Braille Book Review

January-February 2008

Books for Children The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, contact your braille-lending library. Nonfiction

African Heroes BR 16605
by Jim Haskins
1 volume
Minibiographies of twenty-seven leaders on the African continent. Covers heroes from ancient empires, men who led the struggle against European incursion, and outstanding people of the twentieth century, such as Haile Selassie, Jomo Kenyatta, Kwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela, and Kofi Annan. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005. 2005.

Clara Barton: I Want to Help! BR 16666
by Cathy East Dubowski
1 volume
Biography of Clara Barton (1821-1912), founder of the American Red Cross. Describes her lifelong mission to help other people by teaching for free and nursing soldiers in the Civil War, where she was called "angel of the battlefield." For grades 3-6. 2006.

Dude! Stories and Stuff for Boys BR 16832
edited by Sandy Asher and David L. Harrison
2 volumes
Original stories, poems, plays, and real boyhood reminiscences offered by popular writers. The poem "Take It from Me, Kid" warns good-humoredly about the pitfalls of being a teenager. After learning about his half brother's suicide, in a "Family Meeting," Kevin makes a secret promise to live fully. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Fooled You: Fakes and Hoaxes through the Years BR 16850
by Elaine Pascoe
1 volume
Presents the facts behind eleven famous hoaxes. Includes an 1844 newspaper report of balloonists crossing the Atlantic, the 1869 "discovery" of a stone giant, 1917 alleged photographs of fairies, accounts of crop circles in 1980 England, and a 2001 e- mail about a giant mutant cat. For grades 4-7. 2005.

The Hero Project: Two Teens, One Notebook, Thirteen Extraordinary Interviews BR 16852
by Robert Hatch and William Hatch
2 volumes
The Hatch brothers present thirteen interviews with their personal heroes, conducted over the course of twelve years. Pete Seeger, Madeleine L'Engle, Jimmy Carter, Yo-Yo Ma, Elouise Cobell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lance Armstrong, and others discuss their motivation, inspiration, hopes, and goals. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Shep: Our Most Loyal Dog BR 16923
by Sneed B. Collard
1 volume
Explains why the people of Fort Benton, Montana, still honor the beloved sheep dog, Shep. Relates that when Shep's master died in 1936, the dog followed the coffin to the train station and waited there for the rest of his life for his master to return. For grades 2-4. 2006.

Jazz BR 17019
by Walter Dean Myers
1 volume
This celebration of American jazz contains a brief history of this musical tradition; fifteen poems linked to various styles from ragtime to swing, from bebop to fusion, and from funeral to dance; a glossary of jazz terms; and a chronology. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2006.

Haiti BR 17114
by Roseline Ng Cheong-Lum and Leslie Jermyn
1 volume
An overview of the Caribbean island nation of Haiti, the world's first black independent republic. Describes geography, environment, language, culture, heritage, lifestyle, religion, and food. Chronicles Haiti's turbulent history and examines the twentieth-century economic and political situation, including challenges posed by poverty and internal strife. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Dare to Dream! Twenty-five Extraordinary Lives BR 17122
by Sandra McLeod Humphrey
1 volume
Biographical sketches of people who showed moral, physical, or spiritual courage to achieve their goals. Profiles athletes, doctors, politicians, writers, lawyers, and entertainers including Eleanor Roosevelt, Norman Vincent Peale, Maya Angelou, Sandra Day O'Connor, Ben Carson, Bill Cosby, and Sammy Sosa. For grades 5-8. 2005.

The Deep-Sea Floor BR 17182
by Sneed B. Collard
1 volume
Introduces creatures such as bioluminescent animals and tube worms that thrive on the dark ocean floor miles below the surface. For grades 3-6. 2003.

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