Braille Book Review

July-August 2007

Books for Children


The Book of Dragons BR 16403
selected by Michael Hague
1 volume
Seventeen heroic folktales and stories featuring dragons by such authors as Italo Calvino, the Brothers Grimm, E. Nesbit, Andrew Lang, and Kenneth Grahame. For grades 3-6. 1995.

Frog and Toad Together BR 16430
by Arnold Lobel
1 volume
Five adventures of two best friends as they share cookies, plant a garden, and test their bravery. Beginning reader. For grades K- 3. Newbery Honor Book. 1971.

Frog and Toad Are Friends BR 16435
by Arnold Lobel
1 volume
Five stories about the adventures of two best friends. Frog and Toad are always there for each other, whether they are telling stories, finding lost buttons, or swimming in the river. Uncontracted braille. For grades K-3 and older readers. 1970. 1970.

Fever, 1793 BR 16484
by Laurie Halse Anderson
2 volumes
Philadelphia, 1793. Fourteen-year-old Matilda works in her widowed mother's busy coffeehouse along with her grandfather and their cook, Eliza--a freed slave. When a yellow fever epidemic hits the city, people panic and flee, and Matilda's life turns upside down. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2000.

Marlfox: Redwall Abbey BR 16496
by Brian Jacques
3 volumes
Redwall Abbey is attacked by the Marlfoxes, who plunder a wondrous tapestry for their mother, Queen Silth. Young squirrels Dann and Song and the shrew Dippler are joined by the watervole Burble in a perilous quest to return the wall hanging to its proper place. For grades 5-8. 1998.

Small Steps BR 16501
by Louis Sachar
2 volumes
Three years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit, from Holes (BR 12174), is turning his life around in Austin, Texas, with the encouragement of his ten-year-old neighbor, Ginny, who has cerebral palsy. Then he meets a celebrity teen singer. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Pippi in the South Seas BR 16505
by Astrid Lindgren
1 volume
Pippi takes her friends Annika and Tommy with her to Kurrekurredutt Island in the South Seas, where her father is king. Sequel to Pippi Longstocking (BR 16298). For grades 3-6. 1959.

Vox: The Edge Chronicles, Book 6 BR 16565
by Paul Stewart
2 volumes
Rook Barkwater, the young librarian knight, attempts to stop Vox Verlix, the Most High Academe of Sanctaphrax, as he plots to take over Edgeworld once again. Sequel to The Last of the Sky Pirates (BR 16555). For grades 6-9. 2003.

Beyond the Valley of Thorns: The Land of Elyon, Book 2 BR 16581
by Patrick Carman
2 volumes
One year after her adventures in The Dark Hills Divide (BR 16270) Alexa leaves Bridewell to return to the hills and save the kingdom from evil. Along the way Alexa battles giants, rats, and ogres. For grades 4-7. 2005.

The Sword in the Stone BR 16612
by T.H. White
2 volumes
A boy named Arthur, the king-to-be, grows up in the time of knights in armor, fair damsels, foul monsters, and evil witches. His tutor Merlin, the all-powerful magician, transforms Arthur into various animals as part of his schooling and prepares him for his destiny. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1938.

The Year of the Dog BR 16624
by Grace Lin
1 volume
While Pacy's Taiwanese American family prepares the Chinese New Year feast, Pacy hopes the Year of the Dog will be lucky for her. She does make a new best friend at school but "finding herself"-- discovering her own talent--takes longer. For grades 3-6. 2006.

The Wall and the Wing BR 16650
by Laura Ruby
2 volumes
In a wacky, futuristic New York, Gurl can't fly like most other people but she can become invisible. Her orphanage matron, a reclusive professor, a rat man, and a gangster all figure in Gurl's adventures as she and her friend Bug team up on a quest. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Rowan Hood Returns: The Final Chapter; A Tale of Rowan Hood BR 16683
by Nancy Springer
1 volume
Rowan Hood learns who murdered her mother, Celandine, and hunts for the killers with her outlaw band. When Rowan loses her gift for healing on the path of revenge, she must decide the kind of person she wants to be. Sequel to Wild Boy (BR 16573). For grades 4-7. 2005.

A Ring of Endless Light BR 16703
by Madeleine L'Engle
2 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Vicky Austin confronts her feelings about death when she and her family spend the summer with her seriously ill grandfather on an island off New England's coast. Three young men vie for her attentions, and one introduces her to a pod of dolphins. For grades 6-9. Newbery Honor Book. 1980.

Hop on Pop BR 16725
by Dr. Seuss
1 volume
Pairs of rhyming words are used in sentences, creating a nonsense story. Starts with "UP PUP / Pup is up. / CUP PUP / Pup in cup. / PUP CUP / Cup on pup." Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1963.

Elana's Ears; or, How I Became the Best Big Sister in the World BR 16754
by Gloria Roth Lowell
1 volume
Lacey the family dog is jealous of the new baby, Elana, that her human parents bring home. Discovering that Elana can't hear, Lacey becomes her ears and protects her from danger. Includes a clinical psychologist's advice for parents of deaf children. For grades 2-4. 2000.

Paddington at Large BR 16765
by Michael Bond
1 volume (Reissue)
Paddington, the beloved bear from darkest Peru, always has good intentions that somehow go awry. Here he tries to make toffee, takes a ride on the neighbor's lawn mower, and does his part for a Christmas play. For grades 3-6. 1962.

Strange Happenings: Five Tales of Transformation BR 16774
by Avi
1 volume
Five stories of fantasy in which strange changes occur. A boy and a cat trade places, a young man learns the price of selfishness, and an invisible princess finds herself. In "Curious," twelve- year-old Jeff is overwhelmed by curiosity about the local baseball team's alien mascot. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Emil and Karl BR 16795
by Yankev Glatshteyn
1 volume
Vienna, Austria; 1940. Two nine-year-old boys, one Jewish and one not, remain best friends despite the Nazi occupation's policy of racial hatred. After being orphaned, they rely on each other and the help of strangers while trying to escape the city. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1940.

Lilly's Big Day BR 17006
by Kevin Henkes
1 volume
When her teacher, Mr. Slinger, announces his upcoming marriage to the school nurse, Lilly the mouse sets her heart on being the flower girl at the wedding. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2006.

Harry Potter y el Misterio del Príncipe (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) BR 16304
by J.K. Rowling
6 volúmenes
Sigue a Harry Potter y la Orden del Fénix (BR 15643). Harry y sus amigos regresan para asistir el sexto curso del Colegio Hogwarts de Magia y Hechicería. El poder del malvado Voldemort aumenta día tras día, y Harry conoce a un príncipe. Para grados 4 a 7 y lectores mayores.(Sequel to Harry Potter y la Orden del Fénix (BR 15643). Harry and his friends return for their sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Evil Voldemort's power increases daily, and Harry encounters a prince. For grades 4-7 and older readers.) 2005.

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