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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

A year with Marmalade by Alison Reynolds ; [illustrated by] Heath McKenzie — A cat and a little girl cope with the loss of a friend. Look for A New Friend for Marmalade as well.

 

Ling & Ting: not exactly the same! by Grace Lin — Look for more Ling and Ting in J READER LIN.

 

The snowy day by Ezra Jack Keats — A young boy enjoys the magic of a wintry day in this Caldecott-winning picture book.

Lucy rescued by Harriet Ziefert ; paintings by Barroux — Lots of opportunities for howling, this is the story of a new dog adjusting to her new home.

I ain't gonna paint no more! by Karen Beaumont ; illustrated by David Catrow — For those with messy artists at home, a rhyming, color-filled story.

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

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

Where'd you go, Bernadette: a novel by [kit] / Maria Semple — Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle — and people in general — has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence — creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

Silver Bay: a novel by [kit] / Jojo Moyes — A surprising and moving romance set in an old-fashioned seaside town. On the verge of unwelcome change Liza McCullen will never fully escape her past, but the unspoiled beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the freedom and safety she craves — if not for herself, then for her young daughter, Hannah. That is, until Mike Dormer arrives as a guest in her aunt's hotel. The mild-mannered Englishman with his too-smart clothes and distracting eyes could destroy everything Liza has worked so hard to protect: not only the family business and the bay that harbors her beloved whales, but also her conviction that she will never love-never deserve to love-again. For his part, Mike Dormer is expecting just another business deal-an easy job kick-starting a resort in a small seaside town ripe for development. But he finds that he doesn't quite know what to make of the eccentric inhabitants of the ramshackle Silver Bay Hotel, especially not enigmatic Liza McCullen, and their claim to the surrounding waters. As the development begins to take on a momentum of its own, Mike's and Liza's worlds collide in this hugely affecting and irresistible tale full of Jojo Moyes's signature humor and generosity.

Lunch and a Book November 2014

Join us on Thursday, November 13 at noon as we discuss:

The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion — Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, designs the Wife Project: a sixteen-page survey to find his perfect partner. Don quickly disqualifies Rosie Jarman as a candidate, but agrees help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie-and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don't find love, it finds you.

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

Humorous/Funny

Kindergarten

Imogene's antlers by David Small

Mrs. McNosh hangs up her wash by Sarah Weeks ; pictures by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Animals should definitely not wear clothing by written by Judi Barrett and drawn by Ron Barrett

The silly book by Babette Cole

Big chickens by Leslie Helakoski ; illustrated by Henry Cole

First Grade

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish ; pictures by Fritz Siebel

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs by written by Judi Barrett ; and drawn by Ron Barrett

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

And the mountains echoed [kit] by Khaled Hosseini — An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else. Khaled Hosseini has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe — from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos — the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

What We're Reading: October 2014

Lately, I've been reading non-fiction. A well-written narrative not only informs, it entertains.  Did you know Canton Public Library has a new book discussion group?  The Nonfiction Book Group will meet the third Saturday of the month.  Their first meeting is November 15 at 10:00 AM.

The First World War in 100 objects by John Hughes-Wilson ; IWM consultant, Nigel Steel ; editor, Mark Hawkins-Dady

The history of rock 'n' roll in ten songs by Greil Marcus

Music in the shadows: noir musical films by Sheri Chinen Biesen

Seven elements that changed the world: an adventure of ingenuity and discovery by John Browne

In the kingdom of ice: the grand and terrible polar voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides

Great Super-Hero Reads

Kindergarten

The amazing adventures of Bumblebee Boy by David Soman and Jacky Davis

Bad weather! by Frank Berrios ; illustrated by Ethen Beavers

The day I lost my superpowers by Michaël Escoffier, Kris Di Giacomo ; translated from the French by Claudia Bedrick & Kris Di Giacomo

Superfab saves the day by text by Bérengère Delaporte and Jean Leroy ; illustrations by Bérengère Delaporte ; translation, Sarah Quinn

Ten rules of being a superhero by Deb Pilutti

 

Need more suggestions? Try this list of Superhero Reads for Kindergarteners.

Sports Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

Dino-hockey by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Barry Gott





Tumble bunnies by Kathryn Lasky ; illustrated by Marilyn Hafner


Gunner, football hero by James E. Ransome


Pete the cat: play ball! by created by James Dean

Olympig! by Victoria Jamieson

1st Grade


Kick, pass, and run by Kessler, Leonard P., 1920-

Great Science-Fiction and Fantasy Reads

Kindergarten

Alice the fairy by David Shannon

Buttercup goes to the ball by based on the original flower fairies books by Cicely Mary Barker

Dragon's extraordinary egg by Debi Gliori

A Goofy fairy tale by based on the episode written by Ashley Mendoza ; adapted by Bill Scollon ; illustrated by Loter, Inc

Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by David Shannon

Need for suggestions?  Try this list of Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads for Kindergarteners.

1st Grade

Canton Seniors Book Group: October 23, 2014

Canton Seniors Book Groups meets Thursday, October 23 from 2:00-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  We will be discussing JoJo Moyes' ME BEFORE YOU.  Request a copy at the Information Services Desk.

ME BEFORE YOU by JoJo Moyes.  Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn't have less in common, Louisa Clark a very ordinary girl and former Master of the Universe, Will Trevor.  It's a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, 'What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?' .

For Those Who Liked Eragon

The false prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen


Sabriel by Garth Nix


The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud


Dragon keeper by Carole Wilkinson


Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey


The eye of the world by Robert Jordan


Dragons of autumn twilight by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman ; poetry by Michael Williams ; interior art by Denis Beauvais

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

1984: a novel [kit] by George Orwell ; with an afterword by Erich Fromm — Written in 1948, George Orwell's classic novel created a chilling future where Big Brother and the Thought Police monitored every move. And while the year 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's haunting vision of the world remains timeless.

Murder Will Out: September 2014

As a mystery reader, have you noticed how often food is described in the story?  Someone is always sitting down to a meal or being called from a meal.  The following feature caterers, bakers, and recipes.