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September 2008

Exciting New APH Products Announced!

Read on to learn about these products – now available!

Azer's Interactive Periodic Table Study Set

APH 140th Annual Meeting News

October 2 – 4, 2008 in Louisville, Kentucky

Celebrating 150 Years of Building Independence

Have you made your reservations to join us for our 140th Annual Meeting? Although the APH registration deadline for inclusion in the program book has passed, you can certainly still register for this historic event. If the Seelbach Hotel is full, you may wish to contact our overflow hotel, the nearby Hyatt Regency at 502/587-3434. Please visit our Annual Meeting page for hotel reservation and other important information. Questions? Contact Kathy Smiddy, email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Mike May
Mike May
Natalie Barraga
Natalie Barraga

Mike May to Keynote Annual Meeting and Natalie Barraga to Receive Major Award

To kick off this historic Annual Meeting will be the creator and CEO of the Sendero Group, Mike May. Please make your plans to join us for our 150th Commemorative Dinner on Thursday evening, October 2, for an opportunity to hear Mike’s story, which is the subject of a fascinating new book that will soon be made into a major motion picture called Crashing Through. The next morning, be on hand to view Natalie Barraga (TX) receiving APH’s highest honor, The Wings of Freedom, for her lifelong contributions to our field.

Bernadette Kappen
Bernadette Kappen
Susan Spungin
Susan Spungin

Bernadette Kappen and Susan Spungin to Facilitate 2008 Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field Induction Ceremony

After a brief welcome and history of the Hall by Governing Board Chair Jim Deremeik, Dr. Bernadette Kappen and Dr. Susan Spungin will have the honor of inducting two giants of our field in to the Hall of Fame. Responding for Dr. Sally Mangold, at her husband Phil Mangold’s request, will be their career-long friend, Dr. Phil Hatlen. Dr. Rick Welsh will then offer a response to his Induction.

For additional information on these inductees, please visit the news page of the Hall of Fame website.

For the full Annual Meeting Agenda and all other related information, please visit the Annual Meeting webpage.

A Penny for Your Thoughts

You are invited to give your feedback through the 2008 Satisfaction Survey of Users of APH Products

"When someone asks you, ‘A penny for your thoughts,’ and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?" – George Carlin

APH and the U.S. Department of Education want and need your thoughts and suggestions, your "two cents," and your honest feedback! This is your invitation to help us take stock of our performance and improve our products and services.

Input based on your experience with APH products and services is an essential component in our development and delivery of specially-designed products for learners who are visually impaired. Each year through the APH survey, the U.S. Department of Education seeks input on the effectiveness of products and services provided through the Federal Quota Program. Your feedback stimulates our planning and our processes and helps us guarantee that our products respond effectively to the learning needs of visually impaired students and clients.

This annual performance survey is designed to accomplish several key purposes:

  • To measure our performance in order to improve our programs, processes, and products;
  • To gather new product ideas as well as suggestions about existing APH products;
  • To collect APH performance data for the US Department of Education.

We encourage all of you who have used our products in an education or rehabilitation setting within the last year to take a few minutes to measure our performance and to give us your input through the 2008 Satisfaction Survey of Users of APH Products. This 7-question, on-line survey will be available on our website at through September 10, 2008.

APH counts on you to tell us how we are doing, what is working, and what we need to improve. Your honest feedback about our performance and product effectiveness is worth far more than "two cents!" It does make a difference – and you can take that to the bank!

All responses will remain confidential.

APH Workshop: Making Test Items Accessible

On August 18 and 19, our fourth floor conference room was filled with 30 bright and eager workshop participants for Making Test Items Accessible: A Learning Experience. Seventeen of the thirty represented test publishers, seven were teachers, and six represented state departments of education. Dr. Carol Allman, lead presenter and facilitator, provided an overview of general issues including information and examples of state assessments including alternate assessment items, the use of universal design, and the importance of including professionals in the field of visual impairment in test development. APH staff members covered low vision, tactile graphics, accessible online testing, and the APH web site. The workshop presentations were recorded and will be archived on our website in the near future.

Photo of workshop participants posed in front of the Wall of Tribute of the Hall of Fame: Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field

Request for Test Resources or Information

If you have or know of any materials available that address test preparation or test-taking skills for students who are blind or visually impaired, please contact Debbie Willis at email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 800/223-1839, ext. 311. Thank you in advance for your time, interest, and assistance!

Time For Transitions!

Ten experts gathered at APH August 25 – 26 to spend some time discussing transition for students and adults who are visually impaired. This unique group included experts in early childhood, educational services, students with multiple disabilities, adults and seniors, and their talents and expertise provided the opportunity of a lifetime – to discuss the products and skills needed for lifelong transitions!

The group met for two days to discuss products for transition now available from APH and from other sources, the keys to successful transition programs, teaching to the future, providing broad spectrum transition products and more! The group finished their good work by helping APH staff develop and prioritize product ideas.

Thanks to Frank Simpson (NY), B.J. LeJeune (MS), Debra Sewell (TX), Sue Dalton (IL), Diane Haynes (KY), Scott Truax (WV), Tanni Anthony (CO), Beth Caruso (MA), Patty Williams (CA), and Connie Hill (KY) for sharing their time and knowledge for this important event!

Photo of workshop participants posed in front of the Wall of Tribute of the Hall of Fame: Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field

The National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) Celebrates Another Milestone

NIMAC staff and APH's Tuck Tinsley and Bob Brasher pose with the celebratory cake

After fewer than 21 months in operation, the NIMAC has reached the 10,000th NIMAS file-set mark! More than 10,000 NIMAS file-sets are now available for downloading and conversion to specialized formats!

The 10,000th title was The Wonderful Water Cycle by Lisa Shulman and was accepted into NIMAC at 12:28 PM ET on August 19!

Available File Sets (Updated 8/27/2008):

Textbooks: 1924
Consumables: 954
Supplementary Reading Materials: 6,446
Other: 906
TOTAL: 10,230

Senator Mitch McConnell Visits APH

Mitch McConnell

Senator Mitch McConnell, Kentucky’s senior senator and the Republican Leader in the Senate, visited APH on August 5th. Tuck Tinsley, APH Board of Trustees member Darrell Wells, and his wife Ann Wells, presented Senator McConnell with an award thanking him for his continuing support for the education of students who are blind and visually impaired. The award was a wooden bookstand with a brass plate on the front that read, "Thank you, Senator Mitch McConnell, for supporting the education of blind and visually impaired students across the United States." The bookstand held the print/braille book, Capitol; Washington, DC from A to Z.

Senator McConnell graciously accepted the award as he spoke to all APH staff members who had gathered in the plant. He said that rather than APH staff thanking him, he wanted to thank APH staff for their dedicated work to such a worthy cause. Following the award presentation, Tuck showed Senator McConnell the tactile map of Louisville’s Frankfort Avenue that APH had recently created and took him on a tour of the APH museum.

It was truly an honor to host Senator McConnell’s visit and to give him a token of our appreciation for his continuing support. A powerful influence in the U.S. Congress, Senator McConnell speaks out each year in support of the education of the students we serve and the APH appropriation.

New Braille+ YouTube Lesson Now Up!

Our student instructor, Chase, offers us a new tutorial on YouTube. To learn about "The Braille Plus Workspace" visit

By the way, Chase is one of our 150th Celebration Essay Winners and plans to be with us for Annual Meeting! What is Chase’s major goal while in Louisville? To meet and spend time with APH Technology guru, Larry Skutchan.

APH Celebrates Its History with a Gift to the Kentucky School for the Blind

KSB students Annmarie Aqua (left) and Justin Hedges (right) demonstrating the map with KSB O&M Instructor Mary Pawlowski (center)

APH produced tactile books and educational aids at the Kentucky School for the Blind–in the basement of the school’s original Frankfort Avenue building–until 1883, when our first building opened on property located adjacent to the school. Until 1923, the company and the school shared the same superintendents.

As part of APH’s 150th anniversary celebration and to commemorate the important role of KSB in shaping our company’s history, APH produced a unique tactile map for the school and presented this gift to KSB students and staff on August 29.

The map, which tactually depicts features of Frankfort Avenue from Pope Street to Ewing Avenue, was designed through a collaborative effort of APH and KSB staff and made by APH Model Maker Tom Poppe. This educational tool will be used by students at KSB for general map study and to familiarize themselves with the area that they travel during orientation and mobility training. It includes both braille and large print labeling and is displayed on a table that is height-adjustable, making it easily accessible to all users.

The map project was supported through a generous donation from the PNC Foundation.

Photo: KSB students Annmarie Aqua (left) and Justin Hedges (right) demonstrating the map with KSB O&M Instructor Mary Pawlowski (center).

closeup photo of the map, showing APH, KSB, and the immediate surrounding area.

APH Welcomes New Ex Officio Trustees

Michael J. Bina, the Maryland School for the Blind, replacing Linda Rosendall.

Gerald Kitzhoffer, the Overbrook School for the Blind, replacing Jackie Brennan.

Susan K Egging, the Wyoming Department of Education, replacing Jerry Baker.

Marie Celeste, the District of Columbia Public Schools, replacing Jerri L. Johnston-Stewart.

Charlotte Lowry, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, replacing Carl W. Ponder.

Mary A. Camacho, the Guam Department of Eduation, replacing Katrina Celes Pieper.

Patrick D. Clancy, the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, replacing Michael A. Hooley.

APH Travel Calendar

on the road with APH


September 4-6, 2008
Envision Conference;
San Antonio, TX

September 23-25, 2008
CIP Event: Teacher’s Workshop at Mississippi State University;
Starkville, MS

September 26-27, 2008
Annual Kentucky Reading Association Conference;
Louisville, KY

September 27, 2008
Indiana Vision Expo;
Indianapolis, IN


October 2-4, 2008
APH Annual Meeting 2008;
Louisville, KY

October 17, 2008
AERO (Ohio AER Conference);
Cincinnati, OH


November 13-15, 2008
MACRT/ASERT 2008 Conference;
Birmingham, AL

November 21-22, 2008
NIP – Making It Count: Math Skills for Students Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired;
Los Angeles, CA

APH Recommended Products!

We offer the following sampling of APH products for your consideration!

Word PlayHouse
Kit: 1-03562-00 — $224.00

Word PlayHouse kit

Word PlayHouse provides students with visual impairments the opportunity to participate in classroom activities that focus on phonics, spelling, and phonemic awareness. Use Word PlayHouse to teach beginning phonics and reading skills including letter recognition, braille code recognition, decoding, vocabulary, and spelling skills.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD–Small Parts. Not intended for children ages 3 and under without adult supervision.

Braille Contraction Recognition (BCR)

Teacher’s Kit, Print: 1-03251-00 — $107.00
Teacher’s Kit, Braille: 1-03252-00 — $178.00
Student’s Kit, Braille: 1-03251-00 — $84.00

New Name, New Components, New Configuration, Same Objective: APH’s previous BCR kit (Braille Code Recognition) has changed to Braille Contraction Recognition kit!

Functional Vision and Learning Media Assessment (FVLMA)

FVLMA Guidebook

FVLMA Kit: 7-96151-00 — $63.00
FVLMA Protocols: 7-96152-00 — $22.00
FVLMA Practitioner’s Guidebook, Print: 7-96153-00 — $45.00
FVLMA Practitioner’s Guidebook, Braille: 5-96153-00 — $58.00

This new assessment tool is useful for practitioners to gather, store, track, and analyze information regarding students’ functional vision and appropriate learning media.

MathBuilders, Unit 6: Geometry

MathBuilders, Unit 6 kit

Large Print Kit (includes Teacher’s Guide in large print): 7-03563-00 — $288.50
Braille Kit (includes Teacher’s Guide in braille): 5-03563-00 — $288.50

Optional Items:
General Guidelines, Braille: 5-03560-03 — $24.00
General Guidelines, Large Print: 7-03560-03 — $24.00

Replacement Items:
Teacher’s Guide, Large Print: 7-03563-01 — $59.00
Teacher’s Guide, Braille: 5-03563-01 — $59.00
Consumables Pack, Braille: 5-03563-02 — $16.00

MathBuilders is a supplementary math program separated into eight units by content standards and grade level. Unit 6 focuses on geometry and includes:

  • Teacher’s guide with lesson plans for grades K-3
  • CD-ROM with General Guidelines for Teaching Math to Young Braille Users
  • 34 student worksheets for additional practice
  • Manipulative parts.

WARNING: Choking Hazard-Small Parts. Not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.

MaximEyes™ Video Magnifier

Photo of a person using a MaximEyes™ Video Magnifier

The MaximEyes™ Video Magnifier from EITAC Solutions Group is offered exclusively by the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. With up to 60X magnification, you are able to display an enlarged view of whatever is placed on the video magnifier’s work surface. A large 19" LCD panel provides a clear and easily viewed image for your reading and writing. MaximEyes has a unique interface that uses a familiar five-button computer mouse. In addition, the MaximEyes Video Magnifier offers an amazing new technology: the PenTracker™ is a small clip-on device that is tracked by the camera as you move your pen. This means that what is being written stays in the view of the camera automatically.

MaximEyes Video Magnifier Unit: 1-03915-00 — $3,495.00

Optional Extended Warranty (extends the included one-year warranty for an additional year, giving you two years total. Must be ordered within 60 days of the date your product was shipped): 1-03918-00 — $200.00

Replacement PenTracker™, Corded: 1-03917-00 — $40.00

Freight and Insurance Delivery: $74.00
UPS shipping fee added to all orders within the contiguous U.S. All other shipments will include actual shipping rates based on the point of destination.

NOTE: MaximEyes™ Video Magnifier, extended warranty, replacement PenTracker™, and freight & insurance delivery ARE available for purchase with Quota funds.

MaximEyes™ and PenTracker™ are trademarked products of EITAC Solutions Group, LLC in West Lafayette, Indiana.

SQUID Tactile Activities Magazine, Issue 5
1-08862-05 — $72.00

Cover of the SQUID Tactile Activities Magazine, Issue 5

The newest issue of SQUID is now available! SQUID is deceptively fun–while your child or student enjoys solving a variety of activities in each SQUID issue, he or she will build and acquire skills that will enable him or her to become a more proficient tactile reader.

Wilson Reading System® Braille Student Readers 1, 2, and 3

Wilson System Readers 1, 2, and 3

Wilson Reading System Braille Readers:
Student Reader One: 6-79502-00 — $17.00
Student Reader Two: 6-79503-00 — $17.00
Student Reader Three: 6-79504-00 — $17.00

The Wilson Reading System (WRS) is a research-based reading and writing program. WRS is a complete curriculum for teaching decoding and encoding (spelling), beginning with phoneme segmentation.

Select Switch
1-08617-00 — $125.00

A small boy in a chair using a Select Switch to operate a toy rooster

The Select Switch includes features that make it useful for individuals with severe motor disabilities and cognitive impairments. This switch is battery-powered, with function control features that enable individuals to communicate and control battery-operated appliances, toys, and devices.

ToAD: Tools for Assessment and Development of Visual Skills:

ToAD Kit

Kit: 1-08152-00 — $595.00

Related Products:
ISAVE Visual Field/Acuity Grid: 1-08540-00 — $49.00
Invisiboard: 1-08541-00 — $120.00

This set of standardized tools aids in performing functional vision evaluations or visual skills development activities.

WARNING: Choking Hazard-Small Parts. Not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.

NEW! Azer’s Interactive Periodic Table Study Set
1-08856-00 — $346.00

Optional Braille Guidebook: 5-08856-00 — $19.00
Replacement Large Print Guidebook: 7-08856-00 — $19.00

Related Item:
Periodic Table of the Elements Reference Chart: 1-08855-00 — $56.00

Azer's Interactive Periodic Table Study Set

This interactive study set is designed to make learning about the Periodic Table of the Elements accessible to students with visual impairments or blindness.

The tangible materials included with this study set complement APH’s Periodic Table of the Elements Reference Chart and allow students to enhance their understanding of concepts consistent with the National Science Standards. Inspired by Samir Azer, a science teacher at the Kentucky School for the Blind, this set can assist in the instruction and demonstration of concepts related to the arrangement of the periodic table, atomic structure, ionic and covalent bonding, and balancing of chemical equations to students who benefit from a hands-on, interactive model. Special attention was given to make the materials tactually discriminable and visually appealing to the target population, yet appropriate for all students regardless of visual acuity.


  • 294 interactive hexagonal element pieces (a minimum of one per element, as well as polyatomic ions)
  • Additional interactive accessories including coefficient, oxidation, and subscript numbers, arrows, plus signs, parentheses, and assessment pieces
  • 2 atomic models with accessories
  • Storage binder with accessories
  • Tri-fold loop material board (37" x 24"), used to balance chemical equations and/or display the entire periodic table
  • Large Print Guidebook (with CD containing html, brf, txt, and dtb versions and a Word® file of the Skills Checklist). Braille Guidebook available separately.

Note: Some assembly required. Recommended ages: 10 years and up.

WARNING: Choking Hazard-Small Parts. Not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.

NEW! Braille DateBook 2009

With 2009 Calendar Pages: 1-07899-09 — $66.00

Replacement Calendar Pages, 2009: 1-07898-09 — $16.00
Additional Filler Paper and Tabs: 1-07897-00 — $10.00

Braille Datebook

Housed in a rugged binder that opens from the top to make it easier to use when you are in narrow spaces. The binder holds 100 pages, including the calendar and other tabbed pages. Its hook/loop fastener keeps all material together and gives added protection to brailled pages.


  • Small-size binder
  • Calendar pages
  • Blank filler pages and blank tabs
  • A Saddle-Shaped Stylus
  • Print and braille tips pamphlet

Recommended ages: 11 years and up.

NEW! Book 3: Lots of Dots: Coloring the Garden
1-10002-00 — $24.00

Related Items:
Book 1: Lots of Dots: Learning My ABC’s: 1-10000-00 –$26.00
Book 2: Lots of Dots: Counting 123: 1-10001-00 — $29.00

Lots of Dots: Coloring the Garden

This book presents a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and introduces picture building. The book begins with an empty garden. Each page adds a new feature, i.e., clouds, rain, seeds, and plants. Once the garden has grown, a new garden item is introduced on each page for the child to color. The enrichment activities are simple recipes that the child and parents/siblings/teachers can do together. The activities present daily living skills, such as planning, organizing, and food preparation. Trying new foods is encouraged.

This book uses uncontracted and contracted braille, where applicable. To better enjoy this book, children should first complete Lots of Dots: Learning My ABC’s and Lots of Dots: Counting 123.

NEW! Turbo Phonics Software

(includes software, enhanced print Teacher’s Guide, one Student Activity Book): D-00100-00 — $155.00

Optional Item:
Turbo Phonics Teacher’s Guidebook, Braille (includes CD-ROM of accessible files): 5-00100-00 — $118.00

Replacement Items:
Turbo Phonics Student Activity Book (Pack of 5): 7-00100-01 –$60.00
Turbo Phonics Teacher’s Guidebook: Enhanced Print (includes CD-ROM of accessible files): 7-00100-00 — $118.00

Turbo Phonics

Turbo Phonics is a computer-based, phonemic awareness and phonics program for young students who are preparing to develop reading skills. This program has been specially designed for students who have low vision, but students with typical vision may successfully use the program. Exciting racecar sounds, racing graphics, and student-friendly interface make Turbo Phonics loads of fun when learning to read.

Student performance is tracked in a self-contained database that the teacher may access at any time. The program identifies skills in which the student may need further practice.

This program provides students with simple, high contrast graphics, audio reinforcement, and excitement throughout the interactive program. Students will love Turbo Phonics!


  • CD-ROM with Turbo Phonics program
  • Teacher’s Guidebook in enhanced print (enhanced print is large print + special formatting; braille Teacher’s Guidebook is available separately)
  • One Student Activity Book (this is consumable, additional packs of activity books available separately)
  • CD-ROM with electronic guidebook and activity book files for accessibility (.brf, HTML, and DAISY)

REMINDER: Braille+ Mobile Manager Extended Warranties

Protect your investment in your Braille+ with an extended warranty. Remember that the extended warranty must be purchased within one year of purchasing the Braille+ unit.

One-Year Hardware Maintenance Agreement (HMA):
1-07460-00 — $125.00

One-Year Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) Download:
1-07462-00 — $75.00

SMA update on a miniSD(TM) Card (After purchasing One-Year SMA Download):
1-07463-00 — $50.00

Braille+ One-Time Software Update:
1-07464-00 — $200.00

Related Item:
Braille+ Mobile Manager: 1-07450-01 — $1,395.00

The Braille+™ Mobile Manager is a powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use notetaker designed specifically for users who are blind or visually impaired. The Braille+ includes a one-year warranty against manufacturer defects, plus one year of free downloads for software updates. Extended agreements are now available!

Braille+ One-Year Hardware Maintenance Agreement (HMA)

The annual HMA protects you from unanticipated maintenance cost. Repairs are covered, including parts and labor, for 12 months beyond the first year limited warranty that was included with your initial purchase. The HMA must be purchased while the product is covered under the standard warranty. Batteries and other accessories are not covered by the HMA. Catalog no. 1-07460-00.

Braille+ One-Year Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) Download

The annual Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) gives Braille+ owners unlimited software downloads for a period of one year. This gives you uninterrupted additional coverage beyond the standard first year of software updates you have received. The extended SMA must be purchased while covered under the standard or existing SMA. Note: An SMA download will be available as soon as possible following your purchase, please allow 3-5 working days for the implementation. Catalog no. 1-07462-00.

Optional SMA Update on a miniSD™ Card

After purchasing the one-year SMA, you may prefer to install updates using a miniSD™ card. This is available to you for an additional fee of $50.00 for each update supplied on a miniSD card. It must be purchased while covered under the standard or existing SMA. Catalog no. 1-07460-00.

Braille+ One-Time Software Update

The one-time software download allows those without the annual software agreement to upgrade their software to the most recent release. This update is provided on a miniSD card. You will only need to consider this if you do not extend your option to purchase the standard SMA and then want the updates later. Catalog no. 1-07464-00.


Please take a moment to consider the benefits of continuing your maintenance agreements as we progress with future enhancements. IT IS IMPORTANT TO ACT NOW BEFORE THE END OF YOUR FIRST YEAR OF BRAILLE+ OWNERSHIP. Complete a Maintenance Agreement Order Form or call APH customer service. Be certain to have your Braille+ serial number available when purchasing. The serial number is located on the back of the unit or in the Status Menu. If you have any questions please call customer service at 800-223-1839 or email us at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Special Hot Pricing for Your Summer Reading Enjoyment–Sale Ends Soon!

Receive 10% off the Handi II, and Table Top Recorder/Players, and Cases.

Also, Receive 50% off accessories listed below.

Effective June 1 thru September 30, 2008

Product Number Description Original Price Promotion Price
Handi-Cassette II Tape Recorder/Player

– plays and records at standard or Talking Book speed
1-07085-00 Handi-Cassette II $185.00 $166.00
1-07085-01 Handi-Cassette II International $175.00 $157.00
1-07084-00 Handi-Cassette II Carrying Case $19.00 $17.00
Accessories for Handi-Cassette II
1-07083-00 Instructional Cassette $2.50 $1.25
1-07086-00 Battery Clip $8.00 $4.00
1-07082-00 Battery Pack NIMH $12.00 $6.00
Table Top Cassette Recorder/Player
– plays and records at standard or Talking Book speed
1-07150-00 Table Top Cassette Recorder/Player (US) $225.00 $202.00
1-07150-01 Table Top Cassette Recorder/Player (UK) $225.00 $202.00
1-07150-02 Table Top Cassette Record/Player (Europe) $225.00 $202.00
1-07010-00 Table Top Carrying Case $12.00 $10.50

**Note: All Sale Items Available While Supply Lasts**

APH Braille Book Corner

APH offers 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.

Note: all books are produced upon receipt of orders, therefore, please allow approximately 8 weeks for delivery.

On the Field with…Mia Hamm
by Matt Christopher, Braille: T-N1681-40 — $30.00
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, Braille: T-N1658-60 — $51.00
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, Braille: T-N1673-00 — $95.50
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, Braille: T-N1657-00 — $165.50
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, Braille: T-N1674-40 — $95.00
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.

*Accelerated Reader number, reading level, and point value. For more information on the Accelerated Reader program, see the January 2006 APH News or

APH News Credits

Dr. Tuck Tinsley

Malcolm Turner, APH Website Coordinator

Thanks to the following APH staff:

  • Cindy Amback, Support Specialist, Field Services
  • Ralph Bartley, Director, Research
  • Janie Blome, Director, Field Services
  • Scott Blome, Director, Communications
  • Nicole Gaines, Manager, NIMAC
  • Nancy Lacewell, Director, Government and Community Relations
  • Stephanie Lancaster, Graphic Designer, Communications
  • Mary Nelle McLennan, Executive Advisor to the President and BANA Board Member Representing APH
  • Julia Myers, Director, Resource Services and NIMAC
  • Ann Rich, APH Museum Associate
  • Gwynn Stewart, Support Specialist, Communications
  • Debbie Willis, Director, Accessible Tests

Bob Brasher, Vice President, Advisory Services and Research

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