Braille Book Review

May-June 2002

Books for Children--Fiction


The Magic Nesting Doll BR 13085
by Jacqueline K. Ogburn
1 volume
Katya's grandmother gives her a set of four dolls that fit inside one another and will grant wishes three times when the need is great. After learning the tsarevitch (prince) has been changed to ice, Katya turns to the magic dolls to break the spell. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2000.

Rainbow Joe and Me BR 13091
by Maria Diaz Strom
1 volume
Eloise loves to paint pictures in bright colors that she describes for her elderly blind neighbor Rainbow Joe. Joe tells her he too can make colors sing and promises one day to show her his own special way with them. And one Sunday, for a surprise, he does just that. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1999.

Gregory's Shadow BR 13092
by Don Freeman
1 volume
Unable to wait for Groundhog Day, Gregory Groundhog and his shadow take a walk on February 1--and get separated. When they are finally reunited, they promise to always stay together. But that is a problem, because the farmers don't want to see Gregory's shadow the next day. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. Bestseller 1978.

The Other Side BR 13093
by Jacqueline Woodson
1 volume
Over the summer two girls, one black and one white, become friends as they sit on the fence that divides their town. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2001.

The Secret Footprints BR 13094
by Julia Alvarez
1 volume
Near a Caribbean island there lives a shy underwater tribe called the ciguapas, whose feet are attached backward. A young ciguapa girl's curiosity about humans almost gives away their secret when she encounters a human family having a picnic. Based on native Dominican folklore. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2000.

Dicey's Song BR 13291
by Cynthia Voigt
2 volumes (Reissue)
After their ordeals in Homecoming (BR 13290), Dicey is looking forward to settling in with her eccentric grandmother near the Chesapeake Bay and hopes her brothers and sister will be happy there. But building new ties takes more time and effort than Dicey anticipated. For grades 5-8. Newbery Medal. 1982.

It's Not Easy Being Bad BR 13368
by Cynthia Voigt
2 volumes
From the first day of seventh grade, Mikey and her best friend, Margalo, feel like "nobodies" in junior high. Then Mikey comes up with a plan to be popular. Sequel to Bad, Badder, Baddest (BR 11620). For grades 4-7. 2000.

The Smuggler's Treasure BR 13391
by Sarah Masters Buckey
1 volume
1814. Eleven-year-old Elisabet Holder travels from Boston to New Orleans to live with relatives after her father, a ship's captain, is captured by the British during the War of 1812. There she stumbles upon a treasure map that could provide her father's ransom. For grades 4-7. 1999.

Hoofbeats of Danger BR 13393
by Holly Hughes
1 volume
Red Buttes Station, 1860. Eleven-year-old Annie loves living on a Pony Express outpost in the Nebraska Territory. But someone is misusing her favorite horse, Magpie, and Annie is determined to find out who the culprit is. For grades 4-7. 1999.

Voices at Whisper Bend BR 13394
by Katherine Ayres
1 volume
During World War II twelve-year-old Charlotte and her classmates in Pennsylvania collect scrap metal to help in the war effort. When the collection is stolen from the school, Charlotte takes a major risk to find the thief. For grades 4-7. 1999.

Secrets on 26th Street BR 13395
by Elizabeth McDavid Jones
1 volume
New York City, 1914. Widowed Rose O'Neal's struggle to support her children is eased tremendously by Bea, a helpful new boarder from England. Rose's eleven-year-old daughter, Susan, really likes the British guest, but she also suspects there is something mysterious going on. Then Susan's mother disappears! For grades 4-7. 1999.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre BR 13432
by Gail Carson Levine
2 volumes
Until Princess Meryl was struck with the Gray Death, Princess Addie had always been afraid of everything. Now Addie battles specters, gryphons, ogres, and dragons while seeking a cure for her sister. Along the way, she fulfills an ancient prophecy. For grades 5-8. Bestseller 2001.

Likes Me, Likes Me Not: Two of a Kind BR 13446
by Megan Stine
1 volume
As the Spring Fling dance approaches, Mary-Kate and her twin Ashley hope to have dates with the boys they have crushes on, Grant and Ross. But the boys invite other girls, and the twins plot revenge. For grades 4-7. Bestseller 2001.

The Case of the High Seas Secret: The New Adventures of Mary- Kate and Ashley BR 13448
by Alice Leonhardt
1 volume
When the Olsen family boards the Jolly Roger for a Caribbean cruise, twins Mary-Kate and Ashley join a scavenger hunt. The clues are a fun way to explore the ship, until someone begins stealing the prizes. The twin detectives want to find the thief and win the grand prize. For grades 4-7. Bestseller 2001.

Green Eggs and Ham BR 13450
by Dr. Seuss
1 volume
In this rhyming story, Sam-I-am wants his companion to try this dish of green eggs and ham. Sam-I-am follows him everywhere begging him just to taste them. And finally Sam-I-am succeeds! For grades K-3. 1960.

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back! BR 13451
by Dr. Seuss
1 volume
In this sequel to The Cat in the Hat (BR13461), the Cat in the Hat eats cake in the bathtub while the mother is away. The children are upset by the mess, but the Cat in the Hat calls on many Little Cats to help him clean up. For grades K-3. 1958.

The Little House BR 13455
by Virginia Lee Burton
1 volume (Reissue)
The story of a pretty little house built for a family by a man who never wanted it to be sold. The seasons and the years pass, and gradually a city surrounds the little house until it is rescued in a wonderful way. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal. 1942.

The Cat in the Hat BR 13461
by Dr. Seuss
1 volume
A story in rhyme tells about two bored children sitting at home on a rainy day while their mother is out. Then the Cat in the Hat arrives on their door mat to show them good fun with his tricks and games. For grades K-3. 1957.

The Boxes BR 13480
by William Sleator
1 volume
Mysterious Uncle Marco gives fifteen-year-old orphan Annie two peculiar boxes and warns her not to open them. But curiosity overcomes her, and she peers into one--unleashing creatures who communicate with her telepathically. Then she wonders, "What is in the second?" For grades 5-8. 1998.

Bully Trouble BR 13486
by Joanna Cole
1 volume
Eddie, the neighborhood bully, picks on best friends Arlo and Robby, stealing their food whenever he can. But Arlo and Robby come up with a red-hot plan to make him stop. For grades K-3. Bestseller 1989.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them BR 13499
by J.K. Rowling
1 volume
Special edition of an approved textbook used by Harry Potter at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An A-to-Z listing of magical beasts, it briefly describes such creatures as the centaur, hippogriff, troll, unicorn, and ten breeds of dragon. For grades 4-7. Bestseller 2001.

Quidditch through the Ages BR 13500
by J.K. Rowling
1 volume
A history of the game avidly enjoyed and played at Hogwarts School. Begins with the evolution of the flying broomstick--which Harry Potter excels at maneuvering. Discusses the rules of Quidditch, famous teams of other centuries, and worldwide developments of the game. For grades 4-7. Bestseller 2001.

Sam's Wild West Christmas BR 13518
by Nancy Antle
1 volume
On Christmas Eve, Sam and the members of his Wild West Show help a trainful of people who were robbed. Sam and Rodeo Rosie follow the robbers' trail and find that outlaws Flo and Bo have captured a "very unmerry-looking gentleman in a red suit." For grades K-3. 2000.

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