Braille Book Review

November-December 2006

Books for Children


Seventeen against the Dealer BR 16176
by Cynthia Voigt
2 volumes
Twenty-one-year-old Dicey Tillerman left college determined to earn a living building boats. But hard work isn't enough--her business fails, largely due to lack of experience but also because of her unfounded trust in Cisco, a charming drifter. Companion to Dicey's Song (BR 13291). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1989. 1989.

Salamandastron: Redwall Abbey BR 16180
by Brian Jacques
3 volumes
The castle of Salamandastron in the mountains near the sea is under attack by evil Ferahgo the Assassin and his band of vermin. Urthstripe the Strong, a wise old badger, leads the animals of Salamandastron and Redwall Abbey against his old enemy. For grades 5-8. 1992. 1992.

Jo's Boys BR 16184
by Louisa May Alcott
3 volumes
Follows the lives of Daisy and Demi, Nat and Dan, and the rest of Aunt Jo's little men and women as they mature. Concludes the series about the March family. Sequel to Little Men (BR 12486). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1886. 1886.

Each Little Bird That Sings BR 16186
by Deborah Wiles
2 volumes
Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in Snapfinger, Mississippi. But it affects her differently when her own relatives die and she has to make a life-and-death choice during a flash flood. For grades 4- 7. 2005.

The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins BR 16192
by Dr. Seuss
1 volume
Each time Bartholomew Cubbins attempts to obey the King's order to take off his hat, he finds there is another one on his head. For grades K-3. 1938. 1938.

Lenny and Mel BR 16201
by Erik P. Kraft
1 volume
Twin brothers Lenny and Mel celebrate holidays in some unusual ways. After eating Thanksgiving turkey for a week, the boys put the remains under Mel's pillow for the Leftover Fairy to exchange for money. Beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2002.

A Summer to Die BR 16213
by Lois Lowry
1 volume
Thirteen-year-old Meg is jealous of her popular fifteen-year-old sister Molly. But when Meg realizes that Molly is dying from a serious illness, her love for her sister prevails. Meg also begins to understand life's mysteries as she rejoices in the birth of a neighbor's child. For grades 6-9. 1977. 1977.

McElligot's Pool BR 16216
by Dr. Seuss
1 volume
Young Marco has spent three hours with his fishing pole at tiny McElligot's Pool without one single bite. He's not discouraged because he imagines all the wonderful fish that might still be caught. For grades K-3. 1947. 1947.

The Dark Hills Divide: The Land of Elyon, Book 1 BR 16270
by Patrick Carman
2 volumes
Twelve-year-old Alexa finds the key to a secret passageway leading outside the walled city of Bridewell and fulfills her wish to explore the mysterious Dark Hills. She discovers both a threat to the Land of Elyon and a magical power that is part of her destiny. For grades 4-7. 2005.

Piratica: Being a Daring Tale of a Singular Girl's Adventure upon the High Seas BR 16272
by Tanith Lee
3 volumes
A bump on the head restores sixteen-year-old Artemesia's memories of her dead mother, Piratica, and the exciting life they led. So Art flees the stuffy Angels Academy to return to high seas adventure. But she encounters a rival for the title of pirate queen. For grades 6-9. 2003.

Becoming Naomi León BR 16277
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
2 volumes
For seven years Naomi and brother Owen lived happily with Gram in her trailer. Gram arranged Owen's surgeries for his physical disabilities and helped Naomi begin to speak again. When their mother reappears, Gram takes the children to Mexico to find their father and their heritage. For grades 4-7. Schneider Family Award. 2004.

Outcast of Redwall: Redwall Abbey BR 16290
by Brian Jacques
3 volumes
Orphan badger Sunflash the Mace undergoes many ordeals before claiming his heritage as badger lord of Salamandastron. Aided by the faithful kestrel Skarlath, Sunflash battles evil ferret warlord Swartt Sixclaw. Swartt's outcast son, Veil, who was lovingly raised at Redwall, finds his loyalties divided. For grades 5-8. 1995. 1995.

Pippi Longstocking BR 16298
by Astrid Lindgren
1 volume
Escapades of a happy-go-lucky nine-year-old girl, Pippi Longstocking, who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village. For grades 3-6. 1950. 1950.

The Penultimate Peril: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 12 BR 16300
by Lemony Snicket
2 volumes
Advising that this volume is the next-to-last chronicle of the Baudelaire orphans, the author declares that it involves "a harpoon gun, a rooftop sunbathing salon, two mysterious initials, three unidentified triplets, a notorious villain, and an unsavory curry." Sequel to The Grim Grotto (BR 15610). For grades 4-7. 2005.

Nursery Tales around the World BR 16343
retold by Judy Sierra
1 volume
An international collection of eighteen folktales from the oral tradition. Six themes group cultural variations together: runaway cookies; incredible appetites; the victory of the smallest; chain tales; slowpokes and speedsters; and fooling the big, bad wolf. For grades 3-6. 1996. 1996.

Happy Birthday, America BR 16349
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
The whole family joins in a lively small-town celebration of the Fourth of July, including a pet parade, picnic, talent show, booths, band concert, and fireworks. Author's note explains the origin of the holiday. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.

How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay BR 16969
by Julia Alvarez
1 volume
Nine-year-old New Yorker Miguel and his sister Juanita move to Vermont with their mother after their parents divorce. Struggling to fit in, Miguel is embarrassed when his Spanish-speaking aunt from the Dominican Republic comes to live with them. For grades 4-7. 2001.

The World according to Humphrey BR 16970
by Betty G. Birney
1 volume
When Humphrey becomes a pet hamster at Longfellow School, he plays an important role helping his classmates and teacher. He also learns a lot about humans, especially on weekend visits with families. For grades 3-6. 2004.

The Million Dollar Kick BR 16973
by Dan Gutman
1 volume
Thirteen-year-old Whisper Nelson hates soccer, but she won a slogan contest that now requires her to kick a goal past a star player in front of the whole town. The prize is a million dollars. Self-styled computer nerd Jesse and Whisper's mentor come to her aid. For grades 5-8. 2001.

The Unseen BR 16978
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
2 volumes
When twelve-year-old Xandra finds a magical feather, she unlocks a usually unseen world filled with both cuddly creatures and malicious monsters. Through experiences in this new reality, she learns a great deal about herself and the family in which she has felt like an outsider. For grades 5-8. 2004.

The Neruda Escencial: Selección de Poemas (Essential Neruda: Selected Poems) BR 16083
por Pablo Neruda
2 volúmenes
Presenta cincuenta poemas del famoso poeta chileno (1904- 1973) ganador del Premio Nobel. Los poemas, seleccionados y redactados por poetas, escolares y traductores, reflejan el estilo y los temas de toda la obra de Neruda que sale entre1924 y 1964, incluso dos obras póstumas. Edición bilingüe con introducción en inglés y los poemas en español e inglés. [Fifty verses by Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), spanning the breadth of his style, themes, and periods. Collaborative effort of scholars, translators, and poets includes selections from major works published between 1924 and 1964 and posthumously. Edited with an introduction by Mark Eisner. In English and Spanish.] 2004.

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