Braille Book Review

July-August 2012

Books for Children


Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch     BR 18034

by Mona Kerby
1 volume
Albany, New York; 1888. Owney, a stray dog, is adopted by the workers at a U.S. post office. First Owney guards mail pouches, then he travels by train with the mail and collects depot tags, which he wears proudly. Based on a true story. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2008.

The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity: The Brixton Brothers         BR 18779

by Mac Barnett
1 volume
Twelve-year-old Steve Brixton, a fan of Bailey Brothers mysteries, is mistaken for a real detective. Steve eludes librarians, police, and the mysterious Mr. E as he seeks a missing quilt containing coded information--and solves his first case. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Song of the Swallows     BR 19009

by Leo Politi 1 volume
California. Old gardener Julian and young schoolboy Juan watch the swallows that nest in the mission gardens fly away for the winter. When the swallows return in the spring, Juan and Julian ring the mission bells to welcome the birds back to Capistrano. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal. 1948.

Nini Lost and Found     BR 19041

by Anita Lobel
1 volume
A pet cat named Nini slips out of the house and enjoys an outdoor adventure—until darkness falls. Large animal shapes and noises frighten her, but then Nini hears human voices calling her home. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2010.

The Nutcracker     BR 19048

retold by AnnMarie Anderson
1 volume
After Clara rescues her soldier nutcracker—a Christmas gift—from the Mouse King's spell, the nutcracker turns into a prince who whisks Clara away to the Land of Sweets. Clara and the nutcracker feast as dancers and acrobats entertain them. A retelling of E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale. PRINT/ BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.

The Boy in the Garden     BR 19049

by Allen Say
1 volume
The bronze statue of a tall bird in a garden reminds young Jiro of the Japanese folktale his mother told him about a grateful crane. Entering an empty cottage, Jiro encounters his own version of that tale. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.

Beezus and Ramona         BR 19125

by Beverly Cleary
1 volume
Four-year-old Ramona likes to do things her own way and usually winds up upsetting her nine-year-old sister Beezus. Like the time Ramona scribbles in a library book checked out to Beezus, or when she puts a witch--her rubber doll--in the oven, spoiling Beezus's birthday cake. For grades 2-4. 1955.

The Case of the Amazing Zelda: The Milo and Jazz Mysteries, Book 4         BR 19252

by Lewis B. Montgomery
1 volume
The Amazing Zelda claims to be able to read pets' minds, but Milo and Jazz think she's a fraud and set out to prove it. For grades 2-4. 2009.

Zora and Me         BR 19319

by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon
1 volume
A fictionalized account of the childhood of African American writer Zora Neale Hurston and her best friend Carrie in Eatonville, Florida, as they learn about life, death, truth, lies, and pretending. Includes a brief biography of Hurston's life. For grades 4-7. Coretta Scott King Award. 2010.

The Last Notebook of Leonardo         BR 19322

by B.B. Wurge
1 volume
Ten-year-old Jeremy's father Carl, a genius inventor, turns himself into a giant talking orangutan whose appearance frightens people. When their landlord evicts them from their no-pets-allowed apartment, father and son set out to find the last resting place of Leonardo da Vinci--Carl's hero. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Little Bear and the Marco Polo         BR 19323

by Else Holmelund Minarik
1 volume
While helping clean the attic, Little Bear tries on his grandfather's sea-captain cap and jacket. And even more special, Grandfather takes Little Bear to visit Grandfather's ship, the Marco Polo. An I Can Read Book, Level 1. For grades K-3. 2010.

The Snowball Effect         BR 19324

by Deb Loughead
1 volume
Dylan thinks throwing snowballs at cars with his friends is harmless--until one rock-filled projectile causes an accident. When Dylan goes to the driver's aid, he is mistaken for a hero. His fear of exposure grows as lies pile up. High interest, low vocabulary. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2010.

One Crazy Summer         BR 19326

by Rita Williams-Garcia
2 volumes
Oakland, California; 1968. Eleven-year-old Delphine and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern arrive from Brooklyn to spend the summer with their poet mother Cecile, who abandoned them years ago. Cecile resents their presence--and sends them to a Black Panther summer camp. For grades 4-7. Coretta Scott King Award; Newbery Honor Book. 2010.

The Silent Stranger: A Kaya Mystery         BR 19330

by Janet Shaw
1 volume
1765. The arrival of a stranger from another tribe--a woman with burned hands who doesn't speak--arouses the suspicion of Kaya's Nez Perce village, but its tradition of kindness prevails. Only Kaya's dog Tatlo gains the stranger's trust. For grades 3-6. Children's Choice Award. 2005.

Attack of the Shark-Headed Zombie         BR 19365

by Bill Doyle
1 volume
To earn money for new bicycles, nine-year-old cousins Keats and Henry take a job at a very strange house where doors disappear, carpets bite, and a zombie shark comes after them. Beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2011.

The Iron Dragon: The Courageous Story of Lee Chin         BR 19404

by Bonnie Pryor
1 volume
1866. Twelve-year-old Lee Chin arrives in California to work as a cook's helper on the transcontinental railroad. By age fifteen he speaks English and, defying his father, saves enough money to free his younger sister from slavery in China and bring her to America. For grades 4-7. 2011.

What Would Joey Do?         BR 19408

by Jack Gantos
2 volumes
Hyperactive Joey tries to hold things together as he is homeschooled with a hostile blind girl, his feisty grandmother copes with emphysema, and his father shows up on a motorcycle to taunt his mother. For grades 5-8. 2003.

I Am Not Joey Pigza         BR 19409

by Jack Gantos
2 volumes
Joey's mother welcomes back his estranged father, who swears he changed his ways after winning the lottery. They beg Joey to join them in adopting new identities, moving to the country, and opening a diner. But that threatens routines Joey developed to deal with his ADHD. For grades 5-8. 2007.

The Red Ghost         BR 19415

by Marion Dane Bauer
1 volume
Jenna finds an old doll in a red velvet dress and bonnet at a neighbor's garage sale--the perfect present for her sister Quinn's fifth birthday. But the doll gives Jenna an odd feeling, her cat hisses at it, and Quinn won't take it. For grades 2-4. 2008.

The Green Ghost         BR 19416

by Marion Dane Bauer
1 volume
Nine-year-old Kaye and her parents are driving to her grandmother's house on Christmas Eve during a bad snowstorm. When their car spins off the road, they take refuge in a warm house in the woods--where Kaye meets a ghost in a green cloak. For grades 2-4. 2008.

A Crazy Day with Cobras: Magic Tree House, Book 45         BR 19419

by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie to India during the Mogul Empire in the 1600s to search for an emerald rose needed to break a magic spell. They encounter a rogue elephant, a king cobra, and the ruler who built the Taj Mahal. For grades 2-4. 2010.

Stuck on Earth         BR 19423

by David Klass
2 volumes
Space alien Ketchvar III, on a secret mission to evaluate whether humans should be annihilated, inhabits the body of fourteen-year-old Tom Filber. Tom is bullied at school and miserable at home--but finds his next-door neighbor Michelle lovely. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2010.

Through the Medicine Cabinet: The Zack Files         BR 19457

by Dan Greenburg
1 volume
Zack opens his medicine cabinet one morning and sees a boy who could be his double staring back at him. Soon Zack enters a parallel universe, where his look-alike Zeke lives. For grades 2-4. 1996.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda         BR 19478

by Tom Angleberger
1 volume
Sixth grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of the Star Wars character Yoda--created, worn, and voiced by their weird classmate Dwight--as they try to figure out whether it can really predict the future. For grades 4-7. 2010.

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