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Braille Book Review September-October 2014

Volume 83, Number 5

About Braille Book Review

Braille Book Review is published bimonthly in braille, large print, and online 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

Individuals registered for NLS music services may receive braille and large-print music scores, texts, and instructional recordings about music and musicians through the NLS Music Section.

For more information about the NLS music collection call 1-800-424-8567, send an e-mail to [email protected] , or visit NLS Music Section.

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 go online to find a local NLS network library.

Patrons who are U.S. citizens living abroad may request delivery to foreign addresses by contacting the overseas librarian by phone at (202) 707-5100 or e-mail at [email protected] .

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

Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction

Books for Children

Children’s Fiction

Children’s Nonfiction

Braille Magazines

In Brief

Order forms return to listing books by subject category

By subscriber request, beginning with this issue order forms for Braille Book Review and Talking Book Topics will return to listing books in the same subject-based alphabetical order as the book descriptions. This reflects a return to the format used in the March–April 2014 issue.

Talking Book Topics available in accessible PDF

Beginning with the May–June 2014 issue, Talking Book Topics (TBT) is available in a PDF format that can be read by screen readers. The accessible PDF allows readers to easily navigate among adult, children’s, and foreign-language books; between fiction and nonfiction; among subject categories; and among titles and authors. You can download the PDF magazine to your computer or electronic device at Talking Book Topics section External and save it to be read at your leisure.

NLS launches music blog

The NLS Music Section has launched a new blog, NLS Music Notes, at Written by Music Section staff and other guest bloggers, the blog will showcase the NLS music collection, highlight new acquisitions, profile musicians who are blind or have low vision, and discuss current events in the music world. Recent posts have included a history of the Music Section; a profile of musician Happy Traum and the instructional company he founded, Homespun Tapes; and an announcement of newly acquired digital braille musical scores. Patrons are encouraged to read the blog and share their own thoughts in the comments section.


The following announcement 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, however, are not part of the NLS program and their listings do not imply endorsement.

Accessible mobile phone available

The Odin VI, now available from Odin Mobile, is a talking cell phone designed specifically for individuals who are blind. Its built-in screen reader speaks everything on the screen and every key that is pressed on its slide-out keypad. The Odin VI is not a smartphone and is designed for users who simply want to make phone calls and send text messages. For users who want more complex devices, Odin Mobile also offers a small selection of Android phones with pre-loaded accessibility features.

The Odin VI can be purchased for $150 from Odin Mobile without a contract. Monthly plans are available starting at $10 for 150 minutes and unlimited texts. Residents of Texas may be able to obtain a free Odin VI phone through the state’s Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program, which provides vouchers for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. For more information visit External or call toll-free at 1-855-217-9459.

New tactile maps released

Maps of Michigan, a single volume that includes an overview of the state and more detailed maps showing cities, rivers, counties, highways, and farm and mineral products is now available from the Princeton Braillists. The publication contains fifteen maps and costs $8.00, payable by check or money order. To order Maps of Michigan or any other Princeton Braillists maps, contact Nancy Amick at (609) 924-5207. More information is available at External.

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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.”


See Now Then BR20100
by Jamaica Kincaid
2 volumes
Born in the Caribbean, Mrs. Sweet now lives in a small New England village. As she raises her two children, she comes to realize that her musician husband, a born-and-bred New Yorker, hates her and the life they share. Some strong language. 2013.

Wading Home: A Novel of New Orleans BR19940
by Rosalyn Story
4 volumes
2005. Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Julian Fortier returns home to the Treme neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina to search for his missing father. After exhausting all avenues Julian travels north to the family farm, which unscrupulous developers are plotting to seize. Some strong language. 2010.


Flora BR20102
by Gail Godwin
3 volumes
Summer 1945. After her grandmother dies and her father is called away to do secret government work, precocious ten-year-old Helen is isolated in her family’s decaying house with her twenty-two-year-old cousin Flora. Flora cries easily and Helen feels superior to her, but the summer changes their lives. Strong language. 2013.

Historical Fiction

Child of Vengeance BR19920
by David Kirk
5 volumes
Bennosuke grows up in the court of Lord Shinmen, for whom his samurai father is a commander. As Bennosuke comes of age he struggles to accept death as the way of the warrior and takes on a different identity. Violence and some strong language. 2013.

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
2 volumes
Fictionalized biography traces the life of Lewis Michaux, who opened Harlem’s National Memorial African Bookstore in 1939. Includes news clippings, historical documents, and the imagined reminiscences—told in the style of an oral history—of Michaux’s family members, business associates, and friends. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2012.

The Daylight Gate BR20394
by Jeanette Winterson
2 volumes
Lancashire, England; 1612. Two women have been arrested for witchcraft while the other members of their group uneasily enjoy the protection of wealthy Alice Nutter. But Alice herself comes under suspicion when her relationship with another woman is questioned. Some violence. 2012.

Human Relationships

A Nearly Perfect Copy BR20075
by Allison Amend
4 volumes
Elm, who is at the top of her field as an art auction-house specialist, cannot get over the loss of her son Ronan. When she learns about a cloning facility in Europe, Elm is drawn into a scheme to pay for the replication of Ronan. Strong language. 2013.

The Antagonist BR20084
by Lynn Coady
3 volumes
In e-mails to his old college friend Adam, Gordon explains what made him the angry young man of Adam’s memory—and the basis for a character in Adam’s new novel. Gordon recalls his family relationships, expectations of his hockey coaches, and more. Violence and strong language. 2011.

Kindness for Weakness BR20124
by Shawn Goodman
3 volumes
Fifteen-year-old James lives in an abusive home and desperately seeks love and approval from his older brother Louis. James gets caught delivering drugs for Louis and must suffer life-changing consequences. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

Darius and Twig BR20371
by Walter Dean Myers
2 volumes
Best friends Darius, a writer, and Twig, a runner, deal with bullies, family problems, and gangs while hanging on to their dreams of getting out of Harlem and going to college. Some violence and some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2013.

Three Strong Women BR20252
by Marie NDiaye
3 volumes
French lawyer Norah is summoned to Senegal by her estranged father, who needs her legal counsel. Teacher Fanta is brought to France by her white husband, where she struggles with poverty. Childless widow Khady tries to smuggle herself from Senegal to France to seek refuge. Translated from French. 2012.

Gated BR20295
by Amy Christine Parker
3 volumes
After the tragedy of 9/11, cult leader Pioneer invites the grieving Hamilton family to live with his followers in the Community on Mandrodage Meadows. Pioneer believes the apocalypse is coming, but teen Lyla begins to question him—and endangers herself. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2013.


Snapper BR20061
by Brian Kimberling
3 volumes
Nathan earns a meager income conducting bird research at Indiana University. He is in love with Lola, but her attention flits around faster than a hummingbird. As he tries to find direction in his life, Nathan observes the people around him. 2013.

Mystery and Detective

When Will There Be Good News? BR19996
by Kate Atkinson
5 volumes
England. Thirty years ago, Joanna witnessed the murder of her family. Now a pediatrician and a new mother, Joanna goes missing soon after her family’s killer is released. Joanna’s worried young nanny, put off by the police, turns to injured PI Jackson Brodie. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Speaking from among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel BR20292
by Alan Bradley
4 volumes
England, 1951. Eleven-year-old Flavia’s church arranges to open the tomb of St. Tancred, its patron saint, on the quincentennial of his death. When excavators find the church organist dead and wearing a gas mask, Flavia investigates. Flavia must also come to terms with the sale of her beloved home. 2013.

Anne Perry’s Christmas Vigil: Two Victorian Holiday Mysteries; A Christmas Promise, A Christmas Odyssey BR20362
by Anne Perry
3 volumes
Two novellas set in Victorian London shortly before Christmas. In A Christmas Promise teenager Gracie helps young Maude after someone robs and murders Maude’s uncle. In A Christmas Odyssey an odd trio assists a man who is searching for his wayward son. Some strong language. 2010.

Occult and Astrology

Inheritance BR19893
by Joe McKinney
5 volumes
Rookie cop Paul Henninger reports to his new duty station in San Antonio only to be faced with the reemergence of his dead family’s black-magic past. When a string of cult-styled murders crop up, Paul is the lead suspect. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2012.

Allison Hewitt Is Trapped: A Zombie Novel BR20066
by Madeleine Roux
4 volumes
After a sudden zombie-virus outbreak, Allison Hewitt and five others fight off an attack—only to end up trapped in the break room of Brooks and Peabody bookstore. Allison and her fellow survivors record the gruesome events on a blog as they struggle to stay alive. Violence and strong language. 2010.


Time Flies BR20265
by Claire Cook
3 volumes
Melanie, a middle-aged metal sculptor, is newly separated from her husband. When her high school friends try to talk her into returning to Cape Cod for their latest reunion, she demurs—until former classmate Finn starts e-mailing her. Meanwhile, a client who owns a restaurant also sparks Melanie’s interest. 2013.

When Love Comes My Way BR20060
by Lori Copeland
3 volumes
Michigan, 1873. Tess suffers amnesia after a wagon accident while traveling from Philadelphia to sell her late grandfather’s timber company. Believing she is a teacher, Tess falls in love with foreman Jake Lannigan, who wants to conserve the land. But then Tess’s memory returns. 1990.

The Ambassador’s Daughter BR20098
by Pam Jenoff
4 volumes
After World War I Margot Rosenthal accompanies her father, a German diplomat, to a peace conference in Paris. Margot, whose wounded fiancé is recuperating at home, unwittingly becomes involved in espionage and falls in love. Prequel to The Kommandant’s Girl (Volume 1 The Kommandant’s Girl, Volume 2 The Kommandant’s Girl, Volume 3 The Kommandant’s Girl). Some descriptions of sex. 2013.

Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel BR19994
by Debbie Macomber
4 volumes
Attorney Libby Morgan, a divorced workaholic, is shocked when she is laid off. Unable to find work, Libby starts knitting at A Good Yarn on Blossom Street and volunteering at a hospital, where she falls in love with a doctor. But then a job offer turns up. Bestseller. 2013.

The Life List BR20242
by Lori Nelson Spielman
4 volumes
Thirty-four-year-old Brett’s wealthy, beloved mother stipulates in her will that Brett must fulfill her teenage life list to receive her inheritance. Brett loses her boyfriend, job, and home trying to live up to her mother’s wishes but gains insight into her own needs. 2013.

Short Stories

Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club BR20122
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
3 volumes
Collection of seven short stories exploring the concept of boundaries. In “He Has Gone to Be with the Women” Javier and Juan Carlos meet and develop a relationship neither is sure he wants. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. PEN/Faulkner. 2012.


One Good Turn BR19949
by Kate Atkinson
5 volumes
After receiving an inheritance, British PI Jackson Brodie, from Case Histories (Volume 1 Case Histories, Volume 2 Case Histories, Volume 3 Case Histories, Volume 4 Case Histories), retires and moves to France. While visiting his girlfriend in Edinburgh, Scotland, Brodie witnesses a road-rage accident. Later, when the bystanders are menaced, he investigates the incident. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

Tripwire BR20266
by Lee Child
6 volumes
Former military policeman Jack Reacher, now a Key West drifter, learns that someone wants him dead. He finds his late commanding officer’s daughter, and the two become targets when a disfigured Vietnam vet fears his true identity will be revealed. Violence and strong language. 1999.

Panic BR20059
by Sharon M. Draper
3 volumes
Fifteen-year-old Diamond and her friends love dancing at the Crystal Pointe Dance Academy. But after casting is announced for the academy’s ballet Peter Pan, a predator kidnaps Diamond, creating emotional turmoil among her fellow dancers. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

Dark Places BR19988
by Gillian Flynn
5 volumes
Twenty-five years ago Libby’s brother was convicted of murdering their mother and sisters. When the well-wishers’ trust fund that she’s been subsisting on runs dry, thirty-one-year-old Libby takes money from a group that is trying to prove her brother’s innocence. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Hurting Distance BR20089
by Sophie Hannah
5 volumes
England. After her married lover Robert vanishes, Naomi Jenkins turns to the police, frantic that his wife is responsible. When detectives Simon Waterhouse and Charlie Zailer don’t appear worried, Naomi changes her story, claiming Robert raped her years ago. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Other Woman’s House BR20087
by Sophie Hannah
5 volumes
England. After finding an unknown address listed as “home” in her husband’s car navigator, Connie keeps surveillance over the property. When it goes on the market Connie takes a virtual tour and glimpses a woman’s bloody corpse. She turns to Simon Waterhouse for help. Strong language and some violence. 2011.

The Wrong Mother BR20072
by Sophie Hannah
7 volumes
Working mother Sally Thorning has a brief affair with a man who calls himself Mark Bretherick. Later, when she learns of the murder-suicide of Mark’s daughter and his wife—who was Sally’s doppelganger—Sally realizes the grieving husband is not the man she knew. Detective Simon Waterhouse investigates. Strong language. 2008.

Into the Darkest Corner BR19927
by Elizabeth Haynes
5 volumes
London. Carefree, bar-hopping Catherine Bailey has a relationship with charismatic undercover cop Lee Brightman. A few years later Lee is in prison and a traumatized Catherine compulsively checks door locks for hours. A tentative new friendship offers her hope of healing. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.

Crash: Visions, Book 1 BR20356
by Lisa McMann
2 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Jules, whose family has a history of mental illness, freaks when she has a recurring vision involving a competitor of her family’s Italian restaurant, an explosion with body bags, and her forbidden crush Sawyer. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

Identical BR20317
by Scott Turow
4 volumes
As state senator Paul Gianis runs for mayor, his identical twin Cass is released after serving twenty-five years for murdering Cass’s girlfriend Dita. But Dita’s brother—who is convinced Paul was involved—has private detectives reinvestigate the case. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2013.

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Adult Nonfiction


Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food from the Winner of MasterChef Season Three

by Christine Ha
3 volumes
Winner of TV’s MasterChef recalls teaching herself to make treasured comfort foods as a teenager after her mother’s death, losing her vision to neuromyelitis optica at age twenty-five, and relearning to cook. Recipes range from appetizers to desserts, chicken pot pie to ginger-coconut tuiles. 2013.


Humor in Uniform: Funny True Stories about Life in the Military

published by Reader’s Digest Association
2 volumes
Hundreds of quips previously published in Reader’s Digest magazine that poke fun at military life. Compiled from anecdotes written by men and women of the United States armed forces and their families. 2008.


Break Out! Five Keys to Go beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life

by Joel Osteen
3 volumes
Popular television pastor offers the positive habits and perspectives that he believes will create a life without limitations. Osteen proposes that by taking faith in the limitless power and possibilities of God, you can increase your productivity, improve your relationships, and accomplish your dreams. Bestseller. 2013.


How to Read Literature
by Terry Eagleton
3 volumes
English professor offers instruction on critically assessing literary works. Describes ways to analyze openings, character, narrative, interpretation, and value. Uses examples from novels, poetry, plays, and nursery rhymes to illustrate points. 2013.

The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece BR19934
by Roseanne Montillo
4 volumes
Literature professor investigates the world of Mary Shelley as she wrote Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (Volume 1 Frankenstein, Volume 2 Frankenstein, Volume 3 Frankenstein). Profiles literary influences, including Lord Byron and Shelley’s husband Percy Bysshe Shelley. Discusses eighteenth- and nineteenth-century medical practices such as stealing corpses for dissection and anatomical study. Young adult appeal. 2013.

Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors BR19997
by Andrew Shaffer
4 volumes
Profiles of twenty-five writers featuring their more salacious exploits. Includes Ernest Hemingway’s and Dorothy Parker’s alcohol abuse, William S. Burroughs’s and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s drug addictions, and Sylvia Plath’s and Anne Sexton’s mental illnesses. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2013.

Medicine and Health

Disturbances of the Mind

by Douwe Draaisma
6 volumes
Dutch psychologist offers a history of brain research by reconstructing the lives of the psychiatrists and neurologists for whom there is a condition or disease that bears their name. Includes Charles Bonnet syndrome, which causes visually impaired patients to have complex hallucinations. Originally published in Dutch in 2006. 2009.

Nature and the Environment

Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World BR20298
by Kathleen Jamie
3 volumes
Fourteen essays explore connections within the natural world. In “Pathologies” the author reflects on her mother’s death and examines the role of diseases in our lives. “Three Ways of Looking at St Kilda” details three trips the author took to the island off the coast of Scotland. 2012.


The Reason for My Hope: Salvation

by Billy Graham
3 volumes
Evangelical preacher Billy Graham uses scripture and anecdotes to explain the concept of salvation. Urges people to accept the redemption that God offers and discusses the notions of hell and the Second Coming. Bestseller. 2013.

Why Priests? A Failed Tradition BR19905
by Garry Wills
5 volumes
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a former Jesuit seminarian, debates the necessity of the Roman Catholic priesthood. Discusses the early church’s lack of clergy and examines one book in the New Testament, the Letter to Hebrews, as the basis for the introduction of priests. 2013.

Social Sciences

How Does Cell Phone Use Impact Teenagers?
by Patricia D. Netzley
2 volumes
Provides background on the controversy over teen cell-phone use. Details the dangers of texting while driving, the consequences and laws related to sexting, and the mental and emotional results of cell-phone addiction. Includes facts, resources, and additional reading. For junior and senior high readers. 2013.

Sports and Recreation

The Encyclopedia of Sports and Recreation for People with Visual Impairments

by Andrew Leibs
4 volumes
Profiles thirty-six sports and recreational activities, from alpine skiing to yoga, that are adapted for individuals with low or no vision. Lists camps, products, and organizations and highlights athletes, coaches, and participants in a variety of programs. 2013.

Stage and Screen

Rita Moreno: A Memoir
by Rita Moreno
3 volumes
Eighty-two-year-old Hispanic recipient of Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy awards reflects on her life. Describes moving to New York with her Puerto Rican single mother and breaking into acting as a teen. Discusses her two great loves—Brando and her husband—and parenthood. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2013.


The Best American Travel Writing, 2013

edited by Elizabeth Gilbert
3 volumes
Collection of nineteen previously published travel essays infused with a sense of marvel and wonder. In “The Way I’ve Come” author Judy Copeland describes backpacking along the border of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. 2013.

U.S. History

Dolley Madison: The Problem of National Unity
by Catherine Allgor
3 volumes
Historian highlights Dolley Madison’s (1768–1849) political and cultural contributions as the wife of the fourth American president James Madison. Discusses her efforts to define the position of First Lady and her ability to promote national unity and bipartisanship, which was essential during the War of 1812. 2013.

Double Death: The True Story of Pryce Lewis, the Civil War’s Most Daring Spy BR19924
by Gavin Mortimer
6 volumes
Recounts the exploits of Welsh-born Pryce Lewis (1831–1911), who joined the Pinkerton Detective Agency and became a Union spy during the Civil War. Describes Lewis’s impersonation of a British dandy to gather information about Confederate forces, his arrest and imprisonment, and the embitterment that led to his dramatic suicide. 2010.

At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union BR20275
by Robert V. Remini
2 volumes
National Book Award-winning historian details Kentucky senator Henry Clay’s effort to avert a crisis over slavery in the territory the United States acquired after the Mexican-American War. Describes the political maneuvering that led to the Compromise of 1850, which delayed southern secession for a decade. 2010.

Women’s Concerns

No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood

edited by Henriette Mantel
3 volumes
Thirty-seven essays from women writers about living childless lives, either by choice or circumstance. Actress Nora Dunn ruminates on the ways a non-mother enjoys the children in her life. Comedian Margaret Cho examines why she has yet to bear or adopt a child. 2013.

World History

King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village
by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman
5 volumes
Autobiography of Peggielene Bartels, an American working at the Washington, D.C., Ghanaian embassy, who found herself as ruler of seven thousand people of Otuam, Ghana, in September 2008. Recounts the transformation of herself and her community. For senior high and older readers. 2012.

All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship BR20074
by Kathryn Miles
4 volumes
Chronicles the voyages of the nineteenth-century vessel the Jeanie Johnston, which won acclaim as the only “coffin ship” carrying Irish immigrants to never lose a passenger. Describes the efforts of captain James Attridge, physician Richard Blennerhassett, and the crew. Traces the life of a baby born aboard. 2013.

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.

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Children’s Fiction


If You Want to See a Whale BR21003
by Julie Fogliano
1 volume
A young boy, a dog, and a bird set out to catch a glimpse of a whale. But they will need a lot of patience if they want to see the large mammal. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.

The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1
by Rick Riordan
6 volumes
After his mother’s death, Carter Kane follows his Egyptologist father, Julius, across the globe. When they visit the British Museum to reunite with Carter’s sister, a mysterious figure banishes Julius, sending the siblings on a dangerous adventure to save their dad. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2010.

Night in the Haunted Tower: Pokémon BR20057
by Tracey West
1 volume
Ash and Pikachu need ghost Pokémon to beat Sabrina’s psychic Pokémon. But the only way to catch a ghost is to spend the night in the haunted Pokémon Tower. For grades 2-4. 1999.

Animals and Wildlife

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig
by Chris Kurtz
2 volumes
Flora, the firstborn of a litter of piglets, loves to explore and dreams of grand adventures. When Luna the cat stops by the pen one day, Flora learns about an incredible world with sled dogs—and can’t wait to join them. For grades 3-6. 2013.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons BR21002
by Eric Litwin
1 volume
Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them. Even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2012.

How to Be a Cat BR21004
by Nikki McClure
1 volume
A kitten learns to stretch, listen, and dream by imitating an older cat’s movements and behavior. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.

Steam Train, Dream Train BR20039
by Sherri Duskey Rinker
1 volume
At night, the dream train pulls into the station where animal workers of every kind joyfully load building blocks, kites, ice cream, and more onto railcars—all needed for a dream-filled sleep. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.


The Truth of Me: About a Boy, His Grandmother, and a Very Good Dog BR20251
by Patricia MacLachlan
1 volume
Robbie and his dog Ellie spend the summer with his grandmother Maddy. Robbie learns why his musician parents are emotionally distant and also discovers a few things about himself—and in the process has great fun. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2013.


Katie and the Puppy Next Door BR21006
by John Himmelman
1 volume
Spotted terrier Katie grumbles and tries to ignore the neighbor’s dachshund Ruby. But how can she when Ruby eats Katie’s food and plays with her toys? PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.

Growing Up

The Dark BR21005
by Lemony Snicket
1 volume
Laszlo is afraid of the darkness that is in his basement. But when it creeps up into his bedroom, he must face his fears. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.

Ivy Takes Care
by Rosemary Wells
2 volumes
Nevada, 1949. When Ivy’s best friend Annie leaves town to go to summer camp, Ivy resolves to earn money to buy her a Tru-Friendship ring. She chooses to care for people’s pets and farm animals for a fee—and fun. For grades 3-6. 2013.


Extra Yarn BR20047
by Mac Barnett
1 volume
With a supply of yarn that strangely never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in her town—all the animals, buildings, trees, and cars—until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2012.

The Great Lollipop Caper BR20049
by Dan Krall
1 volume
Tired of only adults liking his unique pickled flavor, Mr. Caper hatches a plan to get kids to like him as much as sweet and tangy Lollipop. But his scheme has unexpected results. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.

Dragons Love Tacos BR20048
by Adam Rubin
1 volume
A boy and a dog learn about the love dragons have for tacos—and the danger of spicy salsa as a topping. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2012.

Mystery and Detective

Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things

by Cynthia Voigt
4 volumes
When twelve-year-old Max’s parents sail off to India without him, he decides to rely on his wits to get by, much to his Grammie’s amusement. Before long, Max is running his own rather unusual business. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2013.

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Children’s Nonfiction

Animals and Wildlife

Humphrey’s World of Pets BR20351
by Betty G. Birney
1 volume
Humphrey, the hamster from classroom 26, provides tips on finding and caring for the right pet for you. Lists fun facts—and tells jokes—about gerbils, frogs, cats, and other animal friends. For grades 2-4. 2011.

Science and Technology

Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead BR20094
by Rebecca L. Johnson
1 volume
Describes the life cycles of fungi, diseases, and parasites that infect creatures and take over their bodies and brains. Discusses a fly-enslaving fungus, a suicide-causing worm, a cockroach-taming wasp, and other creatures that live off host animals. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2013.

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

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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