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Lunch and a Book 2015 Reading List

Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00PM.  No registration required, participation encouraged.

Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Jo Link — January 8



The talented Mr. Ripley
by Patricia Highsmith — February 12




Orphan train by Christina Baker Kline — March 12


The end of night: searching for natural darkness in an age of artificial light by Paul Bogard — April 9


The all-girl filling station's last reunion: a novel by Fannie Flagg — May 14

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

The fault in our stars book title [kit] by John Green — Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4 stars out of 5. Note: This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

New and Fantastical for Teens

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott


Rook by Sharon Cameron


Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell


Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti


Shadowshaper by Older, Daniel Jose


Red queen by Victoria Aveyard


The witch hunter by Virginia Boecker


An ember in the ashes: a novel by Sabaa Tahir

Lunch and a Book July 2015

Shelter: a novel by Frances Greenslade — For sisters Maggie and Jenny growing up in the Pacific mountains in the early 1970s, life felt nearly perfect. But, not long after Maggie's tenth birthday, their father is killed in a logging accident. A few months later, their mother drops them at a neighbor's house, promising to return. She never does. Even as they struggle to understand how their mother could abandon them, they hope that she is fighting her way back to the daughters who adore her and who need her so desperately. Join us Thursday, July 9 at noon.

Outdoor Survival Fiction for Kids

Nation by Terry Pratchett



Blizzard!: a survive! story by Jake Maddox ; illustrated by Sean Tiffany ; text by Marc Tyler Nobleman



Brian's hunt by Gary Paulsen



Zane and the hurricane: a story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick



Wildfire run by Dee Garretson



Deadly seas: you decide how to survive! by David Borgenicht and Alexander Lurie, with Mike Perham, sailing consultant ; illustrated by Yancey Labat

Sports Books for Girls

Full court dreams by Jake Maddox ; illustrated by Tuesday Mourning ; text by Val Prieve



Soccer show-off by Jake Maddox ; text by Margaret Gurevich ; illustrated by Katie Wood



Stolen bases by Jake Maddox ; illustrated by Tuesday Mourning ; text by Val Priebe



Tennis trouble by Jake Maddox ; illustrated by Tuesday Mourning ; text by Chris Kreie



Storm surfer by Jake Maddox ; illustrated by Tuesday Mourning ; text by Lisa Trumbauer



Zoe the Skating Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Baseball Fiction

Calico Joe by John Grisham



The art of fielding: a novel by Chad Harbach



For love of the game: a novel by Michael Shaara



Blockade Billy by Stephen King



Summerland by Michael Chabon



Double play by Robert B. Parker

Shonen Manga

Looking for some new shonen to read after Naruto, Fairy Tail, and Attack on Titan? Try one of these:

Psyren. Vol. 1, Urban legend by story and art by Toshiaki Iwashiro ; [translation, Camellia Nieh ; lettering, Annaliese Christman]


Magi: the labyrinth of magic. 1 by story & art by Shinobu Ohtaka ; translation & English adaptation, John Werry ; touch-up art & lettering, Stephen Dutro


Assassination classroom. 1, Time for assassination by story and art by Yusei Matsui ; translation, Tetsuichiro Miyaki ; English adaptation, Bryant Turnage ; touch-up & lettering, Stephen Dutro


Blood blockade battlefront. Vol. 1, secret society in the sealed city of magic. by story and art, Yasuhiro Nightow ; translation, Matthew Johnson ; lettering and retouch, Studio Cutie

Fiction About Movies and Movie Stars

Night film: a novel by Marisha Pessl



The lawgiver by Herman Wouk



What you see in the dark: a novel by Manuel Muñoz



Double feature: a novel by Owen King



Tell-all by Chuck Palahniuk



An accidental affair by Eric Jerome Dickey



Beautiful ruins: a novel by Jess Walter

Romantic Comedy Manga

Maid Sama! Vol. 1 by Hiro Fujiwara




Kiss of the rose princess. Volume 1 by story and art by Aya Shouoto ; translation/Tetsuichiro Miyaki ; touch-up art & lettering/Inori Fukuda Trant

Ouran High School Host Club. Vol. 1 by Bisco Hatori


Dengeki Daisy. Vol. 1 by story & art by Kyousuke Motomi


Shugo Chara! Vol. 1 by Peach-Pit ; translated by June Kato ; adapted by David Walsh ; lettered by North Market Street Graphics


Toradora!. Vol. 1 by based on the novels by Yuyuko Takemiya ; manga artwork by Zekkyou ; [translation, Adrienne Beck ; adaptation, Janet Houck ; retouch & lettering, Roland Amago]

'The Selection' Read-a-Likes

Looking for a book similar to The Selection? Try one of these:

Red queen by Victoria Aveyard


Matched by Ally Condie


The Jewel by Amy Ewing


Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi


Delirium by Lauren Oliver


Beauty queens by Libba Bray


Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Funny Sci-Fi for Teens

Poison by Bridget Zinn


Scorch by Gina Damico


The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud


Paranormalcy by Kiersten White




How to ditch your fairy by Justine Larbalestier


The abused werewolf rescue group by Catherine Jinks

Girl genius omnibus. Volume one, Agatha awakens by Phil & Kaja Foglio

Look What's in Large Print: June 2015

This month the spotlight is on historical fiction.  Well-written historical fiction provides a window into everyday life, what was important, how people spoke and thought...




The body snatchers affair [large print]: a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery by Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini

The nightingale [large print] by Kristin Hannah

The angel court affair [large print]: a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel by Anne Perry

The tempting of Thomas Carrick [large print] by Stephanie Laurens

Murder in Murray Hill [Large print] by Victoria Thompson

Fifth Grade Mystery Suggestions

Fifth Grade

Unsolved extraterrestrial mysteries by David Southwell and Sean Twist

Gilda Joyce, psychic investigator by Jennifer Allison

The dark lady by Irene Adler ; illustrations by Iacopo Bruno

Moonshadow: rise of the ninja by Simon Higgins

STORM: the Black Sphere by E.L. Young

Third Grade Mystery Suggestions

Third Grade

The trouble with chickens: a J.J. Tully mystery by Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Annie's adventures by Lauren Baratz-Logsted ; with Greg Logsted & Jackie Logsted ; illustrated by Lisa K. Weber

The ballgame with no one at bat by Steve Brezenoff ; illustrated by Marcos Calo

Hunter Moran hangs out by Patricia Reilly Giff

Bunnicula: a rabbit tale of mystery by Deborah and James Howe ; illustrated by Alan Daniel

Second Grade Mystery Suggestions

Second Grade

Nate the Great and the hungry book club by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat ; illustrated by Jody Wheeler in the style of Marc Simont

Cam Jansen: the catnapping mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti

Scooby-Doo! on werewolf watch by written by Sonia Sander ; illustrated by Duendes del Sur

The case of the climbing cat by story by Cynthia Rylant ; pictures by G. Brian Karas

Minnie and Moo: the case of the missing jelly donut by Denys Cazet