New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

September 3, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The golden vendetta

September 2, 2015
Abbott, Tony, 1952- author.
509 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"It's been two months since the Kaplan family hunted down the Serpens relic, but when the evil Galina Krause suddenly and violently reappears, Wade, Darrell, Lily, and Becca have no choice but to face her again. Now they must race to find an artifact said to be crafted by Leonardo da Vinci himself--perhaps the strangest Guardian of all. Along the way, they uncover another layer to Galina's sinister endgame . . . and there might not be enough time to stop it" -- Provided by publisher.

Let's explore!

September 2, 2015
Saunders, Catherine, author.
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2015.
127 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
Includes index.
Follow the girls of Heartlake City as they go an adventure and learn more about the city around them.

Milo Speck, accidental agent

September 2, 2015
Urban, Linda, author.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
266 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
When Milo Speck enters Ogregon, a land populated with hungry ogres, enormous turkeys, children needing rescue, and his own, ordinary, salesman-father, his top priority is to escape--but only after thwarting a plot to turn children everywhere into ogre snack food.


September 2, 2015
Smith, Ronald L. (Ronald Lenard), 1959-
Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
208 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In 1930s Alabama, twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher is the only member of his family who seems unable to practice folk magic, but when a mysterious man called the Stranger puts the entire town at risk from his black magic, Hoodoo must learn to conjure to defeat him.

Goosebumps : movie novel

September 2, 2015
135 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm
"Based on the screenplay by Darren Lemke; story by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski."
Zach moves to a small town and realizes his new neighbor, Hannah, is in danger. When he tries to rescue her, he accidentally unleashes the monsters that are characters in the books of her writer father R.L. Stine. Zach, Hannah, and Stine must get the monsters back into the books.

Boo York, Boo York : a monsterrific musical! : the junior novel

September 2, 2015
Finn, Perdita.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
155 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm.
"Based on the movie"--Cover.

The Flinkwater factor : a novel in five thrilling episodes

September 2, 2015
Hautman, Pete, 1952-
249 pages ; 22 cm
Thirteen-year-old Ginger investigates a series of weird events taking place in her home town of Flinkwater, Iowa, beginning with people falling into comas while using their computers.

The copper gauntlet

September 1, 2015
Black, Holly, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
264 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Callum Hunt's life has been difficult ever since he was admitted to the Magisterium, since his father suspects him of being evil, and his closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf--but when he discovers that his father may be trying to destroy both him and Havoc, he escapes back to the magical world and he and his friends Aaron and Tamara, become involved in the search for the stolen Alkahest, a copper gauntlet with dangerous powers.

Wish upon a starfish

September 1, 2015
Dadey, Debbie, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
95 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Longing for onstage stardom, Pearl auditions for the third-grade play and gets the part of the evil sea witch while her best friend is cast in the lead, a situation that challenges their friendship.

Night of the living monsters

September 1, 2015
Howard, Kate, adapter.
48 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"Based on the motion picture "Goosebumps"; screenplay by Darren Lemke; story by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski.
Zach, Hannah and Mr. Shivers (a.k.a. R.L. Stine) have to get the monsters that have escaped from Stine's manuscripts back into the manuscripts.

Splash dance

September 1, 2015
Ocean, Davy, author.
120 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Originally published in Great Britain as Shark party by Templar Publishing.
Harry Hammer is determined to win a Fintendo game system in the school's dance contest, but first he needs to learn how to dance.

Maestoso Petra

September 1, 2015
Kendall, Jane F.
New York : Random House, ©2010.
139 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Maestoso Petra, a Lipizzaner stallion, trains to perform in the Spanish Riding School and is hidden away during the German occupation of Austria in World War II. Includes facts about Lipizzaner horses and the world-famous Spanish Riding School.

Risky Chance

September 1, 2015
Hart, Alison, 1950-
New York : Random House, c2011.
153 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
In the mid- to late-1930s, Risky Chance grows from a spirited colt to a winning racehorse, but an injury and the Great Depression bring hardship that only a special little girl can help him overcome.

Forces of nature

August 28, 2015
Ball, Nate, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
123 pages, 9 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Do-it-yourself science experiment included"--Cover.
"Ever since Amp crash-landed his spaceship through Zack McGee's window, Zack's life has gone in some unexpected directions. But when everything goes wrong on the McGee family camping trip, Zack's going to need Amp's alien scouting skills to navigate the great outdoors and find their way back to civilization!" -- Provided by publisher.

Andy Russell, not wanted by the police

August 28, 2015
Adler, David A.
San Diego : Gulliver Books/Harcourt, 2005, ©2001.
118 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Andy and Tamika are watching their neighbor's house while they are away, but when strange and troubling things start happening inside the house, the police do not believe the children.

Clementine for Christmas

August 28, 2015
Benedis-Grab, Daphne, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
245 pages ; 22 cm
Josie is timid at school, comfortable at home, and confident when she and her dog Clementine are volunteering at the pediatric ward of the local hospital; Oscar is acting out and in trouble at school, miserable at home, and forced to volunteer as a punishment; Gabby is popular at school, but her perfect life is threatened because she is hiding a dangerous medical condition--but at the hospital the three children are brought together by Clementine at Christmas.

Mimi and the mountain dragon

August 28, 2015
Morpurgo, Michael.
Richmond, Vic. Hardie Grant Egmont, 2014.
45 pages : color illustrations ; 16 cm

Anton and Cecil : cats on track

August 27, 2015
Martin, Lisa, 1965- author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books, [2015]
257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
When cat brothers Anton and Cecil receive a message of distress from Hieronymus, they set out to rescue their rodent friend, catching a train going West--and on the way they will encounter huge bison, chattering prairie dogs, hungry coyotes, and the most dangerous creature of all, a boy who wants to make Cecil his pet.

Fartasaurus Rex

August 27, 2015
Pilger, Seamus.
New York : HarperCollins, [2015]
107 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"The Fart Squad is back, and this time the flatulent fifth graders will have to take on a prehistoric fart monster . . . FARTASAURUS REX!"-- Provided by publisher.


August 25, 2015
Cornwell, Betsy, author.
Boston : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
307 pages ; 22 cm
"A retelling of Cinderella about an indomitable inventor-mechanic who finds her prince but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all"-- Provided by publisher.

Arctic freeze

August 25, 2015
Earhart, Kristin, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015]
121 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
As the four members of Team Red begin the third stage of the race in Alaska, Dev must learn to focus and trust his instincts if he is going to help his team pull out a victory.

My teacher is an idiom

August 25, 2015
Gilson, Jamie, author.
Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
135 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Second-grader Richard finds himself in big trouble during Mind Your Manners Month when he unwittingly captures the attention of Patrick, the class clown, and Sophie, a French girl who has trouble with idioms.

The not-so itty-bitty spiders

August 25, 2015
Stadelmann, Amy Marie, author, illustrator.
New York, New York : Scholastic Inc., 2015.
72 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
Beatrix is a witch, but her twin sister Olive is not, and when Beatrix plays one trick too many on Olive and their classmate Eddie the two decide to get back at her with a bucket of garden spiders--but when the spiders get into a growing potion and turn into giant spiders the three children have to work together to save their town.

Revenge of the angels

August 25, 2015
Ziegler, Jennifer, 1967- author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
245 pages ; 22 cm
The eleven-year-old Brewster triplets, Dawn, Darby, and Delaney, are afraid this is going to be the worst Christmas ever--they have been cast as angels in their local Christmas pageant just because they are girls, their mother, older sister, and aunt are stuck in Boston because of the snow, someone is stealing outdoor Christmas decorations and baked goods, and their father is just too busy for Christmas.

Sparkling Jewel

August 25, 2015
Green, D. L. (Debra L.), author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2015.
89 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Silver Pony Ranch ; 1"--Spine.
Nine-year-old Tori is thrilled to be spending the summer at her grandmother's ranch, even if she has to share a room with her younger sister Miranda, who is eight--there is a beautiful, but very nervous, new pony called Jewel that she would love to ride, but her grandmother feels that this pony is just too much for a child.

The three little pugs

August 25, 2015
Jones, Noah (Noah Z.), author.
New York : Scholastic Inc., 2015.
72 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
In the Land of Fake-Believe the Three Little Pugs' used car business has sold Scaredy-Pants Wolf a lemon (literally) instead of a delivery van, so Princess Pink gets an opportunity to use her karate moves to get Wolf's money back--and set the Pugs on the straight-and-narrow path to business success.

The house on Stone's Throw Island

August 25, 2015
Poblocki, Dan, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
263 pages ; 22 cm
"A ghost story"--Cover.
Josie Sandoval and Eli Barker are the youngest of the wedding guests trapped on an island off the coast of Maine when a storm blows in--but this island is haunted by spirits seeking revenge, and the only clue that Josie and Eli have is a scrap of an old Nazi uniform and a voice crying out for help in German.

Tucky Jo and Little Heart

August 25, 2015
Polacco, Patricia, author, illustrator.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
A fifteen-year-old soldier in World War II meets a sweet young girl in the Philippines who helps him remember what he is fighting for as he helps her and others of her village avoid starvation, and many years later she returns his kindness.

The mean girl meltdown

August 25, 2015
Eyre, Lindsay, author.
New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2015.
144 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Fourth-grader Sylvie Scruggs is old enough to join her town's new junior ice-hockey team, and she is a really good skater, even if she does have a tendency to close her eyes when she shoots, but fifth-grader Jamie Redmond does not like younger kids on the team, and when someone starts pulling pranks on Sylvie she is convinced that Jamie is responsible--and she enlists the help of her friends to prove it and get even.

The wolf wilder

August 25, 2015
Rundell, Katherine, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015]
231 pages; 22 cm
In the days before the Russian Revolution, twelve-year-old Feodora sets out to rescue her mother when the Tsar's Imperial Army imprisons her for teaching tamed wolves to fend for themselves.

Star Wars the weapon of a Jedi : a Luke Skywalker adventure

August 25, 2015
Fry, Jason, 1969- author.
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney Lucasfilm Press, 2015.
184 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Luke Skywalker returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a mysterious planet, and explores a dangerous duel between Luke and a strange new villain."--Provided by publisher.

Star Wars Smuggler's run : a Han Solo & Chewbacca adventure

August 25, 2015
Rucka, Greg, author.
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney Lucasfilm Press, 2015.
183 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee team-up for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story follows everyone's favorite pair of smugglers as they fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion."--Provided by publisher.

The wild ones

August 25, 2015
London, C. Alexander, author.
New York, NY : Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
241 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
After his parents are killed, Kit, a young raccoon sets off for the city with a stone that may be the key to finding the Bone of Contention, a legendary object that is proof of a deal giving the wild animals the rights to Ankle Snap Alley, which the dogs and cats--known as the flealess--want back and are willing to kill for.


August 25, 2015
Liss, David, 1966- author.
485 pages ; 22 cm
"A twelve-year-old boy is chosen to join a four-person applicant team to work towards membership in the Confederation of United Planets, and stumbles across conspiracies resembling science fiction he's been a fan of his entire life"-- Provided by publisher.

The watchmen of Port Fayt

August 25, 2015
Mason, Conrad, author.
New York : David Fickling Books : Scholastic Inc., 2015.
389 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2012 by David Fickling Books ... as The Demon's Watch."
Half-goblin boy Joseph Grubb takes the package he found in the Legless Mermaid tavern and runs away from his abusive human uncle and the shape-shifter who is too interested in something that does not belong to him--but his escape plunges him into Port Fayt's criminal underworld and the assortment of elves, trolls, fairies, and humans who live there, as well as the Demon's Watch who are trying to save the port from a deadly threat.

The sky's the limit : my journey with Maryellen

August 25, 2015
Tripp, Valerie, 1951- author.
Middleton, WI : American Girl, [2015]
193 pages ; 19 cm
Includes excerpt for The one and only (pages 186-193).
"Maryellen 1954"--Cover.
"What if you suddenly found yourself in Maryellen's world during the 1950s? How would your life be changed, and what would you do to fit in? More importantly, what would you do to stand out? Join Maryellen on an adventure where the two of you can put on poodle skirts and head to a school dance (they were called sock hops back then!), enter a contest, or take a trip in a streamlined silver camper that looks like a rocket ship! Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose, as you select from a variety of exciting options in this multiple-ending story."--provided by publisher.

The one and only

August 25, 2015
Tripp, Valerie, 1951- author.
Middleton, WI : American Girl Publishing, 2015.
217 pages ; 19 cm
Maryellen Larkin is nine years old and longs to stand out, but in a family with five brothers and sisters it's easy to get lost in the shuffle! This is the first volume of Maryellen's stories about growing up in the 1950s.

Taking off

August 25, 2015
Tripp, Valerie, 1951-
Middleton, WI : American Girl, [2015]
193 pages ; 19 cm.
"Maryellen 1954"--Cover.

Justice League vs Bizarro League

August 25, 2015
Bright, J. E., author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015]
64 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Based on the animated film Justice League vs. Bizarro League.
"What happens when the Justice League meets the Bizarro League, a team of opposite versions of themselves? Their world gets turned upside down! But whether they like it or not, the Justice League will have to team up with theri hilariously clumsy counterparts to defeat Darkseid in this all-new, action-packed adventure!"--Page [4] of cover.


August 25, 2015
Miles, Ellen, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic, Inc., [2015]
85 pages ; 20 cm.
"Where every puppy finds a home"--Cover.
"Lizzie's mom has three of her best friends coming over to visit for a long weekend when the Petersons get a call about Boomer, a big mixed breed puppy who needs a place to stay. Can Lizzie take care of him without ruining mom's plans?"-- provided by publisher.

Quest for the keys

August 25, 2015
Deutsch, Stacia.
New York, NY : Scholastic, 2015.
125 pages ; 19 cm
When Emily Jones was walking through her grandmother's garden, she never dreamed she would end up in another world. But after crossing through a secret portal, Emily finds herself in Elvendale, the mystical land of the elves... with no way to leave! Luckily, she meets the elves of fire, earth, wind, and water. Together they set off on a quest to find four legendary keys that have the power to open the portal to Emily's world. But it will take imagination and courage for them to succeed as they encounter riddles and powerful magic on their way. Can they unlock the mystery and get Emily back home?

Monster survival guide

August 25, 2015
Lurie, Susan, author.
96 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"Based on the movie!"--Cover.
This Goosebumps guide provides profiles of creatures, each monster's strengths and weaknesses and secret spots and hangouts, among other information.

Song of the mockingbird : my journey with Josefina

August 25, 2015
Berne, Emma Carlson, author.
Middleton, WI : American Girl, [2015]
198 pages ; 19 cm
Includes excerpt for Sunlight and shadows (pages 192-198).
"Josefina 1824"--Cover.
"What if you suddenly found yourself in Josefina's world in New Mexico in 1824? What activities might you do on the rancho, what dreams might you have, and what would you do for fun? In this story, you can join Josefina on adventures that take the two of you from spending cozy evenings on the rancho to coming face-to-face with a mountain lion to visiting the lively market in the city of Santa Fe! Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose, as you select from a variety of exciting options in this multiple-ending story."--provided by publisher.

The kitten nobody wanted

August 25, 2015
Webb, Holly, author.
122 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Originally published in Great Britain 2011 by Little Tiger Press."--Title page verso.
Mia still hasn't got over her cat's death - she had Sandy for as long as she can remember. But one day, just before Christmas, she finds out that her friend's cat has had kittens. Over the holidays she goes round to play with them. Is Mia ready to welcome a new kitten into her life?

Jessie the lonely puppy

August 25, 2015
Webb, Holly, author.
126 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Originally published in Great Britain 2010 by Little Tiger Press."--Title page verso.
Chloe and her older brother, Will, have a puppy named Jessie. Will and Jessie the puppy play together all the time, but Chloe is afraid of the little dog. When Will breaks his leg, he's stuck in the hospital for week. Now there's no one to play with Jessie or take her for long walks. Can Chloe and Jessie become friends?

Harry the homeless puppy

August 25, 2015
Webb, Holly, author.
122 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Originally published in Great Britain 2009 by Little Tiger Press."--Title page verso.
Grace can't have a puppy of her own, but she loves walking the dogs at the local animal shelter; her favorite is Harry, a lively Jack Russell puppy. Harry loves going for walks with Grace, and soon the two are best friends. But then Harry is adopted and Grace is heartbroken. Grace knows she should be pleased that Harry the puppy has a home of his own, but she misses him terribly ... and poor Harry doesn't understand at all - where has his beloved best friend Grace gone? From best-selling author Holly Webb comes another heart-warming animal story.

Sloppy joe stink-o-rama

August 25, 2015
Scroggs, Kirk, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
157 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Fifth-grade private eyes Logan and Gustavo use their doodling and detective skills to solve the mystery of a cloaked bandit who has filled their school's sloppy joe supply with stink bugs"-- Provided by publisher.

Moving target

August 25, 2015
Gonzalez, Christina Diaz, 1969- author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
248 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Cassie Arroyo is a student in Rome, but her life changes when a secret organization, the Hastati, shoots her father--and she learns that she is a member of an ancient bloodline that enables her to use the Spear of Destiny, a legendary object that can alter the future.

The dragonsitter

August 25, 2015
Lacey, Josh, author.
54 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: The dragonsitter takes off (unpaged).
"Dear Uncle Morton, You'd better get on a plane right now and come back here. Your dragon has eaten Jemima. Emily loved that rabbit! I know what you're thinking, Uncle Morton. We promised to look after your dragon for a whole week. I know we did. But you never said he would be like this. Eddie"--Page [4] of cover.


August 25, 2015
Macfarlane, John, author.
New York : Holiday House, [2015]
138 pages : map; 22 cm
Believing his parents are going to euthanize Pogo, a beloved golden Labrador that had belonged to his deceased brother, twelve-year-old Sam sets sail with the dog and gets caught in a terrible storm along with Magnus, a hermit, and his pet tern, Fuego, whom they meet on an island.

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