New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

September 24, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Bounce : a novel

September 23, 2016
Shull, Megan, author.
373 pages ; 22 cm
Seventh grader Frannie Hudson wonders what it would be like to trade in her family for a new one. Her big brother ignores her. Her mean older sister can't stand her. And her parents have just announced they're going on a last-minute vacation--without her. When Frannie makes one desperate, crazy wish--BOOM!--she magically bounces into a whole new life, with a totally different family. And. It. Is. Amazing! There's only one catch: waking up as someone else keeps happening. Plunged into lives and adventures she's only imagined--from being a pop star to meeting one super-cute boy--Frannie finds courage in the unforgettable friends and families she meets along the way. But as her new life spins out of control, Frannie begins to worry if she'll ever get back home. A celebration of the power of love and connection, Megan Shull's extraordinary new novel captures one girl's journey to find her voice, heal her heart, and discover the joy of bouncing back.

The peculiar night of the blue heart

September 23, 2016
DeStefano, Lauren, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
196 pages ; 22 cm
Lionel, a wild boy, and Marybeth, a good girl, are best friends at the orphanage, and when a mysterious spirit possesses Marybeth they will do anything to stop it.

The poet's dog

September 23, 2016
MacLachlan, Patricia, author.
88 pages ; 21 cm
A dog with unusual communication talents loses his poet owner before rescuing two children trapped in a snowstorm and leading them to the poet's cabin, where the children explore the memories that the poet has left behind.

What's up, Chuck?

September 23, 2016
Landry, Leo, author.
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2016]
48 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Chuck the woodchuck is a skilled sculptor in wood, and he has won the Best of the Forest art contest three years in a row, but this year he faces a serious challenge from a newcomer, Scooter Possum.

The secret talent

September 23, 2016
Whittemore, Jo, 1977- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
285, 22 pages ; 20 cm.
When Ryan, the class bully, discovers that Tim secretly performs traditional Greek folk dances with his twin sister Gabby, Tim must do everything Ryan says or become the laughingstock of the school.

The case of the secret tunnel

September 23, 2016
Webb, Holly, author.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014].
161 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Maisie sets out to uncover the true identity of the new lodger at her gran's boarding house and uncovers a more complicated--and dangerous--mystery than she could have imagined"-- Provided by publisher.

Two Naomis

September 23, 2016
Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola, author.
204 pages ; 22 cm
"Other than their first names, Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith are sure they have nothing in common, and they wouldn't mind keeping it that way. Naomi Marie starts clubs at the library and adores being a big sister. Naomi Edith loves quiet Saturdays and hanging with her best friend in her backyard. And while Naomi Marie's father lives a few blocks away, Naomi Edith wonders how she's supposed to get through each day a whole country apart from her mother. When Naomi Marie's mom and Naomi Edith's dad get serious about dating, each girl tries to cling to the life she knows and loves. Then their parents push them into attending a class together, where they might just have to find a way to work with each other--and maybe even join forces to find new ways to define family."--Provided by publisher.

The haunted howl

September 22, 2016
Luper, Eric, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, [2016]
110 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
In their third trip through the enchanted library, Cleo and Evan land in "The Werewolf's Curse" where Evan is promptly bitten by a werewolf, and the two need to find the cure--and the next key--before the full moon rises and Evan becomes stuck in this horror story forever.

The boy with 17 senses

September 22, 2016
Grau, Sheila, author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2016.
250 pages ; 21 cm
A retelling of "Jack and the Beanstalk" on the unusual planet Yipsmix, where every resident has synesthesia, including Jaq, who travels through a wormhole to Earth, where he must rescue a fellow Yipsmixer with the help of a kind Earthling giant.

The peculiar haunting of Thelma Bee

September 22, 2016
Petti, Erin, 1981- author.
Minneapolis, MN : Mighty Media Junior Readers, [2016]
209 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Eleven-year-old Thelma Bee is a budding scientist who has curiosity and adventure in her blood, but when a ghost kidnaps her father her only clues for getting her dad back are a strange jewelry box and the word "Return" whispered to her by the ghost.

The littlest Bigfoot

September 22, 2016
Weiner, Jennifer, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2016.
289 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"The story of twelve-year-old Alice, a misfit who is ignored by her own family and shipped off to boarding school. She'd love a friend, and one day she rescues mysterious Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake. Millie, it turns out, is a Bigfoot, part of a clan that lives deep in the woods. Alice swears to protect Millie and her tribe, and the two girls try to find a place where they both fit in."-- Provided by publisher.

The courage test

September 22, 2016
Preller, James, author.
212 pages ; 22 cm
Will has no choice. His father drags him along on a wilderness adventure in the footsteps of legendary explorers Lewis and Clark--whether he likes it or not. All the while, Will senses that something about this trip isn't quite right. Along the journey, Will meets fascinating strangers and experiences new thrills, including mountain cliffs, whitewater rapids, and a heart-hammering bear encounter. It is a journey into the soul of America's past, and the meaning of family in the future. In the end, Will must face his own, life-changing test of courage. A father-and-son journey along the Lewis and Clark Trail--from Fort Mandan to the shining sea--offers readers a genre-bending blend of American history, thrilling action, and personal discovery.

The Mighty Odds

September 22, 2016
Ignatow, Amy, author, illustrator.
New York : Amulet Books, 2016.
227 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"The Mighty Odds ; 1"--Spine.
A bus crash gives four very different middle schoolers odd super powers, and although they wouldn't normally be caught dead together, they must pool their powers to find out what happened to them.

Book Uncle and me

September 22, 2016
Krishnaswami, Uma, 1956- author.
Toronto ; Berkeley : Groundwood Books : House of Anansi Press, 2016.
149 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Original edition published by Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd. in 2012" -- copyright page
Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something. But what can she do? The local elections are coming up but she's just a kid. She can't even vote! Still, Yasmin has friends -- her best friend, Reeni, and Anil, who even has a black belt in karate. And she has grownup family and neighbors who, no matter how preoccupied they are, care about what goes on in their community. Then Yasmin remembers a story that Book Uncle selected for her. It's an old folktale about a flock of doves trapped in a hunter's net. The birds realize that if they all flap their wings at the same time, they can lift the net and fly to safety, where they seek the help of a friendly mole who chews a hole in the net and sets them free. And so the children get to work, launching a campaign to make sure the voices of the community are heard.

Clara Humble and the not-so-super powers

September 22, 2016
Humphrey, Anna, author.
221 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

One half from the east

September 22, 2016
Hashimi, Nadia, author.
256 pages ; 22 cm
In modern-day Afghanistan, 10-year-old Obayda is a bacha posh, a girl dressed as a boy. She has more freedom than she would as a girl, and makes a good friend of another bacha posh, but must find a way to remain free when she returns to life as a girl.

Science no fair!

September 22, 2016
Krulik, Nancy E., author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., [2016]
104 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
When Logan Applebaum's mother invents a robotic cousin for him, Logan thinks this may give him an edge in the third grade science fair but the Silverspoon twins have other ideas.

Finn's story

September 21, 2016
Holland, Jesse J., author.
137 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Based on the screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt."

The missing kitten

September 21, 2016
Webb, Holly, author.
127 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Suzanne is excited to be moving to the countryside, especially because it means that she will finally be able to get a pet. She chooses Boots, an orange kitten with four white paws, and the two of them become inseparable. Then Suzanne has to start at her new school. Boots tries following Suzanne to school every day. But one day, there's a downpour, and he gets lost. How will Suzanne ever be able to find him when she has no idea where he could be?"--Back cover.

Misty the abandoned kitten

September 21, 2016
Webb, Holly, author.
126 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Amy has always wanted a cat, but Mom and Dad think she's too young to have a pet of her own. So she is thrilled when she sees a tiny kitten roaming around her yard one misty morning. The kitten is very thin and doesn't have a collar, so Amy assumes that the kitten-whom she has named Misty-doesn't have a home. Misty is shy at first, but gradually, she begins to trust Amy, who feeds her and gives her the attention she so desperately wants. But how long can Amy keep Misty a secret from her parents?"--Back cover.

Young Scrooge : a very scary Christmas story

September 21, 2016
Stine, R. L., author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2016.
185 pages ; 22 cm
Rick Scroogeman hates Christmas and he hates being called Scrooge, but everything starts to change when three ghosts visit him, and he realizes this nightmare might be real.

Snow fight : an unofficial Terrarian warrior novel

September 21, 2016
Morgan, Winter, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2016]
103 pages ; 21 cm.
When Miles accidentally sets the Frost Legion free, he must battle evil snowmen and falling temperatures to continue on his adventure.

William and the witch's riddle

September 21, 2016
Crum, Shutta, author.
280 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
William must solve a witch's riddle in order to save his family and end a centuries-long curse.

Children of exile

September 20, 2016
Haddix, Margaret Peterson, author.
296 pages ; 22 cm
Children of exile: volume 1"--T.p.
A twelve-year-old girl raised in a foster village is returned to her biological parents, and discovers home is not what she expected it to be.

Rabbit & Robot and Ribbit

September 20, 2016
Bell, Cece, author, illustrator.
42 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Rabbit is excited. He is going to surprise his good friend Robot at home. DING DONG! When Robot opens the door, he is surprised. He wasn't expecting Rabbit. In fact, he is already engrossed in a game of checkers with another friend, Ribbit. Now Rabbit is the one who is surprised, and a bit jealous. While Robot thinks everything Ribbit says is humorous, all Rabbit hears is "ribbit." And Ribbit eats flies with her popcorn. Gross! When Rabbit and Ribbit get mad because they both want to be Cowboy Jack Rabbit, Robot's Emotion Decoder overheats, leaving him out of commission. Can Rabbit and Ribbit find a way to work together to revive their friend? New readers will find plenty to chuckle over as Robot's two friends become friends themselves. --

Beautiful blue world

September 20, 2016
LaFleur, Suzanne M., author.
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, [2016]
210 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Sofarende is at war and the army is paying families well to recruit children, so if twelve-year-old Mathilde or her best friend Megs is chosen, they hope to help their families but fear they will be separated forever."--Provided by publisher.


September 20, 2016
Giff, Patricia Reilly, author.
149 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Judith stopped talking long ago when Mom left her in the care of beloved Aunt Cora. Going back into a regular fifth-grade classroom won't be easy, but she has her Dog and new friend who will help her through"-- Provided by publisher.

The memory wall

September 20, 2016
Rosen, Lev AC.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016]
361 pages ; 22 cm
"Severkin is an elf who slinks through the shadows of Wellhall's spiraling stone towers, plundering ancient ruins and slaying mystical monstrosities with ease. He's also a character in a video game--a character that twelve-year-old Nick Reeves plays when he needs a break from the real world. And lately, Nick has really needed a break. His mother had an 'incident' at school last year, and her health has taken a turn for the worse. Nick is convinced his mother's illness has been misdiagnosed, but no one believes him. His only escape is the online world of Wellhall, where, as the elf character Severkin, he can face any problem. But when Nick finds himself fighting alongside another elf who reminds him of someone he knows in real life, his worlds begin to collide."--Provided by publisher.

All paws on deck

September 20, 2016
Maple, Daphne, author.
201, 13 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"As Taylor deals with a bully at school, the Dog Club faces a new problem--competition, in the form of an upscale doggy daycare service that seems determined to put the Dog Club out of business"-- Provided by publisher.

Barbie & her sisters in a puppy chase

September 20, 2016
McGuire Woods, Molly, author.
New York : Random House, 2016.
61 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Based on the original screenplay by Amy Wolfram and Kacey Arnold."

The kitchen catastrophe

September 20, 2016
Redbank, Tennant, author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
58 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
At head of title: Disney.
When Chauncey accidentally causes a huge mess in Berry's kitchen and the oven no longer works, the other palace pets try to keep Berry busy while Chauncey attempts to fix the oven.

The ungrateful dead

September 20, 2016
Cooper, Rose (Barbara Rose), 1978- author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
201 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
All Annabel Craven wants is to be normal. But that's hard to do when ghosts keep texting her. And keeping her secret from her nosy new stepsister isn't going to be easy. When a ghost girl named Harper who begs Annabel to help her rejoin the living, Annabel warns her that it's impossible. Once you're dead, you can't just start living again... or can you?

Top dog

September 20, 2016
Maple, Daphne, author.
209, 5 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"What's better than being best friends? Being best friends who volunteer together at the Roxbury Park Dog Shelter! In this third book, Taylor discovers that not everyone in Roxbury Park is as welcoming as her two best friends, Kim and Sasha. A girl at school won't stop picking on Taylor for being new. Even worse, the Dog Club is under attack, too! A fancy dog grooming shop across town has set up a competing dog day care, and unless the girls figure out how to keep their customers, the Pampered Puppy might put them out business for good"--Provided by publisher.

Nanny Piggins and the accidental blast-off

September 20, 2016
Spratt, R. A.
North Sydney, N.S.W. : Random House Australia, 2011.
263 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Derrick, Samantha and Michael should be in school. Instead they find themselves in NASA's space shuttle, which Nanny Piggins manages to accidentally launch, blasting them all into outer space. This time she has gone too far!

Message in a bottle

September 19, 2016
Saxon, Victoria.
New York : Random House, c2016.
57 p. : col. ill. ; 20 cm.
"Four bottles wash up on the beach-- and each one has a strange note inside! Will Barbie and her sisters [Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea] be able to follow the clues and solve the mystery of the secret messages?"--Back cover.

Mr. Gum and the power crystals

September 16, 2016
Stanton, Andy, author.
London : Jelly Pie, [2008]
204 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
First published: Egmont, 2008.
4 --Spine.
Can it really be true that there's an ancient curse on the town of Lamonic Bibber? And you guessed it, that old roo-de-lally Mr Gum and his trusty sidekick Billy William the Third have something to do with it. But our favourite heroes Polly and Friday and the gingerbread biscuit Alan Taylor (only 15.24 cm tall) are determined to save the town (sigh of relief). Hang on to your heads and prepare to chuckle like a chipmunk as you're whisked to the land of talking dogs, silly songs, Old Granny, and the best chase scene you've ever seen.

Attack of the Ender Dragon

September 14, 2016
Morgan, Winter, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2016]
99 pages ; 21 cm.
"An unofficial Minecrafter's novel"--Cover.
All Lily, Simon, and Michael have wanted since they were sucked into their Minecraft games is to return to the real world. They've battled armies of griefers and terrifying monsters, made new allies, and had their friendship tested time and again. But they've never forgotten their number one goal: getting back home. In this thrilling final installment in the Unofficial Minetrapped Adventure series, a powerful lightning storm strikes the Overworld, instantly transporting Lily back to the real world! But it's not the homecoming she had planned, especially without her friends by her side, and she's desperate to get Michael and Simon back home and out of the game forever. Meanwhile, Michael and Simon are in the biggest battle of their Minecraft lives, against Ender Dragons summoned by an unknown griefer. In a series conclusion you won't want to miss, it's the gang's last chance to escape the Overworld--or risk being trapped for good.

The great zombie invasion : an unofficial Minecrafter's adventure

September 14, 2016
Cheverton, Mark, author.
222 pages ; 21 cm
"A freak thunderstorm strikes just as Gameknight999 is activating his father's digitizer to reenter Minecraft. Sparks flash across his vision as he is sucked into the game, and when the smoke clears, he has arrived safely. But it doesn't take long to realize that things in the Overworld are very different. The User-that-is-not-a-user realizes he's accidentally sent himself one hundred years into the past, back to the time of the historic Great Zombie Invasion. None of his friends have even been born yet. But that might be the least of Gameknight999's worries, because traveling back in time also means that the evil virus Herobrine, the scourge of Minecraft, is still alive."--Page 4 of cover

Graveyard slot

September 14, 2016
Schusterman, Michelle, author.
215 pages ; 20 cm

Lola Levine and the ballet scheme

September 13, 2016
Brown, Monica, 1969- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
82 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"A new girl has joined Lola Levine's second-grade class. When they get off on the wrong foot, they are forced to spend time together ... and learn they have more in common than they thought"-- Provided by publisher.

Battle of the bands

September 13, 2016
Calonita, Jen, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
307 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Twelve-year old Mackenzie "Mac" Lowell accompanies her favorite boy band, Perfect Storm, on another road trip and chronicles her experiences on tour.jueni

The Silky Seal Pup

September 13, 2016
Cobb, Amelia (Children's author), author.
121 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
The Rescue Zoo is Zoe's home. When she finds out it might have to close, she is determined to come up with a plan to save it. If she doesn't, friendly seal pup, Star, might end up homeless.

The land of stories : an author's odyssey

September 13, 2016
Colfer, Chris, 1990- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
438 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man's literary army is inside his own short stories. When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner's imagination, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man's reign of terror"-- Provided by publisher.

Mrs. Moody in the birthday jinx

September 13, 2016
McDonald, Megan, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2016.
60 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
The boss of birthday -- The Mitten State -- Mummy time.
Remembering the countless ways her mother's previous birthdays have been ruined, Judy Moody wants to get things right this time around and tries to organize the perfect birthday, complete with a parsnip and avocado cake.


September 13, 2016
Jones, Marcia Thornton.
New York : Scholastic Inc., 2007.
187 pages ; 20 cm.
"An Apple paperback."
Together Riley and Champ make a great team. But they stand to lose more at the Founders Day dog show than a blue ribbon. Could they be separated forever?

Top prospect

September 12, 2016
Volponi, Paul, author.
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, [2016]
270 pages ; 22 cm
"Travis, a pre-teen quarterback with big potential, gets the opportunity of a lifetime when the coach of Gainesville University football program offers him a scholarship before Travis even gets to high school"--Provided by publisher.

George and the unbreakable code

September 12, 2016
Hawking, Lucy, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016.
313 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2014 by Random House Children's Publishers UK, a division of The Random House Group Ltd."--Title page verso.
George and Annie must travel further into space than ever before in order to prevent all computers from being hacked.

The Changelings

September 12, 2016
Soontornvat, Christina, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, [2016]
270 pages : map ; 22 cm
When eleven-year-old Izzy's sister, Hen, disappears into the woods near their new house, Izzy, aided by a band of outlaw Changelings, must seek her in the land of Faerie.

Things too huge to fix by saying sorry

September 12, 2016
Vaught, Susan, 1965- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2016]
342 pages ; 22 cm
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
"A family mystery leads Dani Beans to investigate the secrets of Ole Miss and the dark history of race relations in Oxford, Mississippi"-- Provided by publisher.

The great Shelby Holmes

September 12, 2016
Eulberg, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
243 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Nine-year-old Shelby Holmes, the best detective in her Harlem neighborhood, and her new easy-going friend from downstairs, eleven-year-old John Watson, become partners in a dog-napping case.

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