Braille Book Review

September-October 2005

Books for Children


The Wish List BR 15391
by Eoin Colfer
2 volumes
Fourteen-year-old Meg and friend Belch try robbing old man Lowrie McCall. A mistake costs them their lives, but St. Peter gives Meg a chance at redemption returning her as a spirit to help Mr. McCall. Belch's spirit, however, tries to stop her. Some violence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2000.

Tehanu BR 15416
by Ursula K. Le Guin
2 volumes
Tenar, former priestess of Atuan and now the widow of a Gontish farmer, lives quietly caring for her foster daughter Therru. Soon another needs Tenar's care: Ged, no longer archmage of Earthsea, returns home half-conscious--on a dragon's back. Sequel to The Farthest Shore (BR 15408). For grades 6-9. 1990.

Eagle Strike BR 15439
by Anthony Horowitz
2 volumes
After a close call with an assassin in France fourteen-year-old spy Alex Rider investigates pop star philanthropist Damian Cray. Cray's new video game conceals something sinister involving drugs, nuclear missiles, and Air Force One. And then a family secret is revealed. For grades 6-9. 2003.

Danger at the Wild West Show BR 15440
by Alison Hart
1 volume
Kentucky, 1886. Twelve-year-old Rose sets out to prove her older brother Zane's innocence when he is accused of shooting a politician during a wild west show in Louisville. For grades 4-7. 2003.

The Midwife's Apprentice BR 15443
by Karen Cushman
1 volume
In medieval England, a homeless girl known only as Brat is taken in by the village's sharp-tempered midwife. Through obstacles and hardship, the waif eventually earns what she wants most: a full belly, a contented heart, a purpose, and a name: Alyce. For grades 6-9. Newbery Award. 1995.

Dear Mr. Henshaw BR 15447
by Beverly Cleary
1 volume
Leigh, a troubled sixth-grade boy, begins writing letters to his favorite author, Mr. Henshaw, as part of a school assignment. Leigh soon discovers he likes writing, especially when Mr. Henshaw responds. The author's surprising answers to Leigh's questions change the boy's life forever. For grades 4-7. Newbery Medal. 1983.

The Book of Three BR 15453
by Lloyd Alexander
2 volumes
Taran, assistant pig keeper in the land of Prydain, joins Prince Gwydion to fight against the evil that threatens the kingdom. For grades 5-8. 1964.

The Black Cauldron BR 15454
by Lloyd Alexander
2 volumes
In this sequel to The Book of Three (BR 15453) Taran and his companions vow to destroy the cauldron that is the source of power for Arawn, Lord of the Land of Death. For grades 5-8. 1965.

The Castle of Llyr BR 15455
by Lloyd Alexander
1 volume
Taran is now assistant pig keeper for the wizard Dallben. His friend Princess Eilonwy, en route to the Isle of Mona, is captured by wicked enchantress Achren, and Taran's companions set out to rescue her. Sequel to The Black Cauldron (BR 15454). For grades 5-8. 1966.

Taran Wanderer BR 15456
by Lloyd Alexander
2 volumes
When Taran, former assistant pig keeper, leaves home in search of his birthright, he travels throughout Prydain, where he meets all sorts of people and dreams of winning the hand of Princess Eilonwy. Sequel to The Castle of Llyr (BR 15455). For grades 5-8. 1967.

The High King BR 15457
by Lloyd Alexander
2 volumes
Taran leads his companions on a last great quest against evil when the enchanted sword Dyrnwyn falls into the hands of Arawn, Lord of the Land of Death. Sequel to Taran Wanderer (BR 15456). For grades 5-8. Newbery Medal. 1968.

The House of Windjammer, Book 1 BR 15467
by V.A. Richardson
2 volumes
Amsterdam, 1636. Adam, the fourteen-year-old heir to his late father's estate, seeks a way to keep his family's trading fleet afloat. His banker and greedy uncle harass him while speculation in tulips sweeps the nation and upsets the economy. For grades 6- 9. 2003.

Blue Fingers: A Ninja's Tale BR 15473
by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel
2 volumes
Japan, 1545. Twelve-year-old peasant Koji, lucky to be offered an apprenticeship to a royal dye maker, proves untalented and is dismissed. Running away in disgrace, Koji encounters ninjas, who capture and train him. He is a reluctant recruit until the local lord destroys his village. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Keeper of the Night BR 15485
by Kimberly Willis Holt
1 volume
Guam. Eighth-grader Isabel and her younger siblings, Olivia and Frank, try to cope after their mother commits suicide. When Frank has a crisis, their father and aunt realize the children need professional assistance. All three begin to heal with the help of a psychiatrist. For grades 6-9. 2003.

Or Give Me Death: A Novel of Patrick Henry's Family BR 15566
by Ann Rinaldi
2 volumes
Virginia, 1771-1778. Revolutionary War patriot Patrick Henry's oldest child, Patsy, cares for her younger siblings and manages the family plantation after her mother becomes mentally ill. The sixteen-year-old and her sister Anne chronicle their trying life and their fear of inheriting their mother's madness. For grades 6-9. 2003.

Wizard at Work: A Novel in Stories BR 15572
by Vivian Vande Velde
1 volume
A young wizard who runs a school looks forward to a quiet summer off, but instead he is drawn into several adventures. He helps a village full of delinquent unicorns, rescues an uncooperative damsel, and finds a husband for a princess. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Cam Jansen and the Tennis Trophy Mystery BR 15578
by David A. Adler
1 volume
Cam Jansen and her friend Eric Shelton investigate the case of the gym teacher's missing trophy. Cam uses her photographic memory to recall clues. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Arthur's Perfect Christmas BR 15596
by Marc Brown
1 volume
Arthur had hoped for an ideal holiday, but it doesn't snow, he accidently breaks his mom's gift, and his father makes an unusual dinner. Arthur starts to think he'll have a terrible Christmas until an unexpected guest changes everything. For grades K-3. 2000.

Eeyore Has a Birthday BR 15620
retold by Stephen Krensky
1 volume
In this adaptation of the famous classic by A.A. Milne (1882- 1956), Eeyore the donkey feels ignored on his birthday so Pooh and Piglet attempt to provide a proper celebration. Beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2001.

Henry and Mudge and the Funny Lunch: The Twenty-fourth Book of Their Adventures BR 15621
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
Henry and his dad plan a special juicy and crunchy lunch for Mother's Day. Their dog Mudge joins them in the supermarket and helps select the food. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2004.

Gathering Blue BR 15631
by Lois Lowry
2 volumes
When Kira is suddenly orphaned, the neighbors try to expel her because of her lame leg. Kira's talent for embroidery saves her life but places her under the Council of Guardians, which also controls Thomas, a young woodcarver, and Jo, a little tyke with a wondrous voice. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Flight to Freedom: First Person Fiction BR 15633
by Ana Veciana-Suarez
1 volume
Writing in her diary thirteen-year-old Yara describes life with her family in Havana, Cuba, in 1967. She continues her journal after they escape from the communist island to join relatives in Miami, Florida, where Yara, speaking only Spanish, attends a new school. For grades 6-9. 2002.

Rebel BR 15642
by Willo Davis Roberts
1 volume
When her grandmother leaves the assisted-living home and opens a college-student rooming house fourteen-year-old Amanda Jane "Rebel" Keeling helps her. Rebel's attraction to fifteen-year-old Moses, the grandson of Gram's business partner, embroils the teenagers in a mystery. For grades 6-9. 2003.

The Princess Knight BR 16003
by Cornelia Funke
1 volume
Motherless Princess Violetta, although small, learns to fight and joust like her three older brothers. When she turns sixteen, her father holds a jousting tournament and plans that Violetta will marry the winner. Violetta, however, disguises herself as a knight and wins all the matches. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2001.

The Little Island BR 16004
by Margaret Wise Brown
1 volume
The story of a small island, its weather, and the creatures who visit it, including a kitten. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. Caldecott Medal. 1946.

Tracks in the Snow BR 16005
by Wong Herbert Yee
1 volume
A little girl goes outside in winter to follow markings in the snow, trying to discover who made them. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.

El Jesús que Nunca Conocí (The Jesus I Never Knew) BR 15365
by Philip Yancey
3 volumes
Presenta un analisís de Jesús que pasa más allá de la historia popular y tradicional. Examina las cuestiones de los antecedentes y la identidad de Jesús; repasa la misión y el mensaje de Jesús sobre la Tierra; e interpreta la razón de su vida y su legado para la humanidad.(An in-depth examination of Jesus that goes beyond the traditional and popular image. Discusses the questions of his background and identity; considers his mission, message, and journey while on earth; and interprets the meaning of his life and its legacy for humankind. Spanish language. 1955.)

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