Braille Book Review

March-April 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.


Dark Shade BR 12634
by Jane Louise Curry
1 volume
When Maggie, sixteen, follows her friend Kip into the forest, she doesn't expect to be transported back in time. But she becomes involved in the French and Indian War of 1758. Kip wants to remain with the Lenapé Indians, but Maggie is afraid of changing history. For grades 6-9. 1998.

Number the Stars BR 12658
by Lois Lowry
1 volume (Reissue)
During the German occupation of Denmark in World War II, ten- year-old Annemarie Johansen learns the meaning of bravery. She and her family take risks to help her Jewish friend Ellen Rosen as the Nazis are persecuting the Danish Jews. For grades 4-7. Newbery Medal. 1989.

The Sacrifice BR 12674
by Diane Matcheck
1 volume
Weak One, a Crow girl, is captured by the Pawnees and taken to their camp, where she is cared for by Wolfstar. The two have feelings for each other--until it is time for Weak One to become a human sacrifice. Can she escape? For grades 6-9. 1998.

A Straw for Two BR 12676
by ric Sanvoisin
1 volume
In this sequel to The Ink Drinker (BR 12346), Odilon is lonely in his new life as a vampire who drinks ink from books. Then he meets the mysterious new girl at school, Carmilla, and falls in love. For grades 2-4. 1999.

Ira Sleeps Over BR 12700
by Bernard Waber
1 volume
Ira is delighted with his first invitation to spend the night at his friend Reggie's house, until his mischievous older sister asks if he is taking along his teddy bear. For preschool-grade 2. 1972.

The Maze BR 12701
by Will Hobbs
2 volumes
Fourteen and orphaned, Rick Walker escapes from the brutal detention center to which he was unfairly sent. He discovers a biologist's remote camp in Utah's Canyonland National Park, where he helps to monitor fledgling condors, learns to hang glide, and outwits some sinister locals. For grades 6-9. 1998.

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass BR 12746
by Lewis Carroll
2 volumes
Extraordinary things happen to Alice when she follows a white rabbit into a hole and encounters the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, and other strange characters. In her second adventure Alice climbs through a mirror into a reverse image land. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1865.

Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South BR 12748
by Ann Rinaldi
2 volumes
South Carolina colony, 1780. Caroline Whitaker, fourteen, is a virtual house prisoner of the British after her rebel father is jailed. Men from both sides maraud through the countryside spreading terror. But she and her slave grandmother venture out to rescue Caroline's brother Johnny. Some violence. For grades 6- 9. 1998.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire BR 12764
by J.K. Rowling
10 volumes
Now fourteen, the student wizard is eager to leave the Dursleys and join his friends Hermione and Ron for the Quidditch World Cup before beginning his fourth year at Hogwarts. But his enemies have not forgotten him. Sequel to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (BR 12390). For grades 4-7. 2000.

My Rows and Piles of Coins BR 13013
by Tololwa M. Mollel
1 volume
A Tanzanian boy saves his money for a long time to buy a bicycle to carry goods to market for his mother. But his savings are nowhere near enough for a new bicycle. Then his parents find a way to reward him for his good intentions. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Coretta Scott King Honor. 1999.

How to Catch an Elephant BR 13014
by Amy Schwartz
1 volume
To catch an elephant, you need three cakes, two raisins, one telescope, and a pair of tweezers. Then you ask Uncle Jack to show you "the place where elephants go." And remember--elephants love raisins, not cakes. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1998.

Don't Read This! And Other Tales of the Unnatural BR 13041

2 volumes
An international collection of eleven spooky stories by such authors as Susan Cooper. In "Fingers on the Back of the Neck," Australian writer Margaret Mahy tells about a young boy's growing resentment of his wealthy great-grandmother's affectionate touch as they walk together on a wooden jetty. For grades 6-9. 1998.

Ghost Canoe BR 13042
by Will Hobbs
2 volumes
1874; Tatoosh Island, Washington. As he helps his father tend the Cape Flattery lighthouse, fourteen-year-old Nathan MacAllister spends days fishing with his Makah Native American neighbor. When a ship breaks up on the rocks, its captain turns up dead, and suspicious activities occur along the shore, Nathan investigates. For grades 6-9. 1997.

Turtle Dreams BR 13125
by Marion Dane Bauer
1 volume
In this chapter book, Young Turtle's great-great-great- grandmother warns her that she must gather dreams to prepare for winter. So Turtle asks an otter, a squirrel, and a bird what they dream about and gets a different answer from each one. For grades 2-4. 1997.

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