New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

September 19, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The dog who lost his bark

September 18, 2019
Colfer, Eoin, author.
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2019. ©2018
134 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Patrick has been desperate for a dog of his own for as long as he can remember, and this summer, with his father away, he longs for a canine friend more than ever. Meanwhile, in his short doggy life, Oz has suffered at the hands of bad people. Somewhere out there, he believes, is an awesome boy - his boy. And maybe, when they find each other, Oz will learn to bark again.


September 17, 2019
Bunzl, Peter, author.
Mendota Heights, MN : Published in the United States by Jolly Fish Press, an imprint of North Star, [2019]
379 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2017 by Usborne Publishing.
Follows Lily, Robert, and Malkin the mechanical fox as they race around steampunk, Victorian London trying to solve a mystery involving the criminal mastermind Jack of Diamonds and a family heirloom.

Guest : a changeling tale

September 17, 2019
Hahn, Mary Downing, author.
218 pages ; 22 cm
Young Mollie traverses eerie, perilous lands to retrieve her baby brother, Thomas, from the Kinde Folke, malicious sprites who snatched him and left a hideous changeling in his place.

My favorite president : and other stories

September 17, 2019
Lubar, David, author.
New York : Starscape Books, 2019.
109 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
My favorite president -- Home wreckers -- Polar opposites -- We're off to see the lizard -- Beauty and the beef -- I've got my eye on you -- Drop the ball -- Under the rainbow -- Snowflakes -- In like a lion -- Thin ice -- A sucker for valentines.
"A prince under a curse and a hungry princess meet. Two siblings finally discover what their parents do when they stay up on New Year's Eve. And a boy gets a surprising visit on President's Day. Join in the fun as the teeny weenies get into all kinds of hilarious trouble."--Page 4 of cover.

The great pumpkin smash

September 16, 2019
Dixon, Franklin W., author.
New York : Aladdin, 2019.
90 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Brothers Frank and Joe Hardy investigate strange occurrences during Bayport Zoo's annual Halloween party, Boo at the Zoo.

The key of lost things

September 16, 2019
Easley, Sean, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2019]
310 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: The hotel between.
Twelve-year-old Cam, concierge at a magical hotel, gets help from a magical key as he searches for his missing friend, who just may be the Hotel's newest enemy.

Mighty Meg and the super disguise

September 16, 2019
Griffin, Sammy, author.
96 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
"After almost having her superpowers discovered while rescuing a toddler from a sinkhole, Meg decides that she needs a disguise so she can help people while protecting her identity. But when more sinkholes start appearing out of nowhere, Meg may have to put aside her costume dilemma and risk being exposed in order to save the day!"-- Book jacket flap.

The minor third

September 12, 2019
Harris, Neil Patrick, 1973- author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
313 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
New member Emily helps the Magic Misfits when a ventriloquist with a dastardly plan comes to town.

The boy who cried wool : and other stories

September 12, 2019
Lubar, David, author.
New York : Starscape Books, 2019.
108 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
The boy who cried, "Wool!" -- All you can eat -- Busting pumpkins -- The sock drawer -- Leave it be -- Esther's sentence -- The horn of plenty -- Trick and treat -- Hammer it out -- The silver 'shroom -- Gobble gobble -- Candy corn.
"A boy goes out looking for treats but only gets tricks. A girl discovers where candy corn really comes from. And a family finds out why they should always listen to the boy who cries 'Wool!' Join in the fun as the teeny weenies get into all kinds of hilarious trouble."--Page 4 of cover.

The great treasure hunt

September 12, 2019
Mould, Chris, author.
131 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
In an old junk shop sits a dusty ship in a bottle. And when the world isn't watching, a tiny pirate crew comes out to explore. They're smaller than a teacup, but these scurvy sailors have a HUGE appetite for adventure! The pocket pirates have left the safety of their shelf to search for gold ... but dangers await them. The skirting-board mice are on the prowl, and the shopkeeper has an unwelcome surprise in store.

The Beast

September 12, 2019
Condie, Allyson Braithwaite, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2019.
326 pages ; 22 cm
Middle-schoolers Nico, Opal, Tyler, and Emma face a more dangerous threat and must uncover the whirlpool's origins, as well as those of that freaky "Thing in a Jar," while fending off paranormal investigators.

The casket of time

September 12, 2019
Andri Snær Magnason, 1973- author.
Brooklyn, New York : Yonder Restless Books for Young Readers, 2019.
259 pages ; 22 cm
Translated from the Icelandic.
Teenage Sigrun is sick of all the apocalyptic news about the "situation" and, worse, her parents' obsession with it. Sigrun's family--along with everyone else--decides to hibernate in their TimeBoxes, hoping for someone else to fix the world's problems . But when Sigrun's TimeBox opens too early, she discovers an abandoned city overrun by wilderness and joins a band of kids who are helping a researcher named Grace solve the "situation." The world, according to Grace, is under an ancient curse. There once was a princess named Obsidiana, who was trapped in time by the greedy king of Pangea. To protect Obsidiana from dark and gloomy days, the king put her in a crystal casket made of spider silk woven so tightly that time itself couldn't penetrate. The king's greed for power doomed his kingdom and the trapped princess. Sigrun sees eerie parallels between the tale of Obsidiana and the present-day crisis, and realizes it's up to her and her friends to break the ancient curse and fix the world.

Owl tree

September 12, 2019
Montgomery, R. A.
Waitsfield, Vt. : Chooseco, ©2010.
66 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"A Dragonlark book."
"Have you ever read a book that's about you? This book is! You and your friend Sally like to hike together in the forest near your neighborhood. One afternoon you discover a beautiful tree that is the home to many different types of owls. Why do all these birds live together in the same old tree? They seem to have magical powers. You can ask them questions about the future, or ask them to take you on a magical journey to a far-away kingdom. Sally is a great friend and you both love adventures. YOU choose what happens next!"--Page 4 of cover.

The spirit of aloha

September 11, 2019
Larson, Kirby, author.
Middleton, WI : American Girl Publishing, [2019]
135 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Nanea wants to help! She may be the youngest in her family, but she knows she's gronw-up enough to "dip her paddle in" and be useful. Before she can prove she's ready for responsibility , the unthinkable happens. Japan attacks Pearl Harbor--the naval base were her father works--and America is at war! Now Nanea must cope with missing friends and family members, rumors of additional attacks, and lonely nighttime blackouts. As the war wears on, Nanea faces difficult chores and choices. With the spirit of aloha--love, understanding, and compassion--Nanea helps others in ways she never imagined." -- Page 4 of cover.

The jumbie god's revenge

September 11, 2019
Baptiste, Tracey, author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, 2019.
264 pages ; 22 cm
After two out-of-season hurricanes nearly destroy her island home, Corinne discovers that the god Huracan is angry and she, aided by friends and enemies alike, races to calm him.

A fashionable mystery

September 11, 2019
Stilton, Thea, author.
108 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 20 cm
Originally published in Italy by Edizioni Piemme S.p.A. in 2010 under title: Chi si nasconde a Topford?
The Thea Sisters help the famous editor of a fashion magazine escape aggressive reporters, landing themselves and the Mouseford Academy newspaper an exclusive interview with her in the process.

The fear zone

September 11, 2019
Alexander, K. R., 1986- author.
290 pages ; 19 cm.
"When five kids are invited to a cemetery at midnight, they think it's just a prank. When they find a gravestone that instructs them to dig up a grave, they think it's just a joke. It's no joke. An evil force is unleashed - a force that takes the shape of their worst fears. Once these fears are released, they won't go away. Not without a fight--"--back cover.

I survived the Great Molasses Flood, 1919

September 11, 2019
Tarshis, Lauren, author.
94 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
When the massive metal tank filled with sticky brown molasses that rises up over her crowded North End neighborhood explodes, young Carmen must fight for her life, as a tsunami of molasses rushes through the streets.

Cassie and Charm

September 11, 2019
McKain, Kelly, author.
99 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes an excerpt from : "Emily and Emerald."
Cassie is so excited to be at Pony Camp! She just wishes her old pony, Apple, was there with her. Still, she's going to do her best because there's a chance to ride cross country, and she really wants to try it!

Search for the Dragon Queen

September 11, 2019
Montgomery, Anson.
Waitsfield, Vt. : Chooseco, ©2011.
73 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"A dragonlark book."
"You are a young dragonlark. One day you and your friends wake up to bad news: on the day of the Treasure Ceremony, the Dragon Queen is missing! Some Very Bad Dragons might be involved. The kingdom is a strange and magical place. Can you brave the Swamp of the Endless Muck, and the Ice Forest? Where will you find your Queen? You choose what happens next!"--Publisher's web site.

The green children of Woolpit

September 11, 2019
Coats, Jillian Anderson, author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2019]
265 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Agnes trusts a boy and girl with green skin who claim they are fair folk, and that she is a fairy princess, but in their underground world she finds great danger.

The means that make us strangers

September 11, 2019
Kindberg, Christine, author.
271 pages ; 22 cm
After fourteen years in rural Ethiopia, 1964 finds sixteen-year-old Adelaide and her family moving back to Greenville, South Carolina, where Adelaide finds friendships, thoughts of her own future as well as larger social issues add to life's complexity.

Adventures of a slime : an unofficial Minecraft diary ; Slibertius, the slime who wants to be a fashion designer!

September 10, 2019
Kid, Books, author.
San Diego, CA : Silver Dolphin Books, 2019.
141 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
"What does Minecraft slime cube Slibertius--known as Bert--dream of becoming? The best fashion designer in the entire Overworld! But it's no easy feat to dress cubes that don't have arms or legs. In the pages of this unofficial Minecraft illustrated diary, you'll read about this and other obstacles Bert must overcome in pursuit of his dream, including some dangerous spiders and a witch who drives a hard bargain"-- Provided by publisher.


September 10, 2019
Miles, Ellen, author.
81 pages ; 20 cm.
Lizzie is so ready for animal camp at the Caring Paws Shelter during her school vacation. She loves spending time with all the animals and already has her sights set on one to be her Pet Pal. But once she arrives, Lizzie gets a special assignment from Ms. Dobbins: Rusty, a beautiful and energetic Irish setter. Can Lizzie teach Rusty a few new tricks before the week at camp is up?

Wildfire : a novel

September 10, 2019
Philbrick, W. R. (W. Rodman), author.
202 pages ; 22 cm
Thirteen-year-old Sam Castine is at summer camp while his mother is in rehab, but when the camp is evacuated ahead of a fast moving wildfire, he makes the mistake of going back for his phone, and finds himself left behind, disoriented, and running for his life, together with a girl, Delphy, from a different camp--finding an old jeep keeps them going, but in the wilds of Maine, there are only logging roads and the deadly crown fire is everywhere.

Zombies are people, too

September 10, 2019
Greenwald, Tom, 1962- author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc. [2019]
247 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
"The zombie secret is out! Sort of... Scientists at the lab that Arnold escaped from claim they've changed their tune. Instead of creating super zombie soldiers, they just want humans and zombies to be friends. Too good to be true? Probably. But Arnold agrees to help teach other zombies everything he's learned so far about being a real human boy. But there's something that seems strange about these new "zombies" (well, stranger than usual). Arnold knows it's up to him to unearth the secret before it eats him up inside. And outside. And everywhere else" --Provided by publisher.


September 9, 2019
Reynolds, J. H. (Jonathan Hal), 1981- author.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019.
177, 5 pages ; 22 cm
"In the third Monsterstreet book, a ticket to the scariest carnival in town comes with a price that might cost your life..."--Provided by publisher..

The cat's meow

September 9, 2019
Parish, Herman, author.
150 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Are Amelia Bedelia and her friends barking up the wrong tree? Recess just got super exciting. Amelia Bedelia and her friends are on the playground when they hear a strange noise coming from a nearby tree. It's a tiny kitten stuck on a high branch! It's up to Amelia Bedelia and her friends to figure out how to rescue the kitten and, once they do, to find the little cat a purr-fect new home!

The great Shelby Holmes and the haunted hound

September 9, 2019
Eulberg, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2019.
247 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Super sleuths Shelby Holmes and John Watson must survive an overnight Halloween stakeout while investigating a local apartment building, where residents hear an unearthly dog's howl at night.-- Provided by Publisher.

Squirrelflight's hope

September 9, 2019
Hunter, Erin, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
417, 8 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
"Exclusive manga adventure inside"--Cover.
Though the Clans are settled into equally divided territories, tensions are rising over the new borders, and when a group of rogue cats move in just beyond Clan boundaries, Squirrelflight is caught between her conscience and her duty to her Clan.

Lalani of the distant sea

September 9, 2019
Kelly, Erin Entrada, author.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
384 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Twelve-year-old Lalani Sarita takes on the impossible task of traveling to the legendary Mount Isa, towering on an island to the north. Generations of men and boys have died on the same quest--how can a timid young girl in a tiny boat survive the epic tests of the archipelago?"--Provided by publisher.

More to the story

September 9, 2019
Khan, Hena, author.
New York : Salaam Reads, [2019]
262 pages ; 22 cm
"Author of Amina's voice"--t.p.
As features editor of her school newspaper, thirteen-year-old Jameela Pervaiz wants to impress her father by writing a spectacular story about the new student, but a misunderstanding and family illness complicate matters.

Some places more than others

September 9, 2019
Watson, Renée, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2019.
194 pages ; 20 cm
Amara visits her father's family in Harlem for her twelfth birthday, hoping to better understand her family and herself, but New York City is not what she expected.-- Provided by Publisher.

Beat the clock

September 6, 2019
Parish, Herman, author.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
148 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Amelia Bedelia's school, the whole town throws a party and a secret time capsule that was buried an entire century before will finally be dug up and opened.

The Plant Planet

September 6, 2019
Scieszka, Jon, author.
211 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Carbon dioxide is out of control on Earth, and the fate of humankind rests in the paws of four experimental, untested Animal Astronauts (AlphaWolf, SmartHawk, LaserShark, and StinkBug) who are seeking another habitable planet; first destination is the Plant Planet which at first looks perfect, except that the abundant plant life can think for itself--and it thinks that it really does not like the AstroNuts.

Max Einstein : rebels with a cause

September 6, 2019
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
308 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Max and her CMI friends attempt to use their smarts to find solutions to a water crisis, while a greedy corporation with an eye on capturing Max seems to know their every move.

Deep dive!

September 6, 2019
Eliopulos, Nick, author.
139 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"The adventures continue as Ash, Morgan, and three of their fellow Minecraft players, who can actually enter the game, take a deep dive into the Aquatic biome in this third book in the Woodsword Chronicles. A treasure map promises adventure and the opportunity to explore--but it could also be a trap set by the mysterious Evoker King"-- Provided by publisher.

Dragon curse

September 6, 2019
McMann, Lisa, author.
420 pages ; 22 cm.
Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, Alex and his Unwanteds set out to rescue his sister, Thisbe, from dragon land leaving her twin, Fifer, behind.

Heidi Heckelbeck and the wacky tacky Spirit Week

September 6, 2019
Coven, Wanda, author.
119 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Everything Heidi tries to do for Spirit Week at school seems to be wrong, at least according to her nemesis, Melanie, until a spell helps her find her superpower on Super Hero Thursday.

Hoax for hire

September 6, 2019
Martin, Laura, author.
311 pages ; 22 cm
The McNeil family has always been professional hoaxers -- tricking bystanders into believing they're seeing legendary creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. Unlike the rest of his family, twelve-year-old Grayson hates hoaxing and wants nothing to do with the business -- even when the McNeils land a huge job and must pull off four sea monster hoaxes in a week. But when things go disastrously wrong and Dad and Gramps go missing, Grayson and his brother, Curtis, are the only people who can finish the job and save their family.

The world ends in April

September 6, 2019
McAnulty, Stacy, author.
New York : Random House Children's Books, [2019]
362 pages ; 22 cm
"When seventh-grader Eleanor reads an article online claiming that an asteroid will hit Earth in April, she starts an underground school club to prepare kids for the end of the world as we know it"-- Provided by publisher.

Crash! Bang! Boo!

September 6, 2019
McGee, Joe, 1972- author.
New York : Aladdin, 2019.
99 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Vamprya, Franky, and Wolfy fix the mess Igor Jr. caused at Dr. Frankenstein's lab while Baron Von Grump plots to sabotage The Village's 150th anniversary celebration by shutting off the power.

The little grey girl

September 6, 2019
Kiernan, Celine, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2019.
209 pages ; 21 cm
First published in U.K. by Walker Books in 2019.
The queen and her raggedy witches have fled, but the kingdom is not yet healed. The castle is haunted by memories of its brutal past. The ghosts are angry, and one of them in particular possesses a magic which may be too much for even Mup and Mam to handle.

The monster squad

September 5, 2019
McGee, Joe, 1972- author.
New York : Aladdin, 2019.
92 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Although Wolfy, Franky, and Vampyra are children of classic monsters, all they want to do is help those in need and make friends, so they join the Junior Monster Scouts with the hopes of helping their community.


September 4, 2019
Feinstein, John, author.
312 pages ; 22 cm
Told in two voices, Jeff stands by his teammate, Andi, who fights to get on the sixth-grade soccer team and then must face opponents who target her for being a girl.-- Provided by Publisher.

Lost dog!

August 29, 2019
Montgomery, R. A., author.
Waitsfield, Vt. : Chooseco, ©2011.
75 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
"A dragonlark book."
"Homer is your dog, and best friend. You two have a great time together. But Homer is not a dog who likes to sit at home with a bone in front of the television. One day, Homer vanishes. There are a trail of clues, but you'll have to decide where to look. And who will keep Homer out of trouble? YOU choose what happens next."--Page 4 of cover.

Monsters of the deep

August 29, 2019
Montgomery, R. A.
Waitsfield, Vt. : Chooseco, ©2010.
71 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
"A dragonlark book."
Your brother and sister are deep-sea explorers that have discovered the ancient Lost City of Atlantis. Now you get to explore the mysteries of the sea, and you have 8 possible endings to your story.

Return to haunted house

August 29, 2019
Montgomery, R. A.
Waitsfield, Vt. : Dragonlark/Chooseco, ©2010.
70 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
"You are a brave adventurer who likes exploring haunted places with your dog (and best friend), Homer. Haunted places are full of mysteries, and stories that no one else knows about. Will you go to Thailand and search out the palace guarded by angry elephants, or travel to England and uncover centuries of mystery in the haunted Montagoo Hall?"--Page 4 of cover.

Unicorn princess

August 29, 2019
Gilligan, Shannon, author.
83 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Unicorn Princess by Shannon Gilligan takes YOU - the plucky Princess Perri, now ten years old - on a third summer of adventure at camp on Princess Island! Your 6-8 year old reader will show off her new, lucky compass and improved curtsy-skills. When the Head of Camp is nowhere to be found and a new camper needs your help, will you save your fellow princesses from a menacing ghost? Will you make a new friend or discover a bevy of magical creatures, from unicorns to mermaids to talking fish?

Your grandparents are zombies

August 29, 2019
Montgomery, Anson.
Waitsfield, Vt. : Chooseco, ©2010.
72 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
"A dragonlark book."
The reader has a potion that can make his or her grandparents do whatever he or she wants them to - you get to choose from 8 different endings.

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