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Participating families get a copy of their choice of the three books: “El Deafo,” “Malcolm at Midnight,” and “Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom.”

Two community book reads available

Posted September 4, 2018

Plymouth-area residents are invited to participate in a pair of book reads offered this fall by One Book One Community – The Plymouth Chapter.

For elementary families

Families with children from kindergarten through fourth grade can join the fun of the second annual family book read.

This year’s selections are:

  • “Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom” by Eric Wight, who will be at the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival in October. This 2009 graphic novel explores what would happen if Frankie’s mother says he never has to clean his room again. He and his side-kick Argyle become explorers swinging on vines, forging paths through piles of clothes, and scooting past lava pits. But can they conquer the Closet of Doom? Ages 7-10
  • “Malcolm at Midnight” by Wisconsin author W.H. Beck. This 2012 middle-grade novel begins as Malcolm the rat arrives at McKenna School as a classroom pet. When a pet in another room is kidnapped, Malcolm is suspected. Can he solve the mystery and prove his innocence? Ages 7-10
  • “El Deafo,” a 2015 Newbery Honor Book. In this graphic novel, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful hearing aid that gives her the ability to hear – sometimes things she shouldn’t – but also isolates her from her classmates. Can she fit in and find a true friend? Ages 8-12

Each participating family receives a copy of the book of their choice for free, but families should register by Friday, Sept. 14 to reserve a copy.

Families will receive their book at the kickoff event to be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Riverview Middle School, 300 Riverside Drive. Book discussions will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at Plymouth Public Library, 130 Division St. A wrap-up event will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 at St. John the Baptist School, 116 N. Pleasant St.

This is the second year of the family book read, which teachers at Horizon Elementary School started in 2017 to share the love of reading as a community. Support is provided by the Plymouth Education Foundation.

For teens and adults

Older students and adults are encouraged to participate in the fourth annual One Book One Community book read.

This year’s selection is “The Things They Carried” by Tim O'Brien, a collection of short stories published in 1990 about a platoon of American soldiers fighting on the ground in the Vietnam War, based upon the author’s experiences in the 23rd Infantry Division.

Plymouth Public Library has many copies of “The Things They Carried” available to lend. In addition, Bookheads bookstore is offering a 10 percent discount to those purchasing their own copy.

Book discussions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at 52 Stafford, 52 Stafford St., and at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at Plymouth Public Library. More events, including a film showing and a discussion with veterans, are being planned.

The book read is sponsored by Plymouth Public Library and Plymouth School District Community Education & Recreation.

Learn more:
• Visit the One Book One Community family read website at
• Visit the One Book One Community teen/adult website at
• Follow One Book One Community – the Plymouth Chapter on Facebook at
• Explore the Community Engagement section of our award-winning District Report Card to learn more about ways to interact with our schools and students.

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