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Fifth Grade Mystery Suggestions

Fifth Grade

Unsolved extraterrestrial mysteries by David Southwell and Sean Twist

Gilda Joyce, psychic investigator by Jennifer Allison

The dark lady by Irene Adler ; illustrations by Iacopo Bruno

Moonshadow: rise of the ninja by Simon Higgins

STORM: the Black Sphere by E.L. Young

Sixth Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

Sixth Grade

A bag of marbles by based on the memoir by Joseph Joffo ; adapted by Kris ; illustrated by Vincent Bailly ; translated by Edward Gauvin

Battling Boy by Paul Pope ; color by Hilary Sycamore

Anna Sewell's Black Beauty: the graphic novel by adapted by June Brigman & Roy Richardson

Cat burglar black by Richard Sala

Mouse Guard. Vol. 1. Fall 1152 by story & art by David Petersen

Fifth Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

Fifth Grade

Alison Dare: the heart of the maiden by [written by] J. Torres ; [illustrated by] J. Bone

True things: (adults don't want kids to know) by [by Jimmy Gownley]

The Amulet of Samarkand: a Bartimaeus graphic novel by adapted by Jonathan Stroud and Andrew Donkin ; art by Lee Sullivan ; color by Nicolas Chapuis ; lettering by Chris Dickey

The lightning thief: the graphic novel by Rick Riordan ; adapted by Robert Venditti ; art by Attila Futaki ; color by José Villarrubia ; layouts by Orpheus Collar ; lettering by Chris Dickey

Three thieves. Vol. 1. Tower of treasure by Scott Chantler

Fourth Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

Fourth Grade

Around the world: three remarkable journeys by Matt Phelan

Azzi in between by written and illustrated by Sarah Garland

Broxo by Zack Giallongo

The storm in the barn by Matt Phelan

The wonderful Wizard Of Oz by adapted from the novel by L. Frank Baum ; writer, Eric Shanower ; artist, Skottie Young ; colorist, Jean-Francois Beaulieu ; letterer, Jeff Eckleberry

Poetry Novels for Middle-Grade Readers

When thinking of books of poetry, most people think of Shel Silverstein, Clement Clarke Moore's The Night Before Christmas, or nursery rhymes. But there's a wealth of other options. Here are some novel length books written in free verse, which is non-rhyming and does not have a regular meter or flow.
This is just a sampling, with more novels in verse available through our catalog.

The crossover by Kwame Alexander


Heartbeat by Sharon Creech


Inside out & back again by Thanhha Lai


Looking for me by Betsy R. Rosenthal

Lip Sync Battle

You've probably seen the epic lip sync battles on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Or maybe you've watched LL Cool J host the show on Spike TV. Now you can show off your own lip sync skills and find out who is the top performer in Canton as we host a CYS Lip Sync Battle here at the library. Thursday July 30 at 7:00 PM. Registration is required. Participants are required to email song selection to welzn@cantonpl.org by July 24.

Realistic Fiction Suggestions for Sixth Grade

Like reading about situations that could happen in real life? Here are some realistic fiction picks. Although they're suggested for sixth graders, other readers may enjoy them as well.

Notes from an accidental band geek by Erin Dionne

Waiting for normal by Leslie Connor

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

The outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg

After ever after by Jordan Sonnenblick

Biography Suggestions for Sixth Grade

Reading about real people can fun, exciting, and inspiring. Here are just a few of the people featured in our JBIO section. Recommendations might be interesting to more than just sixth graders!


The seventeenth child by Dorothy Marie Rice & Lucille Mabel Walthall Payne

The many faces of George Washington: remaking a presidential icon by Carla Killough McClafferty

Annie Sullivan and the trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert; with an introduction by TK

Leaving China: an artist paints his World War II childhood by James McMullan

Everybody paints!: the lives and art of the Wyeth family by Susan Goldman Rubin

Fun and Activities for the Whole Family

Around the World with Books Quiz

How well do you know your books? We've got a special quiz to take you around the world with literature! (We have one for kids, and a more challenging one for adults.)

Stop by the CYS Command Center and get an Around the World Book Quiz. Match the setting of each book to the letter on the map, and turn in your quiz for the chance to win a prize. Don't forget to claim your Around the World badge online as well!

Game On Daily Trivia

Do you like trivia? We do!

Every day during CYS we will post a new trivia question on the bulletin board. Submit your answer for the chance to win a prize, and don't forget to claim your Game On badge online!

Constellation Connect-the-Dots

The night sky is full of stars, and some of them cluster together in to shapes. Did you know that the night sky changes throughout the year, and looks different from other areas of the world?

Stop by the CYS Command Center and connect the dots to find the constellations. Turn in your sheet for the chance to win a prize, and don't forget to claim your Great Outdoors badge online!

Name the Constellations Quiz

Did you know that the night sky changes throughout the year, and looks different from other areas of the world? While some constellations are visible throughout the year in their respective hemispheres, others are seasonal, appearing in summer, or winter.

Do you know your constellations? Stop by the CYS Command Center to fill out a Constellation quiz and earn your Great Outdoors badge online.

Want to know what constellations are in the sky above Canton this month? Check out these Detroit-area sky maps!

Animals On the Loose!

We've had a rash of Library Shenanigans, and the culprits are still on the loose!  Can you help us find them?
Help us find the animal on the Wanted sign at the CYS Command Center, then submit a ticket for the chance to win a prize. Don't forget to claim your Animal Lover On the Scene badge online!

Art On the Scene

Everyone's an artist! No matter your age or talent, take a moment this summer to create something special. Check out our easels in the main lobby area, and make some art to leave here or take with you. Whatever you do, don’t forget to claim your Be Creative On the Scene badge online and fill out a ticket in the CYS Command Center near the Self Service Area for the chance to win a prize.

On the Scene with the Animal Lover Badge: Baby Ducklings

The ducklings have grown up and have been relocated to the pond in the back of the library. Check the pond to catch a glimpse of mama and her teen ducks!


Summer is here and we have so much fun planned Connect Your Summer.

Ready to earn your Animal Lover On the Scene Badge? Our ducklings have outgrown the courtyard and have been relocated to the pond behind the library. Count the ducklings and wave hello. Then be sure to hop online and claim your Animal Lover On the Scene badge. And watch our Vines of the catch and release of the ducklings to earn your Animal Lover eLectrified badge. Have fun!