Braille Book Review

January-February 2009


Monday with a Mad Genius: Magic Tree House, Book 38 BR 17410
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
Jack and Annie travel back in time five hundred years to Florence, Italy. They spend a day helping Leonardo da Vinci, hoping to learn another of the four secrets of happiness from the artist. For grades 2-4. 2007.

Just Grace BR 17415
by Charise Mericle Harper
1 volume
When Grace Stewart, called Just Grace by her third-grade teacher, tries to help her neighbor Mrs. Luther feel better about wearing an arm cast that scares her cat Crinkles, Grace's good intentions backfire. Beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2007.

Still Just Grace BR 17416
by Charise Mericle Harper
1 volume
When a struggling student teacher assigns a group project, third- grader Just Grace gets so involved with Grace W. and Grace F. that she fails to understand why she and her best friend, Mimi, are drifting apart. Sequel to Just Grace (BR 17415). Beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2007.

Marvelous Mercer BR 17418
by Shea Megale
1 volume
At bedtime, Shea confides an idea to her assistance dog Mercer-- he could be the best skating dog ever and win an Olympic medal. That night Mercer sneaks out and joins two dog friends, and they all have a grand adventure at the ice skating rink. For grades 2- 4. 2007.

A Ghost Named Fred BR 17430
by Nathaniel Benchley
1 volume
One rainy day, George enters an old house and meets Fred, a gentle ghost who is guarding a forgotten treasure. Searching the house together, George and Fred find the treasure in an unexpected place. A beginning reader. For grades K-3. 1968.

Runaround BR 17559
by Helen Hemphill
1 volume
Kentucky, 1960s. Although an avid reader of romance magazines, eleven-year-old Sassy is unsure how to attract a handsome neighborhood teen to be her first boyfriend. Then she discovers that her pretty older sister Lula has been flirting with him, too. Uncontracted braille. For grades 6-9. 2007.

Nancy Drew Collection: The Bike Tour Mystery, The Riding Club Crime, Werewolf in a Winter Wonderland BR 17656
by Carolyn Keene
3 volumes
Three complete mysteries. Nancy, Bess, and George depart for a bike tour in Ireland that takes a dangerous turn. Nancy investigates sabotage at a camp horse-riding competition. When disasters occur at the River Heights Winter Carnival, Nancy suspects a connection to a couple of wolves. For grades 4-7. 2003.

The Red Shoe BR 17658
by Ursula Dubosarsky
1 volume
Sydney, Australia; 1954. Matilda (six), Frances (eleven), and Elizabeth (fifteen) cope with family problems while a headline- making spy who defected from Russia hides out next door. Intrigue and secrets swirl around their neighborhood and their family--a mentally unstable father, unhappy mother, and ever-present Uncle Paul. For grades 6-9. 2006.

The Boy Who Returned from the Sea BR 17664
by Clay Morgan
1 volume
Continuing from The Boy Who Spoke Dog (BR 17057), Jack is reunited with his beloved sheepdog Moxie on the island where they first met--but the dangerous Blackburn Jukes is there, too! He takes Jack prisoner and makes him search the bogs for amber. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Elijah of Buxton BR 17665
by Christopher Paul Curtis
2 volumes
Buxton, Canada; 1860. Born free in a settlement for runaway slaves, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman discovers the horrors of slavery when he accompanies Mr. Leroy to Michigan. They track a thief who stole the money Mr. Leroy saved to buy his family's freedom. For grades 4-7. Coretta Scott King Award. 2007.

Hurt Go Happy BR 17668
by Ginny Rorby
2 volumes
Thirteen-year-old Joey Willis, deaf since age seven, has an overprotective mother who refuses to let her daughter learn sign language. When Joey meets neighbor Dr. Mansell and his sign-user chimpanzee Sukari, her world blooms with possibilities. But a crisis involving Sukari brings Joey some heavy responsibilities. For grades 6-9. Schneider Award. 2006.

Starcross; or, The Coming of the Moobs! or, Our Adventures in the Fourth Dimension! A Stirring Adventure of Spies, Time Travel, and Curious Hats BR 17670
by Philip Reeve
2 volumes
Art Mumby, his younger sister, and their mother accept a free holiday at the Starcross Hotel in the Asteroid Belt, but the luxury resort is not as it seems. Soon the Mumbys are dealing with French spies, Yankee rebels, and man-eating starfish. Sequel to Larklight; pr, The Revenge of the White Spiders! or, To Saturn's Rings and Back! A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space (BR 17285). For grades 6-9. 2007.

Snakehead: An Alex Rider Adventure BR 17673
by Anthony Horowitz
3 volumes
Alex reluctantly agrees to the Australian Secret Service's request to travel to Bangkok to infiltrate the southeast Asia Snakehead gang, who smuggle drugs, weapons, and people. While working on this dangerous mission, he uncovers information about the murder of his parents. For grades 6-9. 2007.

When I Crossed No-Bob BR 17682
by Margaret McMullan
1 volume
Mississippi; Reconstruction Era. Twelve-year-old Addy O'Donnell lives with schoolteacher Frank Russell and his bride until Addy's father, a thief, returns to claim her. After the Ku Klux Klan burns a church, Addy must decide between justice and loyalty to her family. Some violence. For grades 5-8. 2007.

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