Braille Book Review

September-October 2006

Books for Children


The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts BR 15974
by Richard Peck
1 volume
Rural Indiana, 1904. After Miss Myrt Arbuckle, the mean old teacher, "hauled off and died" in August, fifteen-year-old Russell figures the one-room schoolhouse will close. His dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat-threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister fills the vacancy. For grades 6- 9. 2004.

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Jumping Frogs BR 15976
by Donald J. Sobol
1 volume
Ten-year-old detective Encyclopedia Brown solves ten cases. In the title story, Encyclopedia figures out who got through the locked gates of a camp to steal his friend's camera. In "The Case of Nemo's Tuba," his attention to detail traps a liar. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Carnival at Candlelight: Magic Tree House, Book 33 BR 15978
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
While on a mission to prove to Merlin that they can use magic wisely, Jack and Annie travel to seventeenth-century Venice, Italy, to save the city from disaster. For grades 2-4. 2005.

Al Capone Does My Shirts BR 15982
by Gennifer Choldenko
2 volumes
1935. Twelve-year-old Moose Flanagan moves to Alcatraz Island when his father takes a job at the maximum-security prison there. Moose struggles to make friends and cares for his older autistic sister while their mother applies for the girl's acceptance to a special school. For grades 6-9. 2004.

Ten Little Rubber Ducks BR 16040
by Eric Carle
1 volume
When a cargo ship runs into a storm, a box of rubber ducks goes overboard. Ten rubber ducks drift in different directions to have separate adventures with sea animals. Introduces ordinal numbers. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2005.

The Shadows of Ghadames BR 16071
by Joëlle Stolz
1 volume
Libya, late 1800s. Malika and her brother Jasim are still children playing on the rooftop of their village home when their father leaves with a caravan. In his absence the women of the household take in a wounded stranger, disrupting the traditional order. For grades 5-8. Mildred Batchelder Award. 1999.

I Am David BR 16079
by Anne Holm
2 volumes
A twelve-year-old boy who has spent most of his childhood in a concentration camp seizes an opportunity to escape. Facing tremendous obstacles he heads toward Denmark, running by night, stowing away on a boat, hitchhiking, and always fearing recapture. Formerly titled North to Freedom. For grades 5- 8. 1963. 1963.

Double-Dare to Be Scared: Another Thirteen Chilling Tales BR 16080
by Robert D. San Souci
1 volume
More spooky stories like those in Dare to Be Scared: Thirteen Stories to Chill and Thrill (BR 15429). In "Class Cootie," a boy teased to death at school is appropriately avenged by his Nana Olga, rumored to be a witch. In "Laughter," an American boy learns the hard way to respect Irish beliefs. For grades 4-7. 2004.

Scorpia: An Alex Rider Adventure BR 16112
by Anthony Horowitz
2 volumes
Fourteen-year-old Alex Rider goes to Venice, Italy, determined to track down Scorpia because of the organization's connection to his deceased father. But the for-hire terrorist group planning to kill thousands of British schoolchildren ensnares Alex for its own purposes. For grades 6-9. 2004.

Bad Bears and a Bunny: An Irving and Muktuk Story BR 16133
by Daniel Pinkwater
1 volume
The two naughty polar bears plan to misbehave as usual at a fancy hotel party until they spot a guest who strikes fear into their hearts. For preschool-grade 2. 2005.

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