New Braille Books Added in March 2022

ADULT FICTION

BT           13360    ALEXANDER’S BRIDGE    CATHER, WILLA, 1873-1947          

Bartley Alexander, a construction engineer, is a middle-aged man torn between Winifred, his demanding American wife, and Hilda Burgoyne, his alluring British mistress. Alexander’s relationship with Hilda erodes his sense of honor and eventually proves disastrous when a bridge he is constructing begins to collapse. Unrated. 1988. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13358    KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, MR. PUTNAM!      PUTNAM, PETER              

Blinded in a shooting accident while a student at Princeton, the author recounts with humor his experiences at the Seeing Eye school at Morristown, New Jersey. During the strenuous training, he and the other students learn to have the courage of their guide dogs’ convictions.  1952. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted Text/Braille.

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13362    ARTHUR AND THE CRUNCH CEREAL CONTEST      BROWN, MARC TOLON 

When Arthur hears his sister singing a catchy tune, he wonders if he could call that jingle his own and enter it in the Crunch Cereal Contest. For preschool-grade 2. Unrated. 1998. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13363    LOCKED IN THE LIBRARY!              BROWN, MARC TOLON 

Although Arthur and Francine aren’t speaking to each other, they must find a way to set aside their differences when they are locked in the library after it closes. For preschool-grade 2. Unrated. 1998. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13357    INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN    LAI, THANHHA  

Ten-year-old Ha writes poems to chronicle the life-changing year of 1975, when Ha, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. For grades 4-7. National Book Award. 2011. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13364    BLACKBERRY RAMBLE    HURD, THACHER              

When spring comes to Farmer Clem’s farm, Baby Mouse loves to go exploring. For preschool-grade 2. Unrated. 1989. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13352    I LOVE YOU, STINKY FACE              MCCOURT, LISA

When Mama tucks her little boy into bed, he has a few questions. He wants to know what she would do if he were a big scary ape, a smelly skunk, a meat-eating dinosaur, or maybe a green alien. Mama, of course, assures him she will love him no matter what.  Unified Uncontracted Text/Braille.

BT           13353    ALEXANDER, WHO’S NOT (DO YOU HEAR ME? I MEAN IT!) GOING TO MOVE          VIORST, JUDITH

Alexander’s father has a new job far away. But Alexander is determined not to move and leave behind his best friend, his great sitter, his soccer team, and the cleaner who saves the gum wrappers from Alexander’s pants pockets. Then his parents give Alexander some reasons to stay with his family. Unified Uncontracted Text/Braille.

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

BT           13361    WHO WAS QUEEN VICTORIA?    GIGLIOTTI, JIM 

Her reign of 63 years and seven months is known as the Victorian Era, a period of industrial, cultural, scientific, and political change that was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire. But Victoria was raised under close supervision and near isolation until she became Queen of the United Kingdom at the young age of 18. She married her first cousin, Albert, and had nine children who married into families across Europe. Publicly, she became a national icon, but privately, Who Was Queen Victoria? For grades 2-4. Unrated. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13365    HOW MONKEYS “TALK”                 BANKS, MARTIN              

Explains how monkeys and other primates communicate, by means of facial expressions, vocal sounds, scents, and body language. Grades 2-4. 1998.  Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13354    HOW CATERPILLARS TURN INTO BUTTERFLIES     BAILEY, JILL        

Describes the life cycle of the butterfly, from the hatching of the caterpillar, through its struggle to survive, to its metamorphosis into a butterfly and the laying of its own eggs. 1999. Unified Uncontracted Text/Braille.

BT           13355    POLAR MAMMALS           BRIMNER, LARRY DANE

Describes such animals as the polar bear, ringed seal, caribou, arctic hare, and wolverine and the ways they have adapted to life in the frigid arctic regions. Unified Uncontracted Text/Braille.

BT           13356    HOW INSECTS WORK TOGETHER               BAILEY, JILL        

“This book describes the lives of social insects – such as ants, wasps, honeybees, and termites – and tells how they work together and communicate in order to survive. The book is divided into a series of two-page chapters covering such topics as living together, the pecking order, baby-sitters, castles and combs, hunters and gatherers, and defense and attack. Such terms as pheromones, caste, and metamorphosis are clearly explained and described within the text itself. There is also a glossary and bibliography. Overall, an attractively designed and useful volume.” – Linnea Hendrickson, Children’s Literature, Braille Bookstore. Unified Uncontracted Text/Braille.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

BT           13359    CROSSOVER       ALEXANDER, KWAME    

Twin fourteen-year-old basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court, as their father ignores his declining health. Told in hip-hop style verse. For senior high and older readers. 2014. Newbery Medal Winner. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.         

Xavier Society for the Blind Hosts Zoom Event with Author Robert Hanley

Book jacket for Do You See What I See? Discovering the Obvious by Robert Hanley

The Xavier Society for the Blind is hosting a virtual meet and greet with actor/author Robert Hanley on Thursday, October 21, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Tickets are $25 each and will benefit the mission of the Xavier Society for the Blind.

The author of one of the society’s most popular audio books, DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? DISCOVERING THE OBVIOUS, Hanley will discuss his book and answer questions from the audience.  The Texas Talking Book Program has copies of Hanley’s book on audio cartridge. To request a copy, please call us at 1-800-252-9605 or 512-463-5458, or send an email to tbpral@tsl.texas.gov.

Robert Hanley is an author, comedian, singer, and actorIn addition, he founded The Fireside Fellowship – a spiritual supplement to his book, providing a space for people to share their everyday experiences, feelings, and faith as they pertain to pertinent universal topics (e.g., gratitude, coincidence, humor, work) and offering practical and spiritual perspectives to effect a positive change in the life and faith of each person.

The Texas Talking Book Program has copies on audio cartridge. Call us at 1-800-252-9605 or 512-463-5458 or email us at tbpral@tsl.texas.gov to request a copy.

For more information about the event visit: An Evening of Storytelling with actor/author Robert Hanley (donorview.com)

Robert Hanley is an author, comedian, singer, and actor who founded The Fireside Fellowship, a spiritual supplement to his book. The fellowship provides a space for people to share everyday experiences, feelings, and faith and offers practical and spiritual perspectives in hopes of providing positive changes.

Virtual Meet and Greet with Author, Robert Hanley Hosted by the Xavier Society for the Blind
Date: Thursday, October 21st
Time: 6:00 PM EST

New Braille Books Added in August 2021

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13300    LOST CONTINENT: WINGS OF FIRE            SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

After finding another continent on the planet, the dragons discover a new tribe. Sequel to Darkness of Dragons (DB 97834). For grades 4-7. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

New Braille Books Added in July 2021

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.

New Braille Books Added in May 2021

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.

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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.

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JUVENILE FICTION

LB           13211    WHITE ROSE       WILSON, KIP      

A novel in verse. Sophie Scholl, a young German college student, challenges the Nazi regime during World War II as part of the White Rose, a nonviolent resistance group. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2019.    

LB           13214    BIRDIE AND ME NUANEZ, J.M.M.             

Ever since their free-spirited mama died ten months ago, twelve-year-old Jack and her gender creative nine-year-old brother, Birdie, have been living with their fun-loving Uncle Carl, but now their conservative Uncle Patrick insists on being their guardian which forces all four of them to confront grief, prejudice, and loss, all while exploring what ‘home’ really means. For grades 2-4 and older readers. Unrated. 2020.   

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

LB           13201    ALL AMERICAN BOYS      REYNOLDS, JASON          

When Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing a bag of chips, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

LB           13203    DRY        SHUSTERMAN, NEAL     

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a war zone in the hunt for water. And that’s when her parents go missing. Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 2018. Related names: Shusterman, Jarrod, author.       

LB           13212    AMERICAN STREET          ZOBOI, IBI AANU             

Fabiola’s mother is detained upon their arrival to the United States from Haiti. Fabiola must navigate her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit’s west side, a new school, and a surprising romance all on her own. Strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

LB           13213    BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING         MENDEZ, MATT                

Three Mexican Americans–Juan, JD, and Fabi–face unique struggles as they grapple with how to make a better life for themselves when it seems like brown lives don’t matter. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019.     

LB           13216    PRIDE        ZOBOI, IBI AANU         

Zuri Benitez has pride for Brooklyn and her family’s ethnic roots. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with them, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2018.             

LB           13218    TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET              MCMANUS, KAREN M. 

True-crime aficionado Ellery and her twin brother are staying with their grandmother in the small town of Echo Ridge, known for murder and missing girls. When a new friend goes missing, Ellery digs into the community’s secrets. Some strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2019.   

LB           13208    PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER              CHBOSKY, STEPHEN        

1991. High school freshman Charlie shares his observations in letters to someone he doesn’t know. After befriending Patrick, who is gay, and Patrick’s stepsister Sam, Charlie becomes more involved in the world around him. For senior high and older readers. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.            

YOUNG ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           13210    WE ARE HERE TO STAY: VOICES OF UNDOCUMENTED YOUNG ADULTS      KUKLIN, SUSAN

Stories of nine undocumented young adults whose families fled violence and poverty in their homelands for a chance at a better life and education in the United States. Among other things, they discuss their fears of losing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection. For senior high and older readers. 2019.               

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ADULT FICTION

LB           12767    CRISS CROSS       PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cross and his partner witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. A note signed “M” rests on the corpse and says “You messed up big time, Dr. Cross.” Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019.          

LB           12776    BOY        HOAG, TAMI     

Married Louisiana detectives Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard work a brutal case. Someone entered a second-grader’s bedroom and stabbed him to death. The boy’s heartbroken single mother—who escaped with injuries—is of little help. And the boy’s young babysitter is missing. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2018.

LB           12762    ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM     BENEDICT, MARIE           

Vienna, 1933. While acting in a play, Hedy Kiesler—soon to be Hedy Lamarr—draws the attention of industrialist Friedrich Mandl. Her beauty and marriage to Friedrich save her from the Nazis, and she eventually flees to Hollywood. But her true passion is science and inventing. Bestseller. 2018.

LB           12770    CRUEL DECEPTION: A BESS CRAWFORD MYSTERY               TODD, CHARLES

In the aftermath of World War I, nurse Bess Crawford attempts to save Lieutenant Lawrence Minton, a troubled former soldier, from a mysterious killer. To prevent a tragedy, she must get at the truth as quickly as possible—which means putting herself between Lieutenant Minton and whatever is destroying him. Or is it whoever? Unrated. 2019.

LB           12758    DEAR MRS. BIRD               PEARCE, A.J. (AMANDA-JANE)   

London, 1940. Emmeline Lake dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent, and so she jumps at the chance to work for the London Evening Chronicle. But the position is acting as typist for advice columnist Mrs. Bird. Soon, Emmeline is responding to those inquiries Mrs. Bird refuses. Unrated. 2018.

LB           12769    DELICATE TOUCH             WOODS, STUART             

An old acquaintance of Stone Barrington needs an expert in an esoteric field, someone with both the knowledge and dexterity to solve a puzzle. But the solution to one small problem blows the lid open on a bigger scandal going back decades that involves numerous prominent New Yorkers. Unrated. 2018.

LB           12772    ACCIDENT: A CHILLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER             BARELLI, NATALIE

Katherine knew she’d had too many drinks, but they were only going a short distance, and as Eve pointed out, there was no traffic anyway. Even now, driving them home and knowing she shouldn’t, seemed almost mischievous. All part of the fun. Not anymore. Katherine would do anything to turn back the clock. But this isn’t the end of the nightmare, it’s just the beginning… Unrated. 2019.

LB           12768    CHOCOLATIER   MORAN, JAN    

San Francisco, 1953: When widowed Celina Savoia, a chocolatiere, takes her son to meet his father’s family in Italy, she discovers her husband concealed a treacherous secret. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12766    BLUE MOON: A JACK REACHER NOVEL    CHILD, LEE          

An elderly couple made a few well-meaning mistakes, and now they owe big money to some very bad people. While helping them out, loner Jack Reacher suddenly finds himself a wanted man in the middle of a brutal turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019.  

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           12757    CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE: WHISTLEBLOWING IN AN AGE OF FRAUD               MUELLER, TOM, 1963-   

Journalist discusses the history of whistleblowing, tracing its rise and examining a series of cases from the realms of healthcare, finance, and politics. Draws on interviews with whistleblowers, lawyers, politicians, intelligence analysts, and others. Unrated. 2019.

LB           12755    GREAT SOCIETY: A NEW HISTORY              SHLAES, AMITY 

In the 1960s, Americans sought the same goals many seek now: an end to poverty, higher standards of living for the middle class, a better environment and more access to health care and education. Yet Johnson’s and Nixon’s programs shackled millions of families in permanent government dependence. Shlaes argues that the costs of entitlement commitments preclude the very reforms that Americans will need in coming decades. Unrated. 2019.

LB           12775    TIGHTROPE: AMERICANS REACHING FOR HOPE   KRISTOF, NICHOLAS D., 1959-     

The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of Half the Sky (DB 70300) examine life for working-class Americans and discuss the issues they face. Studies the disappearance of many blue-collar jobs, deaths related to drugs and alcohol, suicide, and the long-term damage of public policy mistakes. Strong language. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           12760    WHERE WE GO FROM HERE: TWO YEARS IN THE RESISTANCE       SANDERS, BERNARD

Senator Bernie Sanders discusses the actions he has taken to oppose President Donald Trump’s agenda and strengthen the progressive movement. Details his views on how America should move forward as a nation. Bestseller. 2018.

LB           13001    HOW TO MAKE YOUR MONEY LAST: THE INDISPENSABLE RETIREMENT GUIDE      QUINN, JANE BRYANT               

In the 2nd edition of How to Make Your Money Last, you will learn how to turn your retirement savings into a steady paycheck that will last for life. At a time when people are living longer—yet retiring with a smaller pot of savings than they’d hoped for—this book will become an essential guide. 2016, 2020.

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ADULT FICTION

LB           13000    BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN          CHAMBERLAIN, DIANE, 1950-     

Serving a three-year stint in North Carolina for a crime she did not commit, artist Morgan Christopher is promised she will be released immediately if she restores a 1940 post office mural. Under the grime is a painting of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12998    THIS TENDER LAND          KRUEGER, WILLIAM KENT            

Odie, his older brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and little Emmy escape from the Lincoln School and the harsh superintendent. They use a canoe to travel down the Mississippi River, intent on finding a new place for themselves, and cross paths with other drifters. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2019.

LB           12994    VALLEY OF THE 99: A WESTERN DUO       OVERHOLSER, WAYNE D., 1906-1996       

The small ranchers in Harmony, Oregon, are up against it with the price of cattle down and Skull Ranch, owned by a syndicate, trying to buy them out. When the editor of The Clarion is shot, the ranchers blame Black Mike Sand. As pressure mounts, Riley is determined to find out who is really in charge of the syndicate, and the only man willing to help him is Andrew Daniels, a former newspaper man whose courage comes from a bottle. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12997    COLLISION OF LIES           THREADGILL, TOM

Three years ago, a collision between a fast-moving freight train and a school bus full of kids led to devastation and grief on an unimaginable scale. But a fresh clue leads San Antonio police detective Amara Alvarez to the unlikely conclusion that one of the children may still be alive. If she’s correct, everything law enforcement believes about the accident is a lie. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12996    ONE FATAL FLAW             PERRY, ANNE    

Jessie Beale comes to see Daniel Pitt, desperately seeking a lawyer for her boyfriend, Rob Adwell, who has been accused of murder and of setting a fire to conceal the body. Daniel is sure that science can absolve him–and Miriam fford Croft is the best scientist he knows. Unrated. 2020.

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           12999    LOOK BOTH WAYS: A TALE TOLD IN TEN BLOCKS    REYNOLDS, JASON          

A collection of ten short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school. For grades 5-8. 2019. Variant title: Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in 10 Blocks. 

LB           12995    TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY   MBALIA, KWAME            

Tristan Strong tumbles into the volatile MidPass and, with allies John Henry and Brer Rabbit, must entice the god Anansi to come out of hiding and seal the hole Tristan accidentally ripped in the sky. For grades 5-8. 2019.

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ADULT FICTION

LB           12848    HART’S HOLLOW FARM DAILEY, JANET  

From the moment Kristen arrives at Hart’s Hollow, the place speaks to her soul. So when 73-year-old Emmy Hart asks Kristen to help return the farm to its former glory, she accepts. But Emmy’s ideas only convince Mitch that his grandmother is as crazy as the town suspects. Yet something about Kristen’s spirit has Mitch sticking around–and wondering if he’s gone a bit crazy himself. Unrated. 2019. 395 pages.

LB           12658    CONFESSION CLUB          BERG, ELIZABETH             

When a group of friends in Mason, Missouri, decide to start a monthly supper club, they get more than they bargained for. The plan for congenial evenings abruptly changes course one night when one of the women reveals something startlingly intimate. The supper club then becomes a confession club. 2019. 286 pages.

LB           12655    SPY         STEEL, DANIELLE              

In 1939, England is at war. Alex makes her way to London, determined to volunteer as a nurse. But she has skills that would make the perfect secret agent. As she travels and learns to be a spy, she must hide the truth from everyone she loves. Unrated. 2019. 335 pages.

LB           12642    AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD   LE CARRE, JOHN, 1931-  

Nat, former agent runner for Britain`s Secret Intelligence Service, undertakes one final job, thanks to a growing threat from Moscow Centre. He must take over a defunct substation of London General with a ragtag band of spies. Meanwhile, an acquaintance leads the team down a path of political anger. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 381 pages.

LB           12641    HANDMAID’S TALE          ATWOOD, MARGARET, 1939-     

Set in the future, the United States of America is now the Republic of Gilead, a fundamentalist Christian theocracy that arose after fanatics shot the president, machine-gunned the Congress, and forced the army to declare a state of emergency. To reverse the declining birthrate, women are forcibly recruited into the ranks of Handmaids and are assigned to the Commanders of the Faithful, whose wives are barren. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1986. 529 pages.

LB           12659    TOM CLANCY CODE OF HONOR  CAMERON, MARC           

A friend of Jack Ryan`s since college, Father Pat West is working with the poor in Indonesia when he is arrested and accused of blasphemy against Islam. President Ryan must rescue his friend without upsetting international relations. Sequel to Tom Clancy Enemy Contact (DB 96235). Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 639 pages.

LB           12657    UNDER OCCUPATION     FURST, ALAN     

A French writer is drawn in to working in the resistance as a spy against the Reich, and is charged with getting the information from the Polish prisoners to the Allied forces. Alongside him in the fight against Germany is a mysterious Turkish woman who is in the contract espionage business. Unrated. 2019. 261 pages.     

LB           12648    BITTER FEAST     CROMBIE, DEBORAH      

Scotland Yard DS Duncan Kincaid and his wife, DI Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the tranquil Cotswolds by a colleague. Instead, they are pulled into a dangerous web of secrets, lies, and murder in what becomes one of the team’s most crucial cases. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2019. 484 pages.

LB           12651    TWISTED TWENTY-SIX    EVANOVICH, JANET       

Grandma Mazur remarries–this time to a local gangster named Jimmy Rosolli–but he drops dead right after the nuptials, Jimmy’s former “business partners” are convinced that his new widow is keeping the keys to a financial windfall all to herself. They didn`t count on her bounty hunter granddaughter. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 333 pages.           

LB           12656    FINAL OPTION   CUSSLER, CLIVE

Juan Cabrillo must rescue three compromised American agents in Brazil, but the routine operation turns out to be a trap. The crew must piece together a series of disturbing events in a game of cat and mouse. Sequel to Shadow Tyrants (DB 92409). Violence. 2019. 514 pages.

LB           12662    FULL THROTTLE: STORIES              HILL, JOE             

Short story collection from the author of NOS4A2 (DB 76605). Includes “In the Tall Grass” and “Throttle,” both co-written with his father, Stephen King, as well as “Late Returns,” about a librarian who delivers books to the dead in an antique bookmobile. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 2019. 724 pages.

LB           12652    SECOND SLEEP   HARRIS, ROBERT, 1957-  1468

A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts–coins, fragments of glass, human bones–which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes–about himself, his faith and the history of his world–is tested to destruction. Unrated. 2019. 441 pages.

LB           12650    GRAND UNION: STORIES               SMITH, ZADIE    

A collection of short stories that includes a mix of new and previously published works. The stories selected discuss first love, cultural despair, race, class, gender roles, and more. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 303 pages.

LB           12666    STARLESS SEA    MORGENSTERN, ERIN   

Graduate student Zachary discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks that contains stories of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, nameless acolytes, and a story about an incident from his own childhood. The book sets him on a course of adventure that leads to a hidden library. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 752 pages.

LB           12653    BRIDGE TO BELLE ISLAND             KLASSEN, JULIE, 1964-   

Evidence from a mysterious death takes Benjamin to an island on the Thames. There, Isabelle is trapped by fear and a recurring dream about a man’s death. Or is it a memory? When a second death brings everyone under suspicion, she realizes her island sanctuary will never be the same. Unrated. 2019. 541 pages. 

LB           12664    LYING ROOM     FRENCH, NICCI 

It should have been just a mid-life fling. A guilty indiscretion that Neve Connolly could have weathered. An escape from twenty years of routine marriage to her overworked husband, and from her increasingly distant children. But when Neve pays a morning-after visit to her lover, Saul, and finds him brutally murdered, their pied-a-terre still heady with her perfume, all the lies she has so painstakingly stitched together threaten to unravel. Unrated. 2019. 490 pages.

LB           12645    SCONE COLD KILLER        GREGORY, LENA              

When Gia Morelli’s marriage falls apart, she knows it’s time to get out of New York. Her husband was a scam artist who swindled half the millionaires in town, and she doesn’t want to be there when they decide to take revenge. On the spur of the moment, she moves to Florida, where she opens a diner called the All-Day Breakfast Cafe. Her dream diner turns into a nightmare the morning she opens her dumpster and finds her ex-husband crammed inside. Unrated. 2018. 367 pages.  

LB           12825    HALF EMPTY       BYBEE, CATHERINE         

Trina Petrov’s marriage-by-contract was only meant to be temporary. But when tragedy strikes, Trina is left one of the wealthiest women in the world. To recover from the shock, she takes some time off in Italy, swearing not to fall for any men while there. But that doesn’t mean she can’t fall for anyone on the trip home… Unrated. 2019. 500 pages.

LB           12826    CHRISTMAS SPIRITS ON TRADD STREET   WHITE, KAREN (KAREN S.)           

The ongoing excavation of the centuries-old cistern in her garden has Melanie concerned by the ghosts that have suddenly invaded her life and her house–and at least one of them is definitely not filled with holiday cheer. Unrated. 2019. 384 pages.             

LB           12827    HER DEADLY SECRETS     GRIFFIN, LAURA, 1973- 

A young private investigator finds out the price of keeping deadly secrets when a vicious killer sets his sights on her. Unrated. 2020. 500 pages.

LB           12830    NINTH HOUSE    BARDUGO, LEIGH            

After waking up in the hospital, Galaxy “Alex” Stern, sole survivor of a multiple homicide, is surprised to receive an acceptance to Yale University. The offer is contingent on her joining the Lethe secret society, which wants Alex for her ability to see ghosts. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 681 pages.

LB           12837    MIRROR & THE LIGHT     MANTEL, HILARY, 1952-

After the events of Bring Up the Bodies (DB 74880), royal advisor Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with those who celebrate the demise of King Henry VIII’s recently dead wife, Anne Boleyn. But rebellion and a capricious king threaten the religious reform and power Cromwell craves. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 1145 pages.

LB           12839    RUNAWAY BRIDE             HEDLUND, JODY               

Arabella Lawrence fled on a bride ship wearing the scars of past mistakes. Vying for her hand are two very different men who disagree on how the natives should be treated during a smallpox outbreak. Intent on helping a young girl abandoned by her tribe, will Arabella have the wisdom to make the right decision or will seeking what’s right cost her everything? Unrated. 2020. 541 pages.

LB           12840    FAIR WARNING CONNELLY, MICHAEL, 1956-        

Veteran reporter Jack McEvoy–last seen in The Scarecrow (DB 69445)–has taken down killers before, but when a woman he had a one-night stand with is murdered in a particularly brutal way, McEvoy realizes he might be facing a criminal mind unlike any he`s ever encountered. Unrated. Bestseller. 2020. 499 pages.   

LB           12842    LAST TRIAL          TUROW, SCOTT

At 85 years old, Alejandro ‘Sandy’ Stern, a brilliant defense lawyer with his health failing but spirit intact, is on the brink of retirement. But when his old friend Dr. Kiril Pafko, a former Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, is faced with charges of insider trading, fraud, and murder, his entire life’s work is put in jeopardy, and Stern decides to take on one last trial. Unrated. Bestseller. 2020. 647 pages.

LB           12844    TROUBLE IS WHAT I DO MOSLEY, WALTER            

Ninety-two-year-old Mississippi bluesman Phillip “Catfish” Worry needs PI Leonid McGill`s help with a simple task: deliver a letter revealing the black lineage of a wealthy heiress and her corrupt father. But when a feared assassin puts a hit on Catfish, Leonid must confront the ghost of his own felonious past. Unrated. 2020. 276 pages.

LB           12849    COUNTRY STRONG          MILLER, LINDA LAEL       

Montana rancher Cord Hollister is shaken when a girl arrives in Painted Pony Creek who looks like Reba, the woman who broke his teenage heart. Even though Shallie Fletcher had an unrequited crush on Cord in school she still seeks his help starting a therapeutic riding program for kids. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2020. 487 pages. 

LB           12828    REASONABLE DOUBT      MARGOLIN, PHILLIP       

Chesterfield is a professional magician of some renown and he has a major new trick he’s about to debut…Twenty years ago he was arrested for two murders, one attempted murder, and was involved in the potentially suspicious death of his very rich wife. When Chesterfield disappears in the middle of his new act, Robin Lockwood must unravel the tangled skein of murder and bloody mischief to learn how it all ties together. Unrated. 2020. 367 pages.

LB           12829    FAMILY UPSTAIRS            JEWELL, LISA     

Twenty-five-year-old Libby, who was only six months old when she was orphaned, learns that she`s inherited a gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods. As Libby investigates the property`s dark legacy, two women are hurrying her way to uncover–and possibly protect–secrets of their own. Unrated. 2019. 487 pages.

LB           12831    OLIVE, AGAIN    STROUT, ELIZABETH       

This collection of linked stories follows the cantankerous Olive Kitteridge as she struggles to understand not only herself and her own life, but the lives of those around her in her Maine hometown. Sequel to Olive Kitteridge (DB 67392). Some strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 414 pages.        

LB           12836    WHEN WE WERE VIKINGS            MACDONALD, ANDREW (ANDREW DAVID)

Twenty-one-year-old Zelda was born with cognitive difficulties due to fetal alcohol syndrome. She is an avid Viking enthusiast, and when she finds out that her brother Gert has resorted to dangerous methods to make money to keep them afloat, Zelda decides to launch her own heroic quest. Unrated. 2020. 491 pages.    

LB           12838    SILENT PATIENT MICHAELIDES, ALEX, 1977-          

Alicia Berenson–a famous painter married to a fashion photographer–lives in a grand house in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening after her husband returns home late from a fashion shoot, Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2019. 483 pages.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           12654    FALL OF RICHARD NIXON: A REPORTER REMEMBERS WATERGATE              BROKAW, TOM

TV journalist who was a White House correspondent during the final year of Watergate provides his personal account of the players, strategies, and events of the political scandal. Unrated. 2019. 246 pages. 

LB           12646    KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI           GRANN, DAVID  

An examination of the 1920s murders of wealthy Osage Indian Nation members in Oklahoma. When the newly-formed FBI bungled the investigation, young Director Hoover turned to ex-Texas Ranger Tom White, who put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the Bureau. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2017. 492 pages.

LB           12643    YOU ARE WORTH IT: BUILDING A LIFE WORTH FIGHTING FOR       CARPENTER, KYLE, 1989-              

Memoir from a Marine who received the Medal of Honor after throwing himself on a grenade to save a fellow Marine. Discusses his experiences in Afghanistan and provides advice for living a good life and finding purpose. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 355 pages.       

LB           12660    BOUNDARIES: WHEN TO SAY YES, WHEN TO SAY NO TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE      CLOUD, HENRY 

The authors provide biblically based answers to questions about physical, mental, and emotional boundaries in a variety of relationships. 1992. Related names: Townsend, John, author. 498 pages.

LB           12649    BODY: A GUIDE FOR OCCUPANTS              BRYSON, BILL    

Guides readers through the human body–how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and the ways it can fail. Using facts–your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this–and anecdotes, creates a deeper understanding of the miracle that is you. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 699 pages.  

LB           12647    THREE DAYS AT THE BRINK: FDR’S DARING GAMBLE TO WIN WORLD WAR II          BAIER, BRET       

Account of the Tehran Conference during World War II, when FDR, Churchill, and Stalin met in secret to plot D-Day and the war`s endgame. Draws on transcripts, oral histories, and declassified State Department and presidential documents. Bestseller. 2019. Related names: Whitney, Catherine, author. 604 pages.

LB           12661    FINDING CHIKA: A LITTLE GIRL, AN EARTHQUAKE, AND THE MAKING OF A FAMILY               ALBOM, MITCH, 1958-    

An inspirational biography of Chika Jeune, a Haitian orphan born just three days before the earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. Describes her life at an orphanage, her mysterious medical struggles, and the author’s fight to find a cure for her after taking her into his household. Bestseller. 2019. 296 pages.      

LB           12663    SAM HOUSTON AND THE ALAMO AVENGERS: THE TEXAS VICTORY THAT CHANGED AMERICAN HISTORY               KILMEADE, BRIAN           

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. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 381 pages.

LB           12665    OUR MAN: RICHARD HOLBROOKE AND THE END OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY      PACKER, GEORGE, 1960-    

A portrait of Richard Holbrooke, who was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars. Recounts his career from his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his final efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 880 pages.

LB           12781    RADICALS, RESISTANCE, AND REVENGE: THE LEFT’S PLOT TO REMAKE AMERICA                   PIRRO, JEANINE              

Radicals, Resistance and Revenge features Judge Jeanine’s analysis of new information revealed about anti-Trump conspirators, their corrupt methods and possible crimes, and the Left’s subversive plot against the foundation of American liberty. Unrated. 2019. 370 pages.       

LB           12833    WAY I HEARD IT                ROWE, MIKE, 1962-        

A former TV host of the show Dirty Jobs presents selections from his popular podcast. The thirty-five pieces are described as “trueish” tales about public figures most readers will know, filled with unexpected facts they won`t have heard before. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2019.    391 pages.

LB           12834    JOY AT WORK: ORGANIZING YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE   KONDO, MARIE

The workplace is a magnet for clutter and mess. Who hasn’t felt drained by wasteful meetings, disorganized papers, endless emails, and unnecessary tasks? Bestselling author and Netflix star Marie Kondo and Rice University business professor Scott Sonenshein offer stories, studies, and strategies to help you eliminate clutter and make space for work that really matters. Unrated. 2020. 304 pages.   

LB           12843    ME & PATSY KICKIN’ UP DUST: MY FRIENDSHIP WITH PATSY CLINE             LYNN, LORETTA

Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline are legends–country icons and sisters of the heart. For the first time ever Loretta tells their story: a celebration of their music and their relationship up until Patsy’s tragic and untimely death. Unrated. 2020. 331 pages.

LB           12845    FEARLESS AND FREE: INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS TO SET YOUR ATTITUDE AND ACTIONS FOR A GREAT DAY        OSTEEN, VICTORIA         

Victoria provides insights that will give you the strength and power to press on and live your life to the fullest. She will show you how minor adjustments in your everyday life bring about major victories. When you discover how these changes in your attitude and actions elevate your life, you will live Fearless and Free. Unrated. 2020. 263 pages.

LB           12846    FOOD FIX: HOW TO SAVE OUR HEALTH, OUR ECONOMY, OUR COMMUNITIES, AND OUR PLANET– ONE BITE AT A TIME HYMAN, MARK, 1959-   

Physician discusses how to grow, produce, and consume food to resolve the world`s health, environmental, social, and economic crises. Explains how food and agriculture policies are corrupted by money and lobbies that drive the spread of obesity and food-related chronic disease, climate change, poverty, violence, and educational achievement gaps. 2020. 549 pages.   

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           12667    HATCHET             PAULSEN, GARY

Brian, thirteen and troubled by his parent’s divorce, is flying in a single engine plane to visit his father. As Brian is the only passenger, the pilot casually shows him how to fly the plane.  When the pilot has a heart attack and dies, Brian must take control. After the plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness, Brian has only the hatchet attached to his belt to help him survive. 1987. Newbery Honor book 1988. 214 pages.

LB           12644    ELA’S WORLD     CAPUTO-WICKHAM, LAURA       

A playful adventure where a young elephant gets to learn about different cultures and languages while exploring a zoo on the day of her birthday. For preschool-grade 2. 2019. Related names: Corradino, Davide, illustrator. 28 pages.

LB           12841    MADELINE’S RESCUE       BEMELMANS, LUDWIG, 1898-1962            Another story about little Madeline in Paris, this time being rescued from the Seine by a dog named Genevieve. Madeline and her schoolmates fight over who gets to sleep with the beloved dog. Companion to “Madeline” (RC 44292). Caldecott Medal 1954. 56 pages.

LB           12832    I, COSMO            SOROSIAK, CARLIE          

Thirteen-year-old Cosmo, a golden retriever, would do anything to make his boy happy. When twelve-year-old Max decides they should learn a dance routine to stave off his parents’ divorce, Cosmo hopes his arthritic body will be up for the challenge. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2019. 309 pages.     

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

LB           12835    KINGDOM OF BACK         LU, MARIE, 1984-             

Desperate to be forever remembered for her music, Nannerl Mozart makes a dangerous pact with a mysterious stranger from a magical land, which may cost her everything. For senior high and older readers. 2020. 523 pages.

LB           12847    JACKPOT              STONE, NIC        

When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she and her popular and wildly rich classmate, Zan can find the ticket holder who hasn’t claimed the prize. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019. 507 pages.