New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

May 24, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Love potion #11

May 23, 2016
Gallagher, Toni, author.
261 pages ; 22 cm.
"Cleo and her friends get into match-making mischief when she receives a love potion recipe"-- Provided by publisher.

The soccer surprise

May 23, 2016
Kelly, David A. (David Andrew), 1964- author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
92 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"A Stepping Stone book."
"A famous soccer star is coming to town, but can practice with a pro help the MVP kids score big at their next game?"-- Provided by publisher.


May 23, 2016
McGeddon, R., author, illustrator.
178 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers"--Tltle page verso.
Three kids protect the town of Sitting Duck from a zombie invasion.


May 23, 2016
McGeddon, R., author.
New York : Imprint, 2016.
180 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers."
Three kids protect the town of Sitting Duck from an alien invasion.

Summer of lost and found

May 23, 2016
Behrens, Rebecca, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2016.
278 pages : map ; 22 cm
Nell is a city girl forced to spend her summer in Roanoke, North Carolina, but when she meets historical reenactor Ambrose, they explore for clues as to what really happened to the lost colonists, turning her once boring vacation into an adventure.

A clatter of jars

May 20, 2016
Graff, Lisa (Lisa Colleen), 1981- author.
217 pages ; 22 cm
"Children with magical Talents attend a summer camp, where nothing is what it seems."-- Provided by publisher.

Princess Juniper of the Anju

May 20, 2016
Paquette, Ammi-Joan, author.
New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2016]
254 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
"Princess Juniper competes to win the leadership of the Anju tribe and rescue her home of Torr from foreign invaders"-- Provided by publisher.

The sky is falling

May 20, 2016
Hopper, Ada, author.
New York : Little Simon, 2016.
125 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
When Dr. Bunsen's newest invention brings extraterrestrials down to Earth, can second-graders Gabriel, Laura, and Caesar, aka the DATA, keep their town from being space invaded?

How not to run for class president

May 20, 2016
Hapka, Cathy, author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
47 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Third-grader Will's little brother Steve enthusiastically manages Will's campaign for class president, despite Will's total lack of interest in running"-- Provided by publisher.


May 20, 2016
Harrington, Karen, 1967- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
344 pages : illustration ; 20 cm
"Twelve-year-old Wayne Kovok loses his uncle to war and his voice to a plane crash in the same year and must learn to speak up as he navigates relationships with his father, grandfather, and new friend, Denny Rosenblatt"-- Provided by publisher.

The lost cipher

May 20, 2016
Oechsle, Michael, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, 2016.
xi, 248 pages ; 22 cm
Lucas's father has recently died in Afghanistan, and to help him cope, his grandmother sends him to Camp Kawani, a camp for kids who have lost a parent. While there, he hears about the local legend of Thomas Jefferson Beale. Beale supposedly hid a hoard of gold in the mountains 200 years before. The location is encrypted in a set of codes no one has ever been able to decipher. When Lucas and his newfound friends decide to track down the treasure, they embark on a mission that could be too dangerous to survive.

Fright in the night

May 20, 2016
Gardner, Lyn, author.
Toronto, ON : Kids Can Press, 2016.
143 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Originally published: London : Piccadilly Press, 2014.
"Gruesome and Grisly McNasty will stop at nothing for TREASURE. Not even their pirate ship sinking will get in their way. They hijack a fishing trawler, force the crew to walk the plank and set sail for Little Snoring, where they know Captain Syd's legendary hoard is buried. When best friends Tat and Hetty realize the pirate twins have returned, they plan to give them a real fright in the night."--From back cover.

Never say Narwhal

May 19, 2016
Krosoczka, Jarrett, author, illustrator.
New York, NY : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
223 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Frank Pandini Jr. is the mayor of Kalamazoo City, and everyone is celebrating--everyone except for Zengo, O'Malley, and Cooper, who can't seem to close a single case. To make matters worse, a mysterious hulking shadow has appeared in waters around KC. Could this spell the end for the Platypus Police Squad?

Paddington marches on

May 19, 2016
Bond, Michael, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
176 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Originally published: London : W. Collins, 1964.
Paddington becomes more English than ever, trying his hand as a chimney sweep, washing barrels in a marmalade factory, and becoming a cricket game hero.

Snake invasion

May 19, 2016
Wilhelm, Doug, author.
Waitsfield, Vermont : Chooseco, [2016]
132 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Choose from 13 endings.
"Humans are responsible for the extinction of animal species and other changes to our planet. Sometimes these changes are caused by the most insignificant-seeming decisions. When the residents of your small Florida town allowed some Burmese pythons to go free into the Everglades, they didn't consider that unlike in their natural habitats, here in the United States, these snakes have no natural predators and limited prey. Your safe suburban town is about to be surrounded by renegade snakes who have spent the last several years quietly eating all of the mammals they can find in the swamp. They had enough to eat for awhile. But now they are hungry. And you might be their next snack!"--Publisher's description.

The brightest stars of summer

May 19, 2016
Howland, Leila.
New York : Harper, [2016]
353 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Sequel to The Forget-Me-Not Summer
The Silver sisters return to Cape Cod in this sequel to The Forget-Me-Not Summer.Wedding bells are ringing on the Cape! It's summer again, and Marigold, Zinnia, and Lily are heading back to their beloved Pruet to help bride-to-be Aunt Sunny plan her big day. But cake and decorations aren't the only items on the girls' agenda this summer. Marigold can't wait to escape the embarrassment of being cut from one of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters especially after she bragged to all her friends that she was in it. And Zinnie is trying her hardest to write a story good enough to gain her admittance into an elite writing program. She finds unexpected inspiration in Marigold's heartbreak over last summer's crush, Peter Pasque. Zinnie also meets her first boy-who-is-a-friend, a cute kid named Max. But when it becomes clear that Max has eyes for Marigold, Zinnie can't contain her hurt, and it leads her to betray Marigold in an unthinkable sister crime. With a wedding on the horizon and tension simmering between them, will the Silver sisters be able to overcome their hurt in time to give Sunny what she's already given them: a summer to remember?

Sea change

May 19, 2016
Viva, Frank, author, illustrator.
New York : TOON Books, 2016.
115 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Toon graphics.
"For visual readers Toon graphics."
"Follows a young boy who is reluctantly sent to spend the summer in a remote part of Nova Scotia. As the summer wears on, the hero forges solid friendships with other kids in the small fishing community and is changed forever by the experience"-- Provided by publisher.

Return to the Isle of the Lost : a Descendants novel

May 17, 2016
De la Cruz, Melissa, 1971- author.
Los Angeles : Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2016.
309 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: The Isle of the Lost.
"Based on Descendants written by Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott"--Title page.
Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay have received threatening messages demanding they return home. They have a sneaking suspicion that their villanous parents are behind the messages, and something Evie sees in her Magic Mirror confirms their fears. Although Maleficent's just a tiny lizard after her confrontation with Mal, could she have found a way to escape? Mal and her friends determine to sneak back to the Isle to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Heidi Heckelbeck makes a wish

May 16, 2016
Coven, Wanda, author.
New York : Little Simon, 2016.
149 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
To undo a disastrous spell, second-grader Heidi Heckelbeck must grant three wishes without magic.

Twist and shout

May 16, 2016
Dadey, Debbie, author.
86 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Includes "find out what happens in the next..." at the end.
When Echo injures her tail, she can't compete in the Poseidon Tail Flippers team competition. Will Echo find a way to help her team win from the sidelines?

Skeleton battle

May 16, 2016
Morgan, Winter, author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., 2016.
99 pages ; 21 cm.
"In the second book in Winter Morgan's Unofficial Minecrafters Academy series, Lucy is back, and she and her friends are ready to defend Overworld Academy from whatever evils come their way!"-- Provided by publisher.

Mobs in the mine

May 16, 2016
Morgan, Winter, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, 2016.
98 pages ; 20 cm
"In this exciting sequel to Trapped in the Overworld, Will Simon, Michael, and Lily struggle to survive a mob attack in the mines"-- Provided by publisher.

The sleepover

May 16, 2016
Malone, Jen, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2016.
223 pages ; 22 cm
Four girls have a sleepover but awaken to find a big mess and no memory of how it all happened.

Ribblestrop forever!

May 16, 2016
Mulligan, Andy, author.
New York : Beach Lane Books, 2016.
313 pages ; illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Originally published: London : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Rescued by a mad librarian after a disaster on their way back to school, Millie, Sanchez, and other Ribblestrop students find themselves on a dangerous quest across the wilds of Ribblemoor.

The league and the lantern

May 16, 2016
Wells, Brian.
Cincinatti, OH : Republicink, [2015]
284 pages : 22 cm.
After a disastrous 6th grade year, Jake is waiting for 7th grade where he hopes to start over. Jake's problems get bigger before they get better.

The complete Brambly Hedge

May 16, 2016
Barklem, Jill.
© 2009
248 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Originally published: 1999.
Spring story -- Summer story -- Autumn story -- Winter story -- The secret staircase -- The high hills -- Sea story -- Poppy's babies.
A treasury of the enduring popularity of Bramly Hedge, bringing thoghter all the much-loved classic stories.

Billy Sure, kid entrepreneur and the haywire hovercraft

May 13, 2016
Sharpe, Luke (Children's fiction writer)
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2016.
137 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Billy and Manny know exactly what Sure Things, Inc.'s next big thing will be - a hovercraft! But when they start to build it, they notice it's a little...haywire. The hovercraft dips, dives, twirls, and spins, until one day, it's gone entirely, and so is Emily! Can Billy find his sister and fix the hovercraft, or will this be a crash landing for Sure Things, Inc.?"--Jacket.

Some kind of happiness

May 13, 2016
Legrand, Claire, 1986- author.
374 pages ; 22 cm
Finley Hart is sent to her grandparents' house for the summer, but her anxiety and overwhelmingly sad days continue until she escapes into her writings which soon turn mysteriously real and she realizes she must save this magical world in order to save herself.

This is all your fault, Cassie Parker

May 13, 2016
McVoy, Terra Elan, author.
258 pages ; 22 cm
Cassie and Fiona are friends, but when Fiona's diary is stolen by the most popular girls at school, things change.

Public library enemy #1

May 12, 2016
Adderson, Caroline, 1963- author.
123 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
"All Jasper John Dooley was trying to do was practice his reading skills. He wanted to be ready for his turn to sit in the big, comfy chair at the library on Wednesday and read to Molly the Dog. But, even though Jasper was being so so so careful, the wonderful library book about toilet-paper-tube crafts accidentally falls into his bathwater and drowns. After that, he and his dad only make things worse by setting the book on fire and then shooting it with the fire extinguisher. zWe're Book Killers,y Jasper says gravely. He knows he's going to have to pay for the ruined book, or they'll never let him back in the library again. Except, from what Jasper can tell, the price printed on the book says two thousand five hundred dollars! How can Jasper possibly find a way to raise that much money? And before Wednesday? He'll need his best friend Ori's help now more than ever."-- Provided by publisher

Campfire cookies

May 12, 2016
Freeman, Martha, 1956-
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2016]
284 pages ; 19 cm.
"Secret Cookie Club"--T.p.
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
"Secret Cookie Club members Grace, Emma, Olivia and Lucy are thrilled to be back in Flowerpot Cabin with their beloved counselor, Hannah. But when a mysterious letter arrives, Hannah is plunged into despair. After puzzling out the contents of the letter, the campers make a plan to help Hannah--a plan that requires a daring mission to boys camp and a big batch of campfire cookies"-- Provided by publisher.

Stella Batts : scaredy cat

May 12, 2016
Sheinmel, Courtney.
Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, [2016]
154 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"As a prize for reading the most books, Stella's class wins a sleepover in the school library. But after some strange occurrences, including finding a book written by an author who has the same name, Stella realizes she's not as brave as she thought"--Provided by the publisher.

Princess Cadance and the spring hearts garden

May 11, 2016
Berrow, G. M., author.
129 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Join Cadance on her adventure with bonus activities inside"-back cover.

Sweet peas and honeybees

May 11, 2016
Meyerhoff, Jenny, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2016.
119 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
When Anna learns that bees are in danger because of pesticide use, she tries to alert her neighbors and friends to the problem.

Troll control

May 11, 2016
Allen, Elise, author.
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney-Hyperion, 2016.
232 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Gabby Duran and the Unsittables.
Twelve-year-old Gabby, recruited by a secret agency to take care of extraterrestrial children, is assigned to babysit a troll.

Beast boy bro-down

May 11, 2016
Korté, Steven, author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, [2016]
133 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Based on the episodes "Nature" by Merrill Hagan ; "Man-Person" by Merrill Hagan ; and "BBBday" by Ben Gruber.
"Beast Boy has the incredible ability to shape-shift into any animal. Even a T.rex! He's also a playful trickster who is always pulling pranks on his teammates, but the joke's on him in these three awesome stories. Join him on a wild ride, from losing his powers to becoming a manly man to being forgotten on his birthday! Awww, man!""--Page [4] of cover.

Clash of the worlds

May 11, 2016
Columbus, Chris, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
514 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"With their last adventure just barely over, the Walker kids thought life would finally go back to normal. But things don’t remain calm for long... especially when the colossus Fat Jagger turns up in San Francisco Bay--and he’s in danger! With the police closing in, the Walkers must figure out how to save their giant friend. When a frost beast is spotted in Santa Rosa--and more mystical creatures start appearing all over America--it’s soon clear that the characters from Denver Kristoff's works are invading the real world. It’s up to Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia to reenter the book world one last time to keep the worlds from colliding, causing mass destruction."-- Provided by publisher.

Island of the sun

May 11, 2016
Kirby, Matthew J., 1976- author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
369 pages ; 22 cm.
Desperately searching for the other Concentrators that are fatally disrupting Earth's orbit, Eleanor and her companions are labeled as terrorists by G.E.T. forces that would eliminate all but a few select people.

Twilight's sparkly sleepover surprise

May 11, 2016
Finn, Perdita, author.
179 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"After transferring to Canterlot High, Twilight Sparkle has a lot to catch up on. It's not doing homework that the super-smart student is worried about, though: it's being a friend! With Sunset Shimmer, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Applejack, and Fluttershy all eager to embrace their new classmate, the transition should be a breeze. But, as Twilight Sparkle is always down for some extra credit, she seeks guidance from some familiar faces from Crystal Prep. Unfortunately for Twilight, these girls haven't always had the best intentions. How will Twilight Sparkle manage to have fun at her first sleepovers with bad friendship advice?"--Provided by publisher.

What elephants know

May 11, 2016
Dinerstein, Eric, 1952-
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney Hyperion, 2016.
273 pages ; 22 cm
In the threatened jungle of the Borderlands between Nepal and India during the 1970s, an orphaned boy discovers his fate as a great elephant driver.

The ark plan

May 11, 2016
Martin, Laura, author.
350, 10 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
"Edge of extinction"--T.p.
A century and a half after cloned dinosaurs forced humans to move into underground compounds, Sky discovers a clue to the whereabouts of her long-missing father and ventures above ground on a quest that has the potential to save the world.

Angels in iron

May 11, 2016
Prata, Nicholas C.
Bristol, Pa. : Arx Pub., ©2004.
292 pages : map ; 22 cm
The year is AD 1523 and the island of Rhodes has just fallen to the Turks. Those sailing away in defeat from this captured bastion are members of an anachronistic crusading order called the Knights of St. John -- otherwise known as the Hospitallers. Among the dejected company is a stalwart young knight named Jean Parisot De La Valette. Were it up to him, the order would have defended the island to the bitter end. Forty-two years later, history has repeated itself. The Hospitallers are again besieged by the teeming armies of the relentless Turk. Their tiny island-fortress of Malta is all that stands between the armies of Suleiman and the very heart of Christendom. But this time the scenario is different -- La Valette wears the Grand Master's cape. Behind him stand the knights of his faithful order: men of incredible valor ready to "strike a blow for Christ" and sacrifice their lives to halt the invading Turks at the gates of Europe. What follows is a desperate struggle between East and West, Cross and Koran, faith and despair. Angels in Iron is based on the actual events surrounding the Siege of Malta in 1565. Nicholas C. Prata relates the tale in riveting and graphic prose which brings the extreme heroism of the knights and the unimaginable horror of combat sharply into focus. Prepare yourself for an epic adventure.

Centurion's daughter

May 11, 2016
Swanton, Justin.
Merchantville, NJ : Arx Pub., [2011]
336 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

A crown of dragons

May 10, 2016
D'Lacey, Chris, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, [2016]
304 pages ; 22 cm.
When the UNICORNE agency asks him to use his paranormal abilities to investigate a dragon's scale, the same artifact his father was researching before he disappeared, Michael Malone believes he will finally be able to find out what happened to his father--but as he delves into his father's past it becomes harder to tell who he can trust, and which of the alternate realities he is discovering is the true reality.

The family Fletcher takes Rock Island

May 10, 2016
Levy, Dana Alison.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
259 pages ; 22 cm
"A companion to The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher."
Summertime brings the Fletcher Family back to Rock Island where the good times never end, but this summer the boys' favorite lighthouse is all boarded up and with the help from their new neighbors, the Garcia girls, the boys are determined to find out what is really happening with their lighthouse and saving it, no matter what the cost.

Horrible Harry and the birthday girl

May 10, 2016
Kline, Suzy.
68 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"It's Mary's birthday party. When things go horribly wrong will Harry be able to save the day?"-- Provided by publisher.

Nick and Tesla's solar-powered showdown : a mystery with sun-powered gadgets you can make yourself

May 10, 2016
Pflugfelder, Bob, 1967-
Philadelphia, PA : Quirk Books, 2016.
259 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
"Super-smart kid inventors Nick and Tesla Holt have outsmarted crooks, spies, and kidnappers, but now it's time to crack their biggest mystery yet: where the heck are their parents? With the help of their eccentric Uncle Newt, the twins trace the clues to their missing Mom and Dad, scientists working on solar-power research for a clandestine government project. They'l need all their wits, along with an assortment of homemade gadgets, to outsmart the criminal mastermind who's trying to turn solar power into a secret weapon. Featuring instructions for building and using five awesome solar-powered contraptions--a hot dog cooker, alarm bell, listening device, model car, and nighttime LED signal cannon."-- Publisher's website.

Royal wedding disaster

May 10, 2016
Cabot, Meg, author, illustrator.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2016.
282 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison still finds it hard to believe that she's a real live PRINCESS OF GENOVIA. Not only does she get to live in an actual palace with her newly discovered family and two fabulous poodles (who all love her and think that she's anything but ordinary!) but she also gets her very own PONY! Of course, things aren't going exactly like she imagined. Her half-sister Mia is very busy learning how to take over the country while trying to plan a wedding and her father is actually getting remarried himself-to Mia's mother!-and spends most of his time "renovating" the summer palace, although Grandmere says he is just hiding from the wedding preparations. Olivia hardly gets to see either of them. Fortunately, Grandmere has her own plans for Mia's wedding, and needs Olivia's help to pull them off. Just when Olivia starts to think that things are going to work out after all, the palace is invaded by a host of new cousins and other royals who all seem to be angry at Olivia (although Grandmere says they are just jealous). As the day of the wedding gets closer and closer, Olivia becomes more and more worried. For such a carefully planned event, it seems like a LOT of things are going wrong... Can Olivia keep this royal wedding from becoming a royal disaster?

Theodore Boone : the scandal

May 10, 2016
Grisham, John, author.
212 pages ; 22 cm.
When an anonymous tip leads the school board to investigate a suspicious increase in scores at another local middle school, Theo finds himself thrust in the middle of a cheating scandal. With insider knowledge and his future on the line, Theo must follow his keen instincts to do what's right.


May 10, 2016
Siegal, Ida, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic, Inc., 2016.
124 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"When Emma finds an old note in a lost library book, she knows she has her next case. But when the clues lead to an off-limits tower in a New York City library, she has to learn an extra-special reporter trick: how to go undercover! Will Emma save the day, or get herself and her friends in big trouble?"--Cover.

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