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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

Lunch and a Book March 2015

Join us Thursday, March 12 at noon as we discuss:

Orphan train 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.

Historical Fiction for Sixth Graders

Sixth Grade

Stowaway by Karen Hesse; with illustrations by Robert Andrew Parker

Journey to the river sea by Eva Ibbotson; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Sword by Da Chen

A single shard by Linda Sue Park

Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Historical Fiction for Fifth Graders

Fifth Grade

Shooting the moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Boston Jane: an adventure by Jennifer L. Holm

Number the stars by Lois Lowry

Unsinkable by Gordon Korman

Maroo of the winter caves by Ann Turnbull

Historical Fiction for Fourth Graders

Fourth Grade

My side of the mountain written and illustrated by Jean George

Whittington by Alan Armstrong; illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Crispin: the cross of lead by Avi

My last skirt: the story of Jennie Hodgers, Union soldier by Lynda Durrant

The lacemaker by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Historical Fiction for Third Graders

Third Grade

Night boat to freedom by Margot Theis Raven; pictures by E.B. Lewis

Morning Girl by Michael Dorris

Pedro's journal: a voyage with Christopher Columbus, August 3, 1492-February 14, 1493 by Pam Conrad; illustrated by Peter Koeppen

Twenty and ten by Claire Huchet Bishop, as told by Janet Joly; illustrated by William Pène du Bois

Sarah, plain and tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Historical Fiction for Second Graders

Second Grade

Meet Kaya: an American girl by Janet Shaw; illustrations, Bill Farnsworth ; vignettes, Susan McAliley

The Golly Sisters go West by Betsy Byars; pictures by Sue Truesdell

Five smooth stones: Hope's diary, book one by Kristiana Gregory

Baseball saved us by Ken Mochizuki; illustrated by Dom Lee

Edward and the pirates by David McPhail

Historical Fiction for First Graders

First Grade

Dinosaur hunter by Elaine Marie Alphin; pictures by Don Bolognese

Sam's Wild West Christmas by Nancy Antle; pictures by S.D. Schindler

Prairie friends by Nancy Smiler Levinson; pictures by Stacey Schuett

Dust for dinner by Ann Turner; pictures by Robert Barrett

The 18 penny goose by Sally M. Walker; pictures by Ellen Beier

Historical Fiction for Kindergarteners

Kindergarten

We're sailing down the Nile: a journey through Egypt by Laurie Krebs; illustrated by Anne Wilson

Erandi's braids by Antonio Hernandez Madrigal; illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Madeline story and pictures by Ludwig Bemelmans

Marguerite makes a book  by Bruce Robertson; illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt

How I became a pirate by Melinda Long; illustrated by David Shannon

Historical Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride by story by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; pictures by Brian Selznick

Knit your bit: a World War I story by Deborah Hopkinson ; illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia

Desmond and the very mean word: a story of forgiveness by Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams ; illustrated by A.G. Ford

Unspoken: a story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming ; pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Need more suggestions? See this list of Historical Fiction for Kindergarteners.

First Grade

Sequels and Prequels to Classics for Adults

It was just announced yesterday that Harper Lee will be releasing a sequel this summer to her Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbirdpublished over 50 years ago. We've already received requests for the book, titled  Go Set a Watchmanso hop on the hold list now before you forget. In the meantime, To Kill a Mockingbird isn't the only book the received a sequel or a prequel years after the first book was published. Check out some of these delayed delights while you’re waiting.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: January - June 2015

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00PM-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  Over the next six months we will be discussing a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles.

January 22   Canada by Richard Ford

February 26   90 Minutes in Heaven: a True Story of Life and Death by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey. NOTE: Meets in the Community Room this month. 

March 26   The Sea by John Banville

April 23    Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay


June 25   The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

Murder Will Out: Award Winners 2014

Looking for a good read?  Check out some of this year's award winning Mystery titles for best book.

Edgar A. Poe Award for Best Novel, Anthony Award for Best Mystery Novel, Dilys Award, Barry Award Best Novel, The Squid, The Macavity Award Best Novel

Ordinary grace: a novel by William Kent Krueger.   Best known for his Conor O'Cork series, Mr. Krueger's stand-alone novel about a young woman's murder and its' impact on family, friends, and community garnered six awards this year.







Nero Wolf Award for Best American Mystery

Murder as a fine art by David Morrell


Agatha Christie Award for Best Historical Mystery

A question of honor by Charles Todd.  


Shamus Award Best P. I. Paperback Original (Private Eye Writers of America)

P. D. James, crime novelist, dies at age 94

Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, OBE, FRSA, FRSL, known as P. D. James, an English crime writer. died Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the age of 94.  The creator of Commander Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard, James has won a Macavity for A TASTE FOR DEATH, the Edgar Grand Master Award, the Cartier Diamond Dagger and an Anthony Award for TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION. PBS Masterpiece Mystery recently broadcasted DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY, James latest series featuring Jane Austen's well known PRIDE AND PREJUDICE characters,  Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy .

Suggested Reads for Tenth Grade

Here are some suggested reads for tenth grade, with fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels and everything in between. make sure to also check out our other high school lists!

Fiction

The story of Owen: dragon slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston

The midnight dress by Karen Foxlee

The summer prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

If I ever get out of here: a novel with paintings by Eric Gansworth

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Historical Fiction

Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein