Braille Book Review

May-June 2012

Books for Children


Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken         BR 18036
by Kate DiCamillo
1 volume
Louise longs for true adventures far away from the henhouse. At sea, she encounters pirates who want to eat her. In the circus, she is chased by a lion. In a foreign bazaar, she is locked in a cage. What should she do next? PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2008.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate         BR 18654
by Jacqueline Kelly
2 volumes
Texas, 1899. Being the only girl in the middle of six brothers, it is deemed odd that eleven-year-old Calpurnia Virginia Tate (Callie Vee) does not prefer knitting socks and learning cookery with her mother to roaming outdoors with her naturalist grandfather. For grades 5-8. 2009.

A Season of Gifts         BR 18770
by Richard Peck
1 volume
Rural Illinois, 1958. The new preacher and his family learn to appreciate their seemingly gruff neighbor Mrs. Dowdel, who is no church woman. Mrs. Dowdel doesn't celebrate Christmas, but she does give surprising gifts--all the time. Companion to A Year down Yonder (RC 51259, BR 12930). For grades 5-8. 2009.

After Ever After         BR 18878
by Jordan Sonnenblick
2 volumes
Jeffrey Alper, from Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie (RC 64360, BR 17937), makes a deal with best friend and fellow cancer survivor Tad: in return for math tutoring, Jeffrey will help Tad learn to walk again before eighth-grade graduation. Meanwhile, Jeffrey falls for new girl Lindsey. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Ramona Forever         BR 19128
by Beverly Cleary
1 volume
The year that Ramona Quimby is in third grade brings many discoveries and two surprises--one very big and the other very little. For grades 2-4. 1984.

The Case of the July 4th Jinx: The Milo and Jazz Mysteries, Book 5         BR 19208
by Lewis B. Montgomery
1 volume
When things start going wrong at the Fourth of July celebration, it feels like a jinx. Milo and Jazz--with some help from world-famous private eye Dash Marlowe--investigate whether the so-called jinx is really sabotage. For grades 2-4. 2010.

Clash of the Sky Galleons: The Edge Chronicles, Book 9         BR 19228
by Paul Stewart
3 volumes
Quint leaves his studies at the Knights Academy in Sanctaphrax to assist his father, Wind Jackal, in Wind's obsessive and dangerous quest to track down and bring to justice the evil Turbot Smeal. Sequel to Winter Knights (BR 17604). For grades 6-9. 2006.

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Murder Afloat         BR 19275
by Jane Leslie Conly
1 volume
Baltimore, 1880s. When pampered fourteen-year-old Ben Orville is on his way to the market, he is kidnapped and forced into back-breaking labor aboard the ill-reputed oystering vessel the Ella Dawn. For grades 6-9. 2010.

Penny Dreadful         BR 19289
by Laurel Snyder
2 volumes
Ten-year-old Penelope Grey is a bored rich kid who wishes for something interesting to happen. And then it does. Her father quits his big-city job, money becomes a problem, and the family moves to an inherited house in Tennessee. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Masters of Disaster         BR 19296
by Gary Paulsen
1 volume
Twelve-year-old Henry invites his best friends Reed and Riley to join in a series of adventures to prove their bravery and possibly impress girls. Henry's wild schemes--from riding a bicycle off a roof to a wild-animal campout--end in calamity, but his sidekicks stick with him. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Mouse and Mole: A Winter Wonderland         BR 19297
by Wong Herbert Yee
1 volume
On a snowy winter day, Mouse likes to be outside sledding and ice skating. Mole wants to stay snug in his bed. Mouse wishes for a friend to share her fun and comes up with the idea of a Sno-Mole. Four short chapters. For grades K-3. 2010.

How Tía Lola Learned to Teach         BR 19298
by Julia Alvarez
1 volume
After Tía Lola reluctantly agrees to be a volunteer Spanish teacher in Juanita and Miguel's elementary school in Vermont, she quickly finds that taking the plunge was worth it. Then her visa expires. Sequel to How Tía Lola Came to (Visit) Stay (BR 16969). For grades 3-6. 2010.

Guys Read: Funny Business         BR 19306
by Jon Scieszka
2 volumes
Ten humorous short stories featuring a raging robot, a homicidal turkey, a teenaged mummy, and a biker who takes over a kid's bedroom. Includes works by authors Eoin Colfer, Kate DiCamillo, Jon Scieszka, David Yoo, David Lubar, Christopher Paul Curtis, Jack Gantos, and others. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Eggs over Evie         BR 19311
by Alison Jackson
1 volume
When Evie's parents divorce, her dad takes the dog, leaving Evie doubly sad. Missing cooking with her chef father, Evie signs up for a summer cooking class and partners with Corey, whose aunt Shanti runs a pet shelter. Soon Evie's summer greatly improves. Includes sixteen recipes. For grades 4-7. 2010.

The Case of the Missing Moose: The Milo and Jazz Mysteries, Book 6         BR 19320
by Lewis B. Montgomery
1 volume
Milo and Jazz, detectives in training, attend summer camps on opposite sides of a wide lake. When the counselors declare a "color war" for the boys, Milo is on the blue team, which makes a moose for its mascot. Right before the judging, the moose disappears. For grades 2-4. 2011.

Okay for Now         BR 19362
by Gary D. Schmidt
2 volumes
Maryville, New York; 1968. Eighth-grader Doug, who loves baseball statistics and drawing, manages to be upbeat and honorable--despite having an abusive father, a brother who has been accused of robbery, and another brother who has returned from Vietnam injured. Companion to The Wednesday Wars (BR 17810). For grades 6-9. 2011.

Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice, and Destructive Properties of Deception         BR 19402
by Gary Paulsen
1 volume
Fourteen-year-old Kevin, an exceptionally good liar, finds that lying usually makes life easier--until it doesn't. Now Kevin's in big trouble with his friends, family, and teachers and must figure out how to make amends. For grades 5-8. 2011.

The Devil's Door: A Salem Witchcraft Story         BR 19403
by Paul B. Thompson
1 volume
1692. Sarah Wright and her father Ephraim move to Salem Village, Massachusetts, where they witness the growing witchcraft hysteria. When her father is arrested, Sarah plans his escape from jail. For grades 4-7. 2011.

Paddle-to-the-Sea         BR 19406
by Holling Clancy Holling
1 volume
A First Nations boy sets a foot-long canoe afloat on Ontario's Lake Nipigon. As the little dugout drifts through the Great Lakes to the ocean, strangers honor the message carved in the wood: "Please put me back in water. I am Paddle-to-the-Sea." For grades 3-6. Caldecott Honor Book. 1941.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key         BR 19407
by Jack Gantos
1 volume
When Joey's medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder wears off during the school day, he forgets that his house key is not on a string and swallows it. Joey keeps causing problems for his classmates and himself, while his mother and his teachers try to help him. For grades 5-8. 1998.

The Golden Ghost         BR 19417
by Marion Dane Bauer
1 volume
Delsie and her friend Todd ride their bikes to an old cement mill, where they discover that someone is staying in one of the abandoned houses nearby--and Delsie encounters a golden ghost dog. For grades 2-4. 2011.

The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True: The Knights' Tales, Book 3         BR 19421
by Gerald Morris
1 volume
Sir Gawain--the only undefeated knight in King Arthur's court--receives an odd challenge from the giant Green Knight, who teaches Sir Gawain that friendship and courtesy are as important as strength and courage. For grades 3-6. 2011.

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