On Thursday, October 11 at noon we'll be discussing:
Turn of mind by Alice LaPlante — Dr. Jennifer White is the prime suspect in the murder of her life-long friend and neighbor, Amanda, but as she descends further into the later stages of dementia, it becomes unclear if her shattered memory is preventing her from remembering the truth or helping her hide it. Kirkus Reviews calls this book, "a haunting story masterfully told."
Just in case you're a Junie B. Jones fan, you should be aware of her seasonal titles appropriate for the upcoming holidays as well.
Junie B., first grader: boo!— and I mean it! by Barbara Park
If your book group is looking for a reading challenge--each of these books has been challenged by a parent or a community. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of American Libraries Association's Banned Books Week, September 30 - October 6, 2012.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ; preface and notes by Matthew J. Bruccoli
It's back to school for millions of students this month. What's happening in our classrooms?
Boys and girls learn differently!: a guide for teachers and parents by Michael Gurian
Did you miss these recent Mysteries?
Blues in the night by Dick Lochte
The cold room by Robert Knightly
Never play another man's game by Mike Knowles
Murder in the 11th house: a Starlight Detective Agency mystery by Mitchell Scott Lewis
The Ely testament by Philip Gooden
Astride a pink horse by Robert Greer
The house at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths
Has your book group tried any short story collections? You could choose an author to concentrate on or assign a story to each member, or simply assign a collection and let your members report back to the group.
Among the missing by Dan Chaon
Don't tell anyone by Frederick Busch
—William J. Clinton, President of the United States, 1993-2001
Classical music speaks both to the mind and to the heart, giving us something to think about as well as to experience.
Celebrate opening night at one of the many concerts offered throughout the month of September.
21st century houses: 150 of the world's best by [editor] Robyn Beaver
The borrower: a novel by Rebecca Makkai
Listen and read along with one of our J Book/CD Kits. You can find them near the music CDs in the Children's Department. Pick some up today for a car trip or for listening at home. Here's a list of some popular choices:
Chrysanthemum [kit] by Kevin Henkes
Amelia Bedelia [kit] by Peggy Parish
A fine, fine school [kit] by Sharon Creech
Is there a new baby in your house? Read some picture books about older siblings and how they adjust to all the changes that a new baby brings.
Sophie and the new baby by Laurence Anholt; illustrated by Catherine Anholt
Hi, new baby! by Robie H. Harris; illustrated by Michael Emberley
Brand-new baby blues by words by Kathi Appelt; illustrations by Kelly Murphy
Take a look at some great books for fifth graders:
The underneath by Kathi Appelt; illustrated by David Small
An unremarkable boy and a rather remarkable ghost by Louise Arnold
Dragon's breath by E.D. Baker
First graders, here are some great books just for you!
Young Cam Jansen and the missing cookie by David A. Adler; illustrated by Susanna Natti
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Inside, outside, upside down by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Mine's the best by Crosby Bonsall
On Thursday, September 13 at Noon we'll be discussing:
Once upon a river: a novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell — After the violent death of her father, in which she is complicit, Margo Crane takes to the Stark River in her boat, with only a few supplies and a biography of Annie Oakley, in search of her vanished mother. Her river odyssey through rural Michigan becomes a defining journey, one that leads her beyond self-preservation and to the decision of what price she is willing to pay for her choices. The New York Times called this book "an excellent American parable about the consequences of our favorite ideal, freedom."
Looking for some great Fourth Grade reads? Try some of these:
The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate; illustrations by Patricia Castelao
Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume; illustrated by Roy Doty
Cork & Fuzz by Dori Chaconas; illustrated by Lisa McCue
Dodsworth in Rome by written and illustrated by Tim Egan
Are you in Third Grade and looking for a great book to read? Check out these great books:
Please write in this book by Mary Amato; illustrated by Eric Brace
Brand-new school, brave new Ruby by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Ivy and Bean by written by Annie Barrows; illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Gone Girl is the hottest thriller of the summer. If you read it, loved it, and want more like it, then try these.
Killing me softly: a novel of obsession by Nicci French
Black out: a novel by Lisa Unger
Sister: a novel by Rosamund Lupton
Parts by Tedd Arnold
Franklin goes to school by [written by] Paulette Bourgeois; [illustrated by] Brenda Clark
Snowmen at night by Caralyn Buehner; pictures by Mark Buehner
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon