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Braille Book Review May-June 2014

Volume 83, Number 3

About Braille Book Review

Braille Book Review is published bimonthly in braille, large-print, and online formats and distributed at no cost to blind and physically handicapped individuals who participate in the Library of Congress reading program. It lists braille books and magazines available through a network of cooperating libraries and carries news of developments in library services. The braille edition also lists NLS audiobooks appearing in Talking Book Topics with brief annotations.

The annotated list in this issue is limited to titles recently added to the national collection, which contains thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles including bestsellers, classics, biographies, romance novels, mysteries, and how-to guides. Some books in Spanish are also available. To learn more about the wide range of books in the national collection, access the NLS International Union Catalog online or contact your local cooperating library.

Braille Book Review is available online in HTML and plain text at Braille Book Review section. Patrons enrolled in the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service may download contracted braille files for use with braille output devices.

About BARD

Most books and magazines listed in Braille Book Review are available free of charge to eligible readers for download. To use BARD contact your cooperating library or fill out the online application at

Music scores and instructional materials

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Where to write

Order braille books through your local braille-lending library. To change or cancel a Braille Book Review subscription complete the form on the inside back cover and mail it to your local braille-lending library. To find your library check the last pages of this magazine or go online to find a local NLS network library.

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Send correspondence about editorial matters to: Publications and Media Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington DC, 20542-0002.

Library of Congress, Washington 2014
Catalog Card Number 53-31800
ISSN 0006-873X


In Brief

Books for Adults


Books for Children


Braille Magazines

In Brief

Order forms to return to numerical order

By subscriber request, beginning with this issue order forms for Braille Book Review and Talking Book Topics will no longer list books in the same subject-based alphabetical order used by the annotations. Instead, order forms will list books numerically by DB or BR number within the broad categories of Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Children’s Fiction, Children’s Nonfiction, and Foreign-Language. Subscribers have indicated that it is easier to find their selections when the books are listed numerically than when they are listed in the order in which they appear in the publication.


The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. The items mentioned are not part of the NLS program and their listings do not imply endorsement.

Booklet listing braille contractions available

The Jenny Beck Chapter of the Braille Revival League has produced a booklet containing all braille contractions and an explanation of Unified English Braille, which has been adopted in the United States. The spiral-bound booklet is 11 x 8-1/2 inches. It is available with paper covers for $7.00 or with plastic covers for $9.00, in addition to a $1.00 shipping fee. For more information, contact May Davis at the Braille Revival League at 133 W. Ashland Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 or call (215) 829-9997.

Accessible museum tours in New York City

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City offers accessible tours that incorporate both verbal description and the opportunity to touch objects in the museum’s collection. Science Sense tours at the AMNH are free with museum admission and take place about once each month. Upcoming tour topics include Mexico and Central America on July 16 and seasons and the weather on August 16. Advance registration is required. For more information e-mail [email protected] or call (212) 313-7565.

Disney theme parks add accessibility features

Disney theme parks in the United States have installed braille maps, added signs designating service animal relief areas, and begun providing crates where visitors may leave service animals while riding attractions where dogs are not permitted. Sixteen Walt Disney World restaurants also now offer braille menus. These services are a response to a 2013 class-action settlement requiring Disney to meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. For details about accommodations contact Disney World at (407) 827-7935 or Disneyland at (714) 781-7290.

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Books for Adults

The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, complete the order form and return to your braille-lending library.

Registered users can also immediately download all titles and magazines from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service at The free BARD Mobile app is available from Apple’s app store for reading audio and braille books on a personal iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To learn more about the collection or to sign up for BARD service contact your local cooperating library. Regional library telephone numbers are listed on the last pages of this magazine.

These books are listed alphabetically within the headings Adult Fiction and Adult Nonfiction by subject category, author last name, and title. For example the title War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy would be listed in Adult Fiction under the Classics subject category and by the last name Tolstoy.

Note: For the information of the reader, a notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of violence, strong language, descriptions of sex. The word “some” before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurrence, as in “some strong language.”

Adult Fiction


A Step of Faith: The Fourth Journal of The Walk Series by Richard Paul Evans
BR 20224 2 volumes
Widower Alan Christoffersen is forced to stop his cross-country trek in St. Louis after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Alan returns to Los Angeles with his father for treatment, but alienates his friends and family before resuming his trip. Sequel to The Road to Grace (Volume 1 The Road to Grace, Volume 2 The Road to Grace). 2013.

Throne of Glass
by Sarah J. Maas
BR 19817 5 volumes
After serving a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, assassin Celaena Sardothien receives an offer from Crown Prince Dorian. She will be freed—if she acts as his champion in a new royal assassin competition. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2012.

by Neal Shusterman
BR 17117 2 volumes
After a fatal car accident, teens Nick and Allie end up in an afterlife called Everlost, where only the young can go. Together they discover other children and teens, an author named Mary Hightower, and a monster called the McGill. For senior high readers. 2006.

The Rise of Lubchenko
by Michael Simmons
BR 17177 2 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Evan Macalister, from Finding Lubchenko (Volume 1 Finding Lubchenko, Volume 2 Finding Lubchenko), learns that his father’s business partner is flying abroad to sell a smallpox virus to terrorists. Evan takes friends Erika and Ruben back to Europe to find freedom fighter Lubchenko and foil the plot. For senior high readers. 2006.


A Week in Winter
by Maeve Binchy
BR 19902 5 volumes
Chicky Starr returns home to Stoneybridge in western Ireland after twenty years in New York City. Chicky restores a dilapidated mansion and makes it into a boutique hotel with the help of her niece and a friend’s son. A motley crew of characters become their first guests. Bestseller. 2012.


The Sword of Straw: The Sangreal Trilogy, Book 2
by Amanda Hemingway
BR 17181 3 volumes
In his dreams, English schoolboy Nathan Ward visits a ruined city where a sickly king and his daughter, Princess Nell, are cursed by an evil sword. Nathan sets out to find the sword, unlock its secrets, and confront the magic within. Sequel to The Greenstone Grail (Volume 1 The Greenstone Grail, Volume 2 The Greenstone Grail, Volume 3 The Greenstone Grail). 2005.

The Fair Folk
edited by Marvin Kaye
BR 17294 4 volumes (in process)
Six tales of elves and magic. In Tanith Lee’s “Uous” an elf grants three wishes—for a price. In Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder’s “Except the Queen,” fairy sisters are exiled to the mortal realm. Authors include Craig Shaw Gardner, Megan Lindholm, Patricia A. McKillip, and Kim Newman. Strong language. 2005.


The Book of Imaginary Beings
by Jorge Luis Borges
BR 16549 2 volumes
A compendium of descriptions for 116 fantastical creatures that cites their origins from world mythology and literature. Describes the familiar elves, gnomes, and unicorns and the lesser-known Lamia, T’ao-T’ieh, and Ouroboros. A 2005 translation of Borges’s Spanish version. 1967.

Historical Fiction

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
by Jennifer Chiaverini
BR 19869 5 volumes
1860. Former slave Elizabeth Keckley worries about the outcome of the presidential election. When the man from Illinois is declared the winner, she responds to an advertisement and becomes the new First Lady’s personal dressmaker, putting Elizabeth in a position to witness the trials of the Civil War. 2013.

Human Relationships

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
BR 19825 3 volumes
Ari Mendoza is an angry loner whose older brother is in prison. But when Ari meets Dante—his opposite—the two boys bond. Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his family, and the universe. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. Stonewall, Pura Belpre Awards. 2012.

Mystery and Detective

Proof of Guilt
by Charles Todd
BR 19894 4 volumes
London, 1920. Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge is called to investigate an apparent hit-and-run. The victim has no identification other than an expensive watch, and clues point to him having been killed earlier in a different location. Some violence and some strong language. 2013.

Occult and Horror

Hidden: House of Night
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
BR 19910 5 volumes (in process)
The Vampyre High Council denounces Neferet as Priestess of Nyx after she sets the stables on fire. Meanwhile, Zoey believes she is losing her mind, and the group is unsure of Aurox’s intentions. Sequel to Destined (BR 19543). Violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2012.

The Haunted
by Bentley Little
BR 19896 4 volumes
Disgruntled with the neighborhood punks, Julian, Claire, and their two children Megan and James move to the city’s historic district. But something evil lurks in their new home. Claire believes someone is watching her, Megan receives dreadful texts, and James has bad dreams. Strong language and some violence. 2012.


The Sassy Belles
by Beth Albright
BR 20228 3 volumes
Tuscaloosa. Childhood friends Blake and Vivi face trouble when Vivi’s lover—who is also Blake’s brother-in-law—disappears from a motel room. Blake, who is married to a workaholic politician, investigates the disappearance, but keeps running into her ex-boyfriend Sonny, a detective. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2013.

The Husband List
by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly
BR 19899 4 volumes
In 1894, twenty-one-year-old New York heiress Caroline Maxwell is doing everything she can to avoid marrying anyone from her mother’s list of suitable husbands. Caroline prefers the company of her brother’s friend Jack, but her mother sets her sights firmly on a shady English duke. Some descriptions of sex. 2012.

Train from Marietta
by Dorothy Garlock
BR 16534 3 volumes
Texas, 1933. A nefarious businessman abducts nurse Kate Tyler as she is traveling to San Francisco. Kate’s wealthy father hires rancher Tate Castle to get her back, and the two fall in love despite their differences. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

When in Doubt, Add Butter
by Beth Harbison
BR 19898 4 volumes
Thirty-seven-year-old Gemma Craig’s career as a private chef leaves her little time for a social life. But when a promising one-night stand fizzles, Gemma goes back to fantasizing about her Tuesday client who leaves her humorous notes. Then Gemma’s world is shaken. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2012.

Take Me Home
by Nancy Herkness
BR 19891 4 volumes
Divorcée Claire Parker reluctantly moves back home to West Virginia. There she works with an abused horse at the local shelter and meets widowed veterinarian Tim Arbuckle. Claire and Tim begin to heal together. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2012.

Me before You
by Jojo Moyes
BR 19900 5 volumes (in process)
Working-class English girl Louisa “Lou” Clark is hired as an aide to wealthy Will Traynor, a former mogul who has been paralyzed since a road accident. Lou tries to keep the embittered Will engaged with the world, while Will encourages Lou to expand her horizons. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2012.

Street Love
by Walter Dean Myers
BR 16826 1 volume
College-bound Harlem teen Damien falls in love with sixteen-year-old Junice. But when Junice’s mother is sent to prison, Junice struggles to keep her younger sister with her. Meanwhile Damien fights with a rival who belittles their love. For senior high readers. 2006.

The Unrivalled Spangles
by Karen Wallace
BR 17116 2 volumes
England, nineteenth century. Teenaged sisters Ellen and Lucy Spangle star in a horseback-riding act in their father’s circus until tragedy strikes. Ellen’s plans to leave the ring change when she discovers true love and realizes that the circus is her true calling. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Science Fiction

Maggot Moon
by Sally Gardner
BR 19938 2 volumes
Standish Treadwill, who lives in the oppressive Motherland, is bullied and dismissed because of his dyslexia. But when hype of the impending moon landing hits the news, Standish discovers the depth of Motherland’s deception. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2012.

Short Stories

News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories
by Jennifer Haigh
BR 19895 3 volumes
Ten interconnected stories about inhabitants of the coal-mining town of Bakerton, Pennsylvania. In “Beast and Bird” Annie comes to pre-World War II New York City to work as a kitchen girl for a Jewish family. In “Broken Star” Regina’s aunt Melanie comes for a long visit in 1974. 2013.

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
by Yiyun Li
BR 16538 2 volumes
Ten short stories about Chinese people coping with life in rapidly changing China and in the United States. In “Son,” Han, a naturalized American, returns home to Beijing and declares his homosexuality to his mother, who has become a Christian. 2005.

We Live in Water
by Jess Walter
BR 19875 2 volumes
Thirteen short stories explore unachieved dreams, sometimes with a comic point of view. In the title piece a lawyer goes searching for his father, who disappeared thirty-four years ago. In “Don’t Eat Cat” a popular club drug turns users into zombies. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2013.


The Ranger
by Ace Atkins
BR 19873 4 volumes
Army Ranger Quinn Colson returns to his native Mississippi for the funeral of his uncle Hamp, the town sheriff. Hamp’s death appears to be suicide, but Hamp’s deputy, Lillie Virgil, convinces Quinn otherwise. Their informal investigation reveals corruption, drugs, and violent white supremacists. Violence and strong language. 2011.

The Destroyed: A Jonathan Quinn Novel
by Brett Battles
BR 19908 4 volumes
Six years ago cleaner Jonathan Quinn was hired to dispose of the body of courier Mila Voss. Now Quinn is called out of the Bangkok monastery he retreated to after the events in Silenced (Volume 1 Silenced, Volume 2 Silenced, Volume 3 Silenced)—because Voss is apparently very much alive. Violence and strong language. 2012.

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
BR 19868 6 volumes
Nick and Amy alternate telling the story of their troubled marriage, their move from New York to Nick’s Missouri hometown, and Amy’s disappearance on their fifth wedding anniversary. As clues begin to implicate Nick, he learns more about Amy. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2012.

How to Lead a Life of Crime
by Kirsten Miller
BR 19855 5 volumes
After suffering abuse from his father, pickpocket Flick runs away to Manhattan. When he is recruited to attend the Mandel Academy, where students are trained in extortion and murder, Flick sees an opportunity for revenge. Strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

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Adult Nonfiction


The Butler: A Witness to History
by Wil Haygood
BR 20291 1 volume
Washington Post writer chronicles the life of African American butler Eugene Allen (1919–2010), who served in the White House for eight presidential administrations, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Discusses the making of the 2013 movie starring Forest Whitaker. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2013.

Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing Up in the 1970s
by Margaret Sartor
BR 16823 2 volumes
The author, a professor at Duke University, shares excerpts from the diary and journals she kept while growing up in Louisiana during a period of social turmoil. Recalls attending evangelical Christian services and discusses racism, the sexual revolution, feminism, and widespread substance abuse. 2006.

Blindness and Physical Handicaps

That All May Read: Library Service for Blind and Physically Handicapped People
edited by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
BR 16594 6 volumes
Provides a history of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, identifies sources of special media materials and reading aids, analyzes the characteristics of blind and handicapped readers, discusses the roles of various types of libraries, and reviews activities abroad. 1983.


Why We Write: Twenty Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do
edited by Meredith Maran
BR 19901 3 volumes
Twenty essays by popular authors on the reasons behind their pursuit of writing. Sue Grafton, author of A Is for Alibi (BR 5587), ruminates on the source of “writer’s block,” and David Baldacci discusses his compulsion for writing. Also includes Isabel Allende, Jodi Picoult, and others. 2013.

The Writer Who Stayed
by William Zinsser
BR 19931 2 volumes
Collection of fifty-eight of journalist Zinsser’s essays previously published on the American Scholar website. Topics include culture and arts, the craft of writing, the tech age, and language. In “Hats Off” Zinsser ruminates on the state of men’s hats and where to store them. 2013.


Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett
by Tony Bennett
BR 19922 3 volumes
Winner of seventeen Grammy Awards, singer Bennett (born 1926) reminisces about growing up in New York City, his sixty years in the entertainment industry, and his friendships with other musicians. Foreword by Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie (Volume 1 Tuesdays with Morrie). 2012.

Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped
by Cissy Houston
BR 19861 3 volumes
Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Cissy Houston recalls the life of her daughter, singer/actress Whitney (1963–2012). Discusses Whitney’s career and family relationships, including her tumultuous marriage to fellow entertainer Bobby Brown. Speculates on Whitney’s drug use and the pitfalls of fame. Foreword by Dionne Warwick. 2013.

September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle
by Peter J. Levinson
BR 16540 4 volumes
Biography of composer/arranger who began his career with the dance bands of the 1940s, including a stint with Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra. Describes Riddle’s personal and professional life, his success in rekindling fellow New Jerseyite Frank Sinatra’s career, and his work with Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and others. 2005.

Nature and the Environment

Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee
by Hattie Ellis
BR 16824 2 volumes
Explores the interaction between bees, honey, and humans from the Stone Age to modern times, from Nepalese honey hunters to beekeepers on New York City rooftops. Discusses three men—a Dutch scientist, a Philadelphia clergyman, and a German monk—who influenced the development of beekeeping in the Western world. 2004.


Philosophy Bites
by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton
BR 19862 3 volumes
The hosts of the Philosophy Bites podcast publish twenty-five transcripts of the show. Includes an interview with University of Oxford professor of ethics Julian Savulescu on the concept of “yuk,” and one with author Alain de Botton covering the aesthetics of architecture. 2010.


The Best American Poetry 2012
edited by Mark Doty and David Lehman
BR 19715 3 volumes
Seventy-five poems selected by 2008 National Book Award winner Mark Doty. Features the works of Sherman Alexie, Terrance Hayes, 2012–2013 U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey, and others. In “Improvisation on Yiddish” Robert Pinsky, editor of Poems to Read (Volume 1 Poems to Read, Volume 2 Poems to Read, Volume 3 Poems to Read), reflects on his family’s native language. 2012.

Psychology and Self-Help

Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World
by Phil McGraw
BR 19892 3 volumes
Talk-show host McGraw posits that the world has a dark side and one must understand that there are those who are controlled by it. Uses anecdotes to identify negative individuals who exploit or harm others, strategies to protect oneself from such people, and ways to become successful. Bestseller. 2012.


Patches of Godlight: Father Tim’s Favorite Quotes
by Jan Karon
BR 16529 1 volume
Collection of favorite quotes and passages that have a special meaning for fictional Father Tim. They are drawn from the works of poets, humorists, clerics, philosophers, and others. Companion to A Continual Feast (Volume 1 A Continual Feast). 2001.

John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father
by Peggy Noonan
BR 16546 2 volumes
Columnist offers a personal tribute to the late Pope John Paul II through essays, anecdotes, and interviews. Highlights Karol Wojtyla’s many accomplishments and core beliefs. Credits his leadership with helping her deepen her own faith. 2005.

Social Sciences

Homo Mysterious: Evolutionary Puzzles of Human Nature
by David P. Barash
BR 19681 5 volumes
Professor of psychology and biology examines the scientific reasons behind evolutionary mysteries of human culture. Explores possible reasons for homosexuality, unannounced ovulation, and menopause, as well as the need for religion, art, and sexuality. 2012.

What If? Answers to Questions about What It Means to Be Gay and Lesbian
by Eric Marcus
BR 19926 2 volumes
Teens’ guide to understanding homosexuality addresses questions that some are afraid to ask. Topics include marriage, sex, bullying, and discrimination. Offers additional resources and a chapter just for parents. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2007.

Beating Obamacare: Your Handbook for Surviving the New Health Care Law
by Betsy McCaughey
BR 19923 2 volumes
Patient advocate and former lieutenant governor of New York presents a guide to understanding the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which becomes law in January 2014. Discusses health-insurance exchanges, individual mandates, Medicare Medicaid, and more. Contains a time line. Bestseller. 2013.

Stage and Screen

Never Would Have Made It: The Rise of Tyler Perry, the Most Powerful Entertainer in Black America (and What It Really Took to Get Him There)
by Melvin Childs
BR 19674 2 volumes
Entertainment producer describes the rise of African American comedian Tyler Perry as his career expanded from the “chitlin’ circuit” of black Southern clubs into a multi-billion-dollar enterprise. Highlights the financial side of show business and the author’s estrangement from Perry. Strong language. 2012.


Mexican Days: Journeys into the Heart of Mexico
by Tony Cohan
BR 16825 2 volumes
The author of On Mexican Time (Volume 1 On Mexican Time, Volume 2 On Mexican Time) leaves his beloved San Miguel to explore off-the-beaten-track places in the Sierra Gorda mountains; old neighborhoods in Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Guanajuato; and Mayan ruins in Palenque. Describes encounters with friends old and new and reflects on the changing world. 2006.

Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure
by Christopher S. Stewart
BR 19925 3 volumes
Journalist recounts his 2008 search for the lost city of Ciudad Blanca in Central America. Discusses studying the 1940 expedition journals of American spy Theodore Morde, who claimed to have found Ciudad Blanca, and compares Morde’s journey with his own. Young adult appeal. 2013.

U.S. History

The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth
by Matthew Algeo
BR 19785 4 volumes
Details the circumstances behind a secret throat-cancer operation that President Grover Cleveland underwent on July 1, 1893, while aboard a private yacht on Long Island Sound. Discusses the vilification, and later vindication, of the reporter who exposed the event. 2011.

Patrick Henry: First among Patriots
by Thomas S. Kidd
BR 19854 5 volumes
Biography of Patrick Henry (1736–1799), who is best known for the 1775 “liberty or death” speech that he delivered at the onset of the American Revolution. Chronicles his Scottish background, political role in colonial Virginia, and later denunciation of the U.S. Constitution. 2011.


A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah
BR 17077 2 volumes
The author recalls experiences as a war refuge and as a thirteen-year-old soldier forced to join the Sierra Leone army. Beah describes his participation in mass slaughters, rehabilitation, immigration to America, and involvement with UNICEF. Violence. 2007.

Women’s Concerns

Alice Paul: Equality for Women
by Christine Lunardini
BR 20209 3 volumes
Biography of suffrage movement leader Alice Paul (1885–1977), who helped American women gain their right to vote in 1920. Highlights her Quaker upbringing, work with the British suffragettes, and organization of the National Woman’s Party. 2013.

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Books for Children

The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, complete the order form and return it to your braille-lending library.

Books and magazines are also available for immediate download from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site at To order books or sign up for BARD service contact your local cooperating library. Regional library telephone numbers are listed on the last pages of this magazine.

These books are listed alphabetically within the headings Children’s Fiction and Children’s Nonfiction by subject category, author last name, and title. For example the title Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown would be listed in Children’s Fiction under the Classics subject category and by the last name Brown.

Children’s Fiction


Again! BR 20042
by Emily Gravett
1 volume
At bedtime, Cedric the dragon wants his mom to read his favorite book again, and again, and again. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2011.

Never Say Die
by Will Hobbs
BR 19948 2 volumes
Fifteen-year-old Nick Thrasher agrees to join his half brother, a photographer whom he has never met, on a journey down a remote Arctic river. Their search for migrating caribou turns into a struggle with nature and a fearsome animal that is part grizzly, part polar bear. For grades 6-9. 2013.


Mysteries according to Humphrey
by Betty G. Birney
BR 20226 2 volumes
After Humphrey the hamster and his friends in Room 26 learn about Sherlock Holmes, Humphrey searches for clues to explain why Mrs. Brisbane has gone missing. For grades 2-4. 2012.

Lulu and the Dog from the Sea
by Hilary McKay
BR 19921 1 volume
When seven-year-old Lulu and her family go to a seaside cottage on vacation, they are warned to stay away from a thieving dog who lives on the beach. But animal-lover Lulu decides to make friends with the pooch—and something unexpected happens. For grades 2-4. 2011.


The Perilous Gard
by Elizabeth Marie Pope
BR 16542 2 volumes
In 1558 young Kate Sutton is exiled to a remote castle called Perilous Gard, where she becomes the captive of an ancient fairy folk—the last practitioners of druidic magic. Kate struggles to prevent them from sacrificing Christopher Heron and to effect her own escape. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor Book. 1974.


Hold Fast
by Blue Balliett
BR 19937 3 volumes
Chicago. One January day eleven-year-old Early’s dad disappears without a trace from their neighborhood. Soon after, Early, her mom, and her brother must flee their apartment and seek safety in a shelter, and it is up to Early to find her father. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2013.

Al Capone Does My Homework
by Gennifer Choldenko
BR 20260 2 volumes
When Moose Flanagan’s dad is promoted to associate warden, others on Alcatraz Island stop at nothing to get him out of the position. After a mysterious fire burns down the Flanagans’ apartment, Moose and his friends investigate. Sequel to Al Capone Shines My Shoes (Volume 1 Al Capone Shines My Shoes, Volume 2 Al Capone Shines My Shoes). For grades 6-9. 2013.

Growing Up

Amelia Bedelia Means Business
by Herman Parish
BR 19946 1 volume
When Amelia Bedelia tells her mom she wants a new bike, her mom says that it will cost a lot of money. Amelia sets out to find a way to get a job that will pay for the bike. For grades 2-4. 2013.

Amelia Bedelia Unleashed
by Herman Parish
BR 20029 1 volume
When Amelia Bedelia asks her parents for a baby brother or sister, her dad eagerly suggests getting a dog instead. To find the dog of her dreams, she helps Diana walk dogs and Eric groom his dog for a dog show, which doesn’t go as planned. For grades 2-4. 2013.

Amelia Bedelia: Road Trip!
by Herman Parish
BR 20302 1 volume (in process)
When Amelia’s dad gets a week off from work, the family decides to go on a road trip in search of adventure. They get lost, see some silly sights, and go fishing. For grades 2-4. 2013.


Santa’s Secret
by Tony Cancelosi
BR 19913 1 volume
Anthony has wanted to be Santa’s helper on his sleigh on Christmas Eve since he was four years old. But Santa says Anthony must guess his secret first. It takes Anthony until adulthood to find the right answer. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2010.

Scary Stories

On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave
by Candace Fleming
BR 19930 2 volumes
High-school student Mike Kowalski is hurrying home on a cold night in October when he picks up Carol Anne, a phantom hitchhiker. Events lead Mike to a rundown cemetery, where he listens to teen ghosts recount details of their untimely deaths. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.


Ramona the Pest
by Beverly Cleary
BR 16550 1 volume
Ramona likes her kindergarten teacher, Miss Binney. Ramona also likes Davy—so much she wants to kiss him. So why does Ramona keep getting in trouble? For grades 2-4. 1968.

Children’s Nonfiction


Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers
by Tanya Lee Stone
BR 19865 2 volumes
Explores the history of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, America’s first black paratroopers. Recounts the racism the “Triple Nickles” faced and their success in defying old stereotypes and becoming a highly skilled combat company during World War II. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2013.


Geysers: What They Are and How They Work
by T. Scott Bryan
BR 16558 1 volume
Geologist explains the hot water and vapor eruptions called geysers and their locations, characteristics, and behaviors. Discusses natural and human forces that change their activity. Includes a list of geyser fields by geographic area. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

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Braille Magazines

The following is a list of braille magazines in the Library
of Congress program. Readers may obtain free personal
subscriptions to these magazines. For information
on the availability of specific magazines, consult the
library that sends you braille materials.

Boys’ Life (for children and teens, monthly)

Braille Book Review (bimonthly)

Braille Chess Magazine (British quarterly)

Braille Music Magazine (British monthly)

Conundrum (British monthly)

Cooking Light (12 issues)

ESPN: The Magazine (biweekly)

Harper’s (literary; monthly)

Health Newsletters (includes Harvard Health Letter, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter; monthly)

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine (monthly)

Ladies’ Home Journal (10 issues)

Martha Stewart Living (home and entertaining; 11 issues)

Muse (for children; 9 issues)

The Musical Mainstream (NLS quarterly)

National Geographic (monthly)

The New York Times Book Review (weekly)

The New York Times Large Print Weekly (weekly)

News (NLS quarterly)

Parents (monthly)

PC World (personal computing; monthly)

Playboy (monthly)

Poetry (11 issues)

Popular Communications (monthly)

Popular Mechanics (10 issues)

Popular Music Lead Sheets (irregular)

Rolling Stone (popular culture; 24 issues)

Science News (26 issues)

Seventeen (for teens, 10 issues)

Short Stories (British monthly)

Spider: The Magazine for Children (9 issues)

Stone Soup (children’s writings; 6 issues)

Schedules for the following sports leagues are also available.

Major League Baseball Combined Schedule by date

American Baseball League

National Baseball League

National Basketball Association

National Football League

National Hockey League

Women’s National Basketball Association

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