New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

July 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Charge of the lightning bugs

June 30, 2015
Cummings, Troy, author.
New York, NY : Branches/Scholastic Inc., 2015.
89 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
It is the first day of the brand-new Stermont Elementary School, but everything electrical seems to be going haywire, and it looks like strange green lightning bugs are draining off the power--but when they see green lightning in a clear blue sky Alexander and his friends know there must be a monster involved.

Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot vs. the uranium unicorns from Uranus

June 30, 2015
Pilkey, Dav, 1966- author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015]
121 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Originally published in 2005 in a slightly different form by Blue Sky Press.
Evil Uncle Unicorn attempts to dominate earth by using a Ladybot to trick Mighty Robot.

Rootin' tootin' cow dog

June 30, 2015
Krulik, Nancy E.
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2015]
107 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Yeehaw, Sparky is off to the Texas rodeo to find himself a job! There he eats delicious-smelling BBQ, watches mutton chasing and barrel racing, and even helps a new friend become a rodeo dog. But as Sparky heads home, he still doesn't have a job himself. Wait, he has the very best job of all--being Josh's best friend!"-- Provided by publisher.

Imperial justice

June 30, 2015
Fry, Jason, 1969-
164 pages ; 20 cm
As a new student at Lothal's Imperial Academy, Zare Leonis does everything it takes to pass as a model cadet. But he is hidden enemy among Imperial loyalists, determined to discover the truth about his missing sister and to bring down the Empire. Luckily, he has his tech-savvy girlfriend, Merei, by his side, willing to help him however she can-even if it means dealing with criminals in the shadiest parts of Capital City. In the meantime, Zare must face down a dangerous foe of his own: Captain Roddance, who seems bent on pushing Zare to his breaking point. Join these rebellious cadets as they risk everything to take on the fearsome Empire.

Discord and the Ponyville Players dramarama

June 29, 2015
Berrow, G. M.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
145 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Discord is a relatively new student of the Magic of Friendship. So when he receives a secret invitation from Princess Celestia to join the ponies of Ponyville in their Spring Musical, he jumps at the opportunity to practice what he's learned so far. Things go as smoothly as they can at first, but it's not long before the former king of Chaos seems to leave a trail of disaster in his wake and everypony second-guesses including him in their community production. What's a draconequus to do?"-- Provided by publisher.

Follow your heart

June 29, 2015
Young, Alexa.
Los Angeles, CA : Disney Press, 2015.
123 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Based on the series created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly"--T.p.
Part one is based on the episode "Girl meets boy," written by Michael Jacobs -- Part two is based on the episode "Girl meets sneak attack," written by Cindy Fang.

Of mice and aliens : an Asperger adventure

June 29, 2015
Hoopmann, Kathy, 1963-
London ; Philadelphia, PA : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2001.
108 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel: Lisa and the lacemaker.
Sequel to: Blue bottle mystery.
Ben's attempt to cope with his newly diagnosed Asperger Syndrome is complicated by the crash landing in his back yard of an alien who knows nothing about Earth's rules and norms.

My father's daughter

June 29, 2015
Konigsburg, E. L.
New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2008.
118 p. ; 20 cm.
Kidnapped seventeen years before, a man's daughter by a former marriage appears at his new home in Pittsburgh and affects the entire family.

The enchanted charms : the seventh adventure in the Kingdom of Fantasy

June 26, 2015
Stilton, Geronimo, author.
310 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Translated by Emily Clement."
"Based on an original idea by Elisabetta Dami."
For the seventh time Geronimo Stilton finds himself in the Kingdom of Fantasy--this time Blossom, Queen of the Fairies, needs him to find the seven enchanted charms before the evil Wizard of the Black Pearl can get to them.

Dugout hero

June 26, 2015
Howard, Ryan, 1979- author.
New York : Scholastic, 2015.
89 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Includes excerpts from: My new team (book #1) and The best bat (book #2) (unpaged).
"You can help the team from anywhere! The Mustangs are on a roll and it has a lot to do with Little Rhino's great play. Until he goes down with an injury that forces him to sit out. That means no hitting home runs, no diving for ground balls--no baseball games until he's better. But Rhino refuses to let getting hurt keep him away from the action. There are a lot of ways to be a good teammate and he will do them all if it helps his friends continue to win. Will Little Rhino be able to make a difference from the sidelines?"--Jacket

Ranger in time : danger in ancient Rome

June 26, 2015
Messner, Kate, author.
129 pages, 25 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
The mysterious box that Ranger the golden retriever found in the garden transports him back to first century Rome, where he must rescue Marcus, a young servant boy, and Quintus, a volunteer gladiator, from the brutal world of the Colosseum.

Surfing for secrets

June 26, 2015
Stilton, Geronimo.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015]
109 pages : color illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
When a pirate gets shipwrecked on Mouse Island, Geronimo Stiltonoot and his family offer to help the stranger look for a hidden treasure.

Winter turning

June 26, 2015
Sutherland, Tui, 1978- author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
295 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Winter has been a disappointment to his royal IceWing family, unlike his sister Icicle, who has been raised to challenge IceWing queen--but now that Icicle has broken the truce and escaped from Jade Mountain Academy, so Winter, accompanied by his new clawmates, Moon, Qibli, and Kinkajou, embarks on his own quest to free his brother from the clutches of Queen Scarlet, and win the respect of his family.

The Land of Stories : beyond the kingdoms

June 26, 2015
Colfer, Chris, 1990-
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
419 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Sequel to: The Land of Stories: a Grimm warning.
"The Masked Man possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature's greatest villains! So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can twins Alex and Conner catch up to the Masked Man?"-- Provided by publisher.

Diary of a mad brownie : with supporting documents

June 25, 2015
Coville, Bruce, author.
New York : Random House, [2015]
241 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The enchanted files"--Title page.
"Angus Cairns is a brownie, a magical creature with a fastidious nature. Alex Carhart is the messiest eleven-year-old in the United States of America. Together, this unlikely pair embarks on an unforgettable adventure"-- Provided by publisher.

Secrets of Selkie Bay

June 25, 2015
Thomas, Shelley Moore, author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
199 pages ; 22 cm
Selkie Bay is a place where the old legends seem very near, and eleven-year-old Cordelia believes that her secretive mother is a selkie who has returned to the sea--a belief that offers some hope as she struggles to care for her two younger sisters and help her scientist father makes ends meet in their home by the sea.

Swamp monster

June 25, 2015
Preller, James.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2015.
80 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Twins Lance and Chance LaRue are seeking a pet in the swamp near their Texas shack when they happen upon an egg and bring it home to hatch, but the creature's mother finds them, determined to rescue her little one.

The vanishing of Billy Buckle

June 25, 2015
Gardner, Sally.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
224 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Nine-year-old Emily and her friends at the fairy detective agency, Wings & Co, face their most complicated case yet when a giant leaves his six-year-old, six-foot-tall daughter with them before disappearing, then a surprise visit to the seaside uncovers a murder and a stolen diamond.

The great coaster caper

June 25, 2015
Dixon, Franklin W.
New York : Aladdin, 2012.
94 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Frank and Joe are excited to learn that Thrill Kingdom, their local amusement park, is having a contest for kids to design a brand-new ride. And they're even more excited that their friend Phil is entering. But on the day of the contest, someone ruins Phil's roller coaster contest entry. Since it had been kept in a locked room while awaiting final judging it's up to Frank and Joe to figure out the twists and turns of this coaster caper!

Princess mix-up mystery

June 25, 2015
Keene, Carolyn.
New York : Aladdin, c2010.
88 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Nancy and her friends Bess and George solve the mystery of who sabotaged the makeovers they won from a contest.

The disappearing dog

June 25, 2015
Dixon, Franklin W.
New York : Aladdin, 2011.
88 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Feeling skeptical about a new kid's boasts about his magical talents, Frank and Joe Hardy wonder about a neighbor's prized show dog's recurring disappearances and reappearances, which seem to support the bragging newcomer's claims.


June 25, 2015
Keene, Carolyn.
New York : Aladdin, c2008.
84 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
When the newly hatched chicks disappear from the classroom, Nancy and her friends have a job on their hands to find out who stole the baby chicks.

Zee's story

June 25, 2015
Jazynka, Kitson, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2015]
138 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
"Zee must face his scariest, most dangerous crisis on his own while on a kayaking trip, and for a while, it looks like all is lost. One thing's for sure: Zee will have an adventure-packed summer at Camp Wolf Trail!"-- Provided by publisher.

Of enemies and endings

June 24, 2015
Bach, Shelby, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015.
394 pages ; 22 cm.
"Rory Landon and her friends are determined to stop the Snow Queen once and for all in this final book in The Ever Afters series!"-- Provided by publisher.

Maybelle goes to school

June 24, 2015
Speck, Katie, author.
58 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
When Mrs. Peabody makes her Ten Layer Tower of Taste for the school bake sale, Maybelle the cockroach cannot resist sampling the cake, but when she wakes up to find herself on the way to the lunchroom she knows she is in big trouble--especially after she discovers she has to rescue her friend, Henry the flea.

The Six

June 24, 2015
Alpert, Mark, 1961-
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2015]
363 pages ; 22 cm
Adam, crippled by muscular dystrophy, and five other terminally ill teenagers sacrifice their bodies and upload their minds into weaponized robots to battle a dangerously advanced artificial intelligence program bent on destroying humanity.

Last stand on the ocean shore : an unofficial Minecrafter's adventure

June 24, 2015
Cheverton, Mark, author.
x, 247 pages : illustration ; 21 cm.
Includes an excerpt from Saving Crafter, a new Gameknight999 adventure.
"An unofficial Minecrafter's adventure"--Cover.
Herobrine is rallying all the monsters of Minecraft to one server in hopes of eliminating Gameknight999 and his friends once and for all. They destroy every village they find, threatening to continue until the User-that-is-not-a-user surrenders. Gameknight has just two things, the Oracle's command to seek out the lost ocean monument and an impenetrable riddle: "Look to the lowliest and most insignificant of creatures, for that is where your salvation will lie."

Varsity 170

June 24, 2015
Jacobs, Evan, author.
[Costa Mesa, California] : Saddleback Educational Publishing, [2015]
242, 4 pages ; 18 cm.
Chad is excited about his senior year in high school until his best friend is killed in an accident during wrestling practice.

'Tis a gift

June 24, 2015
Turney, Rebecca Mitchell.
Louisville, Ky. : Motes Books, c2010.
100 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
"Think young collection."
Ten year old Tad Johnson doesn't fit into life at Pleasant Hill, believing he has no talent to offer the community. After a tragic accident with a raging bull, the day-dreaming Tad finds strength, courage, and his gift.

Tree of life

June 24, 2015
Turney, Rebecca Mitchell.
Louisville, Ky. : Motes Books, ©2012.
103 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

Designed for disaster

June 23, 2015
Keene, Carolyn.
New York : Aladdin, 2011.
85 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
"See inside for free activity"--Back cover.
Nancy Drew and her classmates have the chance to submit their own fashion designs to a big-time competition, and the chance to model their designs in a fashion show. On a team with her best friends, George and Bess, Nancy comes up with some original clothing ideas and her team wins. But someone keeps trying to ruin the contest by stealing designs, hiding sample pieces, and tripping up the models. Can the clue crew find the culprit before the River Heights fashion show is cancelled?

Lisa and the lacemaker : an Asperger adventure

June 23, 2015
Hoopmann, Kathy, 1963-
London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, c2002.
126 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Of mice and aliens.
Lisa, a girl with Asperger syndrome, discovers a series of basement rooms under her friend Ben's house and spends hours exploring the remnants of a past era.

Runaway Ralph

June 23, 2015
Cleary, Beverly.
New York, NY : Harper, 2014, c1970.
195, 15 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Includes a sneak peek at Ralph S. Mouse.
Ralph runs away looking for freedom but winds up a prisoner at a summer camp.

Curse of the mummy's uncle

June 19, 2015
Savage, J. Scott (Jeffrey Scott), 1963- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
259 pages ; 22 cm
"The three Monsterteers are off on a vacation to Mexico, where they join an archeological excavation of an abandoned--and haunted--Mayan pyramid"-- Provided by publisher.

Ms. Cuddy is nutty!

June 19, 2015
Gutman, Dan, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
106 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"In this second book in the new My Weirdest School series, the students of Ella Mentry School are about to get a wonderful gift--a million dollars! A.J. and the gang vote to create an in-school, state-of-the-art TV station so the morning announcements can be broadcast to all the classes. There's even enough money to hire Ms. Cuddy, a new digital media arts teacher who knows a thing or two about broadcasting. But soon Ms. Cuddy decides the ratings on the announcements are too low, and the show needs to "get more eyeballs." What could possibly go wrong?"--provided from

The pirate pig

June 19, 2015
Funke, Cornelia Caroline, author.
New York : Random House, [2015]
55 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Includes an excerpt from Emma and the blue genie.
"Originally published as Das Piratenschwein by Cecilie Dressler Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Germany, in 1999"--Copyright page.
On Butterfly Island, sailer Stout Sam and his deckhand Pip must rescue their treasure-sniffing pig from nasty pirate Barracuda Bill.

The dungeoneers

June 19, 2015
Anderson, John David, 1975- author.
437 pages ; 22 cm
When his gift for pickpocketing is noticed by the mysterious Finn Argos, Colm begins training to become a member of Thwodin's Legions, a strange group of warriors, mages, and hunters who search for treasure.

Henry and the clubhouse

June 19, 2015
Cleary, Beverly, author.
199, 13 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
About a boy and his friends who build a clubhouse that spells trouble when they exclude Ramona and Beezus who try to sneak in.

Beezus and Ramona

June 19, 2015
Cleary, Beverly.
New York : Harper , 2013, c1955.
182, 12 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Beezus and her little sister -- Beezus and her imagination -- Ramona and Ribsy -- Ramona and the apples -- A party at the Quimbys' -- Beezus's birthday.
Beezus' biggest problem is her 4-year-old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knows sisters are supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seems impossible.

Henry and Beezus

June 19, 2015
Cleary, Beverly. author.
New York : HarperCollins, 2014.
201, 11 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Includes an excerpt from Henry and Ribsy.
When Henry decides to sell bubble gum to all the kids at school to earn money to buy his own bicycle, he gets plenty of trouble, but very little money.

Henry and Ribsy

June 19, 2015
Cleary, Beverly.
New York, NY : Harper, 2014, c1982.
187, 6 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Originally published: New York : Morrow, 1954.
Includes a sneak peek of Henry and the paper route.
Ribsy and the lube job -- Henry and the garbage -- Henry gets a haircut -- Henry's canine teeth -- Ramona and the P.T.A. -- Ribsy goes fishing -- Henry's adventure.
Henry Huggins makes a deal with his father--if Henry can keep his dog Ribsy out of trouble for a month, he can go fishing with his father. Ribsy does his best to make Henry lose the deal.

The mouse and the motorcycle

June 19, 2015
Cleary, Beverly. author.
New York : Harper, 2014.
183 pages, 11 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes a "sneak peek" excerpt from Runaway Ralph.
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

The wand & the sea

June 18, 2015
Caterer, Claire.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015.
377 pages ; 22 cm
A year after their first visit to a parallel universe, Holly and Ben Shepard and friend Everett return to find that much is changed, and the fate of Anglielle is at stake unless Holly can master Water Elemental magic in time to save the Adepts.

Ramona forever

June 18, 2015
Cleary, Beverly. author.
190 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Includes a preview of Ramona's world.
Ramona's year in third grade is highlighted by the arrival of Howie's rich Uncle Hobart, a change in her after-school situation, a surprise wedding, a death and a new arrival in the family, and her father's getting a job.

Ramona and her father

June 18, 2015
Cleary, Beverly.
New York : HarperCollins, 2013.
164, 15 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Includes excerpt from author's book, Ramona and her mother.
"Newbery Honor Book"--Jacket.
The family routine is upset during Ramona's year in second grade when her father unexpectedly loses his job.

Ramona the pest

June 18, 2015
Cleary, Beverly. author.
210 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Ramona meets lots of interesting people in kindergarten class, like Davy whom she keeps trying to kiss and Susan whose springy curls seem to ask to be pulled.

Ramona the brave

June 18, 2015
Cleary, Beverly.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2013.
174, 17 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Six-year-old Ramona tries to cope with an unsympathetic first-grade teacher. In this touching and funny story, the ebullient Ramona, feeling brave and grown-up, enters first grade. Quickly she finds that her new teacher, Mrs. Griggs, appears perplexed by pupils who like to be different. Since Ramona cannot help being different, clearly the two are incompatible. Nevertheless, Ramona can be counted on to keep things lively. Enraged when Susan copies her wise old owl prepared for Parents' Night and receives praise for it, Ramona rebels. Overcome by guilt and no longer brave, she tries mightily thereafter to please her teacher, but still Mrs. Griggs infuriatingly reports home that Ramona lacks self-control. Only because she is a girl with spunk, to use her father's word, does Ramona's courage return, earning her at last an uneasy truce with the teacher.

The disappearing magician

June 16, 2015
Egan, Kate, author.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2015.
150 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Want to see something amazing? I can make myself disappear. All it takes is a little magic...Mike's magic tricks have helped him learn how to focus, earn extra credit, improve his reputation and stand up for himself. But his new confidence is about to face its biggest challenge yet - the school talent show! Mike signs up immediately. After all, what magician would pass up the chance to perform on a real stage? But then, he learns that Nora, his friend and trusted magician's assistant, has a massive case of stage fright. And Jackson will be sitting in the audience, just waiting to cause trouble...If things keep going wrong, Mike might need a magic trick to help him disappear!

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