Braille Book Review

September-October 2004

Books for Children


The Guide Dog Mystery BR 14748
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
1 volume
When Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny visit a guide dog training school, mysterious things begin to happen. After someone breaks into the kennel, all the dogs are still there, but Ginger's pen is covered with scratch marks. The Boxcar Children investigate. For grades 3-6. 1996.

Where the Ground Meets the Sky BR 14749
by Jacqueline Davies
2 volumes
During World War II, Hazel and her parents move to New Mexico where her father works on a confidential army project. Hazel's mother has trouble adjusting while Hazel and her curious classmates ferret out spies and the big secret. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Falcon and the Charles Street Witch BR 14750
by Luli Gray
1 volume
When Falcon's Egg (BR 10546) ended, Falcon feared never seeing the dragon (Egg) again. But they meet in an unusual way: Falcon's younger brother, Toody, falls out of an airplane, closely followed by Falcon--who lands in a witch's yard in New York City! For grades 4-7. 2002.

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code BR 14808
by Eoin Colfer
2 volumes
Learning that his father plans to go straight after returning from imprisonment by the Russian Mafiya described in Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident (BR 14188), Artemis plots one last scheme. But his deal with a powerful businessman over advanced technology stolen from the fairies goes painfully awry. For grades 5-8. 2003.

The Silent Spillbills BR 14921
by Tor Seidler
1 volume
Thirteen-year-old bird watcher Katerina, plagued by stuttering and lack of self-confidence, stands up to her cantankerous grandfather, head of Farnsworth Aeronautics, to save the unique Connecticut wetland birds that inspired the design of his latest airplane but twice caused it to crash. For grades 5-8. 1998.

Put Me in the Zoo BR 14990
by Robert Lopshire
1 volume
A magical dog joins the circus, because the zoo won't have him. Beginning reader. For preschool-grade 2. 1960.

Inkheart BR 14997
by Cornelia Funke
4 volumes
Twelve-year-old Meggie lives with her father, Mo, a bookbinder. She discovers a terrible secret: nine years ago when Mo read aloud from a book the characters appeared in real life while her mother disappeared into the story. Mo's magic causes still more problems to solve. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2003.

Mutiny! Pirate Hunter, Book 1 BR 14999
by Brad Strickland and Thomas E. Fuller
1 volume
In 1687 eleven-year-old Irish orphan Davy sails to Jamaica to live with his uncle, Dr. "Patch" Shea. They join a British frigate where Patch and his friend Lieutenant William Hunter help stage an aborted mutiny. Fleeing, the mutineers commandeer a sloop and masquerade as pirates. Precedes Guns of Tortuga (BR 15069). For grades 4-7. 2002.

A Tiger Called Thomas BR 15029
by Charlotte Zolotow
1 volume (Reissue)
Thomas, a shy boy in a new neighborhood, finds that the tiger costume he wears for Halloween gives him unexpected help in making friends. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 1963.

One Witch BR 15030
by Laura Leuck
1 volume
A counting book follows as a witch visits her friends from two cats to ten werewolves and gathers the gruesome ingredients to make a stew for her party. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.

The Guns of Tortuga: Pirate Hunter, Book 2 BR 15069
by Brad Strickland and Thomas E. Fuller
1 volume
In this sequel to Mutiny! (BR 14999), Davy Shea continues to assist his physician uncle Patch aboard Captain Hunter's warship that is on a secret mission to rid the sea of pirates. The captain sends Davy to Tortuga island to uncover the plans of evil pirate Jack Steele hiding there. For grades 4-7. 2003.

My Side of the Mountain BR 15070
by Jean Craighead George
1 volume (Reissue)
Sam Gribley recounts his year of adventures and survival in the Catskill Mountains after running away from his New York City home. He makes a snug shelter in a tree trunk, eats berries and nuts, has a falcon for a hunting partner--and finds he misses human companionship. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor. 1959.

Christopher Robin Leads an Expedition BR 15071
retold by Stephen Krensky
1 volume
When Christopher Robin plans an expedition to discover the North Pole, he asks his favorite bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, to gather their companions and things to eat. They have a wonderful outing and make their own decision about the Pole. Beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2003.

The Seeing Summer BR 15075
by Jeannette Eyerly
1 volume (Reissue)
At first Carey is disappointed when she learns Jenny, the new girl next door, is blind. She soon discovers, though, that she and Jenny are more alike than different, especially after they are kidnapped. For grades 3-6. 1981.

The Matchlock Gun BR 15077
by Walter D. Edmonds
1 volume (Reissue)
While his father is away fighting during the French and Indian War in 1756, ten-year-old Edward Van Alstyne helps his mother ward off an Indian attack by firing an ancient Spanish musket. For grades 3-6. Newbery Medal. 1941.

Heart of Steele: Pirate Hunter, Book 3 BR 15078
by Brad Strickland and Thomas E. Fuller
1 volume
Caribbean, 1688. Davy Shea and the rest of the Aurora's crew continue their search, begun in The Guns of Tortuga (BR 15069), for pirate king Jack Steele. The pirate implicates Captain William Hunter as the real culprit behind the rampant plunder, while Hunter's crew struggles to find Steele's warship. For grades 4-7. 2003.

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