Braille Book Review

March-April 2012

Books for Children


Will I Have a Friend?     BR 18026
by Miriam Cohen
1 volume
When Jim's father takes him to school for the first time, Jim wonders whether he will make a new friend. His dad thinks he will, but Jim is not sure until Paul shares his tiny truck with him in the afternoon. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2009.

The Three Robbers     BR 18030
by Tomi Ungerer
1 volume
Three robbers terrorize the countryside until they encounter a kindhearted orphan named Tiffany. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1963.

The Dog Who Belonged to No One     BR 18031
by Amy Hest
1 volume
A stormy day brings together two lonely beings: Lia, a girl living in a little crooked house with her parents who are bakers; and a small stray dog with crooked ears who wishes for a home. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2008.

Christmas Farm     BR 18032
by Mary Lyn Ray
1 volume
With the help of her five-year-old neighbor Parker, Wilma plants sixty-two dozen balsam seedlings. Over the next five years, Wilma and Parker tend the trees and keep count of how many grow up to be sold as Christmas trees. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2008.

If the Witness Lied         BR 18649
by Caroline B. Cooney
2 volumes
Jack, a high school sophomore, and his toddler brother Tris live with their aunt Cheryl, who negotiates with a sleazy television show to exploit the family tragedies that orphaned the children. Jack reunites with his teenage sisters Smithy and Madison to protect Tris. For grades 6-9. 2009.

The Postcard         BR 18660
by Tony Abbott
2 volumes
While cleaning out his recently deceased grandmother's house in St. Petersburg, Florida, thirteen-year-old Jason receives a mysterious phone call about a postcard, which triggers his quest for the chapters of a hidden manuscript revealing his family history. For grades 5-8. Edgar Award. 2008.

Anything but Typical         BR 18768
by Nora Raleigh Baskin
1 volume
Sixth-grader Jason Blake is autistic—a silent boy who has trouble fitting in with neurotypicals. He prefers to communicate on the Storyboard website, where he meets PhoenixBird, a girl who likes his writings. What will happen when they attend the Storyboard convention and meet in person? For grades 4-7. Schneider Family Book Award. 2009.

The Case of the Poisoned Pig: The Milo and Jazz Mysteries, Book 2         BR 18933
by Lewis B. Montgomery
1 volume
When Jazz's baby pot-bellied pig Eugenia throws up, Jazz and Milo rush her to the veterinarian, who suspects Eugenia was poisoned—maybe by accident. But Gordy Fletcher, the class troublemaker, had been in Jazz's yard, so Milo and Jazz decide to investigate. For grades 2-4. 2009.

Lucky: Maris, Mantle, and My Best Summer Ever         BR 18973
by Wes Tooke
2 volumes
New York, 1961. Louis isn't an athlete like his stepbrother Bryce, but he loves baseball and players' statistics. At a Yankees game with his father, Louis catches a foul ball and receives an invitation to be a batboy. Suddenly this could be Louis's best summer ever. For grades 4-7. 2010.

The Song of the Whales         BR 18976
by Uri Orlev
1 volume
When his family moves to Israel, nine-year-old Michael bonds with his grandfather Raphael, who has strong convictions about being a vegetarian, helping others, and knowing the soul's dark secrets. Raphael bestows an unusual gift on Michael, dream sharing. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2010.

The Night Fairy         BR 19068
by Laura Amy Schlitz
1 volume
Flory, a tiny night fairy, loses her wings to a hungry bat when she is very young and lands in a human's garden. Unable to fly, Flory resides in a birdhouse, befriends a squirrel and a hummingbird, and adapts to daytime. Then the bat reveals a secret. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Ramona and Her Father         BR 19106
by Beverly Cleary
1 volume
When Ramona's father unexpectedly loses his job just before Christmas, the second grader tries to think of ways to help the family. But getting her out-of-work father to stop smoking was not her best idea. For grades 2-4. Newbery Honor Book. 1977.

Ramona the Brave         BR 19107
by Beverly Cleary
1 volume
Ramona Quimby enters first grade feeling brave and grown-up. But her bravery falters when she faces an unsympathetic teacher, a classmate who copies her work, and a difficult older sister. For grades 2-4. 1975.

Turtle in Paradise         BR 19109
by Jennifer L. Holm
1 volume
In 1935, when money is scarce during the Great Depression, ten-year-old Turtle goes to Key West, Florida, to live with relatives she's never met. Her adventures with her cousins involve a treasure map, a hurricane, and an ornery grandmother. For grades 4-7. Newbery Honor Book. 2010.

Hide and Seek: Animal Rescue Team, Book 3         BR 19272
by Sue Stauffacher
1 volume
The Carter family's Halloween preparations are complicated by the antics of a recently rescued puppy that is part dog, part coyote, and by a call to save a deer with a pumpkin stuck on its head. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex         BR 19278
by Eoin Colfer
2 volumes
Teenaged criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl must save the underwater fairy metropolis of Atlantis while he battles a psychological affliction known as the Atlantis Complex. Sequel to Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox (BR 18123). For grades 5-8. 2010.

Wild Geese         BR 19284
by Caroline Pignat
2 volumes
1847. Follows Irish teens Kit Byrne and Mick O'Toole, from Greener Grass (BR 18549), as they travel on a ship bound for Canada with Kit disguised as a boy. Kit endures storms and fever epidemics, difficulties finding her siblings, and Mick's near-fatal accident. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2010.

The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman         BR 19290
by Ben H. Winters
2 volumes
While completing a special project for social studies, seventh-grader Bethesda Fielding discovers the secret past of quiet, unassuming music teacher Ms. Finkleman. This revelation leads to a tutoring assignment for Bethesda and a most unusual concert performance. For grades 4-7. 2010.

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