New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

October 8, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


October 7, 2015
Fiedler, Lisa, author.
Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, [2015]
266 pages ; 20 cm.
"After the successful first performance by the Random Farm Kids' Theater troupe, founder and director twelve-year-old Anya Wallach turns her attention to their second show. But trouble rears its head when their barn venue is jeopardized. Is the second show doomed before they even start rehearsal?"--Provided by the publisher.

Too big to run

October 7, 2015
Hapka, Cathy, author.
White Plains, New York : Studio Fun, a Reader's Digest company, [2015]
121 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Based on a true story"--Cover.
"Zach's mom has a new patient--a giant dog named Maxi who has been helping her owner train for a marathon. Maxi's knees can't handle all that running and now she needs an operation. Time for the kids in the Pet Rescue Club to help! Together they find a way to raise money for Maxi's surgery and come up with a great way for Maxi to find the perfect new career!"--Back cover.

A tale of highly unusual magic

October 7, 2015
Papademetriou, Lisa, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
xi, 297 pages ; 22 cm
"Two girls on opposite sides of the planet connect through a mysterious book, whose phantom narrator guides them into spinning a story about the past that will affect their futures"-- Provided by publisher.

Horrible Harry and the top-secret hideout

October 6, 2015
Kline, Suzy, author.
64 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"When his best friend Doug discovers his top-secret hideout, Harry enlists his friends' help to save it from being developed into an apartment building"-- Provided by publisher.

Sanitized for your protection

October 6, 2015
Pastis, Stephan, author, illustrator.
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2015.
278 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
In this fourth book of Timmy Failure's memoirs, Timmy is forced to take his investigation into stolen charity funds on the road when his mother forces him to help her boyfriend move to Chicago. They are on the road in a cross-country trip that includes Timmy's mom, Total the polar bear, Doorman Dave, and criminal mastermind Molly Moskins. It's a world gone mad, where good becomes bad, and Timmy Failure is a condemned man.

The odds of getting even

October 6, 2015
Turnage, Sheila.
New York, New York : Kathy Dawson Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2015]
342 pages : map ; 22 cm
Map on lining papers.
Companion to: Three times lucky and The ghosts of Tupelo Landing.
"Desperado Detectives--aka Mo Lo Beau and her best friend Dale, along with newly-appointed intern, Harm Crenshaw--must take on a new case when Dale's daddy goes on the lam just before his trial is about to start"-- Provided by publisher.

City of thirst

October 6, 2015
Ryan, Carrie, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
389 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Master Thief Fin from the Khaznot Quay and suburban schoolgirl Marrill from Arizona reunite on the magical waters of the Pirate Stream to seek a mysterious and legendary wish machine"-- Provided by publisher.

Flight of the king

October 6, 2015
Grey, C. R.
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney-Hyperion, 2015.
295 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Anxious to strengthen the bond that connects him to his Animas, the whtie tiger Taleth, Bailey must first join his friends in their fight against Viviana Melore and her Dominae movement.

The story of Diva and Flea

October 6, 2015
Willems, Mo.
New York, New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2015.
65 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In the bustling city of Paris, a small yet brave dog, Diva, and an adventurous cat named Flea become two unlikely friends.

Heidi Heckelbeck might be afraid of the dark

October 6, 2015
Coven, Wanda.
New York : Little Simon, 2015.
119 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Going to her first sleepover, Heidi tries to hide her fear of the dark, with a little help from her Book of Spells.

The hardcore war

October 5, 2015
Morgan, Winter.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., [2015]
98 pages ; 21 cm.
"Noah and Violet, treasure hunters and protectors of the Overworld, are back. Someone has changed the environment from survival to hardcore. Now if you get destroyed, you can't respawn. Noah and Violet must find a way to get the world back to survival while fighting off another griefer war staged by the evil Daniel and his band of rainbow griefers"-- Provided by publisher.

Last-but-not-least Lola and the cupcake queens

October 5, 2015
Pakkala, Christine, author.
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Boyds Mills Press, an imprint of Highlights, [2015]
151 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.

The perfect match : a Fairy-tale matchmaker book

October 5, 2015
Baker, E. D., author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
276 pages ; 21 cm
"First published in United States in October 2015 by Bloomsbury Children's Books."
When former tooth-fairy-in-training Cory Feathering was stripped of her fairy skills, she discovered that, as the descendent of a cupid, she was born to be a matchmaker, and now her latest job is to find the perfect match for Goldilocks--the only trouble is that he is getting married to someone else.

World zombination

October 5, 2015
Kloepfer, John, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
219, 6 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Traveling across the world, Zack Clarke and his zombie-fighting team search for an antidote that will stop the outbreak forever.

Spawn point zero

October 5, 2015
Osa, Nancy, author.
255 pages ; 21 cm.
"An unofficial Minecrafter's adventure"--Cover.
After repeated boundary attacks by the Griefer Imperial Army, Captain Rob and the rest of Battalion Zero have made it their mission to create and defend a United Biomes of the Overworld capital. They must form a standing army, build housing, supply food, and rally the support of neighboring villages to their cause. As hostile mobs continue to pose a threat and the Griefer Imperial Army promises revenge, Rob asks his troops for a significant sacrifice--change their spawn points for the sake of the city's security. But when it comes time for him to set the example, Rob can't bring himself to make the change. Is loyalty to his friends worth giving up the only chance he may ever have of returning home? The thrilling adventures of Battalion Zero continue in this hard-hitting third episode of the Defenders of the Overworld series.

Secrets out!

October 5, 2015
Sternberg, Julie, author.
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Boyds Mills Press, an imprint of Highlights, [2015]
166 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Ten-year-old Celie’s grandmother has moved in with her family, and Granny’s forgetfulness is starting to worry Celie. In the meantime, she can tell her parents are keeping secrets, but she can’t talk to her best friend Lula or her sister Jo, because they’re both keeping secrets, too! Why is Lula not sharing with Celie? Who is Jo texting all the time? And what is Celie supposed to do when special time with her grandmother becomes much more complicated--and possibly dangerous--than Celie can manage on her own? Once again Celie turns to her diary as she tries to sort this all out, filling the pages with heartfelt and often humorous entries, notes, drawings, and pages from her top-secret spy notebook."--Provided by publisher.

Freedom's price

October 5, 2015
MacColl, Michaela, author.
224 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Includes author's note (with historical information): (pages 210-217) and sources/further reading: (pages 218-221).
"Dred Scott's daughter learns what it means to pay the price of freedom... Eleven-year-old Eliza Scott has a lot to live for. She and her family will soon be free. She is learning to read and write at a secret school. And she has a new friend she can share her dreams with. But when Eliza is confronted by vicious slave catchers, the spread of cholera, and a devastating fire, she is forced to come to terms with what it really takes to be on her own. Will she ever be able to fulfill her childhood dreams? Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols delve deep into the history of the Dred Scott decision and pre-Civil War America to tell Eliza Scott's riveting coming of age story. Freedom's Price is the second in the HIdden Histories series about children and little known events in American history"--Jacket.

The nest

October 5, 2015
Oppel, Kenneth, 1967-
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015]
244 pages : illustrations; 19 cm
"When wasps come to Steve in a dream offering to fix his sick baby brother, he thinks all he has to do is say yes. But yes may not mean what Steve thinks it means"-- Provided by publisher.

Discoveries in the Overworld

October 5, 2015
Morgan, Winter.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., [2015]
98 pages ; 20 cm.
"A long-lost journal takes three treasure hunters on an epic adventure cloaked in mystery!"-- Provided by publisher.

Rick Brick and the quest to save Brickport : an unofficial LEGO novel

October 5, 2015
Hall, Tamony.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., [2015]
105pages ; 20 cm
"Will Rick Brick save the day? Or will Brickport, and the rest of the universe, be destroyed forever?"-- Provided by publisher.

The Lord of the Hat

October 5, 2015
Skye, Obert.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
247 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Rob Burnside is visited by an especially strange closet creature: the CAT IN THE HAT mashed with GOLLUM from The Lord of the Rings"-- Provided by publisher.

Unnaturals : the battle begins

October 5, 2015
Hughes, Devon.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
335 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"When Castor the street dog is captured, he learns there is a nefarious underground fighting ring in Lion's Head where animals are injected with DNA-changing serums, transformed into dangerous hybrids, and forced to battle one another to survive"-- Provided by publisher.

The curse under the freckles

October 2, 2015
Petersen, Terry, author.
195 pages ; 21 cm
"Chase was born with the sign of the Star League. League members live magical lives, but his sign has been cursed. His mother never told him because the Malefics, the League's enemies are dangerous--deadly dangerous. By the time Chase learns about his sign he has a broken leg and has lost every helpful person or thing. Or at least he thinks he has."--Back cover.

The sword of summer

October 1, 2015
Riordan, Rick, author.
Los Angeles : Disney Hyperion, 2015.
ix, 497 pages ; 22 cm.
Magnus Chase, a homeless boy living in Boston, finds out he is the son of a Norse god.

Mouse mission

October 1, 2015
Breitrose, Prudence E.
New York : Disney Hyperion Books, [2015]
266 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Mousemobile.
"When a timber company threatens to cut down the rainforest on the island of Marisco, Megan's mom leads the effort to save it, with the help of the Mouse Nation. The mission takes the family (and mice) to England, where the trail leads to a duke's palace full of dangerous humans--and helpful British mice"-- Provided by publisher.

Friendship games

October 1, 2015
Finn, Perdita, author.
184 pages ; 21 cm.
Canterlot High meets its rival school, Crystal Prep Academy, in a competition that's a long-standing tradition: The Friendship Games. Sunset Shimmer is tasked with keeping magic out of the games to avoid the appearance of impropriety while she and her friends compete against Crystal Prep's top students led by someone with an equal amount of interest in Equestrian magic.

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone

October 1, 2015
Rowling, J. K., author.
246 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Sequel: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
"Year 1"--Spine.
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Mouse house hunter

September 30, 2015
Stilton, Geronimo, author.
107 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 20 cm.
Original title: Geronimo cerca casa.
"When you're with me, Geronimo Stilton, it's always a fabu-mouse adventure! Sally Ratmousen broke some shocking news: The Rodent's Gazette was out of money and in danger of closing. Then Grandfather William broke even worse news to me: I needed to sell my comfy, cozy house in order to save our paper! How terrible! But could I sell it -- and find a new home -- in time to help?"--Provided by publisher.

The chameleon attack

September 30, 2015
Patton, Jack, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic, Inc., [2015]
123 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
"Sneak attack! An eerie glow from his insect encyclopedia alerts Max Darwin to return to Bug Island. Commander Barton needs Max's help to build a defensive watchtower fortress. In no time, however, chameleons and geckos lay siege to the cliffs around the new camp. The lizards want to destroy the fortress--and take over Bug Island once and for all!"--Provided by publisher.

Monsters on the run

September 30, 2015
Sherry, Kevin, author, illustrator.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
122 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Yeti Blizz Richards and his gang of cryptids set out to find a friend for Vanessa, the Loch Ness Monster, even though it means traveling back in time to the dangerous age of the Cretaceous looking for plesiosaurs--unfortunately Vanessa proves to be rather timid about meeting other dinosaurs.


September 30, 2015
Lord, Cynthia, author.
New York : Scholastic Inc., 2015.
125 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
When second-grader Suzannah arrives to volunteer at the animal shelter she finds that the newest arrival is Merlin, a mischievous ferret with a talent for hiding and stealing shiny things, so the Shelter Pet Squad needs to find a home that is a perfect match for a ferret.

Party drama!

September 30, 2015
Siegal, Ida, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
123 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Today at school, Sophia, Javier, and I were working on our extra-awesome outfits for the costume party. We had the best idea ever and were going to win the contest! But now Sophia's costume is missing. Where could it be? Did someone take it on purpose? Emma and her friends weren't ready for so much party drama, but if they work together to figure out what happened, they just might save the day!

The shrunken head

September 30, 2015
Oliver, Lauren, 1982- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
362 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Orphans Philippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max must find out who stole a valuable artifact in order to save to save their home, Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders"-- Provided by publisher.

Rules for stealing stars

September 30, 2015
Haydu, Corey Ann.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
323 pages ; 22 cm
"Four sisters rely on each other--and a bit of mysterious magic--to cope with their mother's illness"-- Provided by publisher.

The doldrums

September 30, 2015
Gannon, Nicholas, author, illustrator.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
x, 340 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
An eccentric like all Helmsleys, eleven-year-old Archer escapes his overprotective mother and recruits two friends, Oliver and Adelaide, to help him plan a rescue of his long-lost grandparents, world-famous explorers who disappeared atop an iceberg in the Antarctic.

The taken

September 30, 2015
Iserles, Inbali, author, illustrator.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
252 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
"Foxcraft ; book one"--Title page.
Isla and her brother are two young foxes living just outside a human city, but one night Isla returns to her den to find it destroyed, and surrounded by strange, vicious foxes, so she takes refuge in the city while she masters foxcraft--the ancient magical arts of her kind.

My dog is better than your dog

September 30, 2015
Greenwald, Tom, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
198 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Jimmy Bishop likes crime fighters, vampires, and dogs, and he does not care for his new babysitter, so he is delighted when his new dog, Abby--who sleeps during the day, and grows huge fangs at night--turns out to be a crime-fighting, vampire dog, who also does not like the babysitter.

Dead boy

September 30, 2015
Gale, Laurel.
New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, [2015]
247 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Eleven-year-old Crow Darlingson has been dead for two years, forced to stay in the house with his overprotective mother except when he can sneak out, but new neighbor Melody Plympton offers a chance at friendship and, perhaps, getting his life back.

Upside-down magic

September 30, 2015
Mlynowski, Sarah, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
196 pages ; 22 cm
With their magic being unpredictable, Nory, Elliott, Andres, and Bax are sent to the upside-down magic room at Dunwiddle Magic School.

Poppy Muddlepup's daring rescue

September 30, 2015
Meadows, Daisy, author.
165 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Magic animal friends special edition"--Cover.
Welcome to a magical world where animals talk and play - just like you and me! In this bumper special, Lily and Jess meet Poppy Muddlepup. When the mean witch Grizelda puts a spell on Poppy's twin brother Patch, the girls know they're in for one of their most exciting adventures yet!

Night of the Puppet People

September 30, 2015
Stine, R. L., author.
New York, N.Y. : Scholastic, Inc., [2015]
136 pages ; 20 cm.
Trying to defeat their rivals in the school talent show, twins Ben and Jenny have to use marionettes, something they both fear, but their fear might be justified.

Angelica the angel fairy

September 30, 2015
Meadows, Daisy, author.
159 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"The Tippington Winter Fair is in full swing and best friends Rachel Walker and Kirsty Tate couldn't be more excited. They're having a wonderful time -- until Jack Frost and his goblins start causing trouble. Angelica makes sure peace, love, and harmony spread throughout the land. When Jack Frost steals her items, no one is getting along! Find the magic objects in all three stories inside this Rainbow Magic Special Edition and help save Angelica's magic!"-- from publisher's web site.

I don't know how the story ends

September 30, 2015
Cheaney, J. B.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2015.
280 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Isobel is unhappy about spending the summer of 1918 at her aunt's home in Hollywood with her mother and sister until her cousin, Ranger, involves the girls in creating the perfect film and, when her father returns from the war, his serious injury becomes their inspiration.

Einstein the class hamster saves the library

September 30, 2015
Tashjian, Janet, author.
New York : Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
174 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
When Principal Decker closes Boerring Elementary School's library due to severe budget cuts, Einstein and his friends in Ms. Moreno's class try to reopen it by planning fundraisers, including shooting a video that stars Einstein and Marlon the turtle.

Super Schnoz and the booger blaster breakdown

September 30, 2015
Urey, Gary, author.
188 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"When Andy Whiffler--aka Super Schnoz--first smells Strange, the world's most famous, celebrated, and mysterious perfume of all time, he falls in love. Strange's recipe is a highly guarded secret, but all Andy has to do is take one whiff and he instantly recognizes every ingredient in the mixture--except one. Now, he's on a personal mission to figure out the last ingredient, but so is the evil, greedy owner of the Francais Scent Company, Pierre du Voleur, who wants nothing more than to put Jean-Marie Le Puanteur and Strange out of business forever. After plenty of snooping and sniffing around, Andy finally figures out the secret ingredient that makes Strange so alluring. But when Andy slips up and accidentally reveals the secret ingredient to Pierre du Valeur, the race to save the secret of Strange begins!"--provided by publisher.

The troll who cried wolf

September 29, 2015
Harrell, Rob, author, illustrator.
New York, New York : Dial Books For Young Readers, [2015]
262 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Fractured fairy tales meet modern day middle school when Zarf's unpopular troll social status becomes the least of his problems as a gang of wolves seeking revenge for the constant disgrace they have suffered over the years kidnaps Kevin, one of Zarf's best friends.

How to outfox your friends when you don't have a clue

September 29, 2015
Keating, Jess.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2015.
292 pages ; 20 cm
As her thirteenth birthday nears, Ana is very happily making a behind-the-scenes documentary at the zoo her parents run and delighted that her best friend, Liv, is visiting from New Zealand, but things start to fall apart when she brings her old and new friends together.

Last in a long line of rebels

September 29, 2015
Tyre, Lisa Lewis, author.
New York, NY : Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
279 pages ; 22 cm
When the city of Zollicoffer, Tennessee, where her family lives, announces plans to seize their one hundred seventy-five year old house through eminent domain, twelve-year-old Louise Mayhew needs to come up with a way to save it--and her ancestor's Civil War diary linking the house to the Underground Railroad, as well as a hidden treasure, seem to offer her family the best chance of saving their home.

Kid owner

September 28, 2015
Green, Tim, 1963-
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
325 pages ; 24 cm
"When Ryan learns his estranged father left him the Dallas Cowboys in his will, it is all Ryan can do to keep his dad's other son from snatching the team away"-- Provided by publisher.

This side of wild : mutts, mares, and laughing dinosaurs

September 28, 2015
Paulsen, Gary, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015]
xviii, 120 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The Newbery Honor-winning author of Hatchet and Dogsong shares surprising true stories about his relationship with animals, highlighting their compassion, intellect, intuition, and sense of adventure. Gary Paulsen is an adventurer who competed in two Iditarods, survived the Minnesota wilderness, and climbed the Bighorns. None of this would have been possible without his truest companion: his animals. Sled dogs rescued him in Alaska, a sickened poodle guarded his well-being, and a horse led him across a desert. Through his interactions with dogs, horses, birds, and more, Gary has been struck with the belief that animals know more than we may fathom. His understanding and admiration of animals is well known, and in This Side of Wild, which has taken a lifetime to write, he proves the ways in which they have taught him to be a better person"-- Provided by publisher.

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