Braille Book Review

January-February 1999
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.

Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story BR 11030
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
A wealthy man, once nursed back to health in Appalachia, now brings a Christmas train through the mountains each year and tosses silver packages to the children. One boy wishes in vain for a doctor's kit but, years later, realizes he received the gifts he needed most. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1987.

My Life with the Wave BR 11033
translated by Catherine Cowan
1 volume
On his first trip to the seashore, a young boy falls in love with the waves. One, in particular, clutches his hand, and he begs his father to let him take her--the wave--home. But she is difficult to control in the confines of the house, and the boy's parents finally reach their limit. Based on a story by Octavio Paz. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1997.

The Always Prayer Shawl BR 11034
by Sheldon Oberman
1 volume
Adam, a young Jewish boy in Russia, learns a lot about his family's history and his name from his grandfather. As life in Russia becomes difficult for Jews, Adam's family decides to move to America. Before they leave, Adam's grandfather gives him a special present that Adam promises to cherish and pass on to the next Adam in the family. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1994.

The Lady in the Box BR 11036
by Ann McGovern
1 volume
When Lizzie and Ben discover a woman sleeping in front of the Circle Deli, they want to help in some way. They are not allowed to speak with strangers, so they leave soup and a warm scarf by her box. Her gratitude delights the children. Then the store owner tells the old lady to move. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1997.

Seal Surfer BR 11037
by Michael Foreman
1 volume
Even though Ben sometimes uses a wheelchair, he and his grandfather often hunt for mussels along a rocky beach. One spring they spot a seal and her new pup. Over the next few years, Ben and the young seal develop a special bond as they both ride the ocean waves. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1996.

Burnt Toast on Davenport Street BR 11039
by Tim Egan
1 volume
Arthur Crandall, a dog, is always burning the toast, but somehow his wife, Stella, has come to like the smell. One morning a fly enters the house and offers Arthur three wishes if he'll just let the fly live. Arthur's wishes are granted, but he and Stella soon long to be back home. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1997.

Time Ghost BR 11401
by Welwyn Wilton Katz
1 volume
In the twenty-first century Sara discovers she is afraid of nature when her environmentalist grandmother drags her to the North Pole to fend off developers. But Sara soon has an even bigger problem when she, her friend, and the developer are transported back in time and Sara is stuck inside her twelve-year-old grandmother. For grades 4-7. 1994.

The Puppy Sister BR 11408
by S.E. Hinton
1 volume
Aleasha Ann Davidson, a puppy, likes her new family even though Nick keeps saying he wanted a sister instead. Aleasha is determined to win Nick's affection, so because she likes human things such as eating at the table, she decides to turn herself into a human person. For grades 2-4. 1995.

First Came the Owl BR 11410
by Judith Benét Richardson
1 volume
Nita's father is in the Coast Guard and met her mother in Thailand. Now Nita's mother is hospitalized for depression, and Nita is struggling to understand and help. As she surprises herself by taking on the role of Snow White in her fifth-grade play, Nita finds symbolism in the huge snowy owl she spots on the beach. For grades 4-7. 1996.

Curses, Inc. and Other Stories BR 11443
by Vivian Vande Velde
2 volumes
Ten funny, scary stories about magic spells and their consequences. In the title story, Bill finds a curse site on the Internet but learns what you wish for doesn't always come true. In "Witch-Hunt," Lyssa is caught reading Satanic bibles. For grades 6-9. 1997.

Superfudge BR 11488
by Judy Blume
1 volume
Not only does Peter's brother Fudge grow more troublesome with age, but Peter's parents make things worse by producing a baby girl. After Fudge tries unsuccessfully to sell the baby or give her away, he plasters her with trading stamps in hopes of exchanging her for something good. Sequel to Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (BR 11471). For grades 3-6. 1980.

Ramona Quimby, Age Eight BR 11491
by Beverly Cleary
1 volume
As Ramona enters third grade, her father returns to college to become an art teacher. Having a working mother and a student father is tough on the family, but the Quimbys stick together through good times and bad. For grades 3-6. 1981.

The Decision: Animorphs, Volume 18 BR 11496
by K.A. Applegate
2 volumes
Ax, the Andalite trapped on Earth, tells this adventure about how he and his four human friends who have the power to morph become mosquitoes for a mission against their mutual enemy, the Yeerks. For grades 4-7. 1998.

The Departure: Animorphs, Volume 19 BR 11497
by K.A. Applegate
2 volumes
After her latest mission when she morphed into a wolf, Cassie realizes that she is losing her human feelings. She tells her friends that she is quitting; she does not want to be an animorph any longer. But when confronted by a leopard and Karen, a human-controller who knows Cassie's secret, Cassie must rethink her decision. For grades 4-7. 1998.

The Discovery: Animorphs, Volume 20 BR 11498
by K.A. Applegate
2 volumes
A new boy at school, David, is carrying the blue box essential to acquiring the power to morph. Marco spots him and tries to buy the box. Realizing that it must be valuable, David advertises the blue box on the Internet, alerting the Animorphs' enemies to its existence. That one ad changes David's life--forever. For grades 4-7. 1998.

The Threat: Animorphs, Volume 21 BR 11499
by K.A. Applegate
2 volumes
The Animorphs face their most vital mission: they must prevent the Yeerks from infesting the leaders of the entire free world. Their attention is diverted by David, the sixth human to acquire the power to morph, because he is breaking the rules and becoming a danger to all of them. For grades 4-7. 1998.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry BR 11509
by Mildred D. Taylor
2 volumes
A turbulent year in Mississippi during the Great Depression--a year of night riders, burnings, and threats. Cassie Logan, a young black girl, tells the story of her family's struggle to survive with its dignity and independence intact. For grades 6-9. Newbery Award 1976.

Well Wished BR 11579
by Franny Billingsley
1 volume
Eleven-year-old Nuria is happy to go to live with her grandfather even though no other children live in his village. There is a wishing well nearby, but it causes problems for people who use its magic. Grandfather Avy's wish for a friend for Nuria succeeds in bringing Catty to town, but wheelchair-bound Catty is not always nice to Nuria. For grades 4-7. 1997.

The Great Brain Is Back BR 11582
by John D. Fitzgerald
1 volume
In this final book about the Great Brain, J.D. narrates eight more tales about how his big brother, Tom, now thirteen, continues to swindle people out of their money. Tom convinces J.D. to sell bars of soap, almost outwits Polly in the spelling bee, and helps rescue an outlaw gang. For grades 4-7. 1995.

The Unprotected Witness BR 11584
by James Stevenson
1 volume
Even though Pete's father was in the federal witness protection program, he was killed, and there is still the matter of missing money. The gangsters who want the money figure Pete knows where it is hidden. When Pete finds the telephone bugged, he realizes that he is an unprotected witness who needs friends more than ever. Sequel to The Bones in the Cliff (BR 10483). For grades 4-7. 1997.

Radiance Descending BR 11611
by Paula Fox
1 volume
Paul's baby brother, Jacob, has Down's syndrome and has to be watched all the time. Their grandfather tries to help Paul understand his brother, but Paul is resentful and prefers not to think about him at all. Then Jacob's seventh birthday arrives, and Paul begins to see him in a new light. For grades 5-8. 1997.

Mean Margaret BR 11614
by Tor Seidler
1 volume
Fred the woodchuck is very set in his ways, but he has recently made a big change by marrying Phoebe. His life is further disrupted when a group of human children leave their youngest sibling at his doorstep. The huge toddler is mean and demanding, but Phoebe adores her. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Bad, Badder, Baddest BR 11620
by Cynthia Voigt
2 volumes
In this sequel to Bad Girls (BR 11341), Mikey and Margalo are now in the sixth grade. Mikey's parents announce that they are thinking of getting a divorce. Since Margalo has been through two divorces, Mikey asks for her help in stopping this one. For grades 4-7. 1997.


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