New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

January 24, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Cinderella : read-and-sing.

January 23, 2015
Glendale, California : Disney Press, [2014]
126 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
Some copies may contain instructions on downloading three songs from the original Cinderella soundtrack.
Cinderella's royal wedding -- Cinderella and the lost mice -- Princess in disguise -- The lost tiara -- A new mouse.
Join Cinderella as she searched for her mouse friends, plans the perfect royal wedding, goes undercover to find out what the palace servants really think about her, and more in this storybook.

A tale of two sisters

January 23, 2015
Dadey, Debbie.
New York : Aladdin Books, 2015.
96 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.
Echo Reef is tail-flipping with excitement when she find a human object. But when her older sister claims the object for her own, how far will Echo go to reclaim it?

Blue Moon : from the journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee

January 22, 2015
Keys, Alicia.
San Diego, CA : IDW Publishing, 2014.
42 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
From the interactive story telling app "The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee", Blue Moon is an inspirational and magical tale of discovery created by Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys, and was inspired by her childhood relationship with her own grandmother. Blue Moon introduces readers to young and imaginative LeeLee, who just moved to the big city, and her magical grandmother, Mama Mae. To help LeeLee adjust to her new home, Mama Mae tells her the story of Abey, a young Native American girl from the 17th century, and her adventurous yet magical evening when she too wasn't sure of her surroundings.

No time for Hallie

January 22, 2015
Hapka, Cathy.
White Plains, New York : Studio Fun Books, [2015]
122 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Based on a real-life cat named Hallie.
"Zach's neighbors just had a new baby--and now they're threatening to take their cat, Hallie, to the animal shelter. The kids have been volunteering there since starting the Pet Rescue Club, and they know an older cat might have trouble getting adopted. Can they convince the family to give their kitty another chance--or maybe find someone who truly appreciates all that an older kitty has to offer?"-- Provided by publisher.

A new home for Truman

January 22, 2015
Hapka, Cathy.
117 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"When Janey starts a blog where people can share cute pet photos and stories, she never imagines she'll receive a heartbreaking photo of a skinny, abandoned dog. She calls on her friends Lolli, Zach, and Adam to help - and that's just the start! When these animal-loving fourth graders discover how many animals need help in their suburban hometown, they just can't sit by and do nothing.."-- Provided by publisher.

The outlaw of Sherwood Forest

January 22, 2015
Seven, John, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Stone Arch Books, a Capstone imprint, [2015]
191 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Their latest adventure takes teenagers Dawkins and Hypatia back to thirteenth-century Nottingham and Sherwood Forest, but when they find a time-traveling device in a cave they find themselves far in the future--and closer to the forces that are tampering with time.

Big Bad Detective Agency

January 21, 2015
Hale, Bruce, author.
120 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Based on: The three little pigs.
"The houses of all Three (not-so-) Little Pigs were broken into and ransacked, and the Pigs are squealing for justice. So Prince Tyrone, ruler of Fairylandia, drags in the obvious suspect: Wolfgang. The lone wolf has big teeth, sharp claws, no alibi -- and a single day to find the real culprit and clear his big bad name. When Wolf (reluctantly) teams up with the fourth Little Pig to crack the case, the Big Bad Detective Agency -- and an adventure way funnier than your average fairy tale -- is born!"-- provided by publisher


January 21, 2015
Lee, Stan, 1922- author.
New York : Disney Press, [2015]
463 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
At head of title: Disney.
Follows the experiences of a Chinese-American teen who is thrown into the middle of an epic global chase involving the release of twelve magical superpowers.

The spider ring

January 21, 2015
Harwell, Andrew, author.
213 pages ; 22 cm
"A powerful ring. A dangerous web. When Maria inherits a strange, spider-shaped ring from her grandmother, she doesn't realize she's also inheriting a strange power--the power to control spiders and have them do whatever she wants. This is a pretty cool thing when it comes to fetching objects from another room...or if Maria wants to use the spiders to get back at some mean kids in her class. But the power comes with a price. Maria has attracted the attention of the Black Widow--who is trying to collect all the spider magic for herself. The Black Widow is not going to let anything stand in her way--especially not Maria. The story of the ring is being woven like a web--and Maria is going to have to do everything she can to not get trapped within it."-- Provided by publisher

Sleeping beauty dreams big

January 21, 2015
Holub, Joan, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015]
181 pages ; 20 cm.
Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia... Sleeping Beauty who just goes by her middle name, Rose has always been a daredevil. But according to her fairy tale, after her twelfth birthday Rose must avoid all sharp objects. That isn't easy at Grimm Academy, where enchanted items can also be dangerous. Rose will have to stay wide awake to keep out of trouble-and to find her magic charm!

Map of the passages

January 21, 2015
Baccalario, Pierdomenico, author.
237 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Translation of: La mappa dei passaggi.
"Original edition published by Edizioni Piemme S.p.A., Italy."
Finley McPhee holds the scorpion key, which makes him the Defender of the Emporium in the small town of Applecross, Scotland, but now Aiby Lily and Finley's brother Doug are apparently lost in an other-worldly place called the passages, and the evil Semueld Askell has told him that if he does not surrender the key within twenty-four hours, they will be lost forever--and that is only one of his problems.

The tale of Cinderella : have courage, be kind

January 21, 2015
Candau, Brittany, author.
277 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Based on the screenplay by Chris Weitz; executive producer Tim Lewis; produced by Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur, David Barron; directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Ella is different than most young women in the kingdom. She can quote any Shakespearean play. She befriends every animal she meets, including the scurrying mice living in the walls. She believes in the power of kindness, in changing customs that are not so kind. Ella has faced unspeakable tragedy and loss, and is at the mercy of her cruel stepfamily. And yet, Ella tries to keep a brave face, no matter how difficult this becomes.Kit has always been deemed a "dreamer." He values peace above all else. He's never understood the point of certain royal traditions and rituals. He'd rather spend time in his mother's garden than learn to fence or sit for a portrait. And as a prince, this has been somewhat problematic. This is a story about kindness and courage, about love lost and love found, about the power of names. This is the story of Cinderella.

Finley Flowers : original recipe

January 21, 2015
Young, Jessica (Jessica E.), author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Picture Window Books, a Capstone imprint, [2015]
115 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
To win the school's cook-off and get a year of free pizza, Finley Flowers and her best friend Henry have to come up with a totally original recipe--the only problem is that neither of them has any idea how to cook.


January 21, 2015
Rudnick, Elizabeth, author.
Glendale, California : Disney Press, 2015.
161 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 20 cm
At head of title: Disney.
Tortured by her stepmother and stepsisters, a kind and wishful servant girl is swept away by a fairy godmother to a fancy ball and a chance encounter with a charming prince.


January 20, 2015
Miles, Ellen, author.
New York, New York : Scholastic Inc., [2014]
89 pages ; 19 cm.
"Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care, until they can find the perfect forever home. Meet Stella, the cutest thing ever, a little Maltese. But why won't she follow any commands? It's Charles who figures out that the little pup is deaf, and learns how to help her become the perfect puppy for someone special!"-- from publisher's web site.

Lila and Myla, the twins fairies

January 20, 2015
Meadows, Daisy, author.
[New York] : [Scholastic Publishing], [2015]
159 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Two fairies are better than one! Kirsty and Rachel are invited to a very special birthday party-- it's for children who are twins! There are doubles everywhere they look. One pair of twins is a little different than the rest. Lila and Myla are fairies-- and they need Kirsty and Rachel's help. Jack Frost has stolen their twin magic and is trying to double himself! Find the magic objects in all three stories inside this Rainbow Magic Special Edition and help save the twin magic!"-- from publisher's web site.

The truth about Twinkie Pie

January 20, 2015
Yeh, Kat, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
342 pages ; 21 cm
"When twelve-year-old GiGi and her big sister DiDi move to Long Island from South Carolina for GiGi to attend a fancy new private school, GiGi has a new recipe for success and makes new friends, but then discovers a family secret that turns her life upside-down"-- Provided by publisher.

Back in time : the second journey through time

January 20, 2015
Stilton, Geronimo, author.
New York : Scholastic, Inc., 2015.
288 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Translation of: Viaggio nel tempo 2.
"Based on an original idea by Elisabetta Dami."

Spring's sparkle sleepover

January 20, 2015
Allen, Elise, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
123 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Although Spring is nervous about her first sleepover, Winter's Snowflake Slumber Party is great fun until a storm frightens Spring into leaving early, but she musters her courage to lead her sisters into the Barrens when the Weeds steal Mother Nature's scepter.

Glitter beach

January 20, 2015
Banks, Rosie (Children's fiction writer), author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015]
105 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Enter a magical world full of friendship and fun! It's the most magical time of year, and all of the fairies are at Glitter Beach to watch the kingdom's magic being restored for another year. But mean Queen Malice is also nearby....Can Ellie, Summer, and Jasmine find and destroy her final nasty thunderbolt in time to save the glitter dust and keep the kingdom's magic alive?

Anna & Elsa. 2. Memory and magic

January 20, 2015
David, Erica, author.
121 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Sisterhood is the strongest magic"--Cover.
After years apart, Anna and Elsa are finally getting to know each other as sisters, but Anna still wishes she could remember the magical times they had together when they were younger--skating and making snowmen, even in the middle of summer! An eager young troll claims he can restore the memories that Pabbie removed, but Elsa's not so sure. Maybe it's time to make new memories!

Book of the dead

January 20, 2015
Northrop, Michael, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2015.
197 pages ; 21 cm
"TombQuest ; book 1"--Cover.


January 20, 2015
Weeks, Sarah, author.
New York, N.Y. : Scholastic Press, 2015.
152 pages ; 22 cm
When she suspects that her father has a girlfriend, Melody and her best friend are determined to figure out who it is and why it is a secret.

Dino-Mike and the Jurassic portal

January 19, 2015
Aureliani, Franco, author, illustrator.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Stone Arch Books, a Capstone imprint, [2015]
122 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Mike Evans goes through the time portal to find his friend Shannon and her troublesome brother Jeff, but he soon finds they all have bigger problems--a robot who wants to repopulate the Earth with dinosaurs and a group of Tyrannosaurus rex babies who remember Mike from New York.

Dino-Mike and the museum mayhem

January 19, 2015
Aureliani, Franco, author, illustrator.
122 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
His father and everybody else at the museum in New York is excited over the dinosaur eggs that Mike Evans found in Montana--the trouble is they are hatching and Mike will need the help of his mysterious and time-traveling friend Shannon to capture them before they wreck the museum.

Dino-Mike and the T. Rex attack

January 19, 2015
Aureliani, Franco, author, illustrator.
122 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Michael Evans is in Montana on a dinosaur dig with his paleontologist father, but he certainly never expected to find a live Tyrannosaurus Rex plucked out of its own time and looking for dinner, nor encounter a girl with some very advanced technology trying to trap the beast.

Dino-Mike and the underwater dinosaurs

January 19, 2015
Aureliani, Franco, author, illustrator.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Stone Arch Books, a Capstone imprint, 2015
122 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Michael Evans and his paleontologist father have been invited by the mysterious time-traveling Shannon to visit the complex built around an underwater portal to the Jurassic period, but Mike uncovers a plot to steal one of the dinosaurs--and then Shannon and her trouble-making brother Jeff disappear through the portal.

The terrible two

January 16, 2015
Barnett, Mac, author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2015.
214 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks, but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.

The eye of the falcon

January 16, 2015
Paver, Michelle.
New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2015.
264 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
"Hylas and Pirra travel to the House of the Goddess in hopes of finding the prophesized dagger, only to find themselves battling the Crows in a fight to save Pirra's homeland from destruction"-- Provided by publisher.

Neil Flambé and the Bard's banquet

January 16, 2015
Sylvester, Kevin, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, [2015]
310 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.
Maps on endpapers.
Fifteen-year-old celebrity chef Neil Flambé is summoned to England to solve a Shakesperian mystery.

The Quirks and the quirkalicious birthday

January 16, 2015
Soderberg, Erin.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
199 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Twins Molly and Penelope Quirk are excited about Grandpa Quill's annual birthday scavenger hunt, but as they seek mini-gifts leading up to one special tenth birthday present, they argue about what kind of pet they hope they will receive until they are fighting non-stop.

Breaking the ice

January 16, 2015
Nall, Gail, author.
New York : Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, 2015.
306 pages ; 22 cm
Kaitlin has given up a lot--even attending school--to pursue her dream of being a champion figure skater, but after she throws a tantrum at a major competition, she is dropped by her coach and prestigious skating club and can only get a spot in the much-ridiculed Fallton Club.

Guide to the dragons. Volume 3

January 16, 2015
Evans, Cordelia, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2015.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Uncover the truth about ten more dragon species in the third guide to the dragons.

Waiting for unicorns

January 15, 2015
Hautala, Beth.
New York, NY : Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
240 pages ; 22 cm
"After her mother dies, twelve-year-old Talia McQuinn goes to the Arctic with her father, a whale researcher. Over the course of one summer, and through several unlikely friendships, Talia learns that stories have the power to connect us, to provide hope, and to pull us out of the darkness"-- Provided by publisher.

Searching for super

January 15, 2015
Jensen, Marion, author.
New York : Harpercollins Childrens Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers ; [2015]
251 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to Almost super.
"The superheroes of Split Rock are hunkering down, which is really just a fancy way of saying they're hiding. Ever since those supervillainous Joneses took away their real powers, the Baileys and the Johnsons have been living in fear. But Rafter has had a taste of what saving the day feels like, and now he's desperate to do something important. So when he gets an opportunity to fight with a real superpower - as long as he promises not to tell his parents - he is going to take it, no questions asked. With the help of his brother Benny, his cousin Thimon, and his best friend, Juanita, Rafter Bailey is searching for super. Filled with heart and humor, Searching for Super is a family adventure of heroic proportions"--Publisher's website.

Story thieves

January 15, 2015
Riley, James, 1977-
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
383 pages ; 22 cm
Except for reading the Kiel Gnomenfoot magic adventure series, Owen's life is boring until he sees his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the school library and he learns that Bethany is half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.

The dark wild

January 15, 2015
Torday, Piers, 1974-
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2015.
337 pages : map ; 22 cm
Sequel to: The last wild.
"First published in the United Kingdom by Quercus, 2014."
"After gathering together the Last Wild, the last animals still alive, Kester Jaynes is faced with a new task--facing the Dark Wild, the animals who live underground and want to destroy humankind"-- Provided by publisher.

Betsy's story, 1934

January 15, 2015
Whitby, Adele, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2015.
154 pages : illustration, genealogical table ; 22 cm.
"Betsy Northrop is about to turn twelve years old and per her family's tradition, plans are underway for a magnificent birthday ball in her honor. Despite troubling times elsewhere, Betsy's family is thriving, thanks to the good choices of Betsy's mother, Beth. But then mishaps--both trivial and disastrous--start plaguing Chatswood Manor. Is someone determined to bring the family to ruin? Betsy vows to expose the culprit, but her home is one where secrets are easily hidden away. Will Betsy be able to uncover the truth and set things right?"--Jacket.

Kay's story, 1934

January 15, 2015
Whitby, Adele, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2015.
147 pages : illustration, genealogical table ; 22 cm.
"The Great Depression is raging across America and even the Vandermeers have fallen on hard times. In an attempt to stay afloat, Kay and her parents have started living in the guest cottage and getting Vandermeer Manor ready for renters. Money starts coming in when a mysterious man purchases some family heirlooms, but questions are raised when it comes to light that the wealthy benefactor has knowingly paid more money for the heirlooms than they are actually worth. Who is he, why does he want to help the Vandermeers, and what does he want in return?"--Jacket.

Imagination according to Humphrey

January 15, 2015
Birney, Betty G.
New York, NY : G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.
120 pages ; 22 cm
"During a creative writing unit at Longfellow School, the students in Mrs. Brisbane's class practice using their imagination with their very own writing journals--and Humphrey finds out that writing from his imagination is harder than it looks"-- Provided by publisher.

The emerald berries

January 15, 2015
Green, Poppy.
New York : Little Simon, 2015.
117 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Eight-year-old Sophie learns about some special emerald berries that will make the perfect color for a painting she wants to do, so she asks her friend Hattie to go with her to Weedsnag Way, a part of the forest that is far from home and very frightening.

A new friend

January 15, 2015
Green, Poppy.
New York : Little Simon, 2015.
117 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"The adventures of Sophie Mouse ; 1"--Title page.
Eight-year-old Sophie Mouse is excited to return to school after the long winter break, but there is a new student--a snake--and Sophie and the other animals are afraid to sit near him, much less ask him to play with them, because they have heard snakes are awful.

The cafe mystery

January 15, 2015
Widmark, Martin, 1961-
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2015.
64 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 22 cm.
A robber has struck at Cafe Marzipan, Pleasant Valley's best bakery, three times in the past year and the police chief once again calls upon the super sleuthing skills of best friends Jerry and Maya to help him catch the tricky thief.

The honest truth

January 14, 2015
Gemeinhart, Dan, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, [2015]
229 pages ; 22 cm
A boy named Mark, tired of being sick with cancer, conceives a plan to climb Mount Rainier, and runs away from home with his dog, Beau--but with over two hundred miles between him and his goal, and only anger at his situation to drive him on nothing will be easy, and only his best friend, Jessie, suspects where he is heading.

Even the score

January 14, 2015
Payton, Belle, author.
150 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes a sneak peek of the next It takes two series "Two steps back".
"Sporty, shy Ava is finally starting to feel like the guys on the Ashland Middle School football team are accepting her as a player, despite the fact that she's a girl. But then the star wide receiver, Owen, keeps missing his passes, and his teammates are blaming it on a crush--on Ava! When he awkwardly gives Ava a gift that's way too expensive, she realizes they're right. Can she find a way to let Owen down easy and still stay on the team's good side? Meanwhile, class president Alex has to choose how to spend some student council funds. The football team is scheduled to get a new scoreboard, but the drama department desperately needs new sets and costumes. Alex decides it's fair to give some money to the arts for a change, but the football fans of Ashland don't necessarily think so... and it may take a natural disaster for Alex to prove she's not a football-hater!"-- Provided by publisher


January 14, 2015
Casanova, Mary.
Middleton, WI : American Girl Publishing, [2015]
195 pages ; 20 cm
Nine-year-old Grace likes having a plan but she must find a way to be flexible and open to new ideas when she goes to Paris with her mother and has trouble getting along with her cousin, while at home her friends start the business she proposed without her.


January 14, 2015
Klimo, Kate, author.
New York : Random House, [2015]
149 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
"George Washington's foxhound Sweetlips narrates the story of her master's transformation from farmer to Father of our Country"-- Provided by publisher.

You first

January 14, 2015
Simmons, Cari, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
230, 10 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
When sixth-grader Gigi worries that her best friend Finn is replacing her with her new friends on the soccer team, she thinks that their friendship is over--but both girls learn that growing up means staying close despite new interests.

Escape from the overworld : an unofficial Minecraft gamer's quest

January 14, 2015
Davidson, Danica, author.
101 pages ; 21 cm.
"An unofficial minecrafter's adventure"--cover.
"Eleven-year-old Stevie, who comes from a long line of Steves, doesn't feel as if he fits in the Minecraft world. Even though his dad is great at building and fighting off zombies, Stevie struggles in these areas. But the Stevie discovers a portal into a new world--our world. He steps out of a computer screen and into the room of Maison, a bullied girl who loves to build and create. Stevie wants to know all about this new world, but when Maison takes him to school with her, they discover zombies in the auditorium! By opening the portal, they've allowed zombies, giant spiders, and creepers to escape from the world of Minecraft. Stevie and Maison must work together to save the school and this world from the swarm of monsters that has been unleashed.Will they be able to rescue everyone before it's too late? As the two worlds combine, Stevie's adventure becomes more dangerous than he ever could have imagined,"--page [4] of cover.

Bending over backwards

January 13, 2015
Simmons, Cari, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
208, 7 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Molly Larsen has a plan to avoid being friendless in her new middle school--immediately identify and befriend the IT girl--but Molly's plan isn't foolproof, and her scheme may result in her being embarrassingly branded THAT girl instead"-- Provided by publisher.

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