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Fiction books

Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads for 4th Graders

Attack of the fluffy bunnies by Andrea Beaty

Green boy by Susan Cooper

The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes; illustrated by Laura Carlin

Urchin of the riding stars by M.I. McAllister

The adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great by Gerald Morris ; illustrated by Aaron Renier

Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads for 3rd Graders


The Dragon of Doom by Bruce Coville and Katherine Coville

The charm bracelet by Emily Rodda and Raoul Vitale

Knights of the kitchen table by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Spaceheadz: SPHDZ. bk.1 by Jon Scieszka,  Francesco Sedita, and Shane Prigmore

Aliens for dinner by Stephanie Spinner and Steve Björkman

Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads for 2nd Graders

Dude, where's my spaceship? by Dan Greenburg ; illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

Transformers prime. Meet team Prime adapted by Kirsten Mayer

Cosmo and the robot by Brian Pinkney

Space Station Mars by Daniel San Souci


Library of Michigan's 2015 Notable Books

The arsenal of democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an epic quest to arm an America at war by A. J. Baime

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

Bird box by Josh Malerman

Bright shards of someplace else by stories by Monica McFawn

Burnt toast makes you sing good: a memoir of food and love from an American Midwest family by Kathleen Flinn

The contract by Derek Jeter ; with Paul Mantell

A Detroit anthology by edited by Anna Clark

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Debuts

Charlaine Harris's A Bone to Pick debuted on Saturday, April 4 and will be shown again throughout the month of April on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel.   Joanne Fluke's Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder will debut on Saturday, May 2.  No date announced for Peter King's Dying on the Vine.

Chocolate chip cookie murder by Joanne Fluke.  In Lake Eden, Minnesota, Hannah Swensen's Cookie Jar is the place to be.  In addition to delicious cookies and great coffee, Hannah and her gang are clever amateur detectives.

A bone to pick by Charlaine Harris.  As a member of the Real Murders Club, librarian Aurora Teagarden and her group try to solve baffling cases. When Aurora unexpectedly inherits an old house complete with an unidentified skull, they have a real murder to solve.

Dying on the vine by Peter King.  Goodwin Harper, The Gourmet Detective, is a retired chef.   As a specialist in rare spices and ancient recipes, Scotland Yard brings him in when poisoning is suspected.

ALA's Shortlist for 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the U.S.  

Selected 2015 shortlisted titles are:


All the light we cannot see: a novel by Anthony Doerr

Nora Webster: a novel by Colm Tóibín

On such a full sea by Chang-rae Lee


Just mercy: a story of justice and redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The sixth extinction: an unnatural history by Elizabeth Kolbert

Realistic Fiction for Fourth Grade

Fiction stories for readers looking for an escape into reality. Suggestions are geared for fourth graders, but may be enjoyed by others.

Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume

The best Christmas pageant ever by Barbara Robinson  Although centered on a Christmas pageant, this remains a hilarious story about how people can surprise you. 

School daze collection by Jerry Spinelli

The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Wonder by R.J. Palacio — And if you liked Wonder (or if the hold list is still long), try Absolutely Almost.

Murder Will Out April 2015

Looking for a new read?  Unjustly fired, John Clarkson's Olivia Sanchez, with a little bit of help from friends, will strike back.  A new series by Eva Gates (aka Vicki Delany) features Lucy Richardson, former Harvard librarian now assistant librarian at Bodie Island Lighthouse Library.  CeCe Prentice wants to know the truth behind her brother's death in Deirdre Verne's debut novel.

Among thieves by John Clarkson

By book or by crook by Eva Gates

Drawing conclusions by Deirdre Verne

Fry another day by J.J. Cook

Murder at the book group by Maggie King

Plague land by S.D. Sykes

Louise Erdrich Wins Library of Congress Prize

On September 5, 2015 Louise Erdrich will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Ms. Erdrich has won the National Book Award for The Round House and the National Book Critics Award for Love Medicine.  She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for The Plague Of Doves

Teens Vote For Your Favorite Book

Teens, It is time to vote for your favorite book.  The Michigan Library Association give the Thumbs Up! Award annually to the author who writes a book with the most teen appeal.  Teens vote to choose the winner.  Now is the time to have your say!

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Thursday, April 30, 2015, is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Stop in at the Main or Children's Reference desks and pick up a poem for your pocket.  Share the poem with friends, family, or any and everyone you meet.  Poem in Your Pocket Day is the perfect time to surprise someone with the gift of poetry because poetry is best when shared.

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

Orphan train [kit] by Christina Baker Kline — Between 1854 and 1929, orphan trains carried thousands of abandoned children from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest. Vivian Daly was one such child, sent from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet existence on the coast of Maine. But hidden in her attic are vestiges of a turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4.6 stars out of 5. Note: This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

Available Holds

Busy week? Our staff is here to help you! Patrons with a Canton or Plymouth Library card can place holds on available items. Simply browse our on-line catalog for books, DVDs, CDs, video games - we have over 300,000 items to request. Our catalog is available 24 hours a day, so you can browse at your convenience. We will pull the item you request, put it on our hold shelf and notify you when it is ready, usually within 12 hours! And you don’t have to come right in, once you are notified, you have four days to pick up your item.  

Is the item you’re looking for checked out to someone else? No problem, again place a hold and you will be next on the list to receive the item. Even if we don’t have the item, you may be able to request it from another library using the MeLCat system in our catalog. We will have the item delivered and waiting for you.

Realistic Fiction for Third Graders

Like to keep your fiction firmly grounded in the real world? Try this list of realistic fiction titles.

Ramona the pest by Beverly Cleary — Begins a series of tales about Ramona and her family. In this story, Ramona is in Kindergarten, but further adventures take place as she gets older.

Yang the youngest and his terrible ear by Lensey Namioka

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker  The beginning of a series. For more stories about Clementine, head to JFICTION PENNYPACKER. 

Dexter the tough by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Starting with Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor — The beginning of a series about Alice, which actually follows her until she grows up.

Picture Books for Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, try one of these great picture books with positive stories featuring strong female characters. 

Dancing in the wings by Debbie Allen ; pictures by Kadir Nelson
Sassy tries out for a summer dance festival in Washington, D.C., despite the other girls' taunts that she is much too tall.

The dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.

Murder Will Out: Robert Crais

The Promise: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel by Crais, Robert — Publication of Robert Crais's  latest has been delayed again.  Crais is hoping for a November 2015 publication date, but acknowledged this had not been confirmed by his publisher.  Crais's fans (aka Craisons) are looking forward to Elvis Cole and Joe Pike joining forces.