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Look What's In Large Print: August 2012

If you are a fan of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels or enjoy the humor in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum stories you might like these...

Cinnamon roll murder [large print] by Joanne Fluke



Beyond suspicion [large print] by James Grippando

Capitol betrayal [Large print] by William Bernhardt

Capture [Large print] by Robert K. Tanenbaum

Three-day town [large print] by Margaret Maron

Limitations [Large print] by Scott Turow

Come home [large print] by Lisa Scottoline

Are You Ready for VEXT-mail?

The phantom of the post office by Kate Klise — will bring you up to speed on this next generation of electronic communication if you are not. In book four of 43 Old Cemetery Road you will also meet a new, mysterious ghost and Seymour may actually find a human friend his age. Mystery, humor, intrigue, and heart-warming relationships fill every unusual page. Nothing is predictable in this story told with illustrations, letters, newspaper articles, diagrams, VEXT-mail recordings, and ghostly insights. Join Olive, Ignatius, and Seymour on their latest adventure and you will be swept away by a literary delight.

Author Maeve Binchy 1940-2012

Best-selling Irish author Maeve Binchy has died at the age of 72 after a short illness. She worked as a teacher before becoming a journalist, columnist and editor at the Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982 and became a bestseller. A beloved author throughout the world, she was known for heart-warming books which explored family and human relationships with drama and humor. Binchy saw several of her works turned into movies, including Circle of Friends and Tara Road.

The copper beech by Maeve Binchy

Spanish Language Picture Books

Did you know the library has a great collection of international language items for kids? Among those many items, we have some fun picture books in Spanish. Check out some of the suggestions below:

Bravo! by Ginger Foglesong Guy ; illustrated by Rene King Moreno



Floating on Mama's song = Flotando con la canciâon de mamâa by Laura Lacâamara ; illustrated by Yuyi Morales


Beach Picture Books

There's still plenty of time to hit the beach this summer. Here are some great picture books full of beachy fun to read before you go.

A beach tail by Karen Lynn Williams ; illustrated by Floyd Cooper



The boy on the beach by story and pictures by Niki Daly



Mermaids Parade by Melanie Hope Greenberg


Clique Read-Alikes

Like the Clique series? Try one of these:

The earth, my butt, and other big, round things by Carolyn Mackler


Ttyl by Lauren Myracle





The daughters by Joanna Philbin

Funny and Frightening

Do you like Michigan Chillers, or R.L. Stine? Want something funny and frightening? Try one of these:

Invasion of the road weenies: and other warped and creepy tales by David Lubar


The name of this book is secret by Pseudonymous Bosch ; illustrations by Gilbert Ford

Murder Will Out

Have you ever read a book, loved it, and can't understand why no one else has read this wonderful author? Here are some of my unknowns, or little knowns, you really should try: Deborah Grabien's JP Kincaid Chronicles, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza's Brazilian Inspector Espinoza, Margaret Frazer's Joliffe series is a spin-off of the Sister Frevisse stories, and fans of Stieg Larsson's books should try Ake Edwardson's Inspector Erik Winter.

Rock & roll never forgets by Deborah Grabien

The silence of the rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

Spine-tingling Sherlock Case

The dragon turn by Shane Peacock will captivate readers, even if they have not read the first four cases in the award winnning The Boy Sherlock Holmes series. Actually, Sherlock is an astute teen, not boy, in these books and in addition to solving crimes Scotland Yard cannot, he is dealing with male teen coming-of-age issues. Malicious magicians, affairs d'amour gone awry, a missing body, terrifying creatures, and hidden identities keep Sherlock and readers searching for clues that will illuminate what is really going on behind the scenes of The Egyptian Hall. Adding to Sherlock's agony, is his conviction that a female's guiles has spurred him to win the freedom of a wizard who really is the murderer.

Small Town Series

Each of these titles is the first book in a series. If you like the small town and characters created by the author, you can visit again and again to find more romance, charm and fun in the same cozy locale.

Logan by Linda Lael Miller

The shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber

Sleuth It! Ophelia and Abby mysteries

Hi! I'm Anne from the Sleuth It! team. Are you looking for a mystery series with a little something special? The Ophelia and Abby mysteries have it: not only is Ophelia the town's resident librarian, she's also the youngest in a line of women with special powers. She uses her psychic abilities to solve mysteries with a little help from her grandmother, Abby, who also has hidden talents. I've been reading these mysteries all summer!

Author Donald J. Sobol Dies

Beloved author of the Encyclopedia Brown series, Donald J. Sobol, passed away July 11, 2012. He was 87 years old. His Encyclopedia Brown series debuted in 1963 and has delighted children for decades. Sobol's son has said his father died of natural causes. Mr. Sobol is survived by his wife, sister, three children, and four grandchildren.

Great Mystery Book

The great cake mystery: Precious Ramotswe's very first case by Alexander McCall Smith ; illustrations by Iain McIntosh is a delightful read and a quick way to claim the Sleuth It badge in the CYS program. It is written by the bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (an adult series) and introduces readers to Precious Ramotswe as a child. When treats start disappearing from the kids' school lunches, a chubby boy named Poloko becomes the likely suspect. Precious believes he is innocent and sets out to find the real culprit. Set in a vividly realistic setting of Botswana with magnificent black and red illustrations and featuring compelling characters, this mystery will have readers of all ages clammering for a sequel.

Book Club Choices July 2012

The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, that will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion. For additional book club resources try the Canton Public Library's Book Club in a Bag kits:

City of dreams: a novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and early Manhattan by Beverly Swerling

Light on snow: a novel by Anita Shreve

The book thief [sound recording] by Markus Zusak

Foodie Fiction for Kids

The case of the mystery meat loaf by David Lewman

Sleepy time crime by Sarah Hines Stephens ; illustrated by Art Baltazar

Hold the pickles by Vicki Grant

The great turkey heist by created by Gertrude Chandler Warner ; illustrated by Robert Papp

Book Talks Around Town July 2012

Criminal: a novel by Karin Slaughter — Award winning author, Karin Slaughter will talk about her new book on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00PM at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor.  Copies of Criminal will be available for purchase and signing.



The great escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips — Susan Elizabeth Phillips, 4 time Romance Writers of America's Favorite Book of the Year will introduce her new book at Nicola's Books on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00PM