Braille Book Review

September-October 2008


The Noonday Friends BR 16609
by Mary Stolz
1 volume
Franny Davis enjoys spending lunchtime with her best friend, Simone Orgella, because after school Franny is busy with lots of household responsibilities. She worries that Simone prefers her rich friend Lila, who has more time to play. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor Book. 1965.

Things Not Seen BR 17135
by Andrew Clements
2 volumes
When fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and can't see his body, his relationship with the physical world and his parents changes. He confides his invisibility situation to a new friend, Alicia, blinded two years before, and they try to figure out what happened to him. For grades 6-9. Schneider Family Book Award. 2002.

Joey Pigza Loses Control BR 17300
by Jack Gantos
1 volume
In this sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Joey is spending the summer with his long-absent alcoholic dad, who convinces Joey to stop wearing his medication patches. Soon wired again, Joey clashes with his dad's own out-of-control personality. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor. 2000.

The Wanderer BR 17302
by Sharon Creech
2 volumes
Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic voyage by sailboat, along with other relatives, to visit their grandfather Bompie in England. The family's journey of discovery becomes especially important for Sophie, who was adopted only three years ago. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor. 2000.

Jackson Jones and the Curse of the Outlaw Rose BR 17310
by Mary Quattlebaum
1 volume
Elderly gardener Mr. Kerring enlists ten-year-old Jackson and his friend Reuben to "rustle roses" from a graveyard. Poison ivy, broken bones, and stinging bees make the boys believe the rose cutting is cursed. Sequel to Jackson Jones and Mission Greentop (BR 17103). For grades 3-6. 2006.

Star in the Storm BR 17366
by Joan Hiatt Harlow
1 volume
1912. Twelve-year-old Maggie's Newfoundland dog, Sirius, is a valued member of her family. But all non-sheepherding dogs are outlawed, so Maggie hides Sirius. When a steamship founders during a storm, Maggie must decide whether to send Sirius to rescue passengers or keep him safely hidden. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Our Only May Amelia BR 17367
by Jennifer L. Holm
2 volumes
In 1899, twelve-year-old May Amelia lives with her Finnish American family in the small Washington community of Nasel. A tomboy with seven brothers, May becomes anxious about her family's bad luck. Some strong language. For grades 4-7. Newbery Honor Book. 1999.

Penny from Heaven BR 17369
by Jennifer L. Holm
2 volumes
New Jersey, 1953. During the summer, eleven-year-old Penny carries her uncle Dominic's lucky bean, almost loses her arm, reconciles with her mother's beau, and discovers the cause of her father's death. Best of all, she reunites her feuding family. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor Book. 2006.

Wringer BR 17372
by Jerry Spinelli
1 volume
Palmer LaRue dreads turning ten, the age at which boys become wringers--those who break the necks of wounded birds at the town's annual pigeon shoot. A pigeon appears at Palmer's window and becomes his pet, a fact that the boy conceals until the day of the shoot, when he faces a tough moral decision. For grades 4-7. Newbery Honor. 1997.

Lily's Crossing BR 17375
by Patricia Reilly Giff
1 volume
In the summer of 1944, Lily goes to Rockaway Beach, New York, with her grandmother. There Lily meets Albert, a young Hungarian refugee orphan who fled from the Nazis. When Lily tells lies to impress Albert, there are unexpected consequences. For grades 5- 8. Newbery Honor. 1997.

Muggie Maggie BR 17378
by Beverly Cleary
1 volume
Third-grader Maggie refuses to learn cursive writing. After consulting with the principal, her parents, and a psychologist, Maggie's teacher appoints Maggie mail messenger and has her deliver notes that are written in cursive. Maggie suspects the messages concern her and finally teaches herself to read them. For grades 2-4. 1990.

Squirrel's World BR 17379
by Lisa Moser
1 volume
This four-chapter tale follows a cheerful, busy squirrel who is always on the "go, go, go." Squirrel, who likes to play "leap, leap, leapfrog," and Turtle, who prefers "sleep, sleep, sleepfrog," find something they both like in "the perfect game." Easy reader. For grades K-3. 2007.

Dear Emma BR 17380
by Johanna Hurwitz
1 volume
New York City, 1910. Eighth-grader Dossi, a Russian Jewish immigrant, writes to her Vermont friend Emma, whom she met on a Fresh Air Fund vacation, as told in Faraway Summer (BR 11930). Dossi describes her new brother-in-law, the diphtheria epidemic, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. For grades 5-8. 2002.

A Dog for Life BR 17382
by L.S. Matthews
1 volume
John Hawkins, his older brother Tom, and their dog Mouse can read one another's thoughts. But that doesn't help when Tom becomes seriously ill and his mother plans to take Mouse to the pound. Instead John and Mouse run away. For grades 4-7. 2006.

The Silver Donkey BR 17384
by Sonya Hartnett
1 volume
France, World War I. An English army deserter, blinded by war and clutching a small silver donkey good-luck charm, is discovered in the woods by two young sisters. He relates four tales about donkeys while the girls arrange his return home across the Channel. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Meet the Austins BR 17486
by Madeleine L'Engle
2 volumes
The arrival of ten-year-old, spoiled, recently orphaned Maggy Hamilton disrupts the happy routines of the Austin family. Maggy annoys and exasperates siblings Vicky, Rob, Suzy, and John, as they struggle to understand her. For grades 5-8. 1960.

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