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Lunch & a Book October 2012

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."

Happy Anniversary, Aunt Agatha's Bookstore

Hey, mystery lovers! Aunt Agatha's Bookstore, featuring new and used mysteries, detective and true crime, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on Wednesday, October 3 from 4:00-7:00 PM. Mystery lovers attending their open house will have an opportunity to meet well-known authors such as Steve Hamilton, Louise Penny, Sara Zettel, Deborah Morgan, Loren D. Estleman and more. Aunt Agatha's is in Ann Arbor at 213 S. Fourth Avenue. For more information call 734-769-1114.

Junie B. Fans

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

Junie B. Jones, first grader: turkeys we have loved and eaten (and other thankful stuff) by Barbara Park

Junie B., first grader: jingle bells, Batman smells! (P.S. so does May.) by Barbara Park

Enjoy!

Book Club Choices: Banned Books

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

Murder Will Out, September 2012

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

Book Club Choices: September 2012

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

September is Classical Music Month

Classical music speaks both to the mind and to the heart, giving us something to think about as well as to experience.

—William J. Clinton, President of the United States, 1993-2001

Celebrate opening night at one of the many concerts offered throughout the month of September.The painting, featured above, is Attributes of Music by Anne Vallayer-Coster (1770)

Book and CD Kits for Kids

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

New Babies

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

Great Fifth Grade Reads

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

Great First Grade Reads

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

Lunch & a Book September 2012

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."

Great Fourth Grade Reads

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

Second Grade Books

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Cork & Fuzz by Dori Chaconas; illustrated by Lisa McCue

Dodsworth in Rome by written and illustrated by Tim Egan

Mr.

Great Third Grade Reads!

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

If You Liked Gone Girl, Try…

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

Kindergarten Books

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