Braille Book Review

November-December 2002

Books for Children--Fiction

Fiction

Mossflower BR 13471
by Brian Jacques
3 volumes
Martin the warrior mouse and Gonff the mousethief set out to find the missing ruler of Mossflower. Meanwhile the other animal inhabitants of the woodland prepare to rebel against the evil wildcat Tsarmina, who has seized power. Prequel to Redwall (BR 13472). For grades 5-8. 1988.

Winners Take All BR 13710
by Fred Bowen
1 volume
Center fielder Kyle faces a moral dilemma when he cheats to win a championship baseball game. He takes the advice of his grandmother, an avid fan, and admits his fault. Later he wins another shot at the title for his coed team. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Angela's Top-Secret Computer Club BR 13713
by Holly Keller
1 volume
Angela and the other Top-Secret Computer Club members spend summer vacation trying to find out who broke into the school's computer and messed up the final report cards. The class schedules for fall are also tampered with. For grades 2-4. 1998.

The Key Is Lost BR 13716
by Ida Vos
2 volumes
When the Germans begin persecuting Jews in Holland during the 1940s occupation, twelve-year-old Eva and her family assume new names and move from one hiding place to another. The girls are separated from their parents as they try to stay one step ahead of the Nazis. For grades 4-7. 1996.

Will You, Won't You? BR 13717
by Jessie Haas
2 volumes
Shy Madeline "Mad" Parker spends the summer before high school at her grandmother Gam's farm. In addition to taking care of her horse, she reluctantly enrolls in Scottish dance classes. Gam is also a state senator, and through her Mad learns how to overcome her insecurities and assert herself. For grades 6-9. 2000.

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day BR 13723
by Harry Allard
1 volume
The notorious Miss Swamp, the meanest substitute teacher in the whole world, reappears at the Horace B. Smedley School. This time she wants to shape up the football team and make them win at least one game. For grades K-3. 1985.

Watcher in the Piney Woods BR 13725
by Elizabeth McDavid Jones
1 volume
In 1865, twelve-year-old Cassie is waiting for her father and brother to return from the Civil War. But she finds both a Confederate deserter and an escaped Yankee prisoner of war hiding on her family's Virginia farm. For grades 4-7. 2000.

The Case of the Screaming Scarecrow: The New Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley BR 13730
by Judy Katschke
1 volume
The Olsen twins are planning a Halloween party with their friends when things start going awry. Spiders crawl out of the candy and someone sends scary warnings. Mary-Kate and Ashley think it's all fun until they hear a creepy, scarecrow-sounding scream. For grades 4-7. Bestseller 2001.

Riddle of the Prairie Bride BR 13738
by Kathryn Reiss
1 volume
In 1878, twelve-year-old Ida Kate and her widowed father welcome a mail-order bride and her baby to their Kansas homestead. But Ida Kate soon suspects that the bride is not the same woman with whom Papa had corresponded. For grades 5-8. 2001.

Girlhearts BR 13797
by Norma Fox Mazer
2 volumes
Thirteen-year-old Sarabeth Silver's life is turned upside down when her twenty-nine-year-old mother dies suddenly. Orphaned and grief-stricken, Sarabeth moves in with her Mom's best friend but doesn't feel comfortable in the crowded apartment with Cynthia's husband and baby son. Sequel to Silver (BR 9376). For grades 6-9. 2001.

The Case of the Logical I Ranch: The New Adventures of Mary- Kate and Ashley BR 13827
by Pauline Preiss
1 volume
The Olsen twins find an unusual mystery waiting for them at the Logical I dude ranch. Are the rotten egg smells, rumbling noises, and black smoke really caused by a dragon, as old-time ranch hand Dusty claims? For grades 4-7. 2000.

Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears BR 14010
by Daniel Pinkwater
1 volume
Two muffin-loving polar bears try to steal muffins during the Yellowtooth Blueberry Muffin Festival. Officer Bunny catches them and sends them away. But Irving and Muktuk keep coming back in various disguises, until Officer Bunny finds a different solution. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2001.

Little Tree BR 14011
by Chris Raschka
1 volume
A little tree leaves the forest to find his own special place in the world as a much loved Christmas tree. Includes the poem by e.e. cummings that inspired the author. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2 and older readers. 2001.

Pumpkin Eye BR 14012
by Denise Fleming
1 volume
Simple rhymes describe the sights, sounds, and smells of Halloween. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2001.


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