Three Days by Donna Jo NapoliWhile driving through the Italian countryside eleven year old Jackie’s father collapses at the wheel. Jackie is terrified, can’t speak Italian, and is in the middle of nowhere. Managing to flag down a passing car, her relief at being found quickly turns to terror. Jackie’s been kidnapped by two Italian men and taken to a remote house in the countryside. Jackie’s not sure why this strange family are keeping her hostage, but she’s pretty certain their hiding a secret and that discovering it may be the only chance she has of escape.
Demonkeeper by Royce BuckinghamNat is a demonkeeper. He’s pretty new at his job and just a little bit clumsy. He lives with three very mischievous minions in an old mansion where even things like the rug on the floor or the nearby table lamp have a life of their own. When three teenage boys unwittingly set free the demon Nat’s supposed to be watching Nat must do what he can to get it back under lock and key. But being a teenage demonkeeper is tough work and the first thing Nat needs is a few allies.
Pirate Curse by Kai MeyerFourteen year old Jolly is a polliwog which means she can walk on water. She loves her life as a pirate – skipping across the water to throw exploding bottles through the portholes of enemy ships. When the pirate captain and the crew who raised her are betrayed Jolly is the only survivor. When she washes ashore on an island she meets Munk, another polliwog, and together they set out on a series of swashbuckling, hair-raising adventures in a quest to save the world.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton JusterMilo is bored, bored, bored. He’s too bored to do anything. When a mysterious tollbooth appears in his bedroom Milo picks up his toy car, pays the toll and drives it on through… to another world! In this magical new world Milo meets all kinds of creatures who are anything but dull. Setting out his exciting and dangerous journey Milo doesn’t have time to be bored anymore.
The Thief by Megan Whalen TurnerGen is an accomplished thief, but when he tries to steal the King’s Seal things don’t turn out quite as planned. Thrown in to the dungeons Gen’s dragged out to be given a choice – steal for the King, or face death. It’s no easy task; the King wants Gen to steal Hamiathes’s Gift, a creation of the God’s that gives its owner the right to rule. For Gen it’s a simple choice, steal the stone for the King… or die trying.
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz RyanEsperanza has a wonderful life, with all the treasures a girl could want, fancy dresses, servants, a grand estate. Esperanza is destined to be the mistress of it all when a tragedy strikes and her father dies. Forced to flee to California with her mother Esperanza’s new life couldn’t be more different from the one she left behind in Mexico. The challenge of hard work and poverty are one thing, but Esperanza’s toughest task is letting go of the past and facing up to her new future in America.
Matilda by Roald DahlMatilda is very clever, much cleverer than her parents in fact. Living with her beastly parents and her good for nothing brother Matilda teachers herself to read using magazines and newspapers. By the time she’s five Matilda has read all the children’s books in the library… and half the adult books too!
Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King SmithWhen Babe is little he’s taken in by Farmer Hogget’s sheepdog, Fly. Babe adores his foster mom and wants only to follow in her footsteps and be the best sheepdog there is. There’s just one problem, Babe is a pig. Just how is a pig going to become the best sheepdog ever?
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillioTen year old Opal adopts a big, ugly, lovable dog named Winn-Dixie after he’s abandoned at a local store. Winn-Dixie helps Opal make new friends in the strange new town her and her father have just moved to. More importantly, because of Winn-Dixie Opal finds a way to talk to her father and find out more about the mother she hasn’t seen since she was three years old.
The Storytime adventure begins in the Barbara Room. Questions about this family program can be answered by visiting the library at 470 5th Street in Hollister, calling the library at (831) 636-4107, or contacting the library online.