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Braille Book Review March–April 2016

Volume 85, Number 2

About Braille Book Review

Braille Book Review is published bimonthly in braille, large print, and online and distributed free of charge to participants in the Library of Congress reading program for people who are blind or have a physical disability. It lists braille books and magazines available through a network of cooperating libraries and carries news of developments in services to people who are blind, visually impaired, or cannot read regular print material because of an organic physical disability. The braille edition also lists NLS audiobooks appearing in Talking Book Topics with brief descriptions.

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, romances, mysteries, and how-to guides. Some books in Spanish are also available. To explore the wide range of books in the national collection, visit the NLS Union Catalog online or contact your local cooperating library.

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About BARD

Most books and magazines listed in Braille Book Review are available to eligible readers for download. To use BARD free of charge, contact your cooperating library or fill out the online application at The free BARD Mobile app is available from the App Store for reading braille books on a personal iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Library of Congress, Washington 2016
Catalog Card Number 53-31800
ISSN 0006-873X

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In Brief

Books for Adults

Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction

Books for Children

Children’s Fiction

Children’s Nonfiction

Braille Magazines

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In Brief

NLS will begin producing books and magazines in the new Unified English Braille (UEB) in 2016. UEB has eliminated nine contractions, changed some spacing rules, and adopted some new symbols. While we don’t expect braille readers to encounter much difficulty with the new braille code, we are providing this list of frequently used new symbols for your reference. Only symbols that are new in UEB are included on this list.

The symbols on this list are shown in categories. Each isolated symbol is shown preceded by the dot locator (⠨⠿). The following line then provides a brief example of the symbol being used.

( ) open and close parentheses ⠨⠿⠐⠣ ⠨⠿⠐⠜
Example:(new) ⠐⠣⠝⠑⠺⠐⠜
[ ] open and close brackets ⠨⠿⠨⠣ ⠨⠿⠨⠜
Example: [new] ⠨⠣⠝⠑⠺⠨⠜
‘ ’ open and close inner quote ⠨⠿⠠⠦ ⠨⠿⠠⠴
Example: “our ‘new’ inner quotes” ⠦⠕⠥⠗ ⠠⠦⠝⠑⠺⠠⠴ ⠔⠝⠻ ⠟⠥⠕⠞⠑⠎⠴
… ellipsis ⠨⠿⠲⠲⠲
Example: new … new… ⠝⠑⠺ ⠲⠲⠲ ⠝⠑⠺⠲⠲⠲
{ } open and close braces ⠨⠿⠸⠣ ⠨⠿⠸⠜
Example: {new} ⠸⠣ ⠝⠑⠺⠸⠜
< > open and close angle brackets ⠨⠿⠈⠣ ⠨⠿⠈⠜
Example: <new> ⠈⠣⠝⠑⠺⠈⠜
— Dash ⠨⠿⠠⠤
Example: — new —new ⠠⠤ ⠝⠑⠺ ⠠⠤⠝⠑⠺


Miscellaneous symbols
* asterisk ⠨⠿⠐⠔
Example: new* ⠝⠑⠺⠐⠔
@ at sign ⠨⠿⠁⠈
Example: [email protected] ⠝⠇⠎⠁⠈⠇⠕⠉⠲⠛⠕⠧
~ tilde ⠨⠿⠈⠔
Example: [email protected] ⠝⠑⠺⠈⠔⠁⠈⠇⠕⠉⠲⠛⠕⠧
backslash ⠨⠿⠸⠡
Example: c:my books ⠉⠒⠸⠡⠍⠽ ⠃⠕⠕⠅⠎
_ underscore ⠨⠿⠨⠤
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% percent ⠨⠿⠨⠴
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Miscellaneous symbols
* asterisk ⠨⠿⠐⠔
Example: new* ⠝⠑⠺⠐⠔
@ at sign ⠨⠿⠁⠈
Example: [email protected] ⠝⠇⠎⠁⠈⠇⠕⠉⠲⠛⠕⠧
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backslash ⠨⠿⠸⠡
Example: c:my books ⠉⠒⠸⠡⠍⠽ ⠃⠕⠕⠅⠎
_ underscore ⠨⠿⠨⠤
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% percent ⠨⠿⠨⠴
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Emphasis indicators
boldface single letter ⠨⠿⠘⠆
Example:Socrates ⠘⠆⠠⠎⠕⠉⠗⠁⠞⠑⠎
boldface word ⠨⠿⠘⠂
Example:Aristotle ⠘⠂⠠⠜⠊⠌⠕⠞⠇⠑
boldface passage begin and terminate ⠨⠿⠘⠶ ⠨⠿⠘⠄
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italics single letter ⠨⠿⠨⠆
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italics word ⠨⠿⠨⠂
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italics passage begin and terminate ⠨⠿⠨⠶ ⠨⠿⠨⠄
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underline single letter ⠨⠿⠸⠆
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underline word ⠨⠿⠸⠂
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. Decimal ⠨⠿⠲
Example: 99.9 ⠼⠊⠼⠊⠲⠼⠊
$ Dollar symbol ⠨⠿⠈⠎
Example: $4.95 ⠈⠎⠼⠙⠲⠼⠊⠼⠑


+ plus ⠨⠿⠐⠖
Example: 2+3 ⠼⠃⠐⠖⠼⠉
minus ⠨⠿⠐⠤
Example: 5-3 ⠼⠑⠐⠤⠼⠉
x times ⠨⠿⠐⠦
Example: 2×3 ⠼⠃⠐⠦⠼⠉
÷ divided by ⠨⠿⠐⠌
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= equals ⠨⠿⠐⠶
Example: 2+3 = 5 ⠼⠃⠐⠖⠼⠉ ⠐⠶ ⠼⠑
< less than ⠨⠿⠈⠣
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> greater than ⠨⠿⠈⠜
Example: 3 > 2 ⠼⠉ ⠈⠜ ⠼⠃

Accessible tax documents and tax return preparation help available

Hundreds of the latest accessible federal tax forms and publications can be downloaded from the IRS Accessibility web page. To find them, go to, and select the Accessibility link in the lower portion of the page. You can choose from large-print, text, accessible PDFs, ebraille, or HTML formats that are compatible with screen readers and refreshable braille displays. The IRS also provides American Sign Language videos with the latest tax information. To view them, go to, and enter the term “IRS ASL video” in the search box.

Tax assistance is also available for people with a physical disability or who are age 60 or older, through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. You can find a nearby VITA or TCE location by using the online locator tools at or by calling 1-800-906-9887. Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities, explains the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues, and is available at

iPhone and iPad app recognizes visual objects

Aipoly Vision is a free app for iPhones and iPads that recognizes objects and colors to help people who are blind, visually impaired, or color blind understand their surroundings. Point your device at the object of interest and press the large toggle button at the bottom of the screen to turn on the artificial intelligence. Aipoly keeps running and recognizing objects until you switch to a different tab, or toggle the Aipoly button. Aipoly is designed for people who are visually impaired and people who are sighted. For more information go to External.

Accessible children’s story website

A visually impaired father with two young children designed the Storybud website ( to be easy to use by people with visual impairments. The site now contains more than 1,000 children’s stories including classics, legends, folklore and tales from many lands. Stories can be downloaded as text or MP3 files to a computer for leisure reading. For more information visit the site or email [email protected] .

Books for Adults

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.

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 the App Store for reading braille books on a personal iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To learn more about the collection or to sign up for BARD, contact your local cooperating library. Regional library telephone numbers and email addresses are listed on the last pages of this magazine.

Books within the headings Adult Fiction and Adult Nonfiction are listed alphabetically 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: A notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of violence, strong language, or descriptions of sex. The word “some” before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurrence, as in “some strong language.”

Adult Fiction


Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens
8 volumes
A boy from an English workhouse falls into the hands of a gang of rogues who train him to be a pickpocket. His struggle to escape the environment of crime is one of hardship and danger. Some violence. 1846.


Odysseus Abroad
by Amit Chaudhuri
3 volumes
London college student Ananda is homesick for his family back in India. Two years after his 1983 arrival, he still does not feel comfortable. He and his uncle Radhesh wander the city, examining the inhabitants and themselves. Some strong language. 2014.


Steles of the Sky
by Elizabeth Bear
6 volumes
Temur officially declares war on his uncle for leadership of the Khaganate and decides the final showdown will be at Dragon Lake. In order to win his own crown he will need to defeat the sorcerer who leads the Nameless cult. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2014.

War for the Oaks
by Emma Bull
5 volumes
Eddi McCandry broke up with her boyfriend and her band in the same night, but that’s the least of her problems. She is pursued by a phouka
who has chosen Eddi to be the mortal pawn in the coming battle between the faerie courts. Some strong language. 1987.

by Sarah Pinborough
2 volumes
In this adult retelling of Cinderella, the heroine longs to go to the ball and win the Prince’s attentions. Cinderella is soon engaged, thanks to her fairy godmother’s help. In exchange, she agrees to search the palace for the Prince’s secret. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Eric: A Novel of Discworld
by Terry Pratchett
2 volumes
Eric, fourteen, is an inept sorcerer with three aspirations: to be immortal, to rule the world, and to be loved by a beautiful girl. Hoping to have his desires granted, Eric conjures up the wizard Rincewind, but he soon regrets this and wishes he had never been born. 1990.

A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab
4 volumes
There are four Londons, and Kell is one of the only travelers able to go between the worlds. Enterprising thief Lila lives in Grey London, where magic is nonexistent, and when Kell brings a forbidden magical object from Black London across the worlds, Lila steals it. Some violence. 2015.

An Ember in the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir
5 volumes
Laia is a scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy to find a way to save him. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2015.


Act of God
by Jill Ciment
2 volumes
Recently retired librarian Edith and her identical twin discover mushrooms sprouting from the walls of a hall closet, as do their landlady and the woman hiding in her apartment. As the deadly infestation spreads across the city, the four women become caught up in
a nightmare. Strong language. 2015.

Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found
by Meg Donohue
3 volumes
Maggie Brennan moved to San Francisco to open a therapy practice for those dealing with the grief of losing a pet. Maggie has her own problems, however, all of which have grown worse since she lost her own beloved dog. Some strong language. 2015.

Human Relationships

After Birth
by Elisa Albert
1 volume
As her baby’s first birthday approaches, Ari is still attempting to find her balance as a mother. Feeling disconnected from life, she becomes obsessed with new arrival Mina, who is older and nine-months pregnant. Ari reflects on her relationships with women. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Darkness before Dawn
by Sharon M. Draper
3 volumes
Recovering from the recent suicide of her ex-boyfriend, senior-class president Keisha Montgomery finds herself attracted to a dangerous older man. Sequel to Forged by Fire (BR 11688). For senior high and older readers. 2001.

by David Vann
3 volumes
Single mother Sheri works long days on the Seattle docks, while her twelve-year-old daughter Caitlin whiles away afternoons at the aquarium. When Caitlin meets an old man who seems to share her love of sea creatures, their friendship exposes dark family secrets. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

Mystery and Detective

Under a Silent Moon
by Elizabeth Haynes
6 volumes
Inspector Louisa “Lou” Smith investigates the brutal murder of Polly Leuchars, whose body was found in her cottage on Hermitage Farm, where Polly worked handling horses. That same night Polly’s neighbor, Barbara Fletcher-Norman, drove her car off a cliff. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2014.

The Soul of Discretion: A Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler Mystery
by Susan Hill
4 volumes
CS Simon Serrailler takes a dangerous assignment posing as a pedophile in order to infiltrate a crime ring. Meanwhile his sister Cat, a physician, faces changes at work, and a serious accusation threatens his father’s marriage. Violence and some strong language. 2015.

Backlash: An Anna Travis Novel
by Lynda La Plante
6 volumes
Pulling over a van for erratic driving, the police find a woman’s corpse in the back. They get a second surprise while interrogating the driver, Henry Oates. He volunteers that he has killed two others—and one is from a case that still haunts Detective Chief Superintendent James Langton. Violence and strong language. 2013.

Pietr the Latvian
by Georges Simenon
2 volumes
Detective Chief Inspector Maigret of Paris is on the trail of a thief who uses a plethora of identities to swindle people out of their money while eluding the police. Originally published in French in 1930. 2013.

Butcher’s Road
by Lee Thomas
5 volumes
1932. Former wrestler Butch Cardinal, now muscle for a Chicago mobster, is implicated in a murder he witnesses. While on the run, Butch tries to uncover the secrets of the magical trinket the dead man was carrying. Violence and strong language. 2014.

The Gone Dead Train
by Lisa Turner
4 volumes
After time away in the aftermath of a horrible case that left his partner dead, detective Billy Able returns to Memphis. He is quickly thrown into a vortex of bizarre murders, Santeria voodoo, a damning photograph, and a stunning betrayal by a civil rights icon. Strong language and some violence. 2014.

Occult and Horror

White Space: The Dark Passages, Book 1
by Ilsa J. Bick
6 volumes
Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay jumps between the lines of books and into the white space where realities are created and destroyed. To make matters worse, Emma fears she may be a character written into existence from an alternate universe. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2014.

Political Themes

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story
by George Orwell
2 volumes
Classic political satire targets Soviet Communism. The animals on a farm overthrow their master and live a utopian life until the intelligent pigs take over, and one establishes himself as dictator. Preface by Russell Baker, introduction by C.M. Woodhouse, and foreword by Ann Patchett. Uncontracted braille. 1946.

Psychological Themes

Ballad of the Black and Blue Mind
by Anne Roiphe
3 volumes
Psychoanalyst Estelle Berman takes on a colleague’s movie-star daughter, who has trouble with stealing things, as a patient. Estelle’s other patients face their own demons as Estelle falls asleep during sessions and otherwise begins to deteriorate. 2015.


The Selection
by Kiera Cass
3 volumes
When Prince Maxon comes of marrying age in the caste-divided nation of Illéa, thirty-five single young women compete in the Selection—a chance to win the prince’s heart. America Singer reluctantly enters the contest and is chosen as a candidate, but loves another. For senior high and older readers. 2012.

Isla and the Happily Ever After
by Stephanie Perkins
4 volumes
Classmates Isla and Josh developed a relationship during a chance encounter over the summer in Manhattan. They spend their senior year of high school in France, where they must confront challenges every young couple faces. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2014.

Science Fiction

City of Savages
by Lee Kelly
4 volumes
The Red Allies turned New York into a POW camp. When sisters Sky and Phee discover their mother’s hidden journal from the war’s outbreak and meet a group of English strangers, they discover long-kept secrets about both their mother and the island. Some violence and some strong language. 2015.

by Stanislaw Lem
3 volumes
Kris Kelvin travels to the planet Solaris to study its vast ocean. After his arrival, however, he encounters a long-dead lover who is not what she seems. Over time, the scientists on Solaris begin to theorize that the Solaris ocean may actually possess sentience. First published in Polish in 1961; translated into French in 1964; and in 1970 from French into English. 1970.

Short Stories

Voices in the Night: Stories
by Steven Millhauser
4 volumes
Sixteen stories, many set in small towns where things and people are strangely off-kilter. They balance the fantastic and the realistic, and feature unexplained phenomena, reimagined myths, obsessive compulsions, and wonder that turns inevitably to dread. 2015.

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
by B.J. Novak
3 volumes
Sixty-four short stories by writer and actor best known for the television series The Office. In “Romance, Chapter One,” two friends discuss their romantic prospects. “If I Had a Nickel” contemplates the economics of being paid five cents for every time a cup of coffee is spilled. Strong language. Bestseller. 2014.


by Paul Doiron
4 volumes
Responding to reports of a car accident involving a woman and a deer, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch arrives at the scene to find only the car. When he later discovers that the situation is similar to a murder case from years ago, Mike investigates. Violence and strong language. 2011.

Criminal Enterprise: A Stevens and Windermere Novel
by Owen Laukkanen
4 volumes
With no job and bills to pay, Carter Tomlin begins robbing banks. Over time he develops a taste for the violence. Windermere and Stevens team up for the first time since The Professionals (BR 20811), their first case together. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2013.

Life or Death
by Michael Robotham
5 volumes
Audie Palmer has spent ten years in a Texas prison for a robbery in which four people died and seven million dollars went missing. He has been beaten, stabbed, and threatened by inmates and guards who want the money. The day before Audie’s release date, he suddenly vanishes. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2014.

Daughter of Deep Silence
by Carrie Ryan
4 volumes
At fourteen, Frances survived a slaughter aboard the Persephone that claimed the lives of her parents and her friend Libby. Frances assumes Libby’s identity and now, at eighteen, seeks revenge against the powerful Wells family, including her first love, Grey. Violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

Gathering Prey
by John Sandford
4 volumes
The Travelers move from city to city, panhandling but committing no
crimes. When Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, learns that a woman Traveler she’d befriended thinks somebody is killing her friends, Lucas accompanies Letty on an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen. Violence and strong language. 2015.

Adult Nonfiction


Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him
by David Henry and Joe Henry
4 volumes
The life and career of African American comedian Richard Pryor. Describes his childhood in a Peoria, Illinois, brothel and career as a hugely successful entertainer. Explores his stand-up and films, successes and failures, and many personal demons. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 2013.


Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness
by Alexandra Fuller
3 volumes
Following her memoir about her African childhood, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight (BR20845, in process), Fuller describes the origins of her Scottish mother and English father and farm life in Kenya, Rhodesia, and finally Zambia. Covers multiple civil wars and highlights struggles with racism and personal tragedies. 2011.

Business and Economics

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders
by M.A. Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas
2 volumes
Political philosopher Soupios and economist Mourdoukoutas distill the writings of classical philosophers including Thales, Plato, Aristotle, and Hesiod into ten rules for leadership. They discuss the meanings behind each of the rules—such as Know Thyself, Always Embrace the Truth, and Character Is Destiny—and relate them to modern-day business. 2015.

Rare: The High-Stakes Race to Satisfy Our Need for the Scarcest Metals on Earth
by Keith Veronese
4 volumes
Chemist explains the classification of rare-earth metals, describing their initial scarcity, extraction, and production constraints, as well as environmental and geopolitical barriers. Discusses the impact of political events and challenges on the economics of obtaining the metals for use in manufacturing. 2015.


Why Homer Matters
by Adam Nicolson
5 volumes
Author of Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar (BR 16266) examines the historical impact and modern-day relevance of Homer’s epic poems The Iliad (BR 9449) and The Odyssey (BR 12113). Discusses the cultural traditions that influenced the stories, differing interpretations over the years, and ways to read Homer in the twenty-first century. 2014.

Medicine and Health

The Emotional Journey of the Alzheimer’s Family
by Robert B. Santulli and Kesstan Blandin
3 volumes
The authors argue that immediate family members, friends, and neighbors of those with Alzheimer’s undergo tremendous psychological and emotional change as they witness the disease progress. They chart this journey, describe the process of adaptation and acceptance, and provide insight on how to understand and cope with personal stress. 2015.


Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth
by John Szwed
4 volumes
Jazz scholar Szwed starts his examination of singer Billie Holiday by looking at the many contradictory stories told about her and by her, especially in her own 1956 autobiography Lady Sings the Blues. He analyzes Holiday’s influences, iconic songs, and unique gifts as a singer. Some strong language. 2015.


School for the Blind
by Daniel Simpson
1 volume
Poems reflecting on Simpson’s youth at a school for the blind (“About Chester Kowalski I Don’t Know Much”), his experience of blindness (“Vigilance and Dissembling”), and the deep bond he shares with his brother David (“Letter to My Twin Brother”). Some descriptions
of sex. 2014.

Volume 1 School for the Blind

The Way Love Comes to Me
by David Simpson
1 volume
Poems veering from vignettes of everyday life to reflections on the surprises that may befall a blind man. Draws on music and myth. Some descriptions of sex. 2014.


Who Is Allah?
by Bruce B. Lawrence
5 volumes
Islamic studies professor examines history, culture, theology, politics, and media to explain the importance of the central expression of the Muslim religion: Allah. Discusses art, rituals, divergent sets of practices, and the influence of religious practice on scientific and mathematical exploration. 2015.

Science and Technology

The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future
by Levi Tillemann
5 volumes
Tillemann recounts the ongoing battle among automakers and the race to build the car of the future, which may include cars that drive themselves, do not consume oil, and come in new shapes and sizes. Compares international markets, particularly China, Japan, and the United States. 2015.

Social Sciences

Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own
by Kate Bolick
4 volumes
Bolick, a contributing editor to the Atlantic, explains the
ways she came to accept what modern spinsterhood meant to her. Describes her research into the lives of Maeve Brennan, Neith Boyce, Edith Wharton, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

Class Lives: Stories from across Our Economic Divide
edited by Chuck Collins and others
3 volumes
Forty essays representing authors from a range of classes, genders,
races, ethnicities, ages, and occupations across the United States. Each contributor describes their class journey in narrative form, recounting key stories that illustrate their growing awareness of the class system and their place within it. 2014.

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks
by Sam Maggs
2 volumes
Associate editor for the pop-culture website The Mary Sue discusses what it means to be a fan of things that tend to presume a white and male orientation. Provides tips for those beginning to explore fandoms, and examines the intersection of feminism and fandom. Some strong language. 2015.

The Social Climber’s Bible: A Book of Manners, Practical Tips, and Spiritual Advice for the Upwardly Mobile
by Dirk Wittenborn and Jazz Johnson
4 volumes
Wittenborn, author and producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary Born Rich, and his niece, Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, humorously detail situations and appropriate responses for those who are aspiring to move up in the social strata. 2014.


Reclaiming Travel
by Ilan Stavans and Joshua Ellison
2 volumes
Stavans, professor of Latin American and Latino culture, and Ellison, a publishing professional, expand upon a 2012 opinion piece in the New York Times on the changing meaning of travel. They examine historical ideas of travel and tourism and posit that modern tourism has become performance. 2015.

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 and email addresses 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


The Secret Promise: The Rescue Princesses
by Paula Harrison
1 volume
When Princess Emily and her other royal friends discover that someone is trying to hurt the deer in Mistberg Forest, they use their wits and ninja skills to rescue them. For grades 2-4. 2012.

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
by Trenton Lee Stewart
5 volumes
Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict, an orphan afflicted with an unfortunate nose and with narcolepsy, is sent to a new orphanage where he encounters vicious bullies, selfish adults, strange circumstances, and a mystery that could change his life forever. Prequel to The Mysterious Benedict Society (BR18600, Volume 1 The Mysterious Benedict Society, Volume 2 The Mysterious Benedict Society, Volume 3 The Mysterious Benedict Society). For grades 4-7. 2012.


Ratscalibur: Part One of the Chronicles of the Low Realm
by Josh Lieb
2 volumes
After being bitten by a rat, Joey transforms from aspiring seventh grader to a small rodent. As he journeys through the streets, learning his new life, Joey unwittingly unlocks the sword Ratscalibur and must fulfill an ancient rat prophecy. For grades 4-7. 2015.

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
by Julia Sarcone-Roach
1 volume
When a sandwich goes missing, it seems that a bear is the likely culprit. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2015.

Such a Little Mouse
by Alice Schertle
1 volume
A little mouse pops out of his hole in the meadow and explores his world in every season. He gathers the food and supplies he will need when winter comes. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2015.


Wolfie the Bunny
by Ame Dyckman
1 volume
When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up. However, a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2 and older readers. 2015.

We Are All Made of Molecules
by Susin Nielsen
2 volumes
Brilliant but socially challenged Stewart and mean-girl Ashley must find common ground when his father moves in with her mother. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2015.

Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Peña
1 volume
A young boy, CJ, rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2015.


A Handful of Stars
by Cynthia Lord
2 volumes
When her blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar, twelve-year-old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family is in Maine for the blueberry-picking season. The two forge a friendship, but are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life. For grades 4-7. 2015.

Cat and Bunny
by Mary Lundquist
1 volume
Best friends Bunny and Cat have always enjoyed playing alone together. When others ask to join their favorite game, Cat wants to say no, while Bunny is happy to have everyone play. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2015.

The Talented Clementine
by Sara Pennypacker
1 volume
Convinced that she has no talent and panicked because she can’t think of an act for the class talent show, Clementine tries to avoid participating. During the rehearsal, however, the school principal recognizes Clementine’s special flair. Sequel to Clementine (BR 17987, Volume 1 Clementine). For grades 2-4. 2007.

Growing Up

Please, Mr. Panda
by Steve Antony
1 volume
Mr. Panda has a plate of doughnuts to share, but most of the animals forget to say the special word. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2014.

Just Grace, Star on Stage
by Charise Mericle Harper
2 volumes
When her teacher announces that the class will be putting on a play, Grace hopes she will win the part of the forest fairy queen. For grades 2-4. 2012.


Theodore Boone: The Fugitive
by John Grisham
2 volumes
When his eighth-grade class goes on a field trip to Washington, D.C., Theodore Boone spots accused murderer Pete Duffy. But Theo’s good intentions put him in danger when he helps secure the fugitive. Sequel to Theodore Boone: The Activist (BR20135, Volume 1 Theodore Boone: The Activist, Volume 2 Theodore Boone: The Activist, Volume 3 Theodore Boone: The Activist ). Some violence. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2015.

The Case of the Missing Moonstone: The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 1
by Jordan Stratford
2 volumes
In alternate 1826 London, fellow pupils eleven-year-old Ada Lovelace and fourteen-year-old Mary Godwin believe they possess unique abilities to form a secret detective agency. When their first case involves a false confession and a stolen heirloom, they jump at the chance to show their investigative skills. For grades 5-8. 2015.

Scary Stories

Fuzzy Mud
by Louis Sachar
2 volumes
While taking a shortcut home from school, two kids discover something that looks like fuzzy mud. However, it is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world. For grades 3-6. 2015.


Clementine’s Letter
by Sara Pennypacker
1 volume
Clementine’s beloved third-grade teacher, Mr. D’Matz, is competing in a contest to spend the rest of the year in Egypt. But Clementine does not want him to win. So she writes an unusual letter of recommendation. Sequel to The Talented Clementine (BR 20933). For grades 2-4. 2008.

Children’s Nonfiction


Rad American Women A–Z
by Kate Schatz
1 volume
Profiles of twenty-five influential and inspiring American women who have made a significant impact. Highlights one woman for each letter in the alphabet, starting with Angela Davis and concluding with Zora Neale Hurston. For grades 5-8. 2015.


The Call of the Osprey
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
1 volume
Follows a crew of scientists who are involved in the Montana Osprey Project, which studies the effects of mercury pollution on wildlife and humans. Highlights observations obtained by spying on the raptors with several strategically placed webcams and the continuing research efforts to better understand environmental problems. For grades 6-9. 2015.

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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 (4 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 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

National Basketball Association

National Football League

National Hockey League

Women’s National Basketball Association

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