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What We're Reading: November, 2014

An event in autumn by Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson.  Fans of Mankell's Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander, will enjoy this story set just before Wallander's final case. 

The teacher wars: a history of America's most embattled profession by Dana Goldstein.  Everyone has an opinion about America's public schools and the responsibility of its' teachers. Would you be surprised to learn teachers have been similarly embattled for nearly two centuries?

A share in death by Deborah Crombie. This is the first in Crombie's long running Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series.  It's been on my To Read list for awhile and I thought it's time had come. Nominated for an Agatha Award.

Realistic Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale by Mo Willems — A story for any child who has lost a beloved toy. The story continues in Knuffle Bunny, Too and Knuffle Bunny Free.

Sophie's squash by Pat Zietlow Miller; illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

One special day by written by Lola M. Schaefer; illustrated by Jessica Meserve — A delightful look at becoming a big brother, followed up by One Busy Day, about these same siblings a little older.

Not all princesses dress in pink by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple Yolen; illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

Amazing Monty by Johanna Hurwitz; illustrated by Anik McGrory

First Grade

Biography Suggestions by Grade

Looking for fascinating stories about real people? Explore the following list for some suggestions.

Kindergarten

Mali under the night sky: a Lao story of home by Youme

The watcher: Jane Goodall's life with the chimps by Jeanette Winter

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman

The boy who loved math: the improbable life of Paul Erdős by Deborah Heiligman; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

The tree lady: the true story of how one tree-loving woman changed a city forever by H. Joseph Hopkins; illustrated by Jill McElmurry

First Grade

The little plant doctor: a story about George Washington Carver by Jean Marzollo; illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

Masterful Mysteries

Kindergarten

Where is dear dragon? by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell

Daniel's mystery egg by Alma Flor Ada ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Where is the green sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale by Mo Willems

The doghouse by Jan Thomas

First Grade

Young Cam Jansen and the circus mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti

Detective Dinosaur: lost and found by James Skofield ; pictures by R.W. Alley

Michigan Fiction & Authors

Kindergarten

The twelve days of Christmas in Michigan by written by Susan Collins Thoms ; illustrated by Deb Pilutti

Bernida: a Michigan sailing legend by Al Declercq and Tom Ervin with Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by David Miles

Island magic by Martha Bennett Stiles ; illustrated by Daniel San Souci

M is for mitten: the Michigan alphabet book by Annie Appleford ; illustrated by Michael Monroe

Up, up, up dear dragon by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell

1st Grade

Alien ice cream by David Anthony and Charles David ; illustrations, Lys Blakeslee

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

It was on October 26, 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona that the infamous gunfight took place. Generally regarded as the most famous gunfight in the history of the American West, it is believed to have lasted all of thirty seconds. On one side were the cowboy outlaws Billy Clairborne, Ike and Billy Clanton, and Tom and Frank McLaury. Opposing them were Marshall Virgil Earp and his brothers Morgan and Wyatt, as well as Doc Holliday. Hollywood versions of the gun battle can be found in the films My Darling Clementine (1946), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) and Tombstone (1993). Find out what the fight was really all about and who survived by checking out some of the following books and dvds from the Library's collection:

The last gunfight: the real story of the shootout at the O.K. Corral and how it changed the American West by Jeff Guinn

And die in the West: the story of the O.K. Corral gunfight by Paula Mitchell Marks

If You Like Alice Hoffman...

If you like Alice Hoffman may we suggest...

A bigamist's daughter by Alice McDermott

Buster Midnight's Cafe by Sandra Dallas


Echo by Francesca Lia Block



Flight behavior: a novel by Barbara Kingsolver

The round house by Louise Erdrich

The flight of Gemma Hardy: a novel by Margot Livesey

The mercy rule by Perri Klass

The beginner's goodbye: a novel by Anne Tyler