Braille Book Review

March-April 2008


Peter Pan in Scarlet BR 16889
by Geraldine McCaughrean
2 volumes
England, 1926. A now-grown-up Mrs. Wendy realizes that dreams are leaking out of Neverland. Fearing for Peter Pan's life, Wendy and the Lost Boys return to Neverland with fairy Fireflyer's assistance. Authorized sequel to Peter Pan (BR 15663)--the boy who never grows up. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Anne's House of Dreams: Anne of Green Gables, Book 5 BR 16891
by L.M. Montgomery
2 volumes
When Anne's sweetheart, Gilbert, finishes medical school, they marry and move into a little house of their own. The two experience joy and heartbreak as they begin a family. Sequel to Anne of Windy Poplars (BR 07430). For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1917.

Hatching Magic BR 16893
by Ann Downer
2 volumes
When a thirteenth-century wizard seeking his lost pet dragon lands in twenty-first-century Boston, he is trailed by a rival wizard and a very unhappy demon. But eleven-year-old Theodora Oglethorpe may hold the secret to setting everything right. For grades 4-7. 2003.

Aggie and Ben: Three Stories BR 16901
by Lori Ries
1 volume
Ben's father surprises him with a trip to the pet shop. After looking at all the animals, Ben chooses a dog and names her Aggie. At home Ben plays with Aggie until bedtime. Easy beginning chapter book. For preschool-grade 2. 2006.

Henry and Mudge: The First Book of Their Adventures BR 16902
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
Henry's parents agree to give their only child a puppy named Mudge, which quickly grows to 180 pounds. Henry and Mudge are constant companions, except for one day when Mudge is lost. For grades K-3. 1987.

The Prophet of Yonwood BR 16948
by Jeanne DuPrau
2 volumes
Yonwood, North Carolina. Eleven-year-old Nickie figures out how to identify both good and evil when she witnesses the townspeople's reactions to the apocalyptic visions of their neighbor, Althea Tower. Prequel to City of Ember (BR 15120) and People of Sparks (BR 15562). For grades 5- 8. 2006.

Love, Ruby Valentine BR 17025
by Laurie Friedman
1 volume
After Ruby Valentine and her feathered friend Lovebird wear themselves out preparing cards and treats for Ruby's favorite day of the year, they sleep right through Valentine's Day. But Ruby discovers that saying "I love you!" is appreciated any day. Rhymed text. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2006.

The White Ram: A Story of Abraham and Isaac BR 17026
by Mordicai Gerstein
1 volume
On the sixth day of Creation, God made a white ram. After a long wait in the Garden of Eden, God sent this ram to be a sacrifice in place of Isaac, Abraham's only son. On Rosh Hashanah, a ram's horn is blown in remembrance. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2006.

John, Paul, George, and Ben BR 17028
by Lane Smith
1 volume
Describes five little lads before they became founding fathers-- John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Were their special personality traits annoying, even mischievous--or were they valuable in American history? A true-or-false section sets the record straight. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2006.

The Moneylender's Daughter: The House of Windjammer, Book 2 BR 17127
by V.A. Richardson
3 volumes
1637. Young Adam Windjammer confronts danger in the New World as he tries to restore his family's fortune. Meanwhile in Amsterdam, the moneylender's daughter Jade van Helsen struggles against her father's control and an arranged marriage. Sequel to The House of Windjammer (BR 15467). For grades 6-9. 2006.

Wind Rider BR 17131
by Susan Williams
2 volumes
Prehistoric Asia. Fern rescues an orphaned horse stuck in a bog and startles her community by being the first to tame and ride a horse. When she enters puberty at fourteen, Fern rejects tradition and refuses a marriage suitor, nearly losing her life for that decision. For grades 6-9. 2006.

A True and Faithful Narrative BR 17139
by Katherine Sturtevant
2 volumes
London, 1680s. Wooed by her friend's brother Edward, sixteen- year-old Meg, the writer heroine of At the Sign of the Star (BR 14089), jokingly suggests he get himself captured by pirates. But she is chagrined when Edward is indeed taken prisoner and enslaved en route to Italy. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Dragon of the Red Dawn: Magic Tree House, Book 37 BR 17147
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
Merlin the magician is feeling old and full of sorrows, so siblings Annie and Jack time travel to ancient, feudal Japan to find one of the four secrets of happiness. In the land of the samurai, Annie and Jack find Basho, the haiku poet. For grades 2- 4. 2007.

Nobody's Boy BR 17148
by Jennifer Fleischner
1 volume
St. Louis, Missouri; 1850s. Lizzy, mother of thirteen-year-old George, is a good seamstress and works to buy their freedom. Meanwhile, the owner of George's friend William wants to sell William to cover debts. George needs a plan to help William escape before it is too late. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Kit Saves the Day--A Summer Story: An American Girl, Book 5 BR 17154
by Valerie Tripp
1 volume
Fifteen-year-old Will, a hobo, picks beans in Kit's garden in exchange for a meal. His adventures hopping freight trains inspire Kit to try it. But winding up in jail was not in her plans. Sequel to Happy Birthday, Kit! (BR 17186). For grades 3-6. 2001. 2001.

Anne of the Island: Anne of Green Gables, Book 3 BR 17189
by L.M. Montgomery
2 volumes
Anne's world changes as she leaves Prince Edward Island for college. Her childhood friends are marrying, but while Anne hopes for love, it seems to elude her. Includes biography of Montgomery by Caroline Parry. Sequel to Anne of Avonlea (BR 07431). For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1915.

Kit's Surprise--A Christmas Story: An American Girl, Book 3 BR 17194
by Valerie Tripp
1 volume
Kit is not looking forward to Christmas when her family has so many money troubles. She even has a fight with her best friend, Ruthie. But, unexpectedly, helping grouchy uncle Hendrick solves some of her problems. Sequel to Kit Learns a Lesson (BR 17175). For grades 3-6. 2000. 2000.

The Tenth City: The Land of Elyon, Book 3 BR 17195
by Patrick Carman
1 volume
Only hours after Beyond the Valley of Thorns (BR 16581) ends, Alexa and her friends escape the Dark Tower. Forces are aligning for the final battle, and Alexa holds the fate of Elyon in her hands. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Criss Cross BR 17209
by Lynne Rae Perkins
2 volumes
Debbie--introduced in All Alone in the Universe (BR 17185)--wishes something good would happen to her. She and other young teens in her hometown experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, and connect and disconnect as they search for meaning in life and love. For grades 6-9. Newbery Medal. 2005.

The Deaf Musicians BR 17245
by Pete Seeger and Paul DuBois Jacobs
1 volume
Jazz pianist Lee is asked to leave his band when he loses his hearing. At sign language class, Lee meets Max who plays the sax. Riding the subway together, they form a new band with a big audience. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. Schneider Family Book Award. 2006.

Great Big Guinea Pigs BR 17246
by Susan L. Roth
1 volume
A tame, pet guinea pig tells her child a bedtime story about their ancestors: giant, 1,500-pound guinea pigs that roamed the swamp in Venezuela eight million years ago. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2006.

On the Wings of Heroes BR 17276
by Richard Peck
1 volume
Davy Bowman remembers the home-front years in Illinois during World War II, especially his two heroes--his nineteen-year-old brother, who is in the Air Force, and his father, who was injured in the previous war. Boyhood misadventures mix with scrap drives, shortages, and the dread of telegrams. For grades 5-8. 2007.

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