New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

September 20, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Hell hound curse

September 19, 2014
Hawken, E. (Eleanor)
London : Quercus, [2013].
254 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
To make some extra money for Feral Zoo, Sammy, Red and Donny decide to promote their cryptozoology business - investigating animals that don't exist. What could possibly go wrong? Everything! Hired to check out sightings of a ghost dog, the friends uncover the terrifying legend of the Hell Hound. Anyone who is seen by this terrible beast is struck with a death curse. So when Sammy's best friend Mark runs into the deadly dog, Sammy knows he doesn't have long to figure out how to save him!

The red pencil

September 19, 2014
Pinkney, Andrea Davis, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
308 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
"After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder"-- Provided by publisher.

Three pickled herrings

September 19, 2014
Gardner, Sally.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
176 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Nine-year-old Emily Vole and her friends at Wings & Co. Fairy Detective Agency have their hands full with the sudden and mysterious death of local landowner Sir Walter Cross, devastating losses suffered by tailor Mr. Rollo, and the ruin of Pan Smith's wedding preparations the night before her big day.

Sleuth on skates : a Sesame Slade mystery

September 19, 2014
Beauvais, Clémentine.
New York : Holiday House, 2014.
214 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
"First Published in Great Britain in 2013 by Hodder Children's Books."
Precocious eleven-year-old self-made-supersleuth Sophie "Sesame" Seade investigates the disappearance of Jenna Jenkins, a student at Cambridge University, where Sophie's father is chaplain and her mother is Head of Christ's College.


September 18, 2014
Alexander, William (William Joseph), 1976-
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2014]
222 pages ; 22 cm
Appointed Earth's ambassador to the universe, twelve-year-old Gabe Fuentes faces two sets of "alien" problems when he discovers his parents are illegal aliens and face deportation and the Earth is in the path of a destructive alien force causing multiple mass extinctions.

The mystery of the lion's tail

September 18, 2014
Paris, Harper.
New York : Little Simon, 2014.
106 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Twins Ethan and Ella are in the Maasai Mara in Kenya, and there's another mystery to solve. Where are all the lions? Ethan and Ella spot lots of cool animals, but the one they're most excited about, they can't seem to find"--|2Provided by publisher

Murphy, Gold Rush dog

September 18, 2014
Hart, Alison, 1950- author.
Atlanta, Georgia : Peachtree Publishers, [2014]
160 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"In 1900, a dog named Murphy wants to help Sally and Mama build a new life in Nome, but life in the mining town is not easy. Can the three of them find a home--and maybe a fortune?"-- Provided by publisher.

The book of secrets

September 17, 2014
Voigt, Cynthia.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2014]
355 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Self-reliant Max Starling, a twelve-year-old detective and problem solver, struggles to keep his identity a secret as he investigates a case of arson, while cryptic messages from his still missing parents indicate that they need rescuing.

December dog

September 17, 2014
Roy, Ron, 1940- author.
New York : Random House, [2014]
72 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
"A Stepping Stone book."
After finding an unusual present--a lost puppy--on Christmas Eve, best friends Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy scramble to find its owner before morning.

New Year's Eve thieves

September 17, 2014
Roy, Ron, 1940- author.
New York : Random House, [2014]
72 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
"A Stepping Stone book."
While investigating a mystery on New Year's Eve, four friends encounter a big surprise.

Return to Planet Tad

September 17, 2014
Carvell, Tim.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
231 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Planet Tad.
Tad offers commentary on his eighth-grade year via illustrated blog entries.

Christmas fairy magic

September 17, 2014
McNamara, Margaret, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
133 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"There are only ten days left until Christmas, and the Fairy Bell Sisters couldn't be more excited: this year, their big sister Tinker Bell is coming home to visit! Tink says she's going to treat her sisters to the very best Christmas by bringing presents and decorations from Neverland. Then she makes her sisters promise not to do anything to prepare for the holiday--they work hard enough already! But as Christmas draws nearer--and Tink still has not arrived--Clara, Rosy, Goldie, and Sylva find it harder and harder not to join in the Fairyland festivities. And on top of everything else, baby Squeak has started acting rather strangely. . . . Will the season be ruined? Or will the Fairy Bell Sisters find enough faith in one another to make this the most magical Christmas ever?" -- from publisher's web site.


September 17, 2014
Glewwe, Eleanor.
New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
323 pages ; 22 cm
"Marah, an underclass 'sparker' in a society ruled by magicians, works with her friend Azariah to find a cure for a mysterious disease that turns its victims' eyes black"-- Provided by publisher.

The contract

September 17, 2014
Jeter, Derek, 1974- author.
New York : Jeter Children's, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2014]
151 pages ; 24 cm
In Kalamazoo, Michigan, eight-year-old Derek Jeter, who dreams of playing for the New York Yankees, learns what it takes to be a champion on and off the field.

Claude on the slopes

September 17, 2014
Smith, Alex T.
Atlanta, GA : Published by Peachtree Publishers, 2014.
95 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Claude and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock, go to the Snowy Mountains where they throw snowballs, learn to ski, and more until Claude's loud voice starts an avalanche, trapping Sir Bobblysock and the only Mountain Rescue person under a huge pile of snow.

A simple case of angels

September 17, 2014
Adderson, Caroline, 1963- author.
Toronto : Groundwood Books : House of Anansi Press, 2014.
176 pages ; 20 cm
Nicola’s adorable little dog June Bug keeps getting into trouble. She steals the neighbor’s turkey, yanks down the Christmas tree, and destroys Mom’s almost-finished giant crossword. Everyone is mad, and it looks as though June Bug’s days are numbered. Will doing a good deed make up for June Bug’s bad behavior? Nicola certainly hopes so. And when she and June Bug come across a new nursing home in the neighborhood, it feels like a sign. They volunteer to become regular visitors at Shady Oaks, certain that June Bug’s cute tricks will cheer up the elderly residents. But something unusual is going on at the home, where it seems that a few of the more remarkable patients are being kept against their will. Freeing them will bring out the very best in Nicola, and especially in June Bug.

Revenge of the bully

September 17, 2014
Starkey, Scott.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2014]
276 pages ; 22 cm
"A Paula Wiseman book."
"A how to beat the bully novel"--Title page.
Rodney Rathbone tries to live up to his reputation as a reluctant hero when he earns a spot on his school football team--along with his arch-nemesis--while trying to regain his girlfriend Jessica's trust and survive his mother's new job as the restaurant reviewer for a local paper.


September 17, 2014
Stone, Jeff, author.
New York : Random House, [2014]
182 pages ; 22 cm
When a Jake is offered a chance to race in China for a world class BMX team he is not sure that he wants to go--but when one of his friends asks him to smuggle a mysterious drug called Dragonbone that can prolong life to her dying mother in China he feels he has to take the trip, whatever the danger.

Jingle Bells

September 17, 2014
Hapka, Cathy.
New York : Random House, [2014]
171 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
In 1915 Wisconsin, a farm horse named Jingle Bells worries that his family will replace him when the older son brings home a brand new Model-T Ford car. Includes facts about Clydesdale horses.

Among the night people

September 16, 2014
Pierson, Clara Dillingham, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Createspace], [2014?]
75 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Print-on-demand title.
The black Spanish chickens -- The wigglers become mosquitoes -- The naughty raccoon children -- The timid little ground hog -- The young raccoons go to a party -- The skunks and the ovenbird's nest -- The lazy cut-worms -- The night moth's party -- The lonely old bachelor muskrat -- The greedy red fox -- The unfortunate fireflies -- The kittens come to the forest -- The inquisitive weasels -- The thrifty deer mouse -- The humming-bird and the hawk-moth.

The underwear dare

September 16, 2014
Nardini, Lisa, 1966-
[Melbourne, Fla.] : Sorelle Pub., c2011.
183 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
"5th grade couldn't get any worse!"--Cover.
When Josh's father marries Eddie's mother, Josh ends up sharing a bedroom with the biggest bully in Ms. Waverly's fifth grade class. And Josh just happens to be Eddie's favorite victim. When Josh's dad decides to turn the attic into another bedroom, the boys must decide who gets the room--and the gross, embarrassing dares commence.

Danny's doodles : the squirting donuts

September 15, 2014
Adler, David A., author, illustrator.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2014.
129 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Danny and Calvin decide to find out why their fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Cakel, is suddenly behaving very strangely by not only failing to enforce her many rules, but by violating some herself.

Among the farmyard people

September 15, 2014
Pierson, Clara Dillingham, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Createspace], [2014?]
80 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
This edition is a reprint of the work originally published by E.P. Dutton and Company in 1899.
Print-on-demand title.
The story that the swallow didn't tell -- The lamb with the longest tail -- The wonderful shiny egg -- The duckling who didn't know what to do -- The fussy Queen Bee -- The bay colt learns to mind -- The twin lambs -- The very short story of the foolish little mouse -- The lonely little pig -- The kitten who lost herself -- The chicken who wouldn't eat gravel -- The goose who wanted her own way -- Why the sheep ran away -- The fine young rat and the trap -- The quick-tempered turkey gobbler -- The bragging peacock -- The discontented guinea hen -- The oxen talk with the calves.
A collection of stories about the animals that live on a farm. Each story closes with a gentle moral, inspiring children to right behavior.

Among the forest people

September 15, 2014
Pierson, Clara Dillingham, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Createspace], [2014?]
39 pages ; 23 cm
Print-on-demand title.
To the children -- Mr. Red Squirrel comes to live in the forest -- Why Mr. Great Horned Owl watched the eggs -- The Swaggering crow -- The red-headed woodpecker children -- The night moth with a crooked feeler -- The bees and the kingbird -- The story of the cowbirds egg -- Mrs. Mourning Dove's housekeeping -- The young blue jay not brave enough to be afraid -- The red squirrels begin housekeeping -- The biggest little rabbit learns to see -- The little bat who wouldn't go to bed -- A swarm leaves the bee tree -- The haughty gound hog -- The undecided rattlesnake -- The quarrelsome mole -- The wild turkeys come -- The travelers go south -- The ruffed grouse's story -- A mild day in winter

Among the meadow people

September 15, 2014
Pierson, Clara Dillingham, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Createspace], [2014?]
70 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Print-on-demand title.
Originally published by E.P. Dutton & Company in 1901.
The Butterfly that went calling -- The Robins build a nest -- The Selfish tent-caterpillar -- The Lazy snail -- An Ant that wore wings -- The Cheerful harvestmen -- The Little spider's first web -- The Beetle who did not like caterpillars -- The Young robin who was afraid to fly -- The Cricket's school -- The Contented earthworms -- The Measuring worm's joke -- A Puzzled cicada -- The Tree frog's story -- The Day when the grass was cut -- The Grasshopper and the measuring worm run a race -- Mr. Green Frog and his visitors -- The Dignified walking sticks -- The Day of the great storm -- The Story of Lily-Pad Island -- The Grasshopper who wouldn't be scared -- The Earthworm half-brothers -- A Gossiping fly -- The Frog-Hoppers go out into the world -- The Mosquito tries to teach his neighbors -- The Frog who thought herself sick -- The Katydid's quarrel -- The Last party of the season.
A collection of short stories about the insects and other animals that live in the meadow.


September 15, 2014
Cottrell-Bentley, Lisa M.
Sahuarita, Ariz. : Do Life Right, c2012.
115 p. ; ill. : 21 cm.
On their latest adventure the Wrights discover some really big things. Nadia hopes to see sculptures. Aidan really wants to pick a cherry as big as his head and will Stephanie's love of rock climbing come in handy.


September 15, 2014
Cottrell-Bentley, Lisa M., author.
[Sahuarita, Ariz.] : Do Life Right, [2013].
151 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

Concord Cunningham : the Scripture sleuth

September 15, 2014
Halverson, Mathew.
Bemidji, Minn. : Focus Pub., [2000].
96 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contains twelve mystery stories, including one about a stolen piece of art, in which Concord Cunningham solves the case and prompts the reader to look up a specific Bible verse for the solution.

Concord Cunningham returns : the Scripture Sleuth II

September 15, 2014
Halverson, Mathew.
Bemidji, Minn. : Focus Pub., c2001.
88 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
"Concord investigates a new mystery in each exciting chapter. Though Concord always cracks the case, he never gives away the solution. Instead, at the end of each chapter, Concord reveals a Bible verse which holds the final clue to that chapter's mystery ..."

Concord Cunningham on the case : the scripture sleuth 3

September 15, 2014
Halverson, Mathew.
Bemidji, Minn. : Focus Pub., 2003.
104 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contains twelve mystery stories in which Concord Cunningham solves the case and prompts the reader to look up a specific Bible verse for the solution.

Concord Cunningham coast to coast : the scripture sleuth 4

September 15, 2014
Halverson, Mathew.
Bemidji, Minn. : Focus Pub., c2005.
114 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.

Concord Cunningham pursues the clues : the Scripture Sleuth 5

September 15, 2014
Halverson, Mathew.
Bemidji, Minn. : Focus Pub., c2008.
98 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Concord investigates a new mystery in each exciting chapter. Though Concord always cracks the case, he never gives away the solution. Instead, at the end of each chapter, Concord reveals a Bible verse which holds the final clue to that chapter's mystery.

Among the pond people

September 15, 2014
Pierson, Clara Dillingham, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Createspace], [2014?]
66 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Print-on-demand title.
The biggest frog awakens -- The dance of the sand-hill cranes -- The young minnow who would not eat when he should -- The stickleback father -- The careless caddis worm -- The tadpole who wanted to be grown-up -- The runaway water spiders -- The slow little mud turtle -- The dragon-fly children and the snapping turtle -- The snappy snapping turtle -- The clever water-adder -- The good little cranes who were bad -- The oldest dragon-fly nymph -- The eels' moving-night -- The crayfish mother -- Two little crayfishes quarrel -- The lucky mink -- The playful muskrats.

Space case : a Moon Base Alpha novel

September 12, 2014
Gibbs, Stuart, 1969- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2014]
337 pages ; 22 cm
"Dashiell Gibson, who lives on Moon Base Alpha, has to solve a murder of one of the moon's most prominent doctors"-- Provided by publisher.

The whispering skull

September 12, 2014
Stroud, Jonathan.
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney-Hyperion, 2014.
435 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Lockwood & Co. are hired to investigate Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead, while Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in a ghost jar"-- Provided by publisher.

The witch's boy

September 12, 2014
Barnhill, Kelly Regan.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, 2014.
pages cm
When a Bandit King comes to take the magic that Ned's mother, a witch, is meant to protect, the stuttering, weak boy villagers think should have drowned rather than his twin summons the strength to protect his family and community, while in the woods, the bandit's daughter puzzles over a mystery that ties her to Ned.

Fantasy league

September 12, 2014
Lupica, Mike.
New York, NY : Philomel, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
293 pages ; 24 cm
In Los Angeles, twelve-year-old Charlie's skill at fantasy football gains the attention of both the local media and the owner of a professional football team.


September 11, 2014
Prineas, Sarah, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
397 pages : illustrations, map ; 19 cm.
"Young Wizard's apprentice Connwaer disguises himself as a chimney swift in order to identify who has been stealing the locus stones in Wellmet"-- Provided by publisher.

Magic in the mix

September 11, 2014
Barrows, Annie.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
278 pages ; 20 cm
Sequel to: The magic half.
Life seems to be back to normal for "newly twinned" sisters Miri and Molly until their magical house sends them on a new time-traveling adventure to the Civil War, where they must risk everything to save two unusual soldiers and come to terms with the emotional truth about Molly's past.

The circus goes to sea

September 11, 2014
Klise, Kate.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, [2014].
127 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Many surprises are in store when Miss Flora Endora Eliza LaBuena LaPasta invites Sir Sidney's Circus to travel and perform aboard her elegant ship, the SS Spaghetti.

The 8th continent

September 11, 2014
London, Matt, author.
New York, New York : Razorbill, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
219 pages ; 20 cm
"Build it. Run it. Rule it."--Title page.
Hoping to transform a giant floating garbage patch into a habitable eighth continent where people can escape an oppressive bureaucracy, Evie and Rick must race against time when a plastic-obsessed villainess tries to claim the continent to expand her power.

How to survive middle school and monster bots

September 11, 2014
Boward, Howard.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zonderkidz, [2014]
215 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Dodging snowballs, bullies, and a former friend makes for a miserable semester at Dolley Madison Middle School for science genius Howard Boward, until he learns about an upcoming robot-building contest.

The Expeditioners and the secret of King Triton's lair

September 11, 2014
Taylor, S. S., author.
[San Francisco, Calif.] : McSweeney's McMullens, [2014]
391 pages : illustrations, color map ; 21 cm.
Map on endpapers.

The chickens and the eggs

September 11, 2014
McDoogle, Farrah, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, [2014]
40 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Based on the TV series Rabbids Invasion as seen on Nickelodeon"--Title page verso.
At head of title: Rabbids Invasion.
Preparing special notes to place on the Thank You Tree in the Neighborhood of Make Believe, Daniel Tiger and his friends think of various polite ways to express their gratitude to those who help them.

The deep freeze

September 11, 2014
Evans, Cordelia, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, [2014]
40 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Rabbids invasion."
The Rabbids find a grocery store and at first think the only fun thing to do is knock over displays, but then they discover the freezer section.

The need for speed

September 11, 2014
Evans, Cordelia, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, [2014?]
40 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
"Rabbids invasion."
The Rabbids encounter a radar machine and realize that if they stand in front of it, it will take their picture.

First contact

September 11, 2014
Lewman, David, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, [2014].
91 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Based on the TV series Rabbids Invasion as seen on Nickelodeon"--Title page verso.
Agent Glyker of the Secret Government Agency is after the Rabbids, who are invading the Earth.

Prisoner of the Penguin!

September 11, 2014
Sonneborn, Scott, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Stone Arch Books, a Capstone imprint, [2014].
74 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Batman gets inside the prison where the Penguin is held to stop him from unleashing his new army of criminals on Gotham City.

Viking attack : a time crashers adventure

September 11, 2014
Brewer, H. Michael, 1954- author.
199 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Introduction -- Friends -- Viking ventures -- Epilogue -- The real deal.
"Three friends, a time machine, and a dad lost in time.....the first book in the all new Time Crashers series. In this "choose-as'you-go" book, readers make tough choices that shape the story and are in charge of the success--and survival -- of the heroes. Caught in a fierce Viking raid in ancient England, the Time Crashers will need wits, courage and faith to save the day,"

Bad magic

September 10, 2014
Bosch, Pseudonymous.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
393 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Thirteen-year-old Clay, a boy who no longer believes in magic, tags graffiti on his classroom wall and, as punishment, is sent to a camp for wayward kids located on a volcanic island, where eccentric campmates abound, a ghost walks among the abandoned ruins of a mansion, and a dangerous force threatens to erupt with bad magic"-- Provided by publisher.

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