Braille Book Review

November-December 2007


Fiction

The Enchanted Castle BR 16539
by E. Nesbit
2 volumes
During the winter holiday, three English siblings Gerald, Jimmy, and Kathleen, and their friend, Mabel, discover a magic ring that leads them on strange adventures. They try to control the powers of the ring and solve the mystery of the enchanted castle. For grades 4-7. 1907.

Jack's Run BR 16586
by Roland Smith
2 volumes
With his trial date approaching, drug czar Alonzo Aznar kidnaps Jack and his sister Joanne. They attempt a daring escape while their parents, aided by some old friends, plan a rescue. Sequel to Zach's Lie (BR 14667). For grades 6-9. 2005.

The Homework Machine BR 16590
by Dan Gutman
1 volume
Fifth-grade class geek Brenton figures out how to get his computer to do his homework for him. His mistake is letting his seating group (the class clown, the teacher's pet, and a slacker) in on his secret. For grades 3-6. 2006.

The Higher Power of Lucky BR 16881
by Susan Patron
1 volume
Hard Pan, California: population forty-three. Convinced that her guardian, Brigitte, wants to return to France, ten-year-old Lucky Trimble runs away during a sandstorm with her dog, HMS Beagle. Lucky encounters her five-year-old neighbor Miles, and the three of them have an adventure. For grades 4-7. Newbery Medal. 2006.

Meet Kit: An American Girl, Book 1 BR 16890
by Valerie Tripp
1 volume
Cincinnati, 1934. When her father loses his car dealership during the Great Depression, Kit and her family are forced to make many changes. Nine-year-old Kit proves to be as resourceful as her mother. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Coming On Home Soon BR 17009
by Jacqueline Woodson
1 volume
Ada Ruth is lonely and misses her mother, who has gone to Chicago to look for work. It's wartime and there isn't much food, but even Ada Ruth's grandmother can't say no to the little surprise they find one snowy day. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Caldecott Honor Book. 2004.

A Place Called Kindergarten BR 17010
by Jessica Harper
1 volume
The barnyard animals worry when their young friend Tommy does not appear at his usual time. The dog informs them that Tommy left on a big yellow bus and went to some place called kindergarten. Tommy returns to tell about his wonderful day. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2006.

Snip Snap! What's That? BR 17013
by Mara Bergman
1 volume
Three children are very scared when they hear an alligator creeping up the stairs, snipping and snapping with his big teeth. Whatever will they do? PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2005.

Ice Bear: In the Steps of the Polar Bear BR 17015
by Nicola Davies
1 volume
Describes how the polar bear thrives in the frozen Arctic world. Explains the lessons that the Inuit people have learned from watching Nanuk, as they call the large white bear. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2005.

Grandfather's Dance BR 17094
by Patricia MacLachlan
1 volume
As her family gathers for the prairie wedding of her sister Anna, fourth-grader Cassie wonders about all the fuss. She observes the similarities between her little brother Jack and her grandfather, who dances at Anna's wedding. Sequel to More Perfect than the Moon (BR 15693). For grades 3-6. 2006.

Jackson Jones and Mission Greentop BR 17103
by Mary Quattlebaum
1 volume
Ten-year-old Jackson Jones has grown way too much zucchini, but he still values his community garden. When a developer plans to build apartments on the land, it's up to Jackson to save the garden. Sequel to Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns (BR 10064). For grades 3-6. 2004.

Rules BR 17108
by Cynthia Lord
1 volume
Sometimes twelve-year-old Catherine resents her autistic brother, David, who breaks rules and gets all her parents' attention. She meets Jason, a teenage nonverbal paraplegic, at David's therapy center. As the two become friends, Catherine realizes that accepting differences matters more than any rules. For grades 5- 8. Schneider Family Book Award. 2006.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows BR 17210
by J.K. Rowling
10 volumes
Sequel to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (BR 16000). In this concluding volume in the Harry Potter series, young wizard Harry Potter and his friends learn about the Deathly Hollows, three magical objects that can help them defeat Voldemort. The Battle of Hogworts ensues. For grades 4-7. 2007.


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