Braille Book Review

March-April 2009


Fiction

Zen Ties BR 17048
by Jon J Muth
1 volume
During a summer visit from his haiku-speaking nephew Koo, the giant panda Stillwater encourages Koo and his children friends Addy, Michael, and Karl to be kind to Stillwater's grouchy neighbor, the elderly Miss Whitaker. Their efforts are rewarded in unexpected ways. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2008.

The Castle on Hester Street BR 17050
by Linda Heller
1 volume
Julie's grandfather tells her imaginative stories about his journey from Russia and settling in America. But her grandmother remembers a harder reality and tries to set the record straight. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1982.

Things Hoped For BR 17136
by Andrew Clements
1 volume
Seventeen-year-old violin prodigy Gwen lives with her ailing grandfather in Manhattan while attending a music academy on a scholarship. As Gwen prepares to audition for a prestigious college, her grandfather disappears. Fellow musician Robert-- Bobby, from Things Not Seen ( BR 17135)--provides help and friendship. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Maisy Goes to the Hospital BR 17332
by Lucy Cousins
1 volume
When Maisy the mouse bounces too high on a trampoline and hurts her leg, she visits a hospital for the first time. There, Dr. Duck and Nurse Comfort take good care of her. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2007.

Scary Stories BR 17428
compiled by Peter Glassman
2 volumes
Twenty tales of terror by classic authors Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, and Washington Irving and modern authors Roald Dahl, Stephen King, and Joyce Carol Oates. In Margaret Mahy's "Fingers on the Back of the Neck," a boy betrays his great-grandmother's trust--with dire consequences. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Cam Jansen and the Secret Service Mystery BR 17438
by David A. Adler
1 volume
When the governor and a team of secret service agents come to Cam's school to dedicate the new library, a loud noise startles everyone. Then elderly Emma Pearl discovers that her pearl necklace is missing. Cam looks for a connection. A beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2006.

The Railway Children BR 17683
by E. Nesbit
2 volumes
England. When the father of a happy family in a comfortable London home is mysteriously called away on business, the mother and three children move to a small country cottage near a train station, where the railway becomes an important part of their lives. For grades 4-7. 1906.

The Chaos King BR 17684
by Laura Ruby
2 volumes
In this sequel to The Wall and the Wing (BR 16650), newfound fame and fortune have estranged friends Bug and Gurl-- now called Georgie. But Georgie and Bug join forces again when a punk, vampires, and a giant sloth attack them in a future New York City. For grades 5-8. 2007.

The Year of the Rat BR 17688
by Grace Lin
1 volume
Upstate New York. Taiwanese American Pacy learns that the Chinese year of the rat brings new beginnings. Some changes are hard--her best friend moves away, a new Asian boy arrives at school, and her cousin gets married. Sequel to The Year of the Dog (BR 16624). For grades 3-6. 2007.

Leaving the Nest BR 18001
by Mordicai Gerstein
1 volume
Despite many mishaps, a baby squirrel, a kitten, a baby blue jay, and a young girl share a backyard adventure that ends happily. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2007.

Max Counts His Chickens BR 18007
by Rosemary Wells
1 volume
Max and his sister Ruby hunt all over the house for ten marshmallow chicks hidden by the Easter Bunny. Soon Ruby's basket is full and Max has none, but Max's grandmother saves the day. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2007.

Leaves BR 18009
by David Ezra Stein
1 volume
A young bear experiences the changing seasons for the first time. When he sees leaves fall from the trees, he tries to put them back on the branches. After sleeping snugly all winter, he awakens and joyfully welcomes the tiny new leaves of spring. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2007.


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