New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

April 16, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A friend in need

April 15, 2014
Warner, Dave, 1953-
North Sydney, N.S.W. : Random House, 2008.
240 p. ; 20 cm.
When Charlotte returns from an academy , she discovers that Leila has been sold to a disreputable showman. She has to get Leila back, and it will take all her courage and brains as well as help from new recruit Hannah to rescue her best friend.

Poached

April 14, 2014
Gibbs, Stuart, 1969-
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2014]
329 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Teddy Fitzroy is the prime suspect when FunJungle's newly-acquired koala goes missing, thanks to a prank staged by middle school bully Vance Jessup.

Lulu's mysterious mission

April 14, 2014
Viorst, Judith.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2014]
182 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
When Lulu's parents go on vacation, the formidable Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky comes to babysit and Lulu behaves as badly as possible to get her to leave until Ms. Solinsky reveals her secret.

The Chicken Squad

April 14, 2014
Cronin, Doreen.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2014]
92 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy, and Sugar might be chicks, but they sure aren't chicken. They're the Chicken Squad, and it's up to them to figure out what Tail, the not-so-brave squirrel, is so afraid of. When he describes it as BIG and Scary, that doesn't give much insight as to what is lurking beyond the coop. Can our fecklees, fluffy heroes defeat something that could very well be -- gulp -- from out of this world?

Fly away

April 14, 2014
MacLachlan, Patricia, author.
©2014
108 pages ; 22 cm
While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows.

Alien encounter

April 14, 2014
Harper, Charise Mericle, author, illustrator.
New York : Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
203 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Nine-year-old Morgan of the Pacific Northwest is fascinated with aliens and the sasquatch, but his real adventures begin when he meets Lewis, whose parents just bought a motel named the Sasquatch Inn.

Transformers : ultimate storybook collection.

April 14, 2014
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
182 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"8 books in 1!"--Cover.
Sam's new car -- Optimus Prime versus Megatron -- When robots attack! -- Operation Autobot -- Autobots versus Decepticons -- Bumblebee's best friend -- Prime target -- Satellite meltdown.
This collection of stories, based on the Transformers movies, includes the adventures of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and others.

The amazing Spider-Man 2 : the Oscorp files

April 14, 2014
Candau, Brittany, author.
©2014
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, 27 cm
"Based on the screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinker. Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. Directed by Marc Webb."

Stella and the hunt for the jade egg

April 14, 2014
Peltoniemi, Sari, author.
San Rafael, CA : Insight Kids, 2014.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"Join Stella and friends on a daring adventure! When the jade egg from Matilda's powerful necklace goes missing, it's up to Stella to rescue it from the Bad Piggies' grasp!"-- Page 4 of cover.

Rarity and the curious case of Charity

April 11, 2014
Berrow, G. M.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
146 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm.
Includes detachable, folded 'standee' model of Rarity, affixed in front of page 3 of cover.
"Rarity is excited to welcome her new apprentice, Charity, to Ponyville. Rarity is sure that the two of them will become best friends, bonding over their love of fashion and glamour. But after Charity dyes her mane and tail to look more like her mentor, and begins to copy the fashionista's every move, Rarity realizes this pony is a problem!"-- Provided by publisher.

Jasmine and Maddie

April 11, 2014
Pakkala, Christine, author.
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Boyds Mills Press, an imprint of Highlights, [2014]
203 pages ; 22 cm
To grieving Jasmine, Maddie's a rich kid with no problems. To lonely Maddie, Jasmine is all cavalier cool in their tame Connecticut town. True friends they are not. Yet each hopes the other might save her. Can Maddie give Jasmine what she needs? Could Jasmine rescue Maddie from the outskirts of the crowd? When Jasmine steals Maddie's heirloom ring, just how far will she go to keep it? In alternating chapters, Maddie and Jasmine take turns weaving their story about friendship and coming of age.

Rainbow rocks

April 11, 2014
Finn, Perdita, author.
New York : Little, Brown, and Company, 2014.
168 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Based on My little pony, Equestria girls, motion picture.
"Back in Equestria, Twilight Sparkle listens to the music of springtime...she lets the sounds take her away on a rock'n' roll daydream....DJ Pon-3 suggests the girls start a band in time for the Spring Fling."--Back cover.

Amazing spider-man 2

April 11, 2014
Candau, Brittany.
New York : Marvel, 2014
135 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 20 cm.
Based on the screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner ; Produced by Avi Arad & Matt Tolmach ; Directed by Marc Webb.
"The junior novel"--Cover, p. 2.
Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.

Welcome to Dog Beach

April 11, 2014
Greenwald, Lisa.
New York : Amulet Books, [2014]
260 pages ; 22 cm
"The Seagate summers series"--Jacket.
Twelve-year-old Remy loves the traditions of Sea Gate, the island where her family spends every summer vacation, but after her grandmother and a special dog die, and her relationship with best friends Bennett and Micayla changes, Remy takes comfort in the company of the Dog Beach--where she hatches a plan to bring her friends closer and recapture the Sea Gate magic.

Turtle terror

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966- author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
104 pages : illustrations, 20 cm.
"Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2012."
While on vacation with their parents in Cornwall, twins Danny and Josh follow clues to another marble but find themselves trapped by the tide on a rocky island and the only way back is to use some pilfered REPTOSWITCH.

Newt nemesis

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966- author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
85 pages : illustrations, 20 cm
"Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2011."
At summer camp, twins Josh and Danny and their new friend, Charlie, still have frog's legs from when "camp counselor" Petty Potts sprayed them with her new AMPHISWITCH, but a second attempt to restore them turns them into newts, instead.

Lizard loopy

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966-
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
104 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2011."
An intruder at mad scientist's Petty Potts' house interrupts her latest experiment, trying REPTOSWITCH on twins Josh and Danny, and when they return home they find a package that sends them on a mysterious quest.

Gecko gladiator

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966-
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
104 pages : illustrations, 20 cm.
"Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2012."
Twins Danny and Josh reveal to neighbor Petty Potts that they have been on a quest to find marbles containing secret code and soon find themselves--as geckos--in her new secret laboratory within the very pink Princessland.

Frog freakout

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966- author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
88 pages : illustrations, 20 cm.
"Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2011."
Twins Danny and Josh are having a miserable time at camp when mad scientist Petty Potts arrives, armed with her new AMPHISWITCH formula, just in time to get another camper out of trouble.

Chameleon chaos

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966- author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
112 pages : illustrations, 20 cm.
"Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2012."
Twins Josh and Danny continue following clues leading them to marbles filled with scientific code, despite the fact that mad scientist Petty Potts' REPTOSWITCH formula is having some very strange side-effects.

Anaconda adventure

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966-
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
109 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2011."
At the zoo, twins Josh and Danny willingly try out Petty Pott's new REPTOSWITCH formula and enjoy being snakes until they are spotted by a group of girls on a field trip, including their camp friend, Charlie.

Alligator action

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966-
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
112 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2012.
When Petty Potts disappears, twins Danny and Josh search her secret laboratory and house, where they find an irresistible bottle of S.W.I.T.C.H. spray, and later they find themselves on a live television talk show.

Crazy horse : brave warrior

April 10, 2014
Hood, Ann, 1956-
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c2013.
178 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
"The time-travelling adventures of the Robbins twins."
"Felix and Maisie re-enter The Treasure Chest and suddenly find themselves in the midst of a Lakota village. While exploring they meet a young man, soon to be known as Crazy Horse--and embark on an adventure that includes fascinating vision quests and exciting battles"-- Provided by publisher.

Alexander Hamilton : Little lion

April 10, 2014
Hood, Ann, 1956-
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 2012.
197 p. ; 20 cm.
An old coin in The Treasure Chest transports twins Felix and Maisie to the island of St. Croix in 1772, where they meet seventeen-year-old Alexander Hamilton who is about to embark on a journey to New York.

Pearl Buck : Jewel of the East

April 10, 2014
Hood, Ann, 1956-
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c2012.
183 p. ; 20 cm.
"When Felix gets a crush on his friend Lily, who was adopted from China as a baby, he decides to try to take her back in time to learn more about China. After being caught by Maisie, the twins find themselves transported to a small village on the Yangtze River, leaving Lily behind in the present. In China, the twins meet Pearl Buck in the days just before the Boxer Rebellion. With bandits chasing them, they flee to safety in Shanghai. The twins return home to find their father and their Great Uncle Thorne at home and the Pickworth Family mystery deepens"-- Provided by publisher.

Harry Houdini : Prince of Air

April 10, 2014
Hood, Ann, 1956-
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c2012.
185 p. ; 20 cm.
Twins Felix and Maisie, along with their Great-Aunt Maisie and Great-Uncle Thorne, are transported back in time to Coney Island where they meet a young Harry Houdini.

Piggy Island heroes : it's raining pigs!

April 10, 2014
Spink, Les, author.
San Rafael, California : Insight Editions, [2014]
85 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
What happens when the wacky King Pig decides he wants the new weathervane on Professor Pig's roof for himself? Or when Chef Pig desperately needs to find something that looks like an egg for the King's birthday? And exactly what goes on in the mines of the city when the sun sets and darkness creeps in?

The summer experiment

April 10, 2014
Pelletier, Cathie, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, [2014]
vi, 280 pages ; 19 cm
"A boring summer vacation turns unexpectedly interesting when mysterious lights appear over Roberta's hometown in northern Maine. Roberta is convinced she and her best friend Marillee can win the Maine State Science Fair if only they can find an amazing project to showcase. Communicating with aliens would certainly do the trick"-- Provided by publisher.

Camp Cannibal

April 10, 2014
Chapman, Clay McLeod.
©2014.
311 pages ; 22 cm.
Spencer Pendleton wants to make a fresh start when his father sends him to Camp New Leaf but the Tribe is there, planning to put down roots, and Spencer must stop them before someone is seriously hurt--or worse.

Best friends : (until someone better comes along)

April 10, 2014
Downing, Erin, author.
New York : Aladdin Mix, 2014.
234 pages ; 20 cm
"Izzy is used to being queen bee-- but will she ditch her mean girl status for a chance at true friendship? Isabella Caravella is dreading summer. She doesn't want to spend a month at a lakeside resort with her parents and the families of her dad's coworkers, especially when she discovers that two of the kids go to her school. She thinks Bailey and Ava are beyond weird-- and they're not exactly thrilled to see Izzy, either. Izzy has been their tormentor, the leader of the pack of girls who made their first year of middle school so unpleasant. Once Izzy discovers that the other kids have been spending their summers together for years and she's the outsider, she realizes she's going to have to change her bossy, stubborn ways if she wants to fit in. Bailey and Ava turn out to be kind and welcoming, and Izzy actually wishes she were more like them. Back home, Izzy knows that things are probably going to be different. Ava and Bailey were great summer friends but..."-- Provided by publisher

Love bites

April 10, 2014
Mercer, Sienna.
London : Egmont, 2011.
243 p. ; 20 cm.
The twins are Transylvania, to meet their vampire family. Olivia is nervous, but a smooth-talking boy is immediately taken with her. Ivy can't believe it-- it's nearly Valentine's Day and her twin is spending time with a vampire prince!

Curiosity

April 9, 2014
Blackwood, Gary L.
New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
313 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In 1835, when his father's put in a Philadelphia debtor's prison, 12-year-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton named The Turk, but soon questions the fate of his predecessors and his own safety.

West of the moon

April 9, 2014
Preus, Margi, author.
New York : Amulet Books, [2014]
213 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In nineteenth-century Norway, fourteen-year-old Astri, whose aunt has sold her to a mean goatherder, dreams of joining her father in America.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang over the moon

April 9, 2014
Cottrell Boyce, Frank, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
291 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Based on characters created by Ian Fleming in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang : the magical car, originally published in 1964.
The Tootings are struggling to find and collaborate with Chitty's builders, the Potts family, when a fiendish criminal kidnaps Little Harry and steals the magical car.

Friendship forever

April 9, 2014
Bentley, Sue, 1951-
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2013].
110 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"First printed in Great Britain in 2009 by Penguin Books Ltd."
"After Tyra's house is flooded, she and her family have to stay with friends. Things start to look up when magic puppy Storm appears"-- Provided by publisher.

Seaside mystery

April 9, 2014
Bentley, Sue, 1951-
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2013].
119 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"First printed in Great Britain in 2007 by Penguin Books Ltd."
After moving with her parents to a seaside home, Maisie feels lonely until she rescues a magical kitten and the two become instant friends.

A glittering gallop

April 9, 2014
Bentley, Sue, 1951-
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2013].
119 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"First printed in Great Britain in 2007 by Penguin Books Ltd."
"Zoe is not happy that her mom has sent her away to spend the summer at her grandma's house. She wanted to spend it horseback-riding at home. But when magic calico-colored kitten Flame appears in the orchard behind the house, Zoe's summer begins to gallop by"-- Provided by publisher.

Rabbitmagic

April 9, 2014
Webb, Holly.
New York : Scholastic, 2010, c2009.
123 p. ; 20 cm.
Lottie makes her dachshund, Sophie, jealous by taking an interest in rescuing a rabbit from the non-magical pet shop, resulting in the dog running away; and prepares herself for change after learning her father is still alive.

Traitor in the shipyard : a Caroline mystery

April 9, 2014
Ernst, Kathleen, 1959-
Middleton, WI : American Girl Pub., c2013.
182 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 18 cm.
"American Girl mysteries"--Cover.
Caroline worries that British spies may be lurking in Sackets Harbor, but when strange things start happening at Abbott's Shipyard Caroline wonders if a spy, either someone she has known all her life or Papa's long-lost friend, is responsible.

Charlie Bumpers vs. the really Nice Gnome

April 7, 2014
Harley, Bill, 1954-
Atlanta : Peachtree Publishers, 2014.
155 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Charlie has looked forward to being in the fourth-grade play, but is not at all happy when Mrs. Burke assigns him the role of the Nice Gnome.

Immortal Max

April 7, 2014
Clifton, Lutricia.
New York : Holiday House, [2014]
168 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Sammy's summer is full of complications, but he comes to appreciate what he already has even as he is working toward his long-held dream of owning a purebred puppy.

Painting the rainbow

April 7, 2014
Gordon, Amy, 1949-
New York : Holiday House, [2014]
169 pages : genealogical table ; 22 cm
During Holly and Ivy's annual month-long visit to the family's New Hampshire lake house in 1965, the distance that seems to be growing between the thirteen-year-old cousins fades when they accidentally uncover hints of a family secret dating back to World War II.

Archie takes flight

April 7, 2014
Mass, Wendy, 1967- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2014].
101 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
On "Take Your Kid to Work Day," eight-year-old Archie discovers that his father drives a space taxi that shuttles aliens from one area of the universe to another.

Game over, Pete Watson

April 7, 2014
Schreiber, Joe, 1969- author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
205 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"When videogame obsessed Pete Watson discovers his dad is not only a super-spy but has been kidnapped and is now trapped inside a video game, he has to use his super gaming skills and enter the game to rescue him. And if he succeeds, who will save Pete from his massive crush on Callie Midwood?"-- Provided by publisher.

Claude at the beach

April 7, 2014
Smith, Alex T.
Atlanta, GA : Peachtree Publishers, [2014].
93 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm.
When Claude the dog and his friend, Sir Bobblysock, decide to have a vacation at the beach, Claude rescues a man from a shark, Sir Bobblysock wins a sand sculpting contest, and both go in search of pirate treasure.

Screaming at the ump

April 7, 2014
Vernick, Audrey.
Boston : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
250 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Casey lives with his father and grandfather at their family-run umpire school, and as he deals with middle school and his mother's unwelcome return, he stumbles on a sensational story that has him questioning his dream of becoming a journalist.

Eddie Red undercover : mystery on Museum Mile

April 7, 2014
Wells, Marcia.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
248 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Map on lining papers.
"Sixth grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename "Eddie Red," has a photographic memory and talent for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case"-- Provided by publisher.

The blood guard

April 7, 2014
Roy, Carter.
New York : Two Lions, [2014].
279 pages ; 22 cm
When thirteen-year-old Ronan Truelove's seemingly ordinary mom snatches him from school, then sets off on a high-speed car chase, Ronan is shocked. His quiet, nerdy dad has been kidnapped? And the kidnappers are after him, too? His mom, he quickly learns, is anything but ordinary. In fact, she's a member of an ancient order of knights, the Blood Guard, a sword-wielding secret society sworn to protect the Pure, thirty-six noble souls whose safety is crucial if the world as we know it is to survive. Now all those after-school activities, gymnastics, judo, and survival training, she made him take make sense. For suddenly Ronan is swept up in a sometimes funny, sometimes scary, but always thrilling adventure, dashing from one danger to the next, using his wits to escape the Bend Sinister, a posse of evildoers with strange powers. Falling in with two unlikely companions, Greta, a scrappy, strong-willed girl he's never much liked, and Jack, a devil-may-care teenage pickpocket, Ronan is left with only his wits and his mom's last words of advice: Trust no one.

Wind dancer

April 3, 2014
Platt, Chris, 1959-
Atlanta : Peachtree Publishers, 2014.
126 pages ; 23 cm
Having lost her beloved pony in a traumatic accident, thirteen-year-old Ali is reluctant to help her parents care for a neglected, malnourished Appaloosa but working with Wind Dancer is a good distraction from problems surrounding her brother, who recently returned from Afghanistan with a missing leg and PTSD.

Lords of Trillium

April 2, 2014
Wagner, Hilary, author.
New York : Holiday House, [2014]
xiv, 209 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"The conclusion to the Nightshade Chronicles reveals the secret of the Nightshade rats' unique powers and resolves old rivalries and conflicts"-- Provided by publisher.

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