New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

May 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Penderwicks at last

May 18, 2018
Birdsall, Jeanne, author.
294 pages ; 22 cm
The Penderwick family return to Arundel for Rosalind's wedding, but Lydia, who has only heard stories of the grand estate, is eager to explore the place where her older siblings had endless adventures.

Clara Voyant

May 18, 2018
Delaney, Rachelle, author.
213 pages ; 22 cm
"Clara can't believe her no-nonsense grandmother has just up and moved to Florida, leaving Clara and her mother on their own for the first time. This means her mother can finally "follow her bliss," which involves moving to a tiny apartment in Kensington Market, working at a herbal remedy shop and trying to develop her so-called mystical powers. Clara tries to make the best of a bad situation by joining the newspaper staff at her new middle school, where she can sharpen her investigative journalistic skills and tell the kind of hard-news stories her grandmother appreciated. But the editor relegates her to boring news stories and worse ... the horoscopes. Worse yet, her horoscopes come true, and soon everyone at school is talking about Clara Voyant, the talented fortune-teller. Clara is horrified--horoscopes and clairvoyance aren't real, she insists, just like her grandmother always told her. But when a mystery unfolds at school, she finds herself in a strange situation: having an opportunity to prove herself as an investigative journalist ... with the help of her own mystical powers."--Inside jacket flap.

Polly Diamond and the magic book

May 18, 2018
Kuipers, Alice, 1979- author.
104 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Polly loves words, writing, and telling stories, so when she finds a fancy book on her doorstep labeled "Special Delivery from the Writing and Spelling Department for Polly Diamond" she is thrilled; and when she finds that anything she writes in it actually happens she is really excited--but Polly soon realizes that she has to be very careful what she writes because that kind of power can be dangerous.

Skeleton Creek the phantom room

May 18, 2018
Carman, Patrick, author.
169 pages ; 23 cm.
"Read the book. Watch the videos. Uncover the mystery."--Cover.
Experience the world of Skeleton Creek through Ryan's journal and all new online videos. Ryan and Sarah have lived in Skeleton Creek all their lives, uncovering ghostly mysteries no one else can figure out. But when their investigations lead to the Skeleton Creek cemetery and a haunted room, they discover a chilling secret even they're not ready for. Nothing could prepare them for what they found in the Phantom Room.

Skeleton Creek is real

May 18, 2018
Carman, Patrick, author.
[Walla Walla, WA] : Published by PC Studio, Inc., [2014]
132 pages ; 23 cm.
Work self-published by author under his PC Studio, Inc. company using CreateSpace.
"The shocking truth revealed"--Cover.
"Is Skeleton Creek Real? If you're one of the millions who have read the Skeleton Creek series of books, then you might have heard the urban legend surrounding the story. One person claims to have evidence that proves Skeleton Creek is anything but fiction. He says he's discovered files and information that no one else has, and it all points to a very disturbing possibility: Skeleton Creek used real videos of terrifying experiences and they're passing them off as fiction. Discover the truth for yourself."--Back cover.

Jupiter Storm

May 18, 2018
Dumas, Marti, author.
New Orleans, LA. : Plum Street Press, [2017]
194 pages ; 23 cm
10-year-old Jackie excels at being in charge. Her skills keep everything from gardens to five unruly brothers in line. So, when a curious chrysalis appears in Jackie's front yard, she naturally decides to take charge of it. The creature that emerges is not like anything Jackie has ever seen, and she soon realizes that she must protect it at all costs, even from her own family. Dumas's classic story-telling style is perfect for fans of Catherynne Valente, Gail Carson Levine. Kate DiCamillo, and the like, and the smart, female main character who loves who loves science and takes charge of her life, makes it a must-read. Ages 9-12.

A dark descent

May 17, 2018
Fiedler, Lisa, author.
357 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"After the defeat of one Wicked, the other Witches of Oz are ready for vengeance"--Provided by publisher.

Lost in the jungle

May 17, 2018
Nye, Bill, author.
272 pages : illustrations; 22 cm.
"Dr. Hank Witherspoon has disappeared. When Jack and his genius siblings, Ava and Matt, find Hank's lab ransacked, they uncover clues pointing them to Brazil--but many questions remain. Why was Hank studying dangerous electric eels? And who is trying to steal his inventions? Their investigation leads them to a soccer prodigy, his savvy sister, a business tycoon who zips around on motorized boots, and a strangely incompetent riverboat captain. In the depths of the Amazon rain forest, the three siblings and their new friends must overcome deadly piranhas, stealthy jaguars, and the dreaded "Trail of Pain" to save Hank ... and make it out alive."--Back cover.

The thirteenth knight

May 17, 2018
Quinn, Jordan, author.
New York : Little Simon, 2018.
117 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Clara, Tublock, and many others compete to become one of the ultimate defenders of the Kingdom of Wrenly, a member of the elite Knight Spires.

Whooooo done it?

May 17, 2018
Jacobs, Paul DuBois, author.
92 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
There are spooky shadows, creepy crawling critters, and spine chilling sounds all around the Animal Inn! Could it be haunted? The animals are in for a fur-raising adventure!

A fairy's courage

May 17, 2018
Clarke, E. J., author.
New York : Aladdin, 2018.
192 pages ; 22 cm.
When her mother is kidnapped by evil fairy Vulpes and his army of foxes, Rowan, her fairy friends, and a tiger from the London Zoo set out to save her and the fairy realms.

Scarlet ibis

May 17, 2018
Lewis, Gill, author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018.
273 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy book."
"When a fire leaves twelve-year-old Scarlet in a different foster home than her autistic little brother, she does everything she can to find her way back to him--even if it means sacrificing a better life for herself"-- Provided by publisher.

The memory of forgotten things

May 16, 2018
Zhang, Kat, 1991- author.
New York : Aladdin, 2018.
278 pages ; 22 cm
"Twelve-year-old Sophia has never told anyone about her unusual memories--snapshots of a past that never happened. She becomes convinced that the upcoming solar eclipse will grant her the opportunity to make her alternate life come true, to enter a world where her mother never died. With the help of two misfit boys, she must figure out a way to bring her mother back to her--before the opportunity is lost forever"-- Provided by publisher.

Double cross

May 16, 2018
Mowry, Tia, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ®2018.
202 pages ; 22 cm.
"In this fourth and final book, tween twins Cassie and Caitlyn Waters are excited to be returning to their hometown, San Antonio, on a class trip. But as they reach their destination, trouble finds them as quickly as a vision, and one of their friends soon disappears. Using their Sight and their street smarts to try and save the day, the twins also begin to see things they didn't expect--a man in captivity who looks exactly like their father's pictures. Could he really be alive? And can they use the clues they see to save him before it's too late?"

MVP Summer

May 16, 2018
Palmer, Iva-Marie, author.
286 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Everyone's favorite pitcher Gabby Garcia is back and better than ever in the second installment of this laugh-out-loud illustrated middle grade series full of doodles, sports trivia, and home-run humor! Summer is here, and pitching phenom Gabby Garcia has another hot streak all planned out! After she's invited to join an elite baseball league and asked out by her crush, it seems like Gabby is bound to achieve her MVP dreams. But life loves throwing Gabby curveballs. And when her BFF Diego returns from Costa Rica with a totally oddball new hobby, it feels like their once solid friendship is suddenly biting the dust. Thank goodness Gabby has her playbook!

Super dorks

May 16, 2018
Vrabel, Beth, author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]
294 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Camp dork.
Inspired by a new teacher and Sam's act of heroism, fifth-grader Lucy tries to find her own inner superhero.

Al Capone throws me a curve

May 15, 2018
Choldenko, Gennifer, 1957- author.
226 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Al Capone does my homework.
Moose has his hands full during the summer of 1936 watching his autistic sister, Natalie, and the warden's daughter, Piper, and trying to get on a baseball team by proving he knows Al Capone.

Blink and you die

May 15, 2018
Child, Lauren, author, illustrator.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.
512 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
First published in Great Britain by HarperCollins Children's Books.
"Ruby Redfort, genius code breaker and undercover agent, believes the choice is clear: death or glory. In a satisfying series finale, surprises are in store and Spectrum's backstory comes to light as fans bid good-bye to Ruby Redfort, every smart kid's smart kid" --Provided by publisher.


May 15, 2018
Van Waes, Mike, author.
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.
320 pages ; 22 cm
"Steven (Slim) Pickings is on the edge of a breakdown--but then, it always feels like Slim is teetering on the edge of something. The difference this time is that something's caused Slim's worries to come alive! He's set loose a bunch of annoying, pesky, outrageously contagious creatures--and they're infecting everyone they meet and massing to take over the town! Now Slim and the rest of the town are trailed by the things that annoy them most. Noisy Peeve, Lazy Peeve, Asking Peeve--they all stick with Slim at all times and left untreated, they're quickly getting worse and way, way more destructive. To stop them, Slim will have to do more than just team up with his family and friends--he'll have to face his fears, literally!"

Amal unbound

May 15, 2018
Saeed, Aisha, author.
226 pages ; 22 cm
"Twelve-year-old Amal's dream of becoming a teacher one day is dashed in an instant when she accidentally insults a member of her Pakistani village's ruling family. As punishment for her behavior, she is forced to leave her heartbroken family behind and go work at their estate. Amal is distraught but has faced setbacks before. So she summons her courage and begins navigating the complex rules of life as a servant, with all its attendant jealousies and pecking-order woes. Most troubling, though, is Amal's increasing awareness of the deadly measures the Khan family will go to in order to stay in control. It's clear that their hold over her village will never loosen as long as everyone is too afraid to challenge them--so if Amal is to have any chance of ensuring her loved ones' safety and winning back her freedom, she must find a way to work with the other servants to make it happen."--Inside dust jacket.

Scout : national hero

May 14, 2018
Shotz, Jennifer Li, author.
New York, NY : Harper, [2018]
219 pages ; 22 cm
"Scout, once a stray puppy with a troubled past, has grown into one of the best search-and-rescue dogs in Mississippi. And now he's ready for bigger and better things: Scout is joining the National Guard. But Scout's new life as a K9 recruit is far from easy as he adjusts to his challenging training and a brand-new family. Twelve-year-old Matt is determined to help Scout feel at home in Nevada, but when a terrifying flash flood hits town, the pair must save the day and prove their worth. As Scout and Matt team up to survive treacherous rising water, lead victims to safety, and attempt to rescue Matt's sister, they quickly learn that bravery is just the first ingredient in the making of a hero. Does the duo have what it takes to protect their town from the fallout of this devastating disaster?" -- Publishers description.

Marge in charge and the stolen treasure

May 11, 2018
Fisher, Isla, 1976- author.
166 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Why follow the rules when you can invent your own?" -- Cover.
"Originally published in the U.K. by Piccadilly Press under the title Marge and the pirate baby."--Title page verso.
Marge the pirate nanny -- Marge and the stolen treasure -- Marge and the wacky wedding.
Meet Marge, the mischievous babysitter with rainbow hair who loves to make a mess and bend the rules ... At dinnertime Chef Marge cooks up chocolate soup, and at school Marge the Musician conducts a chaotic concert in the playground! In these three stories, Jake and Jemima have brilliant fun with their new babysitter, but will they manage to tick off all the jobs on Mummy's list?

The key to every thing

May 11, 2018
Schmatz, Pat, author.
198 pages ; 22 cm
"Tash doesn't want to go to camp, doesn't want to spend the summer with a bunch of strangers, doesn't want to be separated from the only two people she has ever been able to count on: her uncle Kevin, who saved her from foster care, and Cap'n Jackie, who lives next door. Camp turns out to be pretty fun, actually, but when Tash returns home, Cap'n Jackie is gone. And Tash needs her -- the made-up stories of dolphin-dragons, the warm cookies that make everything all right after a fight, the key Cap'n Jackie insists has magic in it. The Captain has always said that all Tash has to do is hold it tight and the magic will come. Is it true? And can the key bring Cap'n Jackie back?"--from Jacket.

The adventures of Alfie Onion

May 11, 2018
French, Vivian, author.
188 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
When Magnifico Onion sets off to make his family's fortune, his brother Alfie tags along to carry Magnifico's luggage. But when it turns out Magnifico isn't half the hero he's cracked up to be, it falls to Alfie to save the day with a little help from his loyal dog, a talking horse, and a couple of meddling magpies.

The cherry pie princess

May 11, 2018
French, Vivian, author.
170 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"It's not much fun being a princess: you have to be prim, proper and obedient. Princess Peony lives in a world full of magical creatures--hags, trolls, giants and fairy godmothers-- but her father's strict rules leave her feeling bored and lonely. She wants to learn how to do things, and cooking's at the top of her list. But when Peony borrows a recipe book from the public library, the king has the old librarian who tried to help her arrested for 'speaking out of turn'. Can Peony stand up to her father and make things right?"-- Provided by publisher.

The hall monitors are fired!

May 10, 2018
Chabert, Jack, author.
New York : Branches/Scholastic Inc., 2018.
90 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Sam Graves and his friends Lucy and Antonio have used their positions as hall monitors to thwart Orson Eerie's attacks on the students of Eerie Elementary--but now Orson is determined to get them fired before his next attack, planned for the annual Kickball Showdown.

The cure for cold feet : a novel in small moments

May 10, 2018
Ain, Beth Levine, author.
212 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Izzy Kline has butterflies.
Now in sixth grade, Izzy continues to face the ups and downs of everyday life in middle school including dances, her brother's increasing distance, and her father's serious relationship.--Provided by Publisher.

Tiny infinities

May 10, 2018
Diehl, Jean Heilprin, author.
San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books, [2018]
344 pages ; 22 cm
Angry that her father has left, twelve-year-old Alice swears that she will live in her family's old Renaissance tent until he agrees to return; but after she meets her mute four-year-old neighbor Piper she finds herself becoming involved in the child's life--and when she hears the little girl speak a word for the first time in years she sets out to prove to Piper's parents that the dismal diagnosis they received for their daughter may be all wrong.

The Bolds on vacation

May 9, 2018
Clary, Julian, author.
310 pages ; 21 cm.
First published in 2017 by Andersen Press Limited.
The Bolds, a family of hyenas masquerading as humans, have problems during a camping vacation at the beach, including stopping a dognapper.

Captain Awesome for president

May 9, 2018
Kirby, Stan, author.
New York : Little Simon, 2018.
117 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Eugene runs for second-grade class president against Meredith Mooney, but must find a way to prove he is best for the job without revealing either of their secret identities.--Provided by Publisher.

Too many cats!

May 9, 2018
Scott, Lisa Ann, author.
New York : Scholastic Inc, [2018]
118 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Brooke saves a fairy from her cat and is granted seven wishes, but soon realizes that it is possible to have too much of a good thing.


May 9, 2018
Korman, Gordon, author.
231 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Cooper Vega and his military family has moved so often that he is used to new schoolmates not knowing his name, but at the moment he has a bigger problem--his new phone is haunted by the ghost of Roderick Northrop, a boy from the sixteenth-century, who needs his help to finish a quest, which is somehow tied up in the Stratford Middle School production of Romeo and Juliet.

Yael and the party of the year

May 9, 2018
Lane, Tamsin, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Canada, 2018.
160 pages ; 20 cm.
Yael is dreadin her bat mitzvah. Her loving but clueless mother insists on throwing an epic birthday extravaganza, even though Yael hates the spotlight. Despite herself, Yael grows more excited, especially when her crush, Cam, accepts the invitation. Then she meets Gabriel, the emcee's son, whose chill attitude makes her rethink the party plans. Thank goodness her old friend Eli will be there to keep her steady, even though he's returned from camp a little bit different. Will Yael's party be the best ... or a bust? Yes? NO? Maybe so!

Our principal is a frog!

May 9, 2018
Calmenson, Stephanie, author.
46 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
After the principal of P.S. 88 is turned into a frog by a bumbling magician, the frog bargains for the chance to act as principal until Mr. Bundy returns from his "family emergency."

Roxie and the hooligans at Buzzard's Roost

May 9, 2018
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds, author.
188 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book."
The Hooligans sneak along when Roxie Warbler goes on a beach vacation with her beloved Uncle Dangerfoot, and soon they uncover the secret invention he has been hiding from his nemesis, Alfred Applejack.--Provided by publisher.

Royal sweets : a royal rescue

May 9, 2018
Perelman, Helen, author.
New York : Aladdin Quix, 2016.
69 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"1"--On spine.
"Princess Mini is worried about starting a new school and making new friends--even with a little troll named Gobo by her side. It's not always easy being a princess! Will she come to learn that her new school and new friends could lead to more adventures than she could possibly imagine?" -- Provided by Amazon.

Spindrift and the orchid

May 9, 2018
Trevayne, Emma, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2018]
245 pages ; 22 cm.
After their death, Spindrift's parents leave behind one keepsake--a glass orb containing a magical orchid that has the power to make all her wishes come true, but the allure of this extraordinary orchid puts Spindrift's life in danger, leaving her to wonder whether a wish is just a curse in disguise.

The inventors at no. 8

May 9, 2018
Morgen, A. M., author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
341 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Twelve-year-olds George, the very unlucky third Lord of Devonshire, and his neighbor, scientist Ada Byron, join forces against a nefarious group of criminals who steal the map to a priceless family heirloom.--Provided by Publisher.

Power forward

May 9, 2018
Khan, Hena, author.
New York : Salaam Reads, [2018]
126 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes excerpt from On Point, the next book in the series.
Fourth-grader Zayd yearns to play basketball on the Gold Team, but when he skips orchestra rehearsal to practice, his parents forbid anything basketball-related, and tryouts are coming soon.

Amelia Bedelia digs in

May 8, 2018
Parish, Herman, author.
143 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
After discovering a clue from an old pirate captain, Amelia Bedelia digs for buried treasure.

The magical mix-up

May 8, 2018
King, Zach, author.
173 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
When Zach's plan to ask Rachel, his crush, to a school dance is thwarted by a newcomer's plan to embarrass her and ruin her chances of becoming class president, he tries to recover his powers and stop the plot.

The moon is up

May 8, 2018
Tamaki, Mariko, author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2018.
183 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin--Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley--love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen . . . and go on supernatural adventures. That last one? A pretty normal occurrence at Miss Qiunzella's, where the woods contain endless mysteries. As the camp gears up for the big Galaxy Wars competition, Jo and the gang get some help from an unexpected visitor--a Moon Pirate! Book Two will focus on Jo, the ingenious inventor of the group who also happens to be trans"-- Provided by publisher.

The nerdiest, wimpiest, dorkiest I funny ever

May 8, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
311 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"JIMMY Patterson Books."
Comedian Jamie Grimm, accompanied by Uncle Frank, New Aunt Flora, and friends, circles the globe as host of regional competitions, then competes, himself, in the Planet's Funniest Kid Worldwide contest.--Provided by Publisher.

The skeleton secret

May 8, 2018
Morgan, Winter, author.
97 pages ; 21 cm.
Edison is eager to take a break from the mysteries that have plagued him to focus on the upcoming alchemist competition, but preparation is interrupted when skeletons invade his hometown. After a week of constant attacks, the Mayor calls a meeting to investigate. Local farmer Carlo captivates the group with the story of a secret Skeleton spawner and a master villain who is behind the attacks, but vanishes before the townsfolk can learn more.

Across the dark water

May 8, 2018
Alvarez, Jennifer Lynn, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
417 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Believing they have tamed all the wild winged horses, stable groom Rahkki and his Sandwen clanmates are stunned when a wild herd flies over their village, but this herd has crossed the ocean hoping to settle in a free land, unaware of the Sandwens.

The half-court hero

May 8, 2018
Lupica, Mike, author.
78 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Someone is secretly renovating the basketball court at the local park, and Zach and Zoe are determined to find out who"--Provided by publisher.

The missing baseball

May 8, 2018
Lupica, Mike, author.
New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2018]
70 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Eight-year-old twins Zach and Zoe follow clues to find Zach's missing baseball, signed by his favorite major league player, while competing in Spirit Week events at school.


May 8, 2018
Rylant, Cynthia, author.
149 pages ; 20 cm
In 1972, Flora Smallwood, nine, copes with her parents' separation with the help of her friends, Yury and Nessie, a new pet, and the familiar routines of life in Rosetown, Indiana.

Running on the roof of the world

May 8, 2018
Butterworth, Jess, author.
232 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published in Great Britain in 2017 by Hodder and Stoughton.
After her parents are arrested by Chinese soldiers because of their religious beliefs, twelve-year-old Tash and her best friend Sam travel from their home in Tibet across the Himalayas to India in order to seek the help of the Dalai Lama.

Tara takes the stage

May 8, 2018
Lane, Tamsin, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Canada, 2018.
151 pages ; 20 cm.
When a local theater announces a casting call for "The Wizard of Oz," Tara is determined to win the role of Dorothy, in a book where the reader chooses the main character's path.

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