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July-August 2013
Volume 82, Number 4

In Brief

Books for Adults

Books for Children

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About Braille Book Review

Braille Book Review is published bimonthly in braille, large-print, and online formats and distributed at no cost to blind and physically handicapped individuals who participate in the Library of Congress reading program. It lists braille books and magazines available through a network of cooperating libraries and carries news of developments in library services. The braille edition also lists NLS audiobooks appearing in Talking Book Topics with brief annotations.

The annotated list in this issue is limited to titles recently added to the national collection, which contains thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, including bestsellers, classics, biographies, romance novels, mysteries, and how-to guides. Some books in Spanish are also available. To learn more about the wide range of books in the national collection, access the NLS International Union Catalog online at loc.gov/nls or contact your local cooperating library.

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Library of Congress, Washington 2013
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In Brief


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.

Free open-source screen reader for Microsoft Windows PCs

Windows PC users can download NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA), a free and open-source screen reader offered by NV Access, a nonprofit organization based in Australia. NVDA provides feedback via synthetic speech and braille, includes support for more than thirty-five languages, and may be run entirely from a USB drive without having to be installed on your computer. A variety of software add-ons are available for the screen reader from a community of open-source software developers. For more information on NVDA visit http://community.nvda-project.org/.Link outside of Library of Congress 

Walmart offers talking prescription system

Walmart currently offers a talking prescription system that provides a way for visually impaired customers to access the information on prescription labels, in a number of test stores, and nationwide through mail order. For more information, call 1-800-273-3455 (1-800-2REFILL). When you come to the phone tree, select the option for customer service, then ask the customer service assistant specifically about the talking prescription system.

Braille music distance-learning project

An online curriculum for visually impaired individuals with advanced braille skills who wish to learn music notation is being offered by the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and the Carroll Center. The Braille Music Distance Learning Curriculum is taught through twenty-six lessons, meant to be completed in about forty-five minutes each. Students will submit their assignments for review online. The teacher is Jin Ho Choi, who serves as the braille and assistive technology distance-learning instructor at the Miami Lighthouse. Choi, a musician who has been blind since age nineteen, has been transcribing braille music for forty years and is also a prolific composer. For additional information, contact Virginia Jacko at (305) 856-4176 or vjacko@miamilighthouse.org.

Large-print textbooks for e-readers available for purchase

Hundreds of large-print textbooks for purchase and digital download to e-readers are available from the Accessible Textbooks Department of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). APH electronic large-print textbooks feature the complete content of the original print edition, formatted for improved accessibility. All textbooks use a minimum of 18-point font, enlarged images, and a color palette designed for low-vision readers. The digital format provides greater portability and convenience for the user. Many of these digital editions now feature image descriptions. The textbooks cover several subjects—including language arts, science, and social studies—from the nation’s best-known publishers like McGraw-Hill and Prentice Hall. For more information visit http://www.aph.org/atic/atic-ebook.html, Link outside of Library of Congress call APH Resource Services at 800-223-1839 x705, or e-mail Linda Turner, file repository manager, at lturner@aph.org.

Books for Adults

The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, complete the order form and return to your braille-lending library.

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

Adult Nonfiction

American Passage: The History of Ellis Island    BR 18674
by Vincent J. Cannato
6 volumes
Historian examines the history and politics of Ellis Island from 1892-1924, a period when twelve million immigrants were processed there. Details the evolution of public policy for admittance into the United States. Includes actual immigration cases of people who were filtered through the system. 2009.

Menopause Matters: Your Guide to a Long and Healthy Life     BR 18766
by Julia Schlam Edelman
4 volumes
Gynecologist draws on case studies to discuss female health issues associated with perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. Covers handling hot flashes, taking hormones, promoting bone strength, understanding sexual issues, managing mood swings and depression, and curbing the risk of cancer. Advocates proactive care and developing an alliance with your physician. 2010.

Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More    BR 19084
by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson
2 volumes
Schreiber, an award-winning chef, and bakery owner Richardson present suggestions for traditional fruit desserts inspired by seasonal, locally grown produce. Recipes are organized by season and include upside-down sweet cherry cake (spring); nectarine, boysenberry, and almond crisp (summer); pumpkin custard (fall); and caramelized pear bread pudding (winter). 2009.

God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World—and Why Their Differences Matter     BR 19460
by Stephen Prothero
4 volumes
Author of Religious Literacy (Volume 1 BR 17162, Volume 2 BR 17162, Volume 3 BR 17162, Volume 4 BR 17162) posits that religion is more than a private matter and affects the world socially, economically, politically, and militarily—as a force for both good and evil. Discusses the major religions, their traditions, and the importance of the differences among them. 2010.

Handy Household Hints from Heloise    BR 19465
by Heloise
9 volumes
Syndicated columnist offers tips on cleaning, cooking, entertaining, grooming, coping with emergencies, and other home matters. Provides updates on years-old hints, such as treating ink stains with rubbing alcohol instead of hairspray, and vintage solutions that still work, including using a rubber band to prevent paint drips. 2009.

Revised Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network of Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 2011    BR 19474
by Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies
1 volume
Updated standards address staff, consultants, volunteers, and stakeholders of libraries serving blind and physically handicapped individuals. Offers guidelines for patron contact, lending, and outreach and for producing websites and reading materials. Covers budgets, policies and procedures, reports, and research and development. 2011.

The Big Jump: Lindbergh and the Great Atlantic Air Race    BR 19534
by Richard Bak
5 volumes
Discusses experiences of the adventurers who competed to make the first nonstop airplane flight between New York and Paris. Relates early feats and tragedies before Charles Lindbergh took off from Long Island in a single-engine plane on May 20, 1927—and became a worldwide hero. 2011.

Deep Future: The Next One Hundred Thousand Years of Life on Earth BR 19535
by Curt Stager
4 volumes
Scientist who studies ancient environments considers the effects of global carbon pollution on Earth over the next hundred thousand years. Discusses possible scenarios, including a super-greenhouse climate and a new ice age. 2011.

Healthy Choices, Healthy Children: A Guide to Raising Fit, Happy Kids    BR 19549
by Lori S. Brizee
2 volumes
Emphasizing that it takes healthy parents to raise healthy kids, nutritionist Brizee provides tools to improve family eating habits and ward off obesity. Includes recipes, cooking tips, and weekly changes to make. Discusses junk food, eating disorders, the role of genetics and environment, and the importance of adequate sleep. 2011.

Hear Again: Back to Life with a Cochlear Implant     BR 19575
by Arlene Romoff
3 volumes
Romoff, an advocate for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, recounts her own experience with receiving a cochlear implant years after she gradually lost her hearing as a young adult. Describes regaining the ability to hear conversation, talk on the phone, and watch movies. 1999.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West    BR 19577
by Dee Brown
7 volumes
Based on treaty council records, autobiographies, and first-person testimony, Brown's historical research documents the years 1860-1890, when European settlers drove Native Americans from their land. Describes the December 1890 massacre of one hundred fifty unarmed Sioux at Wounded Knee in South Dakota. Includes 2007 foreword by Hampton Sides. 1970.

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors: 2012 Edition    BR 19606
by Department of Veterans Affairs
2 volumes
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 2012 summary of benefits provided to eligible individuals. Covers health care, service-related disabilities, pensions, education and training, home loans, life insurance, burial and memorial benefits, transition assistance, and dependents and survivors. 2012.

With All Deliberate Speed: Court-Ordered Busing and American Schools    BR 19610
by David Aretha
2 volumes
Discusses the 1974 federal judge's decision to bus black students to predominantly white schools and vice versa in an effort to achieve a racial balance in America's public schools. Presents the social reactions in various cities around the country. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2012.

Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast     BR 19612
by Natasha Trethewey
1 volume
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and 2012 U.S. poet laureate laments the changes to the Mississippi Gulf Coast after 2005 Hurricane Katrina. While sharing memories about her Louisiana upbringing, Trethewey deplores the depletion of wetlands and the increase of social ills as casinos flourish. Includes letters and poetry. 2010.

Mortality     BR 19643
by Christopher Hitchens
1 volume
Hitchens (1949-2011), author of Why Orwell Matters, chronicles his battle with esophageal cancer, which began with his diagnosis in June 2010. Describes accepting the inevitability of death and the questions of faith he dealt with as an avowed atheist. Includes afterword by Hitchens's widow Carol Blue. Bestseller. 2012.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey beyond Yourself     BR 19644
by Michael A. Singer
2 volumes
Spiritual teacher explores the question of who we are. Uses the traditions of meditation and mindfulness to illustrate the development of consciousness. Discusses the notion of self and the experiences of energy, enlightenment, and unconditional happiness. Includes exercises. Bestseller. 2007.

The God of Loneliness: Selected and New Poems     BR 19695
by Philip Schultz
2 volumes
Fourteen previously unpublished poems round out this collection of more than one hundred others written between 1978 and 2007 by the Pulitzer Prize winner, whose themes are Jewish identity and the American immigrant experience. Subjects include family and city life, failure, and loss. 2010.

Adult Fiction

11/22/63     BR 18758
by Stephen King
11 volumes
The dying owner of Al's Diner has a shocking request for his friend, English teacher Jake Epping: go back in time through a portal in Al's storeroom and stop JFK's assassination. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2011.

This Body of Death     BR 18979
by Elizabeth George
6 volumes
Recently widowed Scotland Yard Inspector Lynley's temporary replacement Isabelle Ardery asks for his help. Jemima Hastings, who abruptly left her Hampshire boyfriend months ago, was found murdered in a London cemetery. Jemima's estranged girlfriend blames the secretive ex-lover. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.

Generosity: An Enhancement     BR 19545
by Richard Powers
5 volumes
Adjunct night-school teacher Russell Stone is fascinated by an unusual student in his writing class. Twenty-three-year-old Thassa Amzwar, a refugee from war-torn Algeria, radiates joy. Asking a counselor about Thassa leads to a media frenzy over a possible happiness gene. Some strong language. 2009.

The Kid     BR 19546
by Sapphire
5 volumes
Precious, from Push (BR 18590), succumbs to AIDS when her son Abdul Jones is nine years old. Abdul spends time in foster care and at a Catholic orphanage, where he is physically and sexually abused. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2012.

The Privileges     BR 19554
by Jonathan Dee
4 volumes
Young, ambitious newlyweds Adam and Cynthia Morey's privileged lifestyle—later vastly enhanced by Adam's risky insider trading—molds them and their children over the next two decades. Their son is the only one who chooses a different path—until a scare changes his mind. Some descriptions of sex. 2010.

Everfound: Skinjacker Trilogy, Book 3     BR 19561
by Neal Shusterman
5 volumes
Skinjacker Jix's mission places him in a perilous situation against Mary Hightower and her army's activities. Meanwhile, Mickey and Nick set out to rescue Allie, and the future of Everlost and the real world remains uncertain. Sequel to Everwild (Volume 1 BR 18943, Volume 2 BR 18943, Volume 3 BR 18943). For senior high and older readers. 2011.

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction     BR 19576
by J.D. Salinger
2 volumes
Two episodes from the life of the Glass family narrated by Buddy, the middle son. In Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters Buddy recounts his brother Seymour's wedding day in 1942. In the stream-of-consciousness Seymour: An Introduction Buddy describes his sibling's love of poetry and sports. Some strong language. 1955.

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am     BR 19579
by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis
2 volumes
When Ben delays college to enlist in the army reserve, his family, girlfriend, and best friend are shocked. After deployment to Iraq Ben returns home with a traumatic brain injury and finds nothing is the same. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2012.

The Do-Re-Mi    BR 19581
by Ken Kuhlken
3 volumes
Evergreen, California; 1972. Before starting law school, musician Clifford Hickey makes plans to join his Vietnam veteran brother Alvaro at a folk festival. When Clifford arrives cops are chasing Alvaro into the woods. Clifford investigates their claim that Alvaro committed murder. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

Enclave     BR 19589
by Ann Aguirre
4 volumes
In a post-apocalyptic future, Deuce, a huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the deadly Freaks outside her underground enclave. But when she is partnered with outsider Fade, she begins to see that the ways of the elders may be wrong. Uncontracted braille. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2011.

Ruddy Gore: A Phryne Fisher Mystery     BR 19595
by Kerry Greenwood
3 volumes
Australia. On the way to the opera, PI Phryne Fisher stops thugs from beating up Lin Chung and his grandmother. Then the musical performance is interrupted by an onstage death. Phryne connects the two incidents after investigating the theater's ensemble—which includes a ghost. 1995.

The Beginner's Goodbye     BR 19602
by Anne Tyler
2 volumes
Thirty-six-year-old widower Aaron Woolcott frequently sees the ghost of his wife Dorothy, who was killed in an accident that nearly destroyed their house. Aaron, who is physically handicapped, moves in with his overbearing sister and learns to say goodbye to the past and open himself up to happiness. Bestseller. 2012.

Other People We Married     BR 19603
by Emma Straub
2 volumes
Twelve tales detailing a point of change in people's lives. In the title story Franny goes on vacation with her husband Jim, son Bobby, and gay best friend Charlie. While watching Bobby one morning, Charlie discovers Jim's real feelings about him. Strong language. 2011.

The Lost Wife     BR 19607
by Alyson Richman
4 volumes
Lenka and Josef fall in love after meeting as students in 1936 Prague. They marry when the Nazis invade Czechoslovakia. Josef flees, but Lenka stays behind with her family and is deported to a concentration camp. Each believes the other has perished—until their grandchildren's wedding. Some violence. 2011.

This Is How You Lose Her     BR 19611
by Junot Díaz
2 volumes
Nine short stories by the Pulitzer Prize winner that deal with love in its varied forms. All but one focus on Yunior, a professor and writer, at different stages of his life. In "Nilda" Yunior reminisces about his brother's girlfriend. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2012.

Murder on a Midsummer Night: A Phryne Fisher Mystery     BR 19613
by Kerry Greenwood
4 volumes
Australia, 1929. PI Phryne Fisher is hired to find the cause of death of antiques-shop owner Augustine Manifold. Phryne—with help from her adopted daughters, sister Beth, and cab-driver pals—investigates Augustine's eccentric friends, rules out suicide, and identifies the killer. 2008.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson     BR 19614
by John Green and David Levithan
4 volumes
Two Chicago teen boys, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name. One of them begins to date the other's best friend Tiny. Then Tiny produces a musical extravaganza about their lives. For senior high and older readers. Stonewall Honor. 2010.

Criminal Innocence     BR 19615
by Jeffrey Ashford
3 volumes
Flexford, England. After barrister Steven Drury identifies murderer Daniel Fitch in a lineup, Fitch threatens to have a teenager that his men have kidnapped killed if Drury testifies at Fitch's trial. Drury's moral dilemma could lead to his own prison sentence. 2010.

Betrayal     BR 19616
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
Successful Hollywood film director Tallie's family includes her college-age daughter, her lover and producer Hunter, and her best friend and assistant Brigitte. When Tallie's fortune begins disappearing, she first calls a detective and then FBI agent Jim Kingston. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2012.

Mad River     BR 19631
by John Sandford
4 volumes
Tired of small-town life, teens Becky, Jimmy, and Tom attempt to steal some diamonds—and shoot a woman during the robbery. They continue their violent murder spree through rural Minnesota, with investigator Virgil Flowers and local cops in pursuit. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2012.

How It Ended: New and Collected Stories     BR 19636
by Jay McInerney
5 volumes
Award-winning writer presents twenty-six stories spanning twenty-six years. In "My Public Service" an aide to a senator running for president confronts his married boss's indiscretions. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Testament of Mary     BR 19720
by Colm Tóibín
2 volumes
An imagining of the life and ministry of Jesus from the perspective of his elderly mother Mary. She does not believe Jesus is the son of God, but after his crucifixion his followers continue to visit her in Ephesus to learn more about him. Uncontracted braille. 2012.

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.

Children's Nonfiction

Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors     BR 19034
by Joyce Sidman
1 volume
Poems and facts portray fourteen of Earth's long-lived species, beginning with bacteria, the oldest; continuing with mollusks, lichen, sharks, beetles, diatoms, geckos, ants, grasses, squirrels, crows, dandelions, and coyotes; and ending with the youngest, a human baby. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2010.

Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World     BR 19035
by Lita Judge
1 volume
Discusses the relationship of enormous dinosaur parents with their eggs and tiny offspring. Describes the way scientists studied fossilized eggs and modern living animals to learn that some dinosaurs sat on nests and fed their babies, but other types of dinosaur young were mostly self-sufficient. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Animal Homes: Discover Science     BR 19583
by Angela Wilkes
2 volumes
Identifies and describes the homes of different types of animals. Newts may live in a pond, but foxes and dingoes dig dens in the soil. All sorts of insects need shelter too. Includes activities for kids, glossary, notes, and fun facts. For grades K-3. 2012.

The History of Country Music: The Music Library     BR 19584
by Stuart A. Kallen
2 volumes
Short overview of country music, from Hank Williams (1923-1953) to Taylor Swift (born 1989). Covers a variety of styles, such as cowboy, western swing, honky-tonk, the Nashville sound, country rock, and pop country. Includes recommendations for listening and other resources. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.

The History of American Pop: The Music Library     BR 19585
by Stuart A. Kallen
2 volumes
Traces American pop music from the early 1900s in New York City's Tin Pan Alley to the twenty-first-century global market. Covers the sounds populating Billboard magazine's chart, including jazz, the blues, disco, and rap. Offers a recommended listening list. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.

The History of Alternative Rock: The Music Library     BR 19605
by Stuart A. Kallen
2 volumes
Short overview of alternative rock from garage bands to punk and grunge groups. Discusses digital music production, peer-to-peer sharing, and the music industry. Provides a recommended listening list, including songs by the Clash, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, U2, and others. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.

Leo the Snow Leopard: The True Story of an Amazing Rescue     BR 19608
by Juliana Hatkoff and others
1 volume
Account of a baby leopard named Leo and his global journey from being orphaned in the Pakistan mountains to being a star in the Bronx Zoo. Includes facts about the Wildlife Conservation Society, zoos, captive breeding, and laws about endangered species. For grades K-3. 2010.

The Elephant Scientist     BR 19609
by Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson
1 volume
Scientist O'Connell chronicles her observations of elephants in Africa. Describes the creatures' communication using vibration-sensitive cells in their feet and trunks. Includes resources and a pachyderm term guide. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2011.

Twice as Good     BR 19666
by Richard Michelson
1 volume
Short biography of William Powell (1916-2009), who in 1948 was the first African American to build, own, and open a golf course—the Clearview Golf Club—for everyone, regardless of race. Discusses his childhood ambitions, hard work, service in the U.S. Army, and family life. For grades 2-4. 2012.

The Boston Tea Party    BR 19696
by Russell Freedman
1 volume
Recounts the events of the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773, when Massachusetts colonists protested Britain's constant taxation by dressing up as Mohawk Indians, climbing aboard English ships, and dumping tea into the harbor-signaling the start of widespread resistance to British rule. For grades 2-4. 2012.

For Good Measure: The Ways We Say How Much, How Far, How Heavy, How Big, How Old     BR 20005
by Ken Robbins
1 volume
Explains units of measure—such as foot, yard, ton, teaspoon, bushel, second, month—and each word's history and meaning. Following definitions of a mile in feet and yards is the explanation that "mile" comes from the Latin term "mille passus," or one thousand paces. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2010.

Country Road ABC: An Illustrated Journey through America's Farmland    BR20006
by Arthur Geisert
1 volume
Presents the alphabet using words related to a country farm, such as "B is for barn cats," "L is for loading," and "S is for steel roofing." Includes a glossary to explain the farm terms. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2010.

Children's Fiction

Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan    BR 19036
by Jeanette Winter
1 volume
In Herat, Afghanistan, where the Taliban have control, a grandmother worries about her granddaughter Nasreen's loneliness and withdrawal since her parents disappeared. Although the Taliban forbids education for girls, the grandmother takes Nasreen to a secret school where windows to the world open for her. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2009.

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever     BR 19037
by Marla Frazee
1 volume
Nature Day Camp is the official reason that James and Eamon stay with Eamon's grandparents. But the real fun is hanging out together-blowing up the air mattress, eating banana waffles, playing video games, and making penguins. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Caldecott Honor. 2008.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?     BR 19038
by Bill Martin
1 volume
Zoo animals from polar bear to walrus make their distinctive sounds for one another. Then the zookeeper hears children imitating the animals. Includes related activities and a note to parents and teachers. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2004.

King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige     BR 19580
by Wes Tooke
2 volumes
Twelve-year-old Nick loves baseball and pitching. After spending a year in the hospital with a brace on his leg, fighting polio, Nick works for the Bismarck Churchills—where his dad is the catcher—and gets to see the great Satchel Paige pitch the 1935 season. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2012.

A Dog Called Homeless     BR 19594
by Sarah Lean
2 volumes
Fifth-grader Cally, who stopped talking for a day as part of a contest at school, continues her silence. But visions of her deceased mother; a new friendship with Sam, a deaf-blind boy; and the appearance of a huge dog keep her communicating. For grades 3-6. 2012.

The Girl Who Could Fly     BR 19632
by Victoria Forester
3 volumes
When homeschooled farm girl Piper McCloud reveals that she can jump into the air and fly, officials whisk her away to a top-secret government institute for exceptional children. But Piper learns that the school is full of danger and longs to escape. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2008.

Lulu and the Duck in the Park     BR 19667
by Hilary McKay
1 volume
Lulu, who loves animals, brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has banned Lulu from bringing animals to school ever again. For grades 2-4. 2011.

The Janitor's Boy     BR 19727
by Andrew Clements
1 volume
In fifth grade Jack is embarrassed to attend the school where his father is a janitor. When a greeting prompts teasing from his classmates, Jack plans revenge. The prank backfires, but it gives him a chance to learn more about his dad. For grades 3-6. 2000.

I Choose You! Pokémon     BR 19738
by Tracey West
1 volume
Ash Ketchum sets out to be the ultimate Pokémon master. With mischievous Pikachu at his side, Ash plans to capture and train every Pokémon he can. But things don't work out the way he hopes. For grades 2-4. 1995.

A Mutiny in Time: Infinity Ring     BR 19789
by James Dashner
2 volumes
In an area controlled by a shadowy group called the SQ, best friends Dak and Sera stumble onto a time-travel device-the Infinity Ring. The Hystorians, a secret society, recruit the pair to right some wrongs, known as "breaks," throughout history. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2012.

Zero     BR 20004
by Kathryn Otoshi
1 volume
A big round number with a hole in her center, Zero (0) wants to be counted with the other numbers—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. When she joins with them as 10, 20, or 30, Zero brings more value to everyone. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2010.

Elsie's Bird     BR 20007
by Jane Yolen
1 volume
Elsie, a Boston girl, loves her noisy harbor city. So when Elsie and her father move to a small sod-roofed house on the big Nebraska prairie, Elsie feels lonely and afraid. But then her pet canary escapes and Elsie's father brings her a surprise. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.

Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Tale     BR 20008
by Barbara Diamond Goldin
1 volume
Hershel, the only blind boy in his village, wants to help his widowed mother in the kitchen. She does not believe that he can shape the dough into cookies. But Hershel surprises his mother on Purim morning. Includes notes on the origins of the holiday. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.

Clever Jack Takes the Cake     BR 20009
by Candace Fleming
1 volume
A poor boy named Jack struggles to deliver a birthday present worthy of a princess. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.

Max and Ruby's Bedtime Book    BR 20012
by Rosemary Wells
1 volume
At bedtime, Grandma tells Max and Ruby three favorite stories about Ruby opening a restaurant, Max taking swimming lessons, and Max going to school in his airplane. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2010.

Wonder Horse: The True Story of the World's Smartest Horse    BR 20013
by Emily Arnold McCully
1 volume
1890s. Veterinarian Bill "Doc" Key, a former slave, trains his horse, Jim Key, to recognize letters of the alphabet and primary colors and to count. Jim and Doc travel to fairs around the country showing what Jim learned from his kind teacher. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku    BR 20022
by Lee Wardlaw
1 volume
Adventures of a cat who gets adopted from a shelter and settles in with a good family. He lets them know who is boss, though—and finally shares his real name. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2011.

Braille Magazines

The following is a list of braille magazines in the Library of Congress program. Readers may obtain free personal subscriptions to these magazines. For information on the availability of specific magazines, consult the library that sends you braille materials.

Boys' Life (for children and teens, monthly)

Braille Book Review (bimonthly)

Braille Chess Magazine (British quarterly)

Braille Music Magazine (British monthly)

Conundrum (British monthly)

Cooking Light (11 issues)

ESPN: The Magazine (biweekly)

Harper's (literary; monthly)

Health Newsletters (includes Harvard Health Letter, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter; monthly)

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine (monthly)

Ladies' Home Journal (11 issues)

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)

Parenting Early Years (11 issues)

Parenting School Years (11 issues)

PC World (personal computing; monthly)

Playboy (11 issues)

Poetry (11 issues)

Popular Communications (monthly)

Popular Mechanics (11 issues)

Popular Music Lead Sheets (irregular)

Rolling Stone (popular culture; 24 issues)

Science News (26 issues)

Seventeen (for teens; 10 issues)

Short Stories (British monthly)

Spider: The Magazine for Children (9 issues)

Stone Soup (children's writings; 6 issues)

Update (NLS semi-annually)

NLS-produced Braille Sports Schedules





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Posted on 2013-07-30