Braille Book Review--Mar.-Apr. 1997

Books for Children--Fiction

Books listed in this issue of Braille Book Review were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including animals, geography, nature, mystery, sports, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection.

To order books, contact your cooperating library.

The Bear BR 10011
by Raymond Briggs
1 volume
As Tilly sleeps with her teddy bear, a huge polar bear comes in through her window. He's friendly and quiet, although he takes up most of the bed. Best of all, Tilly's parents don't seem to mind when she tells them about her new guest. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1994.

Coyote and the Magic Words BR 10012
by Phyllis Root
1 volume
The Maker-of-all-things was tired when she finished creating the world with words, so she closed her eyes and slept. Meanwhile, when her creatures needed something, they had only to speak the magic words. But Coyote played tricks and stirred up trouble, making so much noise that he woke up the Maker-of-all-things. She decided there would be no more magic words, except when Coyote told stories. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1993.

Missing Sisters BR 10388
by Gregory Maguire
1 volume
Alice Colossus, who lives in an orphanage run by nuns, has trouble hearing and speaking clearly. At summer camp she is surprised to be mistaken for another girl named Miami. Alice tracks Miami down and, sure enough, it is like looking in a mirror. But Miami has a great life with parents, three other adopted siblings, perfect hearing, and perfect speech. For grades 5-8. 1994.

The Eagle Kite BR 10396
by Paula Fox
1 volume
Liam's father has AIDS. He tells Liam that it came from the blood transfusion he got three years ago when he had an operation. But Liam knows blood transfusions are safe now. He remembers a time when he was flying the eagle kite his father gave him, and he saw his father embracing a young man. And he sees the anger in his mother's face. For grades 6-9. 1995.

In the Land of the Big Red Apple BR 10418
by Roger Lea MacBride
2 volumes
In this sequel to Little Farm in the Ozarks (BR 10161), Rose Wilder and her parents endure a cold, icy winter that threatens their young apple orchard. But the year is not all hardship. For her ninth birthday, Rose gets a mule to ride to school and names him Spookendyke. Also, a new love begins for their farmhand, and the Wilders experience the true spirit of giving at Christmas. For grades 3-6. 1995.

The Forestwife BR 10451
by Theresa Tomlinson
2 volumes
A retelling of the legend of Maid Marian and Robin Hood. Mary de Holt, fifteen, simply can't marry the elderly widower with rotten black stumps of teeth and breath that smells of sour ale whom her uncle has chosen for her. So she escapes into the forest and is soon joined by her maid, Agnes. They take refuge among others on the run: a group of defrocked nuns and the Forestwife--a role Mary will eventually adopt. For grades 5-8. 1993.

Away to Me, Moss BR 10459
by Betty Levin
2 volumes
Zanna's mother gives speech and physical therapy to Rob Catherwood, a sheep farmer who had a stroke. Zanna becomes attached to Rob's border collie, Moss. Now that Rob is out of commission, no one on the farm pays any attention to Moss. As Zanna proves that Moss is still a good worker, she learns valuable lessons from both Moss and Rob. For grades 5-8. 1994.

The First Four Years BR 10462
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
1 volume
The author described her childhood in a series of books beginning with Little House in the Big Woods (BR 4442). Now she tells of the first years she and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, spent together on a homestead on the Dakota prairie in the late 1800s. This story follows These Happy Golden Years (BR 4443). For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1971.

The Winds of Mars BR 10463
by H.M. Hoover
1 volume
Teenager Annalyn Court is the daughter of the president of Mars and the commander of a star-probe vessel. She knows neither of her parents, but while in the military academy, she is sent a protector robot by her mother. Annalyn's half-brother Evan tells her the president and his children are replaced by androids at death. Annalyn is glad to have her robot as she tries to determine who is human and who is not. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1995.

Starshine and Sunglow BR 10465
by Betty Levin
1 volume
Each summer the residents of Flint Farm Road look forward to the sweet corn grown by Mr. and Mrs. Flint. This year, however, the Flints have decided not to grow any corn. They are tired of having to share their crop with the blackbirds, crows, and raccoons. But the children on Flint Farm Road--Kate, Ben, and Foster--come up with a plan to save the corn from the animals. For grades 3-6. 1994.

Pedro's Journal: A Voyage with Christopher Columbus; August 3, 1492-February 14, 1493 BR 10468
by Pam Conrad
1 volume
Because he has been taught to read and write, Pedro de Salcedo has been selected to sail with Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to America. During the trip Pedro keeps a journal of what happens and what he sees as the ship crosses the Atlantic. Pedro recalls leaving his mother for the first time, the first sighting of land, and how he sank the Santa Maria. For grades 4-7. 1991.

Climb or Die BR 10476
by Edward Myers
1 volume
The Darcys are headed to their Colorado mountain cabin when a blinding snowstorm arises and a slippery road sends them crashing into a tree. Both parents are seriously injured, so it is up to Danielle, fourteen, and Jake, thirteen, to go for help. Their only hope for survival is to reach the weather station atop Mount Remington. Danielle took a course in mountain climbing during the summer, but can they make it with little equipment? For grades 6-9. 1994.

The Bones in the Cliff BR 10483
by James Stevenson
1 volume
Pete and his father are on the run because someone is after his father. They are staying on an island for the summer, but Pete must check the ferry every day to make sure a man with a cigar doesn't arrive. Pete meets Rootie, an eleven-year-old girl who summers at the island every year. With her Pete can explore, play games, and forget about the danger--until the cigar man arrives. Some strong language. For grades 4-7. 1995.

Little House on the Prairie BR 10510
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
2 volumes
A family moves westward from Wisconsin in a covered wagon and builds a cabin on the Kansas prairie right in Indian territory. Sequel to Little House in the Big Woods (BR 4442). For grades 4-7. 1935.

Curtis Piperfield's Biggest Fan BR 10538
by Lisa Fiedler
1 volume
At fourteen C.C. spends her days in St. Bernadette's Catholic School for Girls thinking about her crush on her neighbor Curtis. It doesn't matter that he's skinny and only in the eighth grade. He's planning to be a rock star, and C.C. is already his biggest fan. Meanwhile C.C.'s best friend, Cluck, has been in love with her his whole life even though all of C.C.'s friends are crazy about him. Some strong language. For grades 6-9. 1995.

Courtyard Cat BR 10542
by C.S. Adler
1 volume
Lindsay, eleven, and her family have moved to Schenectady, New York, so her three-year-old brother Garth can be near the doctors who will fix his face, hurt in an accident for which Lindsay feels responsible. But Lindsay doesn't like the city and their cramped, dark apartment. Nor does she like having to look after Garth all day while her parents work. But they do have a courtyard in which to play, and some nice neighbors. For grades 4-7. 1995.

Falcon's Egg BR 10546
by Luli Gray
1 volume
Eleven-year-old Falcon Davies is in Central Park when she finds a most unusual egg. It is large and red and hot to the touch. She tells only three adults: her neighbor Ardene, who agrees to house the egg; her great-aunt Emily; and Emily's friend who is an ornithologist. They all agree they have no idea what it is, and they think it would be best to keep it secret. When the egg finally hatches, they realize they were right. For grades 4-7. 1995.

Star of Fear, Star of Hope BR 10547
by Jo Hoestlandt
1 volume
In 1942 French schoolgirls Helen and Lydia are best friends. When the German army invades France, Lydia has to wear a yellow star on her coat. Lydia sleeps over the night before Helen's ninth birthday, but must leave in the middle of the night when they learn that people with yellow stars are being arrested. For grades 2-4. 1995.

Tarantula Shoes BR 10548
by Tom Birdseye
1 volume
As if moving across country isn't bad enough, Ryan, almost twelve years old, learns, to his horror, that he will go to the junior high where sixth graders are picked on. His only hope is to be cool and get a pair of Slam Dunk Sky Jumper basketball shoes. But where will he get the $124.99, plus tax? He works hard to earn most of it yet is still short. Then he makes a star out of Fang, his pet tarantula, but things never go smoothly! For grades 3-6. 1995.

There's a Bat in Bunk Five BR 10572
by Paula Danziger
1 volume
As a junior counselor at summer camp, Marcy is assigned to Bunk Five, the one with a bat and the nastiest problem-child in the whole camp. Marcy also falls in love for the first time, to the delight of giggling campers, who respect no one's privacy. Sequel to The Cat Ate My Gymsuit (BR 8875). For grades 6-9. 1980.

Liza's Blue Moon BR 10585
by Diane Stevens
1 volume
Eighth grader Liza Brody admires the family of her hard-of-hearing best friend, Chloe, but is unhappy with her own. Her mother spends all of her time writing in a journal, her father travels a lot and is having an affair, and her little sister got the good looks and personality. Even Liza's grandmother calls her plain vanilla, and when Liza writes an impressive paper, her teacher accuses her of plagiarizing. For grades 6-9. 1995.

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