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Braille Book Review is published bimonthly in braille, large-print, and online and distributed at no cost to blind and physically handicapped individuals who participate in the Library of Congress reading program. It lists braille books and magazines available through a network of cooperating libraries and carries news of developments in library services. The braille edition also lists NLS audiobooks appearing in Talking Book Topics with brief annotations.
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Library of Congress, Washington 2014
Catalog Card Number 53-31800
Beginning with the January–February 2014 issue, NLS has made some subscriber-requested changes to Braille Book Review (BBR). To allow you to find books by subject category and author last name, titles are now announced in the following alphabetical order:
The new arrangement eliminates the need for an index and allows you to peruse books by subject category.
The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. The items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program and their listings do not imply endorsement.
Hundreds of accessible federal tax forms and publications are available for download from the IRS Accessibility web page. Visit IRS.gov and look for the Accessibility link near the bottom of the page. You can choose from large-print, text, accessible PDFs, e-Braille, or HTML formats that are compatible with screen readers and refreshable braille displays. The IRS also provides American Sign Language videos with the latest tax information.
People who are unable to complete their tax returns because of a physical disability or are age sixty or older may get assistance through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. You can find a nearby VITA or TCE location by calling 1-800-906-9887. Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities, explains the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues and is available at www.irs.gov.
Window-Eyes is a screen reader that enables individuals who are blind or visually impaired to access Windows PCs via speech and/or refreshable braille displays. Consumers using Microsoft Office version 2010 or higher can now download the screen reader for free at www.WindowEyesForOffice.com. The website provides download instructions as well as additional details about this offer.
Residents of the United States and Canada may register their school-aged children who have a visual impairment to receive two free braille books a year from the Book Angel project of Seedlings Braille Books for Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high-quality, low-cost braille books. Books will be sent as time and materials allow. For more information visit www.seedlings.org and choose the Free Books! link.
The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, complete the order form and return to your braille-lending library.Note: For the information of the reader, a notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of violence, strong language, or explicit descriptions of sex. The word “some” before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurrence, as in “some strong language.”
The Pretty One: A Novel about Sisters
by Lucinda Rosenfeld
BR20093 4 volumes
The thirtysomething Hellinger sisters are pigeonholed in their family roles: Perri, the oldest, is the perfectionist; Pia, the middle sibling, is the pretty one; and Gus, the youngest, is the lesbian activist. But a series of events strengthens their contentious relationships. Some strong language. 2013.
The Ashford Affair
by Lauren Willig
BR20091 5 volumes
1926. Addie travels from London to Kenya to visit her cousin Bea and her family. Bea’s husband Frederick was Addie’s former crush. Seventy years later, granddaughter Clemmie discovers a family secret at Addie’s ninety-ninth birthday party and investigates. Some strong language. 2013.
All the Summer Girls
by Meg Donohue
BR 20131 3 volumes
On the day her fiancé breaks off their engagement, Kate Harrington discovers she’s pregnant. Her best friends Vanessa and Dani are also facing life changes, so the three women spend the summer together regrouping in the New Jersey beach town of their youth. Strong language. 2013.
by Esi Edugyan
BR19842 4 volumes
1940. The remaining members of the Hot-Time Swingers, a jazz band made up of Germans and Americans, black and white, have fled to Paris from Berlin. But for trumpeter Hieronymus Falk, a mixed-race German without papers, the new city is as dangerous as the old. Some strong language. 2011.
Garden of Stones
by Sophie Littlefield
BR20125 3 volumes
Los Angeles, 1941. Fourteen-year-old Lucy Takeda’s world implodes when her elderly father dies and Pearl Harbor is attacked. Lucy and her mother are sent to Manzanar internment camp. In 1978, Lucy is investigated for the death of someone she knew in Manzanar. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2013.
Falling to Earth
by Kate Southwood
BR20133 3 volumes
1925. A tornado touches down in the town of Marah, Illinois. Everyone loses someone or something—except Paul Graves. In the year that follows, the Graves family must navigate the burden of being the fortunate ones. Some violence. 2013.
Something to Remember You By: A Perilous Romance
by Gene Wilder
BR20160 2 volumes
Medic Tom Cole becomes a spy during World War II. While in London, he falls in love with a fellow agent, who is later captured in occupied Denmark. Cole volunteers to rescue her and her team. Some strong language. Uncontracted braille. 2013.
The Perfect Marriage
by Kimberla Lawson Roby
BR20151 2 volumes
Denise and Derrek appear to have an idyllic life, with high-paying careers in the medical field and a beautiful teenage daughter. But they both are addicted to drugs and, despite twelve-step meetings, they continue to abuse. Their daughter makes a desperate attempt to save them. 2013.
Started Early, Took My Dog
by Kate Atkinson
BR20078 5 volumes
Helping a woman find her birth parents eventually leads investigator Jackson Brodie to the 1975 murder of a prostitute. That same killing still weighs heavily on the minds of several cops—including retired Tracy Waterhouse, who is on the lam after illegally rescuing a small child. Strong language. 2011.
Folly du Jour: A Joe Sandilands Mystery
by Barbara Cleverly
BR19800 4 volumes
Sir George Jardine mysteriously receives a ticket to a Josephine Baker performance in Paris. There he spots an old nemesis—and by the show’s end is accused of the man’s murder. Visiting Scotland Yard detective Joe Sandilands must prove his mentor is innocent. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.
Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story
by Dee Henderson
BR20149 2 volumes
Pediatrician Jennifer O’Malley is attracted to surgeon Tom Peterson—a devout Christian whom Jennifer is hesitant to introduce to her family. But after she receives unexpected news about her health she turns to God, her relatives, and Tom for support. Prequel to The Negotiator (Volume 1 The Negotiator, Volume 2 The Negotiator, Volume 3 The Negotiator). 2013.
by Lois McMaster Bujold
BR20104 4 volumes
Emperor Gregor sends Miles Vorkosigan to the planet Kibou-daini to investigate the attempted expansion of one of the many corporations that oversee a culture obsessed with cryogenic sleep. Miles discovers things that chill him to the bone. 2010.
The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey
BR20076 5 volumes
Few survivors remain on Earth after an alien invasion, and it’s hard to know who is human. Determined to fight extinction, Cassie joins Evan, and together they search for a group of captured children that includes her little brother. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.
Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein
BR19766 4 volumes
During World War II, a British spy plane crashes with best friends Maddie and Verity on board. The Gestapo arrests and tortures Verity for information about her mission. She slowly confesses—but it isn’t what her tormenters expect. Violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2012.
Kind of Cruel
by Sophie Hannah
BR20211 6 volumes
Visiting a hypnotherapist for insomnia, Amber Hewerdine meets another new patient, detective Charlie Zailer, who is puzzling over some odd words found at a murder scene. Amber recalls seeing the words but doesn’t remember where. Charlie’s husband, detective Simon Waterhouse, risks his career to determine the connection. Strong language. 2012.
by Barry Lyga
BR20086 5 volumes
After seventeen-year-old Jazz Dent—the son of a notorious serial killer—solves a serial murder case in his hometown of Lobo’s Nod, the NYPD requests his help in catching the Hat-Dog killer. Sequel to I Hunt Killers (BR 20068). Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.
by Jo Nesbø
BR20166 4 volumes
In this first Harry Hole novel, the Norwegian detective travels to Australia to observe the investigation of the murder of twenty-three-year-old Inger Holter, a former television host in Norway. Originally published in Norwegian in 1997. Violence and strong language. 2012.
by Michael Robotham
BR19834 6 volumes
While searching for the young woman who robbed him, retired London cop Vincent Ruiz finds her dead boyfriend, who was tortured by someone looking for a stolen notebook. Soon Ruiz encounters an American journalist investigating missing funds from Iraqi banks. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2011.
by David Rosenfelt
BR20210 3 volumes
When a judge is killed, clues point to addict Steven Gallagher, whom New Jersey cop Luke Somers shoots in self-defense. Steven’s Marine brother Chris kidnaps Luke’s brother Bryan in retaliation. He gives Luke a week to clear Steven’s name—or Bryan dies. Some violence. 2013.
by John Sandford
BR19871 5 volumes
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Lucas Davenport—recently the victim of an ATM robbery—investigates the massacre of a Minnesota family at the hands of a Mexican drug cartel. Meanwhile, a group of misfits siphoning laundered money realize they are the cause of the killings. Violence and strong language. 2012.
What’s for Dinner? Delicious Recipes for a Busy Life
by Curtis Stone
BR20194 4 volumes
Celebrity chef presents dishes that are healthful and require easy-to-find ingredients. Arranged by days of the week—”Motivational Mondays” through “Family Supper Sundays”—recipes include steak and mushroom cobbler, cauliflower and spinach dal, white sangría, and chocolate bread pudding. 2013.
What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most
edited by Elizabeth Benedict
BR19932 3 volumes
Collection of thirty-two essays by women writers—including Lisa See, Emma Straub, Elinor Lipman, and Joyce Carol Oates—on gifts given to them by their mothers. Straub, author of Other People We Married (Volume 1 Other People We Married, Volume 2 Other People We Married), reminisces about a boat tour she received as a birthday present in “Three-Hour Tour.” 2013.
A Woman’s Guide to Pelvic Health: Expert Advice for Women of All Ages
by Elizabeth E. Houser and Stephanie Riley Hahn
BR19822 3 volumes
Urologist Houser and physical therapist Hahn explain the anatomy of the female pelvis and common health problems. They detail the causes of urinary incontinence, organ prolapse, and sexual dysfunction and discuss treatment options, including at-home exercises and surgical solutions. 2012.
by Oliver Sacks
BR19709 4 volumes
Neurologist and author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (BR 06547) examines the phenomenon, history, and treatment of hallucinations. Investigates visual, auditory, and olfactory events. Discusses drug-induced, mind-altering experiences and diseases with hallucinatory symptoms such as Charles Bonnet syndrome, which affects blind individuals. Bestseller. 2012.
by Cath Senker
BR20193 1 volume
Describes the warning signs, causes, and triggers of self-harm and discusses the methods used. Offers advice on reaching out and seeking help, finding professional resources, developing coping strategies, and more. Includes personal accounts, research, and glossaries. For senior high and older readers. 2013.
I Still Believe Anita Hill: Three Generations Discuss the Legacies of Speaking Truth to Power
edited by Amy Richards and Cynthia Greenberg
BR20065 3 volumes
Collection of twenty-five essays examining the impact and legacy of the sexual harassment testimony of Anita Hill during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas in 1991. Includes introductory poem by Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues. 2013.
Admiral Nimitz: The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theater
by Brayton Harris
BR20116 5 volumes
Chronicles the life of five-star admiral Chester Nimitz (1885–1966), who took charge of America’s Pacific fleet after the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Traces Nimitz’s Texas childhood, years at the Naval Academy, and rise through the ranks to command two million men and one thousand ships. 2011.
The Black Death
by Stephen Currie
BR20055 1 volume
Discusses the history of the Black Death, a plague that killed millions throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa in the middle of the fourteenth century. Explains the environmental conditions that contributed to this disease, describes the symptoms and treatment, and examines the epidemic’s legacy. For junior and senior high readers. 2013.
The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, complete the order form and return it to your braille-lending library.
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
by John Boyne
BR19989 3 volumes
The Brocket family adores being dull and normal. But after the birth of their third child, Barnaby, they are horrified to discover that he defies the law of gravity and floats. One day his mother lets him loose—and then his adventures begin. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2012.
The Reluctant Assassin: W.A.R.P., Book 1
by Eoin Colfer
BR20105 4 volumes
Albert Garrick, an illusionist and assassin in Victorian England, and his apprentice Riley travel through time to modern London. Riley teams up with seventeen-year-old Chevie, a quasi FBI agent, to stop Garrick’s nefarious plans. Some violence and some strong language. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2013.
The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle
by Christopher Healy
BR20115 4 volumes
The four princes charming—Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav, from The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (Volume 1 The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, Volume 2 The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, Volume 3 The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, Volume 4 The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom)—band together once again to keep an object of great power from falling into the wrong hands. For grades 4-7. 2013.
Far Far Away
by Tom McNeal
BR20132 4 volumes
Teenager Jeremy Johnson Johnson possesses the unique ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm, which draws the attention of classmate Ginger. A strange set of circumstances places them on a dangerous adventure. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2013.
Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom
by John Rocco
BR 20044 1 volume
A boy who believes he gets his strength from his hair fears he has lost his superpowers when a villain cuts his curls off. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.
by Clare Vanderpool
BR20126 3 volumes
After the death of his mother, thirteen-year-old Jack Baker is sent to a boy’s boarding school in Maine, where he develops an odd friendship with a student named Early. Together, they go on an adventure to find the Appalachian great black bear. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2013.
by M.M. Vaughan
BR20127 4 volumes
Chris and a few other twelve-year-olds are learning to make the most of their mental abilities at the Myers Holt Academy, a secret, government-run school. Meanwhile twins Ernst and Mortimer are honing their skills with someone who has more sinister motives. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2013.
Team Rocket Blasts Off! Pokémon
by Tracey West
BR20114 1 volume
Jessie and James of Team Rocket prepare to battle for the Earth badge. They are determined to defeat Ash—and steal his Pikachu. For grades 2-4. 2000.
Surprises according to Humphrey
by Betty G. Birney
BR20192 2 volumes
Humphrey the classroom hamster receives several surprises: a new hamster ball to run in, a close encounter with a strange cat, and a meeting with an alien janitor. But could there be another change coming that Humphrey cannot handle? For grades 3-6. 2008.
by Ingrid Lee
BR20168 1 volume
Mack falls in love the first time he meets a little pit bull puppy named Cash. When Mack’s ill-tempered father dumps Cash in the middle of nowhere, Mack and Cash relentlessly search for each other. For grades 4-7. 2008.
Discovered! A Beagle Called Bella; Rainbow Street Shelter
by Wendy Orr
BR20268 1 volume
After the owners of Bella the beagle realize they are not equipped to take care of an energetic puppy, they ask the Rainbow Street Shelter for assistance. Shelter owner Mona suspects that Bella is easily bored and needs a job—not just a new home. For grades 2-4. 2013.
How to Babysit a Grandpa
by Jean Reagan
BR20040 1 volume
A little boy provides instructions on babysitting a grandpa, including preparing him snacks such as cookies topped with ice cream or anything dipped in ketchup. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2012.
Splendors and Glooms
by Laura Amy Schlitz
BR19840 4 volumes
1860. Puppeteer Grisini and his two orphaned assistants are accused of kidnapping when a young girl vanishes shortly after they perform at her twelfth birthday party. The trio flees London—but the two orphans are caught in a trap set by Grisini’s ancient rival. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2012.
by Molly Idle
BR20043 1 volume
A young girl and boy invite a very special guest to their house for an afternoon tea party. But they must follow a few important rules, including having extra napkins available—especially since the guest is a T-Rex. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.
Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer; Book 2
by Jane O’Connor
BR19863 1 volume
Nancy’s cool guitar teacher Andy and her favorite babysitter Annie both become single. So Nancy sneakily tries to get them together on Valentine’s Day. For grades 2-4. 2013.
Lulu and the Brontosaurus
by Judith Viorst
BR20159 1 volume
Little Lulu always gets what she wants, and for her birthday she wants a pet brontosaurus. When her parents refuse, she takes matters into her own hands and finds Mr. B, a brontosaurus with ideas of his own. For grades 2-4. 2010.
Theodore Boone: The Accused
by John Grisham
BR20092 3 volumes
As the Strattenburg community awaits the verdict in a local murder trial, eighth-grader Theodore Boone encounters legal problems of his own. Accused of robbery, he must prove his innocence as evidence mounts against him. Sequel to Theodore Boone: The Abduction (Volume 1 Theodore Boone: The Abduction, Volume 2 Theodore Boone: The Abduction). For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2012.
Sleep like a Tiger
by Mary Logue
BR20038 1 volume
A not-so-sleepy little girl asks her parents if all creatures sleep. They tell her about the dog happily snoozing on the couch, grizzly bears that slumber in cozy dens, and more. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2012.
The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog
by Marty Crump
BR20207 1 volume
Describes Charles Darwin’s 1834 discovery of an unusual type of frog on Lemuy Island in southern Chile and scientists’ efforts decades later to understand why one male specimen was full of tadpoles. Includes glossary, resources, and a primer on efforts to save the species from extinction. For grades 5-8. 2013.
Wild Horse Scientists
by Kay Frydenborg
BR 19866 1 volume
Discusses wild horses that reside on Assateague Island National Seashore, a barrier island between Virginia and Maryland. Details their diet, physical characteristics, life cycles, and behavior, including their interactions with humans. Explains the steps taken to control overpopulation. Contains a glossary and resources. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2012.
Look Up! Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer
by Robert Burleigh
BR20035 1 volume
Biography of Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868–1921), an astronomer who helped discover the first method to correctly measure distances in space during a time when women were not allowed to use the telescope in observatories. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2013.
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909
by Michelle Markel
BR20036 1 volume
Biography of Clara Lemlich, a young girl who came to America with her parents and was hired to sew women’s clothing. But the horrible working conditions in the clothing factories prompted Clara to demand change—and inspire a strike in 1909. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2013.
Ben Franklin: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z
by Alan Schroeder
BR20208 1 volume
Alphabetical biography of Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790). For example, the entry for “E” discusses Franklin’s fascination and experiments with electricity that once led to him electrocuting himself. For grades 2-4. 2011.
Taste of Home Kid-Approved Cookbook
edited by Taste of Home/Reader’s Digest Book
BR20106 4 volumes
Step-by-step recipes for 328 quick and great-tasting, kid-friendly meals, snacks, and desserts, from B is for Book sandwiches to wagon wheel breakfast pie. Suggests treats for holidays, slumber parties, and more. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2011.
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust
by Doreen Rappaport
BR19914 3 volumes
Personal accounts from members of the Jewish resistance throughout German-occupied Europe during the Holocaust. Details the actions of individuals like Georges Loinger, who smuggled Jewish children out of occupied France, and Youra Livchitz, who ambushed a train bound for a death camp. Violence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.
Pug and Other Animal Poems
by Valerie Worth
BR20034 1 volume
Eighteen poems about different animals and their behavior, from the thunder of powerful bulls and the rejoicing of a noisy flock of geese to the glee of a rat building a throne out of trash. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2013.
Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries
by Elizabeth MacLeod
BR19944 2 volumes
Explores the ways that modern science uncovered the truth behind the suspicious deaths of historical figures such as King Tut, Napoleon, and the Russian princess Anastasia. Includes glossary and a timeline of advances in forensics. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2013.
The following is a list of braille magazines in the Library of Congress program. Readers may obtain free personal subscriptions to these magazines. For information on the availability of specific magazines, consult the library that sends you braille materials.
Boys' Life (for children and teens; monthly)
Braille Book Review (bimonthly)
Braille Chess Magazine (British quarterly)
Braille Music Magazine (British monthly)
Conundrum (British monthly)
Cooking Light (12 issues)
ESPN: The Magazine (biweekly)
Harper's (literary; monthly)
Health Newsletters (includes Harvard Health Letter, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter; monthly)
Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine (monthly)
Ladies' Home Journal (10 issues)
Martha Stewart Living (home and entertaining; 11 issues)
Muse (for children; 9 issues)
The Musical Mainstream (NLS quarterly)
National Geographic (monthly)
The New York Times Book Review (weekly)
News (NLS quarterly)
PC World (personal computing; monthly)
Poetry (11 issues)
Popular Communications (monthly)
Popular Mechanics (10 issues)
Popular Music Lead Sheets (irregular)
Rolling Stone (popular culture; 24 issues)
Science News (26 issues)
Seventeen (for teens; 10 issues)
Short Stories (British monthly)
Spider: The Magazine for Children (9 issues)
Stone Soup (children's writings; 6 issues)
Update (NLS irregular)
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Posted on 2014-04-10