New Braille Books Added in July 2019

Adult Fiction

BT 3959                 ENDER’S GAME                 CARD, ORSON SCOTT     

In a future Earth engaged in an interstellar war against insectoid aliens. Ender Wiggins is chosen at the age of six to be trained as the military genius who will carry his people to victory. Along with his brother Peter and his sister Valentine, he not only brings the conflict to an end, but also affects the evolution of human society. Contracted UEB Braille.               

Juvenile Fiction

BT 3961                 GRAVE SECRETS                 MCNICOLL, SYLVIA          

Nicholas has just moved into a new home when strange things begin to happen. There’s the pungent smell of chlorine, the scribbled writing on the wall, the ghostly image of a little boy crying for help, and an old woman who calls him Sasha and seems pre-occupied with the graveyard that borders their home. Nicholas is drawn to this woman and becomes terribly concerned when he learns that the neighborhood bullies are planning to break into her house. Unrated. For grades 4-7. 1999. Contracted Braille in UEB.

BT 3965                 PRINCESS DIARIES            CABOT, MEG     

Fourteen-year-old Mia keeps a diary of her problems – she’s too tall and flat, she’s flunking algebra, and her mom is dating her teacher. But then her dad arrives from Europe to announce that Mia is really a princess and the heir to his throne. For junior and senior high readers. Contracted Braille in UEB.      

BT 3966                 LOVE LETTERS            CORET, HARRIETTE 

Alice has only met the sailor once, but he could be the love of her life. Now Randy is back at sea, and if Alice doesn’t answer his letters, she’ll risk losing him forever. But Alice can’t write back – except with the help of “another man”…For junior and senior high readers. Unrated.  Contracted Braille in UEB.   

BT 3973                 HUNGER GAMES              COLLINS, SUZANNE        

In a future North America, Panem’s rulers maintain control through a televised survival competition pitting teens from twelve districts in a fight to the death. Sixteen-year-olds Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are this year’s girl and boy contestants from District Twelve. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers.  Unified English Braille code. Contracted braille.          

Juvenile Non-Fiction

BT 3970                 TREASURY OF CHRISTMAS TALES                              

The spirit of Christmas in all its facets comes to life in this book, which contains old favorites and new ones, too. This is a book for the whole family, and it can be enjoyed every Christmas season for years to come. Just glance at the list of stories it contains, and you’ll know it’s the book for you! It’s bound to become a Christmas tradition for you, just as it has for us. Unrated. 1994. Contains: A Christmas carol — The wishing star — The little match girl — The Christmas mouse — Jingle bells — The magic toy shop — The littlest angel — The twelve days of Christmas — The Christmas bear — ‘Twas the night before Christmas — The nutcracker — Santa Claus is coming to town — The tiny elf — O Christmas tree — The elves and the shoemaker — The little drummer boy — Christmas carols — The happy snowman — Rudolph’s adventure. Contracted Braille in UEB.     

Young Adult Fiction

BT 3960                 ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS        ROGERSON, MARGARET

Isobel, a mortal prodigy artist, paints portraits for her dangerous clients, the immortal fair folk. When Rook, the autumn prince, comes to her to have his portrait done, she makes a terrible mistake and must stand on trial for her crime. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2017. Contracted Braille in UEB.           

BT 3964                 FAR FROM THE TREE       BENWAY, ROBIN              

While struggling with the emotional challenges of giving up her newborn for adoption, sixteen-year-old Grace begins her own search for her birth mother. Instead, she finds she has two siblings–Maya, her chatterbox younger sister, and Joaquin, her stoic older brother. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2017. Contracted Braille in UEB               

BT 3962                 DEAR MARTIN       STONE, NIC   

Top of his class at a prestigious school, seventeen-year-old Justyce encounters the harsh reality of racial profiling after a police officer puts him in handcuffs. Shaken and upset, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. searching for answers. Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 2017. Contracted Braille in UEB.              

BT 3963                 EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING          YOON, NICOLA 

Madeline has severe combined immunodeficiency and is literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she and neighbor Olly begin a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. For senior high and older readers. 2015. Contracted Braille in UEB.           

BT 3969                 SILVER SHADOWS            MEAD, RICHELLE              

In the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, alchemist Sydney and vampire Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. Sequel to The Fiery Heart (DB 77812). Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2014. Contracted Braille in UEB.      

BT 3967                 THIRTEEN REASONS WHY              ASHER, JAY         

**Alternative title: Th1rteen r3asons why**  Clay Jensen receives a box of audiocassettes in the mail with no return address. Hannah Baker–a girl he barely knew but secretly liked, who committed suicide–recorded a final message for thirteen people to listen to and then pass on to the next person. For senior high readers. 2007. Contracted Braille in UEB.     

BT 3971                 GENUINE FRAUD              LOCKHART, E.    

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. Best friends Imogen and Jule will do almost anything to attain a happy, wealthy life. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2017. Contracted Braille in UEB.  

BT 3968                 LOOKING FOR ALASKA   GREEN, JOHN   

Entering boarding school in Alabama, sixteen-year-old Miles “Pudge” Halter encounters new experiences: challenging classes, extreme pranks, and Alaska Young, a moody, sexy girl whose death in a car crash might be a suicide. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high readers. Printz Award. 2005. Contracted Braille in UEB. 

BT 3972                 INDIGO SPELL    MEAD, RICHELLE              

After Sydney tracks down former alchemist Marcus, she questions her own loyalty to the group and acknowledges her increasing powers. Meanwhile, an evil magic user is targeting young witches. Sequel to The Golden Lily (DB 76175). Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2013. Unified English Braille code. Contracted braille.  

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.

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