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Braille Book Review March-April 2018

Volume 87, Number 2

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Braille Book Review, published in braille, large print, and online, is distributed free to people unable to read regular print. It lists braille titles recently added to the NLS collection. The braille edition also lists NLS audiobooks appearing in Talking Book Topics. The entire collection, with hundreds of thousands of titles, is available by searching the online catalog. Braille Book Review is also available in downloadable braille files from BARD.

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In Brief

Books for Adults

Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction

Books for Children

Children’s Fiction

Children’s Nonfiction

Braille Magazines

In Brief

NLS on the Move: The latest on our new initiatives

In July 2017, NLS launched a newsletter called “NLS on the Move” to keep local cooperating libraries updated on the progress of pilot projects and other new initiatives. Selections from this newsletter that may be of interest to NLS patrons began appearing in Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review with the November–December 2017 issues and will continue to appear when relevant.

NLS begins new year with a newly remodeled headquarters

January 25, 2018

It’s a new year—and it sure feels like it here at 1291 Taylor St. in Northwest Washington, D.C.

The extensive remodeling of the NLS headquarters that began last April is all-but-complete, and the last of the 40-some staff members who had relocated to the main Library of Congress campus on Capitol Hill returned on January 10. It’s not much of an exaggeration to say they barely recognized the former warehouse that NLS has called home since the mid-1960s. “We wanted our Taylor Street staff to have as safe and modern a workplace as their Library colleagues on Capitol Hill,” Director Karen Keninger said. “We also wanted our facility to make a better impression on the librarians, teachers, and other professionals who come to NLS from all over the world to learn about our program—and to the network staffers who come for orientation three times a year. The remodeling achieved both goals. In addition, we reconfigured the floorplan to improve workflow and efficiency—and we’re already seeing positive results from that.”


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, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listings do not imply endorsement or support.

Free braille conversion software

Easy Converter Express, a software released by the World Blind Union and International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment, lets teachers and others who work with blind children and adults produce braille text from digital files with little or no training. The software is free of charge to all, and it can be downloaded from . For more information call 1-866-797-5921.

Scholarships for college students with low vision

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI), an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, annually awards three scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each to fulltime college students—an incoming freshman, an undergraduate and a graduate student—all of whom must have low vision, maintain a strong GPA, and be involved in school/local community activities. Find out more at or call 844-460-0625.

National parks in California to provide brochures accessible to people with visual disabilities

In their continuing efforts to “audio describe the world,” researchers at the University of Hawaii will collaborate with Google, the American Council of the Blind, and the U.S. National Park Service to audio-describe print brochures at 15 park sites throughout the state of California. This latest phase of the UniDescription project will focus on description of the primary print brochures available in California’s national parks, distinguishing it as the first state in the country to feature such widespread accessibility for people who are visually impaired or blind. For more information or to learn about the latest audio description projects, visit External or call (509) 339-6088.

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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 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.”

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Adult Fiction


Grave Peril
by Jim Butcher
5 volumes
Hostile ghosts wreaking havoc throughout Chicago seem to be targeting professional wizard Harry Dresden and his friends. Harry has to figure out which one of his many enemies wants him dead before he becomes a ghost himself. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

Soul Music: A Novel of Discworld
by Terry Pratchett
5 volumes
When Death goes missing, his sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Susan, reluctantly leaves school to run the family business. Meanwhile, in Ankh-Morpork, aspiring musician Imp—unaware of his scheduled termination—finds some success with a magical guitar. Susan hears his music and decides, problematically, to spare him. 1995.

A Gathering of Shadows
by V.E. Schwab
6 volumes
After A Darker Shade of Magic (BR20752), Kell, who is special because of his ability to cross between worlds, deals with the bargain he made to save his brother’s life. Meanwhile, Lila Bard is living the pirate life she always wanted. A magic competition draws them together. Some violence. 2016.

Historical Fiction

El Paso
by Winston Groom
7 volumes
1916. The last of Colonel John Shaughnessy’s fortune is tied up in a cattle ranch in northern Mexico. When the ranch is attacked by Pancho Villa, Shaughnessy’s grandchildren are taken along with the cattle. He and his adoptive son, Arthur, lead a posse to rescue the children. Violence and some strong language. 2016.

Human Relationships

The End of Eddy
by Édouard Louis
2 volumes
Eddy Bellegueule grows up in a small French town and family where any hint of homosexuality is looked down upon. As he struggles with his identity, he searches for a way out. Translated from the original 2014 French edition. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

Two by Two
by Nicholas Sparks
7 volumes
Russell Green is happily married, has a daughter, and loves working as an advertising executive. He is stunned when he loses his wife and job in rapid succession, and he struggles to raise his daughter. Bestseller. 2016.

Mystery and Detective

The Shut Eye
by Belinda Bauer
4 volumes
Anna Buck’s world fell apart when her four-year-old son, Daniel, slipped out the door and disappeared. Meanwhile, London DCI John Marvel is still determined to find Edie Evans, who disappeared riding to school a year earlier. A psychic and a missing dog lead increasingly agitated Anna into Marvel’s case. Strong language and some violence. 2015.

Dead Scared
by S.J. Bolton
5 volumes
Detective Inspector Mark Joesbury requests Detective Constable Lacey Flint’s help in investigating the high suicide rate at Cambridge University. Posing as a psychology student, Flint must find out if sadistic mind games are involved—without falling prey to them herself. Violence and strong language. 2012.

Now You See Me
by S.J. Bolton
5 volumes
Detective Constable Lacey Flint discovers a woman who has just been fatally stabbed. Then an anonymous letter mentioning Lacey hints at similarities between this killing and Jack the Ripper’s first murder. Lacey—who has studied the Ripper cases—realizes when and how the next attack will happen. Violence and strong language. 2011.

The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man
by W. Bruce Cameron
4 volumes
Former college football star Ruddy McCann has become a repo man, bar bouncer, and car thief. One day, Ruddy hears the voice of a dead realtor in his head demanding help finding his murderers. But soon the voice begins demanding Ruddy clean up his act—and his apartment. Some strong language. 2014.

The Heavens May Fall
by Allen Eskens
4 volumes
On the fourth anniversary of his wife Jenni’s unsolved death, homicide detective Max Rupert investigates the murder of the wife of attorney Ben Pruitt, whom Max would love to arrest. But the case is complicated by an anonymous tip regarding Jenni and by Max’s friend Boady Sanden defending Pruitt. Strong language and some violence. 2016.

Dog on It
by Spencer Quinn
4 volumes
After flunking out of police school, canine Chet becomes partners and roommates with private investigator Bernie Little. Though easily distracted, Chet is a good sleuth. He describes Bernie’s latest case—the disappearance of fifteen-year-old Madison Chambliss—and his own frustration when trying to communicate clues. 2009.

Religious Themes

The Atonement
by Beverly Lewis
3 volumes
At twenty-five, Lucy Flaud is beyond the Amish courting age and haunted by past mistakes. Her father befriends a man who comes to their community seeking a simple life, and Lucy considers whether she has a chance at redemption—and maybe even love. 2016.


Any Day Now
by Robyn Carr
4 volumes
Sierra Jones is recently sober and looking for a new start. She moves to Sullivan’s Crossing to be near her brother Cal—and to get away from a dangerous man. Local firefighter Conrad Boyle tempts her to open her heart. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

Amelia and the Captain
by Lori Copeland
3 volumes
After the wagon she and her sisters were traveling in was attacked, Amelia McDougal was rescued by Union army captain Morgan Kane. When he discovers she is a con woman, he leaves her in Galveston, where she lands in even deeper trouble. Sequel to My Heart Stood Still (BR21402). 2017.

If Not for You
by Debbie Macomber
4 volumes
Eager to get away from her controlling mother, Beth moves to Portland, Oregon, to work as a music teacher. She agrees to a blind date with mechanic Sam, partly because she knows it would horrify her mother. An accident creates a bond between them. 2017.

Science Fiction

Six Wakes
by Mur Lafferty
4 volumes
Though Maria has died and woken up in a cloning vat before, she has never before awoken streaked with drying blood and no memory of her death. Maria’s cloning vat is one of a cluster of vats, each for another starship crew member—and Maria’s death isn’t the only recent one. Some violence and some strong language. 2017.

All Our Wrong Todays
by Elan Mastai
4 volumes
In the 2016 in which Tom Barren lives, the world is a techno-utopian paradise, but he still isn’t happy. A rash decision of Tom’s drastically alters the fabric of the universe. Stranded in the “real” 2016, Tom views this world as a dystopian wasteland. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

by Alastair Reynolds
6 volumes
Captain Rackamore and his crew search for small, hidden worlds from which to loot long-forgotten relics and technologies. Adrana and Fura Ness sign on to Rackamore’s crew to save their family from bankruptcy, but Rackamore has enemies that might threaten the entire enterprise. Some strong language. 2016.

Last Year
by Robert Charles Wilson
5 volumes
In the near future, doorways can be opened onto the past. One passage to late nineteenth-century Ohio has been operating for most of a decade, and a man from the other side is determined to cross to the future for the woman he loves. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

Short Stories

No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories
by Lee Child
5 volumes
Twelve short stories featuring itinerant loner Jack Reacher, who constantly stumbles upon and tackles crime. In “Too Much Time,” Reacher thwarts a bag snatcher, only to be arrested after giving his witness statement. Includes stories found elsewhere in the NLS/BPH collection. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2017.

The Refugees
by Viet Thanh Nguyen
3 volumes
Collection of eight short stories from Pulitzer Prize winner. Set in Vietnam and America, the stories explore immigration and the resulting issues with identity, loyalties, romantic relationships, and family. In “Black-Eyed Women,” a writer deals with ghosts of all sorts. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2017.


Justin: Blacktop
by LJ Alonge
1 volume
Justin, a nerdy Oakland teenager, tries to figure out issues in his life. Meanwhile, Justin and his best friend form a basketball team to play the invincible crew from Ghosttown. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.


You Will Know Me
by Megan Abbott
4 volumes
How far will you go to achieve a dream? That’s the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter—a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful—compete. For the Knoxes, there are no limits—until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community. Strong language and some violence. 2016.

The Fix
by David Baldacci
5 volumes
Amos Decker witnesses a murder outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a female teacher before turning the gun on himself. DIA agent Harper Brown orders Decker’s team to back off, saying that the murder is part of an open investigation and is a matter of urgent national security. Strong language and some violence. 2017.

Camino Island
by John Grisham
4 volumes
Thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Bruce Cable owns a bookstore on Florida’s Camino Island and dabbles in stolen books. Young novelist Mercer Mann is commissioned by a mysterious woman to learn Cable’s secrets. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2017.

The Forgotten Girls
by Owen Laukkanen
4 volumes
Young female train surfer Ash is found murdered in Idaho. Agents Windermere and Stevens are called in when Ash’s postmortem picture appears on a Minnesota man’s cell phone. Meanwhile, the victim’s friend begins hunting down the man who killed Ash and other female drifters. Violence and strong language. 2017.

Since We Fell
by Dennis Lehane
5 volumes
Rachel credits her new husband, Brian, for getting her through the aftermath of her on-air panic attack in Haiti that signaled the end of her journalism career and sent her into shut-in mode. Then she learns something sinister about Brian. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2017.

Night Film
by Marisha Pessl
9 volumes
After piano prodigy Ashley Cordova is found dead from an apparent suicide, journalist Scott McGrath investigates to determine whether her father, Stanislas, a reclusive cult-movie director, was involved. The last time he attempted to expose Stanislas, Scott lost his job and ruined his marriage. Strong language. 2013.

Adult Nonfiction

Animals and Wildlife

Cesar Millan’s Lessons from the Pack: Stories of the Dogs Who Changed My Life
by Cesar Millan
3 volumes
Dog trainer and author of Be the Pack Leader (BR18089) talks about the dogs that have made the biggest impact on his life. Includes Daisy, the dog that helped him get his first job in the United States, and Daddy, the pit bull featured on his TV show Dog Whisperer. 2017.


The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren
by Gerald Brittle
4 volumes
Recounts the work of renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they seek to provide answers to inexplicable and terrifying supernatural events. Discusses their investigations, their cases, and the ways their work affects their personal lives. Some violence and some strong language. 1980.

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
by Michael Finkel
2 volumes
In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight drove to Maine and disappeared into the forest. He did not speak to another human being until he was arrested for stealing food nearly thirty years later. Discusses his survival in the wilderness in the intervening decades. Bestseller. 2017.

A Hope More Powerful than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival
by Melissa Fleming
3 volumes
Recounts young Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamel and her family’s trip from war-torn Syria to Egypt, Doaa’s relationship with a former Free Syrian Army fighter named Bassem, and Doaa and Bassem’s harrowing flight from Egypt across the Mediterranean Sea. 2017.

Mollie’s War: The Letters of a World War II WAC in Europe
by Mollie Weinstein Schaffer and Cyndee Schaffer
5 volumes
A memoir in letters describing the life of a Women’s Army Corps enlistee during World War II. Includes her time at basic training until her return to American shores, providing a look at life for uniformed women during this period. 2010.

Blindness and Physical Disabilities

Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can’t See Clearly
by Isaac Lidsky
4 volumes
A former child actor tells of his experiences gradually losing his sight between the ages of thirteen and twenty-five. Gives advice for overcoming fears, counting your blessings, silencing your inner critic, and not letting other people’s assumptions define how you see yourself. 2017.

Business and Economics

A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System
by T.R. Reid
4 volumes
A journalist examines tax systems across the world and compares them to what exists in the United States. Discusses the history of tax code revisions, including the fact that significant ones usually occur every thirty-two years, making the next one due in 2018. Presents policy suggestions to address growing income inequality. 2014.

Career and Job Training

Leadership Step by Step: Become the Person Others Follow
by Joshua Spodek
4 volumes
Guide to developing leadership skills based on methods gleaned from industries beyond business, including entertainment and sports. Breaks the process into the stages of “Understanding Yourself,” “Leading Yourself,” “Understanding Others,” and “Leading Others.” Includes exercises. 2017.


Butter: A Rich History
by Elaine Khosrova
4 volumes
Deep analysis of the history, use, and allure of butter. Discusses the economics of butter production, regional variations, and the impact of industrialization. Includes recipes featuring butter and instructions for making your own. 2016.

Elinor Fettiplace’s Receipt Book: Elizabethan Country House Cooking
by Hilary Spurling
5 volumes
Woman who inherited a seventeenth-century recipe and remedy book presents selections from it. Discusses food sources, preparation and preservation techniques, and presentation ideas. Includes family history and medical recommendations of the time. Recipes are arranged by month to emphasize their seasonal nature. 1986.


The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer
by Kate Summerscale
5 volumes
Award-winning author examines the life of Robert Coombes, who killed his abusive mother at age thirteen in 1895 London. Explains how Robert was sent to the infamous Broadmoor lunatic asylum, ultimately survived, and built a life for himself. Some violence. 2016.


The Untold Story of the Talking Book
by Matthew Rubery
7 volumes
The history of talking books. Covers the time from Edison’s invention of the phonograph through early efforts to provide reading options for the blind and the early twenty-first century audiobook marketplace. Discusses controversies, such as decisions about what to record and the preferred ways to narrate a talking book. 2016.

Government and Politics

We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama
edited by E.J. Dionne and Joy-Anne Reid
4 volumes
A curated collection of twenty-seven of President Barack Obama’s addresses, including his 2002 speech opposing the Iraq War and his final speech before the United Nations in 2016. The topics include—among other things—war, inequality, race relations, gun violence, and human rights. 2017.

A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order
by Richard Haass
4 volumes
The author argues for an updated approach to world order that reflects the reality that power is widely distributed and that borders mean less than they once did. His proposals include a new take on sovereignty, ways the United States should tackle foreign policy, suggestions for addressing national debt, and more. 2017.

My Fellow Americans: Presidential Inaugural Addresses from George Washington to Barack Obama
compiled by Red and Black Publishers
5 volumes
A collection of American presidential inaugural addresses beginning with George Washington in 1789 and continuing until Barack Obama’s 2009 address. Each entry presents the name of the president, the date of the speech, and the full text of the address. 2009.


Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland
by Dave Barry
2 volumes
Author of You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty (BR20472) examines his home state of Florida and discusses the weird, legendary, and screwball happenings of the Sunshine State. Topics include the proliferation of “Florida Man” news stories, attractions like Gatorland, and the Miami nightclub scene. 2016.

Medicine and Health

Life’s Work: From the Trenches, a Moral Argument for Choice
by Willie Parker
3 volumes
Physician describes his faith-based journey to become an itinerant abortion provider. Examines the role religion played in his life while growing up, his work as an obstetrician-gynecologist, the patients who have influenced his career, and the political climate surrounding women’s health care in the early twenty-first century. 2017.


The Sobbing School
by Joshua Bennett
1 volume
This collection of poems, which won a 2015 National Poetry Series award, seeks to destabilize and remove the familiarity from the usual representations of black history and early twenty-first-century black life. National Poetry Series. 2016.

Showtime at the Ministry of Lost Causes
by Cheryl Dumesnil
1 volume
A collection of poems designed as survival songs to keep fears at bay and one’s spirit awake. The shadows being fought include cancer, poverty, lost love, famine, suicide, war, and more. The collection proposes that where there is shadow, there must also be light. 2016.


Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say
by Adam Hamilton
2 volumes
Pastor explores teachings and sayings that he believes contain some truth but that can be hurtful to people. Specifically examines, among other phrases, “Everything happens for a reason,” “God helps those who help themselves,” and “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” 2016.

Catholic Women Confront Their Church: Stories of Hurt and Hope
by Celia Viggo Wexler
4 volumes
Journalist shares the stories of ten women, including herself, discussing their Catholic faith and points of conflict they have with the institution of the Catholic Church. Topics covered include working for pro-choice organizations, matters of theology, exclusion of women from Church leadership roles, and more. 2016.

Science and Technology

Weather in the Courtroom: Memoirs from a Career in Forensic Meteorology
by William H. Haggard
4 volumes
A former director of the National Climactic Data Center (NCDC) with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) details the development of the use of meteorological data as a forensic science tool. Discusses the rise of consulting meteorologists to interpret the data in the courtroom. 2016.

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
by Margot Lee Shetterly
5 volumes
Daughter of a NASA engineer profiles the black women who worked as human computers for NASA and its predecessor, NACA. Discusses their lives prior to joining NACA/NASA, the challenges they faced due to gender and race discrimination, and their impact on the space program. Basis for the 2016 movie. 2016.

Social Sciences

Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality
by Alison Marie Behnke
2 volumes
Explores the history of inequality, the many manifestations of racial profiling that arise inside and outside of the criminal justice system, and the consequences. Uses case studies to explain these social injustices and calls for change. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2017.


The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey
by Ernesto Che Guevara
3 volumes
Guevara’s diary of his 1952 trip through Latin America when he was a twenty-three-year-old Argentinian medical student. Among the musings of a privileged youth taking a year off for a road trip, he also reveals hints of the revolutionary he was to become. 2016.

World History

Black Square: Adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine
by Sophie Pinkham
4 volumes
Journalist explores contemporary life in Ukraine, examining Ukraine’s repeated rebuilding of itself, the political roots of its early twenty-first-century conflicts, and its issues with corruption, poverty, ethnic divisions, and Russian aggression. Also profiles the many-faceted lives of Ukrainian individuals, including a doctor, an art gallerist, and a musician. 2016.

Branded by the Pink Triangle
by Ken Setterington
2 volumes
Mix of historical research and first-person accounts highlights the decline of tolerance toward homosexuals in Berlin, Germany, and their brutal persecution after the Nazis rose to power. Discusses the pink triangle sewn into their prison uniforms for identification. For junior and senior high and older readers. 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 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


by K.A. Holt
3 volumes
Super fans of the Triumphant Gnome Syndicate series, Buck and his best friend, Lizzie, witness the author’s explosive disappearance during the release party for the third book. But when something odd happens to his sister Willy, Buck starts to believe that gnomes and trolls are real. For grades 4–7. 2017.

Katana at Super Hero High
by Lisa Yee
2 volumes
In addition to training to be a super hero, Katana also follows the noble warrior traditions of the Samurai. When an unknown source gives her the responsibility of guarding one hundred ancient Samurai swords, her super friends plan to help. For grades 4–7. 2017.


Chester and Gus
by Cammie McGovern
2 volumes
Chester has always wanted to become a service dog, but when he fails his certification test it seems like that dream will never come true. But then a family adopts him to be a companion for their son, Gus, who has autism. For grades 4–7. 2017.

Giant Trouble: Hamster Princess
by Ursula Vernon
1 volume
When Princess Harriet climbs an enormous beanstalk, she finds an even bigger surprise—a giant rabbit is keeping a goose and a half-harp, half-hamster named Strings as prisoners. It’s up to Harriet to save the day. Sequel to Ratpunzel (BR21811). For grades 3–6. 2017.


Seven Ate Nine: The Untold Story
by Tara Lazar
1 volume
After Nine goes missing, a worried Six hires a Private I to investigate the rumor on the street that Seven ate Nine. For Six believes Seven is always after him. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K–3. 2017.

Children’s Nonfiction


Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History
by Kate Schatz
2 volumes
The author of Rad American Women A–Z (BR20985) profiles more than forty extraordinary and inspiring women from around the world. Discusses the accomplishments of women throughout history, including Ireland’s Grace O’Malley (1530–1603), a famous sea captain who fought the English to protect her clansmen. For grades 5–8. 2016.

Out of School and into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story
by Suzanne Slade
1 volume
Short biography of naturalist and artist Anna Comstock (1854–1930). Defying social conventions, Anna pursued the study of science and began to create detailed illustrations and write books about insects and nature. She also pioneered a movement to encourage schools to conduct nature courses outdoors. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K–3. 2017.


The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found
by Martin W. Sandler
2 volumes
In 1984, the pirate ship Whydah was found, nearly three hundred years after it sank in a storm off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717. Previously used by Captain Prince as an infamous slave-trading ship, the vessel was taken over by pirate Black Sam Bellamy. For grades 6–9. 2017.

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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 (6 issues)

Braille Chess Magazine (British quarterly)

Braille Music Magazine (British monthly)

Conundrum (British monthly)

Cooking Light (11 issues)

Cooks Illustrated (6 issues)

ESPN: The Magazine (18 issues)

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)

Martha Stewart Living (home and entertaining; 10 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)

O (Oprah) (monthly)

Parents (monthly)

PC World (personal computing; monthly)

Playboy (6 issues)

Poetry (11 issues)

Popular Mechanics (10 issues)

Popular Music Lead Sheets (irregular)

Popular Science (6 issues)

Rolling Stone (popular culture; 24 issues)

Science News (24 issues)

Seventeen (for teens, 6 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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