Braille Book Review

November-December 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.

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The Milly Stories: Corpses, Carnations, the Weirdness Index, and, of Course, Aunt Gloria BR 11757
by Janice Lindsay
1 volume
Milly and her uncle live alone in his funeral parlor since the recent death of Aunt Gloria, but Milly still regularly hears her aunt's comments. As Milly begins measuring her life by her new friend Josie's weirdness index, she ponders how to put her aunt to rest. For grades 5-8. 1998.

The Ghost in Room 11 BR 11758
by Betty Ren Wright
1 volume
Starting fourth grade in a new town, Matt Barber tries to impress his classmates by making up some wild tales. Branded a liar, Matt has no one to turn to when he encounters the ghost of a long-ago teacher who haunts the school halls. For grades 2-4. 1998.

Little Women BR 11778
by Louisa May Alcott
5 volumes
The author's home life in New England is the basis of this book. The tale tells of the four March sisters--quick-tempered Jo, who is restless for freedom; Beth, who loves her home and family; Meg, who longs for pretty clothes; and self-absorbed Amy. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1868.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 BR 11912
by C.S. Lewis
1 volume (Reissue)
Four English children find their way through a huge wardrobe in an old house to the mysterious land of Narnia, which is under the spell of the White Witch. Prequel to Prince Caspian, the Return to Narnia (BR 07238). For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1950.

Maura's Angel BR 11944
by Lynne Reid Banks
1 volume
On her way home from her Belfast school, Maura is knocked flat by a bomb's blast. When she looks around, she is amazed to see a naked girl who looks just like her. Maura must teach this new acquaintance to walk, eat, and even sleep. In return, Maura and her family experience wonderful changes while in her presence. For grades 4-7. 1984.

Out of the Dust BR 11956
by Karen Hesse
1 volume
Told in free verse, an account of two years in the life of Billie Jo Kelby, who at thirteen loses her mother and new baby brother in a terrible accident for which she is partly to blame. Life in Oklahoma in the mid-1930s is difficult, and Billie Jo can no longer play the piano--her one solace in the past. She seeks a way to heal her father and herself. For grades 6-9. Newbery Medal. 1997.

The Amazing Frecktacle BR 11961
by Ross Venokur
1 volume
Nicholas cuts his hair and wears contacts to avoid being teased. But when a bully starts calling him "the amazing frecktacle," Nicholas knows there is nothing he can do to get rid of his 5,792 freckles. Spooky Mr. Piddlesticks disagrees, and gladly offers to unload Nicholas of the unwanted spots. For grades 3-6. 1998.

While No One Was Watching BR 11963
by Jane Leslie Conly
1 volume
The summer their father is working out of town, Earl, Frankie, and Angela are left with their alcoholic Aunt Lula, but she vanishes. Earl hangs out with their older cousin and begins stealing. Tagging along on one job, seven-year-old Frankie takes a pet rabbit. The hare's owner, Addie, and her friend leave their nice neighborhood to track down the thieves. For grades 6-9. 1998.

River Danger BR 11969
by Thomas J. Dygard
1 volume
Because Eric's father has broken his ankle, Eric, seventeen, agrees to take care of his eleven-year-old brother, Robbie, on a week-long canoe trip. The first day out the brothers encounter some suspicious men, and before the trip is over, it is Robbie who must save Eric. For grades 6-9. 1998.

School Spirits BR 11970
by Michael O. Tunnell
1 volume
Patrick moves to a new town with his widowed father, who has been hired as principal of Craven Hill School. While visiting the school, Patrick is contacted by the ghost of a young boy asking for help. The girl next door helps terrified Patrick unravel the fifty-year-old mystery of the boy's death. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Shiloh BR 11971
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1 volume
Eleven-year-old Marty Preston takes in a runaway dog, Shiloh, when he fears that Shiloh is being abused by Judd Travers, his owner. But Marty's family cannot afford to feed another mouth, and Shiloh is returned. When the dog comes back to Marty, the boy hides him in the woods and builds a mountain of lies that crumbles and compromises everyone. For grades 4-7. Newbery Medal. 1991.

Old Yeller BR 11976
by Fred Gipson
1 volume
1860s Texas. Fourteen-year-old Travis at first resents the big, yellow stray dog that hangs around his home, but he comes to love and depend on him. With his father away on a cattle drive, Travis is the man of the house and looks to Old Yeller for help and protection. For grades 5-8. 1956.

The Storyteller's Beads BR 11985
by Jane Kurtz
1 volume
When Ethiopian villagers are forced to flee toward Sudan, two young girls from different backgrounds learn to rely on each other. Sahay is from a Christian family, while Rahel is Jewish and blind. Sahay's offer to lead Rahel through the desert is the beginning of their friendship. For grades 5-8. 1998.

The Little Engine That Could BR 12016
by Watty Piper
1 volume
When a train carrying good things for children breaks down, only the little engine offers to help, and everyone wonders if she can pull the train over the mountain. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1930.

The Lost Horse: A Chinese Folktale BR 12019
retold by Ed Young
1 volume
A Chinese man named Sai, his son, and his horse illustrate that first impressions of events are not always correct. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1998.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas BR 12020
by Dr. Seuss
1 volume
The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, tries to abolish Christmas by stealing all the presents from the people in the valley. For grades K-3. 1957.

Child of Faerie, Child of Earth BR 12022
by Jane Yolen
1 volume
One Hallow's Eve a human child goes to the forest where she meets a faerie child. They have a lovely time together sharing in each other's world, but neither wants to give up familiar surroundings. They exchange friendship gifts, and now and then, as the years go by, they visit one another. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1997.

Happy Birthday, Josefina! A Springtime Story BR 12052
by Valerie Tripp
1 volume
Josefina will soon be ten, and her family has several things to celebrate. Josefina begins raising a baby goat and helping her godmother Tía Magdalena--a healer. It looks like Josefina may be a healer, too. Sequel to Josefina's Surprise (BR 11393). For grades 2-4. 1998.

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