Crash by Jerry Spinelli“Crash” Coogan is a jock, not just any jock, he’s about to become the schools best football player. Crash Coogan is also a bully, ever since first grade he’s delighted in tormenting Penn Ward. Penn’s different from everyone else; he doesn’t eat meat, he wears second hand clothes, and he never wants to fight back. Life is simple for Crash, play hard, be the best and of course, pick on Penn. Everything changes when Crash’s grandfather becomes seriously ill, suddenly Penn is more than just the dweeby neighbor who joined the cheerleading squad – Crash is about to discover that friendship can be found in the most unexpected places.
Heat by Mike LupicaMichael Arroyo has the ‘heat’. His pitches are fast and his teams fighting its way through to compete in the Little League World Series. Michael might just be too good, a rival team complains to the league that he’s older than his 13 years and demands that he’s benched until he produces a birth certificate. But Michael can’t do that, he’s keeping a secret – he and his 17 year old brother Carlos, are orphans. Refugees from Cuba life has always been tough, when their Papi died of a heart attack the boys decided to pretend he was visiting relatives to try and avoid the foster homes. All Michael wants to do is play baseball and take the South Bronx All-Stars into the playoffs.
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek LandyWhen 12 year old Stephanie inherits her Uncles estate she can’t fail to notice the mysterious cloaked figure that turns up at the funeral and the reading of her Uncle’s will. On her first day at the estate Stephanie is attacked, and the mysterious cloaked figure is there – to rescue her! Things get strange very fast, her rescuer is none other than Skulduggery Pleasant, a walking, talking skeleton detective. Skulduggery thinks that her Uncle was murdered and that Stephanie is next on the list.
Schooled by KormanCapricorn (Cap for short), doesn’t exactly fit in to the normal routines of Claverage Middle School. He’s got long, ungroomed hair, practices Tai Chi on the lawn, never tasted a pizza and worst of all, never been to an actual school in his life. Cap grew up on an old farm commune, home schooled by his caretaker Rain he’s led a sheltered life. Now Rain’s been injured Cap’s had to start at public school and nothing’s prepared him for life as the schools biggest ‘nerd’.
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. CooneyWhen 15 year old Janie picks up a milk carton and sees a familiar face by the words ‘have you seen this girl’, her world is turned upside down. Janie can’t help but feel that the missing little girl, Jennie, is really her. But if that’s true it means that her loving parents have kidnapped her, and that’s just something Janie can’t quite believe. Janie confides in her boyfriend Reeve and together they try to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine PatersonJess Aaron can’t wait to start 5th grade. All summer long he’s been practicing, ready to become the fastest runner at school. But when his big day arrives he finds himself being out run by his new next-door neighbor – a girl! Jess is determined not to like Leslie but soon finds out she’s not like other girls. The two become best friends and together they create the magickal world of Terabithia in the woods by their homes.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K.RowlingLiving with an Aunt and Uncle who don’t seem to want you around is never going to be easy, throw in a bully of a cousin and things just get worse. Harry Potter lives in the cupboard under the stairs of his Aunt and Uncle’s house and spends his time wishing that he didn’t. Strange things seem to happen around Harry, things he can’t quite explain. When mysterious letters start arriving for Harry everything becomes clear. Harry is a wizard and he’s finally got his chance to escape from under the stairs. Join Harry in his very first year at Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.
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.