Braille Book Review

March-April 1998
Books for Adults--Fiction

Books listed in this issue of Braille Book Review were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including biographies, classics, gothics, mysteries, romances, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection.

To order books, contact your cooperating library.

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

Watership Down BR 10851
by Richard Adams
4 volumes
A fable about a band of rabbits who set out bravely for a new home in the English countryside. They encounter many dangers and adventures along the way and finally make it to safety after rescuing some does who become their mates. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1972.

Personal Darkness: Second in the Blood Opera Sequence BR 10865
by Tanith Lee
3 volumes
The Scarabae vampires settle in an elegant house outside London after being burned out by young Ruth, who flees her clan. She finds her way through London by drinking the blood of her unwitting hosts. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1993.

My Drowning BR 10877
by Jim Grimsley
2 volumes
Story of a woman reminiscing about her girlhood in rural North Carolina, where she grew up poor and abused in a dysfunctional family. Haunted by a recurring dream of her mother drowning in a river, she analyzes the painful memories and reaches a new level of self-awareness. Strong language. 1997.

Belgarath the Sorcerer BR 10904
by David and Leigh Eddings
6 volumes
In this prequel to the Belgariad and the Malloreon series, Belgarath the Sorcerer is encouraged by his grandson, Garion, to explain how the evil god Torak split the world apart and how Aldur set it right again with Belgarath's help. 1994.

Dragon's Blood BR 10937
by Jane Yolen
2 volumes
Jakkin Stewart steals a hatchling dragon and trains it secretly in the desert. If Heart's Blood, the young dragon, can win in the gaming pits, his young owner can buy his freedom and win the love of a mysterious girl. Jakkin can't even think of what will happen if his dragon loses. First book of the Pit Dragon trilogy. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1982.

Another Way to Dance BR 10957
by Martha Southgate
1 volume
Vicki Harris, fourteen, has been chosen to study at the School of American Ballet for the summer. Her family is concerned that Vicki will have to turn her back on her African American heritage to succeed in the mostly white world of ballet. As the summer progresses, Vicki must deal with her own concerns about race. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1996.

Hard Times BR 10964
by Charles Dickens
3 volumes
A protest against materialism, set in an industrial coketown in mid-nineteenth-century England. Governed solely by self-interest, Thomas Gradgrind destroys his children, Louisa and Thomas, by a complete absence of sympathy and sentiment. 1854.

Rabbit, Run BR 10965
by John Updike
3 volumes
Weary of his marriage, Henry leaves his pregnant wife and job and lives with a prostitute. He returns home after his child is born but leaves again at the death of the infant. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1960.

Hollywood Kids BR 10967
by Jackie Collins
4 volumes
Spoiled offspring of dysfunctional Hollywood families share love and adventure. Jordanna Levitt, a movie producer's daughter, assists handsome, cruel movie star Bobby Rush. Cheryl Landers runs a call-girl service with Grant Lennon, a struggling agent. Then an ex-convict turns on the heat. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller 1994.

Whiteoaks of Jalna BR 10968
by Mazo de la Roche
3 volumes
Finch, the awkward, misunderstood musical genius of the Whiteoak family, finds growing up difficult. Events reach a climax when his eccentric old grandmother dies and leaves her fortune to him. Sequel to Jalna (BR 4977) and prequel to Finch's Fortune (BR 5044). Some strong language. 1929.

Old Lover's Ghost BR 10976
by Joan Smith
2 volumes
Charity Wainwright's father has the unusual power of being able to communicate with ghosts. Thus Charity and her father spend a lot of time traveling, and she has little time for herself--or romance. But their visit to Keefer Hall does hold some promise. 1994.

Rabbit Redux BR 10982
by John Updike
4 volumes
In this sequel to Rabbit, Run (BR 10965), it's the summer of 1969, Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom is ten years older, and now it's his wife who is leaving. Harry takes an eighteen-year-old runaway into his home, becoming her lover as well as her father-protector. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1971.

This Side of Paradise BR 10994
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2 volumes
The author's first novel, which catapulted him to fame at the age of twenty-three, relates the life and times of a young college man born healthy, wealthy, and extraordinarily good-looking. 1920.

Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida BR 10995
by Victor Martinez
1 volume
A Chicano boy comes of age and is inducted into a gang in a hardscrabble California desert town. As his dysfunctional family suffers one setback after another, he struggles to overcome poverty and prejudice and grow up a respected person. Violence. For junior and senior high readers. 1996.

Mining the Oort BR 10999
by Frederik Pohl
3 volumes
There isn't much wrong with Mars that a decent atmosphere wouldn't fix. So Mars's Dekker DeWoe is happy humans are mining comets from the Oort cloud and sending them to Mars to create a livable atmosphere. When he has to move out of the comets' path, Dekker heads to Earth hoping to become a member of the mining team. But surprises await. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1992.

Talent Night BR 11053
by Jean Davies Okimoto
1 volume
Although his sister claims Asians can't be rap artists, Rodney Suyama plans to prove her wrong. If that happens and Ivy Ramos becomes his girlfriend, life will be perfect. This fantasy is interrupted when Rodney's Japanese great-uncle demands proof that Rodney and his sister have retained their Japanese culture. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

War Drums BR 11072
by John Vornholt
2 volumes
On the colony world of Selva, a small band of Klingons, survivors of a long-ago space wreck, have reverted to a savage state and are attacking the human settlement. Lieutenant Worf of the starship Enterprise leads a landing party to contact the Klingons. An allout war between the Klingons and the human colonists appears to be inevitable. In addition, Worf learns that a more deadly force is at work on the planet. A Star Trek: The Next Generation novel. 1992.

Wren to the Rescue BR 11175
by Sherwood Smith
2 volumes
Wren and Tess have become close friends while living at Three Groves Orphanage, but Wren is still surprised when Tess announces she is really a princess and has been hiding from the evil King Andreus. The time has come for Tess to return home, and she takes Wren with her. But they are only there one day when Tess is kidnapped. Prequel to Wren's Quest (BR 11176). For junior and senior high readers. 1990.

Wren's Quest BR 11176
by Sherwood Smith
2 volumes
Exhilarated by saving Tess in Wren to the Rescue (BR 11175), Wren is eager for more excitement. She also wants to find her own parents now that she sees how happy Tess is to be back with her family. Wren, now attending magician's school, takes time out to look for her parents--and is off on another adventure. For junior and senior high readers. 1993.

Wren's War BR 11177
by Sherwood Smith
2 volumes
In this sequel to Wren's Quest (BR 11176), Princess Teressa is returning from a diplomatic mission when she sees her parents being brutally murdered. With the help of Wren, Tyron, Connor, and their magic, Tess prepares to take on the role of ruler. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

The Tangle Box BR 11179
by Terry Brooks
3 volumes
Ben Holiday, sovereign of the Magic Kingdom of Landover, allows confidence-man Horris Kew to return from exile on Earth. But Horris has become the unwitting dupe of the evil sorcerer Gorse, who plans to enslave the fairy folk of Landover and imprison Ben and his companions in the Tangle Box. Sequel to Wizard at Large (BR 7846). 1994.

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