Tappy Guide

Tappy Guide is a free wayfinding app for iOS and Android platforms that assists people with vision impairments, people who are deaf or hearing impaired, wheelchair users, older adults, and veterans with navigation, directions, and accessibility. Similar to the “Be My Eyes” app, Tappy Guide uses trained volunteers who communicate through the app using GPS technology and the cell phone camera. Tappy Guide was created by John Petrous, who has family members who are blind. Tappy Guide is seeking both app users and volunteers. For more information, visit: www.TappyGuide.com

Assistive Technology Funding Source

Tech-Cessibility

Laughing at My Nightmare

www.laughingatmynightmare.com/tech-cessibility

Persons with disabilities can apply to receive an iPad Pro, an Amazon Echo Show, an Obi Robotic Feeder, or any assistive technology device that does not exceed $5,000. Medical certification of disability is required. Submission deadline: October 30, 2021. Devices provided while funding lasts. Monetary donations welcomed. Available only to U.S. residents

This organization also provides grants for various types of equipment (medical supplies, wheelchair modifications, computer or communication devices, or smart devices) to individuals with a neuromuscular disease. Information for that grant can be found here: www.laughingatmynightmare.com/no-more-nightmares-application

Laughing at My Nightmare is a non-profit organization run by Shane Burcaw, who has Spinal Muscular Dystrophy, a type of Muscular Dystrophy. Shane is also an author, a motivational speaker, and stars in a popular YouTube reality series with his wife Hannah called “Squirmy and Grubs”.

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ADULT FICTION

LB           13374    BLACK SUN         ROANHORSE, REBECCA 

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice celebration is coinciding with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event the Sun Priest believes will lead to an unbalancing of the world. As the priests prepare, a ship heads towards Tova with a seemingly harmless passenger. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.

LB           13378    BULLET                 JOHANSEN, IRIS

Research doctor Diane Connors has been developing a secret discovery with global ramifications. But when word gets out, she turns to the last person she wants to ask for help–her ex-husband, Joe Quinn. Joe and his wife Eve Duncan risk everything to protect Diane. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13371    CONFESSIONS OF A CURIOUS BOOKSELLER           GREEN, ELIZABETH          

Without question, Fawn Birchill knows that her used bookstore is the heart of West Philadelphia. So when an amicable young indie bookseller invades her block, Fawn is convinced that his cushy couches, impressive selection, coffee bar, and knowledgeable staff are a neighborhood blight. Misguided yet blindly resilient, Fawn declares war, and soon faces unavoidable truths about online dating, strained familial relationships, a devoted intern, and the litany of repairs her aging store requires. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13373    OTHER EMILY     KOONTZ, DEAN R. (DEAN RAY), 1945-      

A decade ago, Emily Carlino vanished after her car broke down on a California highway and was presumed to be a victim of a serial killer. Writer David Thorne searches for closure over the love of his life but instead stumbles into something inconceivable. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2021.   

LB           13377    GOLDEN GIRL     HILDERBRAND, ELIN       

Novelist Vivian Howe was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Nantucket. In the afterlife, she is allowed one last summer to watch what happens below. As she observes her three adult children and ex-husband, she worries about the reaction to her final book, which reveals personal secrets. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

ADULT  NON-FICTION

LB           13372    FINDING FREEDOM: A COOK’S STORY; REMAKING A LIFE FROM SCRATCH                FRENCH, ERIN (CHEF)               

Chef known for her focus on Maine ingredients and culture, and whose restaurant fills its seats with people from all over the world, presents her journey to becoming who she is. French shares the challenges she has faced–including dealing with drug addiction–and what has brought her joy. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13376    CARY GRANT: A BRILLIANT DISGUISE        EYMAN, SCOTT, 1951-    

Biography of famous actor born Archibald Leach (1904-1986). Drawing on Grant’s own papers, extensive archival research, and interviews with family and friends, explores his career and personal life. Shows that despite his success, Grant remained deeply conflicted about his past, his present, and his basic identity. Unrated. 2020.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

LB           13375    QUEEN’S SECRET               DE LA CRUZ, MELISSA, 1971-       

Lovers Cal and Lilac battle dark forces apart from each other, and the strength of their love–and their kingdom–face the ultimate test. Sequel to The Queen’s Assassin (DB 98674). Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

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ADULT FICTION

BT           13348    ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE        GARCIA MARQUEZ, GABRIEL, 1927-2014                

The rise and fall, birth and death, of the mythical town of Macondo, somewhere in Latin America, through characterizations of the Buendia family. The variety of life and the search for peace and truth are universal themes that dominate the novel. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1970. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13345    LOOK FOR ME: A NOVEL                GARDNER, LISA

A family is murdered in their home, except for sixteen-year-old Roxy, who is missing, along with the family dogs. Both Sergeant Detective D. D. Warren and survivor-turned-vigilante Flora Dane from Find Her (DB 83828) are on the hunt for Roxy. Then another connected shooting occurs. Violence and strong language. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.          

BT           13304    WINTER STREET         HILDERBRAND, ELIN              

When Kelley Quinn, owner of the Winter Street Inn, discovers his second wife, Mitzi, kissing the hired Santa, his world implodes and he lists the inn for sale. The grown children from his first marriage come to help, but they have their own issues. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13344    FALL FROM GRACE          STEEL, DANIELLE              

When her husband dies in an accident, forty-nine-year-old widow Sydney Wells is appalled to find he left her out of his will. She finds a job but is soon out of her depth, in trouble with the law, and having to start over, yet again. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.  

BT           13340    TRADING CHRISTMAS    MACOMBER, DEBBIE     

Widowed Emily Spring of Leavenworth, Washington, swaps houses with Charles Brewster of Boston for Christmas. Meanwhile, Emily’s friend Faith travels to Leavenworth to visit her and Charles’s brother Ray shows up at the house in Boston. Unexpected romances ensue in both locations. 2011. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.      

ADULT NON-FICTION

BT           13346    GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE: STOP BELIEVING THE LIES ABOUT WHO YOU ARE SO YOU CAN BECOME WHO YOU WERE MEANT TO BE             HOLLIS, RACHEL (EVENT PLANNER)         

The founder of a lifestyle website and media company CEO shares tips for better living while revealing the messiness of her own life. She exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13301    FOREVER COURT              RUDDEN, DAVE

Life is returning to normal for Denizen Hardwick. Well, the new normal, where he has to battle monsters in quiet Dublin bookshops and constantly struggle to contain the new powers he has been given by Mercy, the daughter of the Endless King. But Denizen may need those powers sooner than he thinks–not only are the Tenebrous stirring again but the Order of the Borrowed Dark face a new threat from much closer to home… For grades 3-6. Unrated. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13302    DARK SECRET: WINGS OF FIRE    SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

Starflight, one of the dragonets of destiny, is kidnapped by the NightWings. With his fellow dragonets too far away to help, the fate of two kingdoms rests in Starflight’s talons. Sequel to The Hidden Kingdom (DB 97827). For grades 4-7. 2013. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.     

BT           13305    BRIGHTEST NIGHT: WINGS OF FIRE           SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

Sunny has always taken the Dragonet Prophecy very seriously, and Morrowseer’s devastating news changes everything. Now she must forge a new identity and find a way to stop the futile war between the dragon clans. Sequel to The Dark Secret (DB 97828). For grades 4-7. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.       

BT           13303    KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK         RUDDEN, DAVE

A young orphan learns that monsters can grow out of the shadows in our world, and there is an ancient order of knights who keeps them at bay. For grades 3-6. Unrated. 2016. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.   

BT           13342    DRAGONET PROPHECY: WINGS OF FIRE     SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-          

Determined to end a generations-long war among the seven dragon tribes, a secret movement called the Talons of Peace draws on a prophecy that calls for a great sacrifice, compelling five appointed dragonets to fulfill a painful destiny against their will. For grades 4-7. 2012. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.   

BT           13343    MOON RISING: WINGS OF FIRE     SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-          

When Moonwatcher, a young NightWing with secret powers, begins school at the academy started by the dragonets of destiny after the end of the war, she soon realizes that someone is attacking the students. Sequel to The Brightest Night (DB 97829). For grades 4-7. 2015. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13347    ESCAPING PERIL: WINGS OF FIRE               SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

Peril is possibly the most dangerous dragon in Pyrrhia, because she has firescales that can kill an opponent with a touch, but now she has a mission–find her former queen, Scarlet. Sequel to Winter Turning (DB 97831). For grades 4-7. 2016. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13307    ESCAPE      BARCLAY, LINWOOD

After narrowly escaping capture and low on options, twelve-year-old Jeff and the genetically engineered spy dog, Chipper, remain on the run from The Institute and their team of agents. Sequel to Chase (DB 98279). Some violence. For grades 4-7. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13306    CHASE      BARCLAY, LINWOOD   

Twelve-year-old orphan Jeff becomes tangled up with Chipper, a dog fleeing from an organization that wants to bury the truth of what he is. It will be up to Chipper to keep them both alive. For grades 4-7. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13350    HOUSE OF ROBOTS          PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Fifth-grader Sammy struggles to fit in when his inventor mother requires him to take her latest creation, a robot named E, to school with him. Much to Sammy’s horror and his classmates’ glee, he is supposed to show E how to be a regular student. For grades 3-6. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.     

BT           13283    CANDY CORN CONTEST        GIFF, PATRICIA REILLY             

He’s just as anxious as the rest of the kids in room 113 to guess how many candy corns are in the huge jar on Mrs. Rooney’s desk, but Richard has extra worries on his mind. None of the boys want to come to Richard’s sleepover if it means sleeping next to smelly Matthew, who wets his bed. Book three in the Kids of the Polk Street School series. For grades 2-4. 1984. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.             

BT           13282    ALL-STAR FEVER                CHRISTOPHER, MATT, 1917-1997              

Bus Mercer, shortstop for the Peach Street Mudders, wants desperately to be picked for the county all-star team, but he breaks his parents’ rules for riding his new bike, and feelings of guilt affect his game. Unrated. For grades 2-4. 1997. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13349    HOUSE OF ROBOTS          PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Fifth-grader Sammy struggles to fit in when his inventor mother requires him to take her latest creation, a robot named E, to school with him. Much to Sammy’s horror and his classmates’ glee, he is supposed to show E how to be a regular student. For grades 3-6. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

BT           13341    TO GREEN ANGEL TOWER, SEGMENT ONE             WILLIAMS, TAD 1993.

In this sequel to “Stone of Farewell” (RC 40338), the Storm King and his undead allies continue to gather strength for a final confrontation with Simon and his companions, who are fighting to help Prince Josua gain the throne now occupied by his brother King Elias. Each will face numerous skirmishes before the final confrontation at the Green Angel Tower. For senior high and older readers. 1993. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13351    STONE OF FAREWELL: MEMORY, SORROW, AND THORN, BOOK 2               WILLIAMS, TAD

Simon and his allies now possess the sword Thorn, essential to their defeat of the evil forces of King Elias of Osten Ard. King Elias has banded together with the Storm King, and they plan to end any hope Prince Josua has of taking over the throne. Both forces will meet many problems before they come face to face at the Stone of Farewell. Sequel to “The Dragonbone Chair” (RC 40337). 1990. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

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ADULT FICTION

LB           13299    DAYLIGHT            BALDACCI, DAVID           

FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s search for her twin sister Mercy–who was abducted at the age of six–clashes with military investigator John Puller’s high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy from which neither of them will escape unscathed. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           13317    WORST CASE      PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

NYPD detective Mike Bennett is assigned to the case of eighteen-year-old Jacob Dunning, kidnapped son of a billionaire CEO. Teamed with FBI agent Emily Parker, Bennett tracks an activist killer who plans to change an unjust world with blood. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2010. Related names: Ledwidge, Michael, author.

LB           13318    TICK TOCK           PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

After events in Worst Case (DB 70893), widowed NYPD detective Mike Bennett goes on vacation with his ten adopted children and their attractive nanny Mary Catherine. But he is summoned home to deal with a series of baffling and gruesome cases that copy famous crimes. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2011. Related names: Ledwidge, Michael, author.

LB           13319    GONE    PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Crime lord Manuel Perrine declares war–and his top target is detective Michael Bennett, who once arrested him. Bennett, his ten adopted children, their nanny, and his grandfather are hidden safely on a California farm, guarded by the FBI. But now the FBI needs Bennett’s help. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2013. Related names: Ledwidge, Michael, author.

LB           13320    SCORPION’S TAIL: A NORA KELLY NOVEL    PRESTON, DOUGLAS J.  

Nora Kelly, archaeologist at the Santa Fe Archeological Institute, and rookie FBI Agent Corrie Swanson team up when a mummified corpse, over half a century old, is found in the cellar of an abandoned building in a remote New Mexico ghost town. Unrated. 2020.

LB           13321    RUN FOR YOUR LIFE: A MICHAEL BENNETT MYSTERY        PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

NYPD hostage negotiator Michael Bennett is struggling to find a serial killer who calls himself the Teacher and who randomly targets people in the city. While texting with the sociopath, Mike tends to his ten adopted and newly motherless kids, who all have the flu. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

LB           13327    ALL THE COLORS OF NIGHT          KRENTZ, JAYNE ANN      

North Chastain possesses a paranormal talent that gives him the ability to track down the most dangerous psychic criminals. When his father suddenly falls into a coma-like state, North is convinced it was caused by a deadly artifact. He asks antiques expert Sierra Raines for help. 2021.

LB           13332    PIECE OF MY HEART        CLARK, MARY HIGGINS 

Television producer Laurie Moran and her fiancé Alex Buckley, the former host of her investigative television show, are just days away from their mid-August wedding, when things take a dark turn. Alex’s seven-year-old nephew, Johnny, vanishes from the beach. Unrated. 2020. Related names: Burke, Alafair, author.

LB           13338    HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: A DETECTIVE WILLIAM WARWICK NOVEL             ARCHER, JEFFREY, 1940-

1986. William Warwick from Nothing Ventured (DB 96828) has been promoted to Detective Sergeant. Along with the rest of his team, he is assigned to the Drugs Squad. Their mission is to capture a notorious drug dealer, but a trap is hidden in plain sight. Unrated. 2020.       

LB           13339    AWAKENING: THE DRAGON HEART LEGACY, BOOK 1         ROBERTS, NORA              

Breen Kelly is debt-ridden and working a job she hates when she discovers her mother has been hiding money left to her by her long-lost father. She treats herself to a trip to Ireland and falls through a portal to a magical land where she has a dangerous destiny. Unrated. Bestseller. 2020.         

LB           13324    MAGIC LESSONS               HOFFMAN, ALICE            

In the 1600s, Maria was abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Hannah Owens takes her in and teaches her, recognizing that even as a child Maria has a magical gift. Prequel to Practical Magic (DB 40461). Some strong language. 2020.

LB           13352    EGG DROP DEAD              CHIEN, VIVIEN  

It was supposed to be a fancy, intimate dinner party by the pool. Instead, Lana Lee’s first-ever catering event turns into full-course madness when a domestic worker is found dead. Is the party’s host Donna Feng, the sweet-and-sour owner of the Asia Village shopping plaza where Ho-Lee is situated, somehow to blame? That’s what Lana–whose plate is already plenty full with running the restaurant, pleasing her often-disapproving mother, and fretting over her occasionally-serious boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau–must find out. 2020.

LB           13356    MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH: A ROBIN LOCKWOOD NOVEL           MARGOLIN, PHILLIP

Attorney and former mma fighter Robin Lockwood is convinced her new client, Joe Lattimore, is innocent of the murder he is accused of committing. Joe’s past as an underground fighter led to blackmail, and he thought he was just burglarizing a home when he found a body. Unrated. 2021.          

LB           13358    ALERT    PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

After two inexplicable high-tech attacks, New York is on edge. Detective Michael Bennett, along with his old pal, the FBI’s Emily Parker, have to catch the shadowy criminals who claim responsibility–but they’re as good at concealing their identities as they are at wreaking havoc. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2015. Related names: Ledwidge, Michael, author.

LB           13359    GAMBLING MAN             BALDACCI, DAVID           

On the eve of the 1950s, war veteran Aloysius Archer is on a bus to California. During a stop in Reno, he comes into possession of a wad of cash and blood-red 1939 Delahaye convertible. Arriving in California, he lands an apprenticeship with PI Willie Dash. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13360    BLACK BOOK      PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

A horrifying murder leads investigators to an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago’s most powerful citizens. There’s plenty of incriminating evidence, but what matters most is what’s missing–the madam’s black book. The effects ripple through the city’s elite, and everyone’s desperate to find it. Some strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2017.

LB           13357    NO PEACE: A STEVE DANCY TALE               BEST, JAMES D.

Steve Dancy has married and settled down in San Diego. His wanderlust and violence discarded when he married Virginia, the past three years have been blissfully peaceful. Now with a two-year-old son, Steve invites his mother to meet the family in Monterey at the Hotel Del Monte, one of the finest resort hotels in the country, for a family holiday. Unrated. 2020.

LB           13366    RETURN TO VIRGIN RIVER            CARR, ROBYN    

Author Kaylee hoped to use her work to deal with her grief over her mother’s recent death. Instead she has terrible writer’s block and a looming deadline. Determined to escape distractions and avoid the holiday season, Kaylee borrows a cabin in Virgin River. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.

LB           13364    MOONLIGHT SCHOOL    FISHER, SUZANNE WOODS          

Based on true events, a young woman used to the finer things in life arrives in small town Appalachia in 1911 to help her formidable cousin combat adult illiteracy by opening moonlight schools. Unrated. 2021.         

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           13353    CASTE: THE ORIGINS OF OUR DISCONTENTS         WILKERSON, ISABEL       

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns (DB 71929) examines the unofficial castes and hierarchies she has observed as inherent in American society. She also discusses the eight pillars of all caste systems and offers ways for America to move forward. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           13355    MEGHAN AND HARRY: THE REAL STORY CAMPBELL, LADY COLIN

Lady Colin Campbell goes behind the scenes, speaking to friends, relations, courtiers, and colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic to reveal the most unexpected royal story since King Edward VIII’s abdication. She highlights the dilemmas involved and the issues that lurk beneath the surface, revealing why the couple decided to step down as senior royals. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13361    HOW THE WORD IS PASSED: A RECKONING WITH THE HISTORY OF SLAVERY ACROSS AMERICA                SMITH, CLINT    

The author tours the monuments and landmarks that tell the story of slavery’s central role in shaping America’s collective history and culture. He explores historical plantations, prisons, cemeteries, holidays, and entire neighborhoods, revealing their ties to this painful aspect of America’s past and present. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2021. Variant title: Reckoning with the history of slavery across America. 

LB           13362    BOMBER MAFIA: A DREAM, A TEMPTATION, AND THE LONGEST NIGHT OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR                 GLADWELL, MALCOLM, 1963-    

The author of Tipping Point (DB 50027) and Outliers (DB 68164) examines the development of precision bombing in the years leading up to World War II. He questions the tactics applied in World War II and ponders the morality of those decisions. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13363    LET US DREAM: THE PATH TO A BETTER FUTURE                 FRANCIS, POPE, 1936-   

Leader of the Catholic Church collaborates with his biographer to present a vision for creating a safer, fairer, and healthier world for all people. Their methods are rooted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and address the systems which led to the spread of the virus. Unrated. 2020.       

LB           13365    PRINCE PHILIP REVEALED              SEWARD, INGRID            

The editor-in-chief of “Majesty” magazine presents a biography of the British consort to discuss his aristocratic childhood in Paris, more than seven-decade marriage to Elizabeth II, and loyal service as a statesman and philanthropist. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13367    RISE UP: CONFRONTING A COUNTRY AT THE CROSSROADS            SHARPTON, AL

Minister, political and civil rights activist, and radio talk show host reflects on the trajectory of politics in the early twenty-first century, focusing on the Obama and Trump years. The author discusses his views on the failures that have occurred and suggest a path forward for America to reclaim its core values. Unrated. 2020. Related names: Dyson, Michael Eric, writer of foreword.

LB           13368    THIS TIME NEXT YEAR WE’LL BE LAUGHING: A MEMOIR WINSPEAR, JACQUELINE, 1955-

Author of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series recounts growing up in post-World War II England and the lasting effects of the conflict on her family. Discusses her grandfather’s shellshock from World War I service, her parents’ experiences during World War II, and her childhood in rural Kent. Unrated. 2020. Variant title: This time next year we will be laughing.

LB           13369    NOISE: A FLAW IN HUMAN JUDGMENT  KAHNEMAN, DANIEL, 1934-        

Discusses why people make bad judgements and how to make better ones by reducing the influence of “noise”–variables that can cause bias in decision making–and draws on examples in many fields, including medicine, law, economic forecasting, forensic science, strategy, and personnel selection. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13370    THIS IS THE FIRE: WHAT I SAY TO MY FRIENDS ABOUT RACISM     LEMON, DON, 1966-

Beginning with a letter to one of his Black nephews, the author reflects on his slave ancestors, his upbringing in the shadow of segregation, the artifacts of slavery in modern America, historical events tied to slavery, and the importance of resisting racism on a daily basis. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.              

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           13336    TOWER OF NERO: THE TRIALS OF APOLLO, BOOK 5            RIORDAN, RICK

Lester teams up with his demigod master, Meg, to follow a prophecy that leads to an ultimate confrontation at the Tower of Nero. For grades 5-8. 2020.

LB           13337    DARK PROPHECY              RIORDAN, RICK

Leaving the safety of the demigod training ground, a disgraced Apollo embarks on a quest across North America to find a dangerous ancient-world Oracle while navigating the challenges of the evil Triumvirate. For grades 5-8. 2017.

LB           13323    WE DREAM OF SPACE    KELLY, ERIN ENTRADA    1986.

As the nation waits expectantly for the launch of the space shuttle Challenger, three siblings–Cash, Fitch, and Bird–struggle with their own personal anxieties. When the fated day arrives, it changes all of their lives and brings them together in unexpected ways. For grades 4-7. 2020.

LB           13354    KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES     CALLENDER, KACEN        

In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy’s grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself. For grades 4-7. 2020. Variant title: King & the dragonflies.

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ADULT NON-FICTION

BT           13236    NEVER LOOK AT THE EMPTY SEATS: A MEMOIR        DANIELS, CHARLIE, 1936-       

Country music legend Charlie Daniels, who was born in North Carolina in 1936, discusses his life and career. Famed for his song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Daniels shares stories of his music, the musicians with whom he collaborated, and the role of faith in his life. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13226    LOST HEIR: WINGS OF FIRE           SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

Overjoyed to be reunited with her fellow ocean-dwelling dragons, Tsunami the SeaWing continues efforts to end the war for Pyrrhia in spite of a dangerous assassin who is threatening all their lives. Sequel to The Dragonet Prophecy (DB 97153). For grades 4-7. 2012. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.     

BT           13227    HIVE QUEEN: WINGS OF FIRE      SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

Cricket, a dragonet who is immune to Queen Wasp’s powers, goes into hiding after stealing the Book of Clearsight. For grades 4-7. Unrated. 2020. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13237    WINTER TURNING: WINGS OF FIRE           SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

When a member of the royal IceWing family breaks the truce and escapes from Jade Mountain Academy, Winter, an IceWing, embarks on his own quest and hopes to win the respect of his family in the process. Sequel to Moon Rising (DB 97830). For grades 4-7. 2015. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13240    HIDDEN KINGDOM: WINGS OF FIRE         SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

The five dragonets hope to hide in safety in the RainWing kingdom, but when tribe members start disappearing and the old queen does nothing, it is up to Glory, a RainWing, and her friends to uncover the lurking evil. Sequel to The Lost Heir (DB 97272). For grades 4-7. 2013. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13221    YOUR MOTHER WAS A NEANDERTHAL    SCIESZKA, JON  

Sam, Joe, and Fred, the Time Warp Trio who first appeared in “Knights of the Kitchen Table” (RC 36216), travel back to the Stone Age and are immediately in trouble. First, they’re completely naked (Sam still has his hat and Fred his glasses) and, second, they no longer have “The Book” that enables them to travel in time. They have plenty of other problems, too, with cavegirls and a woolly mammoth. For grades 3-6. 1993. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13223    SEE YOU LATER, GLADIATOR: THE TIME WARP TRIO          SCIESZKA, JON  

Joe, Sam, and Fred accidentally open their magic book and are transported back to ancient Rome as gladiators. They use their wrestling moves to impress the fans in the Colosseum until they can return home. For grades 3-6. 2000. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13224    KNIGHTS OF THE KITCHEN TABLE: THE TIME WARP TRIO                 SCIESZKA, JON

The Time Warp Trio is here! Comprised of Joe and his two pals, Fred and Sam, the trio travels through time with the help of “The Book,” a gift from Joe’s magician uncle. Their adventures are chockful of tongue-in-cheek humor as they journey back to the Middle Ages to hang out with Sir Lancelot and make Camelot safe from a dragon and a very smelly giant. For grades 3-6. 1991. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13225    2095       SCIESZKA, JON  

While on a field trip to a museum, Joe, Sam, and Fred use The Book and emerge in a different century. In their new time, they encounter robots, anti-gravity disks, and their own grandchildren. Sequel to Your Mother Was a Neanderthal (DB 40670). For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1995. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.                

BT           13229    NOT-SO-JOLLY ROGER: THE TIME WARP TRIO       SCIESZKA, JON  

Joe, Fred, and Sam are really up a tree this time. Literally. Not only has Joe’s Book set them down in a coconut tree, but the tree’s surrounded by pirates! Their choices: join Blackbeard’s crew, walk the plank, or become coconut stew! What can a time traveler say but, “Yo ho ho and a bottle of ginger ale”? For grades 3-6. Unrated. 1991. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13230    GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE GOOFY: THE TIME WARP TRIO              SCIESZKA, JON  

Hi-ho Trio, away! Thanks to the magic of The Book, Joe, Sam, and Fred are back in the Wild West–and it’s proving to be way too wild. As cowboys, they’re poisoned by trail chow and stampeded by a herd of crazed cattle. Now they’ve been captured by Indians. Will this be the Time Warp Trio’s last stand? For grades 3-6. Unrated. 1992. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13231    TUT TUT: THE TIME WARP TRIO SCIESZKA, JON  

The Time Warp trio takes off for some Ancient Egyptian action. Fred wants to run his fingers through the treasure of King Tut; Sam thinks it would be awful to be a mummy; and Joe wants to ask the Sphinx the questions on the Egyptian History worksheet. But when the trio wind up on the banks of the Nile, hieroglyphic hilarity is guaranteed. For grades 3-6. Unrated. 1996. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13234    FLAT STANLEY    BROWN, JEFF, 1926-2003              

Life in the Lambchop family is sedate and serene–until a bulletin board falls on young Stanley Lambchop and he becomes . . . depth-disadvantaged! But does it get him down? No! Though he’s only half-an-inch thick, Stanley manages to lead a very full life. Originally published in 1964, Jeff Brown’s Flat Stanley has become a modern classic. For grades 2-4. 1964. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.     

BT           13239    SAM SAMURAI: THE TIME WARP TRIO     SCIESZKA, JON  

A haiku-writing assignment lands Joe, Sam, and Fred in what might be their scariest adventure yet among Samurai warriors and really big swords. For grades 3-6. Unrated. 2001. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.                

BT           13222    LLAMA IN THE LIBRARY  HURWITZ, JOHANNA     

Sex education is one of the first subjects taught in fifth grade, so Adam Fine is sure he’s learned all he needs to know about it. But when his mom announces that she’s expecting her third child and the cool new girl, Alana Brown, catches his attention at school, he begins to realize some facts of life that aren’t covered in class. A wacky ghost-hunting episode at the White House, the grand old local hotel, brings Adam and Alana together. For grades 2-4. Unrated. 1999. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13232    LUCKY BASEBALL BAT     CHRISTOPHER, MATT, 1917-1997              

Marty loses his lucky baseball bat, and his confidence along with it, and wonders if he will recover both in time to help the Tigers win the championship. For preschool-2 grade. Unrated. 1993. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13233    LILLY TO THE RESCUE      BELLINGHAM, BRENDA 

Bossy-boots! That’s what kids at school start calling Lilly when she gives a lot of advice that’s not wanted. For grades K-3. Unrated. 1997. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.             

BT           13235    I WAS A THIRD GRADE SCIENCE PROJECT               AUCH, MARY JANE          

Josh’s best friend Brian comes up with an odd idea for their science fair project: hypnotizing Brian’s dog, Arful, into thinking he’s a cat. After a few sessions with the crystal, Arful may not feel like a cat, but Josh certainly does! For grades 2-4. 1998. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13238    DIFFERENT DRAGONS    LITTLE, JEAN, 1932-         

Ben doesn’t like to admit it, but he is afraid of thunderstorms, and dogs, and other things too. When his parents go away for the weekend, he reluctantly goes to stay with his aunt Rose. There he finds Gully, a big Labrador retriever who is his birthday present! Hana, the girl next door, laughs at Ben for his fear of Gully. But when they are stuck in the attic and Hana becomes afraid, Ben realizes that everyone has fears. For grades 3-6. 1986. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

BT           13228    DRAGONBONE CHAIR: MEMORY, SORROW, AND THORN, BOOK 1               WILLIAMS, TAD

Simon, fourteen, is a scullery boy at Hayholt Castle in the land of Osten Ard. Then one day he is apprenticed to Doctor Morgenes and finds himself involved with the League of the Scroll. King Elias has succeeded to the throne, bringing an evil force with him. To save the realm, Simon must unravel the riddle of the three lost swords called Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn–and now Elias has one. Followed by “Stone of Farewell,” RC 40338. For senior high readers. 1988. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

September 2021 Book Club Title Announced

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. (Central) for our book club discussion of SAM HOUSTON AND THE ALAMO AVENGERS by Brian Kilmeade (DB 97726, LB 12663).

Book Cover for Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate. To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605 (RSVP preferred by March 5) or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

NLS Annotation:

An account of America’s continued fight for Texas after the crushing massacre at the Alamo. The author describes how that defeat galvanized Texans to ultimately win independence for the state. Violence. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2019.We request that everyone remember the following:

  • Keep external distractions to a minimum.
  • Be courteous. Be succinct so as to give everyone a chance to talk; be respectful of differing opinions.
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.

We look forward to the discussion on September 23!

National Book Festival

The Library of Congress National Book Festival will be a virtual event that takes place from September 17 – 26, 2021. The theme of this year’s event is “Open a book, open the world.” All sessions will be available as livestreams and videos on demand. For more information about the festival, visit: https://www.loc.gov/events/2021-national-book-festival

You can also view new information by visiting the National Book Festival blog at: https://blogs.loc.gov/national-book-festival/

New Braille Books Added in June 2021

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

BT           13286    TO GREEN ANGEL TOWER, SEGMENT TWO            WILLIAMS, TAD

In this sequel to “Stone of Farewell” (RC 40338), the Storm King and his undead allies continue to gather strength for a final confrontation with Simon and his companions, who are fighting to help Prince Josua gain the throne now occupied by his brother King Elias. Each will face numerous skirmishes before the final confrontation at the Green Angel Tower. For senior high and older readers. 1993. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.     

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13287    GOBLINS ON THE PROWL              COVILLE, BRUCE               

When an accidental spell brings a mysterious stone toad to life, and it hops away with her human friend William between its jaws, Fauna must use her magic and her wits to save him, embarking on a journey through dangerous lands filled with fearsome giants, talking bears, and packs of rogue goblins. Unrated. For grades 2-4. 2015. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13288    ROBOTS GO WILD!           PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez and his ‘bro-bot’ E are making new friends every day as E works as his bedridden sister Maddie’s school proxy. But disaster strikes when E malfunctions just in time to be upstaged by the super-cool new robot on the block–and loses his ability to help Maddie. Now it’s up to Sammy to figure out what’s wrong with E and save his family! Unrated. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2015.  Related names:  Grabenstein, Chris, author. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13284    CENTERFIELD BALLHAWK              CHRISTOPHER, MATT, 1917-1997              

Jose Mendez believes that he is a disappointment to his father, a former minor-league baseball player with a .375 batting average. Although Jose loves the sport as much as his father and practices very hard, he is not very good at hitting the ball. His sister, Carmen, is a brighter star on his softball team than he is. For grades 2-4. 1992. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13285    SPY ON THIRD BASE        CHRISTOPHER, MATT, 1917-1997              

Third baseman TV Adams’s knack for predicting where a batter will hit a ball leads an anonymous phone caller to warn him against using his powers. Should he give in to the caller’s threats or spy to help his team? For grades 2-4. 1990. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.