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Lunch and a Book 2016 Reading List

Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00PM.  No registration required, participation encouraged.

All the light we cannot see: a novel by Anthony Doerr — January 14


The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins — February 11


The invention of wings: a novel by Sue Monk Kidd — March 10


Shanghai girls: a novel by Lisa See — April 14


Sidney Chambers and the shadow of death by James Runcie — May 12

Lunch and a Book January 2016

All the light we cannot see: a novel by Anthony Doerr — When Marie Laure is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast. In Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

Thorndyke Thoughts: Leaping to Chapter Books

Hey Kids,
You may have noticed some new spots on our J READER collection. These colored dots should help you find books at similar reading levels. If you're reading the hardest Easy Readers (the ones with Blue Dots), you might be ready to find some easy chapter books in J FICTION or KIDS GRAPHIC NOVELS. Try some of these suggestions, many are part of a series. Happy Reading!

Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

The princess in black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Mercy Watson to the rescue by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Chris van Dusen

Nate the Great on the Owl Express by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat ; illustrated by Martha Weston in the style of Marc Simont — There are also Nate the Great titles available as eBooks.

Otto's orange day by Frank Cammuso & Jay Lynch

Star Wars The Force Awakens

The saga continues in a galaxy far, far away on December 18. Until then, stop by the display to check out Stars Wars past and present and may the force be with you.

Ultimate Star Wars by written by Patricia Barr, Adam Bray, Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham

Star wars trilogy. Episodes I-III [videodisc] by Lucasfilm Ltd. ; 20th Century Fox ; produced by Rick McCallum ; written and directed by George Lucas

Star wars trilogy. Episodes IV-VI [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox ; Lucasfilm, Ltd. ; produced by Gary Kurtz ; written and directed by George Lucas

Star Wars: the essential reader's companion by Pablo Hidalgo ; illustrations by Jeff Carlisle

The making of the empire strikes back: the definitive story by J. Rinzler

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: January-June 2016

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.  We discuss a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles.  No registration required.

January 28

The sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

February 25

Happy 141st Birthday Lucy Maud Montgomery!

Happy 141st Birthday to Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of the Anne Books. 
Anne Shirley, star of the novel, Anne of Green Gables, is an orphan who comes to live with the Cuthberts on Prince Edward Island. However, they were hoping for a boy! Anne is out to prove that she is better than any boy could be. Will Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert fall in love with Anne and keep her? Read the stories or watch to movies to find out! Enjoy!

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery ; with a new afterword by Jennifer Lee Carrell


Anne of Green Gables [videodisc] by a Kevin Sullivan production ; screen adaptation by Kevin Sullivan and Joe Wiesenfeld ; produced by Kevin Sullivan and Ian McDougall ; directed by Kevin Sullivan.

200th Anniversary of Jane Austen's Emma

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's Emma. Stop by our display and check out All Things Austen!

Emma: a modern retelling by Alexander McCall Smith

The Jane Austen Quilt Club: a novel by Ann Hazelwood

Jane Austen's first love by Syrie James

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Jane Austen's England by Roy and Lesley Adkins

Undressing Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos

Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen ; foreword by Cathleen Schine

Curl Up With a Cold-Weather Picture Book

The season is changing once again and it's time to get cozy under a blanket with a wintry book. Try these snowy weather-themed picture books and stay warm!

Snowy Sunday by Phyllis Root ; illustrated by Helen Craig


First snow by Peter McCarty


Snow by Sam Usher


The little snowplow by Lora Koehler ; illustrated by Jake Parker


If it's snowy and you know it, clap your paws! by Kim Norman ; illustrated by Liza Woodruff


Outside by Deirdre Gill

More Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read-alikes

Do you like Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series but have read all the books ?  Try some of the suggestions below for fun stories with crazy antics and creative kid characters.

The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger



The terrible two by Mac Barnett, Jory John ; illustrated by Kevin Cornell



Kate the great: except when she's not by Suzy Becker



The phantom bully by New York times bestselling author Jeffrey Brown



Gossip from the girls' room: a Blogtastic! novel by Rose Cooper



Charlie Joe Jackson's guide to not reading by Tom Greenwald

Picture Books on Thankfulness and Family

Looking for picture books for Thanksgiving but everything's checked out? Never fear, we've prepared a list of alternatives. Books about family meals or about being thankful are just as good at getting you in the Thanksgiving spirit. Try these titles today.

Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell


Don't let Auntie Mabel bless the table by Vanessa Brantley Newton


Three scoops and a fig by written by Sara Laux Akin ; illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung



Everybody serves soup by Norah Dooley ; illustrations by Peter J. Thornton

National Book Award Finalists: Fiction

The 2015 National Book Award winners will be announced Wednesday, November 18 at a special ceremony. Check out one of these titles on the shortlist for the Fiction award:

Refund: stories by Karen E. Bender



The Turner house by Angela Flournoy



Fates and furies by Lauren Groff



Fortune smiles: stories by Adam Johnson



A little life: a novel by Hanya Yanagihara

What We're Reading: November 2015

Star Trek fans will want to read The Autobiography of James T. Kirk...  Highly recommend Dissent...it is both a reassuring and disconcerting look at our political history.   A. D. Scott weaves a mystery throughout this novel about of a small Scottish Highland village in 1956.

Look What's In Large Print: November 2015

This month we feature three authors new to Large Print: Arnaldur Indridason, Tim Dorsey, and Eddie Joyce. Heather Graham and Jayne Ann Krentz are favorites for Large Print readers.

Reykjavik nights [large print] by Arnaldur Indridason ; translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb

Trust no one [large print] by Jayne Ann Krentz

Shark skin suite [large print] by Tim Dorsey

The betrayed [large print] by Heather Graham

Small mercies [large print] by Eddie Joyce

Murder Will Out: November 2015

Murder, She Baked: Joanne Fluke's A Plum Pudding Mystery will debut on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel on Sunday, November 22 (check local listings).  This holiday season, Hannah Swensen is making plum pudding and trying to solve the murder of a man in his own office. It turns out the list of suspects who would have wanted to see the guy dead is a long one, from a bitter ex-wife to exasperated investors.  Based on Joanne Fluke‘s very popular (very Cozy!) Hannah Swensen Mystery Series.

Lunch and a Book November 2015

Station eleven by Emily St. John Mandel — Set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, is a line from Star Trek: "Because survival is insufficient." Join us on Thursday November 12 at noon.

International Authors

Are you interested in discovering the fiction of other countries and cultures? There is truly a world of reading out there to explore. To help you get started, we have compiled a list of international authors--from Afghanistan to Zambia.

Books For Babies - Nursery Rhyme Board Books

Introduce your baby to traditional, well-loved nursery rhymes in durable board book format. Here are some titles to get you started.

The itsy bitsy spider and friends by illustrated by Samantha Meredith


My favorite nursery rhymes by illustrated by Sanja Rešček and Hannah Wood





New Book Club in a Bag Kit

Daytripper [kit] by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá — This graphic novel follows the life of one man, Bras de Olivias Dominguez. Every chapter features an important period in his life in Brazil, and each story ends the same way: with his death. In every chapter, Bras dies at different moments in his life, as the story follows him through his entire existence; one filled with possibilities of happiness and sorrow, good and bad, love and loneliness. A story about living life to its fullest, because any of us can die at any moment. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 2 stars out of 5. Note: This kit contains 10 copies of the title.