Braille Book Review

March-April 2005

Books for Children


The Water Gift and the Pig of the Pig BR 15037
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
1 volume
An orphan girl discovers that she shares her grandfather's gift for finding lost things when their very clever pig disappears. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.

On Noah's Ark BR 15038
by Jan Brett
1 volume
Noah's granddaughter helps him get the animals on the ark before the big rain, calms them down, and separates them so that they can sleep peacefully. After forty days and nights they arrive in a new land. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.

Loamhedge BR 15102
by Brian Jacques
4 volumes
A group of adventurers from Redwall looking for the ancient abbey of Loamhedge seek a cure for haremaid Martha's paralysis. Meanwhile a band of vermin led by a rat named Raga Bol lay seige to Redwall in order to steal a magic scimitar. For grades 5-8. 2003.

It Only Looks Easy BR 15122
by Pamela Curtis Swallow
1 volume
On the first day of seventh grade Kat takes someone else's bicycle to visit her dog at the animal hospital. When the bike is stolen Kat's reputation at school is ruined, especially when more bicycles disappear. She also learns responsibility and compassion during her struggles. For grades 4-7. 2003.

The Dream Bearer BR 15173
by Walter Dean Myers
1 volume
Twelve-year-old David seeks refuge in his Harlem neighborhood park from his mentally unstable father and unruly teenage brother. David and his best friend, Loren, meet elderly eccentric, Moses Littlejohn, who becomes their mentor with stories about his visions. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Attack of Apollyon: Left Behind--The Kids, Book 19 BR 15184
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
1 volume
In this sequel to Darkening Skies (BR 14604), freezing temperatures are enveloping the world. As Judd and Lionel decide their next move, Vicki brings the kids together in the schoolhouse. Then a strange star falls to earth and suddenly there are locusts everywhere. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Secrets of New Babylon: Left Behind--The Kids, Book 21 BR 15186
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
1 volume
In this sequel to A Dangerous Plan (BR 15185) Vicki and her followers, discovered by members of the Global Community, fear being arrested. Judd, Lionel, and Sam have traveled to New Babylon, accompanied by Nada, to visit Judd's dangerously ill friend, Pavel. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Little Bear's Visit BR 15233
by Else Holmelund Minarik
1 volume
Four episodes about Little Bear, who while visiting his grandparents hears stories about his mother when she was a little girl. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 1961.

Tigger Comes to the Forest BR 15248
by A.A. Milne
1 volume
Pooh tries to find out what his new friend Tigger likes to eat for breakfast. They go around to visit Piglet, next Eeyore, and then Christopher Robin. Finally at Kanga's home, Tigger finds something he likes. For grades 2-4. 2002.

Brundibar BR 15253
retold by Tony Kushner
1 volume
Aninku and Pepicek need milk for their sick mother. Brundibar sings for money in the village square but won't let the brother and sister earn a few coins, too. It takes the collective effort of many people to overcome the bully and help the children. Adapted from a 1938 concentration-camp opera. For grades 4-7. 2003.

The Canning Season BR 15263
by Polly Horvath
2 volumes
Thirteen-year-old Ratchet's summer visit in Maine with her eccentric great-aunts, Tilly and Penpen, is filled with their strange stories from the past and unusual, colorful characters stopping by. Ratchet feels so at home that she stays for many annual cannings of blueberry jam. For grades 6-9. National Book Award. 2003.

Olive's Ocean BR 15265
by Kevin Henkes
1 volume
After Olive's death, twelve-year-old Martha reads an excerpt from Olive's journal and mourns her barely known classmate. Later, at her grandmother's beach house, Martha experiences loss, love, betrayal, and a renewed connection to her family. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Sword of the Rightful King: A Novel of King Arthur BR 15280
by Jane Yolen
2 volumes
Merlinnus, a magician, devises a way for King Arthur to prove himself the rightful king of England--by pulling a sword from a stone. But trouble arises when someone else removes the sword first. For grades 6-9. 2003.

The Warhorse BR 15336
by Don Bolognese
1 volume
Renaissance Italy. Fifteen-year-old Lorenzo, the son of the duke's armor maker, is forbidden by his father to become a warrior. When their city-state is attacked, Lorenzo and his prized warhorse join in the fray and experience the horror of war. For grades 5-8. 2003.

The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: A World War II Soldier BR 15339
by Walter Dean Myers
1 volume
Europe, 1944. American teenage soldier Scott Collins describes the Omaha Beach invasion, in which many men in his company are killed. Writing home, he details his experiences as he fights across France, receives a promotion, and suffers a wound. For grades 4-7. 1999.

Father Bear Comes Home BR 15341
by Else Holmelund Minarik
1 volume
Four episodes about Little Bear in which he waits impatiently for his father to come home from a day of fishing, has the hiccups, meets a mermaid, and plays with Owl. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 1959.

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