New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

March 13, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The case of the missing auntie

March 12, 2020
Hutchinson, Michael, 1971- author.
181 pages ; 19 cm.
"The Mighty Muskrats have a new case to solve: to find the whereabouts of their grandpa's long-lost sister. Once in the bright lights of the big city, the cousins get distracted, face off with bullies, meet some heroes and unlikely teachers, and experience many of the difficulties First Nations kids can face in the city."--Provided by publisher.

Mystery on the Ostrich Express

March 12, 2020
James, Laura, 1979- author.
New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2020.
110 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
While traveling by train to their vacation resort, flamingo detective Fabio and his giraffe associate, Gilbert, investigate the theft of a very expensive necklace from a fellow passenger.

Fierce competition!

March 12, 2020
David, Erica, author.
New York : Random House, [2020]
142 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"When an athletic competition with the school's super-villains gets way out of hand, young Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batgirl team up with a few of their fellow superpowered students to save the day after the school bell rings"-- Provided by publisher.

The shadow arts

March 12, 2020
Love, Damien, author.
New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC, 2020.
407 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Monstrous devices
Alex and his grandfather hold the fate of history itself in their hands in a Rick Riordan meets Raiders of the Lost Ark adventure of epic proportions!

Anna finds a friend

March 12, 2020
Egan, Kate, author.|4aut
Los Angeles, California : Disney Press, ©2020
120 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Anna feels lonelier than ever when her parents go off on a trip without her. She imagines another girl her own age, Astrid, and sends her a letter. To her surprise, Astrid writes back! But as the two become friends, Anna begins to wonder if Astrid is closer than she first thought. . . --Back cover.

Elsa's icy rescue

March 12, 2020
Egan, Kate, author.|4aut
Los Angeles, California : Disney Press, ©2020
121 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Elsa cannot wait to spend time at her family's summer home and test her icy powers. But after a series of magical mishaps, Elsa begins to wonder if she has what it takes to one day become queen of Arendelle, or if her powers might be a curse after all. . . --Back cover.

Space shuttle scam

March 12, 2020
Roy, Ron, 1940- author.
132 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"A Stepping stone book."
Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose head to Florida where they uncover a scam at a local space memorabilia attraction.

All the dear little animals

March 12, 2020
Nilsson, Ulf, 1948- author.
57 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"First published by Bonnier Carlsen Bokförlaget, Stockholm, Sweden"--Colophon.
"One summer's day we started a business called Funerals Ltd, to help all the poor dead animals in the world. Esther did the digging, I wrote the poems, and Esther's little brother, Puttie, cried."--Back cover.

Wish trap

March 12, 2020
Chapman, Linda, author.
158 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Originally published in Great Britain in 2017.
When a run of bad luck hits the local gym team, the Star Friends suspect that dark magic is behind it. But are their Star Magic skills strong enough to fight back?--Publisher's description.

Shetland in the shed

March 12, 2020
Baglio, Ben M.
New York : Scholastic, ©1997.
130 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"An Apple paperback."
Mandy and her family have Polly and her new shetland pony stay with them while her father is away. Mandy and James help Polly learn to take care of her new pony.

Stallion in the storm

March 12, 2020
Baglio, Ben M.
New York : Scholastic Inc., 1999.
127 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Mandy and James can hardly wait to accompany Mandy's father to Folan's Racing Stables. But when they arrive, they find that there is trouble. Some of the jockeys believe the stables are haunted by Tibor, a stallion who died in a race. Can Mandy and James discover the truth--and help Tibor make his peace?

Horse in the house

March 12, 2020
Baglio, Ben M.
New York : Scholastic, ©1998.
160 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Could it be a ghost horse?

Ben Braver and the vortex of doom

March 11, 2020
Emerson, Marcus, author.
302 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
When the baddest of bad guys threatens the world with a giant black hole, Ben Braver is the only one who can stop it. Ready or not, he's about to learn what it really means to be a hero.-- Publisher's description.

The queen bee and me

March 11, 2020
McDunn, Gillian, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2020.
279 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Meg is anxious about growing apart from her best friend Beatrix, but she is also interested in learning about the quirky new student Hazel and her backyard beehive.

My pet slime

March 11, 2020
Sheinmel, Courtney, author.
[Kansas City, Missouri] : Andrews McMeel Publishing, [2019]
151 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Piper Maclane wants a pet so badly, but she's allergic to everything. So she creates her own--out of slime! It has big eyes, a little mouth, and two arms just long enough for hugs. When a strange turn of events brings her slime to life, Piper learns how fun, challenging, and messy it can be to care for a pet--especially one made out of slime!

Ice cream with Albert Einstein

March 11, 2020
Everett, Reese, author.
32 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Freezing time -- A bright idea -- Family secrets.
Fiona and Finley are gearing up for a family hiking trip on Old Town Mountain. They pan to reach the summit in time to get a perfect view of a solar eclipse. They even have special eclipse glasses to protect their eyes. There's just one problem. Before they leave, Finley is determined to invent an ice cream that won't melt. He wants to celebrate reaching the top of the mountain with an ice cold treat. His experiments aren't going so well when a special customer walks into the family's Sweets Shop. Albert Einstein can't tell Finley just how to make no-melt ice cream but he does have an adventure to share that might inspire some answers.

The lonely heart of Maybelle Lane

March 10, 2020
O'Shaughnessy, Kate, author.
282 pages ; 22 cm
"This is a Borzoi Book".
Eleven-year-old Maybelle Lane collects sounds. She records the Louisiana crickets chirping, Momma strumming her guitar, their broken trailer door squeaking. But the crown jewel of her collection is a sound she didn't collect herself: an old recording of her daddy's warm-sunshine laugh, saved on an old phone's voicemail. It's the only thing she has of his, and the only thing she knows about him. Until the day she hears that laugh--his laugh--pouring out of the car radio. Going against Momma's wishes, Maybelle starts listening to her radio DJ daddy's new show, drinking in every word like a plant leaning toward the sun. When he announces he'll be the judge of a singing contest in Nashville, she signs up. What better way to meet than to stand before him and sing with all her heart? But the road to Nashville is bumpy. Her starch-stiff neighbor Mrs. Boggs offers to drive her in her RV. And a bully of a boy from the trailer park hitches a ride, too. These are not the people May would have chosen to help her, but it turns out they're searching for things as well. And the journey will mold them into the best kind of family--the kind you choose for yourself.-- Amazon.

Mirror magic

March 10, 2020
Chapman, Linda, author.
158 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Do you believe in magic? Mia and her friends do! And when they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of magical adventures unfolds. Mia and her star animal, a fox named Bracken, must use their special powers to stop the forces of dark magic. Mia's older sister has started acting strangely and the Star Animals sense dark magic at work. Can the girls use their newfound Star Magic to help make things right?

Maximilian and the curse of the Fallen Angel : a bilingual lucha libre thriller

March 9, 2020
Garza, Xavier, author, illustrator.
El Paso, Texas : Cinco Puntos Press, [2019]
211 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
After one last fight, the Guardian Angel will retire as the most famous luchador but his nephew, eighth-grader Maximilian, hopes to one day take over his name and his mask.

The future king

March 9, 2020
Riley, James, 1977- author.
420 pages ; 22 cm.
When time traveling students from a British magic school warn of a coming world war, Fort and his friends at the Oppenheimer magic school try to change the future without making things worse.

Sam Wu is not afraid of spiders

March 9, 2020
Tsang, Katie, 1987- author.
208 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Sam Wu is NOT afraid of anything. Well, maybe some things--like ghosts, sharks... and the dark's pretty scary, too. And now he has something new to worry about: Tulip, the big, hairy pet tarantula that lives in the sixth-grade science lab and is coming to visit his class. But Sam can't let anyone know. So when Tulip disappears from her cage, Sam decides it's up to him and his friends to step up, save the school from the eight-legged escapee... and prove, once again, that he's no scaredy cat!" --

Black brother, black brother

March 9, 2020
Rhodes, Jewell Parker, author.
239 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Suspended unjustly from elite Middlefield Prep, Donte Ellison studies fencing with a former champion, hoping to put the racist fencing team captain in his place.

If we were giants : a novel

March 9, 2020
Matthews, Dave, 1967- author.
294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Fourteen-year-old Kirra must summon the courage to face her own mistakes before she can help save her peaceful community from a gigantic threat.-- Provided by Publisher.

The inside battle

March 9, 2020
Sumrow, Melanie, author.
320 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion guide.
Thirteen-year-old Rebel Mercer yearns for his father's approval. His dad suffers from PTSD and spends time in their basement communicating with a racist, anti-government militia group called the Flag Bearers. He doesn't agree with his dad's ideology, but he isn't speaking out against it either. Can Rebel find his voice when it's needed most? Thirteen-year-old Rebel Mercer lives in west Texas with his dad, Nathan, and his aunt Birdie. His dad is finally home after serving in the military, and Rebel longs for his approval. But something isn't right. His dad has PTSD, and lately he has been spending his time communicating with a racist, anti-government militia group called the Flag Bearers. Rebel doesn't agree with his dad's newfound ideas, but he turns a blind eye to them. So when his best friend Ajeet beats Rebel at a robotics tournament by using one of Rebel's pieces, Rebel begins to wonder if there's some truth to what his dad has been saying, and he lashes out at Ajeet. Expelled from school, Rebel's dad takes him to the mountains of Oklahoma, where they meet up with the Flag Bearers. Soon his dad is engulfed in the group and its activities, and they're becoming more and more dangerous. When Rebel gets wind of a planned attack on an African American church, he knows that this group has gone too far and innocent people could get hurt. Can Rebel find his voice and stop the Flag Bearers from carrying out their plans before it's too late?

Things you can't say

March 9, 2020
Bishop, Jenn, author.
329 pages ; 22 cm
Nothing is going right this summer for Drew. And after losing his dad unexpectedly three years ago, Drew knows a lot about things not going right. First, it's the new girl Audrey taking over everything at the library, Drew's sacred space. Then it's his best friend, Filipe, pulling away from him. But most upsetting has to be the mysterious man who is suddenly staying with Drew's family. An old friend of Mom's? Drew isn’t buying that. With an unlikely ally in Audrey, he's determined to get to the bottom of who this man really is. The thing is, there are some fears—like what if the person you thought was your dad actually wasn't—that you can't speak out loud, not to anyone. At least that's what Drew thinks. But then again, first impressions can be deceiving.

Eye of the tiger shark

March 9, 2020
Landers, Ace, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2020.
104 pages ; 20 cm.
"Featuring the stars of Hungry Shark"--Title page.
"A chapter book"--Cover.
"At Waverly Middle School, there are two worlds: one on land, and one at sea. Tammy, Kyle, and Alex are three founding members of their school's Marine Science Club. Porbeagle, Hammerhead, and Mako are the three founding members of their school's Terrestrial Land Club. Together, they form one superclub--a superclub that's out to benefit humans and sharks, forever! The only issue is...people are still afraid of sharks. And sharks are still afraid of people. What happens when the MSC gets a new member?"--Amazon website.

Ruth and the night of broken glass : a World War II survival story

March 9, 2020
Berne, Emma Carlson, 1979- author.
103 pages : illustrations, map ; 19 cm
In November 1938, young Ruth Block is a Jewish girl in Frankfurt Germany, trying to cope with the ever tightening noose of Nazi oppression; her father's stationery store has been shut down, and her school closed; then one night her family's apartment is broken into, and her father is dragged out, arrested, and taken to a concentration camp -- and it becomes clear that if Ruth and her best friend Miriam are going to survive they must somehow get out of Germany, even if it means leaving their parents behind.

Can you see me?

March 6, 2020
Scott, Libby, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2020.
362 pages ; 22 cm
First published in the U.K. by Scholastic Children's Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Ltd.
Eleven-year-old Tally is starting sixth grade at Kingswood Academy and she really wants to fit in, which means somehow hiding her autism, hypersensitivity to touch, and true self, and trying to act "normal" like her former best friend, Layla, who is distancing herself from Tally and her fourteen-year-old sister, Nell, who is always angry with Tally for being different; but as she records her thoughts and anxieties in her coping diary, Tally begins to wonder--what is "normal" anyway?

The girl who speaks bear

March 6, 2020
Anderson, Sophie, author.
286 pages : map ; 22 cm
Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, and cursed with unusual size and strength, twelve-year-old Yanka the bear has never felt she belonged in the small village where she grew up; the Snow Forest seems to call to her and when she wakes up one day with her legs transformed into bear legs she flees the village, and embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover clues to her mysterious origin and identity.

Diary of a dummy

March 6, 2020
Stine, R. L., author.
130 pages ; 20 cm.
"What do Zoey and Billy Traister do when they find an abandoned ventriloquist dummy in an empty lot? They take him home, of course! As the pair tries to figure out why someone would throw out a perfectly good dummy, they accidentally bring Slappy to life. A night of horror ensues until the siblings put Slappy back into his case. But when they find Slappy's diary and clues that could lead to gold, they'll have to find Slappy's second diary while evading the evil dummy and other terrors."-- Provided by publisher.

The sticky situation

March 6, 2020
Stilton, Geronimo, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2020.
107 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
Translation of: Te lo so io il miele, Stilton! Segrate, Italy : Edizioni Piemme, ©2017.
"Geronimo and Trap decide to start making organic honey with the help of some beekeepers. When the honey is ready, they face up against the evil Madam No."-- Provided by publisher.

The guardians of Zoone

March 5, 2020
Födi, Lee Edward, author.
New York : Harper, 2020.
409 pages ; 22 cm
Ozzie Sparks's life went from normal to out of this world--literally--when he traveled to the station of Zoone, saved the multiverse, and somehow managed to find his way home to his Aunt Temperance. He'd like nothing more than to go back right away, but the portal is stubbornly closed. Until Zoone comes to him. But his friends Fidget and Tug aren't dropping in for a friendly visit. An evil overlord and his army of automatons have taken over Zoone, and it's up to Ozzie, Fidget, Tug, and Ozzie's usually very normal aunt to defeat them and save the station (again).

The vampire doll

March 5, 2020
Shepherd, Kat, author.
218 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Tanya has always been the unflappably cool and collected one in her friend group. When she begins babysitting for her neighbor's great-niece, she's surprised to find herself super freaked out by the doll collection in the house. They're just toys, right? But when her babysitting charge becomes a little too attached to one of the dolls, Tanya realizes it might be the incarnation of a supernatural threat she and her friends have faced before. It's up to Tanya, Maggie, and Rebecca, and Clio to save their town...or the nightmares will take over"-- Page 4 of cover.

The chaos curse

March 5, 2020
DasGupta, Sayantani, author.
370 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Prince Lal has been spirited away to, of all places, Parsippany, so Kiranmala must leave the the Kingdom Beyond and return home to rescue him; but reality seems to be wavering around her because something is causing a dangerous disruption in the multiverse, and she must face the disturbing prophecy about her own role in the approaching conflict between good and evil--not to mention her own growing feelings for Prince Neel.


March 5, 2020
Sutherland, Tui, 1978- author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2020.
496 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Darkstalker.
Ivy doesn't trust the Dragonslayer. He may be her father and the beloved ruler of Valor, but she knows he's hiding more than the treasure from the sand dragon he killed two decades ago. Leaf doesn't trust dragons. They're the reason his favorite sister, Wren, is dead, and now he'll do whatever it takes to slay even one. Wren doesn't trust anyone. She swore off humans after her village tried to sacrifice her to the dragons. She only has one friend, a small, wonderful mountain dragon named Sky, and they don't need anyone else. In a world of dragons, the humans who scramble around underfoot are easy to overlook. But Ivy, Leaf, and Wren will each cross paths with dragons in ways that could shape the destiny of both species. Is a new future possible for all of them . . . one in which humans can look to the skies with hope instead of fear?

Future of the time dragon

March 5, 2020
West, Tracey, 1965- author.
90 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
The dark wizard Maldred has trapped dragon master Eko as well as wizards who have opposed him, all of them frozen in time and space inside a wall in his hideout; so Drake and Worm set out to seek the help of the Time Dragon--but when a imp named Beezel interferes Drake ends up back in his own past, and he must find a way to get back to the present.

King & Kayla and the case of the unhappy neighbor

March 5, 2020
Butler, Dori Hillestad, author.
Atlanta, GA : Peachtree Publishing Company Inc., [2020]
45 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm

The lost lands

March 5, 2020
Khoury, Jessica, 1990- author.
New York : Scholastic, Inc., 2020.
264 pages ; 22 cm
"Sirin, Allie, and Joss have joined forces with the legendary silver dragon Lysander, the only creature capable of opening portals between the two worlds. But the powerful Lennix clan is following the children's every move and will stop at nothing to capture Lysander. After generations of plotting, the Lennixes -- and their bloodthirsty dragon allies, the Raptors -- are terrifyingly close to establishing a brutal dragon regime on Earth, just like they did centuries ago. Now, it's up to Allie, Joss, and Sirin to protect Lysander while searching for a secret source of lost dragon magic, the only force powerful enough to stop the Raptor. But when their search takes them to one of the largest cities on Earth, the new friends must decide what's more important: finding the missing treasure or guarding the most important secret in the world -- that dragons have returned to Earth . . . and not all of them have good intentions."--Publisher.

Busted by breakfast

March 5, 2020
Watson, Tom, 1965- author.
86 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Simon always has a lot to say. And sometimes he can't stop talking, even in the middle of class. When Simon gets in trouble for jabbering at school, his best friends, Molly and Rosie, think up a plan to keep him from getting grounded at home! It involves cars, suds, and pink plastic flamingos! But will their big plan turn into an even bigger disaster?

The candy caper

March 5, 2020
Watson, Tom, 1965- author.
84 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Molly gets things stuck in her head sometimes. When she sees a jar of candy on Principal Shelton's desk, she absolutely needs to know how many candies are in that jar! Luckily, her two best friends, Simon and Rosie, are ready to help her find the answer--even if it means detention for all of them!"-- Provided by publisher.

A high five for Glenn Burke

March 5, 2020
Bildner, Phil, author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2020.
277 pages ; 22 cm
After researching Glenn Burke, the first major league baseball player to come out as gay, sixth-grader Silas Wade slowly comes out to his best friend Zoey, then his coach, with unexpected consequences.

A home for goddesses and dogs

March 5, 2020
Connor, Leslie, author.
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, [2020]
385 pages ; 22 cm
"After the death of her mother, Lydia moves in with her aunts and learns to find a new family of inspiring women and loving dogs"-- Provided by publisher.

Small mercies

March 5, 2020
Krone, Bridget, author.
223 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
When social workers begin to scrutinize Mercy's homelife in modern-day Pietermartizburg, she uses life lessons taught to her by Mr. Singh to stand up for herself and her eccentric foster aunts.

Village of scoundrels : based on a true story of courage during WWII

March 5, 2020
Preus, Margi, author.
305 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In the 1940s, remote Les Lauzes, France, houses Jews, unregistered foreigners, forgers, and others who take great risks to shelter refugees and smuggle them to safety in Switzerland.

We could be heroes

March 5, 2020
Finnegan, Margaret Mary, 1965- author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2020]
241 pages ; 22 cm
Fourth-graders Maisie and Hank, who has autism, become friends as they devise schemes to save a neighbor's dog, Booler, from being tied to a tree because of his epilepsy.

Bo and the dragon-pup

March 5, 2020
Elliott, Rebecca, author.
72 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
Rainbow Tinseltail (called Bo) has never actually seen a dragon, but when things start going missing from Sparklegrove School for Unicorns all clues seem to point to a dragon pup called Scorch--but when Scorch does not return to the dragon caves, Bo and her friends become worried that he has gotten lost in the forest and they set out to find their new friend.

A guard dog named Honey

March 5, 2020
Orenstein, Denise Gosliner, 1950- author.
240 pages ; 22 cm
When her older brother is arrested on her eleventh birthday, Bean Wright is devastated, and determined to raise the bail money that their mother does not have; the most promising scheme she comes up with is getting a young girl named Phoebe, one of the summer residents, to sell her valuable Mastiff guard dog, Honey--but the scheme takes a dark turn when the buyer turns out to want Honey for dog fighting.


March 5, 2020
Ryan, Pam Muñoz, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2020.
247 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Max, who loves the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow, sets out on a dangerous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds, armed with a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo's legend as his only guides.

The midnight hour

March 5, 2020
Read, Benjamin (Children's story writer), author.
New York : Chicken House/Scholastic, Incorporated 2020.
275 pages ; 22 cm
First published in the United Kingdom in 2019 by Chicken House.
"When strange late-night letters start arriving at home, Emily's parents set off to investigate. But when her parents disappear completely and Emily is left home alone to face the weird strangers that begin to appear at her door, she takes all of the clues at her disposal and makes for the place where the letters came from -- the mysterious Night Post. What she'll discover is the secret world of the Midnight Hour -- a Victorian London frozen in time, full of magic and monsters. Kept safe by an age-old agreement, the Night Folk have been exiled to a parallel world that can only be accessed by a selected few, including the mail carriers of the infamous Night Post that operate between the two worlds. Emily's parents are key players in keeping the Night Folk safe, but when the division of the two worlds is threatened, Emily must search for her parents while navigating this dark and unknown version of London. Armed only with a packed lunch, her very sleepy pocket hedgehog, and her infamously big argumentative mouth, she must escape bloodthirsty creatures of the night, figure out her own family secrets, and maybe just save the world. This is a frightening and enchanting story, a world built out of creatures from our worst fears who become relatable, fully formed characters unlike any we've seen as these strangers of parallel worlds band together to save the day" --

Show me a sign

March 5, 2020
LeZotte, Ann Clare, author.
269 pages ; 22 cm
It is 1805 and Mary Lambert has always felt safe among the deaf community of Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard where practically everyone communicates in a shared sign language, but recent events have shattered her life; her brother George has died, land disputes between English settlers and the Wampanoag people are becoming increasingly bitter, and a "scientist" determined to discover the origins of the islands' widespread deafness has decided she makes the perfect "live specimen"--and kidnapped her.

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