Braille Book Review

July-August 2000

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.

This page includes Web-Braille links to full-text braille versions of books. Eligible patrons may sign up for Web-Braille through the library that handles their braille magazine subscriptions.

Finn MacCoul and His Fearless Wife: A Giant of a Tale from Ireland BR 12034
retold by Robert Byrd
1 volume
Irish giant Finn MacCoul, who is a bit cowardly, finds himself in trouble after building a stone bridge between Ireland and Scotland. Now the mean Scottish giant Cucullin can come across to Ireland and attack Finn. Fortunately Finn's wife, Oonagh, has a plan to save him. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1999.

Swine Lake BR 12036
by James Marshall
1 volume
A hungry wolf interested in eating a pig attends the Boarshoi Ballet's performance of Swine Lake only to become caught up in the story on stage. The next night he goes to the ballet again and surprises the audience and himself. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1999.

Queenie, One of the Family BR 12041
by Bob Graham
1 volume
While out on a walk, Caitlin's dad rescues a hen from a lake. They name her Queenie, and she stays in their home for a while. Even after Queenie is returned to her farm, she finds a way to be part of Caitlin's family. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1997.

Weslandia BR 12042
by Paul Fleischman
1 volume
Wesley has a great idea for a summer project--to grow his own staple food crop and use it as the basis for his own civilization. His garden becomes a place for all kinds of changes. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1999.

Read for Your Life: Tales of Survival from the Editors of Read Magazine BR 12247
edited by Read Magazine
1 volume
Ten stories of survivals that depend on life-and-death choices. Collection includes depictions of the fateful Donner Party excursion to California in 1846 and the crash of Air Florida Flight 90 in 1982. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1998.

Jeremy's Dreidel BR 12254
by Ellie Gellman
1 volume
Jeremy's art class at the Jewish center is making dreidels for Hanukkah. Each child can design one. Jeremy plans to use a special design for his father, who is blind. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1992.

The Great Eye BR 12304
by Phyllis Shalant
1 volume
Troubled by her parents' recent separation and her older sister Anna's plans to spend the summer with her new boyfriend, Lucy finds solace in writing poetry on her computer and training a guide dog named Hobart with her best friend Calvin. For grades 6-9. 1996.

Third Grade Pet BR 12332
by Judy Cox
1 volume
When Rosemary's third-grade classmates are allowed to pick out a class pet, she is shocked that they choose a horrid rat! And worse, Rosemary and irritating Brian are assigned to take care of it. But Rosemary soon falls in love with Cheese and tries to protect him from Brian. For grades 2-4. 1998.

Emma's Magic Winter BR 12341
by Jean Little
1 volume
Emma is very shy; she can't read loudly enough at school, and she is too timid to make friends. But when she gets a new neighbor who is the same age and has a pair of magic boots just like hers, Emma loses her shyness. For grades K-3. 1998.

Weirdo's War BR 12360
by Michael Coleman
1 volume
Daniel's schoolmates call him "Weirdo" because he doesn't fit in: he performs calculations as a hobby. Forced on a week-long school outing, Daniel is paired with the bully who gave him the nickname. When the boys become trapped in a cave, they must put their differences aside to survive. For grades 5-8. 1996.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban BR 12390
by J.K. Rowling
3 volumes
Harry is relieved to be back at Hogwarts for his third year with his friends Ron and Hermione even though he isn't completely safe. The escaped convict Sirius Black, a staunch supporter of Voldemort, is after Harry. Sequel to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (BR 12276). For grades 4-7. Bestseller 1999.

Beetles, Lightly Toasted BR 12391
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1 volume
Andy really wants to win a fifth-grade essay contest on conservation, and he especially wants to beat his cousin Jack. Andy's idea involves testing recipes using handy critters--like beetles and worms--on unsuspecting eaters. The results surprise him. For grades 3-6. 1987.


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