Braille Book Review

November-December 2008


Hoot BR 17274
by Carl Hiaasen
2 volumes
Middle school student Roy has just moved from Montana to south Florida. He befriends a boy named Mullet Fingers and his stepsister, who are trying to prevent a pancake-house chain from building a restaurant over a colony of burrowing owls. For grades 6-9. Newbery Honor Book. 2002.

The Dragon of Never-Was BR 17323
by Ann Downer
2 volumes
Twelve-year-old Theodora wants to return to a normal life after her adventures with wizards in |Hatching Magic (BR 16893)|. But a dragon's scale and a vacation to a Scottish island with her biologist father involve Theodora in the world of magic once again. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Pictures of Hollis Woods BR 17398
by Patricia Reilly Giff
1 volume
A troublesome foster child, Hollis loves to draw pictures. Her favorite is one in which she fits in--with a father, mother, brother, and herself. Now Hollis lives with an artist, but still longs for the summer family that wanted to keep her. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor. 2002.

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller BR 17490
by Sarah Miller
2 volumes
Alabama, 1887. Twenty-year-old Annie Sullivan, newly hired to teach a six-year-old deaf, blind, and thoroughly spoiled girl, Helen Keller, finds she must contend with Helen's indulgent parents as well. Sign language finally becomes communication when Helen makes her first breakthrough. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2007.

Red Moon at Sharpsburg BR 17491
by Rosemary Wells
2 volumes
Virginia, 1861. Twelve-year-old India Moody's world changes when the Civil War breaks out. After her ailing father returns to the front as the Union Army advances, India summons her courage and plunges into the tragic Battle of Sharpsburg to take him medicine. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2007.

Reaching for Sun BR 17651
by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
1 volume
Josie, born with cerebral palsy, lives with her mother and grandmother, who both love gardening. When a lonely boy, Jordan, moves in nearby, he and Josie relate through their interest in nature, and Josie makes her first friend. For grades 4-7. Schneider Family Book Award. 2007.

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