Kent District Library Grandville Branch presents

Grandville Reads

March–April 2015

Grandville Reads is a community reading event that
seeks to engage all ages in the enjoyment of reading.
This year features three books about Michigan that
highlight a gritty urban memoir of struggling Detroit,
a tender story of a young boy who finds home
and family in Grand Rapids, and a counting journey
of our state's many natural treasures.

Through its beauty, its struggles, its history... Michigan — You're Home!




Reads for All Ages

Extra copies of all titles will be available at the Grandville Branch and throughout the schools starting in March.

Detroit: An American AutopsyDetroit: An American Autopsy
by Charlie LeDuff

Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches the ruins of Detroit for clues to his family's troubled past. Once the richest city in America, Detroit is now the nation's poorest. Once the vanguard of America's machine age — mass-production, blue-collar jobs, and automobiles — Detroit is now America's capital for unemployment, illiteracy, dropouts, and foreclosures. With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark, and the righteous indignation only a native son possesses, LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city. He beats on the doors of union bosses and homeless squatters, powerful businessmen and struggling homeowners and the ordinary people holding the city together by sheer determination. This is an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer.

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Bud, Not BuddyBud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis

It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him:
1. He has his own suitcase filled with his own important, secret things.
2. He's the author of "Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself."
3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!
Bud's got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him — not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.

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The Michigan Counting BookThe Michigan Counting Book
by Kathy-jo Wargin

Michigan flora and fauna have a starring role in this book, taking children from "one Karner Blue butterfly" to "twelve jugs of maple syrup." Parents and children alike will find themselves reading and counting over and over again while everyone learns fun Michigan facts.

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Sponsors Grandville Public Schools Grandville Christian School Rotary Club of Grandville-Jenison Friends of the Grandville LibraryElders Electric The Guido A. & Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation Shannon Orthodontics Grandville Family Fare