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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

Small Town Series

Each of these titles is the first book in a series. If you like the small town and characters created by the author, you can visit again and again to find more romance, charm and fun in the same cozy locale.

Logan by Linda Lael Miller

The shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber

Mystery Series Week

The Purple Moon Press has declared October 2-11 Mystery Series Week-2011. Of course, every mystery fan is familiar with the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dame Agatha Christie's Hercules Poiroit, Miss Marple, or Tommy and Tuppence. If you are looking for something new, there are dozen of series such as Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus, or Janet Evanovich's comic Stephanie Plum. For more reading suggestions, check Canton Public Library's mystery posts and May We Suggest.

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Hooked on Mysteries?

What grabs you when you pick up a book?  The characters?  The setting?  The time? Do you want to laugh out loud? Or be 'scared out of your pants'?  Did you know that it isn't until the fourth or fifth book in a series that you get hooked?  If you are looking for interesting (i.e. quirky) characters try Jeff Lindsay's Dexter, or Charlaine Harris' Harper Connelly.  Interested in setting?  Check out Grace Brophy's Italy or Karin Fossum's Norway.  Laugh out loud?  Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum is well known, but have you tried Deb Baker's Yooper Mystery series featuring Gertie Johnson?  I don't like being scared, so which author's mystery stories frighten you?