 2009.


Dragon's Heart: Pit Dragon Chronicles, Book 4         BR 18705
by Jane Yolen
3 volumes
After a year in hiding, Jakkin and Akki return to Austar IV. They have new abilities and knowledge that could transform their planet or destroy it—but first they must get themselves out of danger. Sequel to A Sending of Dragons (BR 13576). For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2009.


Wanting Mor         BR 18742
by Rukhsana Khan
2 volumes
Afghanistan. Jameela, an uneducated village girl with a cleft lip, must endure war, death, and being abandoned by her father in a Kabul marketplace. The kindness of strangers changes Jameela's outlook and future opportunities. When her father wants to reclaim her, Jameela draws on newfound strength. For grades 6-9. 2009.


Follow My Leader         BR 18829
by James B. Garfield
2 volumes
At first eleven-year-old Jimmy is discouraged by losing his sight in a firecracker accident. Gradually he learns to read braille, use a cane, and do things for himself. But working with his own guide dog, Leader, makes the biggest and best change. For grades 4-7. 1957.


Just Grace and the Snack Attack         BR 18841
by Charise Mericle Harper
1 volume
Just Grace and her class are forced to study food from around the world after troublemaker Owen jokes about someone's lunch. Just Grace picks potato chips for her topic but gets jealous when her dad helps her friend Mimi research his favorite food—hot dogs. For grades 2-4. 2009.


So Totally Emily Ebers         BR 18848
by Lisa Yee
2 volumes
The summer that Emily's parents divorce and she moves cross-country with her mother, she keeps a diary to give her father. Her life becomes better after she meets Millicent Min and develops a crush on Stanford Wong. Companion to Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time (BR 18847). For grades 5-8. 2007.


Christmas Carol         BR 18852
by Charles Dickens
1 volume
Stingy Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who convince him to be kinder to people. Scrooge learns the meaning of Christmas and helps Tiny Tim and his family. A shorter version of the 1843 classic tale. For grades 2-4. 2009.


Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg         BR 18853
by Rodman Philbrick
2 volumes
After his evil uncle sells his brother Harold to be a soldier in the Civil War, twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, runs away from his home in Maine. Homer has extraordinary adventures en route to Gettysburg as he searches for Harold. For grades 4-7. Newbery Honor Book. 2009.

Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Day, Book Day/Celebremos El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros         BR 19014
by Pat Mora
1 volume
Children read books in all kinds of places, both indoors and out. Bilingual book in English and Spanish. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. (Los niños leen libros en todo tipo de lugares, tanto adentro como afuera. Libro bilingüe en inglés y español. Para niños preescolares hasta segundo grado.) 2009.

My Garden         BR 19016
by Kevin Henkes
1 volume
After helping her mother weed, water, and chase rabbits from their garden, a young girl imagines her dream garden—without weeds but with flowers and unusual things always popping up, including chocolate rabbits to eat. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2010.

Lyle Walks the Dogs: A Counting Book         BR 19018
by Bernard Waber
1 volume
Lyle the crocodile starts his new job walking one dog on day one and adding another dog each day. By day ten with ten dogs, Lyle runs into trouble. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2010.

Inch by Inch         BR 19019
by Leo Lionni
1 volume
To keep from being eaten, an inchworm measures a robin's tail, a flamingo's neck, a toucan's beak, a heron's legs, and, best of all, a nightingale's song. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. Caldecott Honor Book. 1960.


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