Family Community Read 2015
Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra
The relationship between Tycho Hashoone, his twin sister, Yana, and their older brother, Carlo, isn't your average sibling rivalry. They might be crew members together aboard the Shadow Comet, but only one of them can be the next ship captain. So when the Hashoones find themselves in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy—one that will pit them against space pirates, Earth diplomats, and even treachery from within the family—each sibling is desperate to prove his or her worth. The only trouble is, if they don't work together, none of them may make it out alive.
Read the Book 2.21.2015 - 3.7.2015
Book clubs forming at schools. Ask your school librarian!
Jupiter Pirates Day! 2.21.2015 [Sat.] 1:00-4:00 pm, Cotton Building [226 Adams St.]
Could you and your family sail through space and be Jupiter privateers? Test your mettle with these activities for all ages!
*University of Washington Mobile Planetarium
*Piratical swordfighting demos
*LEGO spaceship building
*Pick up your free copy of the book while supplies last!
Book Inspired - A Juried Art Show - All March
Northwind Arts Center [701 Water St.]
Opening Reception: 3.7.2015 [Sat.] 5:30-7:30 pm
Northwind Arts Center and the Friends of the Port Townsend Library host an opening gala for the Book Inspired juried art show. See original works of art based on or inspired by favorite science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, literature, and children's books. All ages.
Listen to KPTZ 91.9 FM -
Book Lover's Cafe interview with Jupiter Pirates author Jason Fry, also available as a podcast from KPTZ.org. Radio Play of Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra airing all month featuring Port Townsend actors of all ages.
PT Shorts presents "Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra"
3.7.2015 [Sat.] 7:30-8:30 pm, Northwind Arts Center
Reader's Theater production of this year's Family Read.
Jupiter Pirates Treasure Map Challege!
3.11.2015 [Wed.] 1:00-3:00 pm, Port Townsend Public Library
Use your family's reactions to the story to complete a giant treasure map challenge and win a prize!
Meet the Author: Jason Fry
3.18.2015 [Wed.] 1:00-3:00 pm
Author Jason Fry visits the Port Townsend Public Library
3.19.2015 [Thurs.] Author Jason Fry visits Blue Heron Middle School
Jason Fry is a writer, editor, and journalism consultant based in Brooklyn, N.Y, where he lives with his wife Emily, his son Joshua and a metric ton of baseball cards and Star Wars stuff. He's written more than two dozen Star Wars books and short stories for publishers including Random House, DK, Scholastic and Disney Books. Before striking out on his own as an independent writer, he spent more than 12 years at The Wall Street Journal Online, where he wrote the "Real Time" column about technology and co-wrote "The Daily Fix", a daily roundup of great sportswriting. He co-wrote Faith and Fear in Flushing (www.faithandfearinflushing.com), a blog about the New York Mets, with his friend Greg Prince.
Becoming a motivated, lifelong reader is one of the most important accomplishments
your child can achieve, and what you do together as a family can help make it happen! How?
- Let them see you read. Research shows that children who see their
parents read become better readers. We suspect that one of the reasons
boys score lower than girls on reading tests in every grade is that
boys don't have male role models who promote literacy.
- Read out loud to them. We read to our preschoolers, but it takes until
8th grade for kids' understanding of written words to catch up to their
understanding of speech. Reading to older children helps them develop
vocabulary and motivates them to read on their own.
- Make reading fun. Exciting titles like Jupiter Pirates appeal to all ages
and to both boys and girls. Magazines, comic books, manga, and adventure
stories have made readers out of many kids!
- Get help at the library. We're happy to make custom reading suggestions
for your whole family, and we've fun family programs available year-round.
Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris by Jason Fry
[2nd book in the series, out now in hardback]
Ambassador by William Alexander, Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass, Smells Like Pirates by Suzanne Selfors, Space Case by Stuart Gibbs, The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates by Caroline Carlson.
This program is funded by the Friends of the Port Townsend Library.
Thank you to: Port Townsend School District, Port Townsend Jefferson County Leader, Northwind Arts Center, Key City Public Theater, KPTZ 91.9 FM, and the University of Washington Astronomy Department.