Braille Book Review

March-April 2002

Books for Children--Fiction


Peg and the Whale BR 13082
by Kenneth Oppel
1 volume
Peg has caught pretty much everything that swims. Now almost seven, she wants to go fishing for a whale--even though her father points out it is a mammal. She packs up her rod and reel and signs onto a whaling ship. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2000. Fiction

Uptown BR 13088
by Bryan Collier
1 volume
A young boy points out his favorite places in Harlem from the brownstone houses to the street market, from the Apollo Theater to the barbershop. He remarks on the sounds and rhythms, activities, and people--all that he loves about Harlem, his home. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. Coretta Scott King Award. 2000.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type BR 13089
by Doreen Cronin
1 volume
When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn, they write the farmer notes making silly demands. When he refuses to give them what they want, they go on strike. Then the hens strike too. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. Caldecott Honor. 2000.

Tomorrowland: Ten Stories about the Future BR 13288
compiled by Michael Cart
1 volume
In honor of the new millennium these ten short stories by noted authors describe visions of past and future times. In James Cross Giblin's "Night of the Plague," a young monk in the year 1000 ponders the night sky and the end of the world. For grades 6-9. 1999.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle BR 13299
by Avi
2 volumes
In 1832 Charlotte Doyle, thirteen, returning from school in England to join her family in Rhode Island, embarks on a seedy ship with a mad captain and a mutinous crew. Refusing to heed warnings about Captain Jaggery, Charlotte seeks his guidance and approval, only to become his victim. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor. 1990.

The Hardy Boys Casefiles BR 13318
by Franklin W. Dixon
3 volumes
Three mystery stories featuring brothers Joe and Frank Hardy, entitled Beyond the Law, Spiked!, and Open Season. The boys investigate crooked cops, compete in a deadly volleyball tournament, and struggle to survive a cross-country ski trek. For grades 4-7. 1992.

Maniac Magee BR 13320
by Jerry Spinelli
1 volume (Reissue)
A whole year after he ran away, eleven-year-old orphan Jeffrey Magee ends up in a highly segregated community. He lives alternately with blacks and whites, seeing the shared humanity of both. Part tall tale, part realistic fiction, the story explores issues of homelessness, racial prejudice, and illiteracy. For grades 5-8. Newbery Medal. 1990.

Millions of Cats BR 13322
by Wanda Gág
1 volume (Reissue)
Once upon a time a very old man set out to find a pretty cat for his lonely wife. Unable to choose only one, he comes home with hundreds and thousands and millions and billions and trillions of cats. But she still wants only one. For grades K-3. 1928.

Wintering BR 13347
by William Durbin
1 volume
Canada, 1801. In this sequel to The Broken Blade (BR 13349) fourteen-year-old Pierre La Page spends his first winter in the wilderness building a trading post and befriending Red Loon, a young Ojibwe warrior. For grades 5-8. 1999.

The Broken Blade BR 13349
by William Durbin
1 volume
Montreal, Canada, 1800. Thirteen-year-old Pierre La Page has to take his injured father's place as a voyageur on a fur-trading expedition. But can he survive the journey through the wilderness with the rough crew and treacherous waterways? Prequel to Wintering (BR 13347). For grades 5-8. 1997.

Why Can't I Fly? BR 13392
by Rita Golden Gelman
1 volume
A monkey named Minnie wants to know why she can't fly since she can swing, hang, climb, and jump so high. For grades K-3. 1976.

Tucket's Home BR 13403
by Gary Paulsen
1 volume
Francis, Lottie, and Billy carry along the Spanish treasure of gold and silver found in Tucket's Gold (BR 13123) as they survive a series of hair-raising adventures while heading west. Francis never doubts that he will find his family again. Some violence. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Blaze Finds the Trail BR 13407
by C.W. Anderson
1 volume
When Billy and his pony, Blaze, go for a long ride in the woods, they become lost. Billy is frightened as a storm approaches because he cannot find the road home. But Blaze knows where Billy wants to go. For grades 2-4. 1950.

Grimm's Fairy Tales: The Children's Classic Edition BR 13408
retold by David Borgenicht
1 volume
Seven folktales collected by the Grimm brothers. Retold here for young readers are "The Frog Prince," "Rumpelstiltskin," "The Fisherman and His Wife," "Hansel and Gretel," "The Musicians of Bremen," "The Brave Little Tailor," and "The Golden Goose." For grades 2-4. 1997.

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