To order any of these titles, contact the library by email, mail or phone. You may also request these titles online through our OPAC. Identification numbers for braille books begin with BR, large print books begin with LP and audiobooks begin with DB. All audiobooks listed are linked to the Braille and Audio Reading Download site (BARD) for downloading, but may also be ordered by contacting the library. Happy Reading!
Preschool to Grade 2
Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding
Marco's mother promises him a surprise at the Memorial Day parade. He thinks all the participants are the special treat until he spots his abuelo, or grandfather, in a wheelchair and uniform leading the rest of the veterans. Download Memorial Day Surprise DB 58420. Read by Erin Jones. Reading time 6 minutes.
Kindergarten to Grade 3
The Veteran's Day Visitor by Peter Catalanotto and Pamela Schembri
Emily's grandfather comes to her second-grade classroom to talk about Veterans Day. Because he has narcolepsy, he falls asleep during the visit--but Emily figures out what to do. Beginning chapter book.
Download The Veteran's Day Visitor DB 68222. Read by Richard Magesis. Reading time 18 minutes.
The Wall by Eve Bunting
A young boy and his father come from far away to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and find the name of the boy's grandfather who was killed in the war. A group of girls in school uniforms comes by. "Is this wall for the dead soldiers...?" one of them asks. "The names are the names of the dead. But the wall is for all of us," the teacher answers. Print/Braille. BR 8959.
Grades 2 to 4
Changes for Molly: A Winter Story by Valerie Tripp
Molly's dance class plans a big finale for the World War II veterans, and Molly hopes to play Miss Victory. The McIntires have just heard that Dad should be home for the show, and Molly hopes he will find her more grown up. But then she gets sick. Sequel to Molly Saves the Day (DB 43835).
Download Changes for Molly: a Winter Story DB 43836 . Read by Pam Ward. Reading time 1 hour, 7 minutes.
Download Changes for Molly: a Winter Story BR 10936.
Grades 3 to 6
Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers
A young American soldier in a foreign land thinks about the enemy and surviving his mission to secure a village. In the tall elephant grass, he comes face to face with a young Vietnamese soldier and makes an important realization about war. Print/Braille. BR 14041
Talking Walls by Margy Burns Knight
The author explores the similarities and differences among diverse cultures through the presentation of walls the world over. Included are the Great Wall of China, the Lascaux cave (France), the Western Wall (Jerusalem), the Muslim world's Kaába walls, the walls of Great Zimbabwe, the Taos pueblo (New Mexico), the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandela's prison walls, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Print/Braille. BR 8987.
Grades 4 to 7
Take Care of My Girl by Patricia Hermes
Brady is embarrassed over her fifth-grade class project on families. Her mother is dead, her Vietnam-veteran father left six years ago to "save the whales," and Jake, the grandfather with whom she lives, is having a bad time with his emphysema. The project offers Jake a chance to talk about what will happen to Brady when he dies. Jake and Brady track down her father, and Brady comes to realize that Jake is really her family. Download Take Care of My Girl DB 37377. Read by Mimi Bederman. Reading time 3 hours, 21 minutes.
Grades 5 to 8
All the Broken Pieces: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg
Matt Pin was nine when he was airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975 and adopted by an American couple. Two years later Matt is still haunted by a terrible secret from his war-torn past, one that his new parents and Vietnam veterans help him confront.
Download All the Broken pieces: A Novel in Verse DB 73636. Read by Jason Griffith. Reading time 1 hour, 54 minutes.
Cherry Ames, Veterans' Nurse by Helen Wells
Army nurse Cherry Ames returns home to Illinois and begins a new assignment at a veteran rehabilitation hospital. While healing the bodies and spirits of wounded soldiers, Cherry meets Toby, a four-year-old boy with a life-threatening disease. Cherry wants to help but doesn't trust Toby's doctor. Download Cherry Ames, Veterans' Nurse DB 64656. Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 4 hours, 29 minutes.
On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck
Davy Bowman remembers the home-front years in Illinois during World War II, especially his two heroes--his nineteen-year-old brother, who is in the air force, and his father, who was injured in the previous war. Boyhood misadventures mix with scrap drives, shortages, and the dread of telegrams. Set in 16 pt Plantin. LP 1723.
Grades 6 to 9
Always to Remember: The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Brent K. Ashabranner
Poignantly tells of the crusade of Jan C. Scruggs, the Vietnam veteran who spearheaded the drive for a memorial, of Maya Ying Lin, the architectural student whose memorial design was chosen, and of the effect of the memorial on those who visit it.
Download Always to Remember: The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial DB 31108. Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time: 1 hour, 36 minutes.
December Stillness by Mary Downing Hahn
14-year-old Kelly tries to befriend Mr. Weems, a disturbed, homeless Vietnam War veteran who spends his days in her suburban library, though the man makes it clear he wants to be left alone. LP 50071.
Stick and Whittle by Sid Hite
Texas, 1872. Melvin "Stick" Fitchett, a Civil War veteran, runs into sixteen-year-old Melvin "Whittle" Smyte on the lonesome prairie. The two become partners while Stick searches for his long-lost sweetheart, Evelyn. When they find out that she has been kidnapped, they ride to the rescue.
Download Stick and Whittle DB 51872. Read by Gary Roan. Reading time 4 hours, 28 minutes.
Download Stick and Whittle BR 13490
Junior and Senior High
A Quiet Place by Peter Burchard
A young woman is in conflict over her friendship with a good hearted, naive farm boy and her attraction to a cynical Army veteran. BR 2311.
Sentries by Gary Paulsen
The common theme of nuclear disaster and human vulnerability interweaves the lives of four young people with lives of three veterans of past wars. The young people are Sue Oldhorn, a seventeen-year-old Ojibway Indian; David Garcia, a fourteen-year-old illegal immigrant; Peter Shackleton, a rock star and band leader; and Laura Hayes, a sheep rancher's daughter. BR 8842.
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
Alex, a seventeen-year-old with a brain tumor; Tom, an Afghanistan War veteran; and Ellie, an eight-year-old orphan join forces after a devastating electromagnetic pulse leaves the world's few survivors either zombies or people with superhuman senses. Violence and some strong language. Download Ashes DB 73686. Read by Katherine Kellgren. Reading time 11 hours, 11 minutes.
Heroes by Robert Cormier
Francis Cassavant returns from World War II so terribly mangled that no one recognizes him. His only goal is to kill his personal enemy, Larry LaSalle, for a crime committed before the war. Everyone mistakenly considers the two men war heroes. LP 719. Download Heroes BR 11993.
Josephine and the Soldier by Beverly Jenkins
Michigan, 1864. Seventeen-year-old African American Jojo Best has achieved her dream of becoming a hairdresser. Although she has a beau, Brooks, she is attracted to army veteran Adam Morgan, who has come home to recuperate from the War between the States. Download Josephine and the Soldier DB 56436. Read by Michele Schaeffer. Reading time 6 hours, 40 minutes.
Rat Life by Tedd Arnold
Upstate New York, 1972. Fourteen-year-old Todd, an aspiring writer, befriends Rat, a young Vietnam War veteran, while they work at the local drive-in. After a body is found in the river, Todd suspects Rat has committed murder. Some violence and some strong language. Edgar Award. Download Rat Life BR 18190.
Samantha and the Cowboy by Lorraine Heath
Texas, 1866. Sixteen-year-old Samantha Reynolds pretends to be a boy in order to join a cattle drive where she can earn money for her family. After fellow wrangler Matthew Hart, a Civil War veteran, discovers the truth, they fall in love.
Download Samantha and The Cowboy DB 55425. Read by Colleen Delany. Reading time 5 hours, 29 minutes.
Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis
When Ben delays college to enlist in the army reserve, his family, girlfriend, and best friend are shocked. After deployment to Iraq Ben returns home with a traumatic brain injury and finds nothing is the same. Some violence and some strong language.
Download Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am BR 19579.
Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
Iraq, 2003. Robin "Birdy" Perry joins the army after high school and becomes involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Birdy writes about his experiences to his uncle Richie, a Vietnam War veteran, from Fallen Angels (RC 29775, BR 17796). Violence and strong language. LP 1824. Download Sunrise Over Fallujah DB 67033. Read by L.J. Ganser. Reading time: 7 hours, 11 minutes. Download Sunrise Over Fallujah BR 17795.
Too Big a Storm Marsha Qualey
Minneapolis, 1969. Eighteen-year-old Brady Callahan feels conflicted about the Vietnam War because her brother went AWOL there, her new friend is active in the antiwar movement, and she herself fell in love with a veteran. When tragedy strikes, Brady must form her own beliefs. Download Too Big a Storm DB 64401. Read by Erin Jones. Reading time: 7 hours, 29 minutes.
A Troubled Peace by Laura Elliott
1945. World War II pilot Henry Forester from Under a War-Torn Sky (RC 68311, BR 14673), returns home to Virginia and struggles with nightmares. Henry ventures to France to find a boy who saved his life and is shocked at the lingering devastation. Some violence. Download A Troubled Peace BR 18781.