New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

February 13, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The komodo conflict

February 12, 2016
Patton, Jack, author.
113 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Reading level grade 4"--Back cover.
"Appeals to 2nd-3rd graders."--Back cover.
"The time has come for the Battle Bugs to drive General Komodo's reptilian forces off Bug Island for good. Using all the knowledge Max has gained in his time with the Battle Bugs, he must lead the bug army in an all-out attack. If they don't defeat the lizard army this tme, Bug Island will be llost forever."-- Provided by publisher

Stink and the attack of the slime mold

February 12, 2016
McDonald, Megan, author.
131 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Stink may be a super science freak, but even Dr. Stinkelstein is feeling freaked out about having a slime mold living and growing in his very own room. At Saturday Science Club, Stink learns that these one-celled organisms are smart enough to find their way out of mazes and gang up on food sources.

Ghosts don't wear glasses

February 12, 2016
Farber, Erica, author.
San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, [2015]
170 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
In order to fulfill a bet with Bryce, his nemesis, Fish has to go into the Hannibal W. Royce house, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of a whaling captain, and bring out the whaler's harpoon, which is supposedly dripping with blood.

The extincts

February 12, 2016
Cossanteli, Veronica.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
230 pages : black and white illustrations ; 22 cm
In order to raise money for a new bicycle, George takes a job at Wormestall Farm, where he encounters creatures supposedly extinct or mythological, a new--female--friend, and a maniacal taxidermist who wants the animals for her own private collection.

Little cat's luck

February 12, 2016
Bauer, Marion Dane, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016.
211 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.


February 11, 2016
Lord, Cynthia, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Press, [2016]
125 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
A group of sato puppies, homeless dogs of various breeds from Puerto Rico, has arrived at the animal shelter, and second grade volunteer Suzannah immediately falls in love with one puppy, Paloma--but it is her job to get the puppy ready for adoption, a separation that could easily break her heart.

Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City

February 11, 2016
Mabbitt, Will, author.
New York : Viking, published by Penguin Group, 2016.
289 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
The Witch Queen takes Mabel Jones' sister hostage, hoping to lure Mabel to the Forbidden City where she can settle a score using black magic, and on her journey the young heroine encounters an arrogant fox and a ferocious jungle millipede, as well as some old friends.

Princess Posey and the crazy, lazy vacation

February 11, 2016
Greene, Stephanie.
84 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
First-grader Posey is concerned that her spring vacation will be boring compared to her friends' travels, but her mother's plan to take each day as it comes turns out to be full of excitement.

The Princess in Black and the hungry bunny horde

February 11, 2016
Hale, Shannon, author.
85 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Princess Magnolia and her unicorn, Frimplepants, are on their way to have brunch with Princess Sneezewort, an occasion Frimplepants enjoys more than anything in the world. But just when he can smell the freshly baked bread and the heaping platters of sugar-dusted doughnuts, Princess Magnolia's glitter-stone ring rings. The monster alarm! After a quick change in the secret cave, Princess Magnolia and Frimplepants are transformed into the Princess in Black and her faithful pony, Blacky. But when they get to the goat pasture, all they can see is a field full of darling little bunnies nibbling on grass, twitching their velvet noses, and wiggling their fluffy tails. Where are the monsters? Are these bunnies as innocent as they appear?"-- Book jacket flap

The crime on the Norwegian Sea

February 11, 2016
Stevenson, Steve, author.
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 2016.
121 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"The Mistery cousins learn that crime never rests as a relaxing vacation turns into the scene of their latest mystery. As Agatha and her cousin Dash try to enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the Norwegian Sea, they find themselves caught up in a web of spies and deceit. A secret document has gone missing, and Agatha has to find it before the ship docks."-- Back cover.

Louise Trapeze did NOT lose the juggling chickens

February 11, 2016
Ostow, Micol, author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
102 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
"A Stepping Stone book."
Seven-year-old Louise, who performs in a trapeze act with her mother and father, finally gets an important job at the circus, but when things go wrong she wonders if she is really ready for new responsibilities.

Star Wars : the force awakens

February 11, 2016
Kogge, Michael.
Los Angeles : Disney Lucasfilm Press, 2016.
186 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Based on the screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt"--T.p.
"A junior novel" --Cover.

Sara lost and found

February 11, 2016
Castleman, Virginia.
310 pages ; 22 cm
When their mother abandons them and their father ends up in jail again, ten-year-old Sara and her mentally troubled sister are thrust back into the foster care system.

Wedding bell blues

February 11, 2016
Santopolo, Jill, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2016.
90 pages ; 22 cm.
When they learn that their favorite manicurist is getting married, the Tanner sisters run into difficulties after one of them is chosen as a flower girl and the other is not.

Fenway and Hattie

February 11, 2016
Coe, Victoria J.
162 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"An excitable Jack Russell terrier named Fenway and his Favorite Short Human, Hattie, move to the suburbs and must adjust to the changes that come with their new home"-- Provided by publisher.

Lea and Camila

February 11, 2016
Yee, Lisa, author.
Middleton, WI, U.S.A. : American Girl, [2016]
171 pages ; 20 cm
When she invites her friend Camila to St. Louis for spring break, Lea rescues a stray kitten and makes a mysterious discovery while visiting a crumbling mansion that makes her forget to be a good host.

The finders-keepers rule

February 11, 2016
Greene, Jacqueline Dembar, author.
Middleton, WI : American Girl, [2016]
184 pages ; 20 cm.
"A Maryellen mystery"--Cover.
Taking a break from practicing for a holiday dance performance to accompany her friend Davy to the beach, Maryellen finds a barnacle-encrusted ring buried in the sand that looks like lost treasure and is desperately sought by a group of strangers.

Skateboard idol

February 11, 2016
Maddox, Jake, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Stone Arch Books, an imprint of Capstone, [2016]
89 pages ; 19 cm.
When local skateboarding idol Scottie Devine announces a kind of treasure hunt in his home town in California, skating friends Griff and Annika are thrilled to participate--but soon the competition threatens to destroy their friendship.

BMX bravery

February 11, 2016
Maddox, Jake, author.
89 pages ; 19 cm.
Fourteen-year-old Cam loves riding BMX bikes, but he is also a careful rider--but when his new friend insists on trying out a particularly dangerous course and breaks his leg on a jump, Cam has to ride the treacherous Copper Devil trail alone in order to get help.

Lagoona Blue and the big sea scarecation

February 11, 2016
Monstrata, Nessi, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
120 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

Bad luck

February 10, 2016
Bosch, Pseudonymous, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
278 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.
"Clay's adventures at a magical camp continue as he befriends a new ally and faces new adversaries in his journey to find his magical talent and solve new mysteries of Price Island"-- Provided by publisher.

Starborn : a Dragonborn novel

February 10, 2016
Forward, Toby, 1950- author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
437 pages ; 22 cm.
When Ash escapes from her prison, the fate of the world falls to wizard apprentices Sam and Tamrin, their dragon Starback, and an unlikely ally, a roffle named Tadpole, who must find the courage to fight the diabolical wizard or all the magic in the world could disappear forever.

Fridays with the wizards

February 10, 2016
George, Jessica Day, 1976-
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
234 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Thursdays with the crown.
When the dangerous ancient wizard Arkwright escapes the dungeon and goes missing within the Castle, Princess Celie must find the wizard and save her family.

The adventures of Bubba Jones : time-traveling through the Great Smoky Mountains

February 10, 2016
Alt, Jeff, author.
New York, NY : Beaufort Books, [2015]
179 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
"With illustrations by Hannah Tuohy"--Cover.
"A National Park series."
"Tommy "Bubba Jones" and his sister Jenny "Hug-a-Bug" learn more about the Great Smoky Mountain National Park than they ever thought they would when Papa Lewis lets them in on a family secret: The family has legendary time traveling skills! With these abilities, Bubba Jones and Hug-a-Bug travel back in time and meet the park's founders, its earliest settlers, native Cherokee Indians, wild animals, extinct creatures, and what the park was like millions of years ago. With this time traveling ability also comes a family mystery, but the only person who can help solve the mystery is a long lost relative who lives somewhere in the park. Explore the Smokies with Bubba Jones and family in a whole new way."--Page [4] of cover.

The case of the girl in grey

February 9, 2016
Stratford, Jordan, author.
216 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Spotting a ghostly girl in the park who resembles the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency's new client, Lady Ada and Mary discover links between the girl and a case involving a hospital, a missing will, a hasty engagement, and a devious servant.

Desperate measures

February 9, 2016
Probst, Jeff, 1962- author.
172, 14 pages ; 20 cm.
Before they can finally escape Shadow Island, they'll have to pull together all their strength and courage and tackle one final challenge.


February 9, 2016
Pennypacker, Sara, 1951-
276 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back"-- Provided by publisher.

Hawking's hallway

February 9, 2016
Shusterman, Neal, author.
Los Angeles : Disney-Hyperion, 2016.
361 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Edison's alley.
"It is up to Nick Slate to find the last of Nikola Tesla's powerful inventions--or face devastating consequences"-- Provided by publisher.

Sweet home Alaska

February 9, 2016
Dagg, Carole Estby.
New York, NY : Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2016.
298 pages ; 22 cm
In 1934, eleven-year-old Terpsichore's father signs up for President Roosevelt's Palmer Colony project, uprooting the family from Wisconsin to become pioneers in Alaska, where Terpsichore refuses to let rough conditions and first impressions get in the way of her grand adventure.

The dot & the line : a romance in lower mathematics

February 9, 2016
Juster, Norton, 1929-
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, ©2001.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 17 cm
Originally published: New York : Random House, 1963.
A straight line falls in love with a dot and develops his talents to form all kinds of geometric shapes in order to win her affections.

Barbie spy squad : the chapter book

February 9, 2016
McGuire Woods, Molly, author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
56 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Collectible bookmark inside!"--Front cover.
"Based on the screenplay by Marsha Griffin and Kacey Arnold."

The only girl in school

February 9, 2016
Standiford, Natalie, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
212 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In a story told in letters, when Claire's best friend moves away just before the start of fifth grade, Claire becomes the only girl in her tiny island elementary school--and suddenly boys she has been friends with her whole life turn into resentful, bullying strangers.

Secrets of Valhalla

February 9, 2016
Richards, Jasmine, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarpercollinsPublishers, 2016.
311 pages ; 22 cm
It's not every day that you find a famous weatherwoman bound by magic to a tree deep in the woods. Or discover that the weatherwoman is in fact Sunna, the Norse Goddess of the Sun, and one of the seven day guardians who keep time in order. But that's just what happens to new friends Buzz and Mary--and it's only the start of their adventure. Now, as the people of Earth are forced to repeat the same Saturday over and over again, Buzz and Mary must journey to collect the Runes of Valhalla and awaken the other day guardians, before vengeful god Loki can get to them first.

Cora's mystery

February 9, 2016
Gurtler, Janet, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Stone Arch Books, a Capstone imprint, [2016]
86 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
When two of her Neptunia relay team members are injured and unable to swim in the thirteen-year-olds' race, Cora presses her friends Rachel and Shyanna into service--but when the team's lucky Sea Lion statue disappears Cora fears sabotage and sets out to find the guilty party, and her chief suspect is a merboy on the rival Titania team.

Rachel's worry

February 9, 2016
Gurtler, Janet, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Stone Arch Books, a Capstone imprint, [2016]
86 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Rachel is worried that she has done something to upset her human boyfriend, Owen, because lately he has not come to visit her in Neptunia--but it turns out that the truth could put an end to their relationship completely.

Showdown at Widow Creek

February 8, 2016
Dixon, Franklin W., author.
New York : Aladdin, 2016.
122 pages ; 20 cm.
When the rodeo comes to Bayport, Joe and Frank catch the ranch hands trying to steal a prize horse. After the boys stop the theft, they're recruited to help drive the cattle back to the ranch. However, mysterious things continue to happen and the Hardy boys have to solve the mystery.


February 8, 2016
Alvarez, Jennifer Lynn.
328 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
It has been many moons since Star received his starfire power, and now he will face his toughest challenge yet. Star is gravely injured, and Nightwing the Destroyer vows to make a pact with whoever brings him the black yearling--dead or alive. As Nightwing amasses an army to destroy him and all of Anok, Star must act fast. But as the threat of war looms, Star wonders if the current peace among the united pegasi is strong enough to survive

Starship bloopers

February 8, 2016
Kloepfer, John, author.
222 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"You'd think saving the universe not once but twice would buy you a little time off. Not so for Kevin Brewer and his science-camp buddies. They've just got word that their favorite comic book author, Max Grayson, is in terrible danger--and so is the universe! The kids have no choice but to head to outer space to save their hero and prevent a diabolic breed of aliens from annihilating their home galaxy."-- Provided by publisher

Chasing magic

February 8, 2016
Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta, author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
123 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
At head of title: Disney Pixar Merida.
"Merida ; 1"--Cover.
Merida loves archery, but she has never had a friend who can shoot as well as she can ... until now. She's thrilled to welcome her visitor, Cat, to Castle DunBroch. The only problem is that her new friend is also great at sewing, singing, and everything Merida is not! But when a dark force tries to harness the magic of the highlands, Merida must set aside her jealousy to help Cat--and follow her fate.

Simon Thorn and the wolf's den

February 8, 2016
Carter, Aimée, 1986- author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
307 pages ; 22 cm
Simon Thorn, twelve, is able to talk with animals, but when his mother is kidnapped by a herd of New York City rats he learns he, his mother, and his uncle are all Animalgams--able to change into an animal at will--and that Simon may be able to save the beleaguered Five Animal Kingdoms.

The adventures of Lettie Peppercorn

February 8, 2016
Gayton, Sam, author.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2016]
293 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Before she disappeared, Lettie Peppercorn's mother forbade her from leaving the house. An alchemist arrives at her front door, and he knows where Lettie's Ma is. Lettie, determined to reunite her family, will follow the alchemist on an amazing adventure to find her mother.

Criminal destiny

February 8, 2016
Korman, Gordon, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
311 pages ; 22 cm.
"A group of kids discovers they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment, and they must find a way to prove it to the rest of the world"-- Provided by publisher.


February 8, 2016
O'Hearn, Kate, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2016.
344 pages ; 23 cm.
"Originally published in 2013 in Great Britian by Hodder's Children's Books."
"Freya is a Valkyrie, a reaper of souls. But she hates what she must do. She doesn't like humans and the pain they inflict on each other, and she never wants to visit another battlefield. But when a soldier begs her to help his family back in the human realm, she agrees and discovers a world of friends. Now she'll have to find a way to keep her promise to the soldier and prevent the wrath of Odin from destroying the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Cassie comes through

February 5, 2016
Zappa, Shana Muldoon, author.
Los Angeles, CA : Disney Press, 2016.
147 pages ; 20 cm
Includes an excerpt form the authors' Piper's perfect dream.
The day Cassie has been dreading since she first arrived at Starling Academy is here. She has been chosen to make the journey to Wishworld for the next Wish Mission. Cassie is so sensitive and perceptive she'll be a natural! But her mission is even harder than she feared when everything just seems all wrong. Could Cassie be the first Star Darling who simply can't make her Wisher's wish come true?

Marvel's Avengers : age of Ultron

February 5, 2016
Irvine, Alexander (Alexander C.), author.
New York : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016.
191 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Based on the screenplay by Joss Whedon"--T.p.
"The Avengers, Earth's mightiest heroes, battle against Ultron, a deranged peacekeeping program, to save humanity from extinction"-- Provided by publisher.

The nine lives of Jacob Tibbs

February 5, 2016
Busby, Cylin, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
263 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The story of cat Jacob Tibbs, runt of the litter, and his exploits on the high seas as a ship's mouser"-- Provided by publisher.

A week without Tuesday

February 5, 2016
Banks, Angelica, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
379 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Finding serendipity.
Real and imaginary worlds are colliding so Tuesday and Baxterr, at the request of the Librarian, venture to find the Gardener--the one person who can stop this catastrophe--but will they be able to save the land of story?

Diary of an evil queen : a guide to living evilly ever after

February 5, 2016
Deutsch, Stacia.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
153 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
The Evil Queen has been trapped in mirror prison for a long time so she has decided to put her time to bad use by writing to her daughter, Raven Queen. Can she convince Raven to embrace her true destiny and to celebrate her evil heritage?

Finding luck

February 4, 2016
Earhart, Kristin, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2016.
110 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
With the grand opening of their family's bed-and-breakfast approaching, Willa and Ben are tired of helping their parents get ready for the big day and would much rather be helping their Grandma Edna reunite a foal with its missing mother.


February 4, 2016
Hay, Sam, author.
New York, NY : Branches/Scholastic Inc., [2016]
90 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Stella discovers that her new glasses are magic, allowing her to see the knit-knotters--night sprites that are flitting around town tyeing knots in children's hair so they need haircuts--and when a conversation with one of them, Trixie, reveals the reason, Stella comes up with a plan to deal with the mischievous fairies.

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