New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

August 31, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The bronze key

August 30, 2016
Black, Holly, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
249 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Things have been better for Callum Hunt since the evil Constantine Madden was "officially" destroyed, even his relations with his father have improved, so he is happy to get back to the Magisterium for his Bronze Year to continue his magical studies--but when one of the students is murdered, Call and his friends, Tamara and Aaron, must track down the killer, without revealing the fact that Call is Madden reborn.

Sting : it takes a crook to catch a crook

August 30, 2016
Watson, Jude, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
263 pages ; 22 cm
March and Jules are teenage twins, following in their father's footsteps as jewel thieves, but when their latest job goes wrong they end up with one jewel, a sapphire called the Morning Star, one of three cursed jewels--and the only way they can break the curse is to elude the FBI, Interpol, and a gang of international criminals, find the other two jewels, and reunite them.


August 30, 2016
Creech, Sharon, author.
New York, NY : Joanna Cotler Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
278 pages ; 20 cm
Follows the efforts of twelve-year-old Reena, who has recently moved to rural Maine, to adjust to a new environment while unexpectedly bonding with an ornery cow.

The gathering

August 30, 2016
Poblocki, Dan, author.
215 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Poppy Caldwell is an orphan who keeps seeing a figure standing behind her in the mirror at the group home where she lives, but she does not associate this ghost with the letter that mysteriously appears in her file, claiming to be from a long-lost aunt, and inviting her to Larkspur House--and she is just one of five children who find themselves gathered in this strange house with a deadly past, and apparently no intention of letting the children escape.

Making friends with Billy Wong

August 30, 2016
Scattergood, Augusta, author.
209 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In 1952 eleven-year-old Azalea is sent to Paris Junction, Arkansas, to help out her grandmother who has injured her foot, but does not really seem to want her help; Billy Wong is a Chinese-American boy whose uncle owns the local grocery store, in town to attend the "white" school, since the Chinese mission school has closed, but frustrated by the overt prejudice of the local children--and over the summer the two begin to forge a friendship.

Cosmic clash

August 30, 2016
Bright, J. E, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic, Inc., [2016]
64 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Script written by Jim Krieg"--T.p.
When Brainiac uses a time machine to send members of the Justice League into the past and the future, it's up to Batman, Cyborg, and the Flash to rescue them before the supervillain attacks Earth.

Gretel pushes back

August 30, 2016
Holub, Joan, author.
175 pages ; 19 cm.
When Gretel begins to explore the dangerous Neverwood Forest outside of Grimm Academy, she finds herself trapped by the E.V.I.L. Society and must foil their dastardly plans.

Mountain mission

August 30, 2016
Earhart, Kristin, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2016]
140 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
While on the last leg of their race, Russell and his friends must choose between a rescue mission and an attempt to win the race.

Mission to Moon Farm

August 30, 2016
Rocha, K. E., author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Press, 2016.
209 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Spencer Plain has been settling into his new home in Bearhaven, the secret refuge his parents created, learning to speak Ragayo which is the bear's language, and improving his survival skills--he still does not know where his parents are, but he knows that when his best friend, a bear cub named Kate, is kidnapped it is up to him to rescue her before it is too late.

Life according to Dani

August 30, 2016
Lagercrantz, Rose, 1947- author.
103 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Original Swedish edition published by Bonnier Carlsen, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015.
It's Dani's first summer vacation and she is staying on an island with Ella, her best friend in the world. Dad is still in hospital but he calls every day, and Ella and Dani stay busy building huts, fishing, exploring, and swimming. Then Dad turns up, but with his nurse too! This is not the visit anyone had imagined and Dani isn't sure her life is happy any more.

Mark of the plague

August 30, 2016
Sands, Kevin, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2016.
529 pages ; 22 cm.
As the plague decimates London in 1665 and an assassin threatens the apothecary's life, apprentice Christopher Rowe and his faithful friend Tom, following a trail of puzzles, riddles, and secrets, risk their lives to untangle the heart of a dark conspiracy.

The Tapper twins run for president

August 29, 2016
Rodkey, Geoff, 1970- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
269 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
A humorous oral history that chronicles twelve-year-old twins Reese and Claudia Tapper's heated competition to become sixth grade class president of their New York City private school, through text messages, photographs, screenshots, and more.

Lion Island : Cuba's warrior of words

August 29, 2016
Engle, Margarita, author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2016]
163 pages ; 22 cm
A biographical novel about Antonio Chuffat, a Chinese-African-Cuban messenger boy in 1870s Cuba who became a translator and documented the freedom struggle of indentured Chinese laborers in his country.

The marvelous magic of Miss Mabel

August 29, 2016
Lowe, Natasha, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2016]
278 pages ; 22 cm
Companion book to: The courage of Cat Campbell, and The power of Poppy Pendle.
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
"When young Mabel Ratcliff goes to study magic at Ruthersfield Academy, she discovers not only that being a proper witch is harder than she thought, but also that she is adopted"-- Provided by publisher.

The scourge

August 29, 2016
Nielsen, Jennifer A., author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
353 pages ; 22 cm
When the lethal plague known as the Scourge returns to Keldan the victims are sent to Attic Island, and Ani Mells of the River People is among them--but Ani does not feel sick, and with the help of her best friend, Weevil, she sets out to uncover the truth of what is happening, and expose the lies the people of Keldan have been told.

The wizard's wand : the ninth adventure in the Kingdom of Fantasy

August 29, 2016
Stilton, Geronimo, author.
New York : Scholastic Inc., 2016.
311 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Original title Nono Viaggio nel Regno della Fantasia."
"Based on an original idea by Elisabetta Dami."
Blossom, Queen of the Fairies, has disappeared, along with three powerful magical objects, the Book of a Thousand Spells, the Crystal Sphere, and the Whispering Wand, and Geronimo Stilton is once again called on to confront an evil wizard, rescue the Queen, recover the objects, and save the entire Kingdom of Fantasy.

Vault of shadows

August 29, 2016
Maberry, Jonathan.
456 pages ; 22 cm
"Milo must choose between risking his life to save both the human and magical universes--or to live and save only his own"--Provided by publisher.


August 29, 2016
Reynolds, Jason, author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016.
181 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy book."
Aspiring to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school's track team, gifted runner Ghost finds his goal challenged by a tragic past with a violent father.

Away in a star sled

August 29, 2016
Stilton, Geronimo, author.
111 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Discovering that the gift-distributing Elfix aliens have disappeared as the Night of Dancing Stars approaches, Geronimo Stiltonix and his spacemice crewmates race to find the missing aliens before the celebration is ruined.

Double trouble

August 29, 2016
Howard, Kate, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2016]
68 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
The Nexo Knights discover that in the latest plot from Jestro and the Book of Monsters, they must defend Knighton from villains that look exactly like them, while everyone else believes that they are the ones who have turned evil.

Yo-kai watch : epic showdowns

August 29, 2016
Rusu, Meredith, author.
47 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Over 20 face-offs of Yo-kai are featured.

I survived the eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980

August 29, 2016
Tarshis, Lauren, author.
94 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
On May 18, 1980, eleven-year-old Jessie Marlowe and her best friends, Eddie and Sam, are in a forest near Mount St. Helens when the months of wondering whether the volcano will erupt are finally answered--all three are badly burned, but it is up to Jessie to protect the boys as best she can and hope that somebody comes to rescue them.

Legend of the Brown Ninja

August 29, 2016
Rusu, Meredith, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2016]
78 pages ; 20 cm.
When one of his publicity stunts to help his friends take advantage of having defeated the Preeminent goes wrong, Dareth, the Brown Ninja, finds himself in trouble and surrounded by angry warriors.

Movie magic

August 29, 2016
Schmidt, Rebecca L., author.
New York, NY : Scholastic, Inc., [2016]
32 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Asked to star in a movie, Lance invites his fellow knights along, but when the cameras start rolling, Lance doesn't want to share the spotlight.

Welcome to Monster High: the junior novel

August 29, 2016
Finn, Perdita, author.
136 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
"The origin story"--page[1] of cover.
"Based on the screenplay written by Dana Starfield and Shane Amsterdam."

Starfire starbomb

August 29, 2016
Korté, Steven
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Co., 2016.
134 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Based on the episodes Blackfire blow up written by John Loy, Tamaranian vacation written by Amy Wolfram and Knowledge by Michael Jelenic"--T.p.

A long pitch home

August 29, 2016
Lorenzi, Natalie Dias, author.
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2016]
248 pages ; 24 cm
When Bilal's family suddenly moves to America, his father stays in Pakistan, and Bilal embraces baseball, an unexpected friend, and a new language. But this new way of life does not feel so special without Baba--will he ever get to America to see Bilal pitch a game?

Mister Cleghorn's seal

August 26, 2016
Kerr, Judith, author, illustrator.
93 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
This is the story of what happened to Mr. Cleghorn and Charlie the seal pup in their determination to find a home for Charlie, who was abandoned on a rock in the middle of the sea.

Rupert's parchment : story of Magna Carta

August 26, 2016
Cameron, Eileen, author.
Herndon, VA : Mascot Books, [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"In the year 1215, Rupert, son of a local parchment maker, has a ringside seat at the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede, the English meadow by the River Thames. In this great charter of freedom, King John pledged to honor the rights and liberties of free men in England. Centuries later, Magna Carta influenced the birth of American freedoms. RUPERT'S PARCHMENT, a work of historical fiction, offers children an authentic experience as they live through this exciting time with Rupert and witness and celebrate with him this historic event" -- Provided by publisher.

What Dog knows

August 25, 2016
Heede, Sylvia Vanden, author.
119 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Original Dutch edition published 2014.
Novel for children.
Mummies and skeletons -- Robots, knights and pirates -- Dinosaurs and dragons -- Rockets and the moon.
When Wolf finds a fact-filled book in the library, he thinks he will at last outsmart his clever friend Dog. The two friends spar as they learn all about mummies and skeletons; robots, knights and pirates; dinosaurs and dragons; rockets and the moon. As always with Wolf and Dog, there is just as much to learn about getting along together, about friends and enemies, food and fleas. Includes factual information.

Mr Gum and the cherry tree

August 25, 2016
Stanton, Andy.
215 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Good evening and welcome to a tale of forests! Of legendary beasts! Of misbehaving children! Of caterpillars called Graham! And of a great big beefer of a cherry tree! But what dark secrets are hidden in that tree, where the leaves grow thick and green? Polly intends to find out, and she intends to find out by finding out. What will she find out?

Mr Gum and the dancing bear

August 25, 2016
Stanton, Andy., author.
226 pages : illustrations, maps ; 19 cm.
Good evening. Do you like bears called Padlock? Course you do. Do you like hot-air balloons? Course you do. Do you like tall sailing ships with mad sea captains, and horrifying old villains and words like 'wab!', 'tungler' and 'kelp'? COURSE you do! Well, guess what, you lucky little nibbleheads? This book's got all of those things - and a lot more besides.

Mr Gum and the goblins

August 25, 2016
Stanton, Andy, author.
190 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Well, that old roo-de-lally Mr Gum and the hideous Billy William the Third are once more mucking things up for everyone. They're a-schemin' and a-hatchin' an' making their bad plans up on Goblin Mountain. And why? Because they're raising up an army of goblins to stink up the town of Lamonic Bibber once and for all! Can the brave travellers (the wise old man Friday O'Leary and the small girl Polly) make it past the Three Impossible Challenges of Goblin Mountain and save the town from a fate worse than something very bad indeed? In an epic tale of courage, valour and plain idiocy only one thing is sure: The truth is a lemon meringue!

Mr Gum and the secret hideout

August 25, 2016
Stanton, Andy., author.
228 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Talking parrots in the rooftops? A giant cactus on the high street? Mosquitos so nasty that even their own friends don't like them? Something's gone terribly wrong in Lamonic Bibber and Mr Gum is nowhere to be found. Yes, folks, Polly and Friday are facing their biggest challenge yet. So strap yourselves in, cry 'HI-HO-WEIRDY!' and get ready for an adventure so crazy your feet will melt with happiness! And I'm not just saying that, I've actually seen it happen.

Mr Gum and the biscuit billionaire

August 25, 2016
Stanton, Andy., author.
168 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Mr Gum is back in this second hilarious book and he's as nasty as ever! In fact, he's absolutely grimsters. But this book's not just about him. Meet a gingerbread man named Alan Taylor who has electric muscles! Plus, all our favourite characters are back: the little girl called Polly, the evil butcher called Billy William The Third, and the very wise man, Friday O'Leary. And, who could forget loveable Jake the dog, or the angry fairy who lives in Mr Gum's bathtub and whacks him on the head with a frying-pan?

Secrets of the circus

August 25, 2016
Klise, Kate, author.
108 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"The animals of Sir Sidney's Circus enter a contest at the Iowa State Fair in hopes of winning a $5,000 prize that could save Farmer Farley's farm and his prize pig, Pablo"-- Provided by publisher.

What's for dinner, Mr Gum?

August 25, 2016
Stanton, Andy, author.
London : Jelly Pie, Egmont, 2007.
233 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Mr. Gum's unquenchable hunger for rancid kebabs threatens to tear the town apart and Polly and her friends must try to prevent it.

Hidden in the haunted school

August 24, 2016
Warner, Gertrude Chandler, 1890-1979.
Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, 2016.
110 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"The old abandoned school in Silver City is being fixed up as an art center and the Boxcar Children volunteer to help clean up the place. But the other volunteers are scared by the spooky goings-on in the school--doors lock by themselves, and chalkboard messages appear out of nowhere! Will the Aldens find out the secret of the haunted school?"-- Provided by publisher.

Framed! : A T.O.A.S.T. mystery

August 23, 2016
Ponti, James, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2016.
292 pages ; 22 cm
A T.O.A.S.T.* mystery. --Cover
In Washington, D.C., twelve-year-old Florian Bates, a consulting detective for the FBI, and his best friend Margaret help thwart the biggest art heist in United States history.

Talking leaves

August 23, 2016
Bruchac, Joseph, 1942- author.
New York, NY : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2016]
235 pages ; 22 cm
"The story of Sequoyah and the creation of the Cherokee syllabary, as told by his thirteen year old son"-- Provided by publisher.

Humphrey's mixed-up magic trick

August 23, 2016
Birney, Betty G., author.
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
90 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"The students of Room 26 are doing reports about the jobs they want to have when they grow up--and Humphrey the classroom pet hamster helps aspiring magician Miranda show the class about her own dream job"--Provided by publisher.

A surprise visitor

August 23, 2016
Green, Poppy, author.
New York : Little Simon, 2016.
117 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Sophie Mouse gets a surprise visitor when a little bird lands in her yard and hurts his wing"-- Provided by publisher.

The Left-Handed Fate

August 23, 2016
Milford, Kate, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
372 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A quest story to find the three pieces of a magical engine which can either win the War of 1812 ... or stop it altogether"--Provided by publisher.

Maxi's secrets : (or what you can learn from a dog)

August 23, 2016
Plourde, Lynn, author.
New York, NY : Nancy Paulsen Books, [2016]
262 pages ; 22 cm
"Fifth-grader Timminy, who's small for his age and new in town, isn't eager to start middle school--but he gets a great consolation prize in Maxi, a big, deaf, lovable dog"-- Provided by publisher.

Not as we know it

August 23, 2016
Avery, Tom (Children's story writer)
159 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published in paperback in different form by Andersen Press Limited, London, in 2015"--Copyright page.
Can a mysterious sea creature save eleven-year-old Jamie's very sick twin brother?

The rat prince

August 23, 2016
Hodder, Bridget, author.
New York : Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, 2016.
260 pages ; 22 cm
A new take on the Cinderella story, told from her point of view as well as that of a royal rat turned coachman.

Starlight Glimmer and the secret suite

August 23, 2016
Berrow, G. M, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
117 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes activities.
While staying in the Castle of Friendship with Twilight Sparkle, Starlight Glimmer finds a secret room that distorts time all over Equestria.

Zeus's eagle

August 23, 2016
Coats, Lucy, author.
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 2016.
135 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Demon's life on Mount Olympus has never been busier. Thanks to the awful heroes down on Earth, Demon has even more injured beasts to care for. And worse still, the goddess Psyche wants Demon to "borrow" Zeus's prized eagle for an urgent mission. But is her task worth the risk of offending the king of the gods?"

The secret sea

August 23, 2016
Lyga, Barry, author.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2016.
436 pages ; 22 cm
"Three friends find themselves plunged into a world of quantum physics, a rare disease that only affects identical twins, and a mysterious fact about a real-life global catastrophe"-- Provided by publisher.

Ashlyn's unsurprise party

August 23, 2016
Tripp, Valerie, 1951- author.
© 2016
85 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Ashlyn is throwing a party! She wants to keep everything top secret so that she can surprise her friends. Then she learns that her friends have allergies and other needs. At first, Ashlyn is disappointed about letting her friends in on her secret plans--but it turns out that Ashlyn is in for the biggest surprise of all!"--Back cover.

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