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Braille Book Review January–February 2023

Volume 92, Number 1

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In Brief

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First publisher-provided descriptions appear in BBR

NLS Collections Development staff have previously written brief, 50-word annotations, or descriptions, for all books produced in audio or braille by NLS. These annotations are what patrons are accustomed to seeing in BBR and TBT as well as on BARD. To provide richer and more extensive information for our patrons, the Collections Development Section has begun using publisher-provided book descriptions for the majority of items being added to the collection. This change began with books acquired in May. Two of these books are listed in the January–February issue of BBR, and readers should expect to see more in the March–April issues of both TBT and BBR. These longer descriptions often provide a more complete picture of the book. NLS hopes they will make it easier for patrons to identify titles of interest to them.

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New braille magazine available

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NLS launches new online catalog

Finding your next great read is easier than ever with the new NLS Catalog search features. Launched in December 2022, NLS Catalog replaces the existing Voyager search interface at The new catalog is friendly to screen readers and other assistive tools and boasts a new, clean design and advanced search functionality. NLS Catalog allows patrons to quickly download books from BARD through direct links in catalog listings, request books be added to the NLS collections, and contact librarians with questions. Other features include the ability to email yourself information about a title and save your searches.


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Additional COVID tests available by mail

On December 15, the US government reopened its program to provide by mail free COVID-19 tests to every US household. Households who previously reached their maximum test allotment are now eligible for an additional set of tests. This includes a brand that is more accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. Using these tests requires a Bluetooth-enabled Smartphone. For more information and to obtain tests, visit External or call 800-232-0233.

Free same-day Paxlovid delivery available from Walgreens

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Seedlings Book Angel program expands

Seedlings Braille Books for Children, a nonprofit devoted to increasing literacy by providing high-quality free and low-cost braille books for children, now offers five free braille books per calendar for individuals ages 0–21. For more information and to order your free braille books, visit External.

Google updates instructions for using Gmail with a screen reader

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Books for Adults

The following books were recently produced for the NLS program.

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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


The Witness for the Dead BR24028
by Katherine Addison
3 volumes
After losing his place at the palace, Celehar has moved far from the Court. Serving the common people of Amalo, he speaks to the recently dead and functions as a Witness for the Dead to resolve disputes and seek justice. Sequel to The Goblin Emperor (BR21306). Some violence. 2021.

Ring Shout: or, Hunting Ku Kluxes in the End Times BR23636
by P. Djèlí Clark
2 volumes
In 1915, the Ku Klux Klan spread fear and violence in their plan to bring Hell to Earth. Standing in their way is Maryse Boudreaux and her fellow resistance fighters. Armed with blade, bullet, and bomb, they hunt their hunters and send the Klan’s demons straight to Hell. Violence, strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.

Legendborn BR23695
by Tracy Deonn
7 volumes
After witnessing a magical attack, Bree infiltrates Legendborn, a secret society claiming to be the descendants of King Arthur and his knights. She suspects the group is somehow connected to her mother’s death. Strong language and some violence. John Steptoe Award. For senior high and older readers. 2020.

The House in the Cerulean Sea BR23320
by TJ Klune
5 volumes
As a case worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, Linus Baker spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. He is unexpectedly given a highly classified assignment: travel to a remote island orphanage where six dangerous children reside. Some strong language. 2020.

Shadowfever BR23691
by Karen Marie Moning
4 volumes
While a battle ensues between humans and fae, Mac O’Connor loses control over the magical book Sinsar Dubh. Doubts fill Mac, and she wonders whom she can still trust. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence and some strong language. 2011.

The Midnight Bargain BR23802
by C.L. Polk
4 volumes
Beatrice Clayborn practices magic in secret, dreading the day she will be locked in a marital collar that will cut off her powers completely. Her family’s finances are totally dependent upon her finding a good match, even as Beatrice finds a grimoire with the key to a magical future. Strong language and some violence. 2020.

The Fifth Elephant: A Novel of Discworld BR23839
by Terry Pratchett
5 volumes
Features Sam Vimes, the commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, who is sent as ambassador to Uberwald to negotiate a trade deal. Gold, iron, and fat—but never silver—are mined in Uberwald. Vimes must also solve the mystery of the missing Scone of Stone for the dwarves. Some strong language. 2000.

The Black Tides of Heaven BR23599
by Neon Yang
2 volumes
Having promised a child to the Grand Monastery, the Protector magically conceives and gives birth to twins Mokoya and Akeha. At the monastery, Mokoya develops a prophetic ability that makes her valuable to her mother once again. Some violence and some strong language. 2017.

The Descent of Monsters BR23775
by Neon Yang
1 volumes
When the Tensorate’s investigators arrived at the Rewar Teng Institute of Experimental Methods, they found a sea of blood and bones as far as the eye could see. One of the Institute’s experiments got loose, and its rage left no survivors. The investigators returned to the capital with two prisoners. Violence and strong language. 2018.

The Red Threads of Fortune BR23635
by Neon Yang
2 volumes
Daughter of the supreme Protector, Mokoya has abandoned the life that once bound her. No matter what tragedy she saw in her visions, she could never reshape the future. Broken by the loss of her young daughter, Mokoya now hunts a deadly naga. Strong language and some violence. 2017.


The Girl Who Reads on the Métro BR23536
by Christine Féret-Fleury
2 volumes
One morning in Paris, Juliette walks through a rusty gate wedged open with a book, into the bizarre and enchanting lives of Soliman and his young daughter, Zaide. Soliman hires Juliette to take used books into the world and match them with readers. Translated from the 2017 French edition. 2019.

Once There Were Wolves BR23908
by Charlotte McConaghy
4 volumes
Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland with her twin sister, Aggie, to lead a team of biologists reintroducing fourteen gray wolves into the remote Highlands. She hopes to heal not only the dying landscape, but also Aggie, who is traumatized by the secrets that drove them out of Alaska. Violence and strong language. 2021.

Oona Out of Order BR23308
by Margarita Montimore
4 volumes
Nineteen-year-old Oona Lockhart is at a crossroads in her life when she attends a New Year’s Eve party in 1982. At midnight, she faints and awakens thirty-two years later. A stranger informs her that with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2020.

Hell of a Book BR24011
by Jason Mott
3 volumes
A Black author sets out on a cross-country publicity tour to promote his bestselling novel. His story is intertwined with Soot, a young Black boy living in a rural town in the recent past, and The Kid, a possibly imaginary child who appears to the author on his tour. Violence and strong language. National Book Award. 2021.

The Authenticity Project BR23911
by Clare Pooley
4 volumes
Julian Jessop, a lonely seventy-nine-year-old artist, believes that people aren’t really honest with each other. He writes the truth about his own life in a green notebook and leaves it in his local café. Others find the notebook and add truths about their own deepest selves. Strong language. 2020.

Turning Point BR23626
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
Four trauma doctors from San Francisco are chosen for a unique training program exchanging expertise with their counterparts at a Parisian hospital. Paris opens up both professional and personal possibilities for the Americans, until an act of mass violence changes everything. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2019.

Historical Fiction

All the Light We Cannot See BR23326
by Anthony Doerr
5 volumes
When Paris is invaded by the Nazis, Marie-Laure LeBlanc’s father evacuates her to St. Malo to stay with her great-uncle. Blind since the age of six, Marie-Laure must learn the town by the scale model her father has left. Then, the Germans arrive. Violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2014.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz BR23958
by Heather Morris
3 volumes
1942. Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, has been transported to Auschwitz. When the Nazis discover he can speak multiple languages, he is put to work tattooing the incoming prisoners. He does what he can to keep his fellow prisoners alive and falls in love with Gita. Violence, strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2018.

The Personal Librarian BR24012
by Victoria Christopher Murray and Marie Benedict
4 volumes
In 1906, Belle da Costa Greene was hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society, but she is African American passing as white. Strong language. 2021.

The Alice Network BR23323
by Kate Quinn
6 volumes
1947. Pregnant and unmarried Charlotte “Charlie” St. Clair escapes the sharp eye of her mother in London to track down her cousin Rose, who went missing during the war. She finds Eve Gardiner, a former spy. A name Charlie utters resurrects Eve’s memories of the past. Violence, strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2017.

The Huntress BR23325
by Kate Quinn
7 volumes
Boston, 1946. Seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is excited to meet the new woman in her long-widowed father’s life. When introduced to Anneliese “Anna” Weber and her daughter Ruth, Jordan is entranced. But Anna is hiding secrets, and Jordan becomes suspicious. Meanwhile, a British war correspondent hunts Nazis. Violence, strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2019.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek BR24038
by Kim Michele Richardson
4 volumes
Kentucky, 1936. Nineteen-year-old Cussy Mary Carter has been working as part of the Pack Horse Library Project, but her father hopes she’ll marry—despite the family trait of blue skin. In addition to her father’s hopes, Cussy must also face the prejudice of the community she serves. Some violence and some strong language. 2019.

Flying Angels BR24001
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
Audrey Parker’s life changes forever when Pearl Harbor is attacked on December 7, 1941. Fresh out of nursing school with a passion and gift for helping others, Audrey and her friend Lizzie enlist in the Army and embark on a new adventure as flight nurses. Some violence and some strong language. 2021.

Sea of Memories BR24003
by Fiona Valpy
3 volumes
Kendra is asked by her Granny Ella to write Ella’s story. In 1938, Ella travels to the Île de Ré, where she meets Christophe. She finds a freedom she has never known before as they explore the island. When war breaks out she returns to Scotland, where she meets Angus. 2018.

Human Relationships

The Cottage on Lighthouse Lane BR23969
by Davis Bunn
4 volumes
When an on-set accident leaves actor Billy Walker shaken, he needs a rest cure at the getaway cottage on Lighthouse Lane in Miramar Bay. There he meets Mimi, who uses her psychic talents to help others, even as her own tragic past in Ukraine haunts her. 2021.

Moondust Lake BR23780
by Davis Bunn
3 volumes
Kimberly Sturgiss is a professional psychotherapist whose tragic past has granted her a special ability to help her patients. She finds an intriguing challenge in Buddy Helms, whose family are all working to address the scars left by his manipulative and abusive father. 2019.

Artifact BR23319
by Arlene Heyman
4 volumes
As teens, Lottie Kristin and her high school sweetheart become parents. They move to Texas to forge a new life, but Lottie ends up a single mother. She works hard to build a career in biology and find new love. Violence, strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.

The Hotel BR23824
by Pamela Kelley
3 volumes
The Whitley is Nantucket’s most exclusive waterfront hotel. It’s a family-owned business, with brothers, sisters, cousins, and aunts all working there in various capacities. Paula is happy in her back-office accounting position. But changes are in store when her grandfather promotes her and fires her cousin. 2021.


Mr Finchley Discovers His England: Mr Finchley, Book 1 BR23640
by Victor Canning
3 volumes
Forty-five-year-old bachelor Edgar Finchley is taking his first holiday. He is to forget the office for three weeks, but begins to long for its stability when everything starts to go against plans. After being abducted by a cheerful crook, he has numerous more adventures. 1934.

Medical Themes

Seeing Red BR23710
by Lina Meruane
2 volumes
Lucina, a Chilean writer in New York, is at a party. As her doctors had warned, her eyes hemorrhage. Within minutes, blood floods her vision, rendering her nearly blind. She and her loved ones adjust to a different life. Translated from the 2012 Spanish edition. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 2016.

Mystery and Detective

Firekeeper’s Daughter BR24040
by Angeline Boulley
6 volumes
Daunis, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother. When Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, she reluctantly agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source of a new drug. Strong language and some violence. Printz Award. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

Among the Wicked BR23629
by Linda Castillo
4 volumes
In rural upstate New York, a developing situation involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and “English,” the sheriff asks Chief of Police Kate Burkholder to infiltrate the community, posing as an Amish woman. Strong language, some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

A Gathering of Secrets: A Kate Burkholder Novel BR23634
by Linda Castillo
4 volumes
A historic barn burns to the ground in the middle of the night, and Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. At first it looks like an accident, but when the body of eighteen-year-old Amish Daniel Gingerich is found inside—burned alive—Kate suspects murder. Strong language and some violence. 2018.

Outsider: A Kate Burkholder Novel BR23624
by Linda Castillo
4 volumes
An Amish man discovers a car stuck in a snowdrift with an unconscious woman inside. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder arrives, she is shocked to discover the driver is fellow cop Gina Colorosa, whom she hasn’t seen in ten years—and to learn Gina is wanted for killing an undercover officer. Violence and strong language. 2020.

The Cuckoo’s Calling BR23330
by Robert Galbraith
6 volumes
J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith. Private detective Cormoran Strike is down on his luck—he lost a leg in Afghanistan, his practice is suffering, he broke up with his girlfriend, and he lives in his office. Then he is hired to investigate supermodel Cuckoo’s supposed suicide. Strong language, some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2013.

Death in Daylesford: The New Phryne Fisher Mystery BR23821
by Kerry Greenwood
4 volumes
Miss Phryne Fisher receives a mysterious invitation for a spa vacation from the unknown-to-her retired Captain Herbert Spencer. She travels with faithful servant Dot to Daylesford, but they are soon confronting treacherous Highland gatherings, a mysterious case of disappearing women, and a string of murders. Some violence, some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.

Due or Die BR23813
by Jenn McKinlay
3 volumes
When Carrie Rushton—president of the Friends of the Library—is accused of murdering her husband, library director Lindsey Norris and the Briar Creek crafternoon club don’t believe it. They must discover who the killer is before Carrie meets the same fate, despite the nor’easter burying the town in snow. Some violence and some strong language. 2012.

Cat Chase the Moon: A Joe Grey Mystery BR24058
by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
3 volumes
Feline private investigator Joe Grey and his tabby lady Dulcie are frantic when their teen kitten, Courtney, goes missing. Courtney’s been kidnapped, but doesn’t fear until her kidnapper begins making sly moves. Joe Grey, Dulcie, and their two- and four-legged friends search everywhere for Courtney. Some violence and some strong language. 2019.

Final Proof: Or, The Value of Evidence BR23281
by Rodrigues Ottolengui
4 volumes
NY PI Jack Barnes is good at his job—no nonsense and thorough. Mr. Robert Leroy Mitchel—a gentleman and an amateur sleuth—is confident in his ability to find answers where the professionals cannot. By choice or circumstance the two are thrown together in pursuit of the truth in this collection of cases. 1898.

The 17th Suspect BR23835
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
3 volumes
A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant’s tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself. Some violence, some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2018.

Following Christopher Creed BR23923
by Carol Plum-Ucci
4 volumes
College reporter Mike, who is legally blind, hopes to get a story about a body found in the strange town of Steepleton, believed to be that of long-missing teen Christopher Creed. Sequel to The Body of Christopher Creed (BR13389). Violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2011.

Of Mutts and Men BR23623
by Spencer Quinn
4 volumes
When Chet the dog, and his partner, PI Bernie Little of the desert-based Little Detective Agency, arrive to a meeting with hydrologist Wendell Nero, they are in for a shocking sight: Wendell has come to a violent and mysterious end. What did the hydrologist want to see them about? Strong language and some violence. 2020.

A Distant Grave BR23951
by Sarah Stewart Taylor
4 volumes
When the body of an unidentified Irish national turns up in a wealthy Long Island beach community, homicide detective Maggie D’arcy is called in. She teams up with Garda detectives in Ireland to identify the man and his purpose on Long Island. But a killer wants the man’s identity unknown. Violence and strong language. 2021.

Occult and Horror

Lost: A House of Night Other World Novel BR24000
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
5 volumes
Things have settled down since Zoey and the gang closed the tear between worlds and sent Other Kevin back to the Other World. But then trouble begins again. Strong language, descriptions of sex and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2018.

Gwendy’s Magic Feather BR23704
by Richard Chizmar
2 volumes
The mysterious reappearance of the button box, along with the troubling disappearances in Castle Rock, leads Gwendy home again to stop a madman. Sequel to Gwendy’s Button Box (BR21903). Some violence and some strong language. 2019.

My Heart Is a Chainsaw BR23937
by Stephen Graham Jones
5 volumes
In a quickly gentrifying rural town, tourists begin to die, and the tension between the community and the celebrity newcomers heads to a tipping point. Protected by her encyclopedic knowledge of horror films, Jade, of Blackfoot descent, hopes it is enough to help her survive. Violence and strong language. 2021.

Night Shift BR23763
by Stephen King
5 volumes
Mutating body parts, menacing rats, spooky children, and monstrous presences pepper this collection of stories. In “The Boogeyman,” a closet-lurking boogeyman kills a couple’s children one by one. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 1978.

The Elementals BR23779
by Michael McDowell
3 volumes
The McCray and Savage families have been coming to Beldame together for years. They stay at two houses on the Alabama Gulf coast, while a third house sits empty, filling with sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait. Violence and strong language. 1981.

Religious Themes

Aiming for Love: Brides of Hope Mountain, Book 1 BR23868
by Mary Connealy
3 volumes
Colorado, 1873. Josephine Nordegren is a skilled archer and one of three sisters who grew up wild and isolated on Hope Mountain. When David Warden, a rancher, brings in a herd much too close to the girls’ secret home, Jo is too interested to stay away. 2019.

A Harvest of Hearts: The Amish of Seymour BR23619
by Laura V. Hilton
3 volumes
Matthew Yoder is eager to make a fresh start as part of a swap of Amish men. He is surprised when Shanna, the oldest daughter of his host family, comes home from nursing school for the summer. When they fall in love, Shanna must decide where her true home is. 2011.

The Solid Grounds Coffee Company: A Supper Club Novel BR23322
by Carla Laureano
4 volumes
Analyn Sanchez quits her job at a high-powered PR firm when she is asked to cover up a client’s misdeeds. An accident leaves Bryan Shaw, a former professional rock climber similarly at loose ends. He decides to buy a coffee farm and offers Ana a job. 2020.

The Water Keeper BR23970
by Charles Martin
4 volumes
Murphy Shepherd lives alone on an island, tending the grounds of a church with no parishioners, and dedicating his life to rescuing those in peril. When he pulls a beautiful woman named Summer out of Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, Murph finds himself in the dangerous world of human trafficking. 2020.

When Twilight Breaks BR23807
by Sarah Sundin
4 volumes
Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession and to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. She meets Peter Lang, an American professor who is impressed by the new German prosperity, until he learns of the regime’s brutality. 2021.

In Good Company BR24031
by Jen Turano
4 volumes
“After growing up as an orphan, Millie Longfellow is determined to become the best nanny the East Coast has ever seen. Unfortunately, her playfulness and enthusiasm aren’t always well-received and she finds herself dismissed from yet another position. Everett Mulberry has quite unexpectedly become guardian to three children that scare off every nanny he hires. About to depart for Newport, Rhode Island, for the summer, he’s desperate for competent childcare. At wit’s end with both Millie and Everett, the employment agency gives them one last chance—with each other. As Millie falls in love with her mischievous charges, Everett focuses on achieving the coveted societal status of the upper echelons. But as he investigates the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the children’s parents, will it take the loss of those he loves to learn whose company he truly wants for the rest of his life?” — Provided by publisher. 2015.


The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke BR23962
by Tessa Dare
4 volumes
The Duke of Ashbury needs a wife, but he believes regular courtship is out of the question because of the extensive scarring he bears from the war. He proposes marriage to a seamstress, expecting a marriage of convenience. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2017.

A Lot like Adiós BR23946
by Alexis Daria
4 volumes
Years after fleeing the Bronx and his overbearing family, Gabe Aguilar is coming home. He needs help opening the New York branch of his gym and gets referred to Michelle Amato, the marketing genius who was once his best friend. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2021.

You Had Me at Hola BR23696
by Alexis Daria
4 volumes
After a messy public breakup, soap opera actress Jasmine Lin Rodriguez is excited to return home to New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy. She is determined to focus on her career when a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela star Ashton Suarez. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2020.

Extreme Honor BR23795
by Piper J. Drake
3 volumes
Ex-soldier David Cruz’s toughest case is Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat. Nobody at Hope’s Crossing Kennels can break through the animal’s grief—that is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Ultimate Courage BR23823
by Piper J. Drake
3 volumes
Retired Navy SEAL and single dad Alex Rojas is putting his life back together. Working to help rehab a former guard dog, he struggles to control his PTSD. But when Elisa Hall shows up, she unleashes his protective instinct. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown BR23327
by Talia Hibbert
4 volumes
Chloe has decided it’s time to stop letting her chronic illness keep her from living her life. She makes a list of things she wants to experience, but needs a teacher. Red, the sexy artist who works as her building superintendent, is just the man to help her. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2019.

The Happy Ever After Playlist BR23276
by Abby Jimenez
4 volumes
Sloan is still grieving the death of her fiancé when she rescues a dog who dashes in front of her car. Tucker’s owner is a musician on tour, and as they exchange calls and texts, Sloan begins to feel more like her old self. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2020.

Jay’s Gay Agenda BR23811
by Jason June
3 volumes
Living in a remote town, Jay is frustrated that his Gay Agenda, a love-related to-do list, is indefinitely on hold. But when his family moves to Seattle, the thriving LGBTQ+ community means he can finally begin checking things off his list! Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

The Flatshare BR23924
by Beth O’Leary
4 volumes
After a breakup, Tiffy needs to quickly find a cheap apartment in London. Leon works nights and needs money, so he offers to rent his place on an unusual basis: Tiffy can have the apartment at night, Leon during the day, and they never even need to meet. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2019.

Charming as a Verb BR23587
by Ben Philippe
3 volumes
Dutiful first-generation Haitian son, Henri, can charm most anyone, except classmate Corinne. When the two of them plan a scheme, what started as a mutual hustle turns into something more. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2020.

Nine Lives BR23925
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
On her own and feeling a sense of adventure for the first time, Maggie Kelly embarks on a whirlwind trip around the globe—bringing her face-to-face with the very same irresistible, thrill-seeking man she’s spent thirty years trying to forget. Some strong language. 2021.

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World BR23960
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
5 volumes
1980s. High school seniors Aristotle and Dante find ways to spend time together despite being at different schools, having to keep their love secret, and nightly news of gay men dying from AIDS. Strong language and descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

Science Fiction

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within: Wayfarers, Book 4 BR23796
by Becky Chambers
4 volumes
A freak technological failure halts all traffic to and from the planet of Gora. Three strangers of differing species are thrown together—an exiled artist, a cargo runner, and a mysterious individual trying to help those on the fringes. Sequel to Record of a Spaceborn Few (BR23789). Strong language and some violence. 2021.

William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the Second BR24047
by Ian Doescher
2 volumes
The story of the movie Star Wars: Episode I; Attack of the Clones, told in the format of a Shakespearean play, including meter and verse. Jedi Anakin struggles with his duties to the Jedi, attraction to Padmé, and concern for his mother. Sequel to William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace (BR24075). Some violence. 2015

Shift BR24014
by Hugh Howey
6 volumes
The world of Wool (BR21349) is explained, as newly-elected Congressman Donald Keene is tapped to shepherd the building of silos meant to protect the populace in case of danger. Secrets threaten his work. Strong language and some violence. 2013.

A Pale Light in the Black: NeoG, Book 1 BR23688
by K.B. Wagers
5 volumes
Rival military branches compete in the Boarding Games—a competition pitting service members against each other in piloting, tactical problem-solving, fencing, martial arts, and more. Consisting of a band of retired vets and raw recruits with sub-par equipment and the scorn of the military establishment, the NEO-G are the ultimate underdogs. Some strong language. 2020.

Short Stories

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance BR23346
by Zora Neale Hurston
3 volumes
A collection of short stories that examine love, migration, gender, class, racism, sexism, and African American folk culture. Includes eight of the author’s “lost” Harlem stories. 2020.

To Be a Man: Stories BR23633
by Nicole Krauss
3 volumes
A collection of short fiction exploring gender roles and tensions within romantic relationships, the perplexity of romance, and the many dynamics that can exist within a couple in the various stages of life. 2020.

A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth: Stories BR23584
by Daniel Mason
2 volumes
A collection of interlaced short stories from the author of The Winter Soldier (DB92407) that portray men and women facing the mysteries and magic of the world. Some violence. 2020.

Spies and Espionage

The Bourne Identity BR23772
by Robert Ludlum
8 volumes
Rescued wounded and amnesic from the Mediterranean, the protagonist struggles to discover his identity—and that of his would-be assassins. His only clue: microfilm, surgically implanted in his skin, bearing the number of a Zurich bank account under the name “Bourne.” Violence, some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1980.

The Bourne Supremacy BR23777
by Robert Ludlum
9 volumes
Peking leader has masterminded a plot to take over Hong Kong via political assassination. His principal agent is an assassin-for-hire masquerading as the legendary “Jason Bourne,” a one-time secret U.S. agent, who under his real name, David Webb, is struggling to recover from amnesia. Sequel to The Bourne Identity (BR23772). Strong language, some violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1986.

Suspense and Thrillers

The Revelators BR23314
by Ace Atkins
5 volumes
After recovering from being shot up and left for dead, Sheriff Quinn Colson has revenge on his mind. But someone is standing in his way: an interim sheriff, appointed by the newly elected Governor Vardaman, the man who Quinn is sure ordered his murder. Strong language and some violence. 2020.

If Snow Hadn’t Fallen BR23620
by S.J. Bolton
1 volumes
Still recovering from an attack by a copycat of Jack the Ripper, London police officer Lacey Flint responds to a call for backup. She arrives in time to witness a horrible crime. The frightening twists of the case threaten her return to the force. Violence and strong language. 2013.

Better Off Dead: A Jack Reacher Novel BR24021
by Lee Child and Andrew Child
3 volumes
While walking in the desert headed west, Jack Reacher comes across a Jeep crashed into the only tree for miles around. The driver—army veteran-turned-FBI agent Michaela Fenton—has been searching for her twin brother. Reacher agrees to help her despite knowing she has secrets of her own. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2021.

Bloodless: A Pendergast Novel BR23954
by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston
4 volumes
Agent Pendergast is assigned to investigate a bizarre and gruesome case with his partner, Agent Coldmoon. In Savannah, Georgia, bodies with no blood left in their veins are turning up across the city. Their investigation leads to the fifty-year-old case of skyjacker D.B. Cooper. Violence and strong language. 2021.

Razorblade Tears BR23915
by S.A. Cosby
4 volumes
Ike Randolph knows as a Black man to be cautious with the police at your door. He isn’t expecting news of his son Isiah’s murder and that of Isiah’s white husband, Derek. Both victims’ fathers are intent on getting revenge for their sons. Violence, strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2021.

The Apollo Murders BR23959
by Chris Hadfield
6 volumes
1973. As NASA is preparing to launch Apollo 18, flight controller Kazimieras “Kaz” Zemeckis knows there is a darker side to the publicly stated mission brief—there is a Russian space station spying on America. An accident reveals not everyone on the crew is who they purport to be. Strong language and some violence. 2021.

Perfect Little Children BR23863
by Sophie Hannah
4 volumes
Beth is hurt that Flora hasn’t contacted her since moving to a posh area. When her son has a soccer match in Flora’s neighborhood, Beth sneaks over to see their house, and is shocked to see that Flora’s children appear to be the exact ages they were twelve years ago. Strong language and some violence. 2020.

Bloodline BR23618
by Jess Lourey
44 volumes
In 1968, Minneapolis reporter Joan Harken—newly pregnant and shaken by a mugging—agrees to move with her boyfriend, Deck Schmidt, to his Minnesota hometown where his dad is mayor. But once in Lilydale, Joan slowly discovers the town’s dark side. Some violence, some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2021.

The Less Dead BR23321
by Denise Mina
3 volumes
The only silver lining to Margot’s mother’s death is that Margot, who was adopted, can finally go looking for her birth mother. But the only biological relative left is her mother’s older sister. Margot’s mother was murdered many years ago, one of a series of sex workers killed in Glasgow. Violence and strong language. 2020.

The Breaker BR23595
by Nick Petrie
4 volumes
Peter Ash spots a suspicious armed man walking into a crowded market, and stops him. The young gunman appears to have one target—but both he and his intended victim vanish before the police arrive. Peter is told his own record will be scrubbed if he can discover what was going on. Strong language and some violence. 2021.

When She Was Good BR23918
by Michael Robotham
4 volumes
Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac, from Good Girl, Bad Girl (BR23008), must dig deeper into Evie’s past to find out from whom she is running. But as Cyrus draws closer to answers, the danger to Evie grows until she must go on the run. Violence, strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.

The Shadow BR23803
by Brian Sitts and James Patterson
3 volumes
Awakening in a future world both unknown and disturbingly familiar, Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, must once again go up against his fiercest enemy, Shiwan Khan, and prove that he is not only a super crime-fighter, but an icon. Strong language, descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller. 2021.

The Silent Wife BR23329
by Karin Slaughter
7 volumes
A young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead. The police investigate but the trail goes cold—until a chance assignment takes GBI investigator Will Trent to the state penitentiary, and to a prisoner who says new attacks look identical to the one he was falsely accused of eight years earlier. Violence, strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2020.


Slaughter of the Mountain Man BR24010
by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone
4 volumes
When a professor-turned-outlaw devises a plot to kidnap President Hayes and General Sherman, Smoke Jensen travels with America’s leaders in order to protect them. Sequel to Texas Kill of the Mountain Man (BR23770). Violence and strong language. 2021.

Adult Nonfiction


Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life beyond Earth BR23702
by Avi Loeb
3 volumes
Harvard astronomer presents controversial theory regarding possible evidence of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. Describes the 2017 discovery of an object flying through our inner solar system, but not conforming to any traits of known interstellar and interplanetary objects such as comets or asteroids. 2021.

The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) BR23315
by Katie Mack
3 volumes
Cosmologist examines five different ways the world could end and explains the science behind those scenarios. The five possible scenarios are the Big Crunch where the universe collapses in on itself, two possibilities driven by dark energy, vacuum decay, and colliding with a parallel universe. 2020.


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death BR23976
by Jean-Dominique Bauby
1 volumes
A series of reminiscences by a paralyzed survivor of a massive stroke. A victim of “locked-in syndrome,” he feels as if his body were inside a diving bell, while his mind can still “soar like a butterfly.” Recalls taking good health for granted and describes how hard it is to communicate using only his eye. Translated from the 1997 French edition. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1997.

A Face for Picasso: Coming of Age with Crouzon Syndrome BR24036
by Ariel Henley
4 volumes
Recounts her own and her twin sister’s experience living with Crouzon syndrome, a rare condition where the bones in the head fuse prematurely. Discusses the surgeries, the strength and resilience needed while dealing with the emotional toll of navigating life with a facial disfigurement. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X BR23588
by Tamara Payne and Les Payne
5 volumes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist recounts the life of Malcolm X, drawing on interviews he conducted with those who knew him—siblings, friends, cellmates, Nation of Islam figures, FBI agents, cops, and political leaders. He traces Malcolm’s life from his birth until his Harlem assassination, including his exploits as a petty criminal, his religious awakening, and more. Strong language, some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.

Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism BR23993
by Elsa Sjunneson
3 volumes
Memoir of professor, activist, and award-winning author who identifies as Deafblind. Discusses growing up and living in an ableist world. Explores how the misrepresentation of disability in books, movies, and TV harms both the disabled community and everyone else. Strong language, some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2021.

Blindness and Disabilities

There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness BR23825
by M. Leona Godin
5 volumes
A history of blindness across art, literature, and culture, exploring how blindness has been used throughout time as a metaphor for both ignorance and transcendence. Uses detailed analysis and autobiographical examples to connect the science of blindness, accessibility developments, and humanity’s larger understanding of the world. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2021.

Business and Economics

We Should All Be Millionaires: A Woman’s Guide to Earning More, Building Wealth, and Gaining Economic Power BR23817
by Rachel Rodgers
4 volumes
Lawyer who built her own seven-figure business presents a manifesto on why she believes women and those from marginalized communities need to claim economic power by building their own seven-figure businesses. Topics include mindset, making impactful decisions, determining value, and building supportive systems and teams. Strong language. 2021.


The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster BR23939
by Steve Dalton
4 volumes
Career services program director at Duke University presents a guide to streamlining and being efficient in your job search process. Topics include prioritizing your search techniques, identifying your motivations, networking skills, tracking your contacts, researching potential employers, and communication skills. 2020.


Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism BR23340
by Safiya Umoja Noble
4 volumes
Information scientist examines the hidden biases in algorithms used by search engines. Explores the concept of technological redlining, which describes the ways capital, race, and gender interact and intersect to invisibly promote white and male supremacy in interactions with an everyday part of life in the twenty-first century. 2018.

The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win BR23921
by George Spafford and others
5 volumes
Guide to best practices of software development and IT operations presented in parable form. Bill, IT manager at Parts Unlimited, is tasked with rescuing a project critical to the business’s future in the time frame of ninety days. With the philosophy of a prospective board member, Bill tackles his mission. Some strong language. 2018.

Video Chatting for Seniors: In Easy Steps BR23912
by Nick Vandome
2 volumes
Guide to using video chatting services and devices to connect with others. Topics include ways of connecting to the internet to use services, which apps allow for video chatting, etiquette, managing chats with individuals and groups, combining text chat with video chat, and making audio-only calls using video services. 2021.


12 Ways to Retire on Less: Planning an Affordable Future BR23812
by Harriet Edleson
2 volumes
Guide to preparing for a retirement when there may be less money than expected. Topics include adjusting your mindset away from your older relatives’ experiences, evaluating your resources, identifying your retirement goals, assessing your monetary needs, working longer, maximizing Social Security, housing options, transportation, and travel. 2021.


Cook for Your Gut Health: Quiet Your Gut, Boost Fiber, and Reduce Inflammation BR23914
by America’s Test Kitchen and Alicia A. Romano
5 volumes
Collection of tested recipes created to support a healthy gut that optimizes digestion. Addresses common food-based irritants and allergies, including the allium family, lactose, dairy, and gluten. Includes recipes that match low-FODMAP guidelines for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and provides customizations for other recipes. 2021.

Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes to Repeat BR23800
by Molly Baz
4 volumes
Contributor to Bon Appétit presents a collection of recipes designed to teach cooking techniques. Categories include chicken; beef, pork, and lamb; seafood; eggs; noodles; grains and legumes; salads; vegetables; soups; snacks; and baking. Strong language. 2021.

Cooking at Home; Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Recipes (and Love My Microwave) BR24002
by David Chang and Priya Krishna
3 volumes
Chef and author of Eat a Peach (DB100830) and food writer Krishna present a guide to and collection of recipes for cooking at home and making use of appliances like your microwave. Draws on lessons learned from their mothers. Sections include meat, fish, vegetables, starches, and condiments. Strong language. 2021.

The Lighter Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook BR24004
by Jeffrey Eisner
4 volumes
Author of The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook (BR23997) presents a collection of more recipes intended for use in the Instant Pot, but focusing on making healthier choices. Includes recipes designed for various dietary lifestyles, such as keto, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan. 2021.

No Recipe? No Problem! How to Pull Together Tasty Meals without a Recipe BR23793
by Phyllis Good
4 volumes
Coauthor of Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook (BR14192) presents a cookbook that is focused on the improvisation of recipes. Addresses the techniques, skills, and knowledge needed to create a successful meal from scratch. Categories include vegetables, pastas and grains, sheet-pan meals, pizzas, and eggs. 2021.

Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners: 75 Healthy Recipes for Easy Weeknight Meals BR24023
by Gina Homolka and Heather K. Jones
2 volumes
Collection of recipes designed to be cooked using an air fryer. Categories include vegetable mains; poultry; beef, pork, and lamb; seafood; and sides. Provides tips for creating the best air fryer cooking experience. Also includes a conversion chart for cooking in a conventional oven. 2021.

A Table for Friends: The Art of Cooking for Two or Twenty BR23328
by Skye McAlpine
3 volumes
Cookbook featuring recipes easily scalable from an intimate gathering to a much larger one and responsive to the seasonal availability of ingredients. Includes advice on preparing for entertaining. Recipes are categorized by the stars of the meal, sides, sweets, and extras. 2020.

East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing BR23538
by Meera Sodha
3 volumes
Collection of recipes focused on vegetarian and vegan dishes that draw on South, East, and South East Asian food traditions. Recipes are categorized into snacks and small things, salads, noodles, curries, rice, tofu, flour and eggs, legumes, sides, condiments, sweet, and helpful things. 2019.

Vegan, Vegetarian, Omnivore: Dinner for Everyone at the Table BR23820
by Anna Thomas
6 volumes
Collection of recipes designed to be adapted among vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore dietary needs. Includes a guide on navigating holiday gathering menus. Categories include appetizers and spreads, condiments, salads, soup, pasta, grains, stuffed vegetables, pizza and savory pies, vegetables, beans, fish and meat, and desserts. 2016.

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking BR23999
by Toni Tipton-Martin
5 volumes
Collections of recipes highlighting the food culture of African Americans over the course of two centuries. Recipes are categorized by appetizers, beverages, breads, soups and salads, sides and vegetables, main dishes, and desserts. James Beard Award. 2019.

Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook BR24024
by Joshua Weissman
3 volumes
Collection of recipes presented with a humorous tone to encourage you to learn how to cook or level-up your current cooking skills. Recipes focus on learning skills which can be built on. Categories include bread and starches, breakfast, fish, meat, sandwiches, salads, soup, and dessert. Some strong language. 2021.

Government and Politics

How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America BR23316
by Heather Cox Richardson
4 volumes
Author of To Make Men Free (DB80671) postulates that the Civil War did not bring an end to ideological struggles of equality and subordination or break the grip of white male oligarchy. Discusses new ways people have continued to embrace the values of the Confederacy long after the war ended. 2020.

Medicine and Health

The Pain Survival Guide: How to Become Resilient and Reclaim Your Life; Revised Edition BR23910
by Dennis C. Turk and Frits Winter
4 volumes
Anesthesiologist Turk and psychologist Winter present a guide of ten strategies to better manage pain. Topics include risks of opioid use, acceptance and commitment therapy, mind-body interventions, and use of cannabinoids. Also includes a resource guide on accessing support groups, health insurance, and medication. 2020.

Nature and the Environment

The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird BR23838
by Joshua Hammer
4 volumes
Chronicles the United Kingdom’s case against Jeffrey Lendrum for stealing the eggs of endangered bird species from their native habitats and the work of Andy McWilliam—a retired policeman and experienced investigator with the UK’s National Wildlife Crime Unit. Details the underworld of black market birds’ eggs. 2020.

How to Change Everything: The Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other BR23709
by Naomi Klein and Rebecca Stefoff
3 volumes
Award-winning journalist and notable author offer young readers a comprehensive look at our planet’s climate. They discuss how we got here while also providing the tools teens need to join this fight to protect and reshape the world they will inherit. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law BR23940
by Mary Roach
4 volumes
Author of Grunt (BR21642) analyzes the investigation and crafting of policy around human-wildlife interactions and conflicts. Highlights the work of animal-attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and “danger tree” faller blasters. Discusses the ways conservation efforts are influenced by human impact. Strong language and some violence. 2021.

The Journeys of Trees: A Story about Forests, People, and the Future BR23309
by Zach St. George
4 volumes
Journalist describes the mechanics of forest development and those who research forests by highlighting five trees—the giant sequoia, ash, black spruce, Florida torreya, and Monterey pine. Discusses the fossil records of forest migration, impact of climate change, and conservation efforts. Some strong language. 2020.


Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems BR23936
by Rita Dove
1 volumes
Collection of seventy-three poems by the author of On the Bus with Rosa Parks (BR12555). Poems range from exploring the experience of the first Jewish ghetto in sixteenth-century Venice to the efforts of Black Lives Matter, and themes span scopes between the individual and the global. Some strong language. 2021.

Indecency BR23843
by Justin Phillip Reed
1 volumes
Collection of thirty-eight poems exploring the themes of identity, sex, relationships, culture, and what it means to be the person you are. Violence, strong language and some descriptions of sex. National Book Award. 2018.

Psychology and Self-Help

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones; Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results BR23945
by James Clear
4 volumes
Expert on habit formation reveals practical strategies for creating good habits, breaking bad ones, and mastering the tiny behavioral changes that lead to positive results. Shares inspiring true stories while drawing on ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience. Some strong language. 2018.


The Rest of the Gospel BR23637
by David Gregory and Dan Stone
3 volumes
Pastor shares his journey delving into the gospels to explore ways to live a richer Christian life after feeling frustration with what he had learned and been taught to that point. Presents ways to reframe your relationship with God and live a more abundant life. 2000.

Social Sciences

The Big Questions Book of Sex & Consent BR23706
by Donna Freitas
3 volumes
Professor encourages a thoughtful approach in our attitudes about sex and consent. Freitas questions the meaning and purpose of sex, fears about the act, and why consent is more than a yes or no question. Descriptions of sex, some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2020.

The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege BR23996
by Brendan Kiely
3 volumes
Using experiences from his own life, Brendan Kiely introduces young readers to white privilege, unconscious bias, and allyship—because racism isn’t just an issue for people of color. Includes an introduction by Jason Reynolds. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

Stranger Faces BR23630
by Namwali Serpell
2 volumes
Professor of English at Harvard University presents five essays, intended for lectures, meditating on faces, the presentation of self in physical and digital spaces, and perceptions of meaning. Topics include Joseph Merrick, Hannah Crafts, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Grizzly Man, and the term e-faced. Some violence and some strong language. 2020.

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion BR23841
by Jia Tolentino
4 volumes
A collection of essays about self-delusion, the incentives that shape individuals, and the difficulty of seeing oneself clearly. Discusses the social Internet, the scammer as hero, and more. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2019.

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope BR23345
by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas D. Kristof
4 volumes
The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of Half the Sky (BR18769) examine life for working-class Americans and discuss the issues they face. Studies the disappearance of many blue-collar jobs, deaths related to drugs and alcohol, suicide, and the long-term damage of public policy mistakes. 2020.

Sports and Recreation

Little Wonder: The Fabulous Story of Lottie Dod, the World’s First Female Sports Superstar BR23317
by Sasha Abramsky
4 volumes
Biography of Charlotte “Lottie” Dod (1871–1960), an extraordinary sports figure who blazed trails for female athletes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dod won Wimbledon five times before going on to excel in other sports including ice skating, mountaineering, endurance cycling, golf, and archery. 2020.

US History

Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power BR23398
by Pekka Hämäläinen
10 volumes
Historian recounts the history of the Lakota Indians, tracing their society from the early sixteenth to the early twenty-first century. Discusses their roots as hunter-gatherers, their reinventions as a river people and then a horse people on the plains. Profiles iconic figures and relates key events. 2019.

Atomic Women: The Untold Stories of the Scientists Who Helped Create the Nuclear Bomb BR23961
by Roseanne Montillo
3 volumes
The author of The Lady and Her Monsters (BR19934) reveals the little-known female scientists who were critical to the invention of the atomic bomb during World War II. Discusses their roles in the Manhattan Project, though many were not fully aware of the consequences. For senior high and older readers. 2020.

Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy BR23304
by David Zucchino
6 volumes
Pulitzer Prize-winning author recounts the Wilmington riot and coup of 1898. He describes how, after Alexander Manly wrote an editorial in defense of interracial relationships, white supremacists plotted to trigger a “race riot” to aid their schemes to overthrow the city’s multi-racial government. Strong language. Bestseller. 2020.

Books for Children

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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


Inkdeath BR23968
by Cornelia Funke
7 volumes
Continuing from Inkspell (BR16310), Inkworld is under siege. As Bluejay—Mo’s fictitious double—tries to keep the Book of Immortality from unraveling, Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom. Adderhead demands that Bluejay surrender, or the children will be doomed to slavery in the silver mines. Translated from the 2007 German edition. For grades 5–8. 2008.

Daughter of the Deep BR23966
by Rick Riordan
4 volumes
Ana Dakkar begins school at Harding-Pencroft Academy—a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. There, Ana makes astounding discoveries about her heritage and tests her leadership skills against deadly enemies from a rival school. For grades 5–8. 2021.

The Ickabog BR23994
by J.K. Rowling
3 volumes
As the legend of the fearsome Ickabog spreads terror in the peaceful kingdom of Cornucopia, best friends Bert and Daisy set out to discover the truth and bring happiness back to the kingdom. For grades 3–6. 2020.

Animals and Wildlife

Practice Makes Perfect: Angelina Ballerina BR23920
by Katharine Holabird
1 volumes
Miss Lilly pairs Angelina and Henry to dance together at Chipping Cheddar’s Summer Festival Dance. At first their dance is a mess, but they both soon learn the value of practice and patience. Contains complete text in uncontracted and contracted braille. For preschool–grade 2. 2021.


From the Desk of Zoe Washington BR23873
by Janae Marks
2 volumes
Avid baker Zoe Washington receives a letter on her twelfth birthday from her biological father, who is in prison for a terrible crime. Determined to uncover his innocence, Zoe investigates. Meanwhile, pressure rises over a baking show audition. For grades 4–7. 2020.

Bright Star BR24048
by Yuyi Morales
1 volumes
A doe reassures her fawn during difficult times. Includes some Spanish. For preschool–grade 2. 2021.


Willodeen BR23935
by Katherine Applegate
2 volumes
When the annual migration of hummingbears, a source of local pride and income, dwindles and no one knows why, Willodeen, armed with a magical birthday gift, speaks up for the animals she loves and vows to uncover this mystery. For grades 3–6. 2021.

The Silver Arrow BR23707
by Lev Grossman
2 volumes
Kate’s humdrum life is transformed when her eccentric Uncle Herbert brings her a colossal locomotive train, the Silver Arrow, as her eleventh birthday gift, leading her and her younger brother on a mysterious quest. For grades 4–7. 2020.

Sisters of the Neversea BR23791
by Cynthia Leitich Smith
3 volumes
With their feuding parents planning to spend the summer apart, best friends and stepsisters Lily and Wendy worry about the future. But a mysterious boy intends to take them away to an island of wild animals, Merfolk, Fairies, pirates, and other kidnapped children. For grades 3–6. 2021.

Folk and Fairy Tales

Living Ghosts & Mischievous Monsters: Chilling American Indian Stories BR23957
by Dan SaSuWeh Jones
2 volumes
Thirty-two short stories in the tradition of ghost stories from American Indian cultures across North America, featuring witches, walking dolls, hungry skeletons, skinwalkers, and other supernatural beings. For grades 4–7. 2021.


A Kind of Spark BR24035
by Elle McNicoll
2 volumes
When she discovers that her small Scottish town used to burn witches simply because they were different, a neurodivergent girl who sees and hears things others cannot refuses to let them be forgotten. For grades 5–8. 2020.

Kaleidoscope BR24005
by Brian Selznick
1 volumes
Two people are bound to each other through time and space, memory and dreams. At the center of their relationship is a mystery about the nature of grief and love, which constantly changes. For grades 6–9. 2021.

Turtle Boy BR23627
by M. Evan Wolkenstein
3 volumes
Seventh-grader Will’s Bar Mitzvah community service project, visiting an incurably ill older boy in the hospital, leads to a friendship that is life-changing for both them and those around them. Sydney Taylor Book Award. For grades 5–8. 2020.


The Christmas Pig BR23983
by J.K. Rowling
2 volumes
Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad—until one Christmas Eve, when something terrible happens: DP is lost. But Jack’s newest toy, the Christmas Pig (DP’s replacement), has a daring plan to find him. For grades 3–6. 2021.


Double-O Dodo: Didi Dodo, Future Spy, Book 3 BR23938
by Tom Angleberger
1 volumes
When Didi Dodo and her friends hear that a human kidnapped the queen, they pose as a family while searching for her at a new, human-themed amusement park. For grades 2–4. 2020.

Recipe for Disaster: Didi Dodo, Future Spy, Book 1 BR23931
by Tom Angleberger
1 volumes
When Koko Dodo’s secret chocolate sauce is stolen just before an important cooking contest, Didi, a dodo bird, devises a daring plan to help. For grades 2–4. 2019.

Robo-Dodo Rumble: Didi Dodo, Future Spy, Book 2 BR23933
by Tom Angleberger
1 volumes
Koko Dodo’s cookie shop faces stiff competition from an evil robotic dodo, and a giant sea monster starts destroying the town, but Didi Dodo has some creative solutions. For grades 2–4. 2019.

Billy Miller Makes a Wish BR23819
by Kevin Henkes
1 volumes
On his eighth birthday, Billy Miller wishes for something exciting to happen. Not one of his wishes is answered the way he expects, but he does have lots of surprises—and the final one is possibly the best one ever. Companion to The Year of Billy Miller (BR20399). For grades 2–4. 2021.

The Deep End: Diary of a Wimpy Kid BR23981
by Jeff Kinney
1 volumes
In the family’s cross-country camping trip, Greg Heffley and his family find themselves stranded at a sad RV park. When the rain starts to fall, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation. For grades 3–6 and older readers. 2020.

Dog Diaries: Ruffing It; A Middle School Story BR23776
by James Patterson and Steven Butler
1 volumes
Excitedly accompanying his human family on a camping vacation in the woods, canine Junior happily chases raccoons, fetches sticks, and swims in the lake, before an obedience-obsessed human arrives and spoils his fun. For grades 2–4. 2020.

Mystery and Detective

Ophie’s Ghosts BR23929
by Justina Ireland
3 volumes
1920s. Discovering her ability to see ghosts when a cruel act ends her father’s life and forces her to move in with relatives, young Ophie forges a helpful bond with a spirit whose own life ended suddenly and unjustly. For grades 4–7. 2021.

Ali Cross BR23804
by James Patterson
2 volumes
Ali Cross has always looked up to his father, homicide detective Alex Cross. When Ali’s best friend goes missing and his wrongfully accused father is on trial for a different crime, Ali searches for clues to find his friend. For grades 5–8 and older readers. 2019.

Like Father, like Son: Ali Cross BR23805
by James Patterson
2 volumes
His friend Zoe is in trouble after Ali and his friends witness a crime in Anacostia Park, and it’s up to Ali to figure out why Zoe is lying to the police—and whom she’s protecting. Sequel to Ali Cross (BR23804). For grades 5–8 and older readers. 2021.

Scary Stories

Dark Waters BR23932
by Katherine Arden
2 volumes
Stuck on a mysterious island, Ollie, Coco, and Brian must band together if they hope to escape the creature that haunts them on land and sea. Sequel to Dead Voices (BR22895). For grades 5–8. 2021.

Whispering Pines BR23632
by Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski
3 volumes
When otherworldly forces descend on the town of Whispering Pines, conspiracy theorist Rae, who’s searching for her lost father, and Caden, who’s haunted by the disappearance of his brother, band together. Something in the town is hunting kids and stealing their eyes. Some violence. For grades 4–7. 2020.

Claws! Goosebumps: Hall of Horrors BR24043
by R.L. Stine
1 volumes
After things go horribly wrong while cat-sitting for a neighbor, Mickey and his friend Amanda steal a look-alike cat from the local pet store, Cat Heaven. But they soon discover that was a big mistake. For grades 3–6. 2011.

Fifth-Grade Zombies: Goosebumps SlappyWorld BR23818
by R.L. Stine
1 volumes
When twelve-year-old Todd moves from Queens, New York, to live on a Wisconsin farm for a year, he’s in for more than just hanging out with his cousins Mila and Skipper. Todd witnesses strange things late at night in the cornfields and suspects it’s something undead. For grades 3–6. 2021.

Let’s Get Invisible: Goosebumps BR23822
by R.L. Stine
2 volumes
On Max’s birthday, he finds a mirror in the attic that makes him and his friends invisible. But then they are horrified to discover they can’t quickly reappear. For grades 3–6. 1993.

Night of the Giant Everything: Goosebumps; Hall of Horrors BR24039
by R.L. Stine
1 volumes
Steven, a practical joker, is tricked by his friends into drinking a strange mixture of chemicals that causes him to shrink, and he must make it through his house and the dangers inside to reach his normal size. For grades 3–6. 2011.

Stay Out of the Basement: Goosebumps BR23810
by R.L. Stine
1 volumes
Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant testing in his basement. But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father, especially when they “meet” some of the plants he is growing down there. For grades 4–7. 1992.

Welcome to Dead House: Goosebumps BR23808
by R.L. Stine
1 volumes
When their father inherits an old house in the town of Dark Falls, Amanda and Josh are unhappy about the move—and soon begin to suspect that something is haunting the manor. For grades 4–7. 1992.


Flip the Silver Switch: The Crimson Five BR23872
by Jackie Yeager
3 volumes
When the Crimson Five travel to Québec for the Piedmont Challenge Global Championships, they are blindsided by a new task. Kia must get them to pull together as pressure builds. Sequel to Spin the Golden Light Bulb (BR22744). For grades 4–7. 2018.

Children’s Nonfiction

Animals and Wildlife

The First Dinosaur: How Science Solved the Greatest Mystery on Earth BR23934
by Ian Lendler
3 volumes
Not long ago, the notion that these giant creatures could have roamed Earth millions of years before humans was unfathomable. The author covers the chain of fossil discoveries, advances in science that led to the idea of dinosaurs, and the eccentric men and overlooked women who uncovered the mystery. For grades 5–8. 2019.


Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua BR24055
by Gloria Amescua
1 volumes
A fictionalized account of a Nahua girl who grew up in Mexico during the early 1900s. She became a model for artists, worked with scholars to preserve Nahuatl language and stories, and was known as the “soul of Mexico.” For grades K–3. 2021.

The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art BR24044
by Cynthia Levinson
1 volumes
Chronicles the life of artist, immigrant, and activist Ben Shahn. Shahn used his art to raise awareness for social justice, bringing working people’s stories to life. Includes Yiddish glossary. Sibert Award. For grades K–3. 2021.

The Genius under the Table: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain BR24026
by Eugene Yelchin
1 volumes
With equal amounts of charm and solemnity, award-winning author and artist Eugene Yelchin recounts in detail his childhood in Cold War Russia as a young boy desperate to understand his place in his family. For grades 5–8. 2021.


The Complete Cookbook for Young Scientists BR23975
by America’s Test Kitchen
4 volumes
A collection of kid-tested, kid-approved recipes and experiments for young chefs to do in their home kitchen. Considers why some cheeses melt better than others, how popcorn “pops,” and what makes some cookies chewy and others crisp. For grades 4–7. 2021.

Delish Kids (Super-Awesome, Crazy-Fun, Best-Ever) Cookbook BR24013
by Joanna Saltz and Editors of Delish
2 volumes
Easy-to-follow recipes for every occasion, like Banana Split Oatmeal, Hot Dog Cubanos, Leprechaun Shake, Cinnamon Roll Rice Krispies Treats, and Santa Hat Pancakes. Includes helpful kitchen tricks to inspire young cooks. For grades 2–4. 2021.


Ghosts Unveiled! Creepy and True BR23703
by Kerrie Logan Hollihan
2 volumes
A collection of reported ghost appearances, unsolved mysteries, and eerie hauntings. The author recounts incidents that range from sightings of a demon cat lurking in the US Capitol hallways to phantom funeral trains. For grades 5–8 and older readers. 2020.


Feasts and Festivals around the World: From Lunar New Year to Christmas BR24358
by Tomoko Suzuki
1 volumes
“From South Korea to Nigeria to the USA, come celebrate festivals throughout the year! People around the world are celebrating. In Australia, it’s Christmas in summer with barbecues on the beach. In Thailand, they’re celebrating Songkran, the famous Buddhist water festival. Rhyming text and graphic illustrations pair perfectly and invite young readers to explore the world through mesmerizing festivals.” — Provided by publisher. For grades 2–4. 2022.


The Curse of the Mummy: Uncovering Tutankhamun’s Tomb BR23998
by Candace Fleming
2 volumes
During the reign of the New Kingdom of Egypt, the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun ruled and died tragically young. Award-winning author recounts the true story of the search for Tutankhamun’s tomb, the Western public’s belief that the dig was cursed, and the battle for ownership of the treasures within. For grades 4–7. 2021.

Mummies Exposed! Creepy and True BR23705
by Kerrie Logan Hollihan
2 volumes
Uncovers the mysteries behind unearthed human mummies around the globe, from mutilated bodies preserved in Irish bogs to sacrificed children entombed in an Incan burial site on a mountaintop. For grades 5–8 and older readers. 2019.

The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem BR24049
by Colleen Paeff
1 volumes
Joseph Bazalgette, a 19th-century engineer, designed London’s first comprehensive sewage system. In doing so, he saved thousands of lives from cholera outbreaks that regularly plagued the city. For grades 2–4. 2021.

Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued BR24062
by Peter Sís
1 volumes
Award-winning author chronicles the life of Nicholas Winton, a man who, in 1938, helped save the lives of almost 700 children trapped in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. For grades 2–4. 2021.

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water BR24009
by Renée Watson and Nikole Hannah-Jones
1 volumes
Stymied by her unfinished family tree assignment for school, a young girl seeks Grandma’s counsel and learns about her ancestors, the consequences of slavery, and the history of Black resistance in the United States. For grades 2–4. 2021.


If You Lived During the Plimoth Thanksgiving BR24025
by Chris Newell
1 volumes
Examines the feast at Plimoth, the English colonists, the Wampanoag people, and the history leading up to this event, now a national holiday. For grades 2–4. 2021.

Nature and the Environment

The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastics BR23964
by Susan Hood
1 volumes
Poems highlight the threat of plastic to our planet and the work of activists standing up and speaking out for change. For grades 2–4. 2021.

Science and Technology

Good Housekeeping: Amazing Science; 83 Hands-On S.T.E.A.M. Experiments for Curious Kids! BR23956
by Aubre Andrus and Rachel Rothman
3 volumes
A collection of S.T.E.A.M.-based science experiments kids can do at home with easy-to-find materials, designed for enjoyment, learning, and discovery. Sections include food science, water works, power up, all the right moves, fun and games, slime and grime, and explore the outdoors. For grades 3–6 and older readers. 2021.

The Super Cool Science of Harry Potter: The Spell-Binding Science behind the Magic, Creatures, Witches, and Wizards of the Potter Universe! BR23708
by Mark Brake
2 volumes
A collection of real-life facts, science, and history behind the magical world of Harry Potter. Discusses prophecies, flesh-eating plants, potions, and if there are hidden railway stations in London. For grades 4–7. 2020.

The Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Chemistry for Kids; Homemade Science Experiments and Activities Inspired by Awesome Chemists, Past and Present BR24008
by Liz Lee Heinecke
2 volumes
Chemistry guide featuring biographies of leading chemists, accompanied by accessible, hands-on experiments and activities to bring the history and principles of chemistry alive. Fun lab experiments include fragrance distillation, building different elements, and creating a home remedy for sunburn. For grades 3–6. 2020.

How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure BR24007
by John Rocco
3 volumes
Award-winning author and illustrator chronicles the history of the people and technology that made the Moon landing possible. Covers the space race, designing a lunar rocket, building a launch vehicle and spacecraft, staying alive in space, the support on the ground, and getting there. For grades 5–8 and older readers. 2020.

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.

Better Homes and Gardens
Braille Book Review (NLS publication)
Braille Chess Magazine (British publication)
Braille Music Magazine (British publication)
Conundrum (British publication)
Cook’s Illustrated
Cricket: The Realm of Imagination (for children and teens)
Dell Sunday Crosswords
Harper’s (literary)
Health Newsletters (includes Harvard Health Letter, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and University of California Berkeley Wellness Letter)
Interweave (knitting)
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine
Muse (for children)
Musical Mainstream (NLS publication)
National Geographic
National Geographic Kids
News (NLS publication)
The New York Times Book Review
The New York Times Large Print Weekly
PC World
Popular Mechanics
Popular Music Lead Sheets
Reader’s Digest
Rolling Stone (popular culture)
Science News
Scout Life (for children and teens)
Short Stories (British publication)
Spider: The Magazine for Children
Sports Illustrated Kids
Stone Soup: The Magazine by Young Writers and Artists (children’s writings)
Today’s Parent

Schedules for the following sports leagues are also available:
Major League Baseball
National Basketball Association
National Football League
National Hockey League
Women’s National Basketball Association

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