New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

September 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

In the land of the lawn weenies and other warped and creepy tales

September 19, 2018
Lubar, David.
New York : Starscape, 2003.
240 pages ; 20 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Fairy in a jar -- The touch -- At the wrist -- Crizzles -- Light as a feather, stiff as a board -- The evil tree -- Kidzilla -- Everyone's a winner -- A little off the top -- The slide -- Big kids -- Your worst nightmare -- Phone ahead -- Sand sharks -- On the road -- The language of beasts -- Class trip -- Collared -- The substitute -- The vampire's rat -- Slugs -- Snakeland -- Burger and fries -- Game over -- Smunkies -- Pretty Polly -- Join the party -- The billion legger -- The battle-ax -- In the land of the lawn weenies -- Sunburn -- Thin silk -- The witch's monkey -- As you say -- Hide -- Where does all this stuff come from?
A collection of humorous stories involves some monstrous students, a levitation trick gone wrong, and a boring neighborhood.

Naomis too

September 19, 2018
Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola, author.
308 pages ; 22 cm
Naomi E.'s dad is married to Naomi Marie's mom. The two girls have learned to do a lot of things together, while also dealing with the ups and downs of middle school.


September 18, 2018
Johannes, Shelley, author, illustrator.
Los Angeles : Disney Hyperion, 2018.
213 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Beatrice Zinker's Operation Upside is finally in full swing, but when her overenthusiasm puts the mission in jeopardy, she'll have to do her best to lie low for awhile--which, for Beatrice, is not going to be easy"-- Provided by publisher.


September 18, 2018
John, Antony, 1972- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
330 pages ; 22 cm
"Noah Savino has been stuck in a wheelchair for months. He hates the way people treat him like he's helpless now. He's sick of going to physical therapy, where he isn't making any progress. He's tired of not having control over his own body. And he misses playing baseball--but not as much as he misses his dad, who died in the car accident that paralyzed Noah. Noah is scared he'll never feel like his old self again. He doesn't want people to think of him as different for the rest of his life. With the help of family and friends, he'll have to throw off the mask he's been hiding behind and face the fears that have kept him on the sidelines if he ever wants to move forward."--Provided by publisher.

Saving Winslow

September 18, 2018
Creech, Sharon, author.
165 pages ; 20 cm
When his father brings home an ailing, newborn donkey, Louie names the animal Winslow and takes care of him, but everyone, including Louie's quirky friend Nora, thinks Winslow is not going to survive.

The storm runner

September 18, 2018
Cervantes, Jennifer, author.
Los Angeles : Disney Hyperion, 2018.
431 pages ; 22 cm
To prevent the Mayan gods from battling each other and destroying the world, thirteen-year-old Zane must unravel an ancient prophecy, stop an evil god, and discover how the physical disability that makes him reliant on a cane also connects him to his father and his ancestry.

Rapunzel : an interactive fairy tale adventure

September 18, 2018
Jakubowski, Michele, author.
111 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
In this You Choose adventure, Rapunzel can be a lonely high school student, hoping to escape her grandmother's apartment to audition for the school musical; a professional gamer, isolated and at the mercy of her overbearing manager; or the adopted daughter of Dame Gothel, rumored to be a witch--the reader decides which plot to pursue.

Rumpelstiltskin : an interactive fairy tale adventure

September 18, 2018
Braun, Eric, 1971- author.
111 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"42 choices, 20 endings!"--Cover.
In this You Choose adventure, the miller's daughter has to turn seaweed into oxygen in a bubble city on a polluted Earth, a middle school student has to complete binders of math problems, and a lonely magical hermit's offers of assistance stem from his desire for friendship--the reader chooses which plot to pursue.

Winnie's great war

September 18, 2018
Mattick, Lindsay, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
227 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
"An imagining of the real journey undertaken by the extraordinary bear, from her early days in the Canadian forest to her travels with the Veterinary Corps across the country and overseas, all the way to the London Zoo, where she met Christopher Robin Milne and inspired the creation of Winnie-the-Pooh"-- Provided by publisher.

Battle for Loot Lake : an unofficial Fortnite adventure novel

September 17, 2018
Hunter, Devin author.
110 pages ; 21 cm.
Grey and his squad have been stuck in Fortnite Battle Royale for three weeks now and they aren't close to making it to the top 5 so they can come home.

The ghost of Slappy

September 17, 2018
Stine, R. L., author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2018]
133 pages ; 20 cm.
Slappy's back as a ghost! And this time, the only thing you'll play is hide-and-go-shriek!

Hip and Hop in the house! : a free-flowing tortoise and the hare collection

September 17, 2018
Czekaj, Jef, author.
Los Angeles, California : Disney, Hyperion, 2018.
76 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Hip & Hop don't stop! -- Yes, yes, Yaul! -- Record shopping (bonus mini-comic!)
Hip is a turtle who raps very slowly. Hop is a bunny who raps superfast. Together they are Hip & Hop, the best rap duo in Oldskool County. This hilarious collection features two stories that remix the fable of the tortois and the hare, combining comics with short raps, traditional narration, and the coolest characters on the block. -back

Judy Moody and the right royal tea party

September 14, 2018
McDonald, Megan, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.
142 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
When Judy learns that some of her ancestors lived in England and possibly related to the Queen, her nemesis Jessica Finch finds more surprise relatives that Judy wishes she could hide in a dungeon somewhere.

The library machine

September 14, 2018
Butler, Dave, 1973- author.
407 pages ; 22 cm
The third and last book in the Extraordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie trilogy-Charlie's life used to be quiet, but now it's full of adventure and surprises--none more surprising than the discovery that he is not a regular boy but one of his father's inventions--a living clockwork boy! Charlie's weeks have been filled with dwarves, kobolds, pixies, and humans, as he's sought to avenge his father's death and stop the dastardly Iron Cog from their plans to sow chaos throughout the world. Now his journey takes him to Marburg, Germany, where he and his friends must uncover the secrets of a hidden kobold library in order to save civilization--and their own skins. --Provided by publisher.

The Princess in Black and the science fair scare

September 14, 2018
Hale, Shannon, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.
87 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
When a goo monster crashes the science fair, the Princess in Black is on the job, and with the help of the Princess in Blankets, sets out to save the science fair.

Excellent Ernesto Cousins 3/Wrestlevania

September 14, 2018
Soria, Gabriel, author.
[New York] : Penguin Workshop, [2018]
266 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"During a late-night stroll on your boring summer beach vacation, you discover a derelict video arcade managed by a ghostly attendant. Presented with a magical game token, you select one of two games you wish to play, the Excellent Ernesto Cousins 3 or Wrestlevania. Once you place the token in the slot, you have to make choices to advance through the games, and your decisions control whether you beat the game--or die"-- Provided by publisher.

Merci Suárez changes gears

September 14, 2018
Medina, Meg, author.
355 pages ; 20 cm
A Junior Library Guild selection.
Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don't have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci's school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna's jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci's grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately -- forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she's left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school.

The Monster Detector

September 14, 2018
Potter, Ellen, 1963- author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2018.
120 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Hugo, a young sasquatch, and his friend Gigi use a Monster Detector to find a Green Whistler, but when Hugo's human friend, Boone, joins in, surprises are in store.

No fixed address

September 14, 2018
Nielsen-Fernlund, Susin, 1964- author.
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2018.
280 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A Junior Library Guild selection.
Twelve-year-old Felix's appearance on a television game show reveals that he and his mother have been homeless for a while, but also restores some of his faith in other people.

Missing Mike

September 14, 2018
Green, Shari, 1963- author.
247 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Twelve-year-old Caera Donovan and her family flee a wildfire bearing down on their hometown of Pine Grove, with no time to find Caera's beloved dog Mike. Faced with the loss of everything she knows, Caera can't stand to lose Mike as well and seeks a way to sneak back to Pine Grove. When her plans are thwarted, she must learn to embrace a new definition of "home.""--Provided by publisher.


September 14, 2018
Hostetter, Joyce Moyer, author.
351 pages ; 22 cm
"World War II is over, but the Honeycutt family is still feeling its devastating effects. Especially Daddy, who can't forget what he saw on the battlefield and sometimes can't cope with everyday life. Fourteen-year-old Ellie Honeycutt finds escape at the NASCAR speedway and in her dreams of travel and college. Her twin sister, Ida, clings to family and finds solace in her sketchbook. Once inseparable, the two sisters find themselves growing apart with the start of high school. They make different friends, take different classes--and unfortunately fall for the same charming classmate. Can Ellie and Ida renew their deep bond while finding their own separate drives in life? In this fourth addition to the acclaimed Bakers Mountain stories, Joyce Moyer Hostetter once again brings to life the quiet town of Hickory, North Carolina, and its residents, exploring the close ties of family and friends against the backdrop of the Korean War, polio scares, and the 1952 presidential election"--Jacket flap.

Zora and me : the cursed ground

September 14, 2018
Simon, T. R. (Tanya R.), author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.
250 pages, 16 unnumbered pages ; 20 cm
A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood, Zora with her best friend Carrie, in Eatonville, Florida, as they learn about life, death, and the differences between truth, lies, and pretending. Includes an annotated bibliography of the works of Zora Neale Hurston, a short biography of the author, and information about Eatonville, Florida.


September 14, 2018
Hautman, Pete, 1952- author.
303 pages ; 22 cm
A Junior Library Guild selection.
"'Hatred combined with lies and secrets can break the world.' Grandpa Zach used to say that before he died, but Stuey never really knew what he meant. It was kind of like how he used to talk about quantum physics, or how he used to say ghosts haunted the overgrown golf course. But then one day, when Stuey and his best friend, Elly Rose, are playing in the deadfall in the middle of the woods, something totally unbelievable happens. As Stuey and Elly Rose struggle to come to grips with their lives after that moment, all the things Grandpa Zach used to say started to make sense. This is a book about memory and loss and the destructive nature of secrets, but also about the way friendship, truth, and perseverance have the ability to knit a torn-apart world back together.--Jacket.

The law of finders keepers

September 13, 2018
Turnage, Sheila, author.
New York, NY : Kathy Dawson Books, [2018]
356 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: The odds of getting even.
"A rumor that Blackbeard's buried treasure is somewhere near Tupelo Landing causes pirate fever to sweep through town just as clues about Mo's Upstream Mother surface and the Desperado Detectives--aka Mo LoBeau and her best friends Dale and Harm--take on the most important case of Mo's life"-- Provided by publisher.

This is war

September 13, 2018
Stohl, Margaret, author.
307 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The longstanding and galaxy-spanning war between cats and robots escalates when each learns of inventions designed to extend their lives, and the potential of the devices is revealed when two kittens come into the lives of twin siblings on Earth.-- Provided by Publisher.

Race to the North Pole

September 13, 2018
Soderberg, Erin, author.
New York : Random House, [2018]
123 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"A Stepping Stone book."
"Wally and the Puppy Pirates compete in a dogsled race at the North Pole"-- Provided by publisher.

Sergeant Stubby, hero pup of World War I

September 13, 2018
Calkhoven, Laurie, author.
90 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Based on the story of a real dog in World War I, and told from the dog's point of view.
Stubby, a Boston terrier, is scrounging for food in the streets of New Haven, Connecticut, in 1917 when he is adopted as a mascot by the 102nd Infantry Regiment and finds himself on the way to France and the trenches of World War I where he soon learns to save his soldiers by alerting them to impending gas attacks, and eventually is awarded a medal by General Pershing.

Dewey Fairchild, teacher problem solver

September 13, 2018
Horn, Lorri, author.
New York : Amberjack Publishing, [2018]
272 pages ; 21 cm.
"Fixing problem teachers is Dewey's best subject." --Back cover.

The mystery of Mr. E

September 13, 2018
Tripp, Valerie, 1951- author.
95 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 20 cm.
When a playful shaggy dog named Mr. E disappears, the WellieWishers start searching, and end up getting the surprise of their life.

Undercover princess

September 12, 2018
Glynn, Connie, author.
435 pages ; 22 cm.
Originally published in the UK in 2017 by Penguin Randon House Children's.
Lottie Pumpkin is an ordinary girl who has spent her life longing for the extraordinary. Ellie Wolf is the crown princess of Maradova, who wants nothing more than a chance at an ordinary life. When fate puts Lottie and Ellie in the same dorm room at the prestigious Rosewood Hall, there's only one solution: for the girls to swap identities, and live the lives they've always dreamed of. But at Rosewood, a secret never stays secret for long. Someone in the school is on to them--and if the truth is revealed, the results may be more treacherous than they ever expected. Undercover Princess is the first book in the Rosewood Chronicles series.

Absolutely Alfie and the princess wars

September 12, 2018
Warner, Sally, 1946- author.
New York : Viking, [2018]
135 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
It's almost Halloween at Alfie's school and everyone is excited to dress up in constumes for the class Halloween party. Shy Bella asks Alfie if she wants to be bunny rabbits together, but then all of Alfie's other friends are going to be princesses! Alfie is so torn. Can she be both ... and not hurt anyone's feelings? Probably not!

Dodger boy

September 12, 2018
Ellis, Sarah, author.
Toronto, Berkeley : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2018.
178 pages ; 20 cm.
In 1970 Vancouver, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and her best friend, Dawn, are keen to avoid the pitfalls of adolescence. Couldn't they just skip teenhood altogether, along with its annoying behaviors -- showing off just because you have a boyfriend, obsessing about marriage and a ring and matching dinin--room furniture? Couldn't one just learn about life from Jane Austen and spend the days eating breakfast at noon, watching "People in Conflict," and thrift-store shopping for cool castoffs to tie-dye for the upcoming outdoor hippie music festival? But life becomes more complicated when the girls meet a Texan draft dodger who comes to live with Charlotte's Quaker family. Tom Ed expands Charlotte's horizons as they discuss everything from war to civil disobedience to women's liberation. Grappling with exhilarating and disturbing new ideas, faced with a censorship challenge to her beloved English teacher and trying to decode the charismatic draft dodger himself, Charlotte finds it harder and harder to stick to her unteen philosophy, and to see eye to eye with Dawn.-- Publisher's description.

The girl in the locked room : a ghost story

September 12, 2018
Hahn, Mary Downing, author.
193 pages ; 22 cm
Told in two voices.

The splintered light

September 12, 2018
Johnson, Ginger, 1971- author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2018.
404 pages ; 22 cm
Ten-year-old Ishmael's monochromatic farm life with his widowed mother is transformed when he begins to see color and is sent to the Hall of Hue, where he starts an apprenticeship with Luc, learning to create a new, colorful world.


September 11, 2018
Reed, Melody, author.
New York, NY : Little Bee Books, [2018].
95 pages, 11 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Includes an excerpt from the fifth book in the Major Eights series, The New Bandmate.
"When Becca finds out about her school's free throw competition, she is ready to put her basketball skills to the test! And if she wins, she'll get to meet her favorite basketball player! But after a series of bad practices, her nerves start to get the best of her. Can the Major Eights help Becca regain her confidence and meet her hero?"-- Provided by publisher.

The house in Poplar Wood

September 11, 2018
Ormsbee, Katie, author.
333 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
The Vickery twins, Lee and Felix, live in a house in Poplar Wood, where, because of the "Agreement," their mother serves Memory, and their father assists Death, and only Lee is allowed to leave the house, except for Halloween; but when a local girl is murdered, Gretchen Whipple, daughter of the mayor, offers the boys a deal--help her solve the crime and she will help them break the Agreement, and regain their freedom.

Check out the library weenies : and other warped and creepy tales

September 11, 2018
Lubar, David, author.
New York : Starscape, 2018.
221 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Thirty-one creepy stories about vampires, transmutations, dreadful fairylands, and other terrifying things. Includes author's notes on how he got his ideas for these stories.

The golden tower

September 11, 2018
Black, Holly, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2018.
239 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
As Callum begins his final year at the Magisterium, he is estranged from most of his friends and a furtive darkness haunts him.

Liz and the nosy neighbor

September 11, 2018
Barkley, Callie, author.
New York : Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2018.
119 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
"Liz has been assigned a class project that's perfect for her. She has to create a diorama of an animal habitat! Art plus animals? What could be better? Well, things could be better if Liz's new neighbor and classmate was a little nicer to her ... and a little less nosy!" -- Back cover.

Our principal is a wolf!

September 11, 2018
Calmenson, Stephanie, author.
New York : Aladdin Quix, 2018.
55 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Includes Cast of Characters and also Word List and Questions (pages 53-55).
"Big bad Mr. Bundy? Mr. Bundy is the principal at PS 88. And it may be hard to believe, but he once came nose-to-nose with the big bad wolf, who gobbled him up in one bite! "Gulp!" One thing all the kids at PS 88 know for sure is that their favorite principal is never far from zany (mis)adventures"--Jacket.

Sugar secrets

September 11, 2018
Perelman, Helen, author.
67 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Princess Mini's adventures at Royal Fairy Academy continue. A class assignment for Parent Day has Mini worried her candy creation won't be sugar-tastic enough for her royal parents and even her cousin Prince Frosting wants to make sure his treats stand out. Help arrives when Gobo, Mini's secret troll friend, comes to the rescue with sweet surprises for the two fairies.

Weather or not

September 11, 2018
Mlynowski, Sarah, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2018.
181 pages ; 22 cm.
When Willa's upside-down magic rains, it pours. Clouds form under ceilings. Classrooms get flooded. Umbrellas must always be nearby, just in case Willa has an outburst. Willa hates being the source of such sogginess. Even worse, the more she rains, the badder she feels...and the badder she feels, the more she rains. All the storminess is threatening to drown her good grades and flood all her friendships. Is there any way to use magic to make the clouds disappear? Or is the storm of the century on its way?-- Amazon

Wedgie & Gizmo vs. the great outdoors

September 11, 2018
Selfors, Suzanne, author.
167 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Wedgie and Gizmo's humans are taking their first family vacation--to a campground by a lake! And their pets are too destructive to stay home alone. Wedgie the corgi is super-excited. He can't wait to chase squirrels and poop in the woods! But Gizmo, the evil genius guinea pig, has no time for games. He must convince the forest critters to join his Evil Horde and help him take over the world--one tent at a time. Muh-hah-hah!-- Publisher's description.

Hilda and the hidden people

September 11, 2018
Davies, Stephen, 1976- author.
179 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Now a Netflix original series"--Jacket.
Hilda encounters her very first troll, negotiates with some very persnickety elves, and seeks to discover the mystery behind the giant who only appears at midnight as she faces the prospect of leaving her beloved wilderness home with her mom for Trolberg City.

Danger at the haunted gate

September 11, 2018
Wiley, Jesse, author.
159 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"It's 1850, and you are continuing on the treacherous Oregon Trail. In this second book of four, you need to get to Devil's Gate, the halfway mark on your 2,000-mile journey West. Keep watch! Danger awaits you on your way to those eerie cliffs. Which path will you choose in the face of danger? With more than twenty possible endings, choose wrong and you'll never make it to Devil's Gate. Choose right and blaze a trail that gets you closer to Oregon City!"--Page [4] of cover.

Keiko's pony rescue

September 11, 2018
Velasquez, Crystal, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2018.
90 pages ; 20 cm.
"When Keiko's aunt invites her, and her friends Madison, Jasmine, and Sofia to spend two weeks on her farm, the girls can't wait to milk a cow, feed the hens, and help take care of the other animals. There's even a pony who's expecting a baby! But when the foal is born, she has to wear braces on her legs to help her walk. If the braces don't work, the pony might need surgery. Keiko will do whatever it takes to help the pony, but will it be enough?"--Page [4] of cover.

The race to Chimney Rock

September 11, 2018
Wiley, Jesse, author.
159 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
"More than 20 possible endings!" --Cover.
"Choose your own trail!"
"It's 1850, and you are setting off on the treacherous Oregon Trail. In this first book of four, your goal is to get you and your family to Chimney Rock on time. But many dangers await you on the journey ahead. Wild animals, natural disasters, sickness, and other obstacles stand between you and your destination. Which path will get you safely across the prairie? With more than twenty possible endings, choose wrong and you'll never make it to Chimney Rock on time. Choose right and blaze a trail that gets you closer to Oregon City!" --Back cover

The Ghost Road

September 11, 2018
Cotter, Charis, author.
New York : Tundra Books, [2018]
356 pages : genealogical table ; 21 cm.
Ghosts, a family curse, buried secrets ... a summer they won't soon forget. --Provided by publisher.

24 hours in nowhere

September 11, 2018
Bowling, Dusti, author.
260 pages ; 20 cm
Welcome to Nowhere, Arizona, the least livable town in the United States. For Gus, a bright 13-year-old with dreams of getting out and going to college, life there is made even worse by Bo Taylor, Nowhere's biggest, baddest bully. When Bo tries to force Gus to eat a dangerously spiny cactus, Rossi Scott, one of the best racers in Nowhere, comes to his rescue--but in return she has to give Bo her prized dirt bike. Determined to buy it back, Gus agrees to go searching for gold in Dead Frenchman Mine, joined by his old friends Jessie Navarro and Matthew Dufort, and Rossi herself. As they hunt for treasure, narrowly surviving everything from cave-ins to mountain lions, they bond over shared stories of how hard life in Nowhere is—and they realize this adventure just may be their way out.-- Publisher's description.

Sabotage stage left

September 11, 2018
Lyall, Casey, author.
New York : Sterling Children's Books, 2018.
247 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Spring (musical) fever has hit the Grantleyville Middle School Drama Club! Since Ivy Mason is busy with the production, she decides to take a break from sleuthing, while Howard Wallace keeps things running smoothly with their detective agency. Then, just a few weeks before showtime, suspicious things start happening backstage: missing costumes, damaged props, and too many other mishaps to be coincidental. Ivy calls in Howard and their crew to take on the case. Howard tries to lay low and quietly sniff out the perp, but he's soon brought into the spotlight when he's framed as the saboteur! Can the team of intrepid P.I.s clear Howard's name and catch the culprit before the curtain falls on the big show?-- Publisher's description.

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