Braille Book Review

May-June 2005

Books for Children


Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? BR 15043
by Bill Martin
1 volume
A child sees ten creatures that are all endangered species--bald eagles, water buffalo, sea lions, black panthers, green sea turtles, and others--and dreams they are free. Companion to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (BR 09944). PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.

Private and Confidential: A Story about Braille BR 15046
by Marion Ripley
1 volume
When ten-year-old Laura discovers that her new Australian pen pal, Malcolm, has vision problems, she learns how to use a neighbor's braille machine in order to write to him. Includes an alphabet card and a braille message. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2- 4 and older readers. 2003.

Losing Forever BR 15115
by Gayle Friesen
2 volumes
Fifteen-year-old Jessica tries hard to cope with her mother's remarriage plans until her future stepsister shows up. Angela, Jessica's age, is beautiful and disturbed, but friends and family help Jessica to accept her new life. Some strong language. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2002.

The City of Ember BR 15120
by Jeanne DuPrau
2 volumes
A city planned to survive for two hundred years, now in year 241, suffers shortages--and a secret message-bearing box is missing. Independent-thinking twelve-year-olds Doon and Lina exchange obligatory jobs and make a discovery that could change their known world. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Escape from New Babylon: Left Behind--The Kids, Book 22 BR 15187
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
1 volume
In this sequel to Secrets of New Babylon (BR 15186) Vicki returns to the schoolhouse with newcomer Chris Traickin, although she wonders if he can be trusted. In New Babylon, Judd and Nada discover that Nada's brother is still alive. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Horsemen of Terror: Left Behind--The Kids, Book 23 BR 15188
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
1 volume
In this sequel to Escape from New Babylon (BR 15187), Judd's life changes forever as he is forced to endure a test from God all alone. At the schoolhouse, Vicki's worst fears are realized as the Global Community sets in motion a plan to trap believers. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Uplink from the Underground: Left Behind--The Kids, Book 24 BR 15189
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
1 volume
In this sequel to Horsemen of Terror (BR 15188), the horsemen are causing havoc and killing people across the world. The kids in the schoolhouse have developed a bold plan to help spread the word. Meanwhile Judd is faced with the task of stopping an assassination attempt. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup BR 15241
by Sharon Creech
1 volume
Rosie's grandmother knows that the kitchen is a wonderful place for trading confidences and advice in the form of stories. When Rosie and her best friend, Bailey, who is vision impaired, have a falling out, Granny Torrelli reunites them through cooking. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Johnny Tremain: A Novel for Old and Young BR 15252
by Esther Forbes
2 volumes
After injuring his right hand, fourteen-year-old Johnny, a silversmith's apprentice, becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution. He meets Massachusetts patriots and becomes involved in events leading to the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington. For grades 5-8. Newbery Medal. 1943.

Secret Heart BR 15260
by David Almond
1 volume
Stammering Joe Maloney, bullied by the boys in his village school, dreams of tigers. When a shabby circus comes to town, he finds a soul mate in Corinna, a trapeze artist, and other performers. For grades 5-8. 2001.

Pooh Invents a New Game BR 15293
by A.A. Milne
1 volume
Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, and Roo are racing sticks on the river when Eeyore floats by. Eeyore is more concerned about who bounced him into the river than how he gets out. Christopher Robin calms things down. Beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2003.

The Case of the Troublesome Turtle: The High-Rise Private Eyes, Book 4 BR 15294
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
A toy store owner complains that every Friday someone is taking the bunch of balloons tied to the front of the store. Animal detectives Bunny and Jack go to a football game and figure out a friendly way to solve the case. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2001.

Pooh Goes Visiting BR 15327
by A.A. Milne
1 volume
Winnie-the-Pooh eats so much while visiting Rabbit that he gets stuck in the entrance hole when he tries to leave. Christopher Robin comes up with a solution. Beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2002.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Diary of Bess Brennan BR 15330
by Barry Denenberg
1 volume
In 1932 twelve-year-old Bess loses her sight in a sledding accident. Dictating her thoughts to her twin sister, Elin, on weekend visits home, Bess keeps a diary describing life at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, where she learns to read braille. For grades 5-8. 2002.

On the Far Side of the Mountain BR 15351
by Jean Craighead George
1 volume (Reissue)
Continues teenager Sam Gribley's wilderness survival adventures begun in My Side of the Mountain (BR 15070). Sam's peaceful new life is shattered when a conservation officer confiscates his falcon and his younger sister, Alice, disappears from their mountain home. For grades 5-8. 1990.

The River BR 15353
by Gary Paulsen
1 volume
In this sequel to Hatchet (BR 11525), Brian Robeson returns to the wilderness with Derek Holtzer, a psychologist investigating the nature of survival. The two are struck by lightning, and the radio transmitter is knocked out leaving them stranded. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1991.

Doing Time Online BR 15518
by Jan Siebold
1 volume
Twelve-year-old Mitch is sentenced to community service after his prank harms an elderly woman. To make amends he must chat online with a nursing home resident twice a week. Over time he bonds with Wootie Hayes, and the two become friends. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Haunting at Home Plate BR 15520
by David Patneaude
1 volume
Twelve-year-old Nelson recruits his female cousin Mike to coach his baseball team. They are on a losing streak when they see messages scratched in the dirt at home plate. The team wonders if the ghost of a boy who died years ago is responsible. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Lumber Camp Library BR 15521
by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
1 volume
Vermont, 1920s. Ruby wants to be a teacher, but she has to quit school after her father's death in a logging accident to help care for her ten brothers and sisters. A chance meeting with an elderly blind neighbor transforms her life. For grades 3-6. 2002.

Me Tarzan BR 15522
by Betsy Byars
1 volume
Dorothy surprises herself and everyone else when she tries out for Tarzan in the class play. An amazing jungle yell comes out of her--and it gets louder every time. During each rehearsal more and more animals gather. Then the circus comes to town. For grades 2-4. 2000.

Ruby Holler BR 15524
by Sharon Creech
1 volume
Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage. Their luck changes when an elderly couple, Mr. Tiller Morey and his wife, Sairy, invite them on a travel adventure starting from their home in a wonderful place called Ruby Holler. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Saving Lilly BR 15525
by Peg Kehret
1 volume
Sixth-graders Erin and David have researched the topic of circus animal abuse, so when their teacher schedules a field trip to the Glitter Tent Circus they refuse to go. Instead they raise money to send a mistreated elephant, Lilly, to an animal sanctuary. For grades 3-6. 2001.

Silver Dollar Girl BR 15526
by Katherine Ayres
1 volume
Colorado, 1885. Vallie runs away from her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh to search for her father, who is prospecting in Aspen. Disguised as a boy, Vallie finds adventure and danger while she travels west. For grades 3-6. 2000.

United Tates of America BR 15527
by Paula Danziger
1 volume
Eleven-year-old Sarah "Skate" Tate faces many disappointments entering middle school: she must endure a long bus ride every day, her cousin and best friend finds new companions and hobbies, and a death in the family occurs. But throughout all her trials Skate continues a scrapbook project. For grades 4-7. 2002.

When Mack Came Back BR 15528
by Brad Strickland
1 volume
Ten-year-old Maury of Georgia takes care of his brother Ben's dog and deals with his father's anger over Ben's joining the army during World War II. For grades 4-7. 2000.

The Word Eater BR 15529
by Mary Amato
1 volume
Sixth-grader Lerner hates her new school until she finds Fip, a paper-devouring magic worm. When Fip eats printed words, like "vending machine," the signified object disappears. Lerner takes Fip to class to get revenge on class bullies, but she gradually learns extraordinary powers bring big responsibilities. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Goldie and the Three Bears BR 16001
by Diane Stanley
1 volume
A little girl named Goldie has yet to find a friend to love. But when she makes an unplanned visit to the house of some bears, she finds what she is looking for. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.

My Family Plays Music BR 16002
by Judy Cox
1 volume
An African American girl joins her musical family playing on a variety of instruments in various settings. She participates in a marching band and a string quartet and performs at church, in a café, in a ballroom, and in a concert. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.

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