Braille Book Review

May-June 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.

Lucky Song BR 11046
by Vera B. Williams
1 volume
Evie is a lucky little girl who usually gets what she wants. When she wants something new to wear, she finds a new hat; when she wants something new to play with, her grandfather makes her a kite; and when she wants something to eat, her grandmother has it ready for her. And when Evie wants a song at bedtime, her father sings to her. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1997.

Hiding Mr. McMulty BR 11583
by Berniece Rabe
2 volumes
Rass is not yet twelve when he faces difficult choices. In a flash flood on his family's Missouri farm, he chooses to save his father instead of the mules. Since it is 1937 and the Ku Klux Klan is powerful, Rass must consider the risk to himself and his family if he helps an African American friend elude the hate group. Some violence. For grades 5-8. 1997.

Gallows Hill BR 11590
by Lois Duncan
2 volumes
When her mother marries, Californian Sarah Zoltanne is forced to spend her senior year in a small Missouri town. At the Halloween festival, Sarah reluctantly agrees to play fortune teller. Using her Hungarian grandmother's crystal ball, Sarah really sees things that frighten her--especially when they happen. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 1997.

Treehouse Tales BR 11638
by Anne Isaacs
1 volume
Three stories about Tom, Emily, and Natty, who are growing up on a Pennsylvania farm in the 1880s. In the first, Tom takes care of a dragon that Natty is certain lives in the trunk of their tree house. The next recounts Emily's horse-riding adventure, and the last tells of Pa's plans to buy sheep and build a ranch for Natty's future. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Liza's Star Wish BR 11642
by Diane Stevens
1 volume
A year after her sister's death in Liza's Blue Moon (BR 10585), Liza is forced to spend the summer in a small Texas town helping to take care of her ailing grandmother. As Liza reluctantly makes new friends, she's surprised by the changes in her relationships with family members and old friends. For grades 6-9. 1997.

The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods BR 11698
by Ann Cameron
1 volume
Just before Amanda's only friend, Lyle, moves away, the two eleven-year-olds use a technique from a comic book to exchange hands in order to remain close. Amanda uses her new right hand and some advice from her "perfect" older sister to guide her through the awkward, friendless time that follows. For grades 4-7. 1998.

Jacob Two-Two's First Spy Case BR 11701
by Mordecai Richler
1 volume
Jacob Two-Two is called that because he has to say everything twice to be heard in his large family. Even so, nobody listens when he complains that the new principal is serving horrid meals at school. Jacob must turn to his new neighbor, master spy Mr. Dinglebat, for help. For grades 3-6. 1995.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly BR 12003
by Simms Taback
1 volume
Recounts the tale of an old lady who swallows a fly and then goes on to swallow numerous other animals until she swallows a horse--and dies, of course. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1997.

Mouse Mess BR 12004
by Linnea Riley
1 volume
The sleeping little mouse wakes up when the family goes to bed. Since he is very hungry, he goes to the kitchen where he finds cookies and crackers, milk and cheese, and peanut butter and jam. And when he is full, he goes back to bed. But what a mess he has made. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1997.

Cuckoo: A Mexican Folktale Cucu: Un Cuento Folklorico Mexicano BR 12006
by Lois Ehlert
1 volume
A beautiful cuckoo bird proves that she is also brave when a fire starts in the farm fields. Based on a Mayan Indian tale. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Bilingual edition in English and Spanish. 1997.

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