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Alternate Formats - English Titles
The following titles are available from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) Library in Toronto. The original print format has been transcribed into braille, and the print and braille formats have been bound together so that a visually impaired parent can read with a sighted child and vice versa.
AWAKE AND DREAMING
Theo lives a miserable, poverty-stricken life with her young, irresponsible mother, while dreaming of belonging to a "real" family, with two parents and brothers and sisters. When it happens, she can't believe it, and when her new life literally fades away, she wonders if it ever was real.
Also available on recorded cassette (RC15851).
Catryn's friend the stable boy turns out to be Dahl, the hidden king of Taun, a once-beautiful land now on the brink of destruction. The two friends set out to save Taun, but in the midst of their adventures, sword fights and encounters with dragons, Dahl becomes aware of the dark side of his own personality, and realizes that the dragon within is much more dangerous than the ones he can see. As he struggles with his inner demons, he wonders if, with Catryn's help, he can defeat the Usurper and reclaim his throne.
Also available on recorded cassette (RC15654) and as electronic braille files (EB67087).
When Laney and Tom accidentally unearth an ancient miniature Indian mask in a nearby bog, they unwittingly release forces that control and threaten them.
Also available on recorded cassette (RC07566).
THE GOLDEN PINE CONE
After they discover a golden pine cone near their home in British Columbia, 11-year-old Bren and his 9-year-old sister, Lucy, set out to find the pine cone's rightful owner, taking their dog, Ooshka, along with them. Their journey is threatened by the dangerous Lake Snake, the evil Ice Witch and the giant Nasookin, who would like the pine cone for themselves.
Also available on recorded cassette (RC12697) and as electronic braille files (EB66013).
JACOB TWO-TWO MEETS THE HOODED FANG
Jacob Two-Two, sent to the children's prison for insulting an adult, feels his future is bleak indeed when he meets the warden, the dreaded Hooded Fang.
Also available on recorded cassette (RC00462).
THE LIVE-FOREVER MACHINE
In 391 A.D., two men discovered the secret of immortality. Since then, they have been embroiled in conflict, one seeking to preserve the past, the other to destroy it. When 14-year-old Eric stumbles upon their secret, he becomes a pawn in their battle.
Also available on recorded cassette (RC22237).
THE SINGING STONE
Kay Warrick is taken back in time to the doomed world of an ancient race in Ireland. There she must find the four lost treasures of power.
Also available on recorded cassette (RC07181).
THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH
When young Nib rescues an old man from death, the man gives him a magic paintbrush that brings Nib's drawings to life. However, Nib's life changes when a greedy king tries to take advantage of Nib's gift. Based on an ancient Chinese folktale.
ORFF, 27 DRAGONS (AND A SNARKEL!)
Orff the Dragon has neither wings nor claws and has poor eyesight. Ignored and ridiculed, he decides to go on a great quest over the mountains.
On the morning of her 11th birthday, Penelope wakes to discover she can no longer hear. On the same day, the Pied Piper returns to Hamelin to entrap the children and lead them into the world of dreams as an act of revenge upon the townspeople. Spared because she is deaf to the Piper's bewitching tune, Penelope grieves the loss of her friends and sister until Cuthbert, the wise man of the village, reveals that Penelope possesses the special gift of deep dreaming. Now she must enter the land of sleep on a quest to rescue the missing children.
Anya, a young girl, receives an old Chanukah menorah, which takes her back to a time before she was born. As she lights the first candle on the menorah, she becomes Estie, a Jewish girl who escapes from Nazi Germany with the help of a Christian woman. As she lights each successive candle, more of the story unfolds, and Anya learns a few things about her own family and her faith.
GUARDIAN OF THE DARK
As the successor to his father, the ruler of Senedu, Gen is in strict training. Needing privacy and diversion, he escapes to the forbidden airshafts, where he uncovers some disturbing truths about his world. In order to save Senedu from real dangers that have been dismissed as myth, he must persuade his people to reject the basic ideas on which the myths were built. He finds that the minds of the ruling councillors are as closed as their world.
THE PRINCE OF TARN
Banished by a wizard, the obnoxious Prince of Tarn appears in Fred's bedroom in the middle of the night. Between keeping the bratty prince out of trouble and trying to send him back to his world, Fred and his friend Rebecca have their hands full. Then they discover that the Prince's magical kingdom is being destroyed.
Having vanquished the dragon Perdoneg, Marwen becomes the heir to the Wizard's staff. But another, whose past is intertwined with Marwen's, seeks the staff. He holds the power of the Prism Moon, and danger lurks closer than Marwen believes as she finds herself drawn to this evil power.
THE SONG SPINNER
In the land of Pindrop, noise is forbidden. But Aurora hears music in her head all the time, even when she's doing her whispering exercises. When Zantalia, who was banished to the Water World because she wouldn't stop singing, returns to Pindrop for the Sunwatch festival, Aurora thinks she has found an ally. But why has she returned, and who is the Song Spinner? Aurora must find the answers to these questions.
THE STORY BOX
On the island of Ariban, imagination is forbidden and stories are not allowed. When Colin's younger sister, Etta, begins to have frightening dreams brought on by her imagination, Colin worries that his father will have her banished. Then, while walking on the beach, Colin meets a mysterious stranger with a story box clutched in her arms.
Also available in braille (BR68535).
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