Very Short Introduction book series now on BARD

The Very Short Introduction didactic book series covers a varied list of topics and subjects and provides an overview of the theme so the reader can become familiar with the basics before going on to more in-depth material. Published by Oxford University Press, the series began in 1995 and is now comprised of over 500 titles. Each book is traditionally no longer than 200 pages, which translates to an average of 4 or 5 hours of listening time. The series offers titles in the arts and humanities, science and math, social science, law, medicine and health. At the time of this writing, NLS has added 167 titles from the Very Short Introduction series to BARD, and will continue to add more as resources permit. Below we have listed a sample of the titles currently available for download on BARD:
American Slavery: a Very Short Introduction by Heather Andrea Williams DB 85576
Beginning with origins before the birth of Columbus, professor of African studies explores the forced transatlantic migrations from Africa to Europe and eventually to the Americas. Examines the legislation supporting enslavement systems and the conflicts between pro-slavery advocates and abolitionists. 2014.

Agriculture: a Very Short Introduction by Paul Brassley and R. J. Soffe DB 85585
Surveys agricultural production around the world, from multinational agribusinesses to family farmers. Topics include soils and crops, care and breeding of farm animals, modern and traditional farming methods, and the impacts of climate change and genetic modification. 2016.

Aristotle: a Very Short Introduction by Johnathan Barnes DB 85617
Explores life and writings of fourth century BC Greek who “bestrode antiquity like an intellectual colossus.” In his science and philosophy, he tackled fundamental questions of the nature of reality and change. Barnes describes Aristotle’s timeless philosophy, the vast influence of the structure and content of his thought. 2000.

The Blues: a Very Short Introduction by Elijah Wald DB 85838
Musician traces a tradition permeating many forms of music. Blues reflects deep emotion but is not limited to heartache. Examines the broad variety of blues music and performers, the close relationship with jazz and country music, and the influence on rock, pop, and rap. 2010.
Computer Science a Very Short Introduction by Subrata Dasgupta DB 86095
Scholar and writer explains one of the most consequential new sciences of the modern era, involved in problem solving across many disciplines–social, economic, technological, and cultural. Explains differentiation of knowledge, information, and data. Discusses symbol structures, computational artifacts, algorithms, compilers, programming, and heuristics. 2016.

Crime Fiction: a Very Short Introduction by Richard Bradford DB 85624
Examines the genre’s characteristics, origins, and development in Britain, the United States, France, and elsewhere, discussing categories of hard-boiled (noir), espionage, thriller, and legal drama, among others. Investigates women’s roles as authors and characters. Questions crime fiction’s relegation to inferior status compared to the mainstream literary novel. 2015.

Forensic Psychology: a Very Short Introduction by David V. Canter DB 86467
Leader in the field describes the tools forensic psychologists use to try to understand criminals and their behavior. Considers the mix of biological, psychological, and social factors underlying criminality; techniques for working with offenders; and topics such as the insanity defense, false confessions, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 2010.

Microeconomics: a Very Short Introduction by Avinash K. Dixit DB 86143
Princeton University emeritus professor uses common examples to explain the small economic transactions that have big impacts on people’s day-to-day lives. Discusses the roles of consumers, producers, and markets; concepts such as supply and demand and pricing strategies; and what happens when markets and policies fail. 2014.

The Middle Ages: a Very Short Introduction by Miri Rubin DB 86162
Diverse overview of Europe between roughly 500 and 1500. Topics include family and community life in cities and rural settlements, the spread of Christian culture and the often violent relationship between Christians and Jews, the exploitation of natural resources, and the ongoing legacy of the Middle Ages, 2014.

North American Indians: a Very Short Introduction by Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green     DB 86321
Historians describe how indigenous North Americans shaped their cultures so that they could flourish on the land. Perdue and Green stress the diversity and resilience of native societies and describe the ways Native Americans have struggled to maintain their integrity against attacks by European colonists and the United States government. 2010.

New from the TBP Recording Studio: February & March 2017

Check out these new titles fresh from the TBP Recording Studio.  They are available for loan on digital cartridge or for download via BARD. Skip to adult fiction, adult non-fiction, children’s titles, or titulos en espanol.

Adult Fiction:

The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush by Susan Wittig Albert (DT07328)
It’s the spring of 1933 and times are tough all over. Banks are
closing all over the country, and the small town of Darling, Alabama,
is no exception. Desperate to avoid disaster, several town leaders
hatch a plan to print Darling Dollars on the newspaper printing press
to serve as temporary currency so the town can function. But when
the first printing of the scrip disappears, the Darling Dahlias set
out to discover who made an unauthorized withdrawal. Some strong
language. 2014. Available for download as DBC07277.

A Match Made In Texas by Ginger Chambers (DT06161)
For years and years, Parker sons and daughters have ranched the
Parker land, and eighty-one-year-old Mae Parker intends to keep
it that way. But her great-nephew Rafe has no plans to buckle
under her pressure for him to marry. But his iron will is tested
when Mae invites Shannon Bradley to the ranch. 1996.
Available for download as DBC11864.

I Promise by Joan Johnston (DT06294)
The New York press calls Delia Carson the Hanging Judge which makes
her an oddity on the Brooklyn Supreme Court. Concealed behind her
successful legal career is a romance that shattered twenty years earlier
and forced her to flee her family’s Texas ranch. Now her mother’s illness
brings Delia back to Uvalde and she can’t avoid Marshall North,
her former love who found his own path to fame as a journalist. Their
youthful passion, interrupted but not destroyed, can bring lifelong
happiness only if Delia and Marsh can solve the crime that drove them
apart so many years ago.  Explicit descriptions of sex.
Available for download as DBC07291.

Where Eagles Dare by Allistair MacLean (DT01756)
The harrowing exploits of double and triple agents during World War
II, and how they infiltrate Gestapo headquarters in the snowbound
Schloss Adler castle in the Alps. Assisted by Lieutenant Schaffer of
Montana, Major Smith of British Intelligence leads the expedition
to rescue an American general before he is forced to talk.
Available for download as DBC07286.

Irish Girl: Stories by Tim Johnston (DT07331)
This collection of short stories that won the Katherine Anne Porter
Prize in Short Fiction explores stories of loss, absence, and the
devastating effects of chance; of what happens when the unthinkable
bad luck of other people, of other towns becomes our bad luck, our
towns. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex.
Available for download as DBC07276.

You Know When The Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon (DT07103)
There is an army of women waiting for their men to return in Fort
Hood, Texas. Through a series of loosely interconnected stories,
Fallon takes the readers onto the base, inside the homes, into the
marriages and families not seen by the public. When the men are gone,
babies still cry, telephones ring, Saturday morning cartoons screech,
but without the men, there is a sense of muted silence, a sense of
muted life. Strong language, violence and some descriptions of sex.
2011. Available for download as DBC07274.

Adult Non-Fiction:

The Story of the Texas Rangers by Walter Prescott Webb (DT04177)
Walter Prescott Webb is one of Texas’ most distinguished historians.
After writing a definitive history of the Texas Rangers, he was
unable to resist the urge to re-tell some of the best stories
in a more relaxed form. This book is the product of that urge
and is intended for general readers rather than the professional
historian. Available for download as DBC07273.

Collective Heart: Texans in World War II by Joyce Gibson Roach (DT06082)
The idea for this anthology of non-fiction and fiction was born at
a conference, Texas Goes to War, held in commemoration of the fif-
tieth anniversary of World War II. The essays and short stories
largely represent the impact of the war on the small, out of the way
places in Texas. All of the pieces reflect the assurance that World
Available for download as DBC07289.

Black Leaders: Texans For Their Times (DT05066)
This volume examines the lives of some black Texans who, in the words
of Fredrick Douglass, helped “Devise and carry out measures for their
own social advancement, and for the general improvement of their
condition.”  This collection of eight essays is an effort to discuss
not the most well-known state leaders, but rather to select a
representative group that deserves more attention.
Available for download as DBC11870.

Simple Steps…Costly Choices: A Guide to Inner Peace (DT06133)
Austin author and pastoral counselor Bob Lively translates the 12-step
program developed originally by Alcoholics Anonymous into
“biblical, spiritual and psychological language for the modern
mind,” and describes how the 12-step process can be applied to any
and all “addictions” one encounters in life.
Available for download as DBC11876.

Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas by Kay Bailey Hutchison (DT07256)
The first woman to represent Texas in the United State Senate
introduces some of the extraordinary women who have shaped the state
of Texas and the nation. Some violence. 2013.
Available for download as DBC11877.

The Story of Big Bend National Park by John Jameson (DT06258)
Located in the great bend of the Rio Grande that separates Texas and
Mexico, the park is larger in area than the state of Rhode Island, and
attracts over 300,000 visitors per year. Its rugged mountains and
spectacular river canyons make it one of Texas’ most popular tourist
attractions. This history begins before the actual founding of the
park in 1944 by describing the efforts to persuade local landowners
and the federal government that such a park was needed, and to raise
the money for land acquisition. The author makes an eloquent plea for
the preservation of this starkly beautiful park in the face of
budgetary problems that trouble the entire national park system.
Available for download as DBC07292.

Beyond Death’s Door by Maurice Rawlings (DT03364)
The author recounts the experiences of individuals who have survived
clinical death and returned to life to tell about it. All interviews
lead to the statement that death does not represent “finality or
oblivion, but instead a graduation from one life into another–an
existence sometimes gratifying and in other instances terrifying.”
Available for download as DBC07275.

Children’s Titles:

Hank the Cowdog 38: The Fling by John R. Erickson (DT06654)
When Hank the Cowdog accidentally hitches a ride into town on a cattle
truck, he meets up with his old pal, Dogpound Ralph. Ralph convinces
Hank to join him on a fling – dodging traffic, stealing meat from
backyard barbecues, and hiding from the dogcatcher. It sounds like
fun, but after a day of running from the law, Hank starts to long for
the humble comforts of home. Can Hank survive his fling and make it
back to the ranch in one piece? For grades 4-7.
Available for download as DBC07287.

Hank the Cowdog 39: The Secret Laundry Monster Files by John R. Erickson (DT06653)
When Hank the Cowdog hears suspicious sounds coming from near Sally
May’s clothesline, it leads to a midnight investigation of the ranch.
Before he knows it, Hank finds himself caught up with his old friend
Eddy the Rac – and face-to-face with one of a dog’s greatest enemies:
the dreaded Laundry Monster. Could this mean the end of everyone’s
favorite Head of Ranch Security? Or is it just Eddy the Rac up to his
old tricks? For grades 4-7. Available for download as DBC07288.

Hank the Cowdog 40: The Case of the Missing Bird Dog by John R. Erickson (DT06693)
It’s the first day of quail season, and Plato the Bird Dog is missing.
At first, Hank is willing to let him stay lost. But when Beulah pleads
for help, Hank caves in and takes off in search of Plato. Before he
can catch a scent of spotted bird-dog, he finds himself face-to-face
with an angry mother hog and her litter. Can Hank’s quick wits help
him out of this fix? For grades 4-7. Available for download as DBC07290.

The Cowboy’s Christmas by Joan Walsh Anglund (DT03451)
Relates the young cowboy’s activities as he prepares for Christmas
For grades K-3. Available for download as DBC07285.

Titulos en espanol:

El Joven Rey y Otros Cuentos by Oscar Wilde (DT05053)
En esta coleccion de siete historias, el autor da una vision critica
de la hipocresia de la sociedad creando unos inolvidables personajes
que responden con generosidad al dolor y la miseria que los rodea.
Available for download as DBC07281.

Una Entrega Especial by Danielle Steel (DT06696)
At fifty-nine, entrepreneur and confirmed playboy Jack Watson becomes
attracted to his son’s widowed mother-in-law. A romance blossoms
overcoming family resistance and yielding an unexpected blessing.
Bestseller. La conmovedora y divertida historia de dos personas que
descubren el amor donde y cuando menos se lo esperan. La relacion
escandalizara a ambas familias y de pronto todo seran obstaculos e
incomprension. Sin embargo, un hecho excepcional dara un vuelco
inesperado a la dificil encrucijada. 1997.
Available for download as DBC07295.

Una Amante Maravillosa by Lori Foster (DT07207)
El bombero Zack Grange estaba buscando esposa, pero no le valia
cualquiera; queria la mujer perfecta que pudiera ademas cudar a su
pequena. Cuando Wynn Lane se mudo a la casa de al lado, el penso que
era exactamente lo que no queria. El puesto no estabe disponible para
mujeres tan desenvueltas como ella. Pero eso era lo que opinaba el
padre que habia en el, porque el hombre decia algo muy diferente.
2001. Available for download as DBC11872.

Milagros de la Oracion by Quin Sherrer (DT06698)
Milagros de la oracionnos ensena que Dios todavia hace milagros y cambia
vidas. El ha contestado las oraciones de muches y quiere contestar las suyas
tambien. Quin Sherrer nos ofrece historias inspradoras de gente comun
y corriente que ha ordo y recibido respuestas extraordiarias. Aqui
encontrara historias increibles de sanidad, proteccion y rescate,
junto a sabiduria que le servira de guia en sus propias oraciones.
Available for download as DBC11875.

Cuentos de Perrault by Charles Perrault (DT04369)
A collection of classic Spanish children’s stories. Included are: La
Bella Drumiente del Bosque, Caperucita Roja, Barba Azul, El Gato con
Botas, Las Hadas, La Cenicienta, Riquete, El de Copete, Pulgarcito,
Griseldis, Los deseos ridiculos and Piel de Asno. For grades 6-9.
Spanish language. Available for download as DBC07279.

Descendientes del Sol y Otras Leyendas de America (DT04941)
Una coleccion de exoticas e interesantes leyendas de las Americas.
(A collection of exotic and interesting legends of the Americas.
Spanish language.) Available for download as DBC07280.

The Adventures of Connie and Diego = Las Aventuras de Connie y Diego by Maria Garcia (DT05167)
People make fun of Connie and Diego because their skin is multi-
colored. They run away to ask the animals where they really belong.
This bilingual edition is ideal for those studying Spanish or English.
For readers in grades 2-4. Available for download as DBC07282.

To request a title please call us at 1-800-252-9605 (toll-free in Texas)/512-463-5458 (Austin area) or send an email to: tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov.

New Children’s and Young Adult Braille

Check out the latest additions to our local Braille collection!  These titles are aimed towards children and young adults, but may also be helpful to those learning Braille for the first time.

NURSERY RHYMES
Reading level: Infant – Grade 2
BT  03774

A collection of nursery rhymes. Suitable for babies or young children,
it features such rhymes as: “Humpty Dumpty”, “Little Bo Peep”, “Baa,
Baa, Black Sheep”, “Jack and Jill” and “Little Miss Muffet”. 2009.
Contracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

LITTLE QUACK LOVES COLORS
Author:   THOMPSON, LAUREN
Reading level: Infant – Grade 2
BT  03767

Little Quack and Piddle explore the colorful world around them. 2009.
Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

DUCK AND GOOSE: IT’S TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
Author:   HILLS, TAD
Reading level: Infant – Grade 2
BT   03793

Goose wants to make snow angels and go sledding – but Duck knows
it’s time for Christmas! 2010.
Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

VERY FIRST ABC
Reading level: Infant – Grade 2
BT   03790

This book is the perfect way to introduce young children to the
letters of the alphabet and simple words. 2012.
Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

LLAMA LLAMA JINGLE BELLS
Author:   DEWDNEY, ANNA
Reading level: Infant – Grade 2
BT   03791

Join little llama for lots of Christmas fun! 2015.
Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME
Author:   GIBBY, BAYNE
Reading level: Infant – Grade 2
BT  03792

A sweet rhyming book expressing a mother’s love for her child.  2013.
Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

ANIMAL NOISES
Reading level: Infant – Grade 2
BT  03752

Based on the much-loved Farmyard Tales series, this board book has
been especially devised to introduce very young children to animal
sounds. 2015. Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

ROLLING ON THE RAILS
Author:   AWDRY, W.
Reading level: Infant – Grade 2
BT  03769

When Percy breaks down, Thomas the Tank Engine comes to rescue him.
2011. Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

GOOD MORNING, GOOD NIGHT!
Author:   YOUNG, LAURIE
Reading level: Infant – Grade 2
BT  03771

This touchable book is perfect for bedtime! Feel the soft, fluffy fur
of each animal as you say, “good night!”. 2003.
Contracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

THOMAS AND THE FREIGHT TRAIN
Author:   AWDRY, W
Reading level: Infant – Grade 2
BT  03773

Describes the many different items being carried in the freight cars
Thomas the Tank Engine takes to the junction, as well as well as the
live goods he brings back. 1991. Contracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

THAT’S NOT MY DUCK…
Author:   WATT, FIONA
Reading level: Infant – Grade 3
BT  03768

Simple, repetitive text helps children to associate the adjectives
with the sensation of touching the tactile patches. 2013.
Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

THAT’S NOT MY PUPPY…
Author:   WATT, FIONA
Reading level: Infant – Grade 3
BT  03770

A touchy-feely board book with simple, repetitive text, tactile
patches and bold illustrations suitable for babies and toddlers.
2000. Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

SCAT, CAT!
Author:   CAPUCILLI, ALYSSA SATIN
Reading level: Preschool – Grade 2
BT  03751

Will the small cat find a home? 2010. Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

MY NEW BOY
Author:   PHILLIPS, JOAN
Reading level: Preschool – Grade 2
BT  03772

A little black puppy acquires a boy, teaches him some tricks, and
finds him when he is lost. 1986. Contracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

BIG LEAF PILE
Author:   PAGE, JOSEPHINE
Reading level: Preschool – Grade 2
BT  03761

When Clifford the Big Red Dog is left to guard his friend’s leaf
pile, he is very tempted to jump in it! 2000.
Contracted Braille; Print Braille.

FOUNDLING FOX
Author:   KORSCHUNOW, IRINA
Reading level: Preschool – Grade 2
BT  03756

The little orphan fox is frightened, cold, and hungry until he is
found by a kind mother fox, who already has three kits of her own.
For preschool-grade 2. Contracted Braille; Print Braille.

STUART LITTLE: SPOOKY SURPRISE
Author:   EDGAR, AMY
Reading level: Preschool – Grade 3
BT   03796

Join Stuart Little for an adventure that gets a little spooky! 2003.
Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

JUST A BAD DAY
Author:   MAYER, GINA
Reading level: Preschool – Grade 3
BT  03795

It’s a rainy day and things keep going wrong but Little Critter finds
out that even the worst day can always change for the better. 1995.
Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

IT’S NOT EASY BEING A BUNNY
Author:   SADLER, MARILYN
Reading level: Preschool – Grade 3
BT  03757

Unhappy at home, P.J. Funnybunny tries living with various other
animals, only to find that he’s homesick. 1983.
Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

MARLEY’S BIG ADVENTURE
Author:   GROGAN, JOHN
Reading level: Preschool – Grade 3
BT   03797

When Marley’s family gets mad at him for making a mess, he runs
away. Will they find him again? 2009. Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

KNOTS ON A COUNTING ROPE
Author:   MARTIN, BILL
Reading level: Kindergarten – Grade 3
BT  03760

Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses is a young Indian boy who is blind. He
loves to hear his grandfather tell the story of his birth, the
training of his horse Rainbow, and the exciting horse race in which
he participated. Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

TENTH GOOD THING ABOUT BARNEY
Author:   VIORST, JUDITH
Reading level: Kindergarten – Grade 3
BT  03759

A small boy quickly remembers nine good things about Barney, his cat
who died. His father helps him think of the tenth good thing about
Barney, which they agree is “a pretty nice job for a cat.” For grades
K-3. 1971. Contracted Braille; Print Braille.

NATE THE GREAT AND THE STICKY CASE
Author:   SHARMAT, MARJORIE WEINMAN
Reading level: Kindergarten – Grade 3
BT  03758

A stegosaurus stamp is missing and the indomitable Nate the Great
is on the case! 1978. Contracted Braille; Print Braille.

ARTHUR AND THE LOST DIARY
Author:   KRENSKY, STEPHEN
Reading level: Kindergarten – Grade 4
BT  03762

Sue Ellen loses her diary. Did she write about Arthur? Who will find
it, and will they return it to her unread? 1998. Contracted Braille.

HORSE NAMED SEABISCUIT
Author:   DUBOWSKI, CATHY EAST
Reading level: Grades 2 – 4
BT   03794

Seabiscuit didn’t start out as a winner, but he beat the odds and
became a champion racehorse. 2003. Uncontracted Braille; Print Braille; UEB.

MYSTERY AT SNOWFLAKE INN
Author:   WARNER, GERTRUDE CHANDLER
Reading level: Grades 3 – 6
BT  03763

The Boxcar Children are on a special holiday trip to an
old-fashioned New England inn when mysterious things start to happen.
1994. Contracted Braille.

PILGRIM VILLAGE MYSTERY
Author:   WARNER, GERTRUDE CHANDLER
Reading level: Grades 3 – 6
BT  03754

It seems like someone is trying to ruin the colonial Pilgrim
village. But why?  The children are going to find out! 1995.
Contracted Braille.

MYSTERY IN THE COMPUTER GAME
Author:   WARNER, GERTRUDE CHANDLER
Reading level: Grades 3 – 6
BT  03755

The clues in a computer game seem to be about real people and places.
Is someone trying to use the game to send them a message? 2000.
Contracted Braille.

WHO WAS STEVE JOBS?
Author:   POLLACK, PAMELA
Reading level: Grades 3 – 6
BT  03753

Steve Jobs not only co-founded Apple, he changed the world.  2015.
Contracted Braille.

TRUE STORIES OF D-DAY
Author:   BROOK, HENRY
Reading level: Grades 3 – 6
BT  03766

From tank commanders to paratroopers to French Resistance fighters,
they all have D-Day stories to tell. 2006. Contracted Braille.

PEELED
Author:   BAUER, JOAN
Reading level: Young Adult
BT  03764

Eerie occurrences at a house in the apple-growing community of
Banesville, New York, have the local newspaper printing sensational
articles about ghostly activities. But high school reporter Hildy
Biddle is determined to find out the truth–including possible
connections between the paper and a theme-park developer. For senior
high readers. 2008. Contracted Braille.

To request a title please call us at 1-800-252-9605 (toll-free in Texas) or send an email to: tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov.

New from the TBP Recording Studio September 2016

Check out these titles fresh from the TBP Recording Studio.  They are available for loan on digital cartridge or for download via BARD.

Welcome to Utopia: Notes From a Small Town by Karen Valby (DT 07302)
The author profiles the small town of Utopia, Texas, which has a population of fewer than three hundred people. It follows the struggles and lifestyles of four of its residents and examines themes of class, culture, and the influence of media. Strong language. Subjects: Social Sciences; U.S. History. Available for download as DBC07227.

Dead Men Running by Joel Lee (DT 07303)
The year is 1989, and the Cedar Mountain Six have just pulled off the impossible–a mass Death Row prison escape. Now they are on the run, and Officer Jack Spencer is the first responder. Jack is stuck in a dead-end life and contemplating suicide, and the Six’s escape is exactly what he needs–a real chance to finally be the hero he always thought he would become. Some strong language. Subjects: Suspense Fiction; Mystery and Detective Stories. Available for download as DBC07226.

Beyond Summer by Lisa Wingate (DT 07214)
When soon-to-be college student Tam Lambert learns that her family’s finances are collapsing, the privileged life she’s known is forever changed. Tam and her family must move to a tiny house owned by her father’s company, Householders, in the Dallas neighborhood of Blue Sky Hill. Shasta Reid-Williams and her husband have just purchased their first home in Blue Sky Hill, and it’s the perfect place to raise her children. Even better is having a great neighbor like Tam, who lives across the street. When news of a corrupt mortgage scheme breaks, and Blue Sky Hill neighbors realize they could soon lose their homes, new friendships and old loyalties are tested, and two young women discover the strength and maturity to do the impossible. Subjects: Inspirational; Religious Fiction; Family. Available for download as DBC07225.

Murder on the Rocks: A Gray Whale Inn Mystery by Karen MacInerney (DT 06924)Trading Texas heat for Maine’s tangy salt air, Natalie Barnes has risked it all to buy the Gray Whale Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast on Cranberry Island. She adores whipping up wicked blueberry coffee cake and to-die-for fudgy frosted brownies for her visitors. But when one of her guests turns up dead, the police–and most of the islanders–think Natalie has added murder to the mix. Subjects: Mystery and Detective Stories. Available for download as DBC07205.

A Little Time in Texas by Joan Johnston (DT 05523) Past meets present when Angel Taylor, fearing for her life from a rogue bunch of 1864 cowboys, is pulled into a cave by a stranger–and into present-day Texas. Travelling alone in 19th century Texas had prepared Angel for almost anything–except maybe short dresses and modern dating etiquette. Stranded in an unknown world, Angel finds friendship and romance with Texas Ranger Dallas Masterson. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. Subjects: Romance. Available for download as DBC07218.

Black Plumes by Margery Allingham (DT 00783)
A murder mystery with emphasis on characterization, centering about the death of a noted art dealer. Subjects: Mystery and Detective Stories. Available for download as DBC07219.

Life on the King Ranch by Frank Goodwyn (DT 05653)
In the author’s words, “This is the story of me and my ranch friends, of the heritage that was ours, the way we worked, the tales we told, and the fun we had on America’s largest, most progressive cattle ranch.” Subjects: The West. Available for download as DBC07220.

Nights of the Red Moon by Milton T. Burton (DT 07291)
His small-town work thrown into chaos by the murder of a minister’s wife, Texas sheriff Bo Handel learns that the victim was addicted to prescription drugs and running with one of the roughest men in town. Some violence and strong language. Subjects: Mystery and Detective Stories. Available for download ad DBC07223.

Bluebonnet at Dinosaur Valley State Park by Mary Brooke Casad (DT 07313)Bluebonnet the armadillo visits Dinosaur Valley State Park and has adventures with a glyptodon, an armadillo ancestor. For grades K-3. Subjects: Animals and Wildlife. Available for download as DBC07224.