Many organisations audit content when they redesign a site or get a new content management system. Invariably, the audit shows there’s too much content and a lot of it is in poor shape. It’s out of date, duplicated or badly written. And surprise, surprise—much of it is unused.
So a big content clean-up starts, and by the time the content is moved into the shiny new web templates or whizzbang content management system, there’s a lot less of it. However, that’s not where the project should end, but often does.
Too often, there’s little thought given to content after the audit, beyond:
- Developing a publishing workflow. If a robust planning step was considered, more quality issues would be addressed. But I rarely see a workflow that includes this critical first step.
- Offering a handful of writers some web writing training.
Five or six years down the track, you find yourself doing another content audit where you find pretty much the same problems. Again, you get rid of large volumes of content and migrate what’s left into your next lot of shiny new templates. And the cycle begins again.
So, how do you fix the problems?A ‘context’ audit will show you how
“Most content problems exist simply because no one has ever asked the right kinds of questions…” Halvorson and Rach, Content Strategy for the Web (2nd edition).
If you want quality content on your website, you need to know exactly what it’s going to take to achieve it, and why it isn’t happening already. You need to start by understanding the context in which your content is created, published and maintained. This means understanding the messy people and political problems that don’t fit nicely into a spreadsheet like your content problems do.
After you’ve done your content audit (or before, but you’ll probably have more specific issues to delve into if you do it after), you need to start asking questions. And you need to talk with everyone whose job affects what goes on your website.Who to talk to
Many organisations (including all the ones I work with), use a ‘distributed publishing model’ for their web content. This means:
- Anyone can be asked write content to go online
- Managers at various levels and from across of the organisation can initiate content creation and approve its publication
- The entire approach can vary from department to department.
Your first task will be identifying the range of staff involved in content production. Try to talk to a sampling of people at every level and in each part of the organisation. You’ll need to identify and interview:
- Content writers—most will not be writers, but specialists in some other field (scientists, policy makers, economists, academics and so on). They may not identify as writers if they don’t use your content management system
- Content publishers—often administrative staff who get training to use the content management system
- Content owners—usually owners of a service, product or project who in turn own the associated content produced to support it
- Content approvers—often the content owners, but they may delegate this to role to other managers
- Technical or specialist reviewers—including legal, IT, marketing or others who review content against certain specialist requirements
- Content managers—anyone in a content governance role.
Start by asking some general questions that will encourage people to share information about issues you may not be aware of. Follow up with more probing questions wherever possible. Later, you can follow up on specifics you’ve found while doing the content audit.
Tailor your questions so they’re appropriate for the person you’re interviewing.
Here are a bunch of questions to get you started.Overall impressions
- What do you think the organisation (or your part of it) does well when it comes to web content?
- What problems are you aware of?
- What could be improved?
- What’s your role (initiating, writing, reviewing, publishing, approving, managing, governing) in web content publishing?
- How long have you had this role? Have you had this kind of role in another job or organisation?
- Do you think your content role is well defined and well understood? Do you know what’s expected of you? Do others you deal with have a clear understanding of your role?
- Who do you work or liaise with when it comes to web content?
- Do you think web content roles are well defined and understood?
- What role problems are you aware of?
- What could be improved?
- How does content start and end its life online (in your part of the organisation)?
- Which of these processes are you involved with?
- Do these processes work well?
- What process problems are you aware of?
- What could be improved?
- What tools or software (for example, publishing or document creation tools) do you use to create or publish content?
- What resources (for example, templates and checklists) do you use?
- How well do these tools or resources meet your needs?
- What tool and resources problems are you aware of?
- What could be improved?
- Do you think your area has enough people (with enough time) involved in web content publishing?
- Is there enough time for you to do your web content role satisfactorily?
- Do you have sufficient skills for your role?
- What training (writing, web writing, web accessibility, editing and reviewing, using the publishing system) have you had for this role? Do you feel you need more?
- What skills or resourcing problems are you aware of?
- What could be improved?
- Does your organisation (or part of it) have a web writing style guide or some other type of guide to writing and publishing on the web? Does it help you make decisions about how to approach certain content issues? Does it clearly set out the quality standards that are required?
- Does everyone in your area use the web writing style guide?
- Is there a consistent approach to quality across the site?
- Do you think content quality is adequate?
- What quality or consistency problems are you aware of?
- What could be improved?
- Would you say your organisation (or part of it) is print-focused or online-focused? What evidence is there of this? Is this the right focus?
- Is the web considered a lower priority than other media?
- What coordination is there between publishing on the web and other publication channels or media?
- Is planning for web communication done early enough?
- Is your print content published online? Always, or only where there is a need? When it is, is it edited or reformatted in any way to improve usability or accessibility for online use?
- Are you aware if any of your content is published or promoted on your social media channels (if you have a social media presence)?
- What cross-media problems are you aware of?
- What could be improved?
- Who can initiate content requests?
- Who can say ‘no’ to something going online?
- Who makes decisions about what gets published on the website?
- Is there any coordination of management of content across the site?
- Who sets the quality standards and processes?
- Who oversees the quality standards and processes?
- What governance problems are you aware of?
- What could be improved?
- Of all the issues we’ve discussed today, which is of most concern to you (or your part of the organisation)?
- What is your biggest challenge? What would help you most in dealing with this challenge?
- What is your organisation’s biggest challenge?
- What changes would you prioritise?
- What do you think could be achieved easiest? What would be hardest?
- What do you think would have the greatest impact?
Interview data can be difficult to analyse because of its volume and format. You’ll need to start by recording and categorising the issues that were raised. Affinity diagramming (very similar to card sorting for designing the information architecture of a website) is one way to do this. Write each issue on a card (you could note the frequency with which the issue was mentioned on the card too, and note any issues that interviewees identified as priorities). Then look for similar issues and start grouping the cards. Keep sorting until all your cards are allocated to a group.
Once you’ve done this initial analysis, you can write up a summary of your findings.Make recommendations
To develop recommendations, you’ll need to go back to your content audit and look for data that supports or explains what you found there. You’ll need to consider:
- What are the most serious issues? What are the most frequent or widespread problems? Are there issues isolated to particular parts of the organisation?
- What issues have the biggest impact on content quality? What about customer satisfaction? Staff productivity and morale? What issues did your interviewees prioritise?
- What will cost most, or least?
- What will be easiest or hardest to achieve?
- What change will be welcomed or resisted?
- What opportunities (related projects, funding sources, current focus or momentum within the organisation) could you make use of?
Write up a prioritised list of recommendations, based on these considerations.Promote change
Finally, to see any real improvements you’ll need to find ways to get your organisation to adopt your recommendations.
Two key strategies are to look for:
- Quick wins—the changes that are quick or easy to make to help you generate some momentum
- Senior staff to champion the content cause.
Once you get started, you’ll need to monitor your progress. And you’ll need to adjust your strategy to fit the changing circumstances.Related articles and resources
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As a Field Services Representative, one of my responsibilities is to go to conferences and exhibit APH products. Oftentimes I will display many of the new and exciting products that we have to offer in order to provide consumers an opportunity to see the items firsthand before making the decision to purchase them. While it is wonderful that APH has been producing so many new products over the past several years, I find that I'm not often able to take along as many of the wonderful, older products that we still have available. We give you information about our new products each month as they are released, and we have been thinking that it might be beneficial to also go back and revisit some of the "oldies but goodies." We hope you agree and we welcome any suggestions you may have about products that you would like to see highlighted.
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The Quick Pick Educational Game Series provides a unique play format for students who are visually impaired and blind. Each Quick Pick title consists of a set of cards packaged in one or more plastic cases and includes a wooden tool. Each game card presents a question or other challenge with four possible answers. The student reads the card while it is still in the case. To play, the player chooses an answer by inserting the wooden tool in one of four holes in the front of the case. If the answer is correct, the card will slide out of the case. If incorrect, the card will not pull out, and the player should try again. The object is to “quick pick” as many cards as possible on the first try. This fun and challenging flash card game can be played at school, at home, or in the car.
Quick Pick Braille Contractions includes two cases of 50 cards with each case representing a cross-section of braille contractions. On both sides of the cards, a braille contraction is on the top and four uncontracted answer choices are across the bottom.
Quick Pick Math is available for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Each set consists of one case containing 50 large print/braille cards. The front and back of each card contains a math question and four possible answers.
Quick Pick Counting is designed to help children learn to count to 12 with raised-line symbols and braille numbers. It includes 50 one-sided game cards. The player counts the tactile symbols and then reads the correct braille number. The raised-line symbols are embossed only; the number answers are large print-braille.
IntelliKeys® is an alternative keyboard designed to meet the needs of students with physical disabilities. It is a customizable, flat, touch-sensitive device that provides auditory feedback for overlays placed on the touch-sensitive surfaces. Unlike standard keyboards with a fixed set of keys, the configuration of IntelliKeys can be easily changed by sliding different overlays onto the touch sensitive area. The IntelliKeys keyboard, related software, and standard overlays are available exclusively from IntelliTools®. APH has developed overlays for the IntelliKeys keyboards designed specifically for users who are blind or visually impaired.
IntelliTactiles® USB Overlay Companions and the IntelliTactiles® Standard Overlay Companions align with the IntelliKeys keyboard's visual overlays developed by IntelliTools, making them accessible to braille readers. Each durable clear-plastic tactile overlay is designed to slip under the ledges of the IntelliKeys keyboard. The User’s Guide presents reduced visual images of the overlays and details notable features that make the print and tactile overlays different in any way, such as the incorporation of braille abbreviations or the use of special point symbols. A short introductory presentation about IntelliTactiles Standard Overlay Companions, along with other APH product presentations, can be found on the APH website at www.aph.org/products/presentations.
IntelliTactiles Pre-Braille Concepts® includes seven tactile overlays that can be used with the IntelliKeys keyboard, or as stand-alone “worksheets” to develop young children’s tactile discrimination skills, shape recognition ability, and understanding of many spatial/positional concepts. Although these overlays would be beneficial to any child, the overlays are especially ideal for children with visual impairments and blindness. The User’s Guide for this product provides the quiz scripts recorded for each of the overlays to allow teachers/parents to use the overlays apart from the IntelliKeys keyboard.
You can access the complete set of User's Guides for these IntelliTactiles products from APH's downloadable products manual page at www.aph.org/manuals/index.html. Downloads are available in both print (.pdf) and braille (.brf) file formats and are free of charge.
Teacher's Pet™ is an accessible test creation and administration program. This software can be used by parents, teachers, or others who wish to create accessible practice exercises or tests for students who are blind or visually impaired. This program allows the creation of both audio and large print tests or practice drill sessions. Teachers benefit from the program's student management and record keeping capabilities and can use it to track student progress.
The program provides a rich environment for creating or editing the pools of questions that comprise the test or drill document. Students interact with the program to provide responses, review answers, or browse through the set of questions. Questions include text, graphics, and sounds to help make the test or drill session more interesting.
You can access the complete User's Manual and a free demo of the Teacher's Pet software from http://tech.aph.org/tp_info.htm. Click the Download link at the top of the page to download a demonstration version of the program
The Analog Clock Model helps teach about time-telling concepts. It has braille and raised large print markings and hands that are easily rotated. This clock has no motor. Teachers and students can easily rotate the hands of the clock which are synchronized like those of an actual clock.
To help reinforce concepts of time, you can also use the Clock Face Sheets in Braille. Each sheet contains four embossed braille clock faces. Hands can be added to these blank clock faces using a variety of methods. The worksheets can be used for both instruction and assessment purposes.
Kristie Smith-Armand has written an article entitled Time Passages for Children Who are Blind that provides some teaching suggestions using these, and other, materials. This article is featured in the Fred's Head blog, an APH resource that contains many tips, techniques, tutorials, in-depth articles, and resources such as this that are written for and by blind or visually impaired people. We encourage you to explore the blog for more useful information.
The HANDS ON Kit: Functional Activities for Visually Impaired Preschoolers helps children develop skills such as concentration, hand and visual coordination, ability to complete a cycle of activity, and socialization skills. The kit also helps develop a sense of order and a positive self-image.
This product includes six specially designed plastic trays; a work tray, a two-section tray, a bowl tray, a sorting tray, a stringing tray, and a multi-section tray with flashlight insert.
The philosophy in the included HANDS ON guidebook incorporates many Montessori principles. The activities in the handbook encourage blind and visually impaired preschoolers to function independently, but do not require the student to perform in isolation. Many of the activities lend themselves to small group or side-by-side play. The work is presented sequentially, beginning with simple tasks such as pouring beans to more complicated tasks such as preparing snacks. The tasks outlined in the HANDS ON guidebook use the included trays and commonly available materials and can be performed in the classroom or at home.
The guidebook is available as a free-of-charge PDF file download, which you may print as needed. Visit our downloadable manuals page at http://www.aph.org/manuals/index.html.
The Game Kit is a collection of common game parts designed for use by low vision or blind players. Parts can be used to play games from the included handbook, to adapt commercial games, or to create new games.
The Game Kit includes three generic game boards of varying difficulty, two sets of dice, a plastic dice shaker and a dice tray, a set of six tactile/visual playing pieces, a set of brightly colored cards, a card draw/discard holder, four handheld disc card holders, a spinner with six tactile overlays, and a copy of the book Educational Games for Visually Impaired and Sighted Children, which contains nearly 100 unique games.
The print booklet that is included with this product has been recently updated and is now available as a free-of-charge PDF file that you may download and print as needed. Visit our downloadable manuals page at: www.aph.org/manuals/index.html.
The Zeitgeist Talking Time Machine is a hand-held device which combines a number of time-related functions. There are 20 main functions, which are easily accessible through a menu, and a large number of auxiliary functions. Functions include an integrated stopwatch, seven-day timer, a sixty-minute timer, wake-up call, an agenda to manage up to ten nonrecurring or recurring appointments, a cuckoo clock, a moon calendar, calculation of current age, time difference and intervals, finding the day of the week for given dates or fixed holidays, and much more. It is even possible to customize a second time zone and to announce a dual time, choosing from 18 pre-set cities.
The Zeitgeist is small and light so that it can easily fit into a pocket or purse, but it also comes with a lanyard which allows it to be worn around your neck. It provides excellent speech output through an integrated speaker with three volume levels and earphones (not included) may also be used if preferred. A Spanish version is available. The Zeitgeist may be purchased with Federal Quota funds.
The Swing Cell Compact is a smaller and lighter version of the older Swing Cell that had a base. It is used to introduce braille, practice dot numbers, and to help students understand the relationship between the braille cell and the keys on a braillewriter. Black pegs are used to represent the dots in a cell or the keys on a braillewriter.
When the device is in the reading position, two rows of holes are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the user’s body, with the hinge at the top of the device. When the device is in the writing position, two rows of holes are adjacent to each other in a line parallel to the user’s body, and the hinge is at the bottom of the device. Hook-and-loop material is used to hold the device securely in either position.
This product comes with twelve pegs. When not in use, six pegs can be stored in two holes that are in the center of the wooden blocks. Storing the device in the writing position will keep the pegs from falling out of the device. The included adhesive foam backing can be applied to the bottom of the device to help keep the device from sliding during use.
Do you currently own a Braille+™ Mobile Manager? Simply snap the Braille+ into the Docking Station and you have a highly functional, comfortable-to-use, portable notetaker. Smaller than a laptop computer, the QWERTY Docking Station provides netbook-like functions, including connectivity and comfort on-the-go.
The Docking Station enables you to take notes comfortably with a full-size QWERTY keyboard, perform full-capability word processing, browse the Web extensively, and read and write email. The Docking Station is designed to be large enough for your hands to rest comfortably with its foldout hand rest, yet small and lightweight so it's easy to carry along. With long-lasting batteries, you can dock-in and power on. Charge your Braille+ by plugging it into the docking station, even if the docking station is not plugged in. With an Ethernet connection you can log into your office network or the internet, and with USB host and client ports, it is easy to hook-up peripherals.
Note: The Braille+ Mobile Manager, which has been discontinued, is required to operate the QWERTY Docking Station.
The QWERTY Docking Station is currently on sale for $500, which is $100 off the original price. Other related items which are on sale and available for a limited time only are the Braille+ Leather Carrying Case, QWERTY Docking Station Leather Carrying Case, as well as the AC-DC adapters and rechargeable batteries for both devices.
Touch and Tell is a classic set of braille reading readiness books consisting of three volumes with tactile pages. These books were designed to help meet reading readiness needs of students who are blind or visually impaired. Volume I introduces square, circle, and triangle shapes, and the concepts of size and number of the shapes. Volume II builds on to these concepts and adds the concepts of difference and alikeness, as well as location on the page (over and under, left and right, etc.). Volume III continues to build on all of these same concepts while introducing braille dots. There are 16 tactile pages in each volume. The book has been divided into these three smaller sections for ease in handling by small hands as well as to minimize the time needed to complete each section in order to give children a chance for early and happy success.
This product is available with Federal Quota funds. The Touch and Tell Instruction Booklet offers suggestions for discussions and activities that may be used in conjunction with these books. The instruction booklet is available as a free APH Downloadable Product Manual.
Classroom Calendar Kit
Individual Calendar Kit APH has two available calendar kits recommended for use by students ages 4 through 10. Both of these products are available with Federal Quota funds.
The Classroom Calendar Kit contains a large wall calendar which introduces sighted and blind children to such concepts as measuring time; tracking left, right, top, and bottom; recording the weather; and recognizing and sequencing numerals. This kit includes a blue plastic month grid, large print/braille labels with an orientation corner cut (yellow labels for the year, month, and days of the week; white labels with numerals 1-31; and brightly-colored and embossed holiday and weather symbols). The instructions are provided in large print and on CD-ROM. This product is available in both English and Spanish.
The Individual Calendar Kit allows students to experience the fun and challenge of creating their own calendars. These calendars are inexpensive and consumable. The kit includes twelve brightly-colored embossed/bold line grid sheets, and paper labels showing the month, days of the week, and days of the month. Labels are marked in both large print and braille and are marked with an orientation corner cut.
PLEASE NOTE: Consideration is being given to modernizing these calendar products. If you have any suggestions or ideas that you would like to share, please send them directly to Burt Boyer, APH’s Early Childhood Project Leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching the Student with a Visual Impairment: a Primer for the Classroom Teacher (TSVI) Teaching the Student with a Visual Impairment: A Primer for the Classroom Teacher (TSVI) is a practical manual designed to assist the classroom teacher, parents, and other adults who teach the student with low vision. This guide addresses the unique sets of challenges found in educating the student with low vision and primarily focuses on the all-inclusive classroom for students K-12, but also contains some applications for homeschoolers. Rich in facts and tips, TSVI guides the reader in how to prepare for the unique educational needs of the student with a visual impairment. TSVI also provides an extensive listing of agencies and organizations that serve persons with visual impairments.
Chapters in the manual include:
- Low Vision 101
- What Can My Student See?
- Making My Classroom Accessible
- Let's Focus on Academics
- How Can I Know My Student's World?
- Envision the Future
- A View of Resources
DRAFTSMAN Tactile Drawing Board The first product that we would like to revisit with you is the DRAFTSMAN Tactile Drawing Board which was first produced in 2005. This product is a versatile tactile drawing board that is used in combination with special film and a stylus to create raised-line drawings instantly. It is intended for a wide audience, such as visually impaired students, teachers, parents, and adults, and can be used in a wide variety of situations, whenever a simple raised-line drawing is needed. APH Tactile Graphics Project Leader, Karen Poppe has created a PowerPoint presentation (.ppt)to provide further information about this product. This information is also provided in a text-only format.
This video clip, http://www.aphmedia.org/video/draftsman.avi, demonstrates exactly how to prepare the DRAFTSMAN for use.
Staying in the Driver's Seat When You No Longer Drive Reclaiming Independence: Staying in the Driver's Seat When You No Longer Drive is a product developed by Penny Rosenblum, Ph.D. and Terrie Terlau, Ph.D., released in 2007. This kit includes a large print resource guide, a cassette recording of the resource guide, and a DVD or VHS video. The 45-minute video follows six older persons, who stopped driving because of vision loss, as they continue to lead active, independent lives. These individuals discuss issues such as dealing with loss, and finding low vision, rehabilitation, and transportation resources that allow them to become successful non-drivers. The accompanying resource guide provides information about understanding visual impairment, services for adults with vision loss, transportation options and strategies for using them successfully, and finding resources that work. This product can offer people with low vision and their families validation, role models, information, examples of positive outcomes, and hope. The link below will allow you to watch an 8-minute complimentary preview trailer of the video.
If you know of anyone who might benefit from receiving a DVD copy of this complementary preview along with an informative brochure, we do have a limited supply available. Please contact Terrie Terlau at email@example.com with their mailing information.
Card Chart Kit The Card Chart Kit holds the 3 1/2 x 2 inch braille/print cards sold by APH. The chart board measures 19 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches and has holes for hanging and a corner cut for orientation. Up to five cards can be inserted into each of the six high contrast slots. The kit includes 90 blank cards. Additional blank cards may be purchased separately and several sets of prepared cards are available for purchase.
The Expanded Dolch Word Cards consist of 220 sight vocabulary words and 95 words with pictures. These cards can be used for reading practice or an informal assessment of a student's ability to read words in contracted braille and to spell words in uncontracted braille. Words are shown in contracted braille on one side and uncontracted braille on the other, with large print on both sides.
Braille Contraction Cards are large print/braille flashcards that can be used for practicing the Literary Braille contractions. This set includes the alphabet and numbers, punctuation and composition signs, two-cell contractions, one-cell whole-word and part-word contractions, and short-form words. There are 247 cards in this kit. The first 26 cards contain the braille alphabet on one side and large print on the other side. Remaining cards contain contracted braille on one side and both uncontracted braille and large print on the other side.
The Math Drill Cards that are available for use with the Card Chart Kit include Number & Math Signs, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. The cards in the Number & Math Sign set have a math sign or number sign in braille on one side and large print and braille on the opposite side. Large print/braille math operations cards have a math fact on one side and the fact with the answer on the opposite side. These cards are done using the Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics.
Together with any of these card collections or with cards that you create yourself using the blank cards, the Card Chart can be used for a variety of activities such as:
- Matching (i.e., states and capitols)
- Categorizing (i.e., verbs and nouns)
- Reproducing information from a worksheet or blackboard
- Sentence structure
- Constructing a class seating chart
- Scheduling activities
- And many, many more.
This kit includes 26 white plastic thermoform sheets measuring 8 1/2 x 11 inches (52 drawings total), two specially adapted protractors, a teacher's guide in print and braille, and a storage binder. The protractor itself has several unique features, designed specifically for use with the graphics in this kit, which make it easier to use than an adapted commercial model. The teacher’s guide provides specific instructions about the recommended procedure for using the protractor, as well as a description of each drawing and instructional hints for teaching each concept.
In the PowerPoint that follows, you can see the line drawing of each graphic provided in the kit. Note: The black line drawings shown are not included in the kit, only the thermoformed graphics, but each line drawing is currently available for download from the Tactile Graphic Image Library.
Download the Geometry Tactile Graphics Kit PowerPoint.
Fine Motor Development Materials Kit: Twist, Turn, and Learn was designed to help young children who are visually impaired or multiply disabled in developing and refining fine motor functions. Fine motor activities encourage the development of eye-hand coordination and help children practice the skills required to handle or manipulate small objects with their fingers. The eight specially designed modules included in the kit assist students in developing such skills as reaching, grasping, raking, pincer grasp, wrist rotation, searching technique, palmar grasp, and visual-motor/visual-perceptual coordination and attract the child's attention with bright colors and ringing bells. The modules nest together for convenient storage in a durable carrying bag. Also included is a set of straps designed to allow the modules to be hung on playpens or cribs. This product comes with a teacher’s guidebook that contains ideas and suggestions for utilizing the modules.
This PowerPoint provides photographs and a brief explanation of each module.
The Brannan Cubarithm Slate is a rubber slate with a 16 x 16 grid pattern of nests which will hold small 3/8" plastic Brannan Cubarithm Cubes which are placed in the squares of the frame. Slate and cubes are sold separately. Each cube represents one digit and are numbered 0 through 9 in braille (no print). The cubes are available in a set of 100. Young students may find it easier to use this slate and cubes, rather than a brailler, to align problems such as multiplication.
The Brannan slate was designed by R.E. Brannan of Summit, New Jersey. Brannan turned over his rights to the invention to APH. APH began manufacturing the Brannan Cubarithm Slate and Cubes in 1957. Directions for how to use this device are available on our Fred's Head Blog. Photographs of the device and the mathematical equations described in the blog can be viewed in this PowerPoint.
The Everyday Exposure to Experiences for Enjoyment Calendar, also called the Everyday Activities Calendar, was written by Nancy Smith, a Wisconsin state-wide consultant for children who are blind or visually impaired and produced by APH in 2001. It is an idea-filled calendar that suggests a fun preschool activity for each day of the year. The calendar was designed specifically for young (ages 3-8) visually impaired children, but all children may benefit from and enjoy participating in the activities. The activities are drawn from everyday occurrences in a child’s life and make use of easily accessible, low cost materials typically available in the home. The large print/braille calendar comes in a three-ring binder with a colored dividing page between each month. The calendar is formatted with two days per page. This calendar does not track any specific year, and can therefore be used year after year.
The introduction for this product includes detailed task analyses of washing the dishes and of crushing crackers for meat loaf stuffing. These are provided in order to demonstrate examples of how to break an everyday experience down into the smaller steps that make up the experience. Because visual impairment results in a deficit of learning through visual observations and it is necessary to use a multisensory approach that takes advantage of the child’s remaining senses. Activities may need to be broken into smaller segments and repeated multiple times.
Examples of some of the everyday experiences that are included in this calendar are:
“What is a salad? Help make one for dinner.”
“Use an alarm clock to wake up.”
“Pick all the nickels from a pile of coins and buy something with them.”
“Find pairs of things, like shoes, socks, and dishes.”
“Visit a vegetable garden. What’s growing there?”
It is not required that every activity in the calendar be completed, but rather, the calendar is meant to be a compilation of ideas from which to draw inspiration and expand upon. The calendar is designed so that the user may begin at any point and choose activities appropriate for the child, the occasion, and the lifestyle of the family. Cross-environmental teaching is encouraged and activities may be taught by a variety of different “teachers” and in a variety of locations.
Listen and Think Auditory Readiness (AR) Level Listen and Think Level C Listen and Think is a classic product to develop and improve listening comprehension and thinking skills. Listen and Think was originally released in print in 1968 and was adapted by Eleanor Pester and first sold by APH around 1987. In 2009 the listening materials began being produced in CD format when the audiocassette editions were discontinued.
Listen and Think Auditory Readiness (AR) Level (5-7 years) includes 15 lessons and covers basic listening skills such as understanding positional placement (e.g., up, down, behind, between, beside, etc.), comparing, classifying, cause and effect, sequencing, and predicting outcomes. The AR level includes an introduction and lessons on CDs, a print teacher's handbook, simple multiple-choice answer sheets, and crayons.
Advanced levels Listen and Think Level B (7-8 years) and Listen and Think Level C (8-9 years) introduce such concepts as main ideas, summarizing, outlining, and comparing. Level B and C each include introductory material and lessons on CDs, a print teacher's handbook, braille and large print multiple-choice answer sheets, braille and large print progress charts, crayons and marking pins.
Each lesson presents a recorded passage to the student which introduces various concepts. At the end of each passage are recorded questions that the student can answer using the provided crayons and simplified answer sheet. The correct answers and necessary explanations are provided on the recording as well so that these lessons can be completed independently, in small groupings, or with the entire class, providing flexibility for the teacher. Within the Teacher’s Handbook are additional questions and activities that can be used for follow-up reinforcement and to further extend the concepts presented to the curriculum areas of Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Music.
Money Handling and Budgeting is a collection of techniques and resources for teaching adolescents or young adults who are blind and visually impaired the skills necessary to manage money in daily life. This guide is based on the premise that daily living skills must be learned in natural settings and with real-life applications whenever possible.
A variety of fundamental, interconnected skills are addressed in this product, including: coin and bill identification; counting money and making change; budgeting; basic employment strategies; banking skills; and handling money in a number of simulated and actual daily living situations, such as visiting a store or a bank.
Appendices include a glossary, references, resources, an aids/devices chart, and a record keeping skills chart. Included with this product is an adapted practice checkbook with a vinyl cover; a pack of 28 yellow, raised-line, large type practice checks bound with 8 white, raised-line, large type practice deposit tickets; and a white, large type, columned practice checks and deposits register. The resource guide, along with the adapted practice checkbook, helps students learn vital money handling skills.
O & M Tactile Graphics is a tool for helping teach orientation and mobility concepts such as compass directions, clock locations, and navigating outside and inside. It contains 10 high-contrast print/tactile graphics and a teacher's guide in print and in braille. The teacher's guide gives you basic ideas for lesson planning using the graphics, suggested concepts, and instructional hints for each graphic.
The graphics included address the following concepts:
- straight lines and points
- compass circle and clock face
- city block with sidewalks
- intersection with lanes and sidewalks
- types of intersections
- T intersection
- city blocks, 4X4 grid
- advanced city block
- hallway and rooms
- room with objects
The kit comes with a printed instructional guidebook. This guidebook provides 36 lesson plans that cover topics which include:
- Introducing symbolic representation of objects and structures (scanning workspace, room representation, making a picture, left-right relationships, etc.)
- Mathematics (angle construction, area comparison, grouping, and equivalent fractions)
- Social studies (representation of organizational patterns, population information, and governmental body seating)
- Science (representation of wiring diagrams)
- Daily living skills (table setting, and dial-face orientations)
- Orientation and mobility (representation of street layouts, intersections, cardinal directions, traffic movement, etc.)
The kit can be easily added to and modified as needed by the instructor. For example, the kit does not contain small point symbols, but these can be made by adhering the included Velcro strips onto items to be used as symbols or by using Feel n’ Peel Stickers. This kit can also be used in conjunction with the Picture Maker: Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit (its smaller, more colorful, and more complex predecessor), the , or the
Time for Art: Art Projects and Lessons for Students with Visual Impairments is a handbook for teachers and parents that explains how to instruct visually impaired students in art, how to handle the media being explored, and points to consider in art program planning. Time for Art consists of a regular print guidebook and a CD-ROM containing an HTML edition of the guidebook, accessible to visually impaired users.
The projects included in the guidebook are:
- Fake Fossils
- Raised Line Drawings
- Aluminum Repoussé
- Papier-Mâché Bowls
- Free-Form Fuzzy Wire Shapes
- Fuzzy Wire Animals
- Mixed-Media Puzzle of Me
- Wire Sculpture
- Pinch Pot
- Coiled Pot
Instructors may want to consider using Time for Art as they work with students who are interested in submitting art work for the annual APH InSights art contest. For more information on this contest, visit the APH Museum website.
The Tactile Treasures Kit unlocks the treasures that make learning math and language concepts fun for young children with visual impairments. Tactile Treasures is an informal assessment and teaching tool for use with children from preschool through elementary school. It helps develop an early understanding of basic concepts and vocabulary that are prerequisites for reading and math. By pairing the tactile graphics of thermoformed real objects with included descriptive scripts/stories, over 90 concepts related to shape, size, comparison of two or more objects, amount, position, and page orientation can be introduced and reinforced.
Tactile Treasures is packaged as a complete kit consisting of three individual binders housing a total of 79 white thermoformed sheets, measuring 8 1/2 x 11 inches, and a teacher's guidebook (both print and braille versions provided) with two suggested scripts or stories for each concept introduced. The guidebook also gives a general overview of the materials, instructions for use, and extended activities. The types of thermoformed objects are numerous: from pretzels, buttons, and rings to zippers, scissors, and shells. The variety of objects depicted adds interest, encourages exploration, and helps broaden vocabulary.
The tactile graphics contents of each binder are as follows:
- Binder I: Shape and Size Concepts
- Binder II: Comparing and Amount Concepts
- Binder III: Position and Pre-Reading Concepts
Parents And Visually Impaired Infants (PAVII) Parents And Visually Impaired Infants (PAVII) is a comprehensive set of print materials designed to help parents of visually impaired infants become engaged as primary members of the intervention team and become deeply involved in their child's education.
The project authors are Deborah Chen, Clare Taylor Friedman, and Gail Calvello. These materials were created as a part of the three-year PAVII Project of the Blind Babies Foundation. The main objectives of the Project were to facilitate the parent's role as primary interventionist and to develop strategies which are ecologically valid and age-appropriate. These materials were first made available by APH in 1989 and are available for purchase using federal quota funds.
The materials are bound in a sturdy three-ring binder and the six major written components include:
- Parent Assessment of Needs: This is an ecological inventory which helps parents identify and prioritize home-based goals for infants.
- Parent Observation Protocol: This section provides direction for using video recording to encourage parent observation of self and child and identifies teaching strategies for facilitating early learning experiences.
- PAVII 'How-To' Papers on Assessment: This is a series of papers for home-based assessment which includes an "Overview of Assessment," "Identifying Visual Impairments in Infants," "Functional Hearing Screening," "Assessing Infant Communication," "Assessing Interaction with Objects," and "Developmental Assessment."
- The Art of Home Visiting: This section discusses the responsibilities of a home visitor and issues encountered in the home visit process.
- Getting Ready for School: This section outlines the learning environment, family factors, child factors, school district factors, expert input, and educational rights.
- Learning Together: A Parent Guide to Socially Based Routines for Visually Impaired Infants: The final section (also available separately) offers home-based strategies for helping parents decide which areas need work and for helping an infant learn during everyday activities.
The Impressor is a braille business card embosser available from the American Printing House that is similar in design to the stamp used by notary publics. The labeler is made of metal with an acrylic base for one-hand operation. The metal die, which embosses braille on your card, is custom-made with your information. You can emboss up to four lines of braille with 13 braille cells per line onto a standard 3.5 x 2 inch business card. Insert a business card into the embosser, squeeze the handle, and your card is brailled instantly!
Business card information is customized at the time of ordering, and can be easily revised later for an additional fee. Please note that this product requires special handling and cannot be ordered online. Please call us at 800-223-1839 to initiate your order. This product is not available with Federal Quota funds.
Please keep in mind that while APH strives to give you products that are timeless and durable, some of the materials that we use will eventually show signs of age. Please always inspect products—especially older products that may have been sitting unused for a period of time—before use, to ensure there are no signs of breakage or loose parts that could be dangerous for small children.
Through the APH Braille Book Corner, we are offering a number of recreational books in braille (Quota funds can be used). Each of these titles was originally transcribed and produced by APH for the National Library Service which has graciously granted permission for this offering. As usual, these titles have been added to the APH Louis Database where you can find thousands of titles produced in accessible formats. To order any of the following books, please note the catalog number and enter that number into our shopping site. Click this link to enter the APH Shopping Site: http://shop.aph.org. All books are produced upon receipt of orders, therefore, please allow approximately 8 weeks for delivery.
by Laura Marsh: T-N1937-70 -- $10.00
Facts about sperm whales -- the largest toothed predator on the planet. Describes their huge size, long journeys, travel in pods, eating habits, and echolocation and communication. Discusses conservation efforts to save the species from near extinction caused by hunting. Grades K-3. *(AR Quiz No. 140140, BL 4.5 Pts 0.5)
by Jewell Parker Rhodes: T-N1919-00 -- $34.00
Twelve-year-old orphan Lanesha, who sees spirits, prepares for hurricane Katrina with her eighty-two-year-old adoptive grandmother, Mama Ya-Ya. Unable to evacuate, they gather supplies and two refugees -- neighbor TaShon and his dog Spot. Grades 4-7. *(AR Quiz No. 139032, BL 3.3 Pts 4.0)
by Ingrid Law: T-N1919-20 -- $65.00
Mibs's cousin Ledge is disappointed to discover that his "savvy" -- the magical power unique to each member of their family -- is to make things fall apart, which endangers his uncle Autry's ranch and reveals the family secret to future reporter Sarah. Grades 4-7.
by Brett Battles: T-N1938-90 -- $94.50
Professional cleaner Jonathan Quinn, from Shadow of Betrayal, is hired to remove the remains of a body hidden for twenty years inside the walls of a London building that is about to be demolished. But the job endangers Quinn’s family. Some adult content.
The Accidental Family
by Rowan Coleman: T-N1883-50 -- $103.00
Sophie Mills, from The Accidental Mother, leaves London to follow her former wards Izzy and Bella to Cornwall after she falls in love with their father Louis. Complications occur when Louis runs into an old lover and learns that he has a grown son. Some adult content.
by Melissa Stewart: T-N1938-20 -- $10.50
Compares the dangers posed by more than twenty animals -- both large, such as polar bears, saltwater crocodiles, hippopotamuses, elephants, cape buffaloes, and sharks; and small, including scorpions and certain types of snakes and fish. Readers might be surprised to learn which species is the deadliest of all. Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz No. 141795, BL 5.3 Pts. 0.5)
by Lisa Yee: T-N1938-10 -- $60.00
Marley Sandelski has always felt invisible at school when he is not facing bullies, but a series of unexpected events gives him a taste of popularity and insights into some classmates, well-liked or greatly feared. The plot contains violence. Grades 4-8. *(AR Quiz No. 142709, BL 4.0, Pts. 8.0)
Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths about our Air-Conditioned World
by Stan Cox: T-N1919-40 -- $100.50
The author argues that by reintroducing traditional cooling methods as well as putting newer technologies into practice -- and by moving past industrial definitions of comfort -- we can make ourselves comfortable and keep the planet comfortable, too.
The First Husband
by Laura Dave: T-N1937-90 -- $62.50
Los Angeles travel writer Annie impulsively marries chef Griffin three months after her live-in boyfriend Nick breaks up with her. The newlyweds move back to Griffin’s Massachusetts hometown, where he opens his own restaurant, but Annie has trouble adjusting. Then Nick arrives, wanting to marry her.
A Match Made in Hell
by Terri Garey : T-N1919-90 -- $92.50
Vintage-clothing store owner Nicki Styx faces a new ghost who holds the key to family secrets. Soon Nicki struggles with her sister and mother, her boyfriend's wife, and the arrival of a charismatic devil. Some adult content.
Crispin: The End of Time
by Avi: T-N1907-50 -- $50.00
While Troth chooses to stay at a convent that needs a healer, Crispin continues trying to fulfill Bear's dream of moving to Iceland. Falling in with thieves posing as musicians, Crispin makes a new friend--Owen. Sequel to Crispin: At the Edge of the World. Grades 4-8. *(AR Quiz No. 137465, BL 4.8, Pts. 7.0)
by Jane Yolen: T-N1870-50 -- $91.00
After a year in hiding, Jakkin and Akki return to Austar IV. They have new abilities and knowledge that could transform their planet or destroy it--but first they must get themselves out of danger. Sequel to A Sending of Dragons. Grade 6 and up. *(AR Quiz No. 130002, BL 5.0 Pts. 14.0)
Life After High School: A Guide for Students with Disabilities and their Families
by Susan Yellin and Christina Cacioppo Bertsch: T-N1919-10 -- $92.00
Guide for high school students with disabilities and the adults in their lives. Provides advice on transitioning from teen years to adulthood and from high school to college or the workplace. Covers handling medical issues without parental assistance and creating a paper trail to document the disability.
A Turn in the Road
by Debbie Macomber: T-N1939-20 -- $92.50
Bethanne, and her daughter join Bethanne's former mother-in-law Ruth on a cross-country road trip to Florida. Ruth heads for her fiftieth high school reunion while Bethanne considers her ex-husband's wish to reunite. Along the way Bethanne falls in love.
Full Dark, No Stars
by Stephen King: T-N1918-00 -- 112.50
Quartet of dark novellas includes 1922, in which a Nebraska farmer enlists his son to help him kill his wife when she wants to sell the farm. In A Good Marriage a woman discovers her husband's darker side while he is away on a business trip. Adult Reader. Some violence and adult content. Bestseller.
Dizzy Dinosaurs: Silly Dino Poems
edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins: T-N1938-80 -- $13.50
Nineteen short poems about different dinosaurs. "School Rules" warns dinosaurs not to eat their classmates. "Oops!" finds Carcharodontosaurus upset when his tooth pops out. Includes a guide to pronouncing dinosaur names. Grades K-3. *(AR Quiz No. 143171, BL 3.3, Pts. 0.5)
Moon Over Manifest
by Clare Vanderpool: T-N1918-90 -- $74.00
Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past. Grades 4-8. *(AR Quiz No. 140091, BL 5.3 Pts. 12.0)
Undaunted By Blindness
by Clifford E. Olstrom: T-N1918-50 -- $93.50
Director of the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind presents four hundred capsule biographies of notable blind people in various occupations and from different historical periods. Includes profiles of Irish composer Torlogh Carolan (1670-1738), American publisher Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911), and Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso (b. 1921).
I Am Legend
by Richard Matheson: T-N1920-40 -- $91.00
Robert Neville may well be the last living man on Earth… but he is not alone. An incurable plague has mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures who are determined to destroy him. Adult Reader. Some violence and strong language.
Mountolive: The Alexandria Quartet, Book 3
by Lawrence Durrell: T-N1869-00 -- 95.00
British diplomat David Mountolive provides another perspective on the events and characters of Justine and Balthazar revealing new motivations for the actions of the Coptic Nessim, his Jewish wife Justine, and others. Adult Reader
Fantastic Mr. Fox
by Roald Dahl: T-N1883-90 -- $15.00
Three nasty, mean men -- farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean -- are tired of Mr. Fox stealing their chickens, ducks, and turkeys to feed his family. They start digging the foxes out of their hole, but Mr. Fox has a plan of his own. Grades 3-6 *(AR Quiz No. 5011, BL 4.1, Pts. 1.0)
by Cory Doctorow: T-N1870-80 -- $101.00
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right. Grades 9-12 *(AR Quiz No. 122449, BL 5.9 Pts. 17.0)
Loving, Living, Party Going
by Henry Green: T-N1832-70 -- $169.00
Three novels exploring British class distinctions in the early twentieth century. Loving (1945) contrasts lives of servants and masters in an Irish castle. Living (1929) portrays iron-foundry workers and owners. And Party Going (1939) presents the reactions of wealthy travelers to crowds of lower-class railway passengers stranded by fog.
Worth a Thousand Words
by Stacy Hawkins Adams : T-N1868-30 -- $64.50
Indigo Burns returns home to Jubilant, Texas, after college and looks forward to attending graduate school and starting a career in photography. But Indigo's unexpected engagement, her diagnosis of glaucoma, and her aunt's stroke lead Indigo to trust in God for guidance. Adult Reader
Balthazar: The Alexandria Quartet, Book 2
by Lawrence Durrell: T-N1868-90 -- 67.50
New facets of characters met in Justine are revealed to the narrator, Darley, through Balthazar. Darley learns that Justine's marriage to Nessim provides cover for the couple's illegal political activities. Adult Reader
Marching For Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don’t You Grow Weary
by Elizabeth Partridge: T-N1907-70 -- $25.50
Recounts the 1965 protests against voting discrimination in Alabama led by Martin Luther King Jr. Discusses ordinary kids placing themselves at risk of being beaten and sprayed with tear gas to participate in the civil rights struggle in Selma and the five-day march to Montgomery. Grades 5-8 *(AR Quiz No. 132720, BL 6.6, Pts. 3.0)
A Princess of Landover
by Terry Brooks: T-N1869-20 -- $97.50
Mistaya is suspended from school in the natural world after scaring a classmate with magic. Banished to Libris, the royal library, Mistaya discovers an evil magician is threatening Landover. Sequel to Witches' Brew. Young Adult Reader *(AR Quiz No. 132443, BL 6.1 Pts. 18.0)
Conquering Fear: Living Boldly in an Uncertain World
by Harold S. Kushner: T-N1884-20 -- $51.50
Rabbi and author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People discusses fear and suggests ways to manage this emotion. He uses religious teachings and personal accounts as guides for empowerment. Includes a message of hope.
by Pamela Nowak: T-N1885-10 -- $89.50
Dakota Territory, 1876. Miriam Longstreet leaves school for Fort Randall, where her father is the commander, and discovers that her mother is addicted to laudanum and wants Miriam to marry a lieutenant. But Miriam falls in love with a private. Some strong language and mature content. Adult Reader
Midnight Sons: Volume 1
by Debbie Macomber: T-N1870-00 -- $95.50
Features two classic stories -- "Brides for Brothers" and "The Marriage Risk" -- that center around the three O'Halloran brothers, who, running a bush-plane charter service called Midnight Sons, campaign to bring women to their town north of the Arctic Circle. Adult Reader
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens, Josh Greenhut: T-N1885-20 -- $10.00
Stingy Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who convince him to be kinder to people. Scrooge learns the meaning of Christmas and helps Tiny Tim and his family. A shorter version of the 1843 classic tale. Grades 2-5. *(AR Quiz No. 141175, BL 4.0, Pts. 0.5)
by Garry Kilworth: T-N1884-30 -- $93.00
Their crusty downstairs neighbor, Mr. Grantham, asks new stepsiblings Jordy, Chloe, and Alex to search the attic for a long-lost pocket watch. But this attic expands into another world of magical treasures and dangerous creatures. The trick is to survive and find the exit. Grades 5-8
Stop Second Guessing Yourself: The Toddler Years, A Field-Tested Guide to Confident Parenting
by Jen Singer: T-N1868-60 -- $62.00
The creator of the web site MommaSaid.net offers light-hearted advice for parents of children ages one to three. Topics include understanding your child's transition from baby to toddler, taking your tot out in public, managing sleep issues, potty training, handling play dates, disciplining, and dealing with illness.
Labors of Hercules: A Hercule Poirot Novel
by Agatha Christie: T-N1870-30 -- $88.00
Before he retires, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot vows to solve twelve puzzles mirroring the mythical labors of the ancient Greek hero Hercules. Modern-day versions of such challenges involve a lost Pekinese, a gentleman ruined by gossip, and a missing amorous Russian countess -- each case more baffling than the last.
The Right Wedding Gown
by Shirley Hailstock: T-N1870-40 -- $52.00
After living in a dysfunctional family, National Archives employee Samara Scott is adamant that she will never marry -- until she falls in love with attorney Justin Beckett. Justin wants to wed but can't convince Samara to take a chance and risk emotional involvement. Some mature content. Adult Reader.
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
by Rodman Philbrick: T-N1885-30 -- $51.00
Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War. Grades 4-8. *(AR Quiz #127487, BL 5.6, Pts. 7.0)
Creature of the Night
by Kate Thompson: T-N1869-30 -- $57.00
Fourteen-year-old Robert prefers his life of crime in Dublin to the isolated rural existence at the farmhouse his mother rents. He senses danger in the dwelling--a feeling that is intensified by his little brother's talk of a strange nighttime visitor. Grade 7 and up. Some adult language. *(AR Quiz #129563, BL 4.2, Pts. 9.0)
Dog Says How
by Kevin Kling: T-N1907-20 -- $35.50
Autobiographical essays from playwright and National Public Radio commentator Kling good-humoredly feature his life in Minnesota. He discusses his family, dog, and travel experiences and ruminates on a motorcycle accident that injured his arm, leading him to use voice-activated software on his computer.
House of Reckoning
by John. Saul : T-N1907-00 -- $94.00
Two teens bond out of social isolation: Sarah Crane limps and endures an abusive foster-care family, while Nick Dunnigan hears voices and hallucinates. Their art teacher Bettina invites them to her ancestral mansion, where they unwittingly channel an evil entity that seeks vengeance on the town. Violence. Adult Reader.
Beyond Ava and Aiden: The Enlightened Guide To Naming Your Baby
by Linda Rosenkrantz: T-N1885-70 -- $94.50
Guide to selecting the name for a new baby. Lists include millennial, star-power, "green," occupational, vintage, creative, and traditional appellations. Also offers Jewish, African American, and international ideas, as well as choices for middle names and siblings.
Best Friends at School
by Mary Bard: T-N1869-70 -- $48.50
In September, new stepsisters Suzie and Co Co Langdon share a dormitory bedroom at the Laurel Crest School for Girls. One of the first classmates they meet is Puanani, from Hawaii. Sequel to Best Friends in Summer. Grades 3-8.
Hunted: A House of Night Novel
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast: T-N1868-50 -- $100.00
Zoey and her friends encounter evil in an unexpected place when they learn that Kalona, the newest member of the House of Night, is hiding a deadly secret. Grades 9-12. Some mature content. *(AR Quiz #129985, BL 5.3, Pts. 16.0)
Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual
by Michael Pollan: T-N1885-50 -- $20.00
A journalist offers a set of rules for eating wisely that draws from a variety of ethnic and cultural traditions. Discusses the link between diet and health and suggests that people renounce or modify the Western diet of highly processed foods and meat.
Star Wars: Death Troopers
by Joe Schreiber: T-N1883-70 -- $63.50
When the thrusters on the Imperial prison barge Purge break down on the way to a remote detention moon, the navicomputer alerts the crew to a nearby, seemingly abandoned Star Destroyer. But the scouting party returns with something more deadly and savage than the convicts onboard. Some descriptions of violence.
Rogue of My Own
by Johanna Lindsey: T-N1869-80 -- $73.50
Naive Lady Rebecca Marshall becomes a maid of honor at Queen Victoria's court. After Rebecca is seduced by the marquis Rupert St. John, a secret agent of the crown, they are forced to wed. Rupert, however, believes he was trapped into the marriage. Some adult content. Adult Reader.
by Mary Bard: T-N1869-50 -- $37.00
After Co Co, a girl from Paris, moves next door to Suzie and they discover they each will turn twelve in July, they become best friends. Now if they can just arrange for Co Co's father to marry Suzie's mother, they can live together. Grades 3-8.
How to Raise Your Parents: A Teen Girl's Survival Guide
by Sarah O'Leary Burningham: T-N1885-40 -- $32.00
Teen guide to communicating with and understanding parents. Author discusses common yet quarrelsome topics, providing the points of view of both adults and adolescents. Includes tips on academics, curfew, cyberlife, independence, negotiation, privacy, and more. Grades 8-12.
Traveling Blind: Adventures in Vision with a Guide Dog
by Susan Krieger: T-N1886-10 -- $61.00
Stanford professor Krieger describes adapting to life with progressively limited vision caused by birdshot retinochoroidopathy. She writes of embarking upon local and long-distance trips and exploring the southwest desert with her guide dog Teela and her lover Hannah.
Year of the Flood
by Margaret Atwood: T-N1870-60 -- $110.00
In the aftermath of the Waterless Flood, a devastating pandemic, friends Toby and Ren find each other among the few survivors. Menacing gene-spliced life-forms thrive in this strange new world while humans consider what to do next. Sequel to Oryx and Crake. Some adult language. Adult reader.
by Karin Slaughter: T-N1908-10 -- $113.50
Georgia. Former coroner Sara Linton gets pulled into a Grant County case. Mentally handicapped Tommy Braham died while in custody, and Linton -- who blames her husband's death on local cop Lena Adams -- pins responsibility for Braham on Adams, too. State investigator Will Trent scrutinizes the police force. Some strong language and adult content.
Just Grace and the Snack Attack
by Charise Mericle Harper: T-N1884-10 -- $25.00
Just Grace and her class are forced to study food from around the world after troublemaker Owen jokes about someone's lunch. Just Grace picks potato chips for her topic but gets jealous when her dad helps her friend Mimi research his favorite food -- hot dogs. Grades K-3. *(AR Quiz # 134262, BL 5.0, Pts. 3.0)
Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time
by Lisa Yee: T-N1884-70 -- $69.50
Stanford Wong's father cancels basketball camp and enrolls him in summer school after Stanford flunks sixth-grade English. It gets worse: his mom hires Millicent Min, brainiac nerd and Stanford's mortal enemy, to tutor him. Companion to Millicent Min, Girl Genius. Grades 4-8. *(AR QUIZ # 102425, BL 3.8, Pts. 9.0)
To The Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission
by Elise Lufkin: T-N1883-80 -- $56.50
An animal-adoption advocate profiles fifty-two dogs and one cat that were rescued from abuse or abandonment and trained as therapy and service animals. Offers firsthand accounts of individuals who benefited from their companionship. Includes questions to consider before adopting a dog.
Tropic of Cancer
by Henry Miller: T-N1870-20 -- $98.00
Recounts the experiences, sensations, and thoughts of a young expatriate American writer and his friends in 1930s Paris as they scrounge for food, read and converse, and have relationships. The author's autobiographical first novel initially published in 1934. Some strong language and adult content.
by Sarah Blake: T-N1884-90 -- $93.00
1940-1941. Postmistress Iris and newlywed Emma are newcomers on Cape Cod, while female reporter and New York native Frankie is covering the Blitz in London. Emma's physician husband joins the war effort in England, where a tragic accident brings the three women's lives together. Some strong language and adult content.
A Little Princess
by Frances Hodgson Burnett: T-N1885-90 — $61.50
In this Victorian story, India-born Sara Crewe arrives at Miss Minchin's boarding school in London with beautiful clothes and the good manners of a real princess. But Sara's life changes dramatically when she is suddenly left penniless. Grades 4-8. *(AR Quiz # 124, BL 6.0, Pts. 11.0)
by Marcus Sedgwick: T-N1907-60 — $33.50
The Scandinavian Arctic, 1910. After fourteen-year-old Sig Andersson's father Einar dies, a stranger arrives demanding that Sig and his sister return gold Einar allegedly stole during the Alaska Gold Rush a decade ago. Sig struggles with the dilemma of using Einar's hidden revolver. Grades 6 and up. *(AR QUIZ # 136706, BL 5.2, Pts. 5.0)
Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-Mail Overload
by Mark Hurst: T-N1907-30 — $60.00
Offers strategies for dealing with the barrage of information delivered through e-mails, the Internet, cell phones, and other digital devices. Describes ways to maintain an empty in-box, manage and prioritize to-do lists, organize and store digital photos, and work more productively with bits.
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
by Flannery O'Connor: T-N1906-90 — $64.00
Ten tales about southerners facing problems of salvation. In the title piece a sarcastic, self-centered grandmother reluctantly joins her son's family on a trip to Florida and has a run-in with some dangerous men. Includes "The Life You Save May Be Your Own." Fiction.
Under the Dome
by Stephen King: T-N1867-80 — $303.00
The small town of Chester's Mill, Maine, is faced with a big dilemma when it is mysteriously sealed off by an invisible and completely impenetrable force field. With cars and airplanes exploding on contact, the force field has completely isolated the townspeople from the outside world. Now, Iraq war vet Dale Barbara and a group of the town's more sensible citizens must overcome the tyrannical rule of Big Jim Rennie, a politician bent on controlling everything within the Dome. Adult situations and strong language.
So Totally Emily Ebers by Lisa Yee
Catalog Number: T-N1884-80
The summer that Emily's parents divorce and she moves cross-country with her mother, she keeps a diary to give her father. Her life becomes better after she meets Millicent Min and develops a crush on Stanford Wong. Companion to Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time. Grades 4-8. *(AR Quiz # 128015, BL 3.9, Pts. 9.0)
by Robin Brande: T-N1884-50 -- $70.00
Overweight teenage Catherine embarks on a high-school science project in which she must emulate the ways of hominins, the earliest ancestors of human beings,
by eating an all-natural diet and foregoing technology. Grades 5-8. *(AR QUIZ # 133571 EN, BL 4.5, Pts. 10.0)
Inside Of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, And Know
by Alexandra Horowitz: T-N1884-40 -- $103.50
A cognitive animal scientist offers insight into a canine's world gleaned through research on its senses of smell, sight, and hearing, and its brain. Discusses the natural history of dogs as the descendants of wolves and presents life from a dog's point of view.
by Dean Koontz: T-N1907-10 -- $137.50
Young doctor Jenny Paige and her kid sister, Lisa, arrive in scenic Snowfield, California, only to discover hundreds of residents dead or missing. With help from lawmen and military chemical-biological-warfare experts, the sisters soon realize they are up against a malevolent force. Some strong language and violence. Fiction.
by William Styron: T-N1869-40 -- $205.50
The time is 1947. Sophie, a Polish Catholic beauty who survived Auschwitz, has settled in America. Stingo, a 22 year-old aspiring writer from Virginia, is drawn to Sophie and Nathan--a madly romantic couple whose instability and flamboyance utterly capture his imagination. The deeper Stingo sinks into these people's lives, the more he learns that each harbors terrible secrets. Some descriptions of violence and adult content. Adult Reader.
The Black Sheep and the Hidden Beauty by Donna Kauffman
Catalog Number: T-N1837-00 In this companion to The Black Sheep and the Princess, Rafe Santiago, of the Unholy Trinity rescue organization, suspects new stable manager Elena Caulfield is hiding something and needs help. Meanwhile, their attraction for each other quickly builds. Adult Reader.
Blood and Circuses: A Phryne Fisher Mystery, Book 6 by Kerry Greenwood
Catalog Number: T-N1836-70 Australia, 1928. Detective Phryne Fisher's former love interest Alan Lee asks Phryne to investigate vandalism at the circus, including poisoned animals, sabotaged tightropes -- and murder. When ex-performer Amelia Parkes is arrested, Phryne goes undercover at the carnival to expose the truth. Adult Reader.
Clean Cut: An Ann Travis Mystery by Lynda La Plante
Catalog Number: T-N1831-50 As Anna Travis begins questioning her live-in relationship with sloppy, selfish Detective Chief Inspector Langton, he is badly injured. While Langton recovers enough to track his assailant, Travis works a connected case and, still worried about Langton, secretly tries to do some of his legwork. Violence and strong language. Adult Reader.
Animal Heroes: True Rescue Stories by Sandra Markle
Catalog Number: T-N1838-00 Nine accounts of animals -- from trained guide dogs to a cow, a pet cat, dolphins, and a capuchin monkey -- that helped humans during accidents and disasters. Discusses Roselle, the guide dog, who led Mike Hingson from the seventy-eighth floor to safety as his World Trade Center tower collapsed. Grades 3-6. *(AR Quiz No. 123222, BL 5.9, Pts. 1.0)
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Catalog Number: T-N1836-90 Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy," a magical power unique to each member of her family -- just as her father is injured in a terrible accident. Grades 4-7. *(AR Quiz #122451, BL 6.0, Pts. 9.0)
Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve
Catalog Number: T-N1837-30 When her village is attacked and burned, Gwyna seeks protection from the bard Myrddin, who uses Gwyna in his plan to transform young Arthur into the heroic King Arthur. Young adult reader. Some violence. *(AR Quiz #124690, BL 5.6, Pts. 11.0)
Away with the Fairies: A Phryne Fisher Mystery by Kerry Greenwood
Catalog Number: T-N1835-30 Australia, 1928. Phryne Fisher takes a job at a woman's magazine to discover who murdered Marcella Lavender, a writer and illustrator of fairy stories. Phryne also worries about her lover, Lin Chung, who is in China on a silk-buying trip. Some strong language and adult content.
Six Tales of the Jazz Age and Other Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Catalog Number: T-N1832-20 Nine short stories by the author of The Great Gatsby. Includes "The Camel's Back," "Hot and Cold Blood," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a tale about a man who ages backwards that inspired a Hollywood movie. Includes a 1960 introduction by Fitzgerald's daughter.
Moonlight on the Magic Flute By Mary Pope Osborne
Catalog Number: T-N1833-00 When Jack and Annie magically arrive in 1762 Vienna, Austria, their mission is to help a brilliant artist bring joy to the world. But six-year-old Wolfie keeps interfering. Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz No. 129309, BL 3.7, Pts. 2.0)
Eleven Birthdays by Wendy Mass
Catalog Number: T-N1836-00 After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again. Grades 4-7. *(AR Quiz #128370, BL 4.1, Pts. 7.0)
The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
Catalog Number: T-N1836-30 George Amberson Minafer is the pampered but pitiful scion of a dynasty spanning three generations. When industrialization transforms his small midwestern town, George finds his family's fortune threatened not only by a new breed of entrepreneur, but by his relatives' arrogance and greed.
One Hundred and One Designer One-Skein Wonders by Judith Durant
Catalog Number: T-N1837-80 Offers a variety of designers' knit projects -- scarves, bags, hats, shawls, socks, and even toys -- for which you can use your orphan skeins. Patterns are arranged by yarn weight: lace, fingering, sport, worsted, mohair, and novelty.
Dead Air: A Jessie Drake Mystery by Rochelle Majer Krich
Catalog Number: T-N1836-20 After radio talk-show doctor Renee Altman has LAPD detective Jessie Drake investigate a stalker, a kidnapper takes Renee's daughter Molly and taunts Renee on air. While racing to find Molly, Jessie deals with feelings for her ex-husband and accepting her Jewish heritage. For adult readers. Some descriptions of violence.
Melonhead by Katy Kelly
Catalog Number: T-N1832-90 Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Ten-year-old Adam "Melonhead" Melon, a friend of Lucy Rose, has a talent for landing in trouble. But right now he and his pal Sam are dreaming up inventions to win a science contest. For grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz #129258, BL 4.0, Pts. 4.0)
The Cats of Roxville Station by Jean Craighead George
Catalog Number: T-N1834-80 Thrown into a river by a cruel human, a tiger-striped kitten fights to survive among feral cats and other creatures that live near the Roxville train station. Mike, a foster boy who is forbidden to have any pets, calls her "Rachet" and gradually becomes her friend. For grades 3-6. *(AR Quiz #129830, BL 5.4, Pts. 4.0)
The Ghosts of Kerfol by Deborah Noyes
Catalog Number: T-N1834-70 Five intertwined stories involving Kerfol, the fictional mansion of author Edith Wharton. Over the centuries its inhabitants are haunted by dead dogs, fractured relationships, and the taste of bitter revenge. For senior high readers. *(AR Quiz #123957, BL 6.4, Pts. 6.0)
All My Patients Have Tales: Favorite Stories from a Vet’s Practice by Jeff Wells, D.V.M.
Catalog Number: T-N1833-40 Wells recounts his Iowa vet-school experience and the early years of his veterinary practice in South Dakota and Colorado. Describes chasing an excrement-pewing feral cat through the clinic, treating a Tibetan yak named Jack, and realizing that an ex-marine had fainted while Wells sutured a horse's nose. Uncontracted braille.
Takeover by Lisa Black
Catalog Number: T-N1834-60 Cleveland. Forensic scientist Theresa MacLean works a murder scene with her fiancé, homicide detective Paul Cleary. When Paul goes to the federal reserve bank where the victim worked, he stumbles upon a related robbery and becomes one of the hostages. Some violence and some strong language.
The Case of the Stinky Socks by Lewis B. Montgomery
Catalog Number: T-N1831-70 Detectives-in-training Milo and Jazz join forces to tackle their first big case, finding out who stole the lucky socks from the high-school baseball team's star pitcher. Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz #129263, BL 3.2, Pts. 1.0)
The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick
Catalog Number: T-N1833-10 A chance encounter with Harry Houdini leaves a small boy in possession of a mysterious box -- one that might hold the secrets to the greatest magic tricks ever performed. Grades 3-6. *(AR Quiz #5906, BL 5.0, Pts. 0.5)
Little Wing by Joanne Horniman
Catalog Number: T-N1834-10 Australia. Emily, a young mother, struggles to find a way out of postpartum depression and leaves her baby, Mahalia. Along her emotional journey she meets Martin and his son, whose relationship reminds her of what she left behind. Grades 11-12.
A Matter of Justice: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd
Catalog Number: T-N1847-00 Somerset, 1920. Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge is attending a wedding when he's ordered to investigate the nearby murder of London businessman Harold Quarles. Rutledge, shell-shocked and haunted by the Great War, uncovers a crime committed twenty years ago during the Boer War. Some descriptions of violence.
Promises of Change: The Ladies of Covington by Joan Medlicott
Catalog Number: T-N1836-60 The women of Covington face challenges in their routines after Hannah's volatile stepson Zachary unexpectedly returns from India with a pregnant wife. Meanwhile Grace helps Randy Banks, a traumatized veteran who has come back from Iraq, and Amelia fears her stepdaughter and grandchild may leave the area.
Annie and Snowball and the Cozy Nest: The Fifth Book Of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant
Catalog Number: T-N1831-10 From the porch swing, Annie and her bunny Snowball spy a nest and watch to find out who is building it. Annie's father lifts her up to see the eggs inside. And finally one morning, they hear the baby birds chirping. Four short chapters. Grades K-3. *(AR Quiz #129392, BL 2.8, Pts. 0.5)
Young Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle by Ruth Ashby
Catalog Number: T-N1835-40 This biography of Charles Darwin (1809-1882) focuses on the scientific observations and discoveries about the natural world that he made during his five-year shipboard voyage around the world. Discusses his collections of plants and birds, which led him to his theory of evolution. For grades 4-7. *(AR Quiz #130427 BL 7.5, Pts. 4.0)
The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
Catalog Number: T-N1837-10 New South Wales, Australia. Three students from Ashbury High -- Lydia, Cassie, and Emily -- participate in a pen-pal project for their English class by writing to Sebastian, called "Seb," Matthew, and Charlie at rival Brookfield High. The communication leads to romance, humiliation, and revenge. Some strong language. For senior high readers. *(AR Quiz #77133, BL 5.9, Pts. 12.0)
The Physick book of Deliverance Dane: A Novel by Katherine Howe
Catalog Number: T-N1838-10 Connie Goodwin heads to Massachusetts to sell her grandmother's abandoned property and work on research for her doctoral dissertation in American colonial history. When an antique key falls out of her family's old Bible, Connie is inspired to find a powerful, rare book.
The Strain: The Strain Trilogy, Book 1 by : Guillermo Del Toro
Catalog Number: T-N1847-10 The CDC's Dr. Eph Goodweather investigates a ghostly scene on the JFK tarmac: a recently landed Boeing 777 sits with all systems dead, shades down, and no signs of life. An awakened vampire virus greater and more horrific than imaginable rapidly spreads through the night. Violence and strong language.
Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales A Treasury Of Children's Classics by Mary Engelbreit
Catalog Number: T-N1832-50 Twelve folk tales retold in a not-too-scary manner for younger readers. Anthology contains friendly versions of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "The Three Little Pigs," "Puss in Boots," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Hansel and Gretel," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "The Gingerbread Boy," and "The Ugly Duckling." For grades K-3.
Lucky Breaks by Susan Patron
Catalog Number: T-N1835-50 As Lucky turns eleven, she wishes for change. When smart and funny Paloma visits tiny Hard Pan, California, Lucky considers her to be best-girlfriend material. But Lucky has much to learn about friendship and parental trust. Sequel to The Higher Power of Lucky (BR 16881). For grades 4-7. *(AR Quiz #128274 BL 6.0, Pts. 6.0)
Flowers for Algernon by Keyes, Daniel
Catalog Number: T-N1836-50 Charlie Gordon, a thirty-two-year-old with an IQ of 68, keeps progress reports for the doctors who artificially increase his intelligence through surgery. Charlie quickly becomes a genius but the sudden death of Algernon, the lab mouse who preceded him in the experiment, bodes ill for Charlie's future. *(AR Quiz #738, BL 5.8, Pts. 13.0)
Devil's Gonna Get Him: A Tamara Hayle Mystery by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Catalog Number: T-N1837-50 Newark, New Jersey. Wealthy, arrogant Lincoln Storey hires African-American cop-turned-PI Tamara Hayle to trail his stepdaughter's boyfriend, Brandon Pike -- Tamara's former lover. When Lincoln drops dead at a fundraiser, Tamara delves into his sordid personal life, ultimately becoming a target herself. Strong language.
Dead Connection by Alafair Burke
Catalog Number: T-N1833-60 NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher is temporarily transferred to homicide to help detective Flann McIlroy with what he thinks is a serial killing. Two women killed a year apart were both members of an online dating service. Soon a third victim strengthens Flann's theory--and Ellie goes undercover. Some violence and strong language.
Annie and Snowball and the Pink Surprise: The Fourth Book Of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant
Catalog Number: T-N1831-00 After noticing that a visiting hummingbird likes her pink petunias, Annie and her rabbit Snowball, with help from neighbor Henry and his dog Mudge, fill Annie's garden with pink things to attract more hummingbirds. Four short chapters. Grades K-3. *(AR Quiz #126506, BL 2.3, Pts. 0.5)
UP CLOSE: W.E.B. Dubois A Twentieth-Century Life by Tonya Bolden
Catalog Number: T-N1831-80 Biography of African American activist, poet, and scholar William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963). Discusses his earning a PhD from Harvard University and his commitment to racial equality, justice, and world peace in the context of segregation, the Jim Crow laws, and two world wars. Grades 6-9. *(AR Quix #127762 BL 8.2, Pts. 5.0)
Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen
Catalog Number: T-N1837-90 Isolated at school and tormented by his stepdad, Minnesota high school senior Sam Carrier feels defined by his Tourette syndrome. But long-distance running, his deceased father's friend George, a girl named Naomi, and a road trip to Jerk, California, change his perspective. Some strong language. For senior high readers. *(AR Quiz #126100, BL 3.3, Pts. 9.0)
Among the Mad: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
Catalog Number: T-N1837-40 London, 1931. Investigator and psychologist Maisie Dobbs witnesses the suicide of a war veteran-turned-beggar on Christmas Eve. The next day the prime minister receives a menacing letter that demands relief for the poor and unemployed--and that mentions Maisie by name. Maisie joins Scotland Yard in its investigation.
Smart Girls Think Twice by Cathie Linz
Catalog Number: T-N1833-90 In this sequel to Big Girls Don't Cry (BR 17720), sociologist Emma Riley returns to Rock Creek, Pennsylvania, to attend her sisters' weddings and to conduct research on her hometown's new popularity. When she attempts to interview extreme athlete Jake Slayter, a newcomer, sparks fly. Strong Language, mature content. Adult Reader.
Eve of the Emperor Penguin: Magic Tree House, Book #40 by Mary Pope Osborne
Catalog Number: T-N1832-80 The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie away to the super-cold continent of Antarctica, the home of penguins, to search for the fourth secret of happiness for Merlin. Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz #125558, BL 3.7, Pts. 2.0)
A Life in the Wild: George Schaller’s Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts by Pamela S. Turner
Catalog Number: T-N1834-00 Examines the background and fieldwork of wildlife conservationist George Schaller. Discusses his first Alaska expeditions and experiences observing gorillas in the Congo; studying tigers in India, lions in East Africa, and snow leopards in the Himalayas; and tracking pandas and surveying other endangered animals in China. Grades 5-8. *(AR Quiz #126303, BL 7.2, Pts. 4.0)
When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie
Catalog Number:: T-N1834-50 Two planets, Bronson Alpha and Bronson Beta, hurtle through space on a collision course with Earth. Scientist Cole Hendron secretly recruits fellow scientists to construct a powerful, Noah's ark-inspired spacecraft to evacuate a select few people before the inevitable cosmic disaster. Includes sequel After Worlds Collide.
Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Muhammad Yunus
Catalog Number: T-N1850-00 Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Bangladesh's Grameen Bank, explains "social business" as enterprise created to serve the poor. Proposes using capitalism to tackle poverty, pollution, and inadequate health care and education in developing countries. Advocates access to global television and news services for impoverished populations.
Up At the College by Michele Andrea Bowen
Catalog Number: T-N1846-90 When forty-three-year-old Yvonne Fountain's husband tosses her and their daughters out, Yvonne trusts the Lord and returns to Durham, North Carolina, to teach at a black university. Yvonne acknowledges an attraction to former classmate and coach Curtis Parker, but she wants a God-fearing man and Curtis enjoys his bachelorhood.
Abigail Iris: The One and Only by Lisa Glatt
Catalog Number: T-N1830-60 Third-grader Abigail Iris wishes she were an only child like her three best friends Cynthia, Rebecca, and Genevieve. Instead, Abigail is one of four siblings in a family on a budget. But going on a hotel vacation with Genevieve turns out differently than Abigail expected. Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz #129515, BL 5.0, Pts. 3.0)
Danger in the Desert: True Adventures of a Dinosaur Hunter by Roger Cohen
Catalog Number: T-N1832-10 Traces the life and career of American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews (1884-1960), whose 1922 expedition discovered an enormous dinosaur fossil trove in the Flaming Cliffs of Mongolia's Gobi Desert. Recounts Andrews's death-defying escapes from dangerous animals, terrain, and people while on the pursuit of scientific artifacts. Grades 6-9.
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Catalog Number: T-N1837-60 Seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hübener is imprisoned for treason. While awaiting execution in his filthy prison cell, Helmuth looks back over his short life, recalling friendships, family, and his courageous endeavor to share the truth with other Germans about Hitler and the war. Junior and Senior High readers. *(AR Quiz #121004, BL 4.9, Pts. 5.0)
Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child
Catalog Number: T-N1846-70 Exploring the frigid landscape of the Federal Wilderness Zone, paleoecologist Evan Marshall and his team come upon a strange animal encased in ice. Against the advice of Marshall's team, their sponsor plans to televise the creature's thawing. But then the beast disappears and people die. Violence. Adult reader.
The Pastor's Wife: The True Story of a Minister and the Shocking Death that Divided a Family by Diane Fanning
Catalog Number: T-N1833-20 Examines the circumstances surrounding the murder of Tennessee pastor Matthew Winkler by his wife Mary. Details the trial, during which Mary's attorneys portrayed her as sexually and psychologically abused. Describes the ensuing dynamics between Mary, the couple's three young daughters, and members of the extended family. Some violence. Adult reader.
Annie and Snowball and the Teacup Club, The Third Book of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant
Catalog Number: T-N1830-90 Annie wishes she had some friends to enjoy a dainty tea party with. Her cousin Henry helps her make a sign to start a club, and his idea works! Three short chapters. Grades K-3. *(AR Quiz #122336, BL 2.6, Pts. 0.5)
Three Presidents Died on the Fourth of July and Other Freaky Facts About the First 25 Presidents by Barbara Seuling
Catalog Number: T-N1831-90 Presents unusual facts about U.S. presidents, such as who gave the shortest inaugural speech, who had the first indoor plumbing at the White House, who was the last to have a beard, what Abraham Lincoln carried in his stovepipe hat, and much more. Uncontracted braille. Grades 3-6. *(AR Quiz #116560, BL 5.7, Pts. 1.0)
Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
Catalog Number: T-N1834-40 Best friends Chris Collins and Win Coggans bicycle from West Virginia to Washington State after high school graduation. When Win disappears near the end of the ride, Chris returns home without him. Win's wealthy father soon has the FBI on the case. Senior High readers. *(AR Quiz #122857, BL 4.8, Pts. 9.0)
The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
Catalog Number: T-N1838-30 Formerly a fine arts student at Yale, Tod Hackett hopes for success in Hollywood as a set designer. Through his apartment neighbor, aspiring actress Faye Greener, Tod meets a cast of seedy characters and has a series of misadventures. Some strong language. Adult reader.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Catalog Number: T-N1835-20 The adventures of free-spirited Dean Moriarty, Sal Paradise, and their eclectic friends as they traverse North America by bus, car (both stolen and borrowed), and thumb on a wild, anarchic quest for identity and purpose. Classic autobiographical portrayal of the beat generation. Mature content and some strong language. Adult reader.
Just Grace Goes Green by Charise Mericle Harper:
Catalog Number: T-N1832-40 When Miss Lois teaches her class ways to "go green," Just Grace learns to recycle, conserve, and reuse things to save the Earth. But convincing her mother to cooperate is not easy. Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz #130420, BL 5.2, Pts. 3.0)
The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy:
Catalog Number: T-N1831-30 In 1972, twelve-year-old Joan regrets moving to California until she meets Sarah--a kindred spirit with whom Joan enjoys romping in the woods and making up stories. The girls are recruited for a summer writing class that changes their perspective about storytelling and themselves. Grades 5-8. *(AR Quiz #117801, BL 4.1, Pts. 9.0)
Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers:
Catalog Number: T-N1831-40 Seventeen-year-old Lil J, a suspect in the shooting of an undercover cop, hides in an abandoned crack house. He encounters Kelly, a man who is watching clips of Lil J's life on television. Kelly urges Lil J to examine choices he's made. Some strong language. For senior high readers. *(AR Quiz #128140, BL 4.5, Pts. 5.0)
Forecast: The Consequences of Climate Change by Stephan Faris:
Catalog Number: T-N1834-30 Journalist examines the ecological, social, and political effects of climate change as evidenced in worldwide events. Posits that global warming is responsible for third-world agricultural changes and subsequent land deterioration is a catalyst for regional conflicts. Also highlights environmental refugees, coastal insurance, diseases, and wine production.
Hairy Hezekiah by Dick King-Smith
Catalog Number: T-N1832-60 Looking for a friend, Hezekiah, a lonely camel, escapes from a zoo in England one night. He crashes through hedges and fences until some cows point him toward a safari park owned by a bushy-bearded gentleman, who figures out a way to help Hezekiah. Grades 2-4. *(AR QUIZ #118927, BL 5.1, Pts. 1.0)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Catalog Number: T-N1830-50 World War II. Nine-year-old Bruno is dismayed to leave his three best friends when his family moves from their Berlin home to a remote country house. He struggles to understand why he can't be friends with the boy behind the wire fence. Grades 6-9 and older readers. *(AR Quiz# 109203, BL 5.8, Pts. 7.0)
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Catalog Number: T-N1834-20 Colonial India. Irish orphan Kimball O'Hara befriends a Tibetan Buddhist lama seeking spiritual redemption and joins him on a journey. Along the way, British Intelligence recruits Kim for secret-service activities. Kim attempts to reconcile the opposing cultures and obligations of the spirit and the state. Upper Grades, Fiction. *(AR QUIZ #103576, BL 7.7, Pts. 18.0)
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Catalog Number: T-N1833-50 Largely autobiographical novel portrays the Irish childhood, adolescence, and early manhood of Stephen Dedalus. Stephen's growing self-awareness as an artist forces him to reject the narrow world in which he has been brought up. Fiction.
While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky
Catalog Number: T-N1838-20 When Molly Snow's older sister Robin, a self-centered marathoner and Olympic hopeful, falls into a coma during a run, Molly guilt-trips about working at the family's garden nursery instead of accompanying Robin that day. Confronting multiple problems--and a paternity secret--Molly helps her family cope with Robin's incapacity. Fiction.
Annie and Snowball and the Prettiest House: The Second Book of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant
Catalog Number: T-N1830-80 Annie lives with her dad in a simple, plain house. But Annie likes pretty things. Her cousin Henry suggests moving the fancy lamps and chairs from his attic to Annie's house. And their parents agree! Three short chapters. Grades K-3. *(AR Quiz #120046, BL 2.5, Pts. 0.5)
The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
Catalog Number: T-N1836-40 Kidnapped from New Orleans by the crew of a ship bound for Africa, thirteen-year-old Jessie Bollier discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job entails playing his fife during the exercise periods of the human cargo. Newbery Medal. Grades 5-8. *(AR Quiz #82, BL 6.0, Pts. 6.0)
The Returning by Ann Tatlock
Catalog Number: T-N1832-00 Andrea Sheldon awaits her husband John's return from a five-year prison sentence for vehicular homicide. Their son with Down syndrome welcomes John, who is now religious, but their two daughters reject him. Over the summer, the family members adjust to new roles amid personal turmoil. Fiction.
The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama by Gwen Ifill
Catalog Number: T-N1833-30 Editor and television pundit profiles the post-civil-rights generation of African American male politicians. Analyzes a trend in black politicians' abilities to successfully attract white support in local and state elections and Barack Obama's campaign for presidency. discusses race-gender clashes, legacy politics, and up-and-coming elected officials.
Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
Catalog Number: T-N1846-80 Onetime chums Addie and Valerie reconnect after Valerie vengefully strikes a former classmate with her car at their fifteen-year high school reunion. Addie, once fat and bullied, and Valerie, a television weather girl, run from the police together. Strong language and mature content. Adult Fiction.
Annie and Snowball and the Dress-up Birthday: The First Book of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant
Catalog Number: T-N1830-70 Annie invites her cousin Henry, his family, and his big dog Mudge to dress up and celebrate Annie's birthday at her house with her father and her pet rabbit Snowball. But Annie and Henry have different ideas about the meaning of dress-up. Three short chapters. Grades K-3. *(AR Quiz #113365, BL 3.0, Pts. 0.5)
Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry
Catalog Number: T-N1832-30 Eleven-year-old Ignatius Alderman, called "Brother", promises to keep his family's Oregon ranch just as it is until his father returns from the war in Iraq. Brother's Quaker grandparents and his own Catholic faith help him face new challenges, like a wildfire that threatens the ranch. Grades 5-8. *(AR Quiz # 128015, BL 5.2, Pts. 5.0)
Sweetwater Gap by Denise Hunter
Catalog Number: T-N1831-20 Josie Mitchell is summoned home to North Carolina to help run her family's apple orchard. Josie embraces old friends and family and, despite her guilty memories and illness, falls in love with orchard manager Grady Mackenzie. When a crisis occurs, Josie opens her heart to God. Adult Reader.
Clean Cut: An Ann Travis Mystery by Lynda La Plante
Catalog Number: T-N1831-50 As Anna Travis begins questioning her live-in relationship with sloppy, selfish Detective Chief Inspector Langton, he is badly injured. While Langton recovers enough to track his assailant, Travis works a connected case and, still worried about Langton, secretly tries to do some of his legwork. Violence and strong language - Adult Reader - Fiction.
Panini Express: Seventy Delicious Recipes, Hot off the Press by Daniel Leader and Lauren Chattman
Catalog Number: T-N1831-60 Tips and recipes for perfectly grilled sandwiches. Instructions for baking your own bread and preparing mayonnaises, pestos, and other sandwich enhancers. Recipes suggest store-bought or homemade breads appropriate to a variety of toppings from a range of international cuisines: French, German, Italian, Mexican, and Middle Eastern. Bremen Town Musicians and Other Animal Tales from Grimm by Doris Orgel
Catalog Number: T-N1589-40 Six tales of wit and wisdom, some familiar and some less so, are delightfully retold in language that mixes modern sensibilities with once-upon-a-time flair. Lower Grades *(AR Quiz # 84982, BL 4.4, Pts. 1.0)
Tell Me Some More by Crosby Newell Bonsall
Catalog Number: T-N1284-40 When Andrew tells Tim there is a place where he can carry an elephant under his arm, hold a camel in his hand, and be taller than a tree, Tim wants to know where this wonderful place is. Grades K-3.
Winning Chess Openings by Bill Robertie
Catalog Number: T-N1386-90 Explains the twenty-five essential chess openings from the standard King's Pawn to the counterattacking half-open defenses. Discusses each approach and the thought processes involved from "both white's and black's perspectives, and the possibilities of moves and their strengths (and weaknesses) fully played out."
Bald Eagle Returning Wildlife by John E. Becker
Catalog Number: T-N1563-90 Discusses the near extinction, return, and future of bald eagles.
Good Enough by Paula Yoo
Catalog Number: T-N1774-90 High school senior Patti Yoon is busy living up to her Korean parents' expectations for her to attend an Ivy League college when she befriends transfer student Ben Wheeler. Ben encourages her to apply to Juilliard and pursue her own interests. Fiction, Senior High readers. *(AR Quiz #121142, BL 5.1, Pts. 7.0)
The Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World Out of Balance and the Cutting-Edge Science that Promises Hope by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Catalog Number: T-N1771-00 Journalist analyzes the growing prevalence of autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, Crohn's disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Posits that the environment--full of industrial chemicals, heavy metals, and toxins--has accelerated such illnesses. Reports patients' first-person accounts, evidence of cluster epidemics, and relevant medical research. Non-Fiction.
My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams by John Adams
Catalog Number: T-N1771-30 The editors selected 289 entries from the voluminous correspondence between the man who became the second president and Abigail--his wife, advisor, and friend. The couple, who endured many separations until John's presidency ended in 1801, began writing in 1762 and discussed the war, John's political career, and their family. Non-Fiction.
Easier to Kill: A Tamara Hayle Mystery by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Catalog Number: T-N1774-70 Radio star Mandy Magic hires private investigator Tamara Hayle to look into the murder of Mandy's stylist, who was also her second cousin. Vandalism and an anonymous note that reads "movin' on up" may be ominous clues that Mandy is also a target. Some violence and some strong language. Fiction.
The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food by Judith Jones
Catalog Number: T-N1775-40 Memoir of longtime food editor at Knopf. Jones reminisces about her childhood in New York City and in Vermont and her post-World War II cooking adventures in Paris. Describes her work with chefs Julia Child and James Beard and her efforts to introduce Americans to international cuisine. Includes recipes. Biography/Cookbook.
Teen, Inc. by Stefan Petrucha
Catalog Number: T-N1774-50 Fourteen-year-old Jaiden Beale, who is being raised by the corporation responsible for his parents' deaths, is allowed to attend public school for the first time. After learning that the company is polluting the local water supply, Jaiden and his friends investigate. Fiction, Junior and Senior High readers. *(AR Quiz #117804, BL 6.5, Pts. 8.0)
Joan: The Mysterious Life Of the Heretic Who Became a Saint by Donald Spoto
Catalog Number: T-N1756-60 Theologian presents an account of the life of Joan of Arc (c. 1412-1431), accused heretic and canonized saint. Quoting from translated trial records, the author examines Joan's actions, words, and faith in the context of fifteenth-century France. Posits Joan's relevance as a "prophetic witness" for the twenty-first century. Biography.
Endless Things: A Part of Egypt by John Crowley
Catalog Number: T-N1774-30 Pierce Moffett goes to Europe to search for the mythical realm of Egypt. Guided by the writings of late novelist Fellowes Kraft, Pierce finds traces of the mysteries of Egypt interwoven into the histories of philosopher-martyr Giordano Bruno and others. Sequel to Daemonomania. Fantasy Fiction.
Dream When You're Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg
Catalog Number: T-N1771-80 Chicago, 1940s. Kitty and Louise Heaney see their boyfriends off to fight in World War II, while their younger sister Tish has fun dancing and flirting at USO events. Letters to and from loved ones reveal events at home and on the battlefront. Mature content and some strong language. Fiction, Adult readers.
White Lies by Jayne Ann Krentz
Catalog Number: T-N1775-20 Clare Lancaster, a psychic, meets her biological father and begins working for his family's company. Suspected of killing her brother-in-law, Clare searches for the truth while she falls for Jake Salter, a mind reader from the Arcane Society. Some mature content, violence, and strong language. Fiction, Adult readers.
The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose by Mary Hooper
Catalog Number: T-N1757-10 London, 1670. Homeless fifteen-year-old Eliza is arrested for stealing food. Bailed out by bawdy-house owner Ma Gwyn, Eliza is helped by Ma's daughter Nell, who becomes the mistress of King Charles. Eliza's fortune improves, and she eventually finds her birth mother. Fiction, Senior High and older readers. *(AR Quiz #11939, BL 6.5, Pts. 14.0)
The Jewish Americans: Three Centuries of Jewish Voices in America by Beth S. Wenger
Catalog Number: T-N1773-70 Companion piece to a 2008 PBS television series uses first-person accounts to examine the history, social integration, ethnic relations, and cultural assimilation of Jews in America from 1654 to 2008. Profiles individuals such as Abraham Kohn, a 1840s peddler who voiced the initial disappointment felt by many Jewish immigrants.
Wolf: Legend, Enemy, Icon by Rebecca L. Grambo
Catalog Number: T-N1775-10 Explores the evolution of the wolf-human relationship. Covers early civilizations' reverence of the wolf, the wolf as a symbol of evil in the Middle Ages, and its near extinction in modern times. Describes the wolf's life cycle and its predatory nature, which incites both fear and admiration in humans.
Happy for No Reason: Seven Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out by Marci Shimoff
Catalog Number: T-N1774-60 Author presents a holistic approach to finding lasting happiness. Describes a seven-step program corresponding to personal power, mind, heart, body, soul, purpose, and relationships--as well as twenty-one associated "happiness habits" and exercises. Includes inspirational accounts and tips on applying principles to daily life. Foreword by Jack Canfield.
Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff
Catalog Number: T-N1775-50 New York Times jazz critic analyzes the performance style of saxophonist John Coltrane (1926-1967), from his 1946 recordings as a navy bandsman and 1950s improvisational experimentation to his 1961 breakthrough song, My Favorite Things. Discusses Coltrane's openness to other cultures and influence on other musicians. Biography, Strong Language, Adult Reader.
Race: A History Beyond Black and White by Marc Aronson
Catalog Number: T-N1756-00 Focuses on the history of race and racism in the West from Greek civilization to modern times. Discusses prejudice, slavery, religion, and the complex social problems that arise from judging people by their skin color or beliefs. Nonfiction, Upper Grades. *(AR Quiz #119444, BL 8.8, Pts. 11.00)
My Maggie by Richard King
Catalog Number: T-N1772-30 Chicago sportscaster's tribute to Maggie, his wife of thirty-two years. He recalls her fears, courage, and ultimate zest for living while battling childhood hearing loss, progressive blindness, melanoma, breast cancer, and the ovarian cancer that killed her at age fifty-three. Biography.
On Kingdom Mountain by Frank Howard Mosher
Catalog Number: T-N1775-30 Vermont, 1930. Bookwoman and bird carver, Miss Jane Hubbell Kinneson disputes the township's proposed highway through her property on Kingdom Mountain. Momentous changes occur during her fiftieth year after she offers refuge to aviator Henry Satterfield when his biplane crashes. Fiction.
Land of the Blind by Jess Walter
Catalog Number: T-N1774-40 Burned-out Spokane police detective Caroline Mabry is puzzled by the man in her interview room. Attorney and failed politician Clark Mason insists he's responsible for a murder, but his statement is taking him hours to write, and it starts with his childhood. Strong language and some mature subject matter. Fiction, Adult Reader.
A Daring Passion by Rosemary Rogers
Catalog Number: T-N1774-80 Raine Wimbourne masquerades as the Knave of Knightsbridge, champion of the poor, to dupe authorities and protect her father--the real knave. Philippe Gautier kidnaps Raine, intending to make her his mistress and use her to thwart enemies, but love complicates his plans. Adult Reader. Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson
Catalog Number: T-N1775-00 This prequel to Anne of Green Gables portrays Anne's childhood before her eleventh birthday. Anne's parents died in an epidemic when she was a baby, leading her to have many adventures at foster homes, orphanages, and school. Fiction, Grades 5-8. *(AR Quiz #127483, BL 5.4, Pts. 20.0)
In Search of Wagner by Theodor Adorno
Catalog Number: T-N1756-30 A German philosopher examines the influence of Richard Wagner's music on Nazi culture. Provides musicological analyses of Wagner's scores and production techniques. Also reflects on Wagner's social character and ideological impulses. Translated in 1981 by Rodney Livingstone.
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
Catalog Number: T-N1770-80 President of Harvard University interprets the significance of the U.S. Civil War's death toll. States that two percent of the country's population was killed and many died without proper burials. Analyzes the way those losses transformed American society, culture, and politics through the experience of shared suffering. Violence.
Afterlands by Steve Heighton
Catalog Number: T-N1773-90 When members of the Polaris expedition become stranded on an ice floe off the coast of Greenland in 1872, Lieutenant Tyson takes charge. Initially well supplied, the crew waits for the ship's return and then, for any ship. Morale suffers and discipline erodes as chances for survival dwindle. Fiction.
Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard
Catalog Number: T-N1773-80 Award-winning journalist examines the Golden Age of Piracy (1715-1725), when outlaws, defected sailors, privateers, and runaway slaves forged a republic in the Bahamas. Chronicles the lives of pirates Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy, Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch, and Charles Vane. Discusses British war hero Woodes Rogers's defeat of the pirate alliance.
Dark Day in the Deep Sea: Magic Tree House, Book #39 by Mary Pope Osborne
Catalog Number: T-N1774-10 Jack and his sister Annie travel back in time to the 1870s and meet sailors and scientists aboard the HMS Challenger--the first ship dedicated to scientific exploration. While learning about mysterious ocean creatures, Jack and Annie discover another of the four secrets of happiness. Fiction, Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz #121639, BL 3.8, Pts. 2.0)
On Top of Spaghetti...Macaroni, Linguine, Penne, and Pasta of Every Kind by Johanne Killeen, and George Germon
Catalog Number: T-N1771-10 Award-winning chefs present dozens of recipes for pasta dishes using fresh ingredients such as vegetables, legumes, herbs, tomatoes, seafood, poultry, meat, rabbit, eggs, and cheese. Includes sections on baked ziti and shells, lasagna, and fresh pasta. Gives tips on gauging portion size and knowing when noodles are properly cooked.
The Bible: A Biography by Karen Armstrong
Catalog Number: T-N1755-30 Religious historian examines the transformation of the Bible's two testaments from oral history to written scripture. Explains changes in biblical interpretation by Christian and Jewish religious leaders and discusses the challenges to the Bible's accuracy in the scientific age.
The Thin Woman: An Epicurean Mystery; Ellie Haskell Mystery by Dorothy Cannell
Catalog Number: T-N1774-20 Ellie Simons, beautiful but overweight, hires escort Bentley Haskell to pose as her fiancé on a visit to her uncle Merlin's imposing estate. Ellie encounters unexpected romance and a treasure hunt when Merlin suddenly passes away, leaving his fortune to her and Bentley--provided that she shed sixty pounds. Fiction.
Loveseekers by Dorothy Garlock
Catalog Number: T-N1774-00 In Sing Softly to Me Beth returns to Wyoming when she learns that her sister Sarah has multiple sclerosis--even though Sarah's brother-in-law broke Beth's heart. In Gentle Torment Lindy's estranged husband follows her to Alaska to win her back. Some mature content and strong language. Fiction, Adult.
Live from the Fifth Grade by Colleen O'Shaughnessy McKenna
Catalog Number: T-N1017-30 Roger Friday is the class clown at Sacred Heart Elementary School, and the target of most of his jokes is classmate Marsha Cessano, because she's so easy to tease. But having a sense of humor can be a curse, and a dead-snake prank lands Roger in after-school detention helping the kindly janitor. When the school laser printer is stolen, Marsha volunteers to help Roger find the thief to clear the janitor's name. Fiction, Grades 3-6. *(AR Quiz #11475, BL 4.0, Pts 3.0)
Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen
Catalog Number: T-N1211-70 Thirteen-year-old Brian was rescued from the Canadian wilderness at the end of summer in The Hatchet. But what if, instead, he had faced the harsh winter in the woods? This survival story pits the stranded young outdoorsman against the cold, loneliness, and worst of nature. Fiction, Grades 6-9 (and older readers). *(AR Quiz #11704, BL 5.9, Pts. 5.0)
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Catalog Number: T-N8851-00 Lennie, strong but feeble-minded, and George, his responsible friend, are two itinerant laborers during the depression who dream of owning their own farm. Their hopes are shattered when Lennie accidentally kills the boss's daughter-in-law. Strong language. Fiction, Upper Grades. *(AR Quiz #8665, BL 4.5, Pts. 4.0)
You Can Do the Math: Overcome Your Math Phobia and Make Better Financial Decisions by Ronald L. Lipsman
Catalog Number: T-N1628-30 Professor offers an introduction to the mathematics of personal finance. Covers buying or leasing a car, owning or renting a home, insurance, credit cards, college and retirement funds, taxes and inflation, stock market investments, compound interest, and more. Companion web site link gives calculations. 2004.
The Education of Laura Bridgman: First Deaf and Blind Person to Learn Language by Ernest Freebert
Catalog Number: T-N1335-40 Chronicles the life of Laura Bridgman, who, born into a New Hampshire farm family in 1829, became deaf and blind at the age of two. Freeberg recounts Laura's transformation into a woman who voraciously absorbed the world around her under the tutelage of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe of the Perkins Institution for the Blind. Biography.
Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
Catalog Number: T-N1499-00 An easy-to-read story about a magical dog who joins the circus because the zoo won't have him. Fiction, Preschool - Grade 2. *(AR Quiz #130449, BL 1.4, Pts. 0.5)
Footprints on the Moon by Alexandra Siy
Catalog Number: T-N1374-50 An overview of mankind's study and exploration of the Moon, from the building of Stonehenge in England to astronauts walking on the Moon's surface. Covers the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States. Nonfiction, Middle Grades. *(AR Quiz #46306, BL 6.3, Pts. 0.5)
Run If You Dare by Randy Powell
Catalog Number: T-N1564-10 Fourteen-year-old Gardner is shocked to discover that his beloved but recently unemployed father considers himself a failure and may leave the family. Gardner seeks direction in his own life by joining the track team and renewing his friendship with an old girlfriend. Fiction, Upper Grades. *(AR Quiz #48141, BL 4.6, Pts. 6.0)
Devil's Teeth: a True Story of Obsession and Survival among America's Great White Sharks by Susan Casey
Catalog Number: T-N1756-70 Account of the author's journey to the Farallon Islands, twenty-seven miles from San Francisco, a renowned refuge of great white sharks. Casey, an editor, relates joining scientists Peter Pyle and Scot Anderson as they study the predators in their natural habitat. She describes shark attacks and the archipelago's beauty. Some strong language.
Color of the Sea by John Hamamura
Catalog Number: T-N1715-30 Hawaiian Isamu "Sam" Hamada, a descendant of a samurai, falls in love with Keiko after moving to California to help his remaining family in Hiroshima. Both are caught between cultures when World War II breaks out. Fiction, Adult: mature content, some violence, and some strong language.
Bully Trouble by Joanna Cole
Catalog Number: T-N1348-60 Eddie, the neighborhood bully, picks on best friends Arlo and Robby, stealing their food whenever he can. But Arlo and Robby come up with a red-hot plan to make him stop. Fiction, Grades K-3. *(AR Quiz #7360, BL 2.0, Pts. 0.5)
Blind Faith by Ellen Wittlinger
Catalog Number: T-N1755-60 After fifteen-year-old Liz loses her grandmother, Liz's mother joins a spiritualist church to communicate with the dead and alienates her atheist husband. New neighbors sixteen-year-old Nathan and his younger sister live with their grandmother while their mother is dying. Liz and Nathan console each other. Fiction, Upper Grades. *(AR Quiz #107317, BL 4.5, Pts. 10.0)
The Hindi-Bindi Club by Monica Pradhan
Catalog Number: T-N1756-90 Three first-generation American women struggle to reconcile traditional Indian ways with Western life. As divorced doctor Kiran considers an arranged marriage, artist Rani loses her passion, and married Preity confronts past heartache, they draw upon the strength and wisdom of their mothers, affectionately dubbed the Hindi-Bindi Club. Includes recipes. Fiction.
Heart in the Right Place: A Memoir by Carolyn Jourdan
Catalog Number: T-N1756-50 When her seventy-two-year-old mother had a heart attack, U.S. Senate counsel Jourdan took leave to man the receptionist's desk in her father's rural Tennessee doctor's office. She describes those days that turned into a year, and the lessons in humanity she learned during that time. Strong language. Biography, Adult.
Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella
Catalog Number: T-N1770-70 London. After twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up with amnesia, she can't remember the past three years of her life. Lexi learns that she's now a gorgeous but cut-throat businesswoman with a priggish millionaire husband and a secret lover. Strong language. Fiction, Adult.
The Three Bears by Paul Galdone
Catalog Number: T-N1375-30 A little girl named Goldilocks visits the house of the three bears while they are away and causes mischief. She even falls asleep in the Little Wee Bear's bed. And then the bears come home. Fiction, Grades K-3. *(AR Quiz #32037, BL 3.6, Pts. 0.5)
Superfudge by Judy Blume
Catalog Number: T-N1148-80 Not only does Peter's brother Fudge grow more troublesome with age, but Peter's parents make things worse by producing a baby girl. After Fudge tries unsuccessfully to sell the baby or give her away, he plasters her with trading stamps in hopes of exchanging her for something good. Fiction, Grades 3-6. *(AR Quiz# 443, BL 3.4, Pts. 4.0)
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Two Spies by Donald J. Sobol
Catalog Number: T-N1039-10 The young sneaker-clad super sleuth saves the day again in a collection of ten short mysteries that invite readers to puzzle out the solutions before consulting the answers in the back of the book. Fiction, Middle Grades. *(AR Quiz# 36379, BL 4.4 Pts. 1.0)
Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky
Catalog Number: T-N1690-70 After interior designer Dana Clarke and her husband, Hugh, a lawyer from a prominent New England dynasty, have a baby girl with African American features, Dana searches for the father she never knew. The white couple uncovers long-held family secrets and prejudice. Some strong language. Fiction, Adult.
Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
Catalog Number: T-N1755-40 Retired English professor's memoir of her childhood in 1930s rural Iowa, a time Kalish describes as "quite a romp." Recalls years of deprivation and hard work mitigated by simple rewards. Discusses daily life and the influence of religion and literature, and describes family members whose lessons shaped her upbringing. Biography.
Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury
Catalog Number: T-N1771-50 Hawaii, 1975. A Boy Scout campout on a remote beach goes terrifyingly wrong when an earthquake hits in the night. The boys and their leaders are separated during the resulting tsunami. But eighth-grader Dylan finds an unexpected ally as he and fifteen-year-old Louie rescue the group. Fiction, Grades 5-8. *(AR Quiz #116706, BL 3.5, Pts. 5.0)
Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
Catalog Number: T-N1756-40 Seventeen-year-old Clio resents having to spend the summer with her divorced dad, who is searching for sunken treasure near Italy--especially when her father's archaeologist girlfriend is along. But Clio meets a cute Yale student and has a chance to dive for artifacts. Fiction, Upper Grades. *(AR Quiz# 115824, BL 4.4, Pts., 12.0)
Midstream: My Later Life by Helen Keller
Catalog Number: T-N1730-10 In this continuation of her autobiography, the famous deaf-blind woman chronicles her life since her sophomore year at Radcliffe College. Sequel to The Story of My Life. Biography.
The Spring Cleaning Murders by Dorothy Cannell
Catalog Number: T-N1772-50 Ellie Haskell, housewife extraordinaire, seeks a new maid after her beloved Roxie quits. But when Gertrude Large, a member of Roxie's local charwomen's association, is murdered, Ellie turns to sleuthing. Aided by her husband and various cleaning products, Ellie tackles Gertrude's former clients to tidy up--and snoop around--their homes. Fiction.
Freedom by Marc Maurer
Catalog Number: T-N1770-90 Eight individuals share their experiences with blindness. In the title memoir, Maurer reflects that "blindness must be confronted in unconventional ways if progress in surmounting its disadvantages is to be made." In "Mom, What Does Blind Mean?" Pauletta Feldman answers her nonsighted son's questions. Biographies.
Runaround by Helen Hemphill
Catalog Number: T-N1755-90 Although an avid reader of romance magazines, eleven-year-old Sassy is unsure how to attract a handsome neighborhood teen to be her first boyfriend. Then she discovers that her pretty older sister Lula has been flirting with him, too. Uncontracted braille. Fiction, Grades 6-9. *(AR Quiz #113308, BL 3.8, Pts. 4.0)
Who Was First? Discovering the Americas by Russell Freedman
Catalog Number: T-N1755-70 This book examines the evidence that indicates others may have traveled to the Americas before Columbus in 1492, including Viking ruins, Mayan stonework, and other mysterious objects found in New England that date before Columbus. Nonfiction, Grades 6-9. *(AR Quiz #118045, BL 8.6, Pts. 3.0)
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
Catalog Number: T-N1729-70 New Yorker staff writer addresses global warming in this examination of climate change. Kolbert recounts her visits to northern latitudes to document effects of greenhouse gases on land and people. Discusses the interplay of science and politics and details actions taken by organizations and individuals to avert a crisis. Nonfiction.
Murder on K Street: A Capital Crimes Novel by Margaret Truman
Catalog Number: T-N1755-80 U.S. senator Lyle Simmons discovers his wife Jeannette murdered in their Washington, D.C., mansion. Retired assistant U.S. attorney Phil Rotondi, who once dated Jeannette and who has been Lyle's friend since college, helps him. As police investigate the politician's dealings, additional deaths occur. Some violence and strong language. Fiction, Adult.
Everlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Catalog Number: T-N1756-20 England, 1135. Lady Abrielle marries the lecherous Desmond de Marlé to save her family from poverty and disgrace after King Henry denies her stepfather a title and lands. But Abrielle is in love with Scottish Raven Seabern and hopes for a miracle. Fiction, Adult.
Things Hoped For by Andrew Clements
Catalog Number: T-N1713-60 Seventeen-year-old violin prodigy Gwen lives with her ailing grandfather in Manhattan while attending a music academy on a scholarship. As Gwen prepares to audition for a prestigious college, her grandfather disappears. Fellow musician Robert--Bobby, from Things Not Seen--provides help and friendship. Fiction, Grades 6-9. *(AR Quiz #109163, BL 4.7, Pts. 6.0)
Surrender by Sonya Hartnett
Catalog Number: T-N1694-40 As twenty-year-old Gabriel lies in bed dying, he recalls events shared with his two companions, his dog Surrender and the volatile Finnigan. Gabriel reflects on the death of his mentally challenged brother Vernon and the arson attacks in his hometown. Some violence. Fiction, Upper Grades. *(AR Quiz #106100, BL 4.9, Pts. 8.0)
The Hopes of Snakes: And Other Tales from the Urban Landscape by Lisa Couturier
Catalog Number: T-N1691-70 Celebrates the adaptation of heron, egret, Canada goose, coyote, peregrine falcon, red-tailed hawk, vulture, and crow to the urban landscapes of Washington, D.C., and New York City. In the title piece, the author reflects upon the non-venomous black rat snake before rescuing a six-foot-long one from a human crowd. Nonfiction, Upper Grades. *(AR #102564, BL 8.0, Pts. 10.0)
American Medical Association Guide to Living with Diabetes: Preventing and Treating Type 2 Diabetes by American Medical Association
Catalog Number: T-N1692-20 Lifestyle guidelines for people with Type 2 diabetes including diet, exercise, and personal care. Covers diagnosis, treatment, medication, alternative therapies, children, pregnancy, and complications.
Play Dirty by Sandra Brown
Catalog Number: T-N1734-00 FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast, from Dance of Death, languishes in prison for murders committed by his psychotic brother, Diogenes. Meanwhile, New York's natural history museum unseals an Egyptian tomb, precipitating more killings. Aloysius escapes to confront his brother in a deadly showdown. Strong language and some violence. Adult Readers.
Leonardo's Horse by Jean Fritz
Catalog Number: T-N1754-70 Explains American Charles Dent's efforts to complete the unrealized dream of Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) to cast a twenty-four-foot statue of a horse in bronze. Discusses the difficulties Leonardo faced five hundred years ago and Dent's use of modern casting and reinforcing techniques. Nonfiction, Grades 3-6. *(AR Quiz #54098, BL 4.6, Pts. 0.5)
Digging to America by Anne Tyler
Catalog Number: T-N1658-30 A chance encounter between two families, the Donaldsons and the Iranian-born Yasdans, at the Baltimore airport prompts an examination about what it means to be an American. The American Donaldsons and the Iranian American Yazdans--meet at the airport when their adopted daughters arrive from Korea. Yazdan matriarch Maryam, who emigrated from Iran, feels increasingly alienated as she observes the younger generations' interactions during their annual arrival-day anniversaries. Fiction, Upper Grades. *(AR Quiz #107849, BL 5.8, Pts. 13.0)
Make It Now, Bake It Later! by Ann and Scott Goodfellow
Catalog Number: T-N1662-50 Updated version of a 1958 cookbook - offers old favorites and new dishes adapted for modern tastes. Recipes list ingredients needed at the outset and those needed to finish the dish later, ways to store the unfinished dish, and final steps before serving. Includes appetizers, main dishes, and desserts.
Tigers in Red Weather: A Quest for the Last Wild Tigers by Ruth Padel
Catalog Number: T-N1714-30 British poet describes the plight of tigers as she travels to their habitats in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Russia, Korea, China, Southeast Asia, and Indonesia. Padel discusses tiger lore and history, the work of scientists and conservators in the field, and the reasons for the near extinction of tigers.
The Book of the Dead: A Pendergast Mystery by Douglas J. Preston
Catalog Number: T-N1665-20 FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast, from Dance of Death, languishes in prison for murders committed by his psychotic brother, Diogenes. Meanwhile, New York's natural history museum unseals an Egyptian tomb, precipitating more killings. Aloysius escapes to confront his brother in a deadly showdown. Strong language and some violence. Adult Readers.
The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau
Catalog Number: T-N1694-80 Yonwood, North Carolina. Eleven-year-old Nickie figures out how to identify both good and evil when she witnesses the townspeople's reactions to the apocalyptic visions of their neighbor, Althea Tower. Prequel to City of Ember and People of Sparks. Fantasy Fiction, Middle Grades. *(AR Quiz #106652, BL 4.9, Pts. 9.0)
Girl, Going on 17, Pants on Fire by Sue Limb
Catalog Number: T-N1691-90 Following a fabulous summer in Girl, (nearly) 16, Absolute Torture, Fred dumps Jess the day before school starts. Jess renews her friendship with football player Ben and is harassed by a new teacher and embarrassed by her mother dating a younger man. Fiction, Upper Grades. *(AR Quiz #108129, BL 5.2, Pts. 9.0)
A Christmas Guest by Anne Perry
Catalog Number: T-N1646-40 Cantankerous Grandmama from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series solves a mystery of her own after a visiting relative is murdered during the holidays. The family's indifference to the death raises Grandmama's suspicions. Along the way she uncovers secrets and discovers the meaning of Christmas. Fiction.
Chocolate Chocolate by Lisa Yockelson
Catalog Number: T-N1691-50 More than two hundred recipes from the author of Baking by Flavor, focusing on chocolate in all its many forms. Includes a glossary of chocolate terms, an extensive list of brands and forms of chocolate, and recipes for cakes, bread, scones, cookies, brownies, truffles, and more.
Angel of Harlem by Kuwana Haulsey
Catalog Number: T-N1714-00 Fictionalized account of Dr. May Edward Chinn, New York City's first African American female physician. Portrays Chinn's life from the early 1900s through the 1930s as she struggles to pursue her career in spite of racism and personal anguish. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Fiction, Adult Readers.
Bully Trouble by Joanna Cole
Catalog Number: T-N1348-60 Eddie, the neighborhood bully, picks on best friends Arlo and Robby, stealing their food whenever he can. But Arlo and Robby come up with a red-hot plan to make him stop. Fiction, Grades K-3. *(AR Quiz #7360, BL 2.0, Pts. .05)
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Catalog Number: T-N8851-00 Lennie, strong but feeble-minded, and George, his responsible friend, are two itinerant laborers during the depression who dream of owning their own farm. Their hopes are shattered when Lennie accidentally kills the boss's daughter-in-law. Strong language. Fiction, Upper Grades. *(AR Quiz #8665, BL 4.5, Pts. 4.0)
Louis Armstrong's New Orleans by Thomas Brothers
Catalog Number: T-N1661-90 Music professor explores the city of jazz musician Louis Armstrong's youth, early-twentieth-century New Orleans, which he describes as divided by caste and color even among African Americans. Analyzes the way church music blended with blues and ragtime to create a unique sound. Recounts the influence of Jim Crow laws. Biography.
More than a Dream: Return to Red River, Book 3 by Lauraine Snelling
Catalog Number: T-N1674-50 Thorliff Bjorklund, an aspiring journalist attending college in Minnesota, begins thinking of future doctor Elizabeth Rogers as more than a friend. But when tragedy strikes his family in North Dakota, Thorliff returns home to help. Meanwhile, Elizabeth works in a Chicago hospital. Fiction, Senior High and older readers.
Unearthing the Dragon: The Great Feathered Dinosaur Discovery by Mark Norell
Catalog Number: T-N1668-20 Paleontology curator at the American Museum of Natural History discusses how the discovery of feathered dinosaur fossils in China blurred the modern distinction between reptiles and birds. Recounts his travels and explores the discovery's impact on popular culture and scientific understanding of avian flight, prehistoric ecosystems, and evolution.
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan
Catalog Number: T-N1658-40 A columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer reminisces about the untrainable Labrador retriever that he and his wife acquired as Florida newlyweds. Recalls Marley's hilarious escapades and his capacity for love as the Grogans become the parents of three kids. Bestseller. Nonfiction, Upper Grades. *(AR Quiz #106771, BL 6.9, Pts. 15.0)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Catalog Number: T-N1187-90 On Harry Potter's eleventh birthday, he learns that he is more than an unwanted orphan. The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry recruits him because he has inherent magical abilities. As he purchases supplies--robes, wand, and messenger owl--Harry looks forward to attending his new boarding school. Bestseller, Fiction, Middle Grades. *(AR Quiz #26759, BL 5.5, Pts. 12.0)
Size 12 Is Not Fat by Heather Wells
Catalog Number: T-N1694-90 To keep her Greenwich Village flat, former pop idol Heather Wells balances two jobs: working for her PI housemate Cooper Cartwright (her secret crush) and serving as an assistant college dorm director. When a female freshman dies suspiciously, Heather undertakes another vocation--spunky girl detective. Some strong language, Fiction/Mystery, Upper Grades. *(AR #103838, BL 5.4, Pts. 14.0)
Two of a Kind by Nora Roberts
Catalog Number: T-N1627-10 Two tales of summer love. In "Impulse" ever-practical CPA Rebecca Malone sells everything she owns and heads to Greece to see what life has to offer. In "The Best Mistake" a single mother takes in a male tenant, perhaps the best mistake she ever made. Explicit romantic descriptions, Fiction, Adult.
The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
Catalog Number: T-N1659-10 The patriotic writer and essayist of the American and French revolutions sets forth his beliefs on religion's place in society. He affirms the need for rationalism in religion, attacks national religious institutions, and points out biblical inconsistencies and fallacies. First published in 1795.
Vox: The Edge Chronicles, Book 6 by Paul Stewart
Catalog Number: T-N1656-50 Rook Barkwater, the young librarian knight, attempts to stop Vox Verlix, the Most High Academe of Sanctaphrax, as he plots to take over Edgeworld once again. Sequel to The Last of the Sky Pirates. Fantasy Fiction, Grades 6-9. *(AR Quiz #102148, BL 6.3, Pts. 13.0)
Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon
Catalog Number: T-N1669-10 Teenaged Antonio, jailed for his father's murder, corresponds with his girlfriend Natasha in Harlem. Over the years Natasha attends college, Antonio adjusts to prison life, their feelings inevitably change--and the truth about the killing comes out. Alex Award. Strong language and some violence. Fiction, Senior High and older readers. *(AR Quiz #102565, BL 5.2, Pts. 10.0)
The Wizard of Sun City by Garry Jenkins
Catalog Number: T-N1656-10 Biography of Charles Hatfield (1875-1958), part con man, part scientist, and self-proclaimed rainmaker. Focuses on the deal Hatfield made with San Diego councilmen to conjure enough rain to fill the city's reservoir. Describes the subsequent January 1916 flood, the city's worst ever, that led to accusations against Hatfield. Biography.
Two Days after the Wedding: Ladies of Covington by Joan A. Medlicott
Catalog Number: T-N1672-70 The women of Covington have doubts about their relationships. Grace's friend Bob moves next door, while Max presses Hannah to set a wedding date. Meanwhile, Amelia takes her photographs to New York for an exhibit. The ladies finally learn to trust their emotions and enjoy life. Fiction.
Looking for Peyton Place by Barbara Delinsky
Catalog Number: T-N1662-10 Thirty-three-year old novelist Annie Barnes returns to her hometown in New Hampshire after her mother mysteriously dies. The locals fear that Annie will denigrate their town, which was the basis for Peyton Place. Instead Annie discovers environmental pollution and falls in love. Fiction.
A True and Faithful Narrative by Katherine Sturtevant
Catalog Number: T-N1713-90 London, 1680s. Wooed by her friend's brother Edward, sixteen-year-old Meg, the writer heroine of At the Sign of the Star, jokingly suggests he get himself captured by pirates. But she is chagrined when Edward is indeed taken prisoner and enslaved en route to Italy. Fiction, Grades 6-9. *(AR Quiz #104747, BL 5.9, Pts. 10.0)
Rowan Hood Returns: The Final Chapter by Nancy Springer
Catalog Number: T-N1668-30 Rowan Hood learns who murdered her mother, Celandine, and hunts for the killers with her outlaw band. When Rowan loses her gift for healing on the path of revenge, she must decide the kind of person she wants to be. Sequel to Wild Boy. Fiction, Grades 4-7. *(AR Quiz #89146, BL 5.6, Pts. 5.0)
Million Dollar Dilemma by Judy Baer
Catalog Number: T-N1634-50 Minneapolis, Minnesota. Twenty-eight-year-old preacher's daughter Cassia Carr inadvertently participates in an office lottery pool and wins twenty million dollars. When Cassia decides to donate her ill-gotten wealth, her neighbor Adam Cavanaugh, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and lapsed Christian, tries to convince her to contribute the money to impoverished Africans. Fiction.
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
Catalog Number: T-N1692-80 National Book Award-winner studies two generations of Pilgrims, from the original 102 passengers who arrived in 1620 to the handful of survivors of the 1675 King Philip's War. Describes the initial storm-tossed voyage, starvation and disease in the wilderness, and the help--and duplicity--of the natives. Some violence. Non-Fiction-History.
Modigliani: A Life by Jeffrey Meyers
Catalog Number: T-N1662-00 Biography of Italian Jewish artist Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), who settled in Paris in 1906. Highlights his friendships with other artists including Pablo Picasso and poet Max Jacob, his many love affairs, the bohemian lifestyle that led to his early death, and his posthumous significance in the art world. Biography.
Wild Boy: A Tale of Rowan Hood by Nancy Springer
Catalog Number: T-N1657-30 Since his father died, Rook has run wild as a wolf and joined Rowan Hood's forest band. Rook blames the sheriff of Nottingham for the death and now sees a chance for revenge against the sheriff's son. Sequel to Outlaw Princess of Sherwood. Fiction, Grades 4-7. *(AR Quiz #78963, BL 5.1, Pts. 3.0)
Beating Heart: A Ghost Story by A.M. Jenkins
Catalog Number: T-N1658-70 After his parents' divorce, seventeen-year-old Evan moves with his mother and young sister into an old house that is haunted by the spirit of a nineteenth-century teenage girl named Cora. Evan soon has intimate dreams of Cora that threaten his real-life romance. Fiction, Senior High. *(AR Quiz #105398, BL 4.6, Pts. 3.0)
Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters
Catalog Number: T-N1656-20 Egypt, 1922. As archaeologist Amelia Emerson watches her rivals dig for King Tutankhamon's tomb, villains lure her husband, Radcliffe, and son, Ramses, into a trap. The attack coincides with the arrival of Radcliffe's half brother, Sethos, an antiquities thief-turned-British intelligence agent, who conceals a document that may endanger everyone. Fiction.
Everyman by Philip Roth
Catalog Number: T-N1661-70 An aging advertising man confronts the loneliness of growing old, regrets his philandering and other faults, and ponders his failing sexual and physical self. He reviews his life chronologically and feels sorry for hurting those he loved, including his estranged sons and three ex-wives. Adult Fiction, strong language.
Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook by Martha Stewart
Catalog Number: T-N1657-50 Stewart, author of Martha Stewart, Menus for Entertaining, offers a compendium of baking tips and techniques and more than two hundred recipes for biscuits, muffins, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, and breads.
Changes for Kit: A Winter Story: An American Girl, Book 6 by Valerie Tripp
Catalog Number: T-N1715-00 Cincinnati, 1934; the Great Depression. Kit's grouchy uncle Hendrick dictates a letter to the newspaper complaining about hoboes. This inspires Kit to write her own letter encouraging donations of clothing and food for hobo children. Sequel to Kit Saves the Day. Fiction, Grades 3-6. *(AR Quiz #55813, BL 5.0, Pts. 1.0)
Boy Girl Boy by Ronald Koertge
Catalog Number: T-N1658-90 Childhood friends Elliot, Teresa, and Larry plan to run away to California after graduation and leave behind their small Illinois town and family problems. But as the senior year progresses and each struggles for individuality, the trio begins to doubt the feasibility of the plan. Fiction, Senior High. *(AR Quiz #100127, BL 4.0, Pts. 4.0)
Paladin of Souls by Louis McMcaster Bujold
Catalog Number: T-N1683-70 Free of the madness that imprisoned her in The Curse of Chalion, dowager Royina Ista undertakes a pilgrimage of atonement. With her followers, Ista contends with gods, demons, and soldier-bandits until she is rescued by the hero of her visions. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Fiction, Senior High. *(AR Quiz #78292, BL 6.6, Pts. 26.0)
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Catalog Number: T-N1673-30 After serving in World War II, "Swede" Levov weds Miss New Jersey, takes over the family business, and moves to the suburbs. His dream life unravels in the late 1960s, when daughter Meredith joins an antiwar terrorist group bent on undermining all that Swede values. Strong language. Pulitzer Prize. Fiction, Adult.
Mama Made the Difference: Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me by T.D. Jakes
Catalog Number: T-N1672-60 Minister and author of God's Leading Lady reminisces about his mother, a teacher, and the lifelong lessons she imparted. Includes biblical stories about mothers, advice for modern moms, and testimonials from other African Americans including Colin Powell about the importance of parenting.
Dragon of the Red Dawn: Magic Tree House, Book #37 by Mary Pope Osborne
Catalog Number: T-N1714-70 Merlin the magician is feeling old and full of sorrows, so siblings Annie and Jack time travel to ancient, feudal Japan to find one of the four secrets of happiness. In the land of the samurai, Annie and Jack find Basho, the haiku poet. Fiction, Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz #113517, BL 3.9, Pts. 2.0)
Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkley
Catalog Number: T-N1692-10 Calliope travels around the country with her nomadic, jewelry-making mother, while Eliot lives at a North Carolina Christian fat farm run by his born-again father. The two fifteen-year-olds meet and fall in love as they struggle to grow up. Fiction, Middle to Upper Grade readers. *(AR Quiz #107189, BL 5.4, Pts. 10.0)
Make Money, Not Excuses: Wake Up, Take Charge, and Overcome your Financial Fears Forever by Jean Sherman Chatzky
Catalog Number: T-N1692-00 Advice for women about short- and long-term investing. Offers four basic tips to improve one's immediate monetary picture and to guide future spending. Explains financial terminology, stock selection, retirement plans, and hiring a financial planner. Includes practical guidelines based on experience.
Dumb Witness: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie
Catalog Number: T-N1714-60 Belgian detective Hercule Poirot receives a two-month-old letter from wealthy spinster Emily Arundell requesting his investigative assistance. Upon arriving at the estate, Poirot discovers Miss Arundell has died. Convinced of foul play, Poirot compiles a list of suspects, including Miss Arundell's spendthrift brother and her meek companion. Mystery.
Banner of Souls by Liz Williams
Catalog Number: T-N1674-40 Martian Matriarchy elders send warrior Dreams-of-War to Earth to protect Lunae, a genetically engineered girl who can manipulate time. Perceiving the child as a threat, rival clan leader Elaki orders her niece Yskatarina to kill Lunae and destroy the Matriarchy's power. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Science Fiction, Adult readers.
El Salvador by Erin Foley
Catalog Number: T-N1714-20 An overview of Central America's smallest country. Describes the geography and environment of El Salvador and the culture, lifestyle, religion, and cuisine of its people. Also examines the country's turbulent history involving Spanish conquest and civil war, as well as twenty-first-century political and economic practices. Non-Fiction. Grades 5-8. *(AR Quiz #18062, BL 10.6, Pts. 3.0)
The Good Guy by Dean R. Koontz
Catalog Number: T-N1733-80 Timothy Carrier is having a beer at a local bar when a stranger hands him an envelope full of cash to kill a woman in a photograph. Minutes later the actual hit man approaches Tim, placing him in a moral dilemma. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. Ficton. Upper Grades. *(AR Quiz #116033, BL 5.7, Pts. 13.0)
Wild Harmonies: A Life of Music and Wolves by Hélène Grimaud
Catalog Number: T-N1713-80 French-born concert pianist reflects on her passionate connection to music and wolves. Grimaud blends recollections of being a child prodigy with commentary on classical music and wolf lore. Describes meeting her first wolf in 1991 and establishing a sanctuary in upstate New York for her beloved threatened species. Biography.
The Light of Evening by Edna O'Brien
Catalog Number: T-N1713-70 On her death bed in a Dublin hospital, Dilly recalls her brief immigration to America in the 1920s and the accompanying love affair, her return to Ireland, her marriage, and motherhood. Meanwhile her daughter Eleanora, a divorced writer living in England, regrets her own missed happiness. Fiction.
The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
Catalog Number: T-N1692-60 New York City, 1909. A serial killer is targeting the city's wealthiest heiresses. Dr. Stratham Younger enlists the help of his idol Sigmund Freud after Nora Acton survives an attack but develops hysteria. The two analysts try to unlock her memories while they investigate the crimes. Contains descriptions of violence. Adult Fiction.
Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth by Nicola Davies
Catalog Number: T-N1714-90 Presents facts about animals that thrive in conditions where humans would die. Discusses polar bears in the Arctic cold, Antarctic emperor penguins, wood frogs in frozen hibernation, desert camels and reptiles, heat-loving bacteria, deep-sea sponges, and the toughest creature of all -- the tiny tardigrade, or water bear. Grades 3-6. *(AR Quiz #108315, BL 6.4, Pts. 1.0)
Hannah's Hope: A Red Gloves Novel by Karen Kingsbury
Catalog Number: T-N1634-20 Facing another Christmas alone, fifteen-year-old Hannah Roberts, the daughter of workaholic politicians, learns that her biological father is Mike Conner, an army pilot stationed in Iraq. Hannah's search for Mike attracts media attention, and soon everyone is praying for a holiday reunion. Fiction. Upper Grades.
Pope Benedict XVI: His Life and Mission by Stephen Mansfield
Catalog Number: T-N1646-80 Author of The Faith of George W. Bush, ponders the nature of Joseph Ratzinger and speculates about his leadership as pope. Mansfield examines the life of Pope Benedict XVI including his roles as priest, professor, and head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Biography. Upper Grades and Adult Readers.
Withering Heights: An Ellie Haskell Mystery by Dorothy Cannell
Catalog Number: T-N1734-50 Housewife Ellie Haskell, her husband Ben, and maid Mrs. Malloy are called to Yorkshire, England, to find the missing buyer of a haunted Victorian mansion. Ben's cousin Tom won the lottery, bought the manor, and then disappeared--causing his wife and daughter to suspect former owner Lady Fiona. Mystery Fiction. Upper Grades and Adult Readers.
Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are by Frans B.M. Waal
Catalog Number: T-N1715-20 Explores the parallels between bonobo, chimpanzee, and human behaviors in expressing control, sexual attraction, violence, and kindness. Contrasts the power-hungry and brutal chimp with the peace-loving, empathetic, and erotic bonobo and examines the combination of these traits in human nature. Also discusses human ancestry. Contains descriptions of sex. Senior High and Adult Readers.
After the Dinosaurs: Mammoths and Fossil Mammals by Charlotte Lewis Brown
Catalog Number: T-N1734-30 Describes ten unusual animals that lived long ago, including the woolly mammoth, the saber-toothed tiger, and the hyracotherium--the ancestor of all horses. Beginning readers, Grades K-3. * (AR Quiz #110324, BL 3.6, Pts. 0.5)
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
Catalog Number: T-N1733-90 Third-string quarterback Rick Dockery of the Cleveland Browns disgraces himself in a championship game and is fired. Dockery insists that his agent, Arnie, find him another job. When Arnie comes through, Dockery heads to Parma, Italy, where he faces culture shock. Bestseller, 2007. Fiction, Upper Grades and Adult readers. * (AR Quiz #119110, BL 5.7, Pts. 11.0)
Black and White by Paul Volponi
Catalog Number: T-N1659-30 Long Island. Black Marcus Brown and white Eddie Russo, best friends and high school basketball stars, stick up people for easy money. When a holdup leads to an accidental shooting, the two find unequal justice in a biased system. Strong language and some violence. Fiction, Senior High readers. * (AR Quiz #87550, BL 4.9, Pts. 6.0)
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson
Catalog Number: T-N1692-90 Travel humorist reminisces about growing up in 1950s middle America. Recalls the simple pleasures of family life and teen culture under the shadow of the Cold War. Biography, Adult readers.
Winds of Change: A Richard Jury Mystery by Martha Grimes
Catalog Number: T-N1691-10 London, England. Superintendent Richard Jury investigates a five-year-old girl's murder. Evidence of sexual abuse leads him to a ring of pedophiles and to the body of a woman on a wealthy businessman's estate. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller, 2004. Fiction, Adult readers.
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham
Catalog Number: T-N1694-50 Chronicles the 1987 arrest and conviction of a former Oakland A's pitcher and his friend for the rape and murder of a twenty-one-year-old cocktail waitress five years earlier. Grisham examines the effect of DNA testing and a faulty original investigation on the men's eventual exoneration. Nonfiction, Upper Grades. * (AR Quiz #111257, BL 8.1, Pts. 20.0)
The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
Catalog Number: T-N1657-80 In the year 2025 the government tattoos a bar code on everyone at age seventeen. When sixteen-year-old Kayla's father commits suicide after receiving a belated bar code, Kayla joins a protest group led by classmate Mfumbe. Soon they are on the run. Some violence. Science Fiction, Senior High readers. * (AR Quiz #82286, BL 5.0, Pts. 8.0)
A Dream to Follow: Return to Red River, Book 1 by Lauraine Snelling
Catalog Number: T-N1673-70 North Dakota, 1893. In this continuation of the Red River saga, seventeen-year-old aspiring journalist Thorliff Bjorklund applies to college. But once accepted Thorliff faces a dilemma--follow his dreams or stay and help his family on the farm. He turns to God for help. Fiction, Senior High and older readers. * (AR Quiz #53753, BL 5.1, Pts. 13.0)
Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson
Catalog Number: T-N1692-40 North Carolina, 1970. Seventeen-year-old Jean, who has cerebral palsy, attends Camp Courage, where for the first time she meets other teens with disabilities. Her radical, new friend Sara directs an anti-telethon skit and changes Jean's perceptions of the normal world. Some descriptions of sex. Fiction, Senior High and older readers. *(AR Quiz #106126, BL 4.5, Pts. 8.0)
Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou
Catalog Number: T-N1691-00 A continuation of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, this memoir begins at the end of World War II. Angelou recalls being an unwed mother at seventeen and becoming a prostitute for an older man who deceived her. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Biography, Senior High and older readers. * (AR Quiz #100011, BL 5.2, Pts. 8.0)
Night of the New Magicians: Magic Tree House, Book #35 by Mary Pope Osborne
Catalog Number: T-N1658-50 Merlin sends Jack and Annie to the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, France. Their mission is to find four new magicians in the crowds at the Eiffel Tower and protect them from an evil sorcerer. Juvenile Fiction, Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz #105864, BL 4.0, Pts. 2.0)
Beyond the Valley of Thorns by Patrick Carman
Catalog Number: T-N1658-10 One year after her adventures in The Dark Hills Divide, Alexa leaves Bridewell to return to the hills and save the kingdom from evil. Along the way Alexa battles giants, rats, and ogres. Juvenile Fiction, Grades 4-7. *(AR Quiz #101196, BL 6.2, Pts. 8.0)
Crispin: At the Edge of the World by Avi
Catalog Number: T-N1691-30 Fourteenth-century England. This sequel to Crispin: The Cross of Lead finds Crispin and the enormous red-haired juggler, Bear, fleeing for their lives from a rebel brotherhood. When Bear is wounded, Crispin relies on an ancient healer and a disfigured girl for help. Juvenile Fiction, Grades 6-9. *(AR Quiz #108313, BL 4.8, Pts. 7.0)
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised Ten Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan
Catalog Number: T-N1658-80 A daughter recounts how her mother overcame poverty, near-starvation, and an alcoholic, abusive husband to support ten children during the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. Relates the mother's talent for writing prize-winning jingles. Biography, Upper Grades and Adult. *(AR Quiz #105984, BL 6.5, Pts. 13.0)
A Christmas Secret by Anne Perry
Catalog Number: T-N1690-80 December, 1890. London vicar Dominic Corde and his wife, Clarice, spend Christmas in an isolated village where Dominic substitutes for the Reverend Wynter, who has taken a last-minute holiday. But Wynter isn't on vacation at all. Dominic and Clarice investigate but soon find themselves in danger. Mystery Fiction, Adult.
On the Field with...Mia Hamm by Matt Christopher
Catalog Number: T-N1681-40 Biography of one of the top female soccer players in the United States. Describes how Mia Hamm helped her team win a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics and a victory in the 1999 World Cup championship. Includes a chronology of Hamm's career highlights. Nonfiction, Grades 4-7. *(AR Quiz #35576, BL 7.0, Pts. 4.0)
Jack's Run by Roland Smith
Catalog Number: T-N1658-60 With his trial date approaching, drug czar Alonzo Aznar kidnaps Jack and his sister Joanne. They attempt a daring escape while their parents, aided by some old friends, plan a rescue. Fiction, Grades 6-9. *(AR Quiz #102231, BL 4.8, Pts. 7.0)
A New Day Rising: Red River of the North by Lauraine Snelling
Catalog Number: T-N1673-00 Dakota Territory, 1884. Ingeborg Bjorklund struggles to run her Red River Valley farm after losing her husband, Roald. Roald's distant cousin Haakan arrives to help and brings a new chance at love. Roald's newly arrived younger brother from Norway also faces romantic dilemmas. Fiction, Senior High and older readers. *(AR #53290, BL 5.3, Pts. 16.0)
Sandra Day O'Connor: How the first woman on the Supreme Court became its most influential justice. by Joan Biskupic
Catalog Number: T-N1657-00 Traces Sandra Day O'Connor's rise to power culminating in her appointment by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 to be the first female Supreme Court justice. Analyzes O'Connor's position on controversial issues such as abortion, affirmative action, and the death penalty. Discusses her role as a pivotal voter. Biography, Adult readers.
Banner of Souls by Liz Williams
Catalog Number: T-N1674-40 Martian Matriarchy elders send warrior Dreams-of-War to Earth to protect Lunae, a genetically engineered girl who can manipulate time. Perceiving the child as a threat, rival clan leader Elaki orders her niece Yskatarina to kill Lunae and destroy the Matriarchy's power. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Science Fiction, Adult readers.
Zelda and Ivy: One Christmas by Laura Mcgee-Kvasnosky
Catalog Number: T-N1691-80 While baking cookies with their neighbor Mrs. Brownlie, sister foxes Zelda and Ivy talk about what they want for Christmas. Back home they're unsure whether the Christmas elves will leave Mrs. Brownlie a gift, so they decide to make one for her themselves. Easy chapter book. Juvenile Fiction, Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz #44670, BL 3.0, Pts. 0.5)
Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley
Catalog Number: T-N1692-50 After a happy childhood with a peasant family, teenaged Bella is reclaimed by her real father, a knight. Castle life with a stepmother and two stepsisters becomes worse when Bella is caught up in a terrible plot. Bella's resources are her brave heart and her godmother. Juvenile Fiction, Grades 5-8. *(AR Quiz #106196, BL 6.0, Pts. 9.0)
Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon
Catalog Number: T-N 1669-10 Teenaged Antonio, jailed for his father's murder, corresponds with his girlfriend Natasha in Harlem. Over the years Natasha attends college, Antonio adjusts to prison life, their feelings inevitably change--and the truth about the killing comes out. Strong language and some violence. Fiction, Senior High readers. *(AR Quiz #102565, BL 5.2, Pts. 10.0)
Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan
Catalog Number: T-N1658-40 A columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer reminisces about the untrainable Labrador retriever that he and his wife acquired as Florida newlyweds. Recalls Marley's hilarious escapades and his capacity for love as the Grogans become the parents of three kids. Biography, Adult and Senior High readers. *(AR Quiz #106771, BL 6.9, Pts. 15.0)
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Catalog Number: T-N1693-10 Chicago reporter Camille Preaker, recently treated for psychological problems, arrives in her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to investigate the murders of two preteen girls. Camille sees her mother and thirteen-year-old half-sister for the first time in years. But events from the past overwhelm her. Some violence and some strong language. Fiction, Adult readers.
Shep: Our Most Loyal Dog by Sneed B. Collard
Catalog Number: T-N1692-30 Explains why the people of Fort Benton, Montana, still honor the beloved sheep dog, Shep. Relates that when Shep's master died in 1936, the dog followed the coffin to the train station and waited there for the rest of his life for his master to return. Juvenile Literature. Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz #106478, BL 5.3, Pts. 0.5)
Catalog Number: T-N1655-70 Tales, with morals, about animals who talk and act like human beings. Originally told by the Greek slave over two thousand years ago, the hundred-plus fables include such favorites as "The Hare and the Tortoise" and "The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse." Juvenile Literature. Grades 3-6. *(AR Quiz #52289, BL 9.7, Pts. 5.0)
Rash by Pete Hautman
Catalog Number: T-N1672-90 United Safer States of America, 2070s. Sixteen-year-old Bo Marsten is locked up for unsociable behavior like fighting. At an Arctic work camp, he's recruited to play the illegal game of football until the disgruntled warden releases him into a wilderness full of polar bears. National Book Award. Fiction. Senior High readers. *(AR Quiz #106129, BL 4.7, Pts. 7.0)
An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography by Paul Rusesabagina
Catalog Number: T-N1668-50 Autobiography of the manager of the hotel Mille Collines in Kigali, Rwanda. Paul Rusesabagina, a man of mixed Hutu and Tutsi heritage, describes how in April 1994 he saved twelve hundred Rwandans from the genocide that slaughtered eight hundred thousand. Basis for Hotel Rwanda movie. Violence and strong language. Biography. Adult.
The Ladies of Garrison Gardens by Louise Shaffer
Catalog Number: T-N1668-70 The Three Miss Margarets are down to two with the death of Peggy Garrison. And Laurel Selene McCready, who was like the daughter Peggy never had, has inherited everything. When Laurel begins going through Peggy's things, she uncovers some long-hidden secrets. Some strong language. Fiction. Adult.
Kidnapped at the Capital: Capital Mysteries, Book 2 by Ron Roy
Catalog Number: T-N1681-30 While KC and her best friend, Marshall, attend the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., KC's mother and the president of the United States are kidnapped. And the ransom demanded is the International Space Station! Juvenile Fiction. Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz #74863, BL 3.7, Pts. 1.0)
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Catalog Number: T-N1659-00 Fifth-grade class geek Brenton figures out how to get his computer to do his homework for him. His mistake is letting his seating group (the class clown, the teacher's pet, and a slacker) in on his secret. Juvenile Fiction. Grades 3-6. *(AR Quiz #103771, BL 4.8, Pts. 4.0)
Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
Catalog Number: T-N1692-70 Young Republican Leo Caraway loses his Harvard scholarship on a technicality and learns that his biological dad is a legend--former punk rocker "King Maggot." Hoping for college money, Leo joins King's comeback tour as a roadie and grows up along the way. Fiction. Junior and Senior High readers. *(AR Quiz #105987, BL 5.3, Pts. 8.0)
Eavesdropping: A Life by Ear by Stephen Kuusisto
Catalog Number: T-N1691-20 The author of Planet of the Blind, who has been legally blind since birth, explains how he perceives the world around him through listening. In these essays he describes childhood influences, adult travels, artful eavesdropping, and love of poetry and Caruso's singing. Biography. Adult.
The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag
Catalog Number: T-N1690-90 Horse trainer Elena Estes, a former narcotics detective, discovers the body of her coworker Irina Markova in a canal. Elena's investigation leads to her previous Palm Beach, Florida, circles, where she finds ties to the Russian mob and society elite, including Bennett Walker--her ex-fiancé. Violence and strong language. Fiction. Adult.
Night of the New Magicians: Magic Tree House, Book #35 by Mary Pope Osborne
Catalog Number: T-N1658-50 Merlin sends Jack and Annie to the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, France. Their mission is to find four new magicians in the crowds at the Eiffel Tower and protect them from an evil sorcerer. Juvenile Fiction. Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz #105864, BL 4.0, Pts. 2)
Caddy Ever After by Hilary McKay
Catalog Number: T-N1674-60 Casson siblings Rose, Indigo, Saffy, and Caddy present individual accounts of events leading up to Caddy's wedding, including a helium balloon stalking and a Ghost Club accident. Rose, upset that the groom is not darling Michael, intervenes. Sequel to Permanent Rose. Juvenile Fiction. Grades 4-7. *(AR Quiz #107066, BL 5.2, Pts. 5)
Nothing but the Truth (and a Few White Lies) by Justina Chen Headley
Catalog Number: T-N1674-20 Fifteen-year-old Patty Ho, half-Taiwanese and half-white, feels like she never fits in. However, when her strict mother sends her to summer math camp at Stanford, Patty begins to accept her biracial heritage and has her first brush with romance. Fiction. Senior High. *(AR Quiz #105939, BL 6.1, Pts. 10)
The Widow's War by Sally Gunning
Catalog Number: T-N1668-40 Cape Cod, 1761. After her husband is lost at sea, Lyddie Berry finds herself a dependent of her miserly son-in-law Nathan Clarke. Inspired by the words of attorney and woman's suffrage supporter James Otis, Lyddie challenges the terms of the will--and society--and attempts to live on her own. Fiction. Adult.
To Catch an Angel: Adventures in the World I Cannot Seeby Robert Russell
Catalog Number: T-N1673-80 The life and achievements of the author, who was blinded at the age of five. Refusing to acknowledge any essential difference between himself and sighted people, he succeeded in obtaining a Ph.D., went to Oxford to study, married an English girl, and became a college teacher. Biography. Adult.
Who Cloned the President? Capital Mysteries, Book 1 by Ron Roy:
Catalog Number: T-N1681-20 Since KC Corcoran watches the news on television every day, she notices that the president of the United States is behaving oddly. Deciding he must have been cloned, KC and her best friend, Marshall, set out to investigate. Grades 2-4. *(AR Quiz #49426, BL 3/5, Pts. 1)
Darkhenge by Catherine Fisher:
Catalog Number: T-N1673-40 Avebury, England. While his younger sister Chloe lies in a coma after a riding accident, talented teen Rob works at a secret archaeological dig. There he encounters a centuries-old shapeshifting Druid called Vetch, who promises to help retrieve Chloe from her imprisonment. Grades 6-9. *(AR Quiz #110255, BL 4.3, Pts. 9)
An Untamed Land: Red River of the North, Book 1 by Lauraine Snelling:
Catalog Number: T-N1672-80 1880. Roald Bjorklund, his wife Ingeborg, and their five-year-old son Thorliff leave Norway in search of a better life in America. They journey to the Dakota Territory where they build a homestead in the Red River Valley with faith, love, and hard work. Senior High. *(AR Quiz #53292, BL 5.4, Pts. 19)
Islam for the Western Mind: Understanding Muhammad and the Koran by Richard Henry Drummond:
Catalog Number: T-N1658-20 Presbyterian minister and religious historian examines the fundamental teachings and cultural impact of Islam from a Christian viewpoint. Discusses the Koran, the founding prophet Muhammad, and the haditha or the prophet's extra-Koranic teachings, as well as negative feelings between Christians and Muslims and the modern clash of civilizations. Adult.
Saved in the City by Jacquelin Thomas:
Catalog Number: T-N1657-40 New York City. Three beautiful women try to succeed as black models: Macy, who flunked out of college, Patterson, who escaped rural Georgia, and widowed L.A. social worker LaRue. As the three become friends and face inevitable challenges, they trust in God's plan for their happiness and fulfillment. Adult.
The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin:
Catalog Number: T-N1662-40 While Pacy's Taiwanese American family prepares the Chinese New Year feast, Pacy hopes the Year of the Dog will be lucky for her. She does make a new best friend at school but "finding herself"-- discovering her own talent--takes longer. Grades 3-6. *(AR Quiz #104901, BL 4.2, Pts. 3)
Killer Rocks from Outer Space: Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites by Steven N. Koppes:
Catalog Number: T-N1657-60 Describes the role that collisions with meteors, comets, and asteroids have played in the history of Earth and other planets in the solar system. Examines actions being taken to protect Earth from future collisions. Grades 5-8. *(AR Quiz #101039, BL 9, Pts. 4)
Dark Dreams: The Story of Stephen King by Nancy Whitelaw:
Catalog Number: T-N1668-10 Biography of award-winning horror writer. Discusses King's difficult childhood in Maine, a setting for many of his stories, as well as his adolescence, college years, marriage, and eventual success. Describes King's struggles with censorship, fame, and the creative process. Senior High School to Adult. *(AR Quiz #103059, BL 8, Pts. 4)
Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams by Nick Webb:
Catalog Number: T-N1634-80 Writer and personal friend of Adams pens an account of the man who created the Hitchhiker novels. Webb discusses Adams's childhood, schooling, time with the BBC, marriage to Jane, birth of daughter Polly, fascination with gadgets, atheism, and creation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Adult.
The Little Book of Bridal Etiquette for the Twenty-First Century by Martha A. Woodham:
Catalog Number: T-N1662-20 Concise guide to proper wedding conduct by Elegant Bride magazine etiquette columnist. Offers time-tested, practical advice for brides-to-be to avoid tackiness and social blunders. Discusses invitations, registration, guest lists, ceremonies, receptions, receiving lines, attire, and family issues. Includes marriage myths, budget tips, and cautionary tales of bad taste. Adult.
Mariel of Redwall by Brian Jacques:
Catalog Number: T-N1657-20 Mousemaid Mariel undertakes a quest for vengeance against the searat Gabool and his Rodent Corsairs, who imprisoned her father and left her to drown at sea. She journeys to Redwall Abbey and finds stalwart companions to accompany her through the Mossflower woods back to Gabool's stronghold. Grades 5-8. *(AR Quiz #7168, BL 5.7, Pts. 16)
The Fledgling by Jane Langton:
Catalog Number: T-N1647-20 Young Georgie's fondest wish is to be able to fly. When she meets a Canadian goose, the Goose Prince, her dreams come true for a while. Newbery Honor Award Winner. Grades 3-6. *(AR Quiz #114, BL 5, Pt. 6)
Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman:
Catalog Number: T-N1668-90 Julie and Ashleigh are high school sophomores, best friends, and Jane Austen fans. Looking for their own Mr. Darcy, both girls fall for the same boy and hide their feelings while rehearsing for a school play. Despite comic errors, everyone experiences a happy ending. Senior High School. *(AR Quiz #105009, BL 5.4, Pts. 8)
Star Wars: Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn:
Catalog Number: T-N1646-30 Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth heads an ambitious intergalactic expedition to the Unknown Regions. Fearing C'baoth's hidden agenda and the involvement of the Sith, the Jedi Council orders Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker, to join the ill-fated mission. Companion to Survivor's Quest. Bestseller. Senior High School to Adult. *(AR Quiz #108725, BL 6.2, Pts. 19)
Riding Gain: A Talk Radio Mystery by Joyce Krieg:
Catalog Number: T-N1657-70 Sacramento radio talk show host Shauna Bogart struggles with work problems when her boss forces her to give air time to a psychic. Then someone kills Shauna's former intern during a drug deal, and the grandmother of the accused killer asks Shauna to prove the grandson's innocence. Violence. Adult.
The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose by Arnold Lobel:
Catalog Number: T-N1673-90 Treasury of some three hundred nursery rhymes including "Mary Had a Little Lamb," "London Bridge Is Broken Down," "Sing a Song of Sixpence," "Three Little Kittens," "Simple Simon Met a Pieman," "Old Mother Hubbard," and "Who Killed Cock Robin?" Grades K-3.
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell:
Catalog Number: T-N1646-90 England, 1870s: Black Beauty, a good-natured and strong stallion, tells of his adventures working with many types of people, some kind and others cruel. Written to encourage better treatment of horses. Some violence. Grades 4-7. *(AR Quiz #8, BL 7.7, Pts. 11)
Margaux with an X by Ronald Koertge:
Catalog Number: T-N1656-40 Smart but troubled high school student Margaux cannot escape a mother addicted to the home-shopping channel, a gambler father, or a secret from her past. An unlikely friendship with kindhearted Danny, also struggling with the emotional impact of family abuse, helps Margaux confront her feelings. Senior High School. *(AR Quiz #80661, BL 3.8, Pts. 4)
The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood by Andrew M. Greeley:
Catalog Number: T-N1646-50 Chicago: Bishop Blackie Ryan investigates three murders in St. Lucy's parish, which is headed by Father Mikal Wolodyjowski. Blackie discovers a connection between the current crimes, the 1944 deaths of six college students, and Father Mikal. Some strong language. Adult.
Lewis and Clark through Indian Eyes by Alvin M. Josephy and Marc Jaffe:
Catalog Number: T-N1656-60 Modern members of the tribes that Lewis and Clark encountered during their 1804-1806 western travels provide nine wide-ranging essays on the impact of the expedition on Native Americans. Contributors, including Kiowa Pulitzer Prize-winner N. Scott Momaday and Sioux professor Vine Deloria Jr., blend familial, tribal, and American history.
Rachel Ray Express Lane Meals: what to keep on hand, what to buy fresh for the easiest-ever, 30-minute meals by Rachael Ray:
Catalog Number: T-N1661-80 More wholesome, easy-to-prepare meals from the Food Network television show host. Lists seventy basic but versatile ingredients, both nonperishable and frozen, to stock. Recipes supplement these staples with a few fresh items so shoppers can use the express lane. Bestseller.
Saint Valentine by Ann Tompert:
Catalog Number: T-N1627-90 This short biography of the Christian saint covers those facts known about him and the reason his name is connected with a holiday celebrating friendship and love. Grades 2-4. (AR Quiz #79996, BL 5.4, Pts. .5)
Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams by Michael D'Antonio:
Catalog Number: T-N1634-00 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines the life and career of Milton Snavely Hershey, whose name is synonymous with chocolate. Presents the corporate titan's flaws as well as his ideals. High School. (AR Quiz #107482, BL 9.5, Pts. 21)
The Triumph of Numbers: How Counting Shaped Modern Life by Bernard I. Cohen:
Catalog Number: T-N1628-40 Harvard science historian's history of numbers and the role of counting in public and private life. Traces the growing importance of numbers from Biblical times to the scientific revolution and modern era. Discusses Florence Nightingale's use of statistics and includes commentary on Kepler, Galileo, Benjamin Franklin, and Charles Dickens. Adult.
Million Dollar Dilemma by Judy Baer:
Catalog Number: T-N1634-50 Twenty-eight-year-old preacher's daughter Cassia Carr inadvertently participates in an office lottery pool and wins twenty million dollars. When Cassia decided to donate her ill-gotten wealth, her neighbor Adam Cavanaugh, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and lapsed Christian, tries to convince her to contribute the money to the impoverished Africans. Adult.
The House by Danielle Steel:
Catalog Number: T-N1646-10 A client has left workaholic lawyer Sarah Anderson an unexpected inheritance with the caveat to have fun with the money. Sarah decides to renovate a mansion and becomes absorbed in its history. Soon she finds herself falling in love with architect Jeff Parker. Some strong language. Adult.
A Kick in the Head by Paul B. Janeczko
Catalog Number: T-N1627-50 This guide to twenty-nine poetic forms includes examples and a narrative description of each. Grades 5-8. (AR#86581, RL 6.0, Pts. 1)
Norman Tuttle on the Last Frontier by Tom Bodett
Catalog Number: T-N1627-30 Fifteen short stories about Alaskan teen Norman Tuttle chronicle his adventures from fishing to falling in love. Junior high and up. (AR#83557, RL 5.3, Pts. 7)
Hard Truth by Mariah Stewart
Catalog Number: T-N1634-70 Lorna asks ex-FBI agent TJ Dawson to investigate an old crime involving the disappearance of a childhood friend. Strong language and violence. Adult.
Links by Nuruddin Farah
Catalog Number: T-N1627-60 NY professor Jeeblah returns to his native Somalia after two decades to settle his mother's estate. Adult.
What it Takes to Pull me Through: Why Teenagers Get in Trouble and how Four of them Got Out by David L Marcus
Catalog Number: T-N1633-90 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist profiles four successful teens from Massachusetts's Academy at Swift River, an exclusive therapeutic boarding school utilizing rigorous courses, wilderness training, and group therapy. Some strong language. Adult.
Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan:
Catalog Number: T-N1627-70 When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father. Grades 4-7. Schneider Family Award. (AR#82864, RL 5.4, Pts. 6)
Tracker by Gary Paulsen:
Catalog Number: T-N1656-30 A thirteen-year-old boy must come to terms with the approaching death of his beloved grandfather, with whom he shares a very special relationship. Grades 5-8. (AR#647, RL 5.3, Pts. 2)
Help, It's Broken! A Fix-It Bible for the Repair Impaired by Arianne Cohen:
Catalog Number: T-N1634-10 Basic home repair and maintenance guide includes safety information and money-saving tips. Adult.
Let the Lion Eat Straw by Ebele Oseye:
Catalog Number: T-N1647-10 A young African American moves to Brooklyn, where she pursues her musical dreams despite a number of hardships. Adult.
Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson:
Catalog Number: T-N1628-50 A young orphan learns the value of stories when she is apprenticed to a blind lighthouse keeper. Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. Adult.
Fly Like a Bumblebee: A Blind Magician Shares his most Powerful Secrets by R.W. Klamm
Catalog Number: T-N1628-20 Witty and humorous book reveals how magic helped build self-confidence for living with congenital optic atrophy disorder. Explains easy tricks. Adult. (AR not available.)
You Can Do the Math: Overcome Your Math Phobia and Make Better Financial Decisions by Ron Lipsman
Catalog Number: T-N1628-30 Professor offers introduction to the mathematics of personal finance, including car buying, home ownership, credit cards, taxes, and more. Includes links to web calculators. Adult. (AR not available.)
Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury
Catalog Number: T-N1647-00 Eddy and his friends join the US Army in 1941, but after the attack on Pearl Harbor, their Japanese ancestry causes them to become targets themselves. Some violence. Grades 6-9. (AR#89207, RL 3.9, Pts. 6)
Permanent Rose by Hilary McKay
Catalog Number: T-N1627-40 While trying to locate her friend, Tom, eight-year-old Rose learns an important secret about her adopted sister, Saffy. Sequel to Indigo's Star. Grades 4-7. (AR#87995, RL 4.7, Pts. 6)
Geogra - Fleas! Riddles All Over the Map by Joan Holub
Catalog Number: T-N1656-80 Riddles about dogs and geography include oceans, planets, land formations, US facts, and more. Uncontracted braille. Grades 3-6. (AR not available.)
Piratica: Being a Daring Tale of a Singular Girl's Adventure upon the High Seas by Tanith Lee
Catalog Number: T-N1627-20 Artemesia runs away from Angels Academy to return to the high seas, where she encounters a rival for the title of pirate queen. Grades 6-9. (*AR#82281, RL5.0, Pts. 12)
Nursery Tales Around the World by Judy Sierra
Catalog Number: T-N1634-30 International collection of eighteen folktales in six different categories contrast cultural variations in stories. Grades 3-6. (AR#70868, RL 4.6, Pts. 2)
Medical Marvels by Catherine Nichols
Catalog Number: T-N1656-90 Depicts four unusual medical events. Uncontracted braille. Part of True Tales Series. Grades 3-6. (AR#82450, RL 4.8, Pts. 0.5)
How to Avoid Falling: A Guide for Active Aging and Independence by Eric Fredrikson
Catalog Number: T-N1628-10 Provides information on fall-proofing your home, negotiating stairs, avoiding hazards, and recovering after a fall. Adult. (AR not available.)
Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark
Catalog Number: T-N1646-20 After the ransom is paid, only one of the kidnapped twins is returned with a note claiming the other child is dead. But could she still be alive? Adult. (AR#106297, RL 5.7, Pts. 13)
21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey, Including Facsimile of the Manuscript; the Aubrey-Maturin Novels by Patrick O'Brian
Catalog Number: T-N1595-50 Sequel to "Blue at the Mizzen." Jack Aubrey, now a rear admiral, is ordered to South America but trouble brews when Catholic inhabitants resent the Protestant crew. Manuscript unfinished at the author's death in 2000. Strong language.
The Egyptologist by Arthur Phillips
Catalog Number: T-N1595-60 Through journal entries and correspondence, the mystery of King Atum-hadu's tomb and a series of murders unfold. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. (*AR #83962, RL8.1, Pts. 26.0)
State of Fear by Michael Crichton:
Catalog Number: T-N1589-20 Environmental terrorists plan natural disasters to promote the theory of global warming. Strong language and violence. Adult. (*AR #84981, RL 4.7, Pts. 21.0)
Cat Fear No Evil: A Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy:
Catalog Number: T-N1595-70 Tomcat detective Joe Grey investigates a sophisticated thief and the death of a waiter.
Reflex by Steven Gould:
Catalog Number: T-N1617-20 A mysterious organization kidnaps a National Security Agency operative to use his teleportation powers. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Senior high and up. (AR #103041, RL 5.4, Pts. 19.0)
Light Years by Tammar Stein:
Catalog Number: T-N1589-50 After a suicide bomber kills her boyfriend, Maya leaves Israel to study in the US. Strong language and violence. Senior high and up. (AR #86118, RL4.7
Girl, 15, Charming but Insane by Sue Limb
Catalog Number: T-N1617-30 Jess Jordan deals with having an imperfect body, a beautiful best friend, and a crush on an unattainable boy. Senior high readers. (*AR #81218, RL 5.1, Pts. 8.0) RI Teen Book Award Nominees, NY Publishers Library Best books for Teen Age.
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
Catalog Number: T-N1595-80 In an abbey on Egret Island resides a mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion. Some descriptions of sex. (AR #86815, RL 6.2, Pts. 15.0) Quill Book Awards.
Kid's Guide to Working Out Conflicts: How to Keep Cool, Stay Safe, and Get Along by Naomi Drew
Catalog Number: T-N1577-20 Details strategies for dealing with conflict in a variety of settings including school, home, and in the community without resorting to physical contact. Includes anger management and handling bullies. For grades 6-9. (AR#84816, RL5.9, Pts. 6.0) Nappa Gold/Honor Book.
Suspect by Michael Robotham
Catalog Number: T-N1589-30 A psychologist is accused of murdering a patient and must attempt to clear his name. Strong language and violence. Adult.
Runaway: Stories by Alice Munro:
Catalog Number T-N1577-10 Eight short stories about women of all ages and circumstances. (Adult -- Fiction)
Charming Grace by Deborah Smith:
Catalog Number: T-N1575-00 Superstar comes to a small town to film a movie about a local hero killed in the line of duty, only to be thwarted by the agent's widow. Explicit descriptions of sex. (Adult -- Fiction)
The King and I: Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti's Rise to Fame by his Manager, Friend, and Sometime Adversary by Herbert Breslin and Anne Midgette:
Catalog Number: T-N1573-90
Luciano Pavarotti's manager/publicist candidly recounts his thirty-six year relationship with the opera singer. (Adult -- Non-Fiction)
Indigo's Star by Hilary McKay:
Catalog Number: T-N1573-70 After a long illness, twelve-year-old Indigo returns to school filled with dread but finds the courage to stick up for the boy who has replaced him as the target of school bullies. (*AR #81579, RL 4.9, Points: 7.0)
Dying in the Dark: A Tamara Hayle Mystery by Valerie Wilson Wesley:
Catalog Number: T-N1575-20 Troubled by the murder of her best friend from high school, Private Investigator Tamara Hayle explores the secrets of Celia's troubled life. Strong language. (Adult -- Fiction)
The Havana Room by Colin Harrison:
Catalog Number: T-N1578-00 His career and marriage over, lawyer Bill Wyeth agrees to help an acquaintance finalize a private deal but his new client's dangerous obsessions soon ensnare him. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and violence. (Adult -- Fiction)
More Damned Lies and Statistics: How Numbers Confuse Public Issues by Joel Best:
Catalog Number: T-N1577-90 Best explores common problems in numerical thinking: omission of data, confusion about categories, and unquestioned authority. (Adult -- Non-Fiction)
Inside Grandad by Peter Dickinson:
Catalog Number: T-N1574-80 Eleven-year-old Gavin tries to enlist the help of selkies (seal people) to communicate with his grandfather who is left in a coma after a stroke. (*AR #76700, Reading Level 5.5, Points: 5.0).
Dinner for Two by Mike Gayle
Catalog Number: T-N1574-20 Dave Harding copes with his wife's miscarriage and his own unemployment by taking a job at a teen magazine, but a young girl claiming to be his daughter could threaten his marriage. (Adult -- Fiction)
Murder is No Mitzvah edited by Abigail Browning
Catalog Number: T-N1577-80 Short mysteries set against a background of Jewish culture and tradition. (Adult -- Fiction)
Scattered Shadows: A Memoir of Blindness and Vision by John Howard Griffin
Catalog Number: T-N1575-10 The author recounts losing his sight in 1947 from a war injury and unexpectedly recovering it ten years later. Some strong language. (Adult -- Non-Fiction)
Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 by Joan W. Blos
Catalog Number: T-N1577-40 A New Hampshire farm girl writes about quilting, berrying, her new stepmother, and helping a runaway slave. Newbery Medal. (*AR #221, RL 6.7, Points: 5.0)
Rumpole and the Primrose Path by John Mortimer
Catalog Number: T-N1536-40 Six stories featuring British barrister Rumpole, including the title piece in which Rumpole investigates a fellow patient's death at the Primrose Path convalescent home. (Adult -- Fiction)
The Ironwood Tree: Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 3 by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
Catalog Number: T-N1574-60 Twins try to rescue their kidnapped sister from evil dwarfs who want to make her their queen but face an impossible task when their Field Guide turns up missing. (*AR#77859, RL 4.3, Points: 1.0)
Manatees: Returning Wildlife by John E. Becker
Catalog Number: T-N1563-80 Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and history of the manatee and attempts to ensure the survival of the species. (AR#67154, RL7.9, Points 1.0)
What is the World Made of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Catalog Number: T-N1574-90 Introduces the states of matter and their attributes. Gives examples and simple science experiments. (AR#41750, RL 3.7, Points: 0.5)
Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara:
Catalog Number: T-N1539-80 As his small town celebrates Christmas in the 1930s, aristocratic Julian English begins his rapid descent towards self-destruction. (Adult -- Fiction)
A Rage for Glory: The Life of Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN by James Tertius deKay:
Catalog Number: T-N1540-00 Portraying Decatur as a brilliant, fearless and adored commander, deKay recounts his rise to national prominence, exploits in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, and his tragic death in a duel. (Adult -- Non-Fiction)
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry:
Catalog Number: T-N1563-10 Orphaned Kira is placed in the care of the Council of Guardians, along with Thomas, a young Woodcarver, and Jo, a talented singer. (*AR#44063, RL 5.0, Points: 7.0)
The North American Beaver: Returning Wildlife by John E. Becker:
Catalog Number: T-N1563-70 Discusses the animal's habits and habitat, history of beaver trapping and the fur trade, the near extinction of the species, and reintroduction efforts. (AR#63719, RL7.5, Points 1.0)
Marvin One Too Many by Katherine Paterson:
Catalog Number: T-N1540-10 Marvin starts first grade in a new school but has trouble learning to read until he tells his father about the problem. (AR#53490, RL 2.0, Points: 0.5)
Summer of the Sea Serpent: Magic Tree House Book 31 by Mary Pope Osborne
Catalog Number: T-N1539-70 The magician Merlin sends Jack and Annie back in time where they are reunited with boy sorcerer Teddy, transformed into seal people, and discover an old sword. (*AR#76983, RL3.8, Points 1.0)
Wild Turkeys: Returning Wildlife by John E. Becker
Catalog Number: T-N1563-60 Describes the wild turkey of North America, its near extinction and successful comeback, as well as the ongoing efforts to preserve this species. (AR#64864, RL8.2, Points 1.0)
Lucas by Kevin Brooks
Catalog Number: T-N1540-30 Local bullies accuse sixteen-year-old drifter Lucas of rape, setting off a tragic turn of events. For senior high readers due to some violence and strong language. (*AR#71259, RL 4.7, Points: 14.0)
Francisco Goya by Evan S. Connell
Catalog Number: T-N1540-50 Traces the life and career of Spanish painter Francisco Goya during the last days of the House of Bourbon, the turmoil of the Inquisition, and Napoleon's invasion. (Adult Non-fiction)
Sanity and Grace: A Journal of Suicide, Survival and Strength by Judy Collins:
Catalog Number: T-N1536-80 The Grammy-nominated recording artist reflects on the suicide of her thirty-three-year old son and her struggles to cope with and understand his decision, supplementing her account with diary entries and song lyrics. (Adult -- some strong language)
Vagabond: Grail Quest, Book 2 by Bernard Cornwell:
Catalog Number: T-N1547-80 In this sequel to Archer's Tale, Thomas of Hookton battles adversaries as he searches for the Holy Grail, rumored to have once been possessed by his family. (Adult -- some violence)
Run If You Dare by Randy Powell:
Catalog Number: T-N1564-10 This novel tackles the theme of finding meaning and direction in life, by contrasting Gardner's efforts as part of the track team with his father's mid-life crisis after becoming unemployed. (*AR#48141, RL 4.6, Points: 6.0)
How Animal Babies Stay Safe by Mary Ann Fraser:
Catalog Number: T-N1573-80 Let's Read and Find Out Science book describes how animal babies are cared for by their parents and their own instincts. (AR#55905, RL 3.7, Points: 0.5)
Ninety-Five Pounds of Hope by Anna Gavalda:
Catalog Number: T-N1574-70 Thirteen-year-old Gregory leaves his feuding parents and the school he hates for a technical school where he can use the woodworking skills he learned from his Grandpa Leon. (AR#71428, RL4.3, Points 2.0)
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