Braille Book Review

January-February 2005

Books for Children


Bone Dry BR 14855
by Kathleen Karr
1 volume
1840s. Orphan Matthew Morrissey and his doctor employer from Skullduggery (BR 14858) journey to the Sahara to find the skull of Alexander the Great. After slave traders capture them during a sand storm, Matthew has to find a way to escape. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Witch Hill BR 14917
by Marcus Sedgwick
1 volume
After his house burns down, twelve-year-old Jamie visits relatives in an English country village, Crownhill. The town, however, has a dark history of witchcraft, which Jamie's presence reignites, causing him terrible nightmares. For grades 5-8. 2001.

The Slippery Slope: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 10 BR 14932
by Lemony Snicket
2 volumes
Following The Carnivorous Carnival (BR 14558) Klaus and Violet Baudelaire search for their sister, Sunny, in the perilous Mortmain Mountains, where she has been kidnapped by Count Olaf. For grades 4-7. 2003.

Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve: Magic Tree House, Book 30 BR 14933
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
After climbing into their magic tree house, Jack and Annie are invited by master magician Merlin to King Arthur's realm where invisible beings, giant ravens, and haunted spells have put a duke's castle in an uproar on Halloween night. For grades 2-4. 2003.

Diary of a Worm BR 15031
by Doreen Cronin
1 volume
A worm writes about the good and bad things in his life, including scaring little girls and not having to take a bath. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2003.

How I Became a Pirate BR 15034
by Melinda Long
1 volume
Jeremy Jacob is building a sand castle at the beach when a pirate ship arrives and he's invited to join the crew. At sea Jeremy enjoys their adventurous life but gets home in time for soccer practice. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.

Just Jane: A Daughter of England Caught in the Struggle of the American Revolution BR 15096
by William Lavender
2 volumes
Fourteen-year-old orphan Lady Jane Prentice arrives in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1776 from England to live with her uncle's family. Over the next six years the colonies rebel against the crown, and Jane finds her loyalties divided between countries--and between suitors. For grades 6-9. 2002.

The Case of the Puzzling Possum: The High-Rise Private Eyes, Book 3 BR 15134
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
Mr. Riley, a possum who owns a music store, calls animal detectives Bunny and Jack about a trombone that keeps disappearing and reappearing in the shop's window. Bunny uses her brains and Jack spies clues to solve the case. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2001.

Skeleton Key BR 15135
by Anthony Horowitz
2 volumes
Reluctant teenage spy Alex Rider foils a Chinese plot to upset the Wimbledon tennis championships. He is loaned to the CIA and sent to a Cuban island. There he must find out what a former psychopathic Russian general is planning to do with a nuclear bomb. For grades 6-9. 2002.

Vampire High BR 15138
by Douglas Rees
2 volumes
Ninth-grader Cody Elliot is angry about moving from California to Massachusetts and flunks every course until his father transfers him to Vlad Dracul Magnet School. Cody discovers that all but five kids are vampires, saves one from bullies, and falls in love with a princess. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2003.

The Strange Case of Baby H BR 15144
by Kathryn Reiss
1 volume
After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, twelve-year-old Clara finds a baby on the doorstep of her family's boarding house. Clara sets about unraveling the mystery of the little girl's arrival--especially since she is disguised as a boy and is believed to have been kidnapped. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Jackie's Wild Seattle BR 15145
by Will Hobbs
2 volumes
Fourteen-year-old Shannon and her little brother, Cody, who is still coping with witnessing the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on New York City, spend the summer helping their uncle Neal at a wildlife rescue center in Washington state. For grades 5-8. 2003.

The Boy Who Saved Baseball BR 15146
by John H. Ritter
2 volumes
The fate of a small California town rests on one baseball game. The local team must win to prevent land from being sold to developers. Twelve-year-old Tom Gallagher hopes to achieve victory using the hitting secrets of a disgraced professional baseball player and a mysterious stranger. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2003.

Wandering Warrior BR 15164
by Da Chen
2 volumes
Young Luka, destined to become the future emperor of China, is trained in the ways of the kung fu wandering warriors by his guardian--the wise monk Atami. But when Atami is captured by their enemies, Luka has to fight for his own survival. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2003.

The Case of the Climbing Cat: The High-Rise Private Eyes, Book 2 BR 15174
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
Animal detectives Bunny and Jack try to find the cat who stole their neighbor's binoculars from her twentieth-floor balcony. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2000.

Inspector Hopper's Mystery Year BR 15176
by Doug Cushman
1 volume
The grasshopper detective Inspector Hopper and his partner McBugg solve four different mysteries--one in each season of the year. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2003.

Little Bear BR 15177
by Else Holmelund Minarik
1 volume (Reissue)
Four episodes about Little Bear in which he cooks himself some birthday soup and takes an imaginary trip to the moon, while his mother keeps him warm and reads him to sleep. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 1957.

Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President BR 15201
by Shirley Raye Redmond
1 volume
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson sends explorers Lewis and Clark across the country to map the land and bring back plants and animals. The men capture a prairie dog and send it to Washington for everyone to see. Beginning Reader. For grades 2-4. 2003.

Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees BR 15213
retold by Stephen Krensky
1 volume
Winnie-the-Pooh, a bear who loves eating honey, follows some bees to their home high in a tree. His plan to use a balloon to reach the honey almost succeeds, but not quite. Beginning chapter book adapted from A.A. Milne's original text. For grades 2-4. 2001.

Inspector Hopper BR 15279
by Doug Cushman
1 volume
Inspector Hopper (a grasshopper) and his assistant detective McBugg, who is always hungry, solve three mysteries for their insect friends. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2000.

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