New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

March 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Banana Bunch and the magic show

March 27, 2015
Ziefert, Harriet.
Maplewood, NJ : Blue Apple Books, 2015.
71 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Friends who call themselves the Banana Bunch go on a picnic, play in the park, agree on a secret club password, and raise money by putting on a magic show that ends with Scruffy the dog disappearing. Includes suggestions for magic-related activities.

The Banana Bunch and the birthday party

March 27, 2015
Ziefert, Harriet.
Maplewood, NJ : Blue Apple Books, 2015.
68 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
Friends who call themselves the Banana Bunch pitch in to plan and prepare a surprise birthday party for one of their regular members, Molly's dog Scruffy, and Scruffy repays them by finding their missing baseball. Includes ideas for making someone's birthday special.

Joey & Johnny, the ninjas. Get mooned

March 26, 2015
SerWacki.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
307 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"1"--Spine.
"Best friends and ninjas-in-training Joey and Johnny are sent on a special mission to investigate their rival ninja school's use of advanced technological weapons"-- Provided by publisher.

The sweetest heist in history

March 26, 2015
Spencer, Octavia, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015]
209 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
On a trip to New York City to visit Randi's aunt, the ninja detective trio explores Randi's old neighborhood in Brooklyn, where they uncover an art heist involving Fabergé eggs. Except no one will believe them. So they'll just have to catch the criminals in the act...

The mystery across the secret bridge

March 26, 2015
Paris, Harper.
New York : Little Simon, 2015.
112 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
While in Machu Picchu, Peru, with their parents, eight-year-old twins Ethan and Ella cross a secret bridge and discover a mysterious stone sculpture.

Princess in disguise

March 26, 2015
Baker, E. D., author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
215 pages : map ; 21 cm.
When everything starts going wrong on Annie and Liam's wedding day, Queen Karolina decides that they need the help of her fairy godmother, Moonbeam, but a magical fog keeps messengers from leaving so Annie and Liam themselves set out discover who ruined the wedding, and why.

Dog eat dog

March 25, 2015
Marcionette, Jake, author.
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
193 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Sixth-grader Jake Ali Mathews is slowly settling in at his new school and has a new best friend, Michael, but a substitute teacher arrives who instructs by having her students help with a fledgling pet-grooming company, which strains his friendship and tests his growing popularity.

Kiss and spell

March 25, 2015
Selfors, Suzanne, author.
©2015
210 pages ; 21 cm.
Ever After High is a boarding school for the sons and daughters of fairy tale characters, and student Ginger Breadhouse, daughter of the Candy Witch, studies all the usual magic subjects--but what she is mostly interested in is making her cooking show, Spells Kitchen, a success by introducing happiness as the secret ingredient.

The Avengers storybook collection.

March 25, 2015
Los Angeles : Marvel Press, 2015.
300 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Collects twenty stories chronicling the adventures of such heroes as Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hulk as they fight against supervillains, including Ultron, Thanos, and the Masters of Evil.

Lost at Khe Sanh

March 24, 2015
Watkins, Steve, 1954- author.
New York, NY : Scholastic, 2015.
198 pages ; 19 cm.
"Anderson finds himself drawn to the old trunk of military relics in the basement of his family's junk shop again. His friends Greg and Julie warn him to stay away from it, but he can't help himself. This time Anderson discovers an old grenade with a strange message scratched into it. But an old grenade is dangerous...especially when the ghost of a soldier appears, claiming that it's his lucky grenade during his service in the Vietnam War. What does this ghost want from Anderson, Greg, and Julie? Is he here for their help--or for something more sinister? It's a race against time as the friends work to solve the mystery!"--Page [4] of cover.

5- minute Palace Pets stories

March 24, 2015
Fliess, Sue, author.
©2015
192 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
All stories adapted from books written by Amy Sky Koster.
A prancing puppy for Cinderella -- The garden party -- A bashful bunny for Snow White -- The big rescue -- A perfect pony for Tiana -- The missing musician -- A curious kitten for Ariel -- The ocean voyage -- A playful panda for Mulan -- The great market chase -- A performing puppy for Belle -- The shortcut.
Meet Pumpkin, Berry, Teacup, Treasure, Bayou, and Blossom! These adorable Palace Pets have their own unique adoption tales to tell, as well as exciting adventures with their princesses that they are eager to share. Each of these stories is the ideal length for reading out loud in about five minutes-perfect for playtime, bedtime, or any time!

Blackbird fly

March 23, 2015
Kelly, Erin Entrada.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
296 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bullied at school, eighth-grader Apple, a Filipino American who loves the music of the Beatles, decides to change her life by learning how to play the guitar.

The Penderwicks in spring

March 23, 2015
Birdsall, Jeanne, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015]
339 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette.
As spring arrives on Gardam Street, there are surprises in store for each Penderwick, from neighbor Nick Geiger's expected return from the war to Batty's new dog-walking business, but her plans to use her profits to surprise her family on her eleventh birthday go astray.

The island of Dr. Libris

March 23, 2015
Grabenstein, Chris, author.
New York : Random House, [2015]
242 pages ; 22 cm
A twelve-year-old boy, worried that his parents may divorce, discovers that an island in the middle of the lake where he is spending the summer is the testing grounds of the mysterious Dr. Libris, who may have invented a way to make the characters in books come alive.

Pieces and players

March 20, 2015
Balliett, Blue, 1955- author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
When thirteen high-value pieces of art are stolen from a secret museum, Calder, Petra, and Tommy are grouped with two new companions to solve puzzles that are complicated by the clever Mrs. Sharpe.

Supercat vs. the fry thief

March 20, 2015
Willis, Jeanne, author.
©2014
217 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"First published in Great Britain by HarperCollins Children's Books 2014 as Supercat vs the chip thief"--Title page verso.
"Meet Tiger, an ordinary, tubby tabby cat. But Tiger has a secret! Just one lick of a toxic sock and he is transformed into Supercat! With his brand-new powers and his best friend James, can Supercat save the world, and all the fries, from the dastardly Count Backwards...? When the world needs saving, there's only one cat to call"--Page 4 of cover.

Disney lands

March 20, 2015
Pearson, Ridley.
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney-Hyperion, 2015.
344 pages ; 21 cm.
"With the defeat of the Overtakers behind them, the five teenagers known as the Kingdom Keepers should be celebrating. By all accounts they saved Disneyland from certain destruction. Why then did their mentor leave one last puzzle for them to decipher? The Keepers must solve a puzzle of the past, or be crushed under an evil that makes the Overtakers seem like gentle souls"-- Provided by publisher.

Ava and Taco Cat

March 20, 2015
Weston, Carol.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2015.
215 pages ; 21 cm
Fifth-grader Ava writes in her diary about her family, losing her best friend to a new girl, and adopting an injured, skittish, and very special cat.

Catch you later, traitor

March 20, 2015
Avi, 1937- author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, 2015.
296 pages ; 22 cm
"It's 1951, and twelve-year-old Pete Collison is a regular kid in Brooklyn, New York, who loves Sam Spade detective books and radio crime dramas. But when an FBI agent shows up at Pete's doorstep, accusing Pete's father of being a Communist, Pete is caught in a real-life mystery. Could there really be Commies in Pete's family?"-- Provided by publisher.

Teddy Mars : almost a world record breaker

March 19, 2015
Burnham, Molly B.
New York, NY : KT Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
215 pages ; 22 cm
Ten-year-old Teddy Mars seeks to stand apart from his six siblings, none of whom could be called "normal," by earning a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Earthquake escape

March 19, 2015
Burchett, Jan.
North Mankato, Minn. : Stone Arch Books, c2012.
145 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Originally published: London : Stripes, 2009.
Twins Ben and Zoe are sent by their uncle Dr. Stephen Fisher to rescue an orphaned giant panda cub, which has wandered from its sanctuary after the 2008 earthquake in China's Sichuan Province.

Safari survival

March 19, 2015
Burchett, Jan.
North Mankato, Minn. : Stone Arch Books, c2012.
146 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.
Originally published: London : Stripes, 2010.
Twins Ben and Zoe are sent to Kenya to expose and stop the hunters who are killing elephants in the nature reserve for sport.

Ocean S.O.S.

March 19, 2015
Burchett, Jan.
North Mankato, Minn. : Stone Arch Books, [c2012].
146 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
"A Capstone imprint."
When a captive-bred dolphin is dumped in the Caribbean, the twins, Ben and Zoe, set out to locate and guide him to safety--but when a storm overturns their boat they find that the tables have turned.

Desert danger

March 19, 2015
Burchett, Jan.
North Mankato, Minn. : Stone Arch Books, [c2012].
146 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Originally published: London : Stripes, 2011.
"A Capstone imprint."
Ben and Zoe travel to the Kalahari Desert in Namibia to rescue a lion cub who has fallen down a well, but a sandstorm threatens to overwhelm them before they can get the cub back to its pride.

Avalanche alert

March 19, 2015
Burchett, Jan.
North Mankato, Minn. : Stone Arch Books, [c2012].
146 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Originally published: London : Stripes, 2010.
"A Capstone imprint."
Wild weather -- Fang -- Ascent -- Poison -- Spotted -- On track -- Antidote -- High ground -- Under the weather -- On the edge -- In the bag -- Avalance! -- Save and sound.
A snow leopard and her cubs have been separated from their territory by an avalanche in the Himalaya Mountains, and it is up to Ben and Zoe to find the rare cats and guide them to safety before the local villagers poison them.

Polar meltdown

March 19, 2015
Burchett, Jan.
North Mankato, Minn. : Stone Arch Books, c2012.
147 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Originally published: London : Stripes, 2009.
The twins Ben and Zoe are sent to an Alaskan village in the far north to investigate the death of a mother polar bear and find and rescue her two orphaned cubs.

The year we sailed the sun

March 17, 2015
Nelson, Theresa, 1948-
New York : Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, [2015]
417 pages ; 22 cm
In St. Louis, Missouri, in 1911, orphaned eleven-year-old Julia Delaney rails against countless disappointments and the nun's strict rules at the House of Mercy, especially after her sister Mary turns fourteen and must leave, but she, her family, and best friend get tangled up with a gangster and a decade-old mystery.

Butterfly blues

March 17, 2015
Keene, Carolyn, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
76 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
After a rare Blue Morpho goes missing from the new butterfly museum, Nancy and her friends try to bring the valuable creature back to safety.

Return to Earth!

March 17, 2015
O'Ryan, Ray.
New York : Little Simon, [2015]
119 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Zack is headed back to Earth for the first time since moving to Nebulon. He can't wait to see Bert and show his new friend, the former bully Seth Stevens, all around his old stomping grounds. When Zach's dog Luna escapes and goes missing, sightseeing plans take an unexpected turn. Will Zack find Luna before he has to head home to Nebulon?"-- Provided by publisher.

The whisper

March 17, 2015
Starmer, Aaron, 1976-
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
361 pages ; 22 cm.
Twelve-year-old Alistair continues his quest to find his missing friend, Fiona, in Aquavania, a world where wishes can nearly come true, but he learns that the Whisper, once a boy named Charlie from his own world, has plans for Alistair and has used Fiona to try to get to him.

Detective Gordon : the first case

March 17, 2015
Nilsson, Ulf, 1948- author.
Wellington : Gecko Press, 2015.
92 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 22 cm
Translated from the Swedish.
First published by Bonnier Carlsen, Stockholm, 2012.

The volume of possible endings : Dorrity's tale in five parts

March 17, 2015
Else, Barbara, author.
©2014
335 pages : illustrations, music ; 20 cm.
Novel for children.
Dorrity, the only child in Owl Town, finds an enchanted book that makes strange predictions. The she meets the strange Metalboy, and embarks on an adventure to uncover her past.

Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot vs. the voodoo vultures from Venus

March 16, 2015
Pilkey, Dav, 1966- author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2014]
118 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Originally published in 2001 in a slightly different form by Blue Sky Press under title: Ricky Ricotta's giant robot vs. the voodoo vultures from Venus.
"3"--Spine.
A small mouse named Ricky Ricotta and his best friend, a giant flying robot, save the world from Victor Von Vulture and his vicious Voodoo Vultures from Venus.

Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot vs. the mecha-monkeys from Mars

March 16, 2015
Pilkey, Dav, 1966- author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2014]
140 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Originally published in 2002 in a slightly different form by Blue Sky Press.
"4"--Spine.
A small mouse and his best friend, a giant flying robot, attempt to save the Earth when an evil Martian monkey and his mechanical creations attack.

Fork-tongue charmers

March 13, 2015
Durham, Paul (Paul Joseph), 1972- author.
©2015
401 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"When Rye O'Chanter is declared an outlaw from her own village, she finds herself stuck on a strange remote island. But the island comes to feel much less remote when the battle over the future of the Luck Uglies moves to its shores"-- Provided by publisher.

Dogs don't have webbed feet

March 13, 2015
Krulik, Nancy E.
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2015.
101 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Sparky's magic bone takes him to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil where he encounters a variety of creatures, becomes leader of a pack of web-footed dogs, and helps protect their home from two-legs in metal machines that have flattened so many trees, Sparky cannot find where he buried his bone. Includes facts about the rainforest and its residents.

Star Wars rebels. Ezra's duel with danger

March 12, 2015
Kogge, Michael, author.
©2015
119 pages : color illustrations; 20 cm
Based on the Star Wars Rebels episodes "Empire Day" by Henry Gilroy, "Gathering Forces" by Greg Weisman, and "Path of the Jedi" by Charles Murray.
"Star Wars saga chapter book"--Book cover.
When Ezra Bridger runs into an old friends from his past, secrets about Ezra's missing parents are finally brought to light. Can Ezra unravel the mystery of their disappearance while still helping the rebels fight the Empire? The stakes are higher than ever as Imperial Agent Kallus and the fearsome Inquisitor join forces to stop the rebels. With such dangerous enemies, the team is in for the fight of their lives!

Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions

March 11, 2015
Grau, Sheila.
New York : Amulet Books, [2015]
276 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"1"--Spine.
At his boarding school for monsters, a young werewolf learns a devastating truth about his family while uncovering a plot to sabotage the world's finest training program for aspiring minions to evil overlords.

If you find this

March 11, 2015
Baker, Matthew, 1985-
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
358 pages ; 21 cm
When the grandfather he never knew is released from prison suffering from dementia, eleven-year-old Nicholas, a mathematical and musical genius, tries to save the family's home by helping search for heirlooms Grandpa claims to have buried.

Hopper's destiny

March 11, 2015
Fiedler, Lisa, author.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2015]
344 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
A brave pet shop mouse named Hopper attempts to rebuild a fallen empire in the underground rat civilization of Atlantia, located in the subway tunnels of Brooklyn, while Queen Felina and her band of street cats declare open season on the rodents.

Astrotwins : project blastoff

March 11, 2015
Kelly, Mark E.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015.
210 pages ; 22 cm
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
"Young Mark Kelly and his brother and friends decide to build a rocket over the summer when their constant bickering starts to annoy their grandfather in this middle-grade novel based on the NASA astronauts' real childhoods"-- Provided by publisher. Includes facts about NASA and the space program.

The Schnoz of doom

March 11, 2015
Beaty, Andrea.
New York : Amulet Books, 2015.
183 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Film-loving twins Joules and Kevin face new evil bunnies from outer space when odorous extraterrestrials that use "smellepathy" to control their prey's brain arrive to conquer the world.

Public school superhero

March 11, 2015
Patterson, James, 1947-
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
273 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"In Kenny Wright's active imagination he's a world famous superhero, but in the real world he's a sixth grade 'Grandma's Boy' whose struggles to fit in at his Washington D.C. inner city school will put his grades and family loyalty to the test"-- Provided by publisher. Includes sections of comic-style illustrations.

The almost last roundup

March 11, 2015
Erickson, John R., 1943- author.
©2015
127 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Nobody on the ranch has seen a drought like the one this summer, ponds have dried up, the creek is down, and the cows are kicking up dust. Then there is a prairie fire. There is a desperate need for rain, and Pete the Barncat is trying to ruin Loper's birthday.

Horizon

March 11, 2015
Terrell, Brandon, 1978-
North Mankato, Minn. : Stone Arch Books, a Capstone imprint, c2014.
123 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
The surviving members of the Revolution regroup under the leadership of Zeke Grebes and set out to recover the stolen Fragments--but it will take an epic skateboard battle with the agents of the Collective to reunite the pieces of Tony Hawk's 900 skateboard and restore its power.

Zombified

March 11, 2015
Hoena, B. A.
North Mankato, Minn. : Stone Arch Books, c2013.
109 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Includes a short graphic novel insert, The bowl.
Trapped in a vision, Omar finds himself five years in the future, in a post-apocalyptic world where the Collective has won, people wander the streets mindlessly, and his friends are dead or vastly changed--and he must survive and find out what this particular vision means for the Revolution.

Unearthed

March 11, 2015
Terrell, Brandon, 1978-
North Mankato, Minn. : Stone Arch Books, c2013.
119 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm.
Omar is still troubled by his vision of the future, but when another vision sends the Revolution to a forgotten pyramid in Egypt to recover a new Fragment, and two of the teens are trapped inside the pyramid, they must all put aside the suspicions and conflicts of the past few months and work as a team if any of them are going to survive.

Exiled

March 11, 2015
Terrell, Brandon, 1978-
Mankato, MN : Stone Arch Books, c2012.
119 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm.
"A Capstone Imprint."
When the Revolution team walks into a Collective trap in Mexico, they begin to suspect that one of their number is a double agent--as suspicion begins to poison their relationships the main suspect, Dylan, is sent into exile and headquarters is locked down.

Amplified

March 11, 2015
Hoena, B. A.
Mankato, MN : Stone Arch Books, c2012.
119 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm.
"A Capstone Imprint."
Omar, Dylan, Amy and Joey, the first four members of the Revolution team, are searching for the next fragment of Tony Hawk's powerful 900 skateboard in Minneapolis, and their search leads them to a teen who is tuned into the Artifact--but the evil Collective once again stands in their way.

One tough chick

March 11, 2015
Margolis, Leslie.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2013.
170 p. ; 21 cm.
As the school talent show nears, Annabelle's plan to display her dog training skills goes awry and she is asked to be a student judge instead, which seems perfect until her friends begin asking for special treatment.

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