Teen Real-Life Stories

Hard-hitting and realistic, blind high-schoolers will readily identify with the protagonists in these books of family and friends, triumph and tragedy.

35 books on this shelf.

A Day No Pigs Would Die
by Robert Newton Peck, 153 pages. To a thirteen-year-old Vermont farm boy whose father slaughters pigs for a living, maturity comes early as he learns "doing what's got to be done," especially regarding his pet pig who cannot produce ...
Item Number: 3963
$23.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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A Year Down Yonder
by Richard Peck, 155 pages. (A 2001 Newbery Medal Winner)

Mary Alice and Grandma Dowdel return for more astonishing, laugh-out-loud adventures when fifteen-year-old Mary Alice moves in with her spicy grandmother for the year....
Item Number: 3964
$24.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Blue
by Joyce Moyer Hostetter, 253 pages. "Blue, 13, writes of Hickory, North Carolina, January 1944 to June 1945. Roosevelt is president; the war and a polio epidemic are underway; Hickory's camp becomes an emergency polio hospital and Blue'...
Item Number: 3965
$39.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Comfort
by Joyce Moyer Hostetter, 375 pages. Now that Daddy has returned from fighting Hitler and Ann Fay is home from the polio hospital, life should get back to normal. But Ann Fay discovers she no longer fits easily into old friendships and D...
Item Number: 3966
$58.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Everything on a Waffle
by Polly Horvath, 157 pages. Haven't you ever just known something deep in your heart without reason? Primrose Squarp simply knows her parents did not perish at sea during a terrible storm, but try convincing the other residents ...
Item Number: 3967
$24.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon, 277 pages. If you love Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, you'll love the story of Maddy, a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door ... A...
Item Number: 2584
$43.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Faraway Summer
by Johanna Hurwitz, 117 pages. In the summer of 1910, Dossi is surprised and terrified to discover that her sister is sending her to a Vermont farm on a charity-sponsored vacation. The landscape and the people of Vermont are very d...
Item Number: 3968
$18.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Dear Emma
by Johanna Hurwitz, 127 pages. After spending a Fresh Air Fund vacation discovering a new world on a Vermont farm, Dossi thought that returning home to the bustling New York of 1910 would be simple. Little did she know that, even i...
Item Number: 3969
$19.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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The Unsigned Valentine (And Other Events in the Life of Emma Meade)
by Johanna Hurwitz, 145 pages. At fifteen, Emma Meade is old enough for just about anything. Old enough to leave school, old enough to help around the farm, and old enough to notice when handsome Cole Berry takes an interest in her...
Item Number: 3970
$22.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Holes
by Louis Sachar, 263 pages. (Winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Young People's Literature)

As further evidence of his family's bad fortune, which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sen...
Item Number: 3971
$41.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Small Steps
by Louis Sachar, 289 pages. Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it's hard when you have a record, and everyone expects the worst from you.

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Item Number: 3972
$45.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson, 561 pages. The New York Times Bestselling story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell.

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At ...
Item Number: 2572
$88.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Liar
by Winifred Morris, 175 pages. Alex has listened to his mother's lies his whole life. She has driven him to do things that even surprise himself and that nearly landed him in a "training school." Now, at fifteen, he has a chance to...
Item Number: 3973
$27.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird
by Jean Little, 265 pages. Young Jeremy and Sarah learn to cope with their grief and drastically changed lifestyle during their father's battle with cancer, which forces their mother to sell their house and return to school ful...
Item Number: 3974
$41.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Maniac Magee
by Jerry Spinelli, 195 pages. 1991 Newbery Medal Book
"Maniac Magee is a folk story about a boy, a very excitable boy. One that can outrun dogs, hit a home run off the best pitcher in the neighborhood, tie a knot no one ...
Item Number: 3975
$30.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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M.C. Higgins, The Great
by Virginia Hamilton, 335 pages. "M.C. Higgins and his family have lived on Sarah's Mountain for generations. His daddy says that one day it will belong to M.C.

But the spoil heap (the pile of waste, or slag) that strip coal minin...
Item Number: 3976
$52.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Me and the Pumpkin Queen
by Marlane Kennedy, 131 pages. Will her pumpkin win the prize?

She had always dreamed of growing a one-thousand-pound pumpkin.

Maybe this will be her year.

Lots of people think an eleven-year-old doesn't stand a chance of ...
Item Number: 3977
$20.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Meet the Austins
by Madeleine L'Engle, 257 pages. The moment Maggy Hamilton steps into the happy lives of the Austin family, she disrupts their harmonious world, bringing with her all the sullenness and insolence of her own misery.

Vicky Austin kn...
Item Number: 3978
$40.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Men of Stone
by Gayle Friesen, 237 pages. Living in a house full of women isn't helping fifteen-year-old Ben make sense of his life. He wants to be the kind of guy who can talk to girls--but he just sounds like a fool. He wants to be a jock--...
Item Number: 3979
$36.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Pictures of Hollis Woods
by Patricia Reilly Giff, 163 pages. Hollis Woods: is the place where a baby was abandoned ... is the baby's name ... is an artist ... is now a twelve-year-old girl ... who's been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all....
Item Number: 3980
$25.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Stargirl
by Jerry Spinelli, 223 pages. "Daring to Be Different
In a moving and highly engaging tale about the vagaries of adolescent peer pressure, Newbery Medal winner Jerry Spinelli tells the story of Stargirl, a high school s...
Item Number: 3981
$34.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Summer of the Swans
by Betsy Byars, 127 pages. A Newbery Honor Book
"The longest day in the life of a fourteen-year-old girl - the summer day her beloved, mentally-challenged brother is lost, the day she discovers compassion is a friend. A comp...
Item Number: 3982
$19.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie, 263 pages. Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his trou...
Item Number: 2534
$41.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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The Canning Season
by Polly Horvath, 239 pages. LOVE UNDER TRYING CIRCUMSTANCES

One night out of the blue, Ratchet Clark's ill-natured mother tells her that Ratchet will be leaving their Pensacola apartment momentarily to take the train up north...
Item Number: 3983
$37.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros, 95 pages. Here is Sandra Cisneros' greatly admired and best-selling novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Acclaimed by critics, beloved by children and their parents and grandparent...
Item Number: 3984
$14.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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The Josie Gambit
by Mary Francis Shura, 303 pages. When good friends play cruel games, nobody wins.

Gambit: A move in chess in which a player deliberately sacrifices a pawn or other piece in order to gain a better position

Greg was stuck at his ...
Item Number: 3985
$47.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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The Mozart Season
By Virginia Euwer Wolff, 351 pages. It's a kind of alertness that comes on you, as if somebody has turned on all your lights inside. Sometimes it can get almost too bright in there.

At twelve years old, Allegra Shapiro is the younges...
Item Number: 3986
$55.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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The Outsiders
by S. E. Hinton, 239 pages. Ponyboy is fourteen, tough and confused, yet sensitive behind his bold front. Since his parents' death, his loyalties have been to his brothers and his gang, the rough, swinging, long-haired boys from...
Item Number: 3987
$37.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Rumble Fish
by S. E. Hinton, 127 pages. Rusty-James knows he is a tough teen, but he wants to be even tougher, just like his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy. He wants to stay calm and laugh when things get dangerous, to be the strongest s...
Item Number: 3988
$19.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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There's a Bat in Bunk Five
by Paula Danziger, 167 pages. "Marcy is thrilled when Ms. Finney asks her to be a junior counselor at a creative arts camp. This is her big chance to have a summer away from her family where no one knows how insecure she used to b...
Item Number: 3989
$25.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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The Winter Room
by Gary Paulsen, 83 pages. You can live on the same farm, in the same house with your uncle for eleven summers, eleven winters, and still not know him. You and your older brother, Wayne, can work in the fields alongside him and...
Item Number: 3990
$12.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Undercover
by Beth Kephart, 209 pages. Like a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac, Elisa ghostwrites love notes for the boys in her school. But when Elisa falls for Theo Moses, things change fast. Theo asks for verses to court the lovely Lila--a...
Item Number: 3991
$32.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Up a Road Slowly
by Irene Hunt, 239 pages. Here is Hunt's Newbery Award-winning novel, from the author of Across Five Aprils and No Promises in the Wind. After her mother's death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a spinster...
Item Number: 3992
$37.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?
by Jerry Spinelli, 289 pages. The sibling rivalry between twelve-year-old Megin and her older brother Greg intensifies after she ruins his science project and he retaliates by throwing her favorite hockey stick into the pond.

T...
Item Number: 3993
$45.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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Will You, Won't You?
by Jessie Haas, 271 pages. Mad Parker has just graduated from eighth grade, where she has nearly perfected the art of becoming invisible, unnoticed, gone--to teachers, to classmates, to her mother, almost to herself. Now she is...
Item Number: 3994
$42.95 in Grade 2 Braille
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