Books listed in this issue of Braille Book Review were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including biographies, classics, gothics, mysteries, romances, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection.
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Daniel's Gift BR 11411
by Barbara Freethy
Twelve-year-old Daniel St. Claire longs to meet his father, Luke Sheridan, head of a California biotech company. But his mother, Jenny, wants nothing to do with Luke, who left her for his career. Then, after attempting a reunion, Danny is hurt in a terrible accident. As he lies unconscious in the hospital, Danny's parents try to make amends. Some strong language. 1996.
Keeper BR 11413
by Greg Rucka
While accompanying his girlfriend to an abortion clinic, bodyguard Atticus Kodiak is approached by Dr. Felice Romero. She wants to hire Kodiak and his colleagues to protect her and her daughter (who has Down's syndrome) from an increasingly threatening group of antiabortionists. Strong language and violence. 1996.
The Cat Who Sang for the Birds BR 11444
by Lilian Jackson Braun
An elderly widow dies in a house fire after promising to leave her farm to the county. When a young artist also dies suspiciously, Qwilleran suspects that more than spring has arrived in Pickax. Meanwhile the Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum enjoy a gazebo that has been built for their bird-watching pleasure. Bestseller 1998.
Christine BR 11479
by Stephen King
Chilling, macabre love tragedy set in 1978 in Pittsburgh centers on teenage misfit Arnie Cunningham and his devotion to and ultimate possession by his '58 Plymouth Fury, "Christine." Eerie things happen from the day that Arnie buys the car for $250 from creepy old Roland D. LeBay. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1983.
Endymion BR 11481
by Dan Simmons
Two hundred forty-seven years after events in the Fall of Hyperion (BR 8684), the WorldWeb is divided into many kingdoms, and the military wing of the Catholic Church is in charge. Aenea, eleven, emerges from the Time Tombs to challenge the church authorities. Raul Endymion is snatched from death to assist her. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1995.
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia BR 11519
by Samuel Johnson
Allegory written in 1759 upon the death of the author's mother. Tells how the prince escapes from his happy valley in quest of a satisfactory object in life but returns to his paradise accepting human limitations. 1759.
Sense and Sensibility BR 11520
by Jane Austen
Written in the 1790s as Elinor and Marianne and published in 1811 under the current title, this tale of two sisters provides a portrait of upper- and middle-class English society. The two Dashwood women, forced to live in reduced circumstances, each search for the right marriage partner--one relying on common sense, the other on romantic emotion. 1992.
Pride and Prejudice BR 11521
by Jane Austen
A comedy of manners, first published in 1813, concerning two of the five Bennet sisters, Elizabeth and Jane, and their courtships played out in the drawing rooms of Regency England. Elizabeth and her proud suitor, Mr. Darcy, spar verbally about their relationship and social circumstances. The sisters' comments on each other's romances help convey the author's views on life and love. 1996.
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower BR 11552
by C.S. Forester
Horatio Hornblower of the British Royal Navy faces a series of adventurous episodes in his early career. His quick thinking, brilliant intuition, and decisiveness leave him with the rank of lieutenant. Prequel to Lieutenant Hornblower (BR 11553). 1948.
Lieutenant Hornblower BR 11553
by C.S. Forester
2 volumes (Reissue)
In this sequel to Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (BR 11552), Horatio Hornblower emerges from his apprenticeship as a midshipman to assume the responsibilities forced upon him by the war between Napoleon and Spain. Also follows his career on board HMS Renown up to his promotion to captain. 1951.
Hornblower and the Hotspur BR 11554
by C.S. Forester
Commander Hornblower marries in England and soon afterward sails for duty off the French coast. War breaks out with France, involving Hornblower in several sea battles and in a land raid, which destroys a French signal station. Sequel to Lieutenant Hornblower (BR 11553). 1962.
Beat to Quarters BR 11555
by C.S. Forester
June 1808. Captain Hornblower and his men are aboard the HMS Lydia off the coast of Nicaragua. He has been given several orders to carry out or face a court martial. One of his tasks is to find a water route across Central America, and as a result, he is transporting Lady Wellesley to Panama. Sequel to Hornblower and the Atrops (BR 7081). 1938.
Ship of the Line BR 11556
by C.S. Forester
May 1810. Horatio Hornblower is now in command of his first ship, the HMS Sutherland, but he has one major problem--the crew is short by about 250 men. He hires any men who are willing and has them trained well enough to stage five solo raids against the French army and navy along the coast of Spain. Sequel to Beat to Quarters (BR 11555). 1938.
Flying Colours BR 11557
by C.S. Forester
In this sequel to Ship of the Line (BR 11556), Captain Hornblower, having surrendered his ship, finds himself in a French prison facing possible execution. If he manages to escape, he still must deal with a court martial in England. 1938.
Commodore Hornblower BR 11558
by C.S. Forester
The old sea dog Horatio Hornblower is entrusted with a delicate mission to Russia, neatly threading the tangle of Baltic politics in the year 1812 in this sequel to Flying Colours (BR 11557). 1945.
Lord Hornblower BR 11559
by C.S. Forester
The Hornblower saga continues as the intrepid commodore becomes a peer of the realm by quelling a mutiny and concluding his private war with Napoleon. Incidentally, he rekindles his romance with the lovely French Marie. Sequel to Commodore Hornblower (BR 11558). 1946.
Welcome to the Ark BR 11564
by Stephanie S. Tolan
In a chaotic future world, four highly intelligent teenagers communicate telepathically with other youth around the globe in an experimental program for troubled children. Eight years later, as adults, the group use their mental powers to stop violence in their environment. For senior high and older readers. 1996.
An Acquaintance with Darkness BR 11566
by Ann Rinaldi
Washington, D.C., 1865. Emily Pigbush, orphaned at fourteen, goes to live with her Uncle Valentine, a physician. She is shocked to discover that he and his colleagues rob graves in order to study anatomy. Even more frightening is her realization that the family of her best friend, Annie Surratt, is involved in the assassination of President Lincoln. For senior high and older readers. 1997.
Thin Ice BR 11573
by Marsha Qualey
Arden's parents died in a plane crash when she was six, and her brother, Scott, dropped out of college to raise her. Now Arden is seventeen and Scott has disappeared, presumably drowned in a snowmobile accident. But Arden has reason to believe Scott has run away, and she's determined to find him. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone BR 11585
by Tennessee Williams
American Mrs. Stone--former actress, wealthy, middle-aged, and widowed--is biding her time in Rome when the Contessa, a female pimp, introduces her to Paolo, a handsome young gigolo. At first, Mrs. Stone laments her fading beauty and the end of her stage career. Then she muses on the demise of her way of life and of her husband, and enjoys her current affair. Finally, Mrs. Stone must deal with her attempt to replace real life with fantasy. 1950.
Israel: A Traveler's Literary Companion BR 11586
edited by Michael Gluzman and Naomi Seidman
Sixteen short stories from different locales in Israel. Depicting contemporary life in popular tourist locations, the selections give travelers a view of places they may plan to visit. All are translations from Hebrew. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1996.
The Ex BR 11587
by John Lutz
David Jones lives in Manhattan with his wife and young son. Then Deirdre, whom he divorced five years ago, unexpectedly turns up and wants to be friends. John doesn't realize that Deirdre has escaped from a mental institution and has come for revenge. Strong language, violence, and some descriptions of sex. 1996.
The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again BR 11595
by J.R.R. Tolkien
The wandering wizard Gandalf recruits Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, to be the fourteenth member of an expedition. Hobbits prefer comfort to adventures, but Bilbo joins the quest and encounters many perils, including a dragon. For junior and senior high readers. 1966.
Don't Erase Me BR 11598
by Carolyn Ferrell
Stories about young people of the urban underclass--mostly poor, black, or biracial and from broken or dysfunctional families. In "Proper Library," a black teenage boy, who is responsible for the care of several younger siblings, is shunned by his classmates because of his homosexuality. Strong language. 1997.
Hero BR 11600
by S.L. Rottman
Fifteen-year-old Sean is sent to a farm for a week's community service for fighting. Abandoned by his father and raised by an abusive mother, Sean finds acceptance and peace with the animals and the farmer, Mr. Hassler. With the help of some concerned adults, Sean is able to look forward to a better future. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.
Secret Star BR 11601
by Nancy Springer
Tess, fourteen, has lived alone with her stepfather since her mother died and has no memory of her childhood. Daddy is poor and uses a wheelchair, but Tess is happy at home until she meets Kamo--a young drifter who thinks they may be related. Some strong language and some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.
The Good Brother BR 11640
by Chris Offutt
After avenging his brother's murder, Virgil Caudill flees to Montana, leaving behind his family, friends, and Kentucky home. Pursued by relatives of his victim, Virgil joins an antigovernment militia group and is drawn into a violent confrontation with federal agents. Strong language and violence. 1997.
Billy Gashade BR 11641
by Loren D. Estleman
In 1863 a sixteen-year-old boy from a prominent family is caught up in the New York City Draft Riots. Fleeing retribution from the Tammany Hall gang, the boy becomes Billy Gashade, a musician in saloons and pleasure houses out west. Throughout his years wandering from place to place, Billy meets characters who become legends: Calamity Jane, Chief Crazy Horse, and Billy the Kid, to name a few. Some violence. 1997.
The Players: A Novel of the Young Shakespeare BR
by Stephanie Cowell
Fictional portrayal of William Shakespeare as a young man. An impoverished playwright and actor in London, Shakespeare is caught in a love triangle between his Italian mistress, Emilia Bassano, and his patron, the young earl of Southampton. Includes historical notes. Descriptions of sex. 1997.
The Queen of October BR 11667
by Shelley Fraser Mickle
1959, Coldwater, Arkansas. Thirteen-year-old Sally is sent to live with her grandparents after the "bust-up" of her parents' marriage. Embarrassed by the divorce and the upcoming custody battle, Sally is looking forward to leaving Memphis to return to her sleepy hometown and the people she has always known. 1989.
Legacy of Silence BR 11671
by Belva Plain
When it becomes obvious that World War II is imminent, Caroline Hartzinger and her adopted older sister, Lore, flee from Berlin to Geneva. Walter, who plans to wed Caroline, goes with them. Life takes a dramatic turn and Caroline and Lore escape to America alone but their time in Switzerland provides a legacy that affects several generations. Bestseller 1998.
The Moon and the Sun BR 11672
by Vonda N. McIntyre
At the command of King Louis XIV, a Jesuit natural philosopher captures a female sea monster, thought to hold the secret to immortality. The Jesuit's sister understands the creature's songs, realizes that she is a thinking, feeling being, and befriends her. Protecting the sea lady leads to confrontations with the king and even the pope. 1997.
The Captive Voice: Daybreak Mysteries, Volume 2 BR
by B.J. Hoff
While honeymooning on Lake Erie, Jennifer Kaine and her husband Daniel, who is blind, meet Christian singer Vali Tremayne. Vali retired after the death of her fiancé. Now it appears that her life is also in danger. With the help of God, the Kaines lend Vali their support. Sequel to Storm at Daybreak (BR 11674). 1987.
The Tangled Web: Daybreak Mysteries, Volume 3 BR
by B.J. Hoff
Jennifer and Daniel Kaine are in the process of converting a West Virginia farm into a Christian summer camp for disabled youth. A hoodlum on the run from the mob turns up with the two children of his murdered boss. The Kaines offer shelter and prepare for the hit men to arrive. Sequel to The Captive Voice (BR 11675). 1988.
Vow of Silence: Daybreak Mysteries, Volume 4 BR 11677
by B.J. Hoff
Jennifer and Daniel Kaine welcome two newcomers to Shepherd Valley, West Virginia. Whitney Sharyn, the deaf director of an organization for disabled people, hopes to escape her past, and Michael Devlin wants to help her. When Whitney's former boyfriend tracks her down and begins to stalk her, her faith is tested. Sequel to The Tangled Web (BR 11676). 1988.
Dark River Legacy: Daybreak Mysteries, Volume 5 BR
by B.J. Hoff
Jennifer and Daniel Kaine travel to Kentucky to help a friend, Mitch Donovan, organize the annual Heritage Arts Festival. Mitch is currently sheltering an elderly homeless woman who has amnesia. But someone is stalking her with plans of murder. Sequel to Vow of Silence (BR 11677). 1990.
One Went to Denver and the Other Went Wrong: Code of the West,
Book 2 BR
by Stephen Bly
As Tap Andrews reminds the bounty hunters who shot at him, the code of honor in Colorado in the 1880s gives him the right to fire back. With so many men gunning for him, Tap strives to clear his record with the law so he can safely marry Pepper Paige. Then he learns that she has a past, too. Sequel to It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own (BR 10126). 1995.
Don't Scream BR 11684
by Joan Lowery Nixon
Jess and her friend Lori are thrilled when two new boys enroll in their small-town high school. Mark has moved in next door to Jess, and Lori quickly strikes up a friendship with Scott. What the girls don't realize is that one of the two is a sociopath and in the Federal Witness Protection Program. For junior and senior high readers. 1996.
Forged by Fire BR 11688
by Sharon M. Draper
The day before his ninth birthday, Gerald's world changes again. For the past six years he has been living with Aunt Queen while his mother was in prison for child abuse. Now she is re-entering his life, along with a half sister, Angel, and a stepfather. Realizing that Angel is being abused by her father, Gerald tries to protect her. Companion to Tears of a Tiger (BR 10779). For junior and senior high readers. 1997.
Thirty-Three Moments of Happiness: St. Petersburg Stories BR
by Ingo Schulze
Vignettes affording glimpses into the harsh and seamy side of Russian life, believed to be the writings of a German businessman who frequented the city. Moment 22 describes a day in the life of an office worker, Viktoria Federovna; other moments are more bizarre. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1998.
Whistle Me Home BR 11690
by Barbara Wersba
Being a tomboy, Noli is surprised when the new boy in school asks her out. She soon discovers that TJ is truly her soul mate and falls deeply in love with him. Noli is disappointed when, even after months, their relationship is still chaste. Then TJ confesses his sexual orientation to her. For senior high and older readers. 1997.
Celibates and Other Lovers BR 11694
by Walter Keady
Growing up in post-World War II rural Ireland, sixteen-year-old Phelim O'Brien attempts to distance himself from carnal temptation by becoming a priest. Amid the tumult of changing social mores, O'Brien's vow of celibacy is severely tested. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1997.
Striking Out BR 11696
by Will Weaver
Billy Baggs, at thirteen, does the work of a full-grown man on his father's Minnesota farm. When the coach sees how strong Billy's arm is, he recruits him for summer baseball, chores willing. Prequel to Farm Team (BR 10506). For junior and senior high readers. 1993.
Hard Ball: A Billy Baggs Novel BR 11697
by Will Weaver
In this sequel to Farm Team (BR 10506), Billy Baggs and King Kenwood are still baseball rivals. When their competition brews into a fight over beautiful classmate Suzy Langen, the coach orders the boys to spend a week at each other's house. The move provides insights about their different lifestyles and common problems. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.
The Return Journey BR 11702
by Maeve Binchy
Fourteen short stories concerning personal relationships. In "The Return Journey," a daughter returns to her mother's native Irish village. In "The Business Trip," Lena has been in love with her boss for years until she travels with him. 1998.
High Crimes BR 11706
by Joseph Finder
When the FBI tries to arrest Tom Chapman, his wife, Claire Heller, a Harvard law professor, learns that Tom is really army sergeant Ron Kubik, a fugitive for thirteen years. Claire defends her husband at his court-martial because she is determined to know the truth about him. Some strong language and some violence. Bestseller 1998.
Amerika BR 11733
by Franz Kafka
Written in German in 1927, this novel expresses the author's rejection of the capitalist system. Karl Rossmann, a young immigrant to America, is snubbed by his relatives, robbed by tramps, and ridiculed in his attempt to find work. Includes an introduction by E.L. Doctorow. 1938.
A Killing Frost BR 11739
by John Marsden
In this sequel to The Dead of Night (BR 11708), six months have passed since the small group of Australian teens went into hiding after their community was seized by enemies. Their attempts to gather information and help the captured become more and more daring. Some violence and some strong language. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1995.
All through the Night BR 11744
by Mary Higgins Clark
It has been seven years since Sondra Lewis left her newborn baby in front of a church; simultaneously Lenny Centino was stealing a chalice from it. Now as amateur sleuth Alvirah Meehan tries to help the church's priest and nuns save their after-school haven, she uncovers a connection between those events and a child at the center. Bestseller 1998.
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