New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

April 18, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Witch's revenge

April 17, 2015
Pike, Christopher, 1955-
107 pages ; 22 cm
The time has come for Adam and his friends to again face Spooksville's most powerful citizen, Ms. Ann Templeton. Sally says the woman is definitely a witch, but Adam and Watch are not so certain. To find the truth, they visit her castle together. There they find both good and bad: creatures more horrible than anything they could imagine, but also magical tools that can create the most wonderful things.

The cold people

April 17, 2015
Pike, Christopher, 1955-
106 pages ; 20 cm.
Adam and his friend are exploring the forest near Spooksville when they come across huge blocks of ice, hidden among the trees. They decide to melt one of the blocks, but when they do, a strange man comes out of the ice and tries to grab them! The man has very cold hands--and his eyes aren't too warm either. Soon there are dozens of Cold People running around Spooksville, freezing the residents. Adam and his friends have an idea that just might save the day. Or will it get them turned into human popsicles?

Castle Hangnail

April 16, 2015
Vernon, Ursula.
New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2015.
372 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
When little, twelve-year-old Molly arrives at Castle Hangnail to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the minions who dwell there have no choice but to give her the job and at first it seems she will be able to keep the castle open, but Molly has quite a few secrets that could cause trouble.


April 16, 2015
Alvarez, Jennifer Lynn, author.
New York, NY : HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
299 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Star has moved his herd of refugee pegasi to the coast to escape the Mountain Herd and the bitter memories of the past, and as head stallion it is up to him to protect and lead them--but the freezing storms of winter are coming, old enemies are seeking revenge, and an ancient adversary has awoken from sleep.

Sniff a skunk!

April 16, 2015
Amato, Mary.
New York, NY : Egmont Publishing, 2015.
122 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Unlike their thieving parents, ten-year-old twins Billy and Jillian Crook like to do good deeds, including rescuing a baby skunk. Features activities.

Evil spy school : a spy school novel

April 16, 2015
Gibbs, Stuart, 1969-
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015]
322 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Spy camp.
After getting expelled from spy school for accidentally shooting a live mortar into the principal's office, thirteen-year-old Ben finds himself recruited by evil crime organization SPYDER.

The Gollywhopper Games : friend or foe

April 16, 2015
Feldman, Jody.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
428 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Zane thinks about little but football until after his second concussion, when his parents say he must take a year off, so when he gets a chance to compete in the Gollywhopper Games he is excited about applying many of the skills that help him excel on the football field to a different kind of competition.

The mad apprentice : volume II in The forbidden library

April 16, 2015
Wexler, Django, author.
New York, New York : Kathy Dawson Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2015.
335 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Alice and five other apprentice Readers face the fight of their lives when they are sent into the magical library of a late rival Reader--a library that's still protected by a vicious guardian"-- Provided by publisher.

Stolen magic

April 16, 2015
Levine, Gail Carson.
New York : Harper, c2015.
322 p. : maps ; 22 cm.
Elodie, the dragon detective Meenore, and the kindly ogre Count Jonty Um are all on their way to Elodie's home island of Lahnt. Elodie has barely set foot on land before she learns that the Replica, a statue that keeps her island's deadly volcano from erupting, has been stolen! If the Replica isn't found in three days, a mountain will be destroyed. And when Elodie ends up alone with a cast of characters each of whom may be guilty, she has to use her wits to try to unravel a tangled web of lies.

Double vision

April 16, 2015
Mowry, Tia, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015].
203 pages ; 22 cm.
"Cassie and Caitlyn Waters may be identical twins, but everything else about them is completely different. The only thing they can agree on is that neither of them is happy that have to move to middle-of nowhere Aura, Texas. Caitlyn tries to put a positive spin on getting a fresh start, but Cassie's busy plotting how to convince their mom they should move back to the big city as quickly as possible. But being the new kids isn't their only challenge. As the girls' birthday nears, they start experiencing strange visions--and what they see starts coming true! Caitlyn and Cassie first use this new sight for their own fun, but when they each see something serious, the twins must work together to change the future before it happens"--Jacket.

Anyone but Ivy Pocket

April 15, 2015
Krisp, Caleb.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
382 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Fate intervenes when Ivy is called to the sickbed of a dying duchess and is charged with delivering a mystical (and possibly cursed) diamond necklace to the utterly revolting Matilda Butterfield for her twelfth birthday"-- Provided by publisher.

Gone crazy in Alabama

April 15, 2015
Williams-Garcia, Rita, author.
293 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: P.S. Be 11.
"Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible" -- from publisher's web site.

The unmapped sea

April 15, 2015
Wood, Maryrose, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
404 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Determined to break the wolfish curse that is threatening her charges and their unborn baby sibling, Miss Penelope Lumley takes a seaside holiday in the hope of gaining answers from an aging mariner.

Chick: Lister

April 15, 2015
Van Tol, Alex, 1973- author.
Victoria, British Columbia : Orca Book Publishers, 2015.
129 pages ; 18 cm.

Best frenemies

April 15, 2015
Simmons, Cari, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015].
212, 4 pages ; illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Picture perfect #4: Between us (pages 1-4).
"Side by side by side? Alice Kinney shouldn't be nervous about starting middle school. She's got her best friend, Cassidy, by her side, so it can't be that bad, right? Except, Cass isn't at her side. For the first time since kindergarten, Alice and Cassidy aren't in any of the same classes, and Alice is stuck with a brand-new crew in honors class! The girls try to stay in touch from across the hallway with the help of a shared notebook--but when Alice accidentally befriends not-so-nice Nikki from Cassidy's dance class, she keeps it to herself. Cass will never understand. That is, not until Alice shows her that Nikki is just misunderstood, right? Alice juggles both friendships, waiting for the right moment to tell everyone the truth. But then, disaster strikes: Cass's play and Nikki's math competition fall on the same night. Neither girl will ever forgive Alice if she misses their big day... What is Alice supposed to do when her two best friends are total enemies?"--Page [4] of cover.

Murder is bad manners

April 14, 2015
Stevens, Robin, 1988-
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015.
304 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published in the United Kingdom by Corgi in 2014 under title: Murder most unladylike.
At an English boarding school in the 1930s, crime-solving friends Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells struggle to find an exciting mystery to investigate until Hazel discovers the dead body of Miss Bell, the science teacher.

Attack of the ninja potato clones

April 14, 2015
Scroggs, Kirk.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015.
154 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
"In this early chapter book/graphic novel mash-up, fifth grade private eyes Logan and Gustavo use their doodling and detective skills to solve the mystery of a tiny ninja who is stealing their town's supply of potatoes. Over a dozen pages of bonus backmatter are loaded with extra puzzles and doodle activities!"-- Provided by publisher.

Gooseberry Park and the master plan

April 14, 2015
Rylant, Cynthia.
New York : Beach Lane Books, [2015]
109 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm
Stumpy, Murray, Gwendolyn, and Kona recruit Herman the crow and 200 owls to help with their Master Plan to assist the animals of Gooseberry Park that are in trouble because of a months-long drought.

The great escape

April 14, 2015
Dixon, Franklin W, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
95 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
When television wildlife celebrities Jumpin' Jack and his son bring their menagerie to Bayport Elementary, Frank and Joe are on the case for a boa constrictor that goes missing.

The best friend battle

April 13, 2015
Eyre, Lindsay, author.
New York, New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2015.
152 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Nine-year-old Sylvie Scruggs and Miranda Tan have been best friends their whole lives, but Georgie, a new boy in the neighborhood, could change that--and Sylvie will do just about anything to hold on to her friend.

The lost track of time

April 13, 2015
Britt, Paige, author.
306 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Penelope is an imaginative girl, whose every day has been rigidly scheduled by her mother--until one day she falls through a hole in her calendar and lands in the Realm of Possibility, where she discovers that it, too, is stuck in a track of time, and only she can save it.

The Best Bat

April 13, 2015
Howard, Ryan, 1979-
New York : Scholastic Inc., 2015.
100 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

The whisperer

April 13, 2015
McIntosh, Fiona, 1960- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
390 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published by Harper Collins Publishers, Australia, in 2009.
"Two boys with a mysterious connection find a way to save each other"-- Provided by publisher.

Jack : the true story of Jack & the beanstalk

April 13, 2015
Shurtliff, Liesl.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015]
296 pages ; 22 cm
Relates the tale of Jack who, after trading his mother's milk cow for magic beans, climbs a beanstalk to seek his missing father in the land of giants.

Dear Hank Williams

April 13, 2015
Holt, Kimberly Willis, author.
New York : Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
220 pages ; 19 cm
In Rippling Creek, Louisiana, in 1948, eleven-year-old Tate writes letters to her favorite country singer, sharing her dreams of becoming a singer and revealing that her mother is in prison.

The traveling circus

April 13, 2015
Gay, Marie-Louise, author.
Toronto ; Berkeley : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2015.
144 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Horrible Harry and the wedding spies

April 13, 2015
Kline, Suzy.
New York : Viking, published by the Penguin Group, 2015.
69 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"When Harry and his pals in Room 3B aren't invited to their teacher's wedding, they invite themselves, and wind up saving the day"-- Provided by publisher.

Poppy the pirate dog and the missing treasure

April 13, 2015
Kessler, Liz, author.
58 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
It's Mom's birthday, so Tim and Suzy are planning a special pirate show for her. George and Poppy are helping by gathering and watching over the treasures. But then the neighbor's pet tortoise goes missing, and, even worse, so does Dad's birthday present for Mom! To top things off, Poppy hurts herself and has to wear a cone around her neck. What's a pirate dog to do?

The pet and the pendulum

April 10, 2015
McAlpine, Gordon, author.
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2015.
196 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Back in Baltimore, twelve-year-old identical twins Edgar and Allan think they have encountered the ghost of their great-great-great-great granduncle, Edgar Allan Poe, asking them to solve his murder--but really it is their arch-nemesis, Professor Perry, looking for revenge.

Dante of the Maury River

April 10, 2015
Amateau, Gigi, 1964- author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.
306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
When Dante's Inferno is born early on a February night, there are already great expectations for him. He may be the grandson of the greatest racehorse in modern times, but Dante's start proves a rough one, both in life and on the track. When Dante fails as a racehorse, he ends up at a Thoroughbred rescue facility run by rehabilitating prisoners before being adopted as a project horse at the Maury River Stables. It's not easy for Dante to make friends, horse or human, but slowly horses Daisy and Napoleon let him into the fold, and a student named Ashley begins to work with him to learn dressage and jumping in hopes that he'll find redemption as an eventing horse. Can Dante put his fears aside and succeed on the cross-country course? Narrated from Dante's point of view, this is a story that animal lovers will cherish.

Cody and the fountain of happiness

April 10, 2015
Springstubb, Tricia, author.
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2015.
151 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
For whimsical Cody, many things are beautiful, especially ants who say hello by rubbing feelers. But nothing is as beautiful as the first day of summer vacation, and Cody doesn't want to waste one minute of it. Meanwhile, teenage brother Wyatt is moping over a girl, Mom is stressed about her new job as Head of Shoes, Dad is off hauling chairs in his long-distance truck, and even camp has been closed for the summer. What to do? Just when all seems lost, Cody bumps into a neighborhood boy named Spencer who is looking for a runaway cat. With a new friend and a soon-to-be-found cat, Cody is on her way to the fountain of happiness.

Treasure : Ariel's curious kitten

April 10, 2015
Redbank, Tennant, author.
New York : Random House, [2015]
54 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
When Prince Eric plans to sail to the other side of the world, Ariel and her kitten, Treasure, try to come up with a way to go with him.

The life of Ty : friends of a feather

April 9, 2015
Myracle, Lauren, 1969-
New York, New York : Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
137 pages : illustratons ; 22 cm.
Seven-year-old Ty Perry is glad when his best friend, Joseph, returns to school after spending time in a hospital, but does not like that everyone else wants to be Joseph's friend now, and things only get worse when his plan to get a pet for his baby sister fails.

The lost prince

April 9, 2015
Myklusch, Matt, author.
New York, New York : Egmont Publishing, 2015.
389 pages : map ; 22 cm.
When thirteen-year-old Dean Seaborne's latest spy mission for the Pirate King takes him to the mythical island of Zenhala, his life changes as he fights to prove that he is the island's long-lost prince.

Ellie's story : a dog's purpose novel

April 8, 2015
Cameron, W. Bruce, author.
New York : Starscape, 2015.
205 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Trained as a search-and-rescue dog since puppyhood, Ellie can track and find people who are physically lost, but it is her owners, widower Jakob and lonely Maya, who challenge her to find a way to save people who are lost in other ways.

Alien Invasion in My Backyard : [An EMU Club Adventure]

April 7, 2015
Bolling, Ruben.
Kansas City : Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2015.
107 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Emu Club--Exploration, mystery, unbelievable."
My name is Stuart Tennemeier, and I’m the President of the EMU Club (short for Exploration-Mystery-Unbelievable Club). This is my report for our first mission. Did you ever want to start a club with a friend, but you didn’t even know how to find a mystery to solve? Like, how would you even know there was a jewel heist or a haunted shack somewhere in your town? And how could you even begin to investigate it if you did? What if you started a club to solve other kinds of mysteries. Not huge crimes or weird stuff, but everyday mysteries that happen to everyone, like whatever happened to that game controller we lost? There are tons of little mysteries all around us. Sometimes if you look really, really closely at them, you find out some amazing, incredible things. And you just might save the world.

The jungle temple oracle : an unofficial Minecrafter's adventure

April 7, 2015
Cheverton, Mark, author.
x, 225 pages ; 21 cm.
Contains an unpaged excerpt from the next title in the series: Last stand on the ocean shore.
"Gameknight999's true enemy has finally surfaced: Herobrine, an artificially intelligent virus that wants to escape Minecraft and destroy mankind with their own creation--the Internet. If he is able to escape the game and get online, Herobrine will infect millions of computer systems and turn machines and weapons on their masters, threatening all of humanity. After facing Herobrine in battle and nearly dying, Gameknight realizes he's going to need much more help to defeat this seemingly invincible enemy. His NPC friends tell him of the ancient Oracle residing in the oldest jungle temple in Minecraft who knows the secret to defeating this terrible threat. The path to the temple is fraught with danger, with zombies, spiders, and creepers lying in wait behind every tree and bush. Gameknight will enlist the help of his friends on his quest, but will they reach the Oracle in time to stop Herobrine? Gameknight999 will be tested to his limits, and perhaps beyond, in this spine-tingling new adventure."--provided from

The trap

April 6, 2015
Arntson, Steven, 1973- author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
247 pages ; 22 cm
In 1963, when twins Henry and Helen and their best friends Alan and Nicki try to find Alan's missing brother Carl, they stumble into the knowledge of their "subtle forms" that can separate from their physical bodies, and into a criminal's plot to make himself immortal--at any expense.

The hunt for the curious cheese

April 6, 2015
Stilton, Geronimo, author.
194 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Translation of: Lo Strano caso dei formaggi strapuzzoni.
"Plus a bonus mini mystery and cheesy jokes!"--Title page.
A curious case for Geronimo! Rancid ricotta! Something strange was happening in New Mouse City. Rodents were suddenly getting sick with stomachaches, hiccups and weird green warts and it seemed to be related to cheese! We mice eat a lot of cheese, so this was serious. My detective friend Hercule Poirat asked me to help him investigate. Could we solve this mystery and save our city? EXTRA! EXTRA! Read an entire bonus Geronimo Stilton story after the main adventure: The Mouse Hoax Can Geronimo uncover the secret of the famouse paintings? PLUS fun and cheesy jokes!

Mystery in Mayan Mexico

April 6, 2015
Wells, Marcia, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
xvii, 203 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"On vacation in Mexico, Eddie Red and his best friend Jonah must once again rely on Eddie's talent for drawing and his photographic memory to uncover clues to catch a crook when Eddie's father is falsely accused of a crime"-- Provided by publisher.

The evertree

April 3, 2015
Lu, Marie, 1984- author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2015.
188 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have journeyed across Erdas, racing to stop a merciless foe. Now that journey is about to end. They must reach a place forgotten by time and face off against an ancient enemy breaking free from his prison. They have just one chance to stop him -- or the whole world will shatter.

Flurry of the snombies

April 3, 2015
Cummings, Troy, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015]
88 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
It is a very hot summer in Stermont, and Alexander and his friends are at Camp Gloamy in the mountains, but even here there are monsters--specifically zombie snowmen called snombies who want to freeze the young monster-hunters.

The book that proves time travel happens : a novel

April 3, 2015
Clark, Henry, 1952-
New York : Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
401 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Twelve-year-olds Ambrose, Tom, and Frankie are transported to the boys' hometown of Freedom Falls, Ohio, in 1852 when Frankie blows her Romani family's magical trombone, and to return home they will have to use both Morse code and the ancient form of divination known as the I-Ching.

Genuine Sweet

April 3, 2015
Harkey, Faith, author.
Boston : Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
277 pages ; 22 cm
Genuine Sweet, twelve, of tiny, impoverished Sass, Georgia, inherited the ability to grant any wish except her own, but with help from new friends, her life and town are improving until unexpected trouble arrives and Genuine learns the difference between wishing for a better life and building one.

Summer's friendship games

April 3, 2015
Allen, Elise, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
123 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
After secretly becoming friends with Thunderbolt, one of the mischievous Weeds, Summer invites him to her beach party but his brothers tag along, ruining the party, and the two teams of magical siblings decide to settle their disagreements with a competition, judged by Mother Nature and Bluster Tempest.

The black reckoning

April 3, 2015
Stephens, John, 1972- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015]
424 pages ; 22 cm.
"In the final book of the Books of beginning trilogy, Kate and Michael must help the magical world prepare for the final war against the Dire Magnus, while Emma must travel to find the final book--the Book of the Dead"-- Provided by publisher.

Archie's alien disguise

April 3, 2015
Mass, Wendy, 1967- author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
116 pages : illustrations ;c20 cm.
"Eight-year-old Archie Morningstar, his father, and the talking cat Pockets travel to a planet that closely resembles medieval Earth in order to rescue a princess from the clutches of the intergalactic criminal organization B.U.R.P"-- Provided by publisher.

The Loch Ness punster

April 3, 2015
Klise, Kate.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
130 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Twelve-year-old Seymour Hope and his ghostly "mother" Olive go to Scotland to claim a castle inherited from Ignatius Grumply's punster uncle, Ian, but while they tend an aged tortoise and face an unscrupulous developer, Iggie deals with Ian's ghost and an inept insurance agent.

The year of the three sisters : n Anna Wong novel

April 3, 2015
Cheng, Andrea, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
x, 147 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Sequel to: The year of the fortune cookie.
Twelve-year-old Anna's friend Andee spearheads a campaign to bring Fan from China to Cincinnati on a year-long cultural exchange, but before Fan even arrives Anna's concerned that Andee and Fan are too different to get along.

My life as a gamer

April 3, 2015
Tashjian, Janet, author.
New York : Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
250 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Christy Ottaviano books"
Derek Fallon gets the chance of a lifetime when he is asked to test software for new video games, but he soon discovers that his dream job isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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