Braille Book Review

March-April 2010

Books for Children

Fiction

Whodunit? Detective Stories         BR 17891
by Philip Pullman
2 volumes
Sixteen stories of crimes ranging from cold-blooded murder to dognapping, in settings that include an Egyptian tomb, a sinister English country house, and New York City streets. In "Butch Minds the Baby" by Damon Runyon, a safecracker takes his infant son along on a job. For grades 6-9. 1998.

Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable         BR 18305
by John Boyne
2 volumes
World War II. Nine-year-old Bruno is dismayed to leave his three best friends when his family moves from their Berlin home to a remote country house. He struggles to understand why he can't be friends with the boy behind the wire fence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2006.

Abigail Iris: The One and Only         BR 18306
by Lisa Glatt and Suzanne Greenberg
1 volume
Third-grader Abigail Iris wishes she were an only child like her three best friends Cynthia, Rebecca, and Genevieve. Instead, Abigail is one of four siblings in a family on a budget. But going on a hotel vacation with Genevieve turns out differently than Abigail expected. For grades 2-4. 2009.

Annie and Snowball and the Dress-up Birthday: The First Book of Their Adventures         BR 18307
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
Annie invites her cousin Henry, his family, and his big dog Mudge to dress up and celebrate Annie's birthday at her house with her father and her pet rabbit Snowball. But Annie and Henry have different ideas about the meaning of dress-up. Three short chapters. For grades K-3. 2007.

Annie and Snowball and the Prettiest House: The Second Book of Their Adventures         BR 18308
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
Annie lives with her dad in a simple, plain house. But Annie likes pretty things. Her cousin Henry suggests moving the fancy lamps and chairs from his attic to Annie's house. And their parents agree! Three short chapters. For grades K-3. 2007.

Annie and Snowball and the Teacup Club: The Third Book of Their Adventures         BR 18309
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
Annie wishes she had some friends to enjoy a dainty tea party with. Her cousin Henry helps her make a sign to start a club, and his idea works! Three short chapters. For grades K-3. 2008.

Annie and Snowball and the Pink Surprise: The Fourth Book of Their Adventures         BR 18310
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
After noticing that a visiting hummingbird likes her pink petunias, Annie and her rabbit Snowball, with help from neighbor Henry and his dog Mudge, fill Annie's garden with pink things to attract more hummingbirds. Four short chapters. For grades K-3. 2008.

Annie and Snowball and the Cozy Nest: The Fifth Book of Their Adventures         BR 18311
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
From the porch swing, Annie and her bunny Snowball spy a nest and watch to find out who is building it. Annie's father lifts her up to see the eggs inside. And finally one morning, they hear the baby birds chirping. Four short chapters. For grades K-3. 2009.

Wild Girls         BR 18313
by Pat Murphy
2 volumes
In 1972, twelve-year-old Joan regrets moving to California until she meets Sarah--a kindred spirit with whom Joan enjoys romping in the woods and making up stories. The girls are recruited for a summer writing class that changes their perspective about storytelling and themselves. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Case of the Stinky Socks: The Milo and Jazz Mysteries, Book 1         BR 18317
by Lewis B. Montgomery
1 volume
Milo becomes partners with his new neighbor Jazz (short for Jasmyne) as detectives in training on a first case involving Jazz's teenage brother Dylan, star pitcher for the school team. Someone has stolen Dylan's lucky (and stinky) socks from his locker before an important baseball game. For grades 2-4. 2009.

Heart of a Shepherd         BR 18323
by Rosanne Parry
1 volume
Eleven-year-old Ignatius Alderman--called "Brother"--promises to keep his family's Oregon ranch just as it is until his father returns from the war in Iraq. Brother's Quaker grandparents and his own Catholic faith help him face new challenges, like a wildfire that threatens the ranch. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Hairy Hezekiah         BR 18326
by Dick King-Smith
1 volume
Looking for a friend, Hezekiah, a lonely camel, escapes from a zoo in England one night. He crashes through hedges and fences until some cows point him toward a safari park owned by a bushy-bearded gentleman, who figures out a way to help Hezekiah. For grades 2-4. 2005.

Eve of the Emperor Penguin: Magic Tree House, Book 40         BR 18328
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie away to the super-cold continent of Antarctica, the home of penguins, to search for the fourth secret of happiness for Merlin. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Melonhead         BR 18329
by Katy Kelly
1 volume
Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Ten-year-old Adam "Melonhead" Melon, a friend of Lucy Rose, has a talent for landing in trouble. But right now he and his pal Sam are dreaming up inventions to win a science contest. For grades 2-4. 2009.

Moonlight on the Magic Flute: Magic Tree House, Book 41         BR 18330
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
When Jack and Annie magically arrive in 1762 Vienna, Austria, their mission is to help a brilliant artist bring joy to the world. But six-year-old Wolfie keeps interfering. For grades 2-4. 2009.

Houdini Box         BR 18331
by Brian Selznick
1 volume
From the age of eight, Victor tries to perform Houdini's escape tricks, much to his mother's dismay. His admiration for the great magician leads him to inherit a box--supposedly Houdini's, but with the confusing initials "E.W." marked on it. For grades 3-6. 2008.

 


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