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Historical Fiction

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


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


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

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: July 23, 2015

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, July 23 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A.  We will be discussing Five Miles South Of Peculiar by Angela Hunt. Request a copy from the librarian at the Information Desk.

Five miles south of Peculiar: a novel by Angela Hunt

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: June 25, 2015

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, June 25 at 2:00-3:00pm in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing THE PARIS ARCHITECT by Charles Belfoure. Request a copy from the librarian at the Information Desk.

The Paris architect: a novel by Charles Belfoure

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!


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

Suggested Reads for 9th Grade

There are a ton of great books for ninth grade readers; here are a few from the last several years that really stand out.


Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Killer of enemies by Joseph Bruchac

A brief history of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper

The fault in our stars by John Green

Reality Boy by a novel by A.S. King


Popular a memoir: Vintage wisdom for a modern geek by Maya Van Wagenen

Hole in my life by Jack Gantos

Suggested Reads for 8th Grade

There are so many great books out there for eight graders! Below are some particularly good ones from recent years, spanning fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and everything in between.


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

Far far away by Tom McNeal, a sinister take on Hansel and Gretel

Akata witch by Nnedi Okorafor, essentially Harry Potter set in Nigeria

Eat, brains, love by Jeff Hart

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Historical Fiction

How I became a ghost: a Choctaw trail of tears story by Tim Tingle


Canton Seniors Book Discussion: September 25, 2014

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, September 25 from 2:00-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  We will be discussing Mark Zusak THE BOOK THIEF.  Copies of the book can be requested at the Information Services Desk.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  1939. Nazi Germany. Death has never been busier and is going to become even more so.  Orphaned Liesel Meminger is living outside of Munich, scratching out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.


The movie rights have been purchased for M. L. Stedman's THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS.  wonderful book about a lighthouse keeper and his wife. Tom is a WW I veteran, one of the 'lucky ones', he has lost a limb nor his mind but he deliberately seeks the solitude of an island off Australia.  He meets and marries, Isabel. But times on the island are tough for Isabel as she suffers multiple miscarriages and a stillbirth in just four years time. When a boat with a dead man and a young baby washes ashore, Isabel convinces Tom to let her keep the baby as their own, but the consequences to her actions may be dire.  Similar books are:

The sandcastle girls: a novel by Chris Bohjalian

The orchardist: a novel by Amanda Coplin

The secret keeper: a novel by Kate Morton

The house I loved by Tatiana de Rosnay

Savvy Seniors

Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped's Brown Bag Book Club will meet Tuesday, August 12, Noon to 2 PM.

This month they are discussing The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty and Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman.

 Coffee will be served. Please bring your own lunch. Meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Library for the Blind, 30555 Michigan Avenue in Westland.