Braille Book Review

January-February 2001

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.


Big Red BR 12530
by Jim Kjelgaard
2 volumes
Seventeen-year-old Danny Pickett takes a shine to a big red Irish setter on a nearby ranch. Naming the dog "Red," he uses him to help hunt a dangerous bear who's been killing livestock. Prequel to Irish Red (BR 12531). For grades 4-7. 1945.

Irish Red BR 12531
by Jim Kjelgaard
1 volume
Danny Pickett at first believes that Mike, the runt of the Irish setter litter, will never live up to the standards of his champion father, Big Red. But when they become trapped in a snowstorm with a dangerous puma, he changes his mind. Sequel to Big Red (BR 12530). For grades 4-7. 1951.

The Ashwater Experiment BR 12550
by Amy Goldman Koss
1 volume
At twelve, Hillary Siegal's life of traveling with her footloose parents has led her to fantasize that she is the only real person in an elaborate experiment. When her parents decide to housesit for nine whole months in Ashwater, California, Hillary is surprised to find actual friendships. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Jack and Jill BR 12554
by Louisa May Alcott
2 volumes
Jack and Jill are the best of friends and when they are severely injured in a sledding accident they become even closer. With the help of Jack's mother, the two are provided with many amusements to pass the Christmas season. But will Jill ever walk again? For grades 5-8. 1880.

On Different Shores BR 12585
by Jen McVeity
1 volume
Tess lives with her politician father, stepmother, and half- sister during the week and with her fashion-model mother on weekends. As her sister struggles to impress their increasingly distant father, Tess abandons competitive swimming and good grades to concentrate on her guerrilla environmental group's activities. For grades 5-8. 1998.

Bunnicula Strikes Again! BR 12594
by James Howe
1 volume
Harold, the canine author, describes the events that disrupted the Monroe household where he lives with Chester (a cat), Howie (a puppy), and Bunnicula (a rabbit with fangs). It all starts with Bunnicula looking listless and Chester saying he has the matter under control. Companion to Return to Howliday Inn (BR 9196). For grades 3-6. 1999.

Ramona's World BR 12609
by Beverly Cleary
1 volume
Ramona Quimby, age nine, is starting fourth grade in Mrs. Meacham's class with new friend Daisy and old friend Yard Ape. Ramona also has fun at home with her big sister Beezus and a new baby sister, Roberta. Sequel to Ramona Forever (BR 6284). For grades 3-6. 1999.

Journeys with Elijah: Eight Tales of the Prophet BR 12624
retold by Barbara Diamond Goldin
1 volume
Folktales about the well-known figure of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic tradition. Set in such diverse locations as Argentina, the Caribbean, China, Germany, Iraq, and Israel. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 1999.

A Different Kind of Hero BR 12673
by Ann R. Blakeslee
1 volume
Colorado mining town, 1881. Renny Sholto, twelve, often disappoints his father by being too softhearted. When Wong Gum Zi, a young Chinese immigrant, comes to town, Renny is the only one who accepts him. But their friendship causes Renny lots of trouble, especially with his dad. For grades 5-8. 1997.

Altogether, One at a Time BR 12682
by E.L. Konigsburg
1 volume
Four short coping stories. In "Inviting Jason," Stan learns something about dyslexia; in "The Night of the Leonids," Lewis spends time at his grandmother's; in "Camp Fat," Clara learns to love herself; and in "Momma at the Pearly Gates," Momma copes with prejudice. Some strong language. For grades 4-7. 1971.

The King of Dragons BR 12685
by Carol Fenner
2 volumes
Ian, eleven, lives with his father in an abandoned city hall. Being homeless is no fun, and they are often hungry and cold. When workers arrive to convert the building into a kite museum, Ian decides to involve himself with the group--especially since his father has disappeared. For grades 6-9. 1998.

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander BR 12686
by Donald J. Sobol
1 volume
Leroy "Encyclopedia" Brown helps his dad, the police chief, solve ten new cases involving, among other things, dead cockroaches, surfboards, bananas, and peacock eggs. For grades 3-6. 1999.

Figuring Out Frances BR 12689
by Gina Willner-Pardo
1 volume
Abigail is bothered by two mysteries at the start of the fourth grade. One, why does her grandmother with Alzheimer's disease now call Abigail "Frances"? And, two, why did her best friend, Travis Mooney, change so much when he transferred to her school this year? For grades 4-7. 1999.

A Hive for the Honeybee BR 12704
by Soinbhe Lally
1 volume
Three-day-old worker bee Thora is already on duty, active in the life cycle of the beehive. Belle, another worker, instructs Thora about responsibility, but her friends the drones, Mo and Alfred, teach her about the mysteries and choices of life. For grades 6- 9. 1996.

Sammy and the Dinosaurs BR 13004
by Ian Whybrow
1 volume
When Sammy finds some toy dinosaurs in Gran's attic, they become his favorite companions. Then one day he leaves them on a train and is upset until Gran comes to the rescue. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1999.

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat BR 13008
by Simms Taback
1 volume
Joseph starts with an overcoat. When it is old and worn, he makes it into a jacket. The original material becomes smaller and smaller until he arrives at the moral of the tale. Adapted from a Yiddish folk song. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. Caldecott Medal. 1999.

The Full Belly Bowl BR 13009
by Jim Aylesworth
1 volume
When a very old man rescues a wee small man from a fox, he receives a magic bowl in gratitude, with specific instructions for handling it. But there will be some unfortunate complications if the bowl is not stored upside down. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1999.

In the Time of the Drums BR 13010
by Kim L. Siegelson
1 volume
Mentu, an American-born slave boy from the Georgia Sea Islands, learns African traditions from his grandmother Twi. But one day, drums announce the arrival of a boat loaded with unhappy Ibo slaves, and African-born Twi leaves Mentu to lead the Ibo out of captivity. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. Coretta Scott King Award. 1999.

Goodnight Moon BR 13012
by Margaret Wise Brown
1 volume
As a little bunny settles into bed, he bids good night to familiar objects in his room and even some outside. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1947.

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