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November and December 2007

In Brief

The following information is reprinted from two issues of NLS Flash, a newsletter created to bring current information on NLS progress in digital technology to patrons, library staff, and other interested individuals.

Flash, June 2007, volume 3, issue 6

Digital talking-book transition provides opportunity to reassess collection building for Library of Congress patrons

As the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, progresses towards the transition to digital talking books, the Collection Development Section is taking the opportunity to reassess the collections and revisit the principles that have guided book acquisition for the past seventy-five years. Although the collection development policy may be revised, the standard of service will remain constant, with NLS dedicated to providing the best possible resources for its patrons.

Each year, the NLS Collection Development Advisory Group, convenes to assess the state of the collections and to consider opportunities for improvement. At the conclusion of the May 23–25, 2007 meeting, the group presented NLS with recommendations to strengthen its collections and also commended the organization for its ongoing commitment to enhancing its patrons’ reading experience.

"As we proceed with the digital transition, the Collection Development Section will continue to host this annual meeting to ensure that our collections remain current and relevant to our patrons. It’s a great forum for discussing ways to improve, expand, and diversify our offerings," says NLS director Frank Kurt Cylke.

NLS has always responded to patrons’ comments and suggestions, and the Collection Development Advisory Group was instituted in 1977 to provide a formal annual method for obtaining advice from around the country. The group consists of four network librarians, four readers-at-large, a children and young adults librarian, and a representative from each of three consumer organizations—the American Council of the Blind, the Blinded Veterans Association, and the National Federation of the Blind. The advisory group advocates for the preferences and concerns of patrons.

The three-day meeting began with an introductory orientation to educate the group about current issues in book selection and production and to provide a general overview of NLS operations. Following a day and a half of discussions of patron concerns, the committee members presented their findings to the NLS director and staff in an open forum.

A job well done

The committee commended NLS for several aspects of its service, including its ongoing progress with the digital initiative and its effectiveness in communicating information about this project to its constituents. Members further commended NLS staff for preserving classic titles—both fiction and nonfiction—as they move through the digitization process. The group was impressed by the program’s ongoing commitment to providing adult reading materials, books for juvenile reading programs, and continuing to complete series in genre fiction.

Collection recommendations

Spanish-speaking readers are an important audience to the program, and NLS plans to produce more books to reach this growing constituency. The committee recommended that NLS continue to produce Spanish-language books, but with a changed emphasis from literary fiction to nonfiction works about self-help, personal investment, citizenship, and family activities. NLS strongly agrees with this recommendation and plans to broaden the Spanish-language collection.

The committee recommended that NLS develop an ongoing survey in print, audio, and braille formats to assess readers’ current needs and preferences. NLS concedes that more information will be needed, particularly in light of the digital audiobook market. NLS staff want to know how the proliferation of audio materials from both commercial and public-sector sources may affect patrons’ reading decisions, and in what ways, if any, the expanding options should impact NLS collection-building policies.

The committee also suggested that NLS increase the use of tactile graphics in braille books, especially in children’s titles. Thanks to the technological advances in braille production methods, NLS will be able to include more tactile graphics—such as maps, depictions of animals, stars, and planets, and other objects that lend themselves to tactile representation—in braille books.

In response to the committee’s recommendation to expand the diversity of the collection by using alternative bestseller lists as part of the title-selection process, NLS plans to consult lists from more diverse publications, such as Essence magazine, in order to offer titles that are consistent with the backgrounds of its patrons.

Children’s books also offer an opportunity for extending the program’s reach. The committee recommended that the NLS Kids Zone web page inform users about the availability of children’s bibliographies from cooperating regional libraries. Additionally, the committee recommended that the NLS children’s librarian develop additional bibliographies for Kids Zone. NLS considers bibliographies to be useful to young readers and is currently moving forward with plans to broaden the Kids Zone.

"The 2007 Collection Development Advisory Group meeting was a model of civility, good judgment, and constructive criticism that was greatly appreciated," says Edmund O’Reilly, acting head of the Collection Development Section. "The group’s suggestions will be carefully considered and will guide us in our efforts to reexamine our collection-building precepts. The participants identified a number of interesting possibilities for the future, and we've already begun implementing some of their recommendations."

In preparation for the digital launch, NLS has selected 20,000 retrospective titles to be produced for four years. Many of the titles will be available when NLS initiates the service in 2008.

Members of the 2007 Collection Development Advisory Group

Consumer Organization Representatives
Readers-at-Large
Librarians

 

Flash, July 2007, volume 3, issue 7

Library of Congress prepares digital talking-book systems contracting schedule

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, has made substantial progress in engaging production contractors for the digital talking-book (DB) system, thus moving the transition closer to fruition. NLS is in various stages of contracting for production of the digital player, flash cartridge, flash cartridge container, and the player shipping container. All four efforts are essential to implementing the digital system.

A progress report

Digital talking-book machine

NLS is currently in the final stretch of preparing a request for proposals (RFP) to identify a manufacturer to produce digital players. The player must be built according to the technical data package that outlines all materials specifications and software requirements. The technical data package will be available this August. At that time, NLS will release an RFP. Proposals, which will be accepted for one month, will be assessed on multiple criteria, including cost, manufacturing approaches, and how well required design specifications are met. NLS expects to award a contract for player production in late 2007.

"Issuing the player RFP will be a major advancement in our digital transition," says Michael Katzmann, chief of the Materials Development Division. "It is imperative that we intensively evaluate all proposals to be sure that we make the award to a responsible, reliable, and capable contractor."

Before the player is mass produced, it will go through pilot and prelaunch tests. During the pilot stage, two hundred prototypes will be produced and tested. One hundred prototypes will be tested by consumers. Of those, fifty machines will be tested by patrons at the Connecticut State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Rocky Hill. Another fifty will be assessed by participants in the current NLS Internet download pilot program. Additionally, one hundred prototypes will undergo internal testing by experts in NLS’s Quality Assurance Section. Testing will evaluate whether the machine meets all required technical specifications. Necessary modifications will be implemented as needed.

When the contract is awarded for player production, one hundred machines will be used as a baseline, while five thousand units will be used for wider, prelaunch testing. Those exams will assess the production line and quality control processes, as well as component supply chain procurement process. Testing will occur at eight regional libraries across the United States—southern California, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York City, Texas, and Utah. Blind and physically handicapped users will intensely examine the players and recommend any needed changes. Mass production will begin approximately three months after prelaunch testing.

Flash cartridges

NLS is also close to producing flash cartridges. In late June, an RFP was issued for the manufacture of flash cartridges. NLS has determined the physical dimensions of the cartridge, but the contractor will be responsible for creating the internal design to meet the functional requirements. NLS accepted proposals through mid-July. Over the next few months, NLS will evaluate the proposals and select a contractor.

Contracting progress has also been made on the flash cartridge’s container. NLS has identified a contractor to produce the containers. Battelle, the lead design-phase contractor, has transferred the design plans to the contractor. In March 2008, NLS plans to produce an initial batch of container prototypes. The containers will undergo extensive usability testing in April 2008 to ensure they hold up in transit. Testing will consist of actual long-distance mailing. NLS will evaluate the usability test results and implement any modifications that are needed. By May 2008, NLS expects to initiate full production of the cartridge container.

Patrons will benefit from the flash cartridge container’s functional, yet sleek design. Battelle worked with NLS to finalize the flash cartridge-container specifications during recent engineering and critical design reviews. The container is similar to the cassette container, though slightly longer and wider, half the thickness, and blue in color. The container is designed to hold the flash cartridge in one position, which will make the flash cartridge easier to remove and replace. Straps with snap fasteners tightly seal the lid. Both features will prevent the flash cartridge from shifting during mailing. A compartment on the back of the container will securely house the mailing card, on which essential information about the book is printed. And because of its improved durability, it will be able to withstand the hazards of transit and hand use.

Player shipping box

Another important piece of the digital system is the player’s shipping container or box. To ensure the players get from library to patron in perfect condition, NLS will produce a specially designed box for the player. The corrugated cardboard box will be durable to endure several transits. It will also be easy to open, featuring interlocking flaps that fold to hold the player securely. The flaps will pop out for easy removal of the machine. As the player manufacturer will produce the boxes as well, it will be done on the same time line as player production. The player and shipping box RFP will be the last one NLS issues as part of the digital system.

"These digital system contracts are vital to the successful completion of the digital transition," noted Frank Kurt Cylke, NLS director. "As the momentum builds, we’re closing in on the day in 2008 when we can place digital talking books in patrons’ hands."

Digital Talking Book (DB) Milestones

Completed
In process

For information on the NLS DIGITAL PROJECT contact:

Jean M. Moss
Digital Projects Coordinator
jemo@loc.gov
Fax: (202) 707-1690

To view the Strategic Business Plan on the Web visit: www.loc.gov/nls/businessplan2006.html

Newsstand

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. Items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Cell phone software

In early 2007 the Code Factory released Mobile Speak, a screen reader for mobile phones that allows access to most of the phone’s functions. For more information, visit www.mobilespeak.com.

New traveler web site

TravelBraille.com provides excerpts from popular travel guidebooks and newspaper travel sections in a braille format, free to registered users. For more information or to register, visit www.travelbraille.com.

First digital library for Spanish-speaking readers

Tiflolibros is the first digital library for Spanish-speaking blind readers. Created in 1999 by a group of blind friends who wanted to exchange digital books, the library now has more than twenty thousand books available in Spanish and more than three thousand patrons in America, Europe, and Asia.

Registration is free, but there is a recommended donation of $50 every six months to support the library’s operation. To register, send an e-mail to tiflolibros@tiflolibros.com.ar. For more information, visit www.tiflolibros.com.ar.

Federal student aid information available in audio, on CD, and online

The U.S. Department of Education has updated its audio recording of information on federal student aid for postsecondary education for blind and visually impaired students. Audio Highlights, formerly the Student Aid Audio Guide, also provides additional resources, such as web sites and braille and print publications.

Students can request free copies of Audio Highlights by contacting the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243. Text and audio versions can be read online at www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov/audio.

Verbal imaging and touch tours at the Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, the first museum in the Western World dedicated to the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions, offers verbal imaging and touch tours for blind and visually impaired visitors. The one-hour tours are free with museum admission. Individual and group tours are available. Book a tour two weeks in advance by calling Emilie Dufor at (212) 620-5000 ext. 345 or sending an e-mail to reservations@rmanyc.org.

Books for Adults

Cassettes Nonfiction

Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama, and Other Page-Turning Adventures from a Year in a Bookstore    RC 60048
by Suzanne Strempek Shea
read by Nicola Daval
2 cassettes
Novelist Suzanne Shea recounts the experience of volunteering to work in a friend’s Massachusetts bookstore during cancer recovery. Shea reminisces about the patrons she encountered and her own book tours. 2004.

Paul Scofield: An Actor for All Seasons    RC 60888
by Garry O’Connor
read by John Lescault
3 cassettes
Examination of the life of noted British actor born in 1922, who prefers the stage to film and TV. In O’Connor’s portrayal, Scofield is intensely private and dedicated. The depth and range of roles in the actor’s career include Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons and Shakespeare’s King Lear. 2002.

Fat Girl: A True Story    RC 61433
by Judith Moore
read by Kate Kiley
1 cassette
Award-winning author’s candid memoir of growing up overweight. Relates her struggles at school and home throughout an unhappy childhood and adolescence that were shaped by an absent, food-obsessed father, an abusive mother, a spiteful grandmother, and a kind, homosexual uncle. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Science of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials    RC 61514
by Mary Gribbin and John Gribbin
read by Suzanne Toren
1 cassette
Relates the mystery and magic in Pullman’s trilogy, beginning with The Golden Compass (RC 44343), to real-world scientific concepts. Covers topics from cosmology to string theory to explain such objects as Will’s subtle knife and Mary Malone’s amber spyglass. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes    RC 61586
by American Diabetes Association
read by Gregory Gorton
4 cassettes
Revised edition of comprehensive guide to managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Contains updated information on monitoring blood glucose levels, using diabetic tools, navigating health care systems, planning meals, and handling emergencies. Covers advances in medications and self-care techniques. Also discusses family and work issues. Includes resources. 2005.

Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military    RC 61814
by Bryan Mark Rigg
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
History professor draws on hundreds of firsthand interviews with veterans to document experiences of men of Jewish descent who served in the German armed forces during World War II. Analyzes Nazi racial policies between 1933 and 1945 and describes the soldiers’ assimilation and military service. 2002.

The Wildest Ride: A History of NASCAR (or, How a Bunch of Good Ol’ Boys Built a Billion-Dollar Industry out of Wrecking Cars)    RC 61842
by Joe Menzer
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Sports writer surveys the history of stock car racing, which began with redneck bootleggers and became a big business. Shares anecdotes from famous drivers. Describes family dynasties and track tragedies. 2001.

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk    RC 61881
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Authors of How to Talk So Kids Can Learn—at Home and in School (RC 42459) and Siblings without Rivalry (RC 26613) offer advice for parents with teenagers. Discusses how to communicate effectively to ensure compliance and mutual respect. Uses anecdotes to illustrate ways of dealing with drugs, sex, the Internet, and more. 2005.

Chicken Soup for the African American Soul: Celebrating and Sharing Our Culture One Story at a Time    RC 61889
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Tom Joyner
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
3 cassettes
Coauthor and radio host Tom Joyner sees this book as an extension of his "efforts to reach the souls of black folks all around the country." Collection covers African American roots, families, resilience, and religion. Includes works and quotations by Colin Powell, Rosa Parks, Reggie Jackson, and Frederick Douglass. 2004.

American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the Twenty-first Century    RC 61924
by Kevin Phillips
read by Michael Scherer
4 cassettes
Author of American Dynasty (RC 57760) contends that religious zealotry dominating a weak Republican coalition threatens the very survival of the United States through energy-centered foreign policy and reckless debt. Surveys the demise of world powers from ancient Rome to the British Empire. Bestseller. 2006.

Yao: A Life in Two Worlds    RC 61982
by Yao Ming
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
Autobiography by Houston Rockets’ seven-foot six-inch basketball player from Shanghai, China. Yao Ming describes his early career at home, his 2002 adaptation to the NBA’s style of play, and cultural differences between East and West. Introduction by co-author Ric Bucher. 2004.

Istanbul: Memories and the City    RC 61985
by Orhan Pamuk
read by Robert Blumenfeld
2 cassettes
Author of Snow (RC 58863) describes growing up in Istanbul, Turkey, among the remains of past civilizations in an apartment house his extended family owns and occupies. Born in 1952 to a secular family, Pamuk describes their dysfunctional relationships and the sense of melancholy that pervades the city. 2003.

Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries    RC 61986
by Suad Amiry
read by Yolande Bavan
2 cassettes
A westernized architect, the daughter of exiled Palestinians, relates her experiences from 1981 to 2004 in the West Bank town of Ramallah, where she married. Describes the hardships and absurdities of life in the Occupied Territories—especially having to endure a forty-two-day curfew along with her mother-in-law. Some strong language. 2004.

The Interpreter    RC 62054
by Alice Kaplan
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Describes the experiences of Louis Guilloux, a French interpreter for the World War II courts-martial of American GIs accused of crimes against French civilians. Recounts the trials of two soldiers, one black and one white, that led to a single execution. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

The Evolution-Creation Struggle    RC 62060
by Michael Ruse
read by Dan Bloom
3 cassettes
Professor of philosophy posits that though evolutionism and creationism are rival responses to a crisis of faith, they share commonalities. Provides a historical analysis of religious and scientific thought about evolution since the eighteenth century. Explores the Enlightenment’s effects on Christianity and the subsequent introduction of Darwinian theory. 2005.

New World Coming: The 1920s and the Making of Modern America    RC 62083
by Nathan Miller
read by Kimberly Schraf
4 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-nominee describes the 1920s as an era of contradiction, politically conservative yet culturally in flux, and a precursor of the "modern excesses" at the start of the twenty-first century. Miller examines corruption, graft, labor strikes, and racial tension as products of unbridled greed. Also discusses social and economic changes, moral attitudes, and the arts. 2003.

African American Humor: The Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today    RC 62112
edited by Mel Watkins
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
3 cassettes
Anthology of African American humor from traditional trickster tales to twenty-first century comedy. Contains proverbs, short stories, riddles, songs, jokes, and stand-up routines as well as literary works by Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. Includes historical introductions for each chapter. Foreword by Dick Gregory. Strong language. 2002.

Marianne in Chains: Everyday Life in the French Heartland under the German Occupation    RC 62173
by Robert Gildea
read by Annie Wauters
4 cassettes
Oxford historian explores the realities of life in Nazi-occupied France during 1940–1944. Drawing on previously unexamined archives and personal interviews with survivors, Gildea portrays this difficult period as one of compromise, improvisation, complex relationships, and ambivalent attitudes toward the Resistance—not the black-and-white picture of "good" underground fighters versus "bad" collaborators suggested by some postliberation accounts. 2002.

The First Rasta: Leonard Howell and the Rise of Rastafarianism    RC 62178
by Hélène Lee
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Journalist’s account of Jamaican and Rastafarian history, based on an updated translation of a 1999 French work and on oral history interviews with Jamaican elders. Interweaves chronicles of Rasta founder Leonard Howell, Bob Marley, Reggae music, and centrality of ganja (marijuana). 1999.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius    RC 62214
by Leo Damrosch
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
Professor portrays the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) as an autodidact whose political theory and concepts of education are still influential in the modern age. Discusses Rousseau’s personality and its relation to his achievements. Explores the originality of Rousseau’s writings and the far-reaching effects of his ideas. National Book Award. 2005.

Rednecks and Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music    RC 62224
by Chris Willman
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Entertainment Weekly reporter interviews country western singers to ascertain the politics behind their brand of show business. Studies the belief that there is Republican partisanship among the genre’s base and investigates the shift of the South away from the Democratic party. Some strong language. 2005.

Living with Lymphoma: A Patient’s Guide    RC 62293
by Elizabeth M. Adler
read by Peter Johnson
4 cassettes
Neurobiologist with the disease offers a comprehensive guide to Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma—forms of cancer affecting the immune system. Addresses diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment options including chemotherapy and radiation as well as alternative therapies. Provides background information to enable readers to evaluate medical literature and make informed decisions. 2005.

The Disabled Woman’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth    RC 62294
by Judith Rogers
read by Catherine Byers
5 cassettes
Comprehensive guide to disability-related physical and emotional pregnancy issues. Cites experiences of women with varying types and degrees of conditions including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, spina bifida, and spinal cord injuries. Covers first, second, and third trimesters, labor and delivery, possible complications, and postpartum concerns. Includes resources. 2006.

The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner: A Powerful Plan to Finish Rich in Real Estate    RC 62371
by David Bach
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Financial advisor advocates buying real estate to achieve financial freedom. Proposes developing a long-term commitment. Explains mortgages, down payments, financing, and tax strategies. 2005.

The Promise: How One Woman Made Good on Her Extraordinary Pact to Send a Classroom of First Graders to College    RC 62383
by Oral Lee Brown
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Author chronicles the mission she began in 1987 to finance higher education for twenty-three disadvantaged East Oakland, California, students if they graduated from high school. Every one did. Describes how she raised funds, established a foundation, helped college applicants get accepted, and decided to adopt future classes. 2005.

What Jesus Meant    RC 62385
by Garry Wills
read by Bob Moore
1 cassette
Wills, author of Papal Sin (RC 50273), examines the gospels with the motto "What Would Jesus Do?" in mind. Asserts that simply asking what Jesus did or said is not enough—one must understand what Jesus meant by his deeds and words. 2006.

Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America    RC 62388
by John McWhorter
read by Bob Moore
4 cassettes
In this follow-up to his 2000 book Losing the Race (RC 52632), an African American professor encourages blacks to reject separatism, join mainstream America, and accept personal responsibility for their problems. Offers suggestions for the future while denouncing alienation for its own sake. 2005.

Spies: The Secret Agents Who Changed the Course of History    RC 62416
by Ernest Volkman
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Biographies of nearly fifty people involved in espionage in the twentieth century, including moles, spymasters, defectors, and others. Covers Kim Philby, Dusko Popov (the real James Bond), Markus Wolf, Mata Hari, and K’ang Sheng as well as writers with undercover experience: Ian Fleming, Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway, and W. Somerset Maugham. 1994.

The Stettner Way: The Life and Climbs of Joe and Paul Stettner    RC 62425
by John D. Gorby
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Portrays Joe and Paul Stettner as America’s first sports climbers, who conquered many of the United States’ western mountains. Describes the brothers’ escape from 1920s Germany, their war service in the Tenth Mountain Division, founding of the Chicago Mountaineering Club, and pioneering climbs. 2003.

The Gay Talese Reader: Portraits and Encounters    RC 62444
by Gay Talese
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Collection of articles written between 1961 and 1997 reflecting the author’s brand of New Journalism. Profiles New York City and twentieth-century celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Peter O’Toole, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Louis, and Muhammad Ali. Contains autobiographical essays like "Walking My Cigar." Some strong language. 2003.

The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences    RC 62464
by Louis Uchitelle
read by Ralph Lowenstein
3 cassettes
Award-winning New York Times reporter examines the psychological and economic impact of corporate firings. Uses United Airlines and other examples to show how layoffs undermine former and remaining employees’ mental health as well as overall business productivity. Recommends government regulation and a stronger labor movement to foster job security. 2006.

The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain    RC 62467
by Gene D. Cohen
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
Gerontologist and author of The Creative Age (RC 51737) examines psychological growth in mature adults, refuting the notion that aging brings an inevitable decline. Introduces developmental intelligence as the "synergy of cognition, emotional intelligence, judgment, social skills, life experience, and consciousness." Explores ways to cultivate creativity. Includes resources. 2005.

Twilight Children: Three Voices No One Heard until a Therapist Listened    RC 62471
by Torey Hayden
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
Educational psychologist and author of Ghost Girl (RC 37247) recounts three challenging cases from a hospital-based psychiatric crisis unit. Chronicles therapy sessions with four-year-old elective mute Drake, elderly stroke victim Gerda, and abused nine-year-old Cassandra, who was kidnapped by her father. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2005.

Open the Unusual Door: True Life Stories of Challenge, Adventure, and Success by Black Americans    RC 62473
edited by Barbara Summers
read by Bill Quinn
1 cassette
Sixteen excerpts from autobiographies of African Americans from all walks of life. Discusses the sacrifices and decisions they made to excel in their fields. Includes baseball player Derek Jeter, entertainer Queen Latifah, General Colin Powell, and poet bell hooks, among others. For senior high readers. 2005.

Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches    RC 62478
by Jill Fredston
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Alaskan avalanche expert discusses the causes of avalanches, their victims, and their predictability. Describes her personal encounters with snow disasters, including some that were man-made for movies. Offers advice on assessing snow conditions and planning sensible routes before venturing out on hikes, skis, or snow transport. 2005.

Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism    RC 62479
by James W. Loewen
read by Bill Quinn
5 cassettes
Author of Lies My Teacher Told Me (RC 41440) exposes the historical existence of both northern and southern "sundown towns"—communities with signs posted at their limits denying African Americans access after dark. Details the once-widespread phenomenon and residual practices in the twenty-first century. Violence and strong language. 2005.

Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury    RC 62483
by Diane Roberts Stoler and Barbara Albers Hill
read by Lewis Grenville
3 cassettes
Comprehensive guide to the long-term consequences of brain injury known as postconcussive syndrome. Covers diagnosis and treatments, highlighting the wide-ranging mental, physical, and emotional symptoms including depression, cognitive disabilities, chronic fatigue, migraines, vision problems, and seizures. Offers advice on financial, insurance, and family issues. Includes case studies and resources. 1998.

Is Islam a Religion of War or Peace?    RC 62484
edited by Jann Einfeld
read by Ken Kliban
1 cassette
Eleven essays by authors with opposing viewpoints on the nature of the Islamic religion. Includes Osama bin Laden’s justification for attacking America, President George W. Bush’s claim that Islam is a peaceful religion, Pat Robertson’s counterargument, and analyses of women’s rights. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Europe’s Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?    RC 62485
by David Fromkin
read by Robert Blumenfeld
2 cassettes
Author of A Peace to End All Peace: Creating the Modern Middle East (RC 32198) analyzes the causes of World War I. Asserts that a local conflict between Austria-Hungary and Serbia and another between Germany and Russia offered an opportunity for Prussian military leaders to instigate war. 2004.

Listening to the Land: Conversations about Nature, Culture, and Eros    RC 62486
by Derrick Jensen
read by Ralph Lowenstein
3 cassettes
Conservationist and author of Strangely like War: The Global Assault on Forests (RC 59441) presents a collection of interviews with environmentalists, theologians, psychologists, indigenous philosophers, and feminists exploring environmental degradation and humanity’s relationship with the natural world. Wide-ranging topics include biodiversity, religion, technology, and eroticism. 2004.

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War    RC 62504
by Nathaniel Philbrick
read by Ted Stoddard
4 cassettes
National Book Award-winner studies two generations of Pilgrims, from the original 102 passengers who arrived in 1620 to the handful of survivors of the 1675 King Philip’s War. Describes the initial storm-tossed voyage, starvation and disease in the wilderness, and the help—and duplicity—of the natives. Some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

Soul Survivor: How Thirteen Unlikely Mentors Helped My Faith Survive the Church     RC 62513
by Philip Yancey
read by Bob Moore
3 cassettes
Author of What’s So Amazing about Grace? (RC 56055) profiles thirteen notable figures who have directly or indirectly influenced his life and work. Includes Martin Luther King Jr., Leo Tolstoy, Gandhi, John Donne, Annie Dillard, and others. Reveals his spiritual journey back to faith after nearly abandoning Christianity. 2001.

You: The Smart Patient; an Insider’s Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment     RC 62514
by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz
read by Alexander Strain
2 cassettes
In this companion to You: The Owner’s Manual (RC 60685), doctors highlight ways to obtain the best medical care by researching hospitals, physicians, and insurance companies, and knowing one’s family medical history. Suggests becoming familiar with prescriptions, specialists, treatment options, alternative medicine, and pain management. 2006.

Citizenship Made Simple: An Easy-to-Read Guide to the U.S. Citizenship Process     RC 62526
by Barbara Brooks Kimmel and Alan M. Lubiner
read by Ralph Lowenstein
1 cassette
Reference for foreign nationals describes requirements and procedures for becoming a U.S. citizen. Explains the rights for military personnel and children, and provides a brief history of the country and an overview of the government. Includes a sample test and text of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. 2006.

Mexican Everyday    RC 62529
by Rick Bayless
read by Lewis Grenville
2 cassettes
Host of PBS’s Mexico—One Plate at a Time assembles recipes for some fifty main dishes along with side dishes for complete meals. Bayless discusses the guiding principles he follows when creating recipes: select the right one, pare back to its skeleton, streamline steps, and maximize use of kitchen equipment. 2005.

The Red Hat Society’s Laugh Lines: Stories of Inspiration and Hattitude     RC 62531
by Sue Ellen Cooper
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
2 cassettes
Women’s social club founder follows up the bestselling Red Hat Society (RC 58333) with a collection of anecdotes, poems, and quotes that celebrate life, sisterhood, and the aging process. Society members from across America share accounts of family, friendship, marriage, parenthood and grandparent-hood, and pets. 2005.

Solo: My Adventures in the Air    RC 62533
by Clyde Edgerton
read by Peter Ganim
2 cassettes
Author of Floatplane Notebooks (RC 31559) recalls his lifelong love of flying. Reminisces about his ROTC service at the University of North Carolina and 1960s air force training. Recounts seeing combat in the Vietnam conflict, for which he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross, and declares his dislike of war. 2005.

Safe Sex 101: An Overview for Teens    RC 62536
by Margaret O. Hyde and Elizabeth H. Forsyth
read by Judith Ann Gantly
1 cassette
A science writer and a child psychiatrist discuss the physical and emotional aspects of human sexuality including anatomy, contraception, abstinence, social pressures, and diseases such as AIDS. Presents scenarios that teens may encounter and practical responses to them. For senior high and older readers. 2006.

Empire and Odyssey: The Brynners in Far East Russia and Beyond    RC 62546
by Rock Brynner
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes
Actor Yul Brynner’s son chronicles four generations of his family, beginning with his Swiss-born great-grandfather who cofounded the Russian port city of Vladivostok. Highlights events of each ancestor’s life, including Brynner’s Academy Award-winning father’s path to the movie industry and his own stints as a clown, bodyguard, and writer. 2006.

Born in the U.S.A.: Bruce Springsteen and the American Tradition    RC 62547
by Jim Cullen
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
A professor "explores a series of myths, symbols, and words in American culture, and the ways in which Springsteen’s music clarifies, revises, and reinterprets them." Examines the influence of the "American dream" and Catholicism on the musician. Update of 1997 edition includes analysis of Springsteen lyrics written since 2001. 2005.

They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan    RC 62551
by Alephonsion Deng and Benson Deng
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Personal accounts of three young men who were five- to seven-year-old orphans when their will to survive led them on a thousand-mile journey away from the civil war raging in their Sudanese villages. They recall hunger, disease, and the predatory animals that followed them to the refugee camps. 2005.

Tiger Bone and Rhino Horn: The Destruction of Wildlife for Traditional Chinese Medicine    RC 62552
by Richard Ellis
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes
Author of The Empty Ocean (RC 58798) examines international trade in exotic animal parts used in medicinal remedies and aphrodisiacs. Discusses Western and Chinese healing traditions and suggests reducing the threat to endangered species such as tigers, rhinos, bears, and sharks through education and wider distribution of modern pharmaceuticals. 2005.

Tommy Dorsey, Livin’ in a Great Big Way: A Biography    RC 62555
by Peter J. Levinson
read by Peter Ganim
3 cassettes
The author of Trumpet Blues (RC 51218) uses anecdotes to describe the volatile personality of jazz trombonist Tommy Dorsey (1905–1956). Portrays Tommy’s roots in Pennsylvania coal mining country, his formation of the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, and his promotion of Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra. Some strong language. 2005.

Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century    RC 62572
by Laura Shapiro
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
A history of the American domestic science movement at the beginning of the twentieth century. Describes the efforts of women to gain control of the kitchen using scientific methods that resulted in bland, processed food. Considers the influence of industrialization and economics on the way meals are prepared. 1986.

Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel—Why Everything You Know Is Wrong    RC 62576
by John Stossel
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Consumer advocate and author of Give Me a Break (RC 57751) continues to debunk what he says are common media myths. Investigates business, education, government, and other areas, pointing out deception and bad laws. Includes "fast food makes you fat" and "antidiscrimination laws stop discrimination." Bestseller. 2006.

Possible Side Effects    RC 62601
by Augusten Burroughs
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
A collection of humorous anecdotes from the author of Running with Scissors (RC 54817). Describes his addiction to nicotine gum, his nosebleed on a red-eye trans-Atlantic flight, and his impulse to buy a puppy with his partner, Dennis, as a companion for their beloved French bulldog. Strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Godless: The Church of Liberalism    RC 62602
by Ann Coulter
read by Barbara Caruso
3 cassettes
Conservative commentator observes that liberalism has all the characteristics of a religion without a diety. Illustrates her analogy by examining the topics of abortion, crime, education, and bad science. Coulter criticizes ex-CIA employee Valerie Plame, war protester Cindy Sheehan, and the widows of the September 11, 2001, victims. Bestseller. 2006.

The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change    RC 62605
by Charles Wohlforth
read by Peter Johnson
3 cassettes
Journalist offers a nuanced account of global warming from the perspectives of scientists and native Alaskan Iñupiaq people. Examines the impact of climate change on the Iñupiaq, whose traditional livelihood is threatened by milder winters and thinning sea ice. Provides the contrasting viewpoints of scientists studying Arctic environmental changes. 2004.

There Is Room at the Inn: Inns and B and Bs for Wheelers and Slow Walkers     RC 62606
by Candy B. Harrington
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
Guide to one hundred U.S. lodgings that the author deems accessible and welcoming to people with impaired mobility. Reviews inns, bed-and-breakfasts, a safari park, a dude ranch, and other small facilities, detailing accessibility features including sleeping and bathroom accommodations. Lists properties by state and provides sightseeing suggestions. 2006.

Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish    RC 62609
by Tom Shachtman
read by Nick Sullivan
3 cassettes
Documentarian examines the period when Amish teenagers are allowed freedom to experiment in order to decide whether to be baptized or enter the wider world. Highlights the tenets of the church and the experiences of the young people. Compares the practice of rumspringa to mainstream parenting. 2006.

Dark Dreams: The Story of Stephen King    RC 62634
by Nancy Whitelaw
read by Nick Sullivan
1 cassette
Biography of award-winning horror writer. Discusses King’s difficult childhood in Maine, a setting for many of his stories, as well as his adolescence, college years, marriage, and eventual success. Describes King’s struggles with censorship, fame, and the creative process. For senior high readers. 2006.

The Last Imaginary Place: A Human History of the Arctic World    RC 62643
by Robert McGhee
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Award-winning archaeologist offers a multilayered portrait of the northern polar regions of Canada, Alaska, Russia, Norway, Iceland, and Greenland. Combining anthropology, history, and personal memoir, McGhee describes centuries of exploration, exploitation, and settlement of the land by seafarers, hunters, natives, and scientists. 2005.

Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald    RC 62656
by Michael Schumacher
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Examines the mysterious sinking of the largest freighter on the Great Lakes during a storm in November 1975, when the twenty-nine-member crew died without sending a distress signal. Chronicles the history of the Fitz from its launch in 1958 to the designation of the shipwreck as a grave site. 2005.

Captain John Smith: Jamestown and the Birth of the American Dream    RC 62662
by Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
A chronicle of explorer John Smith (1580–1631), who founded and led the Jamestown colony from 1607 to 1609. Uses Smith’s writings, colonists’ diaries, and archives to trace his adventures, including his arrival in the New World facing possible execution, and to demythologize his relationship with Pocahontas and portray wilderness life. 2006.

. . . And a Hard Rain Fell: A GI’s True Story of the War in Vietnam     RC 62667
by John Ketwig
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Memoir of army veteran sent to Vietnam in 1967 at age nineteen. Chronicles his yearlong tour, during which he confronted death and disillusionment with himself, his country, and humanity. Describes his stint in Thailand and the aftermath of his service. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

How to Read the Bible: History, Prophecy, Literature—Why Modern Readers Need to Know the Difference, and What It Means for Faith Today    RC 62672
by Steven L. McKenzie
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Biblical scholar contends that recognizing the Bible’s various literary genres is vital to accurate interpretation. Relies on textual clues to analyze the meaning of passages such as that of Jonah, which McKenzie posits is not a literal account of a man swallowed by a whale but a humorous satire. 2005.

An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography    RC 62684
by Paul Rusesabagina
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Autobiography of the manager of the hotel Mille Collines in Kigali, Rwanda. Paul Rusesabagina, a man of mixed Hutu and Tutsi heritage, describes how in April 1994 he saved twelve hundred Rwandans from the genocide that slaughtered eight hundred thousand. Basis for the movie Hotel Rwanda. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Diabetes and Heart Healthy Cookbook    RC 62692
by American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Dozens of recipes following the dietary guidelines of both the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association to combat diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Includes a meal planning guide and suggestions for appetizers, soups, salads, seafood, poultry, meats, vegetarian entrees, breads, and desserts. Provides nutritional analysis for each selection. 2004.

Martin Van Buren    RC 62699
by Ted Widmer
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Traces the career of the eighth U.S. president, Martin Van Buren (1782–1862), a New Yorker raised in a Dutch-speaking household. Recounts his stints as Andrew Jackson’s secretary of state and vice president. Describes the economic crisis and slavery debates that limited the Democrat to one term in office. 2005.

A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler     RC 62703
by Jason Roberts
read by David Cutler
3 cassettes
Biography of Englishman James Holman (1786–1857), who was blinded at twenty-five after serving in the Napoleonic wars and who then achieved fame as a world traveler. Quoting from Holman’s memoirs, describes how he fought slavery in Africa, survived captivity in Siberia, charted the Australian outback, and published three books. 2006.

The History of Central America    RC 62725
by Thomas L. Pearcy
read by Lewis Grenville
2 cassettes
Studies the seven diverse republics of Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Examines their history, economy, government, population, and physical characteristics. Highlights natural disasters, foreign aggression, dictators, revolutions, relationships to the United States, and twenty-first-century trends. 2006.

Downloading Copyrighted Stuff from the Internet: Stealing or Fair Use?    RC 62735
by Sherri Mabry Gordon
read by Peter Johnson
1 cassette
Explains how peer-to-peer file sharing works and presents arguments for and against it, including definitions of actions that are legal under current copyright law. Discusses the rise and fall of Napster, which made downloading music easy, and speculates on future developments. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival    RC 62793
by Anderson Cooper
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
CNN correspondent and anchor discusses the events he covered in 2005:the Asian tsunami, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, famine in Africa, and the war in Iraq. Reflects on the connections these crises evoked between his professional and personal life. Bestseller. 2006.

Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War    RC 62820
by Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists detail the behavior of an elite army unit in Vietnam called Tiger Force. Contends that the platoon’s reconnaissance and commando missions increasingly involved killing unarmed civilians. Chronicles the also-controversial criminal investigation led by Gustav Apsey, and Pentagon responses. Violence and strong language. 2006.

A Table in the Presence    RC 62822
by Carey H. Cash
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Lt. Carey Cash describes the nine-hour battle on April 10, 2003, to seize a presidential palace in Baghdad. The chaplain explains why he and the soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment believe God saw them through as they suffered only one casualty. 2004.

Women Who Make the World Worse: And How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Families, Military, Schools, and Sports    RC 62827
by Kate O’Beirne
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
An editor for National Review posits that the feminist movement has weakened American society. Contends the policies championed by Gloria Steinem, Germaine Greer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Betty Friedan, Hillary Clinton, and others have had negative consequences. 2006.

On Desire: Why We Want What We Want    RC 62845
by William B. Irvine
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Professor examines the origins and scientific nature of impulses and drives. Considers Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu, Amish, Shaker, and Catholic teachings; theories of Greek, Roman, and modern philosophers; and psychological explanations. Asserts that lasting happiness can be achieved by controlling passions and convincing oneself to want what one already has. 2006.

Every Woman’s Nightmare: The True Story of the Fairy-Tale Marriage and Brutal Murder of Lori Hacking    RC 62849
by Steven Long
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Describes how Mormon Mark Hacking of Salt Lake City, Utah, killed his pregnant wife, Lori, in 2004 after she learned that he was a pathological liar. Chronicles her discovery of Mark’s double life, explains why this knowledge led to her murder, and covers the investigation and trial. Violence. 2006.

We Are Their Heaven: Why the Dead Never Leave Us    RC 62854
by Allison DuBois
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Professional psychic medium who purports to communicate with the deceased maintains that spirits remain with the living to facilitate healing and growth. Recounts readings with grieving clients during which she revealed messages from their departed loved ones. DuBois’s work with missing-persons and murder cases inspired the television series Medium. 2006.

Make Money, Not Excuses: Wake Up, Take Charge, and Overcome Your Financial Fears Forever    RC 63112
by Jean Chatzky
read by Susan Denaker
2 cassettes
Advice for women about short- and long-term investing. Offers four basic tips to improve one’s immediate monetary picture and to guide future spending. Explains financial terminology, stock selection, retirement plans, and hiring a financial planner. Includes practical guidelines based on experience. Commercial audiobook. 2006.

The South Beach Heart Program: The Four-Step Plan That Can Save Your Life     RC 63116
by Arthur Agatston
read by Stephen Hoye
2 cassettes
Cardiologist and author of The South Beach Diet Cookbook (RC 58161) proposes a prevention revolution for heart care. Examines standard medical procedures then outlines his program. Recommends noninvasive imaging, advanced blood testing, and a regimen of diet, exercise, and medication with regular physician evaluations. Commercial audiobook. 2006.

A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea    RC 63117
by David Vann
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Charter-boat captain chronicles his ill-fated voyages aboard the ninety-foot-long sailboat Bird of Paradise, which he had constructed in Turkey to house writing workshops. Describes adventures in the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Caribbean, as well as chronic financial and structural problems—the latter of which ultimately sank his yacht. Some strong language. 2005.

Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR’s Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors    RC 63121
by James D. Hornfischer
read by Marc Cashman
4 cassettes
Recounts the desperate naval battle of the warship USS Houston against superior Japanese forces in the Java Sea in 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Follows the American survivors as they endure grim prisoner-of-war atrocities and labor camps on the Burma-Thailand railway. Commercial audiobook. Violence and some strong language. 2006.

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief    RC 63174
by Francis S. Collins
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Head of the Human Genome Project explores the compatibility of science and religious faith. Discusses scientific and theological objections to atheism, creationism, and belief in intelligent design. Supports the theory of "theistic evolution," which proposes that God created both the universe and the natural laws that govern it. Bestseller. 2006.

Edison’s Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life RC 63259
by Gaby Wood
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
British journalist traces the development of automatons from eighteenth-century clockwork dolls to the sophisticated robots of the 1990s programmed with artificial intelligence and emotions. Examining the philosophical basis of man’s obsession with automation, Wood contends that each invention that involves artificially simulated life challenges "our perception of what makes us human." 2002.

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Third Watch: The A.D. Chronicles, Book 3    RC 61427
by Bodie Thoene and Brock Thoene
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
As everyone awaits the Messiah’s coming, they question the identity of Yeshua of Nazareth. Among the inquisitive are Zahav, the unmarried rabbi’s daughter, who waits for love, and newly married Susanna and Manaen, who struggle to accept Manaen’s blindness. Sequel to Second Touch (RC 60507). 2004.

Accelerando    RC 61756
by Charles Stross
read by Pat Bottino
4 cassettes
Artificial intelligence threatens to destroy Earth’s solar system and all biological life. Three generations of the Macx family—entrepreneur Manfred, daughter Amber, and grandson Sirhan, who uncovers connections to Man-fred’s early innovations—find their fates inextricably linked to mankind’s future. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2005.

The Dark Wind: A Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Mystery    RC 61806
by Tony Hillerman
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Navajo Tribal policeman Jim Chee investigates a series of bizarre occurrences. Someone scalps the soles and palms off a corpse, and a vandal attacks a windmill. Then a small plane mysteriously crashes at night, and a cocaine shipment vanishes. Jim searches for clues amid witchcraft rumors. Some violence. 1982.

The Ezekiel Option    RC 61947
by Joel C. Rosenberg
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
While the United States forces down a hijacked plane and assassins kill the Palestinian prime minister, Russian radicals execute a coup during which CIA agent Erin McCoy disappears. Erin’s fiancé, presidential advisor Jon Bennett, tracks Erin and uncovers a Biblical verse predicting apocalypse. Sequel to The Last Days (RC 57970). Violence. 2005.

Lancaster Brides: Romance Drives the Buggy in Four Inspiring Novels    RC 61984
by Wanda E. Brunstetter
read by Catherine Byers
4 cassettes
Four Pennsylvania Amish women fall in love. In A Merry Heart, Miriam’s dream man is marrying another girl. In Looking for a Miracle, wheelchair-using Rebekah desires acceptance. Outsider Laura, in Plain and Fancy, comes to Lancaster and falls for Eli. Rachel, in The Hope Chest, wants her sister’s boyfriend. 1997.

Memories of Ice: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 3    RC 62043
by Steven Erikson
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
8 cassettes in 2 containers
The empire of Pannion Domin advances across Genabackis. With the siege of Capustan imminent, an uneasy alliance forms between old enemies Dujek Onearm, commander of the renegade Malazan army, and warlord Caladan Brood and his forces. Sequel to Deadhouse Gates (RC 60034). Violence and some strong language. 2001.

The Shadow of Saganami: Saganami Island, Book 2    RC 62045
by David Weber
read by Derald Breneman
7 cassettes in 2 containers
The graduating class of the Star Kingdom of Manticore’s academy is headed straight into battle. Their mission is to stop an alliance of corrupt bureaucrats from preventing Star Kingdom’s annexation of the Talbott Cluster. Sequel to Crown of Slaves (RC 61441). Strong language. 2004.

Star Witness: A Joseph Antonelli Novel    RC 62050
by D.W. Buffa
read by John Haag
3 cassettes
Accused of murdering his film star wife, Mary, Los Angeles movie mogul Stanley Roth hires defense attorney Joseph Antonelli. While Joseph sifts through the sordid lifestyles of Hollywood’s rich and famous to find Mary’s killer, Stanley pursues production of his latest screenplay—one that mirrors the crime. Some violence. 2003.

Chicago Noir    RC 62056
edited by Neal Pollack
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Eighteen short mystery stories set in Chicago. In "Goodnight Chicago and Amen," a man newly released from prison is hired to kill a cop but is double-crossed. In "Marty’s Drink or Die Club," a bartender learns about the existence of a strange bunch of alcoholics. Violence and strong language. 2005.

Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel, Book 3    RC 62061
by Jack McDevitt
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict, from Polaris (RC 59625) acquires a nine-thousand-year-old cup believed to be from the starship Seeker, which fled Earth in 2688 to establish a new colony, Margolia. Alex and his assistant Chase Kolpath look for the Seeker, hoping it will lead to Margolia. Some violence. 2005.

A Long Long Way    RC 62062
by Sebastian Barry
read by Walter Dickson
2 cassettes
In 1914 young Willie Dunne leaves his family and girlfriend behind in Dublin and enlists with the Allied Forces to fight against the Germans. As a soldier he obeys orders, even when required to shoot at fellow Irishmen during the Easter 1916 uprising. Strong language. Booker Prize finalist. 2005.

One Time, I Saw Morning Come Home: A Remembrance    RC 62063
by Clair Huffaker
read by Don Feldheim
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Noted western author’s tender novelization of his parents’ love and life together. Tells stories of his gentle mother, Orlean, and his wild, passionate father, Clair, from their first meeting as teenagers in a little Utah mining town to their valiant struggles through the Great Depression and starting a family. 1974.

Twilight    RC 62066
by Stephenie Meyer
read by Anne Hancock
3 cassettes
After seventeen-year-old Bella moves in with her dad in Washington state, she falls in love with high school senior Edward Cullen. Bella discovers that Edward and his adoptive clan are vampires. Though they feast on wildlife rather than humans, Bella is still in danger. For senior high readers. 2005.

The Mark of the Horse Lord    RC 62067
by Rosemary Sutcliff
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Scotland, during the time of the Roman Empire. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the blinded and deposed King of the Scots, former gladiator and slave Phaedrus impersonates the Horse Lord to regain control of the Scottish kingdom from the Picts. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. Phoenix Award 1985. 1965.

The Wicked Lover    RC 62070
by Julia Ross
read by Don Feldheim
3 cassettes
London. Robert Dovenby’s mistress has restrained a visiting Frenchwoman and her manservant, George, in his bedroom. Dove recognizes George as a woman in disguise but doesn’t know that she is Sylvie Georgiana, countess of Montevrain—a secret agent sent by the vengeful duke of Yveshire. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Fatal Burn    RC 62071
by Lisa Jackson
read by Ray Childs
4 cassettes
After Travis Settler’s adopted daughter, Dani, is kidnapped, he asks Shannon Flannery, Dani’s biological mother, for help. Shannon, recently widowed, battles arson at her ranch, uncovers a plot against the family—and falls in love with Travis. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Vendetta: Revenge of the Sisterhood, Book 3    RC 62095
by Fern Michaels
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Now that Julia has had her revenge, the Sisterhood’s newest mission involves the unjust death of founder Myra Rutledge’s daughter. But as they make their plans, Nikki’s old boyfriend, Jack Emery, is closing in on the Sisterhood and their activities. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

Judas Unchained    RC 62104
by Peter F. Hamilton
read by Nick Sullivan
8 cassettes in 2 containers
The Intersolar Commonwealth prepares for battle with the hostile Prime aliens, who may not be the Commonwealth’s only threat. The Guardians of Selfhood—a shadowy cult of questionable allegiance—seem to be sabotaging war efforts. Sequel to Pandora’s Star (RC 58258). Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Taken    RC 62158
by Chris Jordan
read by various narrators
2 cassettes
Wealthy Connecticut widow Kate Bickford’s eleven-year-old son Tomas is missing and the body of his Little League coach has been dumped in her freezer. Tomas’s kidnapper, ex-Special Ops captain Steve Cutter, extorts money from Kate and frames her for the coach’s murder. Commercial audiobook. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Fury: A Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi Mystery    RC 62164
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
read by Gregory Gorton
4 cassettes
Acting New York district attorney Butch Karp defends the city against a lawsuit by four men jailed for a sexual assault they claim they never committed. Meanwhile Karp’s wife, Marlene Ciampi, reviews a rape charge brought by a student against her professor. Violence and strong language. 2005.

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy    RC 62183
by Douglas Adams
read by David Cutler
6 cassettes
The five Hitchhiker series novels, dated 1979–1992: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; and Mostly Harmless, plus a bonus story, "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe" (1986). Foreword by Neil Gaiman. 2002.

Inspired Sleep    RC 62190
by Robert Cohen
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Being the single mother of two young boys while trying to live on her teaching salary and finish her dissertation might be survivable if only Bonnie could get a decent night’s sleep. So she signs up for a young researcher’s sleep study with experimental drugs. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

The Wizard: The Wizard Knight, Book 2    RC 62193
by Gene Wolfe
read by Michael Scherer
4 cassettes
Sir Able of the High Heart, formerly American Arthur Ormsby, returns to Mythgarthr from the realm of Skai. Now a full-fledged knight, Sir Able must fulfill his vows by restoring proper order within the seven worlds. Sequel to The Knight (RC 60301). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

Beulah Land    RC 62197
by Lonnie Coleman
read by Bill Quinn
4 cassettes (reissue)
Georgia, 1800s. Traces generations of the Kendrick family and their slaves who live on the Beulah Land plantation. By the time the Civil War breaks out, Sarah, a widow, is managing the land. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 1973.

My Lucky Star    RC 62227
by Joe Keenan
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Struggling playwright Philip Cavanaugh and his friends Gilbert and Claire visit Hollywood to develop a screenplay for actress Diana Malenfant and her secretly gay megastar son, Stephen. The job precipitates misadventures involving plagiarism, blackmail, and an illicit act caught on tape. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Washington Story: A Novel in Five Spheres    RC 62237
by Adam Langer
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Chicago, 1982–1987. Jewish teens, from Crossing California (RC 59969), continue to experiment with life. Jill joins her high school newspaper before heading to college, her sister Michelle studies acting at NYU, and Muley researches a project on the space shuttle. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Devil in Winter: The Wallflowers, Book 3    RC 62266
by Lisa Kleypas
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
London, 1843. To avoid unscrupulous relatives and forced marriage, heiress Evangeline Jenner proposes to financially strapped viscount Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, on one condition—she will not share his bed after their wedding night. The arrangement makes rakish Sebastian determined to seduce her. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

Micah: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter    RC 62270
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Victoria Gordon
1 cassette
U.S. marshal and vampire executioner Anita Blake travels to Philadelphia to reanimate a federal witness who died before he could testify. Her lover, wereleopard king Micah Callahan, accompanies her, giving them a chance to share some rare one-on-one time. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2006.

Kill Me: An Alan Gregory Novel    RC 62278
by Stephen White
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
One of psychologist Alan Gregory’s patients, a rich man, signs a contract with a shadowy group that kills its clients when they become terminally ill or injured. But, when the man’s health suddenly declines, he changes his mind. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Shoshoni Spirits: The Trailsman    RC 62279
by Jon Sharpe
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Wyoming, 1860. Skye Fargo rescues widow Melody Abbott from Cheyenne raiders and agrees to escort her to Washington Territory. Skye discovers Melody’s true motives and soon finds himself pursued by renegades seeking a fortune in missing payroll money. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1990.

The Best of Zane Grey, Outdoorsman: Hunting and Fishing Tales    RC 62316
by Zane Grey
read by L.J. Ganser
3 cassettes
Twenty short stories about outdoor sports adventures by western writer Zane Grey (1872–1939). Contains "Colorado Trails" and "Roping Lions in the Grand Canyon." Includes 1992 foreword by George Reiger, who credits Grey’s experiences as an avid conservationist and explorer for inspiring his stories. 1972.

The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour: The Frontier Stories, Volume 3    RC 62320
by Louis L’Amour
read by Nick Sullivan
4 cassettes
Third installment of the author’s collected short stories, following Volume 1 (RC 59711) and Volume 2 (RC 60143). Features twenty-eight classic westerns, including tales of a drifter who poses as a murdered man to solve a mystery and a grizzled recluse who protects a runaway from a brutal guardian. 2005.

Cunning of the Mountain Man    RC 62342
by William W. Johnstone
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Legendary gunfighter Smoke Jensen awakens in a New Mexico jail cell charged with killing rancher Lawrence Tucker, a crime he didn’t commit. Smoke escapes a lynch mob determined to hang him and sets out to uncover who really murdered Lawrence and why. Some violence. 1996.

A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4    RC 62348
by George R.R. Martin
read by Ted Stoddard
7 cassettes in 2 containers
The War of the Five Kings is over, but King Joffrey and Robb Stark are dead. Queen Regent Cersei Lannister dreams of ruling the Seven Kingdoms—as do many others. Sequel to A Storm of Swords (RC 51406). Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

At All Costs: Honor Harrington, Volume 11    RC 62350
by David Weber
read by Mary Kane
6 cassettes
War with the Republic of Haven has resumed under difficult circumstances. Honor Harrington’s command is potentially compromised by a surprise pregnancy—causing her to sort out her personal life while she maintains her public responsibilities. Sequel to War of Honor (RC 55532). Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

Cold Hit: A Shane Scully Mystery    RC 62352
by Stephen J. Cannell
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
L.A. homicide detective Shane Scully investigates the serial murders of homeless Vietnam veterans. The latest victim is linked to the unsolved decade-old killing of a cop. Soon the Department of Homeland Security enters the case and Scully suspects a cover-up. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2005.

Salt City Blues: A Robin Light Mystery    RC 62358
by Barbara Block
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Robin Light moonlights as a bartender to keep her Syracuse pet store solvent. Teen Freddy Sanchez tries to fence goods in the bar and is later killed. Freddy’s expensive dog intrigues Robin, who investigates the teen’s death but can’t prevent another murder. Strong language and some violence. 2004.

River Rising    RC 62359
by Dorothy Garlock
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Fertile, Missouri; 1934. Dr. Forbes hires April Asbury as his new nurse. Although she likes the quiet town, she quickly realizes that secrets and bitterness lie below the surface. Sequel to The Edge of Town (RC 52852). Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

Unleashed: A Melanie Travis Mystery    RC 62361
by Laurien Berenson
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Dog-loving teacher Melanie Travis reluctantly joins her fiancé, Sam, for dinner at the home of Sam’s ex-wife, Sheila, who is preparing to launch a controversial dog show gossip magazine. When Sheila is strangled, Melanie confronts the suspects as well as Sam’s unresolved feelings for his ex. Some strong language. 2000.

The Dreaming Detective: A Harriet Martens Mystery    RC 62368
by H.R.F. Keating
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
New chief constable Mr. Newcomen wants to get rid of detective superintendent Harriet Martens, the "Hard Detective." Expecting her to fail, he gives Martens two weeks to solve Birchester’s most famous murder, the strangling of "boy preacher" Krishna Kumaramangalam thirty years ago in the soon-to-be-demolished Imperial Hotel. 2003.

Ask Me No Questions    RC 62372
by Marina Budhos
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
The attacks of September 11, 2001, drive the undocumented Bangladeshi family of fourteen-year-old Nadira and her older sister Aisha to flee New York for Canada. But border agents arrest their father, leaving Aisha to fight for the family’s rights. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

No Other Love: Montford Heirs, Book 3    RC 62373
by Candace Camp
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
England, 1815. A masked highwayman waylays Nicola Falcourt as she travels to visit her sister, the wife of Richard Montford, earl of Exmoor, who accidentally killed Nicola’s true love. The charismatic thief also seeks revenge, but Nicola must learn to trust him before they can uncover a murderous plot. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Like the First Time    RC 62376
by Francis Ray
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Charleston, South Carolina. When Claire Bennett and Brooke Dunlap lose their jobs to downsizing, housewife Lorraine Averhart suggests they open a business selling bath and body products. With Lorraine’s financing, Claire’s creativity, and Brooke’s savvy, their venture and friendship flourish. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Jude’s Law    RC 62377
by Lori Foster
read by Colleen Delaney
2 cassettes
Gallery owner May Price turns to actor Jude Jamison, an ex-prizefighter, when a loan shark gives her brother, Tim, an ultimatum: repay his fifty-thousand-dollar debt, kill Jude, or die. May hides at Jude’s estate while Jude investigates the threat. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2006.

The O. Henry Prize Stories, 2006    RC 62381
edited by Laura Furman
read by Faith Potts
3 cassettes
Twenty prize-winning short stories from diverse locales. In Paula Fox’s "The Broad Estates of Death," newlywed Amelia confronts her husband’s brutal childhood. Also includes Edward P. Jones’s "Old Boys, Old Girls," Xu Xi’s "Famine," Alice Munro’s "Passion," and others. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Shadow Man: A Charlie Moon Mystery    RC 62382
by James D. Doss
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
When eccentric orthodontist Manfred Blinkoe insists he was the intended victim in a sniper attack, police direct him to Ute PI Charlie Moon. Manfred thinks he’s being stalked by his doppelgänger, but before Charlie and his shaman aunt can investigate, Manfred appears to die in a houseboat explosion. 2005.

Red Lightning    RC 62386
by John Varley
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
An unidentified object crashes to Earth causing a devastating tsunami. Seventeen-year-old Mars resident Ray Garcia-Strickland, whose parents pioneered interplanetary travel aboard Red Thunder (RC 56119), surveys the damage, unaware that the disaster may have been caused by his uncle’s dangerous time-altering invention. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Peeps    RC 62387
by Scott Westerfeld
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Nineteen-year-old New York City college student Cal becomes infected with a parasite that causes vampirism. Partially immune, Cal joins an organization that tracks down sick "peeps," including his ex-girlfriend. Cal also falls in love with Lace but can’t risk ruining her health. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2005.

The Black Swan    RC 62389
by Rafael Sabatini
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Priscilla Harradine, the orphaned daughter of the Leeward Islands governor, sails home to England with old family friend Major Sands. Also on board is buccaneer Monsieur Charles de Bernis, who poses as Priscilla’s husband when they are captured by the pirate Tom Leach. Some violence and some strong language. 1931.

Promise Me: A Myron Bolitar Mystery    RC 62390
by Harlan Coben
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Sports agent Myron Bolitar agrees to drive a friend’s daughter, eighteen-year-old Aimee Biel, to her pal’s house in New Jersey. When Aimee disappears, mimicking another local case, Myron becomes the prime suspect and must uncover the truth. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Blue Noon: Midnighters, Volume 3    RC 62395
by Scott Westerfeld
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Time takes on extra meaning in this continuation of Touching Darkness (RC 61290). The haunted blue of midnight descends on Bixby, Oklahoma, at noon. As the walls between secret and real time crumble, the five teenage midnighters race to stop the darklings. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

The Magic Garden    RC 62396
by Gene Stratton-Porter
read by Faith Potts
1 cassette (reissue)
After her parents’ divorce, young Amaryllis Minton runs away and meets painter’s son John Forrester. John introduces Amaryllis to his magic garden and romance blossoms, but John’s father sends Amaryllis home. Years pass, but neither John nor Amaryllis forgets their love as they await their reunion. 1927.

Eighteen Seconds    RC 62397
by George D. Shuman
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Blind police consultant Sherry Moore can mentally "see" the final eighteen seconds of a deceased person’s life by touching the body. She helps New Jersey cop Kelly O’Shaughnessy track paroled serial killer Earl Sykes, unaware that Earl seeks vengeance on Kelly herself. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Freaks: Alive, on the Inside!    RC 62398
by Annette Curtis Klause
read by Mark Delgado
2 cassettes
1899. Seventeen-year-old Abel Dandy runs away from the Faeryland Review of human oddities and seeks normalcy. Instead he confronts a world harsher than the one he left, especially at Dr. Mink’s traveling freak show. Meanwhile a mummy and a scarab ring figure in his destiny. For senior high readers. 2006.

Rainbows End    RC 62400
by Vernor Vinge
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Southern California, twenty-first century. Seventy-five-year-old Robert Gu, renowned poet and former professor, survives a near-fatal battle with Alzheimer’s. Physically well but mentally behind, Robert takes classes at a high school to retrain his brain and unwittingly becomes part of an international conspiracy to take over the world. 2006.

The Fire Rose: The Elemental Masters, Book 1    RC 62414
by Mercedes Lackey
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
Wealthy recluse Jason Cameron hires recently orphaned Rose Hawkins to be a tutor for his children. But Rose soon discovers the truth of her employment—that an unsuccessful Magick experiment has left Jason partially transformed into a wolf, and he needs Rose’s help to find a spell to cure him. 1995.

The Naked Savages    RC 62422
by Fred Mustard Stewart
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
New York businessman Johnny Savage follows his friend Teddy Roosevelt into battle in Cuba, where he loses a leg. Returning home, Johnny takes a mistress and struggles to control his extended family’s excesses. Sequel to The Young Savages (RC 46483). Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1999.

The Book Thief    RC 62431
by Markus Zusak
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Death narrates the tale of nine-year-old Liesel from 1939 to 1943 in Nazi Germany. Liesel copes with a foster family, air raids, her friend Rudy, and a hidden Jew, sustained by the books she steals. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. Printz Honor. 2006.

Dropshot: A Brad Smith Novel of Suspense    RC 62456
by Jack M. Bickham
read by Richard Davidson
2 cassettes
Tennis pro/CIA agent Brad Smith travels to St. Maarten to investigate the death of Pat Reilly, his former partner in both of his enterprises. Meanwhile the island is swarming with agents looking for a computer scientist with a stolen microchip. Strong language, some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1990.

The Talbot Odyssey    RC 62461
by Nelson DeMille
read by Richard Davidson
4 cassettes (Reissue)
New York City. Lawyer Patrick O’Brien, a former spy for the Office of Strategic Services, tracks a World War II-era Russian mole code-named Talbot. The trail leads to murder and a Talbot-engineered Soviet plot to topple the U.S. government with a nuclear weapon. Violence and strong language. 1984.

My Brother’s Keeper    RC 62468
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Twelve years after losing her parents, Aja James is tired of worrying about her siblings’ problems: Eric’s uncontrollable rage and Jada’s impenetrable silence. Meanwhile Aja’s best friend, Roxie, fixes her up with sexy bachelor Charles Clayton. Strong language. 2001.

Saturn    RC 62481
by Ben Bova
read by J.P. Linton
3 cassettes
Earth’s fundamentalist regimes send dissidents to Saturn aboard the self-contained habitat Goddard. Among the refugees vying for prestige and power are murderous ex-con Malcolm Eberly, who plots to rule the emerging government, and his oblivious supporter, Susan Lane. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

Straken: High Druid of Shannara, Book 3    RC 62493
by Terry Brooks
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes
Pen Ohmsford surrenders to the druids to help his captive friends and to reach Paranor, where he can enter the Forbidding and rescue his aunt, the rightful high druid. When the druids imprison Pen, elven girl Khyber Elessedil undertakes to save him. Sequel to Tanequil (RC 59566). Some violence. 2005.

A Midsummer Night’s Scream: A Jane Jeffry Mystery    RC 62497
by Jill Churchill
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Chicago sleuth Jane Jeffry helps best friend Shelley hire caterers to feed a theater company working in a building donated by Shelley’s husband. When one of the actors is murdered, Jane’s boyfriend, a policeman, requests her help in solving the crime. Some strong language. 2004.

A Taint in the Blood: A Kate Shugak Mystery    RC 62498
by Dana Stabenow
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Alaska. Charlotte Muravieff hires PI Kate Shugak to vindicate her imprisoned mother, who was convicted of killing Charlotte’s brother in a house fire thirty-one years earlier. When people connected with the case, including Charlotte, turn up dead, Kate finds herself in danger. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2004.

Watch Your Back! A Dortmunder Mystery    RC 62499
by Donald E. Westlake
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
Fence Arnie Albright returns from Club Med with information that millionaire Preston Fareweather left valuables in his unguarded New York penthouse. Thief John Dortmunder and his crew gather to plan a heist, only to learn that their favorite bar has been taken over by the Mafia. Strong language. 2005.

Fiddlers: A Novel of the 87th Precinct    RC 62500
by Ed McBain
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Detectives Carella, Meyer, and Weeks seek the serial killer who’s targeting older men and women in the city. The police trace back through the victims’ lives to their youth to find a common element and to crack the case of the Glock Murders. Violence and strong language. 2005.

Breaker’s Reef: Cape Refuge, Book 4    RC 62508
by Terri Blackstock
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
The murder of a sixteen-year-old Cape Refuge, Georgia, girl mirrors a crime from a local novelist’s book. Police chief Matthew Cade finds a second victim, then another girl disappears. When evidence implicates Cade, he races to save the missing teen and his reputation. Sequel to River’s Edge (RC 62161). 2005.

Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life    RC 62523
by Tyler Perry
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
1 cassette
Words of wisdom from Tyler Perry’s comedic character Madea from the movie Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Topics covered include love, marriage, child-rearing, etiquette, finances, and church, among others. Dispenses advice in a straightforward, no-nonsense way. Strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Code Name: Baby    RC 62525
by Christina Skye
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
A rogue agent escapes from a laboratory and targets New Mexico dog trainer Kit O’Halloran, who conditions government service animals. Bionically enhanced Navy SEAL Wolfe Houston arrives to protect Kit and her canines, including a puppy named Baby. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

Hollywood Hustle: Son of the Mob, Book 2    RC 62527
by Gordon Korman
read by Nick Sullivan
2 cassettes
Following Son of the Mob (RC 62117) Vince Luca, son of a mobster, and girlfriend Kendra Bightly, daughter of an FBI agent, move to Los Angeles for college. Vince enjoys his film classes until his older brother arrives on business. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

Let the Church Say Amen    RC 62530
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
read by Melissa Maxwell
2 cassettes
The Reverend Simon Jackson concentrates on his Houston congregation while his own family disintegrates. Eldest son David finds trouble with drugs and the law. Nineteen-year-old daughter Rachel struggles as a single mom. Recent college graduate Jonathan appears on track but hides a secret. Simon’s wife, Loretta, helps them reconnect. 2004.

Over the River and through the Woods    RC 62534
by Clifford D. Simak
read by J.P. Linton
2 cassettes
Eight short science fiction tales published between 1951 and 1980. In "The Big Front Yard," a handyman’s home becomes a gateway to another world. In "A Death in the House," a farmer finds a dying alien that, once dead and buried, sprouts anew. Introduction by Poul Anderson. 1996.

Making It Up    RC 62535
by Penelope Lively
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
2 cassettes
Eight short works of fiction based on remembered experiences from Lively’s own life—a genre she refers to as "confabulation." In "The Mozambique Channel," a nanny and her family flee Egypt during World War II. In "Comet," a middle-aged woman arranges a funeral for a half-sister whom she’s never met. Some strong language. 2005.

The Wave    RC 62537
by Walter Mosley
read by Bill Quinn
1 cassette
African American programmer-turned-potter Errol Porter visits the grave of his father, Arthur, and meets a version of Arthur reanimated by a primordial life-form called the Wave. Errol soon finds himself running from government agents who believe Arthur has a dangerous virus. Descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2006.

Knights of the Range    RC 62539
by Zane Grey
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
2 cassettes
Young Holly Ripple inherits her father’s New Mexico cattle empire. To protect her spread from rustlers, headstrong Holly hires the region’s most notorious vigilantes—among them desperado Renn Frayne. Renn fights for the ranch and for Holly herself, but eventually his past catches up with him. 1936.

Before Sunrise    RC 62541
by Diana Palmer
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Anthropologist Phoebe Keller, curator of a North Carolina Native American museum, receives a frantic call from a man claiming he discovered a Neanderthal skull. When the caller is found murdered, the FBI sends in agent Jeremiah Cortez—the Comanche who broke Phoebe’s heart. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Kiss Me, Annabel: The Essex Sisters, Book 2    RC 62544
by Eloisa James
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
3 cassettes
London, 1817. After her sisters Tess and Imogen marry in Much Ado about You (RC 62298), Annabel, wanting to forget their impoverished childhood, seeks a wealthy husband. But her hopes are dashed when she becomes involved in a scandal with a roguish Scottish earl. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Infernal: A Repairman Jack Novel    RC 62563
by F. Paul Wilson
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
After their father is killed in a terrorist attack, Repairman Jack reunites with his brother Tom, a crooked Philadelphia judge. Broke, Tom persuades Jack to join him in searching a sunken ship for treasure, but the curious device that they discover causes them harm. Violence and strong language. 2005.

Dear Departed: A Bill Slider Mystery    RC 62566
by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
British inspector Bill Slider investigates a female jogger’s murder, at first assumed to be the work of a serial killer. Suspects include the victim’s wayward half sister, her wealthy father, and past lovers. Meanwhile Slider tries to make time for his pregnant fiancée. Some violence. 2004.

Sisterchicks Say Ooh La La!    RC 62568
by Robin Jones Gunn
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Amy and Lisa, friends who lost touch after a teenage misunderstanding, unexpectedly reunite at a Cincinnati emergency room. Years pass and their families grow, but the women, now forty-four, honor a girlhood pledge to visit Paris. Amid sightseeing adventures they explore their relationship with each other and with God. 2005.

Summer of Roses    RC 62577
by Luanne Rice
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Lily Malone, from Summer’s Child (RC 60522), leaves Nova Scotia and returns to Connecticut where her grandmother, Maeve, lies in a coma. Lily suspects that her own abusive husband, Edward Hunter, caused Maeve’s injury—forcing Lily to confront the past and fight for custody of her daughter, Rose. Bestseller. 2005.

Dirty Blonde    RC 62578
by Lisa Scottoline
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Philadelphia federal judge Cate Fante presides over a lawsuit between former prosecutor Richard Marz and Hollywood producer Art Simone. After she rules for Simone, he is murdered. Then someone exposes Fante’s secret vice of picking up men in seedy bars. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Hey, Good Looking    RC 62604
by Fern Michaels
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Darby’s world is shattered by the death of her childhood friend, Russell, and the fact that his final wishes were ignored. With the help of Russell’s brother and her three colorful aunts, Darby creates a new life out of her loss. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

The Man Who Whispered: A Doc Adams Mystery    RC 62608
by Rick Boyer
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
On his deathbed, smuggler Christos Ramos whispers to Doc Adams three cryptic instructions: protect someone named Claudia, beware of headhunters and red frogs, and find keys stashed in a church. Doc undertakes a treasure hunt, hoping the clues will lead to Christos’s hidden fortune. Strong language and some violence. 1998.

Dearly Beloved    RC 62611
by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
A series of meditations on love and marriage, unfolding over the course of a wedding ceremony. Among the friends and family gathered for the nuptials are the bride’s married psychiatrist uncle, who is skeptical about monogamy; a spinster aunt; and the groom’s mother, who contemplates her own unfulfilling union. 1962.

Someone in the House    RC 62615
by Barbara Michaels
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes (Reissue)
English teacher Anne spends the summer with her colleague Kevin at Grayhaven Manor, a centuries-old English Gothic mansion brought stone by stone to the isolated Pennsylvania hills. They plan to write a book, but their work is soon interrupted by a growing attraction and an eerie, unexplained presence. 1981.

Trent’s Last Case    RC 62619
by E.C. Bentley
read by Steven Crossley
2 cassettes (Reissue)
When unlikable millionaire American financier Sigsbee Manderson is found shot to death at his English summer home, London newspaper editor Sir James Molloy contacts Philip Trent, an artist who occasionally solves murders. Trent takes on what could prove to be his final investigation. 1913.

The Au Pairs Skinny-dipping    RC 62631
by Melissa De la Cruz
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
2 cassettes
The girls from The Au Pairs (RC 59221) return to the Hamptons for another summer. Eliza works as a hostess while Mara and Jacqui resume babysitting. But conflicts over boys arise and a hurricane wrecks the island. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2005.

Dear Enemy    RC 62632
by Jack Cavanaugh
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
Six months after the invasion at Normandy, Annie and Keith Mitchell are on their honeymoon when the army summons them for duty. German Karl Hausmann kills Keith and captures Annie during a battle in the Ardennes Forest. But Karl’s actions renew Annie’s faith in mankind. 2005.

Guys and Dogs    RC 62635
by Elaine Fox
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Megan Rose returns to Fredericksburg, Virginia, to take over her father’s veterinary practice. When a puppy invades Megan’s house, she returns him to the address on his tag—that of British software billionaire Sutter Foley. Sutter hates dogs but falls for Megan. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

People of the Moon: The First North Americans, Volume 13    RC 62645
by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear
read by Jim Zeiger
5 cassettes
American Southwest, mid-twelfth century. Goddess Cold Bringing Woman bids young Ripple of the First Moon People to destroy the hated Chacoan conquerors. War chief Leather Hand plots a gruesome campaign to suppress Ripple’s insurgency. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

The Protégé: A Christian Gillette Novel    RC 62648
by Stephen Frey
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Christian Gillette, from The Chairman (RC 59679), grooms David Wright to take over their investment firm. But David accidentally kills a prostitute and makes a deal with the Mafia. When Christian gets involved in a nanotechnology scheme, someone wants him dead. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Savages in Love and War    RC 62654
by Fred Mustard Stewart
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
1930s–1940s. Nick Savage tries to preserve what is left of his family’s fortune while his relatives struggle to protect their interests abroad. Nick’s sister and her French husband join the Resistance against the Nazis, and his cousins face the growing Japanese threat. Sequel to The Naked Savages (RC 62422). 2001.

Up from Orchard Street    RC 62660
by Eleanor Widmer
read by Gabriella Cavallero
3 cassettes
1930s. Three generations of the Roth family crowd together in an Orchard Street tenement in New York’s Lower East Side. Life revolves around Russian-born Manya, the widowed matriarch who runs a restaurant from the apartment, her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter, who narrates their rise from poverty. Some strong language. 2005.

Prisoner of Memory: An Eve Diamond Novel    RC 62665
by Denise Hamilton
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Los Angeles Times reporter Eve Diamond investigates the murder of seventeen-year-old Denny Lukin. She questions Denny’s Russian émigré parents and uncovers Mafia and FBI connections. Meanwhile, a man from Moscow claiming to be Eve’s cousin wants to help with the case. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2006.

Don’t Look Down    RC 62674
by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Director Lucy Armstrong is hired to finish filming a movie in Savannah, Georgia. But the job becomes complicated when she falls for the set’s military consultant, Captain J.T. Wilder. Then the CIA warns Wilder of problems—and shots are fired. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2006.

Reaper Man: A Discworld Novel    RC 62676
by Terry Pratchett
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Discworld reality auditors force Death into early retirement. While the Grim Reaper enjoys his time off, Ankh-Morpork succumbs to chaos and unrest—literally. Eldest Unseen University wizard Windle Poons, whose afterlife has been postponed, rallies the undead to get Death his job back. For senior high and older readers. 1991.

The Foreign Correspondent    RC 62688
by Alan Furst
read by David Cutler
2 cassettes
Paris, 1938. Italian Slavic reporter Carlo Weisz works for Reuters and covertly writes for an underground anti-Mussolini newspaper. When the Italian secret police assassinate the editor, Carlo takes over. Meanwhile, he helps his married lover, Christa, escape from Berlin. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

Full Scoop: Full Series    RC 62689
by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Chaos and passion envelop Beaumont, South Carolina. Psychic Destiny predicts her own marriage. Newlyweds Jamie and Max try to get pregnant. Pediatrician Maggie Davenport’s murderous, revenge-seeking ex-boyfriend escapes from prison. Luckily Maggie has FBI agent Zack Madden for protection. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Best Kept Secrets    RC 62705
by Rochelle Alers
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
African American World War I veteran Samuel Cole heads to the Caribbean in 1924 to seek his fortune. He marries upper-class Cuban Marguerite-Josefina Diaz and moves to West Palm Beach. Over time both his family and business grow—as does an affair. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2006.

The Regime: Evil Advances before They Were Left Behind; Countdown to the Rapture, Book 2    RC 62712
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Business tycoon Nicolae Carpathia expands his political and economic influence. Meanwhile, pilot Rayford Steele worries about his wife’s growing religious fervor and helps the CIA and Defense Department stop the sale of shoulder-fired missiles capable of bringing down aircraft. Sequel to The Rising (RC 60479). Bestseller. 2005.

Baby Proof    RC 62717
by Emily Giffin
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
2 cassettes
Thirty-four-year-old successful New York editor Claudia Parr leaves her husband, Ben, after he suddenly decides that he wants children. Claudia moves in with her best friend Jess and has an office fling, but her love for Ben makes moving on impossible. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

Fledgling    RC 62744
by Octavia E. Butler
read by Elizabeth Rodgers
2 cassettes
Shori Matthews, a juvenile vampire who resembles a young girl, awakens injured and with amnesia. Drawn to a burned-out enclave, she learns she is the sole survivor of a massacre and sets out after the killers. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

The Rapture: In the Twinkling of an Eye—Countdown to the Earth’s Last Days; Countdown to the Rapture, Book 3    RC 62790
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
With his wife consumed by newfound faith, pilot and CIA consultant Rayford Steele grows close to a stewardess. Politician Nicolae Carpathia continues his climb to power. Meanwhile, people from all over the globe disappear, called into the presence of God. Sequel to The Regime (RC 62712). Bestseller. 2006.

The Thirteenth House: The Twelve Houses, Book 2    RC 62795
by Sharon Shinn
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
Continues the tale begun in Mystic and Rider (RC 62644) about the troubled land of Gillengaria. Kirra uses her shape-shifting skills to perform her sister Casserah’s duty of visiting the Twelve Houses. Kirra falls in love with the married regent Romar and their affair leads them into mortal danger. 2006.

The Wizard of London: The Elemental Masters, Book 5    RC 62796
by Mercedes Lackey
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Victorian England. Gifted telepath Sarah Jane Lyon-White enrolls in the Harton School for Boys and Girls, an academy for students with psychic abilities run by Isabelle and Frederick Harton. An attack on Sarah forces Isabelle to consult the Wizard of London, elemental master Lord David Alderscroft—who once jilted her. 2005.

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force; Betrayal, Book 1    RC 62798
by Aaron Allston
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Corellia threatens to rebel against the Galactic Alliance by resurrecting Centerpoint Station, a devastating, moon-sized weapon. The Jedi order dispatches Jacen Solo and his young apprentice (and cousin) Ben Sky-walker to disable Centerpoint. Meanwhile, Han Solo faces divided loyalties and devises a way to warn his native Corellia. 2006.

What Price Love? The Cynster Family, Book 14    RC 62799
by Stephanie Laurens
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
Newmarket, England; 1831. Dillon Caxton, the keeper of the register for the Jockey Club, is intrigued by Pris Dalling’s interest in his ledger. Pris, in reality Lady Priscilla Dalloway from Ireland, is searching for her twin brother, who’s involved in a race-fixing swindle. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Grapple: Settling Accounts, Book 3    RC 62800
by Harry Turtledove
read by Jim Zeiger
5 cassettes
The United States squelches a Mormon rebellion, while the Confederate States of America battles African American fighters who have avoided imprisonment in extermination camps. Both the U.S.A. and C.S.A. race to build an atomic bomb. Sequel to Drive to the East (RC 61771). Violence and strong language. 2006.

Moving Pictures: A Discworld Novel    RC 62804
by Terry Pratchett
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Ankh-Morpork alchemists discover the power of movie magic and create an entertainment mecca called Holy Wood. The promise of stardom draws hosts of characters that wreak havoc until reluctant student wizard Victor Tugelbend—who had hoped to break into films—tries to save the city. For senior high and older readers. 1990.

Calder Storm: The Calder Saga, Volume 10    RC 62805
by Janet Dailey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Fifth-generation Montana rancher Trey Calder’s whirlwind romance with photographer Sloan Davis soon leads to marriage and pregnancy. But Trey makes a discovery about Sloan’s past that threatens his family and raises doubts about Sloan’s motives. Meanwhile a grieving father plots revenge against the Calders. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Rush to Glory    RC 62811
by Robert L. Hecker
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
England, 1944. American bombardier Lieutenant Hal Bailey reports to the command of his brother, Major Luke Bailey. When Hal faces an ethical dilemma that could hurt Luke’s military career, Luke places him at the mercy of the Germans and his comrades-in-arms. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2002.

Dragon’s Fire: The Dragonriders of Pern    RC 62814
by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Pern awaits the return of the Thread, a deadly alien life form that can only be stopped by fire-breathing dragons using the mineral firestone. With only one firestone mine left, three friends—Masterharper apprentice Pellar, young girl Halla, and miner’s son Cristov—seek another supply and confront a ruthless thief. 2006.

Vanishing Point: A Sharon McCone Mystery    RC 62815
by Marcia Muller
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
San Francisco PI Sharon McCone finally marries lover Hy Ripinsky. Her next case involves investigating the whereabouts of Jennifer Aldin’s mother, who left her family more than two decades ago. While Sharon scours small coastal towns, someone takes a shot at her. Then Jennifer also disappears. Some strong language. 2006.

The Marriage Spell    RC 62816
by Mary Jo Putney
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Jack Langdon, Lord Frayne, has a talent for sorcery, but a fall from a horse leaves him so close to death that he is unable to use his powers. Enter Abigail Barton, a gifted wizard, who will help if Jack agrees to marry her. Some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Hitched: A Regan Reilly Mystery    RC 62821
by Carol Higgins Clark
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
New York City. A week before her wedding, PI Regan Reilly goes to retrieve her gown, but the shop has been ransacked and her dress stolen. Regan tracks the thief while her fiancé, Jack Reilly (no relation), head of the Major Case Squad, investigates a string of bank robberies. 2006.

Any Bitter Thing    RC 62828
by Monica Wood
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Recovering from a near-fatal car accident, guidance counselor Lizzy Mitchell thinks she hears the voice of her uncle, Father Mike—her childhood guardian who died shortly after he was falsely accused of molesting Lizzy twenty-one years before. Lizzy investigates the charges while trying to save her marriage. Some strong language. 2005.

Angel and Apostle    RC 62829
by Deborah Noyes
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Boston, 1649. Hester Prynne’s daughter Pearl grows up rejected by the locals and befriends blind Simon Milton. Years after moving to England, Pearl marries Simon’s older brother Nehemiah, a merchant who now resides in London. But Simon cannot forget Pearl and neither can her father. Some strong language. 2005.

Lords and Ladies: A Novel of Discworld    RC 62832
by Terry Pratchett
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Elves invade Lancre, wreaking havoc and threatening to disrupt the wedding of King Verence II to his favorite witch, Magrat Garlick. When the nasty creatures capture Verence, Magrat sets out after the murderous Queen of Fairies to save her intended and the kingdom. For senior high and older readers. 1992.

Under the Boardwalk    RC 62838
by Carly Phillips
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Ariana Costas returns to her New Jersey family of scam artists to locate her missing identical twin sister, Zoe. When undercover cop Quinn Donovan, who infiltrated a casino where Zoe worked, saves Ariana from a bullet, the two fall in love. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Bitter Water, Blessed Hearts    RC 62839
by Adrienne Ellis Reeves
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Educational consultant Jenny Cannon returns to her hometown in South Carolina and finds that the principal at her school is childhood neighbor Scott Phillips. Years ago a tragedy struck the two families. Now it takes Jenny’s newfound faith in God to overcome her guilt and to love Scott. 2006.

Levi’s Will    RC 62846
by W. Dale Cramer
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Excommunicated by his Amish community in 1943, teen Will Mullet left home, changed his name to McGruder, and joined the army. After decades of being a discontented family man, sixty-year-old Will experiences an awkward reunion with his dying father, Levi, and regains his faith in God. Christy Award. 2005.

Home Invasion    RC 62847
by Monique Polak
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Clay has trouble adjusting to his new stepfather and develops a bad habit of hiding in neighbors’ houses to observe how they live. When Clay witnesses a robbery, he uses his wits to save a family. A high-interest, low-vocabulary book. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

High Heels and Homicide: A Maggie Kelly Mystery    RC 62857
by Kasey Michaels
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Manhattan mystery writer Maggie Kelly and viscount Alex Blakely, the materialized sleuth of Maggie’s Regency-era novels, visit England to oversee the filming of a movie based on Maggie’s books. When murder halts production, Alex and Maggie investigate while dealing with a power outage and their mutual attraction. Some strong language. 2005.

Hearts Divided    RC 62858
by Debbie Macomber,
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Three stories featuring war brides and their granddaughters. In "Liberty Hall," professor Chloe Abbott relies on her grandmother’s World War II code breaking experience. In "5-B Poppy Lane," Ruth Shelton learns about wartime romance. In "The Apple Orchard," Elizabeth Winslow returns to the family farm with a broken heart. 2006.

The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter    RC 62866
by Susan Wittig Albert
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
English Lake District, 1907. Rats overrun author Beatrix Potter’s beloved Hill Top Farm. Meanwhile, vicar Samuel Sackett endures his own unwanted houseguests, Major Kittredge and his mysterious new wife move into his family’s gothic mansion by Cuckoo Brow Wood, and a nefarious London developer plans to build lakeside villas. 2006.

Beasts of No Nation    RC 62867
by Uzodinma Iweala
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Schoolboy Agu is forced to join guerrilla fighters when civil war erupts in his West African nation. In the company of other child soldiers, he becomes disassociated from his comfortable family home and abruptly accustomed to brutality and killing as he seeks to please his commandant. Violence. 2005.

Captive of My Desires: A Malory Family Novel    RC 62870
by Johanna Lindsey
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Pirate’s daughter Gabrielle Brooks sails to England to marry under the care of the Malory family. When her father is captured, Gabrielle steals a ship from Malory relative Drew Anderson and returns to the Caribbean to rescue him, then falls in love with Drew. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Feathers in the Fire    RC 62877
by Catherine Cookson
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes (Reissue)
England, late 1800s. Young Davie Armstrong labors on a farm ruled by a cruel master, Angus McBain. Eventually Davie confronts both his love for Angus’s daughter, Jane, and the murderous scheme of Angus’s legless son, Amos, to inherit the estate. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1972.

A Cold Day for Murder: A Kate Shugak Mystery    RC 63065
by Dana Stabenow
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Kate Shugak has retired from the Anchorage district attorney’s office after surviving a murder attempt. But when a park ranger and his rescuer disappear, she searches for them in the wilderness. Some violence and some strong language. 1992.

Preacher’s Journey: The First Mountain Man, Book 11    RC 63068
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Preacher saves the Oregon-bound Galloway family from a band of usually peaceful Arikara Indians. Guiding them back to the nearest settlement, he grows suspicious and uncovers the real reason for the Indian attack. Sequel to Preacher’s Justice (RC 59726). Violence. 2005.

Choctaw: The White Indian Series, Book 11    RC 63081
by Donald Clayton Porter
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
1783. Renno, great-grandson and namesake of the legendary white Indian, celebrates an alliance between the Seneca, the Cherokee, and the new American republic. But Choctaws led by Rattlesnake, the half-Indian son of a British spy slain by Renno, plot to disrupt peace. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1985.

Seminole: The White Indian Series, Book 12    RC 63082
by Donald Clayton Porter
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
1783. Renno, descendant of the legendary white sachem, facilitates peace between the Senecas, Cherokees, and settlers. Meanwhile the renegade soldier who murdered Renno’s father abducts Renno’s betrothed and takes her to Spanish Florida. Pursuing, Renno battles pirates, fierce Seminoles, and Everglade perils. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1986.

Thirteen Moons    RC 63095
by Charles Frazier
read by Will Patton
3 cassettes
Will Cooper reminisces about his long adventurous life. At the age of twelve, Will traveled to North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains to run a trading post. He befriended a Cherokee tribe, fell in love, witnessed the Trail of Tears, and joined the Confederacy. Commercial audiobook. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Hannibal Rising    RC 63101
by Thomas Harris
read by Thomas Harris
2 cassettes
Children Hannibal Lecter and his sister Mischa experience unbearable horrors in Lithuania during World War II. Finding refuge in France, the teenaged Hannibal is tormented by memories and begins to develop his own grim, monstrous nature. Prequel to Silence of the Lambs (RC 27020). Commercial audiobook. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Brothers    RC 63102
by Da Chen
read by various narrators
3 cassettes
During the Cultural Revolution, Tan is heir of a general, but his illegitimate half brother Shento is abandoned. After Chairman Mao’s death, Tan flees and builds a business, while Shento prospers in the army. Their lives converge at Tiananmen Square. Commercial audiobook. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

The View from Castle Rock: Stories    RC 63106
by Alice Munro
read by Kimberly Farr
3 cassettes
Author’s fictional tales about her Scottish ancestors’ immigration to Canada in 1818. Stories follow the pioneers’ life on the frontier and the family’s progress through the generations. Commercial audiobook. 2006.

Hide    RC 63111
by Lisa Gardner
read by Maggie-Meg Reed
2 cassettes
A decades-old mass grave is discovered on the grounds of an abandoned mental institution in Massachusetts. Sergeant D.D. Warren calls upon policeman Bobby Dodge, from Alone (RC 59791), to connect the crimes to the past activities of a well-known sexual predator. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

The Strangler    RC 63115
by William Landay
read by Stephen Hoye
3 cassettes
1960s. Against the backdrop of an extended crime world, Boston police hunt for a serial killer who strangles his victims. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

The Long Night of Winchell Dear    RC 63118
by Robert James Waller
read by Richard McGonagle
1 cassette
Professional gambler Winchell Dear, who won his ranch in a card game, senses trouble brewing: Dear’s housekeeper Sonia awaits the arrival of a drug mule, a Comanche squats on Dear’s ranch, and two L.A. gangsters circle the property. Commercial audiobook. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

A Deeper Sleep: A Kate Shugak Mystery    RC 63119
by Dana Stabenow
read by Bernadette Dunne
2 cassettes
Nilniltna, Alaska. When suspect Louis Deem is found not guilty of murdering his wife, PI Kate Shugak and the community consider Deem a killer on the loose. Now, with a witness to a recent shooting of robbery victims, Kate and state trooper Jim Chopin hope to finally convict Deem. Commercial audiobook. 2006.

Brother Odd    RC 63120
by Dean Koontz
read by David Aaron Baker
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Forever Odd (RC 60911), Odd Thomas leaves Pico Mundo and retreats to a mountain monastery. Hoping to restore his spirit at a religious community and school for abandoned children, he instead encounters a sinister enemy. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2006.

Sliver of Truth    RC 63122
by Lisa Unger
read by Ann Marie Lee
3 cassettes
Following Beautiful Lies (RC 61604), New York journalist Ridley Jones picks up some photographs at a lab and inadvertently becomes involved in a global crime ring. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Deep Storm    RC 63123
by Lincoln Child
read by Scott Brick
3 cassettes
Former naval doctor Peter Crane responds to a medical crisis on a remote oil platform in the Atlantic. Pledged to secrecy, Crane learns of the rig’s covert operation: exploring the ruins of Atlantis. But the underwater site hides more than a medical mystery. Some violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

The Terror    RC 63124
by Dan Simmons
read by John Lee
5 cassettes
1845. Two ships searching for the Northwest Passage become trapped in Arctic ice. As food and fuel dwindle, random attacks by a mysterious monster intensify the horrifying situation. Captain Crozier fights heroically to keep decent men from turning savage in their desperation to survive. Commercial audiobook. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Men at Arms: A Novel of Discworld    RC 63125
by Terry Pratchett
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Captain Sam Vimes announces his retirement from the Ankh-Morpork City Guard. But first Vimes, Corporal Carrot, and new troll and dwarf recruits investigate a rash of murders committed with a strange new weapon and resolve the matter of a secret king. For senior high and older readers. 1993.

The Better Angels of Our Nature    RC 63127
by S.C. Gylanders
read by Cassandra Campbell
4 cassettes
April, 1862. At the Battle of Shiloh, General William Tecumseh Sherman discovers a young teenaged orphan, Jesse Davis, at the scene. Believing Jesse brought him good luck, Sherman gives him work as an orderly and trains him in warfare—even after discovering that Jesse is a girl. Commercial audiobook. Some violence. 2006.

The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud    RC 63129
by Julia Navarro
read by Justine Eyre
3 cassettes
Turin, Italy. A fire and a strangely mutilated body lead Marco Valoni, chief of the Art Crimes Department, to the planned theft of the Holy Shroud from the cathedral. To foil the plot, Valoni’s investigators follow a trail from early Christian sites to the modern Vatican. Commercial audiobook. 2006.

Stalemate    RC 63132
by Iris Johansen
read by Jennifer Van Dyck
2 cassettes
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, last seen in Countdown (RC 60003), tackles the case of dangerous, most-wanted Luis Montalvo, for reasons she won’t admit. She travels to the Colombian jungle to identify a skull—and becomes caught between two killers. Commercial audiobook. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

On the Way to the Wedding: A Bridgerton Novel    RC 63137
by Julia Quinn
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
London, 1827. Gregory Bridgerton unexpectedly falls in love with Lady Lucinda "Lucy" Abernathy after being jilted by Lucy’s best friend Hermione. Lucy, engaged since childhood, finally succumbs to Gregory’s advances but still feels obligated to marry her fiancé. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

26a    RC 63157
by Diana Evans
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
In 26a, the attic of their London loft, Georgia and Bessi Hunter, twin daughters of a Nigerian mother and alcoholic English father, build a blissful sanctuary. But adolescence tests their bonds and identities as Georgia descends into mental illness. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2005.

Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles: A Spy Novel (Sort of)    RC 63164
by Will Clarke
read by Don Feldheim
2 cassettes
Texan Travis Anderson’s yuppie contentment is threatened by his financial problems, apparent mental illness, and premonitions of both impending cancers and his wife Shelby’s infidelity. Shelby stages an intervention, but Travis skips rehab and instead becomes a top-secret psychic spy. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2005.

Born to Be Wild    RC 63175
by Catherine Coulter
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Believing someone is trying to kill her, Malibu soap opera star Mary Lisa Beverly returns to her Oregon hometown. She attracts the amorous attention of both police chief Jack Wolf and district attorney John Goddard—her sister’s ex-boyfriend—who are investigating a local murder. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

Sex, Lies, and Online Dating    RC 63184
by Rachel Gibson
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Writer Lucy Rothschild meets men through the Internet so she can incorporate the experience into her latest mystery novel about a female serial killer. Her latest date is with undercover cop Quinn McIntyre, who is trying to catch a real murderer. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2006.

Crisis    RC 63197
by Robin Cook
read by Pat Bottino
3 cassettes
When Boston doctor Craig Bowman’s wealthy, hypochondriac patient Patience Stanhope dies, her husband sues for malpractice. Bowman’s brother-in-law Jack Stapleton, a New York medical examiner, recommends an autopsy but soon realizes someone will do anything to prevent the body from being exhumed. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation    RC 63203
by Paulo Coelho
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
1 cassette
A stranger arrives in the village of Viscos with the devil, eleven gold bars, and a proposition. He offers to give the townspeople the fortune if they commit murder. Young Chantal Prym and others struggle with the moral dilemma. Bestseller. 2000.

Just Listen    RC 63213
by Sarah Dessen
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
2 cassettes
Perennial nice girl Annabel is ostracized after vicious Sophie catches Annabel with Sophie’s boyfriend. Music-obsessed Owen befriends Annabel and encourages her to be true to herself. But Annabel’s family problems prevent her from telling the truth until a crisis occurs. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2006.

The Real Minerva    RC 63267
by Mary Sharratt
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Minnesota, 1923. Fifteen-year-old Penny helps her mother keep house for a wealthy family. After they quarrel, Penny goes to live on eccentric Cora Egan’s farm, cares for her newborn, and learns to want more out of life. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

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Cassettes Nonfiction

America Votes: How Our President Is Elected    RC 57698
by Linda Granfield
read by Ligaya Romero
1 cassette
Explains the U.S. presidential election process including its history, the role of political parties, becoming a candidate, campaign finance, voting fraud, the electoral college, and casting ballots. Emphasizes the right and the responsibility of citizens to vote. For grades 4-7. 2003.

The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon    RC 59453
by Jacqueline Davies
read by John Fulks
1 cassette
Recounts how the young Frenchman who made his home in America passionately loved birds. Describes the numerous drawings and paintings he made of birds, their nests, and eggs and reveals the way he determined whether migrating birds return to the same place in the spring. For grades 2-4. 2004.

Empire of the Islamic World    RC 61898
by Robin Doak
read by Robert Blumenfeld
1 cassette
Summarizes the history of the Islamic Empire (632 to 1258) and its lasting contributions to the modern world including the guitar, sugarcane, and the Arabic numerical system. Discusses the empire’s knowledge and practice of astronomy and mathematics, literature, art, religion, sports, and military science. For grades 6-9. 2005.

The Girl from Chimel    RC 62242
by Rigoberta Menchú
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
Rigoberta’s account of her childhood in Chimel, Guatemala, blends her memories with Mayan myths, beginning with her grandfather’s founding of the village. She recalls dry season hardships and good time pleasures, as well as the lessons of peace and harmony taught by her ancestors. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Living as a Refugee in America: Mohammed’s Story    RC 62391
by Helen Howard
read by Bob Moore
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old Mohammed describes fleeing the Taliban with his mother and siblings, their travels to other countries before arriving in St. Louis, Missouri, and his adjustment to American life. His account is interspersed with facts about refugees and cultural, political, and social conditions in Afghanistan. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Into the Volcano    RC 62401
by Donna O’Meara
read by Jacinda Bronaugh
1 cassette
Scientist Donna O’Meara describes her research adventures at live volcano sites in Hawaii, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Italy. Provides facts about volcanic formation, lava, eruptions, and aftereffects. Details the technical gear, data gathering, dangers, and thrills involved in exploring exploding craters. For grades 4-7. 2005.

Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond    RC 62442
by Joseph Medicine Crow
read by Jake Williams
1 cassette
The last traditional Crow chief, Joseph Medicine Crow (born 1913), recalls growing up on a Montana reservation and relates some of his experiences after leaving it. He describes the four coups—war deeds—that he accomplished in Germany during World War II that entitled him to be chief. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference    RC 62460
by Joanne Oppenheim
read by Catherine Byers
3 cassettes
Examines the plight of Japanese American children and their families after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Features letters to Miss Breed, a San Diego librarian, from her young patrons who were detained in relocation camps, and interviews with the grown-up authors. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2006.

It’s All in Your Head: A Guide to Your Brilliant Brain    RC 62528
by Sylvia Funston and Jay Ingram
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Explains the workings of the brain and how it controls the senses, emotions, memory, and thinking. Includes practical experiments and brain teasers. For grades 3-6. 2005.

George Did It    RC 62532
by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
read by Judith Ann Gantly
1 cassette
Explains that George Washington did not want to be the first president of the new country. Discusses why he was unsure at first and then later accepted the position. Describes his trip to New York—the nation’s original capital—and his swearing-in ceremony. For grades 2-4. 2006.

Meet Lydia: A Native Girl from Southeast Alaska    RC 62586
by Miranda Belarde-Lewis
read by Constance Crawford
1 cassette
Ten-year-old Lydia Mills discusses her school year in Juneau and her summer in Alaska’s coastal communities. She describes the Tlingit traditions that she and her brother Thomas are learning as members of the Shark Clan, including their respect for the natural world. For grades 4-7. 2004.

Disaster in the Indian Ocean: Tsunami 2004    RC 62593
by John A. Torres
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette
Describes the devastation of the December 26, 2004, tsunami in southeast Asia. Survivors recall the initial ocean surge, the chaos that followed, and challenges of recovery. Includes factual explanations of the causes of a tsunami, world response efforts, and other relevant topics. For grades 4-7. 2005.

The History of Weapons    RC 62594
by Judith Herbst
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette
Traces the development of military weapons from ancient Greece and the discovery of Chinese gunpowder in A.D. 850 to modern weapons of mass destruction. Covers airplanes, bombs, biological warfare, single-shot and rapid-fire guns, and types of ammunition. For grades 4-7. 2006.

The World’s Greatest Elephant    RC 62620
by Ralph Helfer
read by Judith Ann Gantly
1 cassette
Recounts the lifelong friendship between Bram and Modoc, a boy and an elephant, who were born the same hour in a German circus. Discusses how they grew up together, survived a shipwreck, worked in a teak forest, became successful in America, and were separated and reunited. For grades 2-4. 2006.

On the Coral Reefs    RC 62626
by Sneed B. Collard III
read by Nick Sullivan
1 cassette
Describes the research of Dr. Alexandra Grutter and other marine biologists on coral reef relationships. Discusses Grutter’s work with cleaner fish, who remove parasites from client fish. Explains how coral reefs benefit people and why reefs need protection. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Mighty Robots: Mechanical Marvels That Fascinate and Frighten    RC 62627
by David Jones
read by Jonathan Davis
1 cassette
Traces the history of robots from books to real-life electronic versions. Discusses where and how robots perform, covering their functions as space probes and underwater explorers. Examines their uses in factories, the military, and medical and entertainment fields. Predicts future developments. For grades 5-8. 2005.

The Coming to America Cookbook: Delicious Recipes and Fascinating Stories from America’s Many Cultures    RC 62630
by Joan D’Amico and Karen Eich Drummond
read by Lewis Grenville
1 cassette
Combines recipes with facts about traditional foods from other countries. Features dishes like bratwurst with sauerkraut, a Wisconsin favorite brought to America by German settlers, and specialties from Chinese, Cuban, Dutch, Ethiopian, Irish, Mexican, Moroccan, Nigerian, and other origins. Includes kitchen tips. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2005.

Everything Horse: What Kids Really Want to Know about Horses    RC 62681
by Marty Crisp
read by Jill Ferris
1 cassette
Question-and-answer format covers a wide variety of horse-related topics, such as behavior, characteristics, and usefulness. Explains why horses are mounted from the left, why they are replacing guide dogs, and why all thoroughbreds share a January 1 birthday. For grades 3-6. 2005.

Castles    RC 62737
by Philip Steele
read by George Holmes
1 cassette
Explains that a castle was both a fortification and a home during the Middle Ages. Discusses its construction, the rooms and their uses, defenses, and siege conditions. Describes the people who lived there and their food, clothing, and pastimes—hunting, hawking, and jousting. For grades 4-7. 1995.

Knights    RC 62756
by Philip Steele
read by George Holmes
1 cassette
Describes medieval knights, their code of honor, and religious causes. Explains their armor and weapons, their horses for various uses, their plans for battle, and the ransom required if they were captured. Covers peacetime banquets, tournaments, and the decline of knighthood. For grades 4-7. 1998.

Pteranodon: The Life Story of a Pterosaur    RC 62817
by Ruth Ashby
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Examines the probable life cycle of a large flying reptile that lived in North America millions of years ago. Describes the Pteranodon’s experiences hatching from an egg, learning to fly and hunt for his own food, escaping from enemies, and attracting a mate. For grades 2-4. 2005.

Ballet of the Elephants    RC 62830
by Leda Schubert
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
Explains that in 1942, circus owner John Ringling North asked two Russian geniuses living in the United States to create a dance for his fifty elephants: Igor Stravinsky wrote special music, George Balanchine designed the dance steps—and the public loved it. For grades K-3. 2006.

A Dangerous Engine: Benjamin Franklin, from Scientist to Diplomat    RC 62841
by Joan Dash
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Biography of Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) depicts his constant curiosity and love of science. Features Franklin’s scientific interests, inventions, experiments with electricity, and role as a founding father of the United States. Discusses Franklin’s skills as a diplomat in France and his contributions to the American Revolution. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Costa Rica    RC 62876
by Debra A. Miller
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Discusses the geography, people, and culture of this Central American country. Chronicles Costa Rica’s history including Spanish colonization, 1821 independence, and 1948 civil war. Examines Costa Rica’s values of peace and democracy as evidenced by social programs and absence of any military. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

Chile    RC 62886
by David Schaffer
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Describes the geography, culture, and people of Chile, a country on the southwestern coast of South America. Chronicles Chile’s history including Spanish colonization, independence, and the strict regime of dictator Augusto Pinochet, who seized power during a violent 1973 military coup. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

Colombia    RC 62889
by Peg Lopata
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Discusses the geography, people, and culture of this northern South American country. Chronicles Colombia’s history including Spanish colonization and its 1886 formation as a republic. Examines Colombia’s pattern of political instability and challenges posed by poverty, unemployment, and the illegal drug trade. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

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Cassettes Fiction

The Orange Outlaw: A to Z Mysteries, "O"    RC 59451
by Ron Roy
read by John Fulks
1 cassette
While visiting Dink’s uncle in New York City, Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose help uncover who’s responsible for stealing a very valuable painting from the apartment. For grades 2-4. 2001.

Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself    RC 60943
by Judy Blume
read by Graci Ragsdale Miller
1 cassette
While spending the winter of 1947–1948 in Miami Beach with her family, ten-year-old Sally makes up stories, casts herself in starring roles in movies, and encounters a sinister stranger. For grades 3-6. 1977.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp    RC 62068
by Rick Yancey
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
Fifteen-year-old Alfred Kropp, living in Tennessee, is an overweight, underachieving orphan whose goal is obtaining a driver’s permit. Through a series of unexpected and dangerous misadventures, Alfred becomes the protector of King Arthur’s legendary sword Excalibur on a modern-day quest. Some violence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

Rinkitink in Oz    RC 62364
by L. Frank Baum
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
When the people of Pingaree are captured and taken away, the young prince escapes notice. He recovers his father’s treasure trove of pearls, which whisper wise words in his ears as he sets out to rescue his parents. Sequel to The Scarecrow of Oz (RC 62366). For grades 4-7. 1916.

The Scarecrow of Oz    RC 62366
by L. Frank Baum
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
Cap’n Bill and Trot, a young girl, are caught in a whirlpool that begins their journey to Oz. Fortunately Scarecrow saves them from a dreadful fate and they reach Ozma’s splendid palace. Sequel to Tik-Tok of Oz (RC 62365). For grades 4-7. 1915.

Nanny McPhee: The Collected Tales of Nurse Matilda    RC 62380
by Christianna Brand
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
The numerous and very naughty Brown children have driven so many nannies, nursemaids, and governesses to despair that the employment agency won’t send any more replacements. But when Nurse Matilda takes up the challenge, the children meet their match. For grades 3-6. 1974.

Eldest: Inheritance, Book 2    RC 62496
by Christopher Paolini
read by John Polk
5 cassettes
After evading an Urgal ambush, young Eragon and his dragon Saphira travel to the land of elves. Eragon trains in magic and swordsmanship, vital Dragon Rider skills that will assist him in the Varden struggle against the Empire. Sequel to Eragon (RC 57232). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

The Truth: Lionboy, Book 3    RC 62501
by Zizou Corder
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
After The Chase (RC 59382), Charlie’s reunion with his parents is short-lived. Maccomo the lion trainer kidnaps Charlie, taking him to the Caribbean to be sold to the Corporacy. With his parents and lion friends in pursuit, Charlie is determined to outwit his captors. For grades 4-7. 2005.

The Black Pearl    RC 62509
by Scott O’Dell
read by Mark Delgado
1 cassette
Baja California. Sixteen-year-old Ramón Salazar’s misfortunes begin when he retrieves an enormous black pearl from a secluded lagoon, domain of a giant devilfish, Manta Diablo. Attempting to return the pearl, Ramón further imperils his life and his soul. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor Book. 1967.

Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day    RC 62588
by Jean Van Leeuwen
read by Lindsay Ellison
1 cassette
Amanda Pig tries different ways to beat the summer heat. Her father cools her off in the garden, she and Lollipop set up a lemonade stand, and they all wait for the evening breeze. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. Seuss Geisel Honor Book. 2005.

Snake: The Five Ancestors, Book 3    RC 62652
by Jeff Stone
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
With Cangzhen temple and Grandmaster now gone, twelve-year-old Seh, master of snake-style kung fu, joins a bandit gang. At their hideout, Seh seeks to avoid the vengeful Ying and encounters a mysterious woman whose name means cobra. For grades 5-8. 2006.

The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story    RC 62695
by Mary Downing Hahn
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
Diana and her younger brother, Georgie, live by strict rules until Lissa and her father become caretakers of the haunted house property where they live. New friends Diana and Lissa break into the old mansion, releasing a ghost and secrets from long ago. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Rules    RC 62696
by Cynthia Lord
read by Victoria Gordon
1 cassette
Sometimes twelve-year-old Catherine resents her autistic brother, David, who breaks rules and gets all her parents’ attention. She meets Jason, a teenage nonverbal paraplegic, at David’s therapy center. As the two become friends, Catherine realizes that accepting differences matters more than any rules. For grades 5-8. Schneider Family Book Award. 2006.

School’s Out—Forever: Maximum Ride, Book 2    RC 62734
by James Patterson
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
2 cassettes
After a short stay with an FBI agent, where they attend school and lead a normal life, six genetically altered, winged youths head toward Florida and fourteen-year-old Max’s ultimate destiny—to save the world, whether she wants to or not. Sequel to The Angel Experiment (RC 61892). For grades 6-9. 2006.

The Skin I’m In    RC 62736
by Sharon G. Flake
read by Melissa Maxwell
1 cassette
Problems from home and harassment from classmates about her darker skin color make seventh-grader Maleeka Madison miserable. Befriended by her new English teacher, Maleeka courageously stands up for herself after a clique of mean girls pushes her into delinquent behavior. For grades 6-9. John Steptoe Award. 1998.

Jigsaw Pony    RC 62746
by Jessie Haas
read by Judith Ann Gantly
1 cassette
Twins Kiera and Fran are delighted when their father brings home a pony named Jigsaw. Even though they hate sharing, they soon learn to take turns with Jigsaw. And both girls become worried when Jigsaw doesn’t want to gallop or jump. For grades 2-4. 2005.

Cold Fire: The Circle Opens, Book 3    RC 62797
by Tamora Pierce
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
While studying with her teacher, Frostpine, in the wintry land of Namorn, Daja helps the twin daughters of her host family discover their magic talents. Meanwhile she uses her own fire mage powers to track a deadly arsonist. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Johnny and the Dead: The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, Book 2    RC 62802
by Terry Pratchett
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
While strolling through a cemetery, Johnny discovers he can see and talk to ghosts. When the town council plans to sell the cemetery to erect an office building, Johnny and his friends try to save the site. For grades 5-8. 1993.

Street Magic: The Circle Opens, Book 2    RC 62803
by Tamora Pierce
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Briar, a former street-gang member, is now fourteen and a mage of plants and medicine. He is forced to face his past when he discovers ten-year-old Evvy, a stone mage in need of a mentor and protector, as gang warfare breaks out in Chammur. For grades 5-8. 2001.

Harry Sue    RC 62859
by Sue Stauffacher
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Tough-sounding eleven-year-old Harry Sue thinks she wants to go to jail and be reunited with her mother. But Harry Sue spends her time protecting the children in her neglectful grandmother’s home day-care center and motivating her best friend Homer, a quadriplegic, who lives in a tree house. For grades 4-7. 2005.

Shatterglass: The Circle Opens, Book 4    RC 62863
by Tamora Pierce
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Tris, the weather mage, encounters Kethlun, whose glassblowing skill changed after he was struck by lightning. Tris hopes to teach Kethlun to harness his power—and his temper—to create magic glass balls that will reveal the identity of a killer. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Iris and Walter and the Birthday Party    RC 63062
by Elissa Haden Guest
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1 cassette
Walter wants his friends to ride his horse Rain at his birthday party. Instead, Rain has a surprise for Walter. Easy chapter book. For grades K-3. 2006.

Defiance    RC 63151
by Valerie Hobbs
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
At the start of summer vacation in the country, eleven-year-old Toby finds a cancer lump has returned but he ignores it. His new friends—Blossom, an elderly cow, and her ninety-four-year-old owner, Pearl, a nearly blind poet—give him the courage to fight for life. For grades 4-7. 2005.

Weedflower    RC 63258
by Cynthia Kadohata
read by Gabra Zackman
1 cassette
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese American family are relocated from their California flower farm to an internment camp on an Arizona Indian reservation. She finds solace planting a flower garden, befriending a Mohave boy, and helping her family and neighbors. For grades 5-8. 2006.

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Foreign Language Books

Spanish

Queremos Tanto a Glenda (We Love Glenda So Much)    RC 61037
por Julio Cortázar
leído por Juan Ramírez
1 cassette
Presenta diez cuentos inquietantes y apocalípticos del autor surrealista argentino. En "Queremos Tanto a Glenda" los aficionados de la legendaria estrella de cine Glenda Garson se reúnen a las películas de ella e integran un club cada vez más fanático, llegando por fin a la cumbre de su devoción. Algunas descripciones de índole sexual y de lenguaje injurioso. (Ten stories from the Argentinean writer’s apocalyptic world, all of which share a violent and unsettling suspense. In the title story, fans of legendary movie star Glenda Garson meet at film showings and eventually become a fanatically devoted group. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language.) 1980.

Todos los Fuegos el Fuego (All Fires the Fire)    RC 61041
por Julio Cortázar
leído por Peter Pereyra
2 cassettes
Ocho cuentos surrealistas del autor argentino. En el cuento "Todos los Fuegos el Fuego" una pareja de la Roma antigua y una pareja del presente comparten el mismo fin. También incluye "La Salud de los Enfermos" y "La Isla a Mediodía." [Eight stories by the Argentinean surrealist author. The title story traces the fate of two couples, one in ancient Rome and the other in the present. Also includes "La Salud de los Enfermos" ("The Health of the Infirm") and "La Isla a Mediodía" ("The Island at Midday").] 1966.

Las Dos Torres: El Señor de los Anillos, Libro 2 (The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of the Lord of the Rings)    RC 61042
por J.R.R. Tolkien
leído por María Pino
4 cassettes
Sigue la aventura de La Comunidad del Anillo (RC 60980). Ahora los amigos del Anillo están separados y su viaje les lleva al encuentro con el Mago Saruman y a través de las Ciénagas Muertas. Y al fin se encaran con la gran Guerra del Anillo que acabará con el poder del Anillo. [In this sequel to La Comunidad del Anillo (RC 60980), the now-separated companions of the Ring meet Saruman the Wizard, cross the Dead Marshes, and prepare for the Great War in which the power of the Ring will be undone.] 1991.

Julio César (Julius Caesar)    RC 61044
redactado por Francisco Luis Cardona Castro
leído por Peter Pereyra
1 cassette
Biografía del gran dictador romano quien como soldado, político, y escritor fue el responsable de encumbrar a la antigua Roma a las más altas cotas que pueda alcanzar una nación, y cuya bondad, tiranía, y tragedia personal le hicieron una de la figuras más prominentes de la antigüedad. (Biography of the great Roman dictator who, as a soldier, politician, and writer, elevated ancient Rome to fame and glory. Describes his life experiences and behavior, which included acts of humanity and tyranny, sometimes in the extreme, as well as personal tragedy.) 2003.

Par de Detectives (Partner in Crime)    RC 61048
por J.A. Jance
leído por María Pino
3 cassettes
En Arizona aparece muerta una artista que había estado en un programa de protección de testigos. Al investigar el crimen, la sheriff local Joanna Brady recibe ayuda, sin quererlo, del destacado detective J.P. Beaumont de Seattle. Ultímamente, los dos tienen que colaborar para descubrir al asesino. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso. (Investigator J.P. Beaumont of Seattle and Joanna Brady of the Arizona sheriff’s department combine forces to find the murderer of an artist who had been in a witness protection program. Some violence and some strong language.) 2006.

El Hobbit (The Hobbit)    RC 61051
por J.R.R. Tolkien
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
Gandalf, el mago errante, alista a Bilbo Bolsón como el miembro número catorce de una expedición. Bilbo es de los Hobbit, la gente pequeña, que prefiere gozarse de la comodidad del hogar. Pero Bilbo se junta a la banda en busca de aventuras, y pronto encuentra peligros, incluso un enorme dragón. Para alumnos de enseñanza secundaria y lectores mayores. (The wandering wizard Gandalf recruits Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, to be the fourteenth member of an expedition. Hobbits prefer comfort to adventures, but Bilbo joins the quest and encounters many perils, including a dragon. For junior and senior high readers.) 1991.

John F. Kennedy    RC 61052
redactado por Francisco Luis Cardona Castro
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
Biografía del trigésimo quinto presidente de los Estados Unidos cuyo asesinato en 1963 traumatizó el mundo entero. Describe la historia del poderoso clan Kennedy de Boston y traza la vida de John Kennedy—su nacimiento, juventud, servicio militar, relaciones familiares, trayectoria política, y su culminación, aún joven, como presidente. (Biography of the thirty-fifth president of the United States, who was assassinated in 1963. Covers the history of the Kennedy clan’s rise to power in Boston, the early life of John Kennedy, his military service, his family, his ascent as a popular politician, and his presidency.) 2005.

¡Goool! El Sueño Se Inicia (Goal! The Dream Begins)    RC 61056
por Robert Rigby
leído por Peter Pereyra
1 cassette
Santiago Muñez, un joven mexicano de Los Angeles, tiene la oportunidad de cumplir su sueño eterno de jugar al fútbol profesional, y viaja a Inglaterra para alistarse en un equipo inglés. No cabe duda que Santiago posee la habilidad para hacerse un gran jugador de fútbol. Pero la presión que siente por triunfar crece cada día, provocándole a ocultar un secreto que podría sabotear su juego. Adaptación novelada de la película. (Young Mexican American Santiago Muñez gets a once-in-a-life-time chance to play professional soccer for an English team. He travels to England, where he shows great potential. But as the pressure builds to succeed, a secret that Santiago harbors threatens to destroy his dream. Novelization of the film.) 2006.

Se Anuncia un Asesinato (A Murder Is Announced)    RC 61058
por Agatha Christie
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
Los residentes del pueblo de Chipping Cleghorn están sorprendidos al leer una noticia del diario que anuncia que alguién va a ser asesinado en la casa de un vecino. Tomándola por broma, la gente acude al lugar sólo para quedar atónitos cuando se produce un asesinato de verdad. La viejecita detective Miss Marple investiga. Violencia. (Village residents of Chipping Cleghorn are intrigued by an announcement in the morning paper that a murder will take place at a neighbor’s home. Thinking it’s a game, townspeople gather at the advertised time only to be shocked by an actual murder. Miss Marple investigates. Violence.) 2005.

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