Braille Book Review

September-October 1998
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.

Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression BR 11020
by Kate Lied
1 volume
The story of Agnes, Clarence, and their daughter Dorothy moving to Idaho to dig potatoes during the Great Depression was written by Kate Lied when she was eight years old. Lied, granddaughter of Agnes and Clarence, tells how the crop helped the family survive. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1997.

The Lapsnatcher BR 11024
by Bruce Coville
1 volume
Jacob looked forward to the arrival of his new baby sister until he realized she was a lapsnatcher. Now, wanting his mother and father's full attention again, Jacob begs everyone to take her away. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1997.

Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend BR 11025
retold by Nancy Van Laan
1 volume
This Ojibwe (Chippewa) legend tells how Shingebiss, a clever, resourceful duck, meets the challenges of Kabibona'kan, Winter Maker. Shingebiss has four logs in his wigwam to keep him warm all winter, but when he goes outdoors to fish for food, Winter Maker tries to freeze him. Shingebiss outwits Winter Maker in the end. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 1997.

Town Mouse, Country Mouse BR 11027
by Jan Brett
1 volume
Tired of running from the house cat, the "town mouse" decides to take his wife on a picnic in the country. There they meet a country mouse and her husband, who offer to trade houses with the town mice. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1994.

McDuff Moves In BR 11028
by Rosemary Wells
1 volume
When the dogcatcher's truck goes over a bump in the road, a little white dog falls out and lands in a bed of flowers. He doesn't know where he is, but he knows he is hungry. He goes looking for something to eat and a warm place to stay. The dog is not welcomed at the first two homes, but at the third house, a nice couple takes him in. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1997.

A Sunburned Prayer BR 11249
by Marc Talbert
1 volume
Because his grandmother is dying of cancer, Eloy decides to make the seventeen-mile Good Friday march to appeal for a miracle. Defying his mother, Eloy joins the stream of people on the highway traveling to the holy site. He gains a new friend and new insights along the way. For grades 5-8. 1995.

Running Out of Time BR 11287
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
2 volumes
In 1840, Jessie Keyser, twelve, lives with her family in the town of Clifton. But when Jessie's friends begin falling ill, her mother tells her the shocking truth: It is really 1996, and the family is part of an elaborate tourist attraction--one that has gone horribly wrong. It's now up to Jessie to escape to the modern world to find help. For grades 5-8. 1995.

The Goalie BR 11291
by Susan Shreve
1 volume
Julie's mother died when Julie was three and her sister just a baby. Since then Julie, now in sixth grade, has made it a point to be the one her father depends on. When he begins dating the mother of a new boy in her class, Julie feels her world begin to crumble. The boy is even competing with her to be goalie on the soccer team. For grades 4-7. 1996.

My Brother Has AIDS BR 11308
by Deborah Davis
1 volume
At thirteen, Lacy's main interest is qualifying for the regional swim meet. But a letter from her much older attorney brother, Jack, changes that. Lacy has known for some time that Jack is gay, but now he has AIDS and wants to come home. Lacy can't understand her parents' hesitation or their insistence on keeping the situation secret. For grades 6-9. 1994.

An Occasional Cow BR 11317
by Polly Horvath
1 volume
Imogene's parents have arranged for her to spend the summer with her four cousins in Iowa. As a New Yorker, Imogene imagines Iowa as boring cornfields and pigs, but Iowa is much more fun than summer camp ever was. Imogene experiences blood oaths, climbing the laundry chute, training pigs to curtsy, and swimming games. And Imogene's gum-wrapper chain becomes more than a pastime. For grades 4-7. 1989.

Little House in the Big Woods BR 11322
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
1 volume
A family experiences pioneer life in a little log house in Wisconsin in the 1870s. The Ingalls family feels safe and secure despite blizzards, wolves, and the loneliness of the big woods. Prequel to Little House on the Prairie (BR 10510). For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1932.

On the Banks of Plum Creek BR 11323
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
2 volumes
The pioneering Ingalls family leaves the prairie for a farm and a primitive sod hut in Minnesota, where they must battle a flood, a blizzard, and a devastating plague of grasshoppers. Sequel to Little House on the Prairie (BR 10510). For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1937.

By the Shores of Silver Lake BR 11324
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
2 volumes
The Ingalls family moves westward once more, this time to the Dakota territory, where Pa finds a job in a railroad camp and the family takes up a homestead. Sequel to On the Banks of Plum Creek (BR 11323). For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1939.

The Long Winter BR 11325
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
2 volumes
The Ingalls family moves from their stake on the Dakota prairie to their store in town to escape the severe winter. One blizzard follows another until trains stop running and the community, isolated for months, faces starvation. Sequel to By the Shores of Silver Lake (BR 11324). For grades 4-7. 1940.

Aunt Eater's Mystery Christmas BR 11328
by Doug Cushman
1 volume
Aunt Eater, an anteater, is getting ready for a visit from her sister, Eliza. She has just finished her Christmas shopping when she spots an ad for a new mystery book by her favorite author. But before Aunt Eater can get a copy, she has to solve several mysteries of her own. For grades K-3. 1995.

No More Nice BR 11331
by Amy MacDonald
1 volume
When he's eleven, Simon's parents have him spend a week with his father's aunt and uncle. Amazed that his new-found relatives appear to have no manners whatsoever, polite, quiet Simon soon delights in learning what they refer to as his unlessons: spitting, cussing, interrupting, and other non-Simon-like behavior. For grades 3-6. 1996.

Julie's Wolf Pack BR 11375
by Jean Craighead George
1 volume
This sequel to Julie (BR 10116) chronicles six years of the wolf pack family led by Kapu. The Eskimos call these wolves "Julie's wolf pack" because of the past connection between Julie and the wolves. Now on their own, the members of the pack face famine and disease. When Kapu is captured for a scientific experiment, Julie intervenes on his behalf. For grades 5-8. 1997.

Mr. Popper's Penguins BR 11424
by Richard and Florence Potato
1 volume
When his pet penguin, "Captain Cook," becomes lonely, Mr. Popper gets another penguin to keep him company. Before long, there are ten more penguins in the Popper household and things are never quite the same again. For grades 3-6. 1938.

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