Braille Book Review

September-October 2009

Books for Children


Feathers &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17809
by Jacqueline Woodson
1 volume
Winter 1971. Puzzling over a poem that says "Hope is the thing with
feathers," sixth-grader Frannie sees certain dilemmas in a new light:
her classmate nicknamed Jesus Boy who claims he's not white, her
pregnant mother's fears, a bully's anger, and her brother Sean's
deafness. For grades 4-7. Newbery Honor. 2007.

Chair for My Mother &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17331
by Vera B. Williams
1 volume
A young girl tells about the enormous glass jar that she, her mother,
and her grandmother are slowly filling with coins. They want to buy the
best chair in the whole world because all of their comfortable furniture
burned in a fire. For grades K-3. Caldecott Honor Book. 1982.

Freight Train/Tren de Carga &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17043
by Donald Crews
1 volume
Un tren de muchos colores--rojo, naranjo, amarillo, verde, azul,
morado, y negro--empieza lentamente entonces anda rápido como un
arco iris por el paisaje. Edición bilingüe en español e inglés. Para
preescolares hasta grado 2. Premio Caldecott Honor.(A train of many
colorful cars--red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black--starts
slowly, then moves in a rainbow blur across the countryside. Bilingual
book in English and Spanish. For preschool-grade 2. Caldecott Honor.
1978.) 1978.

Fred Stays with Me! &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17042
by Nancy Coffelt
1 volume
A child describes living sometimes with her mother and sometimes with
her father--but always with her dog. For preschool-grade 2. 2007.

Kami and the Yaks &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17041
by Andrea Stenn Stryer
1 volume
With a storm approaching, Kami--a deaf Sherpa boy--finds the littlest
of his family's four yaks stuck in a crevice. Kami bravely rushes home
and acts out the yak's plight then leads his father and brother to the
rescue. For grades K-3. Schneider Family Book Award. 2007.

Fugitive Factor: On the Run, Book 2 &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17840
by Gordon Korman
1 volume
Fifteen-year-old Aiden and eleven-year-old Meg, escapees from a
juvenile detention center, search for evidence to prove their parents'
innocence against charges of treason. As fugitives running from the
police, the Falconer kids must lie and steal to avoid capture. Sequel to
Chasing the Falconers (BR 17056). For grades 4-7. 2005.

Now You See Them, Now You Don't: On the Run, Book 3 &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17841
by Gordon Korman
1 volume
Aiden and Meg Falconer, whose parents are wrongly imprisoned as
terrorists, track a mysterious "uncle" named Frank Lindenauer,
convinced he holds the key to their parents' freedom. But FBI agents
are trailing the siblings and may catch them first. Sequel to The
Fugitive Factor (BR 17840)
. For grades 4-7. 2005.

Public Enemies: On the Run, Book 5 &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17843
by Gordon Korman
1 volume
Aiden and Meg Falconer have been chased around the country by the
FBI and a killer known only as Hairless Joe. Now, as Hairless Joe gets
closer than ever, the Falconers are on the verge of discovering the
truth. Sequel to The Stowaway Solution (BR 17842). For grades 4-7.

Stowaway Solution: On the Run, Book 4 &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17842
by Gordon Korman
1 volume
With no friends to help them and their parents in jail, Aiden and Meg
Falconer can only trust each other. Hoping to avoid the FBI and a killer,
they stow away on a freighter, but their problems increase. Sequel to
Now You See Them...(BR 17841). For grades 4-7. 2005.

Before Green Gables &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17750
by Budge Wilson
3 volumes
This prequel to Anne of Green Gables (BR 10098) portrays
Anne's childhood before her eleventh birthday. Anne's parents died in
an epidemic when she was a baby, leading her to have many
adventures at foster homes, orphanages, and school. For grades 5-8
and older readers. 2008.

Maple Syrup Season &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 18018
by Ann Purmell
1 volume
In early spring, the Brockwell family gathers together under Grandpa's
direction to tap maple trees, collect sap, and boil it down to make
maple syrup. If there is fresh snow, Grandma pours warm syrup on it
for a special treat.For grades K-3. 2008.

Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 18019
by Robert Andrew Parker
1 volume
Bad eyesight doesn't stop Art Tatum from learning to play his family
piano. Art's musical career grows from playing professional shows in his
hometown of Toledo, Ohio, to appearing with jazz bands across the
country. Includes biographical information. For grades K-3. 2008.

Swallowdale &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17521
by Arthur Ransome
3 volumes
Follows the adventures on Wild Cat Island of the Walker children--
captain John, mate Susan, able seaman Titty, and ship's boy Roger.
They experience a shipwreck, camp on the mainland, find a cave, and
trek through the mountains. Sequel to Swallows and Amazons (BR 13904). For grades 4-7. 1931.

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