Connect Your Summer
Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, gives a look at history’s darker underside.
As if by magic by Dolores Gordon-Smith
Everybody kills somebody sometime by Robert J. Randisi
The reeve's tale by Margaret Frazer
Blood alone by James R. Benn
India Black by Carol K. Carr
Death of a chancellor: a murder mystery featuring Lord Francis Powerscourt by David Dickinson
Tennis: steps to success by Jim Brown, Camille Soulier
Table tennis: steps to success by Richard McAfee
Field hockey: steps to success by Elizabeth Anders with Sue Myers
Softball: steps to success by Diane Potter, Lynn V. Johnson
Archery: steps to success by Kathleen M. Haywood, Catherine F. Lewis
Swimming: steps to success by David Thomas
Basketball: steps to success by Hal Wissel
Many new books have been written to help spark creativity.
The games bible: over 300 games— the rules, the gear, the strategies by Leigh Anderson
365 unplugged family fun activities: a year's worth of ideas for TV-free, video-free, and computer game-free entertainment by Steve Bennett, Ruth Bennett
The family manager's guide to summer survival by Kathy Peel
I'm bored!: inspiring and imaginative ideas for hours of fun by Suzy Barratt and Polly Beard ; illustrated by Sam Holland
Fun on the run: 324 instant family activities by Cynthia L. Copeland ; illustrations by Sanford Hoffman
1001 more things to do with your kids by Caryl Waller Krueger
Earn your Geek Out badge with one of these books from some of the Internet's most popular bloggers:
Let's pretend this never happened: (a mostly true memoir) by Jenny Lawson
Sleep is for the weak: the best of the mommybloggers including Amalah, Finslippy, Fussy, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, Mom-101, and more!: a blogHer book by edited by Rita Arens ; forward by Stacy Morrison
Sparkly green earrings: catching the light at every turn by Melanie Shankle
Heaven is here: an incredible story of hope, triumph, and everyday joy by Stephanie Nielson ; with Amy Ferguson Hackworth
Carry on, warrior: thoughts on life unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton
Travel back in time and learn about some of the most memorable days in world history:
America's jubilee by Andrew Burstein — July 4, 1826
D-Day, June 6, 1944: the climactic battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose — June 6, 1944
The day Kennedy was shot by Jim Bishop — November 22, 1963
The day Lincoln was shot by Jim Bishop — April 14, 1865
Day of infamy by Walter Lord — December 7, 1941
The day the American Revolution began: 19 April 1775 by William H. Hallahan — April 19, 1775
Fables. Vol. 1. Legends in exile by Bill Willingham, writer ; Lan Medina, penciler ; Steve Leialoha, Craig Hamilton, inkers ; Sherilyn van Valkenburgh, colorist ; Todd Klein, letterer ; Fables created by Bill Willingham
Blacksad by written by Juan Diaz Canales ; illustrated by Juanjo Guarnido ; lettering by Studio Cutie
Maus: a survivor's tale. Vol. 1. My father bleeds history by Art Spiegelman
Batman: the killing joke by Alan Moore, writer ; Brian Bolland, art and colors ; Richard Starkings, letterer ; introduction by Tim Sale ; afterword by Brian Bolland ; Batman created by Bob Kane
Back to the future [videodisc]: the complete trilogy by Universal and Amblin Entertainment — Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd. Marty McFly is transported back to 1955 where he must bring his parents together so that he will exist when he gets back to his own time.
Bill & Ted's excellent adventure [videodisc] by an Orion Pictures release; Nelson Entertainment presents an Interscope Communications production; in association with Soisson/Murphey Productions — Starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter. Two high school students facing a difficult history exam round up some historical heavyweights with the help of a time-traveling messenger.
Looper [videodisc] by a Sony Pictures Entertainment release of a TriStar Pictures, FilmDistrict, Endgame Entertainment presentation in association with DMG Entertainment of a Ram Bergman production ; produced by Ram Bergman, James D. Stern ; written and directed by Rian Johnson — Starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. An assassin known as a "Looper" must kill his future self, who has been sent back 30 years in time by mobsters.
Gone are the visions of pencil protectors and computer nerds. These days, the term "Geek" is used to describe those who are passionate about a particular hobby or interest. Perhaps one of these titles will inspire you to Geek Out!
Geek girls unite: how fangirls, bookworms, indie chicks, and other misfits are taking over the world by Leslie Simon; illustrations by Nan Lawson
Record collecting for girls: unleashing your inner music nerd, one album at a time by Courtney E. Smith
Are you a geek?: 10[superscript 3] ways to find out by Tim Collins
American nerd: the story of my people by Benjamin Nugent
The elfish gene: dungeons, dragons and growing up strange by Mark Barrowcliffe
Take part in a truly unique experience by joining the International Bridge Walk in Sault Ste. Marie on June 29. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge, walkers from both the Michigan and Ontario side will get a fantastic view of the Soo Locks along the way. Earn your My Mitten badge and see some beautiful scenery at the same time.
The border at Sault Ste. Marie by Graeme S. Mount, John Abbott, Michael J. Mulloy
Obsessed with your smartphone? In love with your tablet? These novels explore the dark side of placing too much trust in technology.
Extinction by Mark Alpert
Ready player one by Ernest Cline
Super sad true love story: a novel by Gary Shteyngart
C by Tom McCarthy
For the win by Cory Doctorow
The chemistry of tears by Peter Carey
Utopia: a novel by Lincoln Child
Read about some of Detroit's greatest hits!
Brewed in Detroit: breweries and beers since 1830 by Peter H. Blum
The Vernor's story: from gnomes to now by Lawrence L. Rouch
TV land—Detroit by Gordon Castelnero
The birth of the Detroit sound: 1940-1964 by Marilyn Bond and S.R. Boland
100 years of Ford: a centennial celebration of the Ford Motor Company by David L. Lewis and the auto editors of Consumer Guide
The story of Motown by Peter Benjaminson
Sanders confectionery by Greg Tasker
Do you geek out about technology, fantasy and science fiction? Each of these books features a healthy dose of nerd-culture reference and hidden humor for readers in-the-know.
Ready player one by Ernest Cline
Geektastic: stories from the nerd herd by edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Soon I will be invincible by Austin Grossman
The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
JPod: a novel by Douglas Coupland
What if the Allied invasion of Europe on D-Day had failed? The Mayflower had not sailed? The Mongols had succeeded in conquering Europe? JFK hadn't been assassinated? Napoleon had invaded North America? The South had won the Civil War? Go back in time and reimagine history as it might have been with the following fascinating titles:
The Confederate States of America: what might have been by Roger L. Ransom
Days of destiny: crossroads in American history: America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history by general editors, James M. McPherson, Alan Brinkley; editor, David Rubel