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January–February 2014
Volume 83, Number 1

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Library of Congress, Washington 2014
Catalog Card Number 53-31800
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In Brief

Books for Adults


Books for Children


Braille Magazines

In Brief

Braille Book Review now categorized

Beginning with this issue, January–February 2014, you will see some subscriber-requested changes to Braille Book Review. To allow you to find books by subject category and author last name, titles are now announced in the following alphabetical order:

  1. As before, titles are listed under the broad headings: Books for Adults, Books for Children, and Foreign Language Books.
  2. Within Books for Adults and Books for Children, titles are subdivided into Fiction and Nonfiction. Fiction will now be listed first, since it comes first alphabetically.
  3. Inside the Fiction and Nonfiction genres, titles are listed by their subject categories in A-to-Z order. For example, the Adult Fiction titles for this issue are ordered by subject from Family to Suspense.
  4. Within each subject category, the titles are arranged alphabetically by the author's last name.
  5. If there is more than one title by a given author, the books are further organized alphabetically by title.

For example, if you're a fan of Patricia Cornwell, you will find her mystery The Bone Bed by looking in Adult Fiction under Mystery and Detective, and by the last name Cornwell. The new arrangement eliminates the need for an index and allows you to peruse books by subject category.

Magazine of the Month

The NLS Magazine of the Month program offers readers samples of magazines not otherwise available through network libraries. Subscribers receive a different audio magazine each month. For a free subscription, contact your cooperating talking-book library. Subscribers may expect to receive some of the following selections:

Alternate selections include Gather Journal, Mother Earth Living (formerly Natural Home and Garden), Poets and Writers, Taproot Magazine, Whole Living, and Wilder Quarterly.

The Young Adult Magazine of the Month program has been suspended.

Collection Development Advisory Group

The next meeting of the Collection Development Advisory Group will take place in the spring of 2015. Members and meeting details will be announced in the late summer or early fall. Recommendations and Commendations of the 2013 group will be circulated in the near future. Comments and suggestions may be e-mailed to [email protected]. While the Collection Development Section cannot answer each e-mail, each item received will be read and considered.

2014 Calendars

Listed below are organizations that produce calendars in braille, print/braille, or large print.

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
PO Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 899-2284 fax
[email protected]
https://shop.aph.org Link outside of Library of Congress.

Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB)
919 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-0600, ext. 3242
(215) 922-0692 fax
[email protected]
www.asb.org Link outside of Library of Congress.

The Big Type Company
W136 N5265 Campbell Court
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
(262) 783-6599 fax
[email protected]
www.bigtypeco.com Link outside of Library of Congress.
Accepts prepaid orders by mail, online, or telephone.

Cleveland Sight Center
Eye-dea Shop
1909 East 101st Street
PO Box 1988
Cleveland, OH 44106-8696
877-776-9563 (toll-free)
[email protected]
www.eyedeashop.com Link outside of Library of Congress.

The Jewish Heritage for the Blind
1655 East 24th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 338-4999
[email protected]
www.jhbinternational.org Link outside of Library of Congress.

Learning Sight and Sound (LS&S)
145 River Rock Drive
Buffalo, NY 14207
866-317-8533 TTY (toll-free)
877-498-1482 fax (toll-free)
[email protected]
www.lssproducts.com Link outside of Library of Congress.

The Lighthouse of Houston
Attn: Reflections, The Lighthouse Store
3602 West Dallas
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 284-8466
(713) 284-8451 fax
[email protected]
www.houstonlighthouse.org Link outside of Library of Congress.

Lutheran Blind Workers
PO Box 5000
Yucaipa, CA 92399
[email protected] Link outside of Library of Congress.

42 Executive Boulevard
Farmingdale, NY 11735
(631) 752-0738 TTY
(631) 752-0689 fax
[email protected]
www.maxiaids.com Link outside of Library of Congress.

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
3500 North Elm Road
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 780-5096
(517) 780-5448 fax
[email protected]
http://mi-braille.org Link outside of Library of Congress.

National Federation of the Blind
Independence Market
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2216
(410) 685-2340 fax
[email protected]
www.nfb.org Link outside of Library of Congress.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Attn: Reference Section
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-9275
[email protected]

Sight Connection Store
9709 Third Avenue NE, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98115-2027
(206) 525-5556 v/TDD
(206) 525-0422 fax
[email protected]
www.sightconnection.com Link outside of Library of Congress.

Sioux Links Publishing
Attn: Customer Service
705 Eagle Run
Dell Rapids, SD 57022
888-201-5640 (toll-free)
(605) 428-5110 fax
[email protected]
www.largeprintonline.biz Link outside of Library of Congress.

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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.

Hadley School offers gardening course

The Hadley School now offers a new course, Stress Relief and Meditative Gardening, which teaches methods for designing a garden that can be used for meditation. The course includes four lessons and was developed in concert with the Chicago Botanic Gardens. It is open to both adult continuing education and high school students. For more information visit www.hadley.edu Link outside of Library of Congress. or call toll-free 1-800-526-9909.

VisionAware introduces Getting Started kit

VisionAware has released a Getting Started kit for individuals newly diagnosed with vision loss. The kit includes ten tip sheets that suggest ways to continue engaging independently in everyday tasks, including navigating kitchens, bathrooms, and technology. They also provide advice on choosing and speaking with doctors. For more information on how to download or receive a print copy of the kit, visit www.visionaware.org/gettingstarted. Link outside of Library of Congress.

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Books for Adults

Adult Fiction


The Grief of Others
BR19712 4 volumes
by Leah Hager Cohen
A year after their newborn's death, Ricky and John Ryrie and their children Paul and Biscuit are coping in very different ways. New on the scene are John's pregnant daughter Jess and a young man who fishes Biscuit from the river where she performs secret ceremonies. Strong language. 2011.

The Salt God's Daughter
BR19699 4 volumes
by Ilie Ruby
Sisters Ruthie and Dolly drift with their mother, a free spirit who plans her life around an almanac, until her death leaves them in the care of nuns. Decades later, Ruthie's daughter tries to unravel the story of her own parentage. Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2012.

The Reece Malcolm List
BR19990 3 volumes
by Amy Spalding
When sixteen-year-old Devan's father dies, she is sent to live with her mother, the famous writer Reece Malcolm, in Los Angeles. Suddenly Devan is showered with material items and attends an expensive performing-arts school—but her mother is keeping secrets. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.


BR19795 4 volumes
by Myra McEntire
When her boarding school scholarship is cancelled, seventeen-year-old Emerson returns to Tennessee to live with her brother Thomas and his wife Dru. Em has frequent visions of people from the past, and Thomas hires a handsome consultant to help Em control her apparitions. For senior high and older readers. 2011.

Wonders of the Invisible World
BR19807 4 volumes
by Patricia A. McKillip
Sixteen previously published stories and the transcript of a 2004 speech by the author of Od Magic (Volume 1 Od Magic, Volume 2 Od Magic). In the title piece an angel visits Puritan preacher Cotton Mather. In "Byndley" a wizard journeys to Faerie to return a stolen magical globe. Introduction by Charles de Lint. 2012.

BR19904 3 volumes
by Bridget Zinn
When sixteen-year-old Kyra, a potions master, tries to save the kingdom of Mohr by assassinating her former best friend Princess Ariana, she fails. Kyra and a piglet search for a way to complete her mission while the army pursues them. For senior high and older readers. 2013.


The Giving Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel
BR19760 4 volumes
by Jennifer Chiaverini
Sylvia, Sarah, Maggie, and Gretchen welcome students at their annual post-Thanksgiving camp, Quiltsgiving. Joining them are a college student, a Native American, a widow, and a librarian. The ladies discuss their personal problems and goals while creating quilts for underprivileged children. 2012.

The Good House
BR19880 4 volumes
by Ann Leary
New England. Ever since her daughters intervened and sent her to rehab, sixty-year-old divorced real estate agent Hildy Good has been secretly drinking in her cellar. Hildy rejoices when she finds a drinking buddy in new neighbor Rebecca—but the lives of both women start unraveling. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2012.

How It All Began
BR19726 3 volumes
by Penelope Lively
The mugging of retired London schoolteacher Charlotte changes the lives of people around her. As Charlotte recuperates from a broken hip at her daughter Rose's house, Rose's elderly employer and his niece change their schedules and set in motion marital discord and romance. 2011.

Historical Fiction

Hard Twisted
BR19776 3 volumes
by C. Joseph Greaves
1934. Thirteen-year-old Lottie Lucile Garrett and her alcoholic father Dillard meet charismatic drifter Clint Palmer and travel with him to Texas. When Dillard disappears, Clint takes Lottie to Utah, supposedly to meet her father. But other tragedies await. Some violence and some strong language. 2012.

Freud's Sister
BR19767 3 volumes
by Goce Smilevski
Austria, 1938. The Germans have recently invaded, and Jewish sisters Adolfina, Paulina, Marie, and Rosa must deal with Nazi rule after they are abandoned by their brother, famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. While in a concentration camp, Adolfina reminisces about her life. Translated from Macedonian. 2012.

The Painted Bridge
BR19753 4 volumes
by Wendy Wallace
1859. Newly married Anna Palmer is committed to Lake House, a private asylum, by her husband Vincent. Anna struggles to leave while confronting ghosts from her past and connecting with young doctor Lucas St. Clair. 2012.


Touched by Angels
BR19780 4 volumes
by Debbie Macomber
Angels Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy visit New York City at Christmastime to perform miracles. They convince inner-city teacher Brynn Cassidy to continue working, encourage Hannah Morganstern to marry the one she loves, and nudge an unemployed Broadway singer/dancer to go home to family and romance. Some strong language. 1995.

Human Relationships

The Future of Us
BR19762 3 volumes
by Jay Asher and
Carolyn Mackler
In 1996 less than half of American teens have ever used the Internet. Best friends Emma and Josh try out Emma's new computer and discover their Facebook profiles—fifteen years in the future. But every time they refresh the web page their destiny changes. For senior high and older readers. 2011.

Life after Life
BR19916 4 volumes
by Jill McCorkle
After her suicide attempt, Joanna becomes a hospice volunteer at the Pine Haven retirement center. Single mom C.J. does the residents' hair and makeup. Their friendships and interactions are intermingled with those of the residents, staff, and neighbors of the North Carolina home. Some strong language. 2013.

Mystery and Detective

Case Histories
BR19915 4 volumes
by Kate Atkinson
Cambridge, England. Cop-turned-PI Jackson Brodie investigates multiple cold cases. Two middle-aged sisters follow up the childhood disappearance of their sibling, a retired attorney seeks his daughter's killer, and an ax murderer's sister searches for her niece. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Hush Now, Don't You Cry
BR19798 4 volumes
by Rhys Bowen
1903. After their wedding in Bless the Bride (Volume 1 Bless the Bride, Volume 2 Bless the Bride), Molly Murphy and her police captain husband arrive for their honeymoon at an alderman's estate. Molly has promised to stop sleuthing now that she is married, but when their host is found dead, Molly joins in the investigation. 2012.

The Bone Bed
BR19642 5 volumes
by Patricia Cornwell
As she prepares to testify about a missing woman whose wealthy husband is accused of murder, Boston's chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta receives an e-mail containing gruesome evidence about a Canadian paleontologist who disappeared. Meanwhile, a corpse turns up—tangled with a prehistoric tortoise. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2012.

A Question of Identity: A Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler Mystery
BR19784 4 volumes
by Susan Hill
When three elderly Lafferton women are found strangled in their homes, Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler links the killings to a murder trial in another town that ended in an acquittal. But the suspect in that case has vanished. Some violence and some strong language. 2012.

The Vows of Silence: A Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler Mystery
BR19777 4 volumes
by Susan Hill
Newlywed Melanie Drew is shot dead in her apartment. Detective Simon Serrailler puzzles over the motive and then realizes that he may be dealing with a serial shooter. Meanwhile, Simon's sister, a doctor, is horrified to learn that her husband is seriously ill. Some strong language. 2008.

Blanche on the Lam
BR19713 2 volumes
by Barbara Neely
Shocked to be sentenced to a month in jail for bounced checks, claustrophobic Blanche White flees the courthouse. Her relief over finding an out-of-town cooking job turns to dismay when she uncovers dangerous secrets about her new employers. Some strong language. 1992.

Leaving Everything Most Loved
BR20064 4 volumes
by Jacqueline Winspear
London, 1933. Maisie Dobbs must postpone her plans to broaden her horizons by traveling to India when she is hired to solve a cold case—the killing of an unconventional Indian woman in London. Then the victim's friend meets a similar death. 2013.

Occult and Horror

The Colony
BR19791 3 volumes
by A.J. Colucci
The death toll rises after a doctor releases a genetically engineered and deadly new ant species in New York City. Ant expert Paul O'Keefe and his ex-wife Kendra Hart are recruited by the government to find a way to exterminate the insects—at any cost. Violence and strong language. 2012.

Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales
BR20052 2 volumes
by Yoko Ogawa
Eleven interlocking morbid stories. In "Afternoon at the Bakery" a grief-stricken and emotionally disturbed mother purchases a strawberry shortcake to honor her dead son's birthday. Translated from Japanese. Some violence. 1998.

Religious Themes

A Story of God and All of Us: A Novel Based on the Epic TV Miniseries The Bible
BR19991 4 volumes
by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett
Companion to the television miniseries The Bible. Characterizes scripture's basic events and personalities. Includes dramatizations of the stories of Abraham, the Exodus, the fall of Jericho, David and Goliath, King Herod, and Jesus. 2013.


The Bridge
BR19733 2 volumes
by Karen Kingsbury
Tennessee college sweethearts Molly and Ryan eventually go their respective ways. But seven years later bookstore owner Charlie Barton, who is facing financial ruin, has a near-fatal car accident. Molly and Ryan join the effort to save the shop and, with God's help, witness a miracle. 2012.

Science Fiction

After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia
BR19690 4 volumes
edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Nineteen tales by well-known authors of young adult and adult literature explore the lives of teens raised after a catastrophe. In Carolyn Dunn's "Before" an Indian girl dreams of life before her imprisonment by plague victims. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2012.

The Office of Mercy
BR20077 4 volumes
by Ariel Djanikian
Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley works in America-Five's Office of Mercy, which is responsible for eliminating the nomadic tribes still living outside the underground utopias because the tribes would otherwise starve to death. Natasha soon discovers everything she believes is based on a lie. Violence. 2013.

After the Fall, before the Fall, during the Fall
BR19843 2 volumes
by Nancy Kress
In 2035, the few human survivors on Earth's desolate wasteland use time travel to steal children from the past in a desperate repopulation attempt. Meanwhile, in 2013 FBI agent Julie Kahn notices a pattern among several mysterious kidnappings—and fears what it tells her of Earth's future. Strong language. 2012.

BR19878 3 volumes
by Sherri L. Smith
2056. After a string of hurricanes destroyed the southern states, Delta fever spread and a quarantined zone was erected. Fen and her tribe struggle to survive in the separated New Orleans; then an ambush and a baby further complicate things. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

Short Stories

Better Living through Plastic Explosives: Stories
BR19945 3 volumes
by Zsuzsi Gartner
Ten satirical short stories focusing on yuppies in Vancouver, British Columbia. In the title piece a recovering terrorist tries to drown her desires in gardening and everyday life—but the red tape of trying to get a traffic circle on her street may break her. Some strong language. 2011.

Tenth of December: Stories
BR19818 3 volumes
by George Saunders
Collection of ten short stories by a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" winner. In "Home" a veteran deals with reuniting with family members who have no clue about the man he has become. In the title story a suicidal cancer patient crosses paths with an imaginative boy. Strong language. Bestseller. 2013.


The Lost Ones
BR19886 4 volumes
by Ace Atkins
After the events of The Ranger (BR 19873), former army ranger Quinn Colson is now sheriff of his native Tibbehah County, Mississippi. Deputy Lillie Virgil helps Quinn investigate abusive foster parents and gunrunning involving another ex-soldier and a Mexican gang. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2012.

The Lost Years
BR19933 3 volumes
by Mary Higgins Clark
When Mariah Lyons's father Jonathan, a biblical scholar, is murdered, her mother Kathleen has both a gun and a motive—Jonathan's affair with a colleague. But Kathleen has Alzheimer's, and the murder may have been over a rare biblical parchment. Family friend Alvirah Meehan helps Mariah investigate. Some violence. 2012.

Dark Tide
BR19887 4 volumes
by Elizabeth Haynes
Genevieve leaves her stressful software sales and pole-dancing jobs in London for a different life on a houseboat in Kent. But a friend is killed, the boat is ransacked, and Genevieve can't reach the man she thought would protect her. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2012.

Say You're Sorry
BR19743 5 volumes
by Michael Robotham
Three years after teenage girls Piper and Tash disappeared, a couple is murdered in Tash's old house. Psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is called in to analyze the troubled suspect and comes away believing at least one of the girls is alive. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2012.

Adult Nonfiction


Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different
BR19918 3 volumes
by Karen Blumenthal
Recounts the life and career of the late founder of Apple, Steve Jobs (1955–2011). Covers his adoption and childhood, his friendship with Steve Wozniak, and his dynamic relationship with Apple—as chairman, head of the Mac department, advisor, and CEO—until his death. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2012.

Granny D's American Century
BR19725 3 volumes
by Doris Haddock and
Dennis Michael Burke
Autobiography of Doris Haddock, who, from 1999 to 2000 at the age of ninety, walked across the country in support of campaign-finance reform. Describes growing up in New Hampshire during the Great Depression, moving to Boston after high school, and supporting old-fashioned values. 2012.

Home Management

The Art of the Visit: Being the Perfect Host, Becoming the Perfect Guest
BR19687 3 volumes
by Kathy Bertone
Hospitality suggestions for dealing with friends and family in your home or theirs. Discusses creating a welcoming environment, planning activities, and making your needs known. Offers ideas for hostess gifts and provides guidance for handling pets, the elderly, children, and teens. 2012.


White Christmas: The Story of an American Song
BR19684 2 volumes
by Jody Rosen
New York Times contributor presents research on Irving Berlin's iconic song "White Christmas" and the recording of the nostalgic masterpiece by Bing Crosby for the 1942 film Holiday Inn. Discusses the cultural role of Jewish Americans in the creative arts and the career of the Siberian-born Berlin. 2002.


Philosophy Bites Back
BR19801 3 volumes
by David Edmonds and
Nigel Warburton
The hosts of the Philosophy Bites podcast publish twenty-seven transcripts of the show. Includes A.W. Moore, a philosophy professor at Oxford University, discussing Immanuel Kant's investigations into metaphysics and Peter Singer, a bioethics professor at Princeton University, expounding on Victorian-era philosopher Henry Sidgwick's thoughts on ethics. 2012.


The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously
BR19779 4 volumes
by Marc Zvi Brettler and others
Religious scholars provide an overview of the Old Testament—the Hebrew Bible—from Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant perspectives. They explain similarities and differences in the way biblical texts are read and interpreted and discuss archeological evidence that places the writings in context. 2012.

Science and Technology

Railroads and the American People
BR19774 6 volumes
by H. Roger Grant
History professor explores the development of railroads and their impact on American culture. Focuses on four key areas: trains, stations, communities, and legacy. Includes analyses of line closings, wrecks, and corruption relating to the railroad business. 2012.

Stage and Screen

Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt
BR19796 3 volumes
by Robert Gottlieb
Biography of world-renowned late-nineteenth-century French actress examines the many conflicting stories and mysteries surrounding her life. Recounts Bernhardt's unknown paternity and neglect by her unmarried courtesan mother. Discusses the thespian's lovers, her beloved only child Maurice, and the roles and drive that led to her success. 2010.

The West

Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life
BR19889 4 volumes
by Jim Kristofic
Pennsylvania high school teacher reminisces about growing up on the Navajo reservation in Ganado, Arizona, he and his Indian-obsessed mother moved to when he was seven. Kristofic, who is white, describes the racial tensions, violence, and poverty on the "rez." Some violence and some strong language. 2011.


The Great Northern Express: A Writer's Journey Home
BR193839 3 volumes
by Howard Frank Mosher
Author recounts the cross-country road trip and book tour he took in 2007 in his twenty-year-old Loser Cruiser to celebrate his sixty-fifth birthday and the end of his prostate-cancer treatments. Contemplates decisions he has made, relationships he has developed, and the ways they have affected his life. 2012.

U.S. History

The Civil War at Sea
BR19838 4 volumes
by Craig L. Symonds
Pulitzer Prize-winning author chronicles the naval campaigns of the American Civil War. Discusses the coastal blockade of the South that ruined the economy and the Union dominance of inland rivers that cut the Confederacy in half. Details the leaders, regional campaigns, innovations, and battle tactics. 2009.


Elsie and Mairi Go to War: Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front
BR19732 4 volumes
by Diane Atkinson
Dual biography of British heroines Elsie Knocker and Mairi Gooden-Chisholm, who met in a motorcycling club in 1912. Describes their time tending the wounded on the front lines in Belgium as part of a World War I ambulance corps. Discusses their demobilization after being gassed and their post-war lives. 2010.

World History

The Renaissance
BR20053 1 volume
by Stephen Currie
Overview of the Renaissance period in western Europe that spanned the fourteenth century to the middle of the sixteenth century. Discusses the defining characteristics and highlights notable people such as Leonardo da Vinci and Hans Holbein. For junior and senior high readers. 2013.

Ancient Greece
BR20054 2 volumes
by Hal Marcovitz
Discusses the history, politics, mythology, arts, sciences, and philosophy of ancient Greece. Highlights notable people, such as Alexander the Great and Aristotle, and covers events, including the Trojan and Peloponnesian wars, during the civilization's dominance from 1250 BCE until 146 BCE. For junior and senior high readers. 2013.

Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
BR19890 3 volumes
by Steve Sheinkin
Award-winning author recounts the history of the atom bomb and the race among the United States, Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union to develop—or steal designs for—the deadly weapon during World War II. For junior and senior high and older readers. Robert F. Sibert Award. 2012.

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Books for Children

Children's Fiction


The Clan of the Scorpion: Ninja Meerkats
BR19813 1 volume
by Gareth P. Jones
When four mighty meerkat warriors of the Clan of the Scorpion—Jet Flashfeet, Bruce Willowhammer, Donnie Dragonjab, and Chuck Cobracrusher—learn that a powerful tigress has been taken from the Hong Kong Zoo by their deadly enemy, the Ringmaster, they must act quickly to stop him. For grades 2-4. 2011.

Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities
BR19809 3 volumes
by Mike Jung
Twelve-year-old Vincent and his fellow members of the Captain Stupendous Fan Club help a new superhero learn how to use his—or should that be her?—powers. Meanwhile, evil Professor Mayhem arrives in town, ready to take over the world. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2012.


Missing! A Cat Called Buster; Rainbow Street Shelter
BR19987 1 volume
by Wendy Orr
When Buster, a spunky orange kitten, gets adopted from Rainbow Street Shelter by elderly Mr. Larsen, they make a perfect team. After Buster goes missing, Josh, a boy who watched the pet and owner fondly from afar, decides to find the frisky feline. For grades 2-4. 2011.

Abandoned! A Lion Called Kiki; Rainbow Street Shelter
BR20067 1 volume
by Wendy Orr
When Mona turns eight, her uncle Matthew gives her a baby lion to bottle feed and care for because the mother is unable to raise her smallest cub. Years later, Mona happily reflects on her youth and decides to open the Rainbow Street Shelter. For grades 2-4. 2012.


Palace of Stone: Princess Academy
BR19759 3 volumes
by Shannon Hale
At the request of her friend Princess Britta, Miri returns to Asland in time for the royal wedding. She enrolls at Queen's Castle University, while her friend Peder, who accompanies her, apprentices with a stone carver. But upheaval threatens. Sequel to Princess Academy (Volume 1 Princess Academy, Volume 2 Princess Academy). For grades 5-8. 2012.


Ghoulfriends Forever: Monster High
BR19816 2 volumes
by Gitty Daneshvari
Rochelle Goyle, a gargoyle, enrolls at Monster High in Salem, Oregon, where the community caters to its unique population. She befriends her roommates—Venus McFlytrap and Robecca Steam—and the trio quickly encounter hall-monitor trolls, cute boys, and crazy school subjects like mad science. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2012.

Growing Up

Penny and Her Marble
BR19841 1 volume
by Kevin Henkes
During a walk with her doll Rose, Penny spots a beautiful blue marble in Mrs. Goodwin's grass. When she sneaks it back home, she feels horribly guilty. But Penny gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return the marble the next day. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2013.

Historical Fiction

Jump into the Sky
BR19787 3 volumes
by Shelley Pearsall
1945. Thirteen-year-old Levi searches for his father, whom he has not seen in three years. He leaves Chicago for segregated North Carolina and finally ends up in Pendleton, Oregon. There Levi learns that his father's unit, the all-black 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, finally has a mission. For grades 6-9. 2012.

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Braille Magazines

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

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 (10 issues)

Martha Stewart Living (11 issues)

Muse (for children; 9 issues)

Musical Mainstream (NLS quarterly)

National Geographic (monthly)

The New York Times Book Review (weekly)

The New York Times Large Print Weekly (weekly)

News (NLS quarterly)

Parents (monthly)

PC World (personal computing; monthly)

Playboy (monthly)

Poetry (11 issues)

Popular Communications (monthly)

Popular Mechanics (10 issues)

Popular Music Lead Sheets (irregular)

Rolling Stone (popular culture; 24 issues)

Science News (26 issues)

Seventeen (for teens; 10 issues)

Short Stories (British monthly)

Spider: The Magazine for Children (9 issues)

Stone Soup (children's writings; 6 issues)

Update (NLS irregular)

NLS-produced Braille Sports Schedules

Schedules for the following sports leagues are also available.

American Baseball League

National Baseball League

National Basketball Association

National Football League

National Hockey League

Women's National Basketball Association

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Posted on 2014-04-09