michigan fiction

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Catastrophe in Caseville by Johnathan Rand

When Shelby McConnell and her family travel from Toledo, Ohio, to Caseville, Michigan, for the anual cheeseburger festival, she knows she's going to have to have a great time. After all: thousands of people travel to Caseville for this special annual event in August. It's a week filled with games, contests, prizes, laughter, and of course: some of the best cheeseburgers in the world! But this year, something is about to go horribly wrong. The very first day of the festival is marred by the appearance of a musterious, giant cheeseburger. Where did it come from? Why is it set out to destroy the festival and the entire town?.

A faraway home : an orphan train story by Janie Lynn Panagopoulos

Jack, Sarah, and little George are part of the Orphan Train traveling from New York City to the Midwest to find homes and better lives.

A picture book biography of urban environmental artist Tyree Guyton, discussing his childhood in 1950s Detroit and the way he used art to transform his decaying, crime-ridden neighborhood into an internationally-recognized exhibit.

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

"In 1925 a sailboat named Bernida wins the inaugural Port Huron to Mackinac Race. She wins again in 1927. But then for decades the boat is neglected and passed from owner to owner. In 2012 with new owners, the ship once more enters the race and wins"--.

The day the Great Lakes drained away by Charles Ferguson Barker

Explore what would happen if all of the water drained from the Great Lakes and what their lake floors might look like under all that water.

Michigan Historical Fiction

 

 

Detroit breakdown by D.E. Johnson — Detroit, 1912.

 

 

 

The Detroit electric scheme by D. E. Johnson — Detroit, 1910.

 

 

 

The expeditions: a novel by Karl Iagnemma — Michigan Territory, 1844.

 

 

 

Grand River and Joy by Susan Messer — Detroit, 1967.

 

 

 

Looking for Przybylski by K.C. Frederick — Detroit, mid-1970s.

 

 

 

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