Braille Book Review

November-December 2004

Books for Children


The Hero BR 14798
by Ron Woods
2 volumes
Idaho, 1957. Fourteen-year-old Jamie, his older cousin Jerry, and their outcast neighbor, Dennis, build a raft and take it out on the river. Tragedy ensues and Jamie lies to maintain peace in the community. But his action leads to unforeseen consequences. For grades 6-9. 2002.

Dust BR 14848
by Arthur Slade
2 volumes
Saskatchewan, Canada; 1930s. Robert Steelgate is eleven when his seven-year-old brother, Matthew, disappears while walking from his parents' farm into town. After a mysterious stranger arrives with a promise to bring rain, more children vanish. Robert suspects the stranger may be behind these events. For grades 5-8. 2003.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond BR 14849
by Elizabeth George Speare
2 volumes
When sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler helps a woman accused of witchcraft in colonial New England, she too is brought to trial as a suspect. Kit's friend Prudence, and Nat, a sailor who has fallen in love with Kit, come to her defense. For grades 6-9 and older readers. Newbery Medal. 1958.

The Field Guide: The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1 BR 14982
by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
1 volume
When the Grace children--nine-year-old twins Jared and Simon and their thirteen-year-old sister, Mallory--move into their great- aunt Lucinda's run-down Victorian house, mischief begins, and Jared is blamed. Finding a book about faeries in a secret room gives Jared a clue about the unseen troublemaker. For grades 2-4. 2003.

The Seeing Stone: The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 2 BR 14984
by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
1 volume
Although warned that keeping The Field Guide (BR 14982) about the faerie world will prove dangerous, Jared won't give it up. Then goblins kidnap Simon. Mallory and Jared have scary adventures rescuing him--even with a magic stone to help them see usually invisible creatures. For grades 2-4. 2003.

Roller Coaster BR 15026
by Marla Frazee
1 volume
Twelve people set aside their fears and ride a roller coaster, including one who has never been on one before. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge BR 15032
by Hildegarde H. Swift
1 volume
When a large bridge--with a powerful light atop it--is built over the Hudson River, the small lighthouse underneath is worried that it won't be needed anymore. Then a storm comes, and the little red lighthouse proudly finds it still has work to do. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1942.

Olivia and the Missing Toy BR 15033
by Ian Falconer
1 volume
When her best toy mysteriously disappears, feisty piglet Olivia is determined to find out who is responsible. She solves the problem in her very own way. Sequel to Olivia (BR 13074). PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.

The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley (Who Planned to Live an Unusual Life) BR 15089
by Martine Murray
2 volumes
Twelve-year-old Australian Cedar misses her brother who ran away from boarding school and her mother who works all the time. But she copes by roaming the neighborhood, romping with her dog, and learning acrobatics from a new neighbor whose parents are in a circus. For grades 5-8. 2002.

The River between Us BR 15090
by Richard Peck
1 volume
Illinois, 1861. Tilly Pruitt's mother accepts two mysterious young women from New Orleans, Delphine and Calinda, as boarders in the early Civil War days. Fifteen-year-old Tilly finds them fascinating, but townspeople think they are Confederate spies. Their secrets emerge after Tilly's brother, a Union army soldier, is wounded. For grades 6-9. 2003.

Cairo Kelly and the Mann BR 15093
by Kristin Butcher
1 volume
Cairo and Midge, mischief-making baseball players, have been sent to their middle school principal's office fifty-five times in one year. But when they learn that their favorite umpire, Harold Mann, can't read, they rally to help him pass the sports league's new test. For grades 4-7. 2002.

The Canine Connection: Stories about Dogs and People BR 15095
by Betsy Hearne
1 volume
Twelve tales about the special relationship between humans and dogs. In "Lab" sixteen-year-old Willa is home during a thunderstorm with her mother, who unexpectedly gives birth to a baby girl. Willa's experience working with dogs helps her in this crisis. For grades 6-9. 2003.

The Case of the Missing Monkey: The High-Rise Private Eyes, Book 1 BR 15116
by Cynthia Rylant
1 volume
In a tall building in a big city an animal detective team--Bunny Brown, the brains, and raccoon Jack Jones, the snoop--take on a new case while having breakfast in their favorite diner. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2000.

Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog BR 15200
by Graham McNamee
1 volume
Shy and the only white kid in his fourth grade class, Keath is an easy target for bullies. His friendship with classmate Lynda and her three-legged dog, Leftovers, helps Keath cope with visiting his beloved, stroke-victim grandmother and stand up to his major tormentor in school. For grades 3-6. 2000.

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