New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

May 30, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Young Houdini : the Demon Curse

May 29, 2015
Nicholson, Simon (Simon Bennett), 1971-
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2015.
233 pages ; 20 cm.
In 1886, a secret organization dedicated to the overthrow of evil sends young escape artist Harry Houdini and his friends to New Orleans to help a local community of fishermen accused of using voodoo magic to put the city's mayor in a zombified coma.

Lost in the sun

May 28, 2015
Graff, Lisa (Lisa Colleen), 1981- author.
New York, NY : Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
289 pages ; 22 cm
"As Trent Zimmerman struggles to move past a traumatic event that took place several months earlier, he befriends class outcast Fallon Little, who helps him understand that he can move on"-- Provided by publisher.

The girl in the torch

May 28, 2015
Sharenow, Rob, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
284 pages ; 22 cm
After her father is killed in a pogrom, twelve-year-old Sarah and her mother immigrate to America--but when her mother dies before they get through Ellis Island, and the authorities want to send her back to the old country, Sarah hides in the torch of the Statue of Liberty.

Billy Sure, kid entrepreneur

May 28, 2015
Sharpe, Luke, author.
New York ; London Simon Spotlight, 2015.
154 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Famous young inventor Billy Sure is hosting an online contest to help other kid inventors.

Camille's Story, 1910

May 28, 2015
Whitby, Adele, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2015.
139 pages ; 22 cm
"Camille LeClerc has just moved into the grand estate Rousseau--one of the largest and most beautiful manor homes in all of Paris--with her mother, the cook. Living in the manor is a dream come true for Camille and brings her closer to the wealthy Rousseaus, with whom she has always believed she shares a special bond, despite her mother's constant urging to remember her place. Soon Camille is right at home inside the manor, and it's not long before she stumbles upon family treasures that have been hidden away for many years. Treasures that might be the key to unlocking secrets of the manor's past-- and her own" -- provided by publisher.

Claire's Story, 1910

May 28, 2015
Whitby, Adele, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2015.
141 pages ; 22 cm.
"Claire Rousseau has just arrived at Rousseau Manor in Paris, France, from America. Everything is new to her--the sights, the people, the language--and adventurous Claire is loving every minute of exploring her surroundings, especially with her new friend, Camille, who also lives in the manor. But sometimes, Claire can't help but wonder why she was sent to France. There has to be more to the story than what she has been told. With Camille's help, Claire is determined to find out the truth about why she's there. But as Camille has already learned, sometimes trying to unlock the secrets at Rousseau Manor just leads to deeper mysteries" -- provided by publisher.

May the best twin win

May 28, 2015
Payton, Belle, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2015.
143 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes an unpaged excerpt from Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking? at end of work.
"It's Homecoming Week in Ashland! That means a big game, a big dance, and, most importantly, Powder Puff. But when Alex and Ava are placed on different teams for the middle school girls' flag football game, trouble brews. Ava is getting loads of extra attention because of her athletic ability, but this leaves Alex feeling majorly left out. Not one to hide from a little competition, Alex is determined to beat her sister at her own game by becoming her team's secret weapon! But Ava isn't worried about her jealous sister or Powder Puff. Because she has ADHD, she's supposed to get extra time on her tests, but her new substitute science teacher is refusing to give it to her. Ava knows it isn't fair -- but how is she supposed to fix things in her science class and win Powder Puff for her team?"--provided from

Cakes in space

May 28, 2015
Reeve, Philip, author.
209 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
"Originally published by Oxford University Press, in 2014"--Copyright page.
"When ten-year-old Astra and her family move to a new planet, she must save the spaceship and its crew from man-eating cakes, aliens, and more"-- Provided by publisher.

The mummy mystery

May 28, 2015
Widmark, Martin, 1961- author.
New York, New York, USA : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2015.
68 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Translation of: LasseMaja Detektivbyrå Mumiemysteriet.
Original edition published by Bonnier Carlesn Bokförklag, Sweden, 2004.
When a night watchman claims that he saw the mummy at the art museum walking around on the same night a valuable painting was stolen, Jerry and Maya are summoned by the chief of police to get to the bottom of the spooky mystery.

The two-dollar dirt shirt

May 28, 2015
Rex, Michael, author, illustrator.
New York : Random House, [2015]
120 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"A Stepping Stone Book."
"Ricky makes a shirt out of dirt and gets into plenty of trouble--and mess"-- Provided by publisher.

The lizard war

May 28, 2015
Patton, Jack, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015].
123 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Bug Island is under attack! The lizard army is invading and the Battle Bugs are losing. Their only hope against the intruders is a strange creature they've never seen before--a human being named Max. Max doesn't know how he ended up on Bug Island--but he does know the Battle Bugs need his help!

The fog diver

May 28, 2015
Ross, Joel N., 1968- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
328 pages ; 22 cm
"In this futuristic high-stakes adventure, humanity clings to cities on the highest mountain peaks above the deadly Fog, and airships transport the pirates of the skies. Daring 13-year-old tetherboy Chess and his salvage crew must face the dark plans of Lord Kodoc and work to save their beloved Mrs. E"-- Provided by publisher.

The spider siege

May 28, 2015
Patton, Jack, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic, Inc., [2015]
123 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Max must return to Bug Island and help the Battle Bugs defeat General Komodo and his fleet of fearsome horned lizards.

Rabbid of the sea

May 28, 2015
Evans, Cordelia, author.
[40] pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
The Rabbids wreak havoc at the beach, where they stir up chaos by modelling starfish and making a hat out of an angry octopus.

Where's Pumpkin?

May 28, 2015
Orlando, Nancy, 1934- author.
iv, 61 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"In this story, Nancy Orlando, a huge fan of the SPCA and animal rescue, tells the imaginative tale of how the Shih Tzu dog she rescued, Pumpkin, fell into the loving arms of the Cincinnati SCPA."--Back cover.

Catie Conrad : how to become the most UNpopular girl in middle school

May 27, 2015
Spady, Angela, author.
297 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Catie Conrad, fashionista extraordinaire, is back along with best friend Sophie, her brother the "Germ," and of course Miranda Maroni, her least favorite person on earth. Luckily things get put into perspective as Catie Conrad finds that with faith in God, all things are possible." -- Summary from website

Billy Sure, kid entrepreneur and the stink spectacular

May 26, 2015
Sharpe, Luke, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2015.
155 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"2"-- on spine.
Billy Sure is many things: CEO of Sure Things, Inc., a seventh grader, a sleepwalker...and now he is a spy! After finding out that he's been exchanging e-mails with a corporate spy from a rival company, Billy enlists the help of his mom and his best friend (and CFO), Manny, to set a trap to catch the shady e-mail imposter. Meanwhile, Billy and Manny are at odds about what invention their company should release next. Can Billy save his company from sabotage and come up with the Next Big Thing for Sure Things, Inc... while surviving his dad's terrible cooking?

Ellie Featherbill all alone

May 26, 2015
Meadows, Daisy, author.
95 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Welcome to a magical world where animals talk and play - just like you and me! Best friends Jess and Lily love all animals. But when they follow a mysterious golden cat into Friendship Forest - a place where animals live in tiny cottages and sip dandelion tea at the Toadstool Cafe - their summer holidays suddenly become much more magical! It's Ellie Featherbill's birthday, and she's having a party at her houseboat home on Willowtree River. But Grizelda has a wicked plan to poison the river, and orders the Boggits to steal the Featherbills' barge - with Ellie still on board! Can Lily and Jess save the little duckling and stop the Boggits?

Molly Twinkletail runs away

May 26, 2015
Meadows, Daisy, author.
95 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
Welcome to a magical world where animals talk and play - just like you and me! Best friends Jess and Lily love all animals. But when they follow a mysterious golden cat into Friendship Forest - a place where animals live in tiny cottages and sip dandelion tea at the Toadstool Cafe - their summer holidays suddenly become much more magical! Goldie has invited Lily, Jess and kitten Bella Tabbypaw for a sleepover! The girls can't wait to spend a night in Friendship Forest, but brave little Bella decides to go exploring on her own - with the Boggits! Lily and Jess must head into the tunnels underneath the forest to find her, but will Grizelda the witch get there first?

Bella Tabbypaw in trouble

May 26, 2015
Meadows, Daisy, author.
95 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
Welcome to a magical world where animals talk and play - just like you and me! Best friends Jess and Lily love all animals. But when they follow a mysterious golden cat into Friendship Forest - a place where animals live in tiny cottages and sip dandelion tea at the Toadstool Cafe - their summer holidays suddenly become much more magical! Goldie has invited Lily, Jess and kitten Bella Tabbypaw for a sleepover! The girls can't wait to spend a night in Friendship Forest, but brave little Bella decides to go exploring on her own - with the Boggits! Lily and Jess must head into the tunnels underneath the forest to find her, but will Grizelda the witch get there first?

Close to the wind

May 22, 2015
Walter, Jon, 1964- author.
New York : David Fickling Books/Scholastic Inc., 2015.
290 pages ; 20 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2014."
Malik and his grandfather are trying to flee a war-torn country on the last ship waiting at the port for those who can escape--but when the ship leaves only Malik is aboard, and he will need all his courage to survive in a new country.

Live each day to the dumbest

May 22, 2015
Benton, Jim, author.
115 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
When Jamie inherits her grandmother's trunk, she discovers an old diary and, after reading it, realizes that everyone is the same deep down.

Eva sees a ghost

May 22, 2015
Elliott, Rebecca, author.
New York, NY : Branches/Scholastic Inc., [2015]
71 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
When Eva Wingdale sees something large and white flying above her she is convinced that it is a ghost, although most of the other owls just laugh at her--until something large and heavy and white lands on the school roof.

A handful of stars

May 22, 2015
Lord, Cynthia, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, [2015]
184 pages ; 22 cm
When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather--but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.

Best friend next door

May 22, 2015
Mackler, Carolyn, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
214 pages ; 22 cm
Two girls who share a birthday and palindromic names struggle with respective parental challenges and loneliness while gradually overcoming their differences to become close friends.

The Neptune challenge

May 22, 2015
Holyoke, Polly, author.
New York, New York : Disney/Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2015.
340 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: The Neptune Project.
"Nere and her friends, all genetically engineered to survive in the ocean, go on a rescue mission."-- Provided by publisher.

The Secret Cookie Club

May 22, 2015
Freeman, Martha, 1956- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015]
295 pages ; 19 cm
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
Four very different girls meet at Moonlight Ranch camp and decide to remain friends all year by exchanging letters and home-made cookies, using recipes their counselor's grandfather passed along.

You're invited

May 22, 2015
Malone, Jen, author.
New York : Aladdin M!X, 2015.
307 pages ; 22 cm
When twelve-year-old Sadie is fired from her mother's wedding planning company, after a disastrous mishap, she starts her own party planning business and recruits her three best friends.

The disappearance of Emily H.

May 22, 2015
Summy, Barrie, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2015]
245 pages ; 22 cm
Eighth-grader Raine, a new girl at Yielding Middle Schooi, uses her supernatural ability to see other people's memories to solve the disappearance of a teenaged girl.

Moone Boy : the blunder years

May 22, 2015
O'Dowd, Chris, 1980- author.
381 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"Martin Moone is eleven and completely fed up with being the only boy in a family of girls. He's desperate for a decent wingman to help him navigate his idiotic life. So when best mate Padraic suggests Martin get an imaginary friend--or "IF" for short--he decides to give it a go"-- Provided by publisher.

Diary of Dorkius Maximus in Egypt

May 21, 2015
Collins, Tim, 1975- author.
London : Buster, 2013.
191 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.

How to speak dolphin

May 20, 2015
Rorby, Ginny, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
264 pages ; 22 cm
Since her mother died, twelve-year-old Lily has struggled to care for her severely autistic half-brother, Adam, in their Miami home, but she is frustrated and angry because her oncologist step-father, Don, expects her to devote her time to Adam, and is unwilling to admit that Adam needs professional help--but when Adam bonds with a young dolphin with cancer Lily is confronted with another dilemma: her family or the dolphin's freedom.

The search for Baby Ruby

May 20, 2015
Shreve, Susan Richards.
213 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Jess O'Fines is resentful that she is expected to watch her baby niece in a Los Angeles hotel room while the rest of her dysfunctional family go off to a wedding rehearsal party -- but when Baby Ruby disappears, Jess is convinced she knows who kidnapped her and determined to get her back on her own, whatever the danger.

Sideswipe versus Thunderhoof

May 20, 2015
Sazaklis, John, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
133 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Sideswipe has to go against crime boss Thunderhoof, while Bumblebee and a team of young Autobots battle some of Cybertron's most dangerous Decepticons.

Stick Dog dreams of ice cream

May 20, 2015
Watson, Tom, 1962- author.
New York, NY : an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
217 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Illustrations by Ethan Long based on original sketches by Tom Watson."
Stick Dog and his feral friends are looking for relief on a very hot day--and this time they have their eyes on a ice cream truck.

Thea Stilton and the lost letters

May 20, 2015
Stilton, Thea, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015]
159 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
It is up to the Thea sisters to investigate when their friend is falsely accused of theft and barred from competing in a figure skating championship in Russia.

Ohm vs. Amp

May 20, 2015
Ball, Nate.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
127, 11 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Do-it-yourself science experiment included"--Cover.
"Zack McGee has gotten in tons of trouble thanks to Amp, the four-inch-tall alien that crash-landed into his bedroom, but when Amp's commander, Ohm, comes to collect the stranded alien, it's Amp's turn in the hot seat!"-- Provided by publisher.

The end of the line

May 20, 2015
McKay, Sharon E, author.
119 pages ; 22 cm
When tram conductor, Hans, and ticket collector, Lars, claim that Beatrice, is their niece they save her from the same fate of her mother, but open themselves up to the dangers of hiding a Jewish child in 1940's Amsterdam.

Wild boy

May 20, 2015
Jones, Rob Lloyd, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2013.
295 pages : map ; 21 cm
Wild Boy becomes a sideshow freak. Isolated from other children and abused by the cruel master who bought him, Wild Boy becomes an avid observer, developing Sherlock Holmes-like deductive skills. Although he is tormented and insulted, kicked and spat at, his quick mind takes in everything he sees. When a murder occurs at the fair, Wild Boy is accused. Can he use his powers of deduction to save himself? And will the talented and spunky young acrobat Clarissa be with him -- or against him?

My near-death adventures : (99% true!)

May 20, 2015
DeCamp, Alison.
New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, [2015]
252 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In 1895, twelve-year-old Stan decides to find his long-lost father in the logging camps of Michigan, documenting in his scrapbook his travels and encounters with troublesome relatives, his mother's suitors, lumberjacks, and more.

Where triplets go, trouble follows

May 20, 2015
Poploff, Michelle.
New York : Holiday House, [2015]
87 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Lily, Daisy, and Violet Divine, triplets, have different interests and like to do things on their own, but they pull together when they need to, whether to find out their grandparents' secret, create a good science fair project, or teach their new dog to stop chewing.

Alexander's army

May 19, 2015
D'Lacey, Chris, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
289 pages ; 22 cm.
Michael Malone is assigned to investigate a local comic shop by the mysterious UNICORNE agency because they are displaying a comic book with a disturbingly familiar heroine--but he soon realizes that the sinister shop hides an invisible army come to life, with a menacing maniac at its head, and worse he does not know if he can trust his fellow agents.

The polar bear express

May 19, 2015
Dadey, Debbie, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
96 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Wanting to help a lost baby polar bear return home, Kiki Coral and her mermaid friends worry that the cost of the bear's transportation will prevent them from seeing a concert performance of their favorite boy band.


May 19, 2015
DeFelice, Cynthia C., author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
199 pages ; 22 cm
"A middle-grade summer adventure about two boys who build an awesome fort and tangle with two older bullies."-- Provided by publisher.

From the notebooks of a middle school princess

May 19, 2015
Cabot, Meg, author, illustrator.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan, 2015.
182 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A middle-grade spinoff of The Princess Diaries, about the long-lost sister of Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia"-- Provided by publisher.

Minions : the junior novel

May 19, 2015
Chesterfield, Sadie, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
130 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Based on the motion picture screenplay written by Brian Lynch.

A fin-tastic finish

May 18, 2015
Ocean, Davy, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
140 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Originally published as Shark Camp in 2014 in Great Britain by Templar Publishing"--Title page verso.
"Move over, Gregor the Gnasher--Harry Hammer has a new hero: Turbo Tex, an Olimpet gold medal-winning tiger shark. And when Harry meets Tony, an awesome tiger shark at Shark Point Sea-cub Camp, he knows he's on the road to finally being cool. But no matter what Harry does to prove he's not just a goofy hammerhead, Tony doesn't want to be friends. What can Harry do to win over this tiger shark?"

The Kenyan expedition

May 18, 2015
Stevenson, Steve, author.
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, An Imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2015.
119 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Originally published by Istituto Geografico De Agostini S.p.A., Italy, 2012, as Agatha Mistery: Missione Safari.
Includes chapter of Agatha's Next Mystery: The Hollywood Intrigue.
"A missing white giraffe brings Agatha Mistery and her cousin Dash to the heart of Africa. A rare species of white giraffe, venerated by the Masai tribe as a divinity, has disappeared from the savanna, and it's up to Agatha and Dash to find it! Together with a third cousin and safari expert, the pair must track down the poacher who has stolen the priceless animal."--Back cover.

Cast off : the strange adventures of Petra De Winter and Bram Broen

May 18, 2015
Yohalem, Eve, author.
New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
312 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Told in their separate voices, twelve-year-olds Petra, who escaped her abusive father's Amsterdam house in 1663, and Bram, a half-Javanese/half-Dutch boy, relate their adventures at sea after Petra stows away and Bram, son of the ship's carpenter, helps her disguise herself as a boy.

The orphan army

May 15, 2015
Maberry, Jonathan, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015]
392 pages ; 22 cm.
In the future, bug-like aliens are taking over Earth and young Milo Silk learns through dreams and strange encounters that there are other, ancient monsters on the planet that are also threatened by the aliens, and that he may be the hero destined to lead his friends in saving the universe.

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