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First Grade Mystery Suggestions

First Grade

Young Cam Jansen and the circus mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti

Detective Dinosaur: lost and found by James Skofield ; pictures by R.W. Alley

Peter Pan: lost and found by Susan Hill ; illustrated by Michael Hague ; inspired by J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan

The cat food mystery: a Pet Club story by Gwendolyn Hooks ; illustrated by Mike Byrne

The Berenstain Bears and the spooky old tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Kindergarten Mystery Suggestions

Kindergarten

Where is dear dragon? by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell

Daniel's mystery egg by Alma Flor Ada ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Where is the green sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale by Mo Willems

The doghouse by Jan Thomas

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

Third Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

Third Grade

Ariol. 2, Thunder horse by [writer,] Emmanuel Guibert ; [artist,] Marc Boutavant ; [Joe Johnson, translation ; Michael Petranek, lettering]

Beauty and the squat bears by Émile Bravo ; [translation, J. Gustave McBride]

Binky the space cat by Ashley Spires

Spirited away. Vol. 1 by written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Sardine in outer space by stories by Emmanuel Guibert ; pictures by Joann Sfar ; color by Walter Pezzali ; translation by Sasha Watson

Second Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

Second Grade

The adventures of Ook and Gluk: kung-fu cavemen from the future by Dav Pilkey

Backpack stories by Kevin O'Malley

Bake sale by Sara Varon

Mr. Men, Little Miss: Mr. Bump: lights, camera, bump! by [stories by John Hardman ; art by Matthew Britton]

Pranks and attacks! by Laurent Richard ; illustrated by Nicolas Ryser ; translation: Edward Gauvin

First Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

First Grade

Arf and the greedy grabber by Philip Wooderson ; illustrated by Bridget MacKeith ; colors by Jessica Fuchs

The woodshed mystery by adapted by Joeming Dunn ; illustrated by Ben Dunn ; [colored by Robby Bevard ; lettered by Joeming Dunn & Doug Dlin]

Eek & Ack: vs. the Wolfman by Blake A. Hoena ; illustrated by Steve Harpster

Okay, Andy! by Maxwell Eaton III

Okie Dokie Donuts: "open for business!" by [Chris Eliopoulos]

Murder Will Out: June 2015

Looking for a good mystery and a way to earn the Connect Your Summer 2015 Super Bookworm: My Mitten badge?  Check out this selection of mysteries set in Michigan.

Detroit is our beat: tales of the four horsemen by Loren D. Estleman

Mountains of the misbegotten by Joseph Heywood

The chocolate clown corpse by JoAnna Carl

Let it burn by Steve Hamilton

Love in a nutshell by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly

South of Hell by P.J. Parrish

Color of justice: a novel of suspense by Gary Hardwick

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

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

Detroit Fiction

Looking for Przybylski by K.C. Frederick


Detroit breakdown by D.E. Johnson


Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser


Grand River and Joy by Susan Messer


Trigger man: more tales of the Motor City by Jim Ray Daniels


See what I see by Gloria Whelan


The dollmaker by Harriette Arnow

New Fifty Shades Book by E. L. James

Fans of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, rejoice!

E. L. James has announced that she will be publishing a fourth Fifty Shades book. The new book, titled, Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian , shows the world of Fifty Shades through the eyes of Christian Grey.

The library has copies on order, so place your hold today!

Teen Adventurers and Survivors

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead
Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor
Peak by Roland Smith
Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury
White Darkness: a Novel by Geraldine McCaughrean

Books on Screen: Classic Outdoor Adventures

Read the book then watch the movie!

Michigan Short Stories

Amos Walker: the complete story collection by Loren D. Estleman


The lost tiki palaces of Detroit: stories by Michael Zadoorian


Sweetwater, storms, and spirits: stories of the Great Lakes by selected and edited by Victoria Brehm


The Third coast, contemporary Michigan fiction by edited by James Tipton and Robert E. Wegner


Trigger man: more tales of the Motor City by Jim Ray Daniels

Upper Peninsula Fiction

Cold: a novel by John Smolens


North of nowhere: an Alex McKnight mystery by Steve Hamilton


Anatomy of a murder by Traver, Robert, 1903-


Returning to earth by Jim Harrison


Without a trace by Colleen Coble


Ursula, under: a novel by Ingrid Hill


Red jacket: a Lute Bapcat mystery by Joseph Heywood

Michigan Mysteries

Unreliable Narrators and other Plot Twists

Who's telling the truth here? What is dream or reality? Can you figure out the twist before the reveal? These are stories that require some sleuthing to figure out what's real and what's fake.

We were liars by E. Lockhart

A monster calls: a novel by Patrick Ness ; inspired from an idea by Siobhan Dowd ; illustrations by Jim Kay

Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Going bovine by Libba Bray