New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

March 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Because of the rabbit

March 22, 2019
Lord, Cynthia, author.
183 pages ; 22 cm
On the last night of summer, Emma and her Maine game warden father rescue a small domestic rabbit stuck in a fence; the very next day Emma starts fifth grade after years of being home schooled, excited and apprehensive about making new friends, but she is paired with Jack, a hyperactive boy, who does not seem to fit in with anyone--except that they share a love of animals, which draws them together, because of the rabbit.

Captain Awesome and the trap door

March 22, 2019
Kirby, Stan, author.
New York : Little Simon, 2019.
114 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Convinced that someone is stealing his old toys, Eugene tries to track down the thief.


March 22, 2019
Gerber, Alyson, author.
288 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Clea wants to do her homework, follow instructions, pay attention in school, and play chess on the school team, but somehow she cannot focus on whatever is in front of her, and the other kids at school are starting to notice and make fun of her; when her worried parents take her to be tested she finds out that she has ADHD (only without the hyperactivity)--and with help from the psychiatrist who seems to really understand her she is determined to learn how to focus.

Transformed : the perils of the Frog Prince

March 22, 2019
Morrison, Megan, 1976- author.
355 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
Prince Syrah of the Olive Isles used to be human (and a jerk), but for the last fifteen months he has been a frog (still a jerk) and he would really, really, like to be human again; although life has been a little better since Rapunzel found him, the spell he is under prevents people from realizing who he is--his one advantage is that he can hear people's thoughts when his skin is in contact with them, and hopefully he can use that to save Rapunzel and Jack, and earn his humanity back.

Sarai and the around the world fair

March 22, 2019
González, Saraí, 2005- author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2019.
90 pages and 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Inspired by true events from viral video star and social activist Sarai Gonzalez."-- Page 4 of cover.
"When Sarai outgrows her bike, she worries she'll never get to travel anywhere. But when Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary host their first Around the World fair, Sarai learns that with a little imagination you can go anywhere you want!"-- Backcover.

The epic story

March 22, 2019
Tan, Susan, author.
264 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Pricilla "Cilla" Lee-Jenkins has already written a "Bestseller" and a "Classic"--now it's time for her to write an Epic Story. Epics are all about brave heroes overcoming Struggles to save the world, and this year, Cilla is facing her toughest struggles yet: Cilla is in fifth grade and, unlike her classmates, not at all ready to start middle school. Her beloved grandfather YeYe has had a stroke and forgotten his English, and it's up to Cilla to help him find his words again. With humor, heart, and her mighty pen Cilla Lee-Jenkins will use her powers to vanquish every foe (the mean girls in her class), help every citizen (especially Ye Ye), and save the world."--Amazon.

Over the moon

March 22, 2019
Lloyd, Natalie, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2019.
291 pages ; 22 cm
To save her younger brother from being forced to work in the mines, twelve-year-old Mallie pretends to be a boy and learns to ride and train flying horses.


March 22, 2019
Kenny, Pádraig, author.
275 pages ; 22 cm
Christopher is 'Proper': a real boy with a real soul, orphaned in a fire. He works for an engineer, a maker of the eccentric, loyal and totally individual mechanicals who are Christopher's best friends. But after a devastating accident, a secret is revealed and Christopher's world is changed for ever...What follows is a remarkable adventure, as Christopher discovers who he really is, and what it means to be human.

The book of unwyse magic

March 22, 2019
Fayers, Claire.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2019.
306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Years before, Ava's family left the town of Wyse in a shroud of mystery--some scandal to do with magical mirrors. Now returning as indentured servants, twelve-year-old Ava and her brother, Matthew, suspect their new master, Lord Skinner, is up to no good. Ava is determined to discover the truth--about what happened to her family, and about the connection between the human and fairy worlds. Along the way, she meets friends and foes and faces real danger. Will she survive and solve the mystery?

Cali plays fair

March 22, 2019
Scott, Lisa Ann, author.
119 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
"Princess Cali and her twin brother, Prince Cruise, are expected to do everything together -- but at the Royal Mermaid Rescue Crew School, Cali wants to stand out on her own. So when the principal announces a Rescue Crew Tournament to name the top merstudent of the year, Cali is thrilled. This is the perfect way to prove herself! But Cruise is a tough competitor. Will Cali do anything to win...even something fishy?"--Backcover.

Cascadia saves the day

March 22, 2019
Scott, Lisa Ann, author.
123 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Mermaids to the rescue
"When a huge whirlpool blows through Astoria, all of Princess Cascadia's hard work on the Sand Sculpture Festival is destroyed. While the rest of the Royal Mermaid Rescue Crew helps clean up the city, Cascadia is left to try to fix the festival by herself. But then a mysterious helper reveals that there's more damage than Cascadia could have ever imagined. Will Cascadia and her new friend save the day or will she have to wave goodbye to her favorite tradition?"--Provided by publisher.

Nixie makes waves

March 22, 2019
Scott, Lisa Ann, author.
117 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
"Nixie can't wait to join the Royal Mermaid Rescue Crew. Along with a magical seapony partner, she'll save merpeople in danger and use her natural creativity to keep the seas safe! But then Nixie gets matched with Rip -- a super-speedy seapony who's at the top of his class, but also a strict rule-follower. Rip and Nixie couldn't be more different! Will Nixie be able to befriend Rip...or will she have to look for another fish in the sea?"--Backcover.

The hidden city

March 22, 2019
Bowles, David (David O.), author.
[Australia] : IFWG Publishing, [2018]
228 pages : map ; 23 cm.
When Carol and Johnny learn of the Ollamat, an ancient stone that can channel savage magic, they convince their parents to take them to the cloud forests of Oaxaca. With Pingo's help, they search for the legendary city where it has been protected for a thousand years. But the twins aren't the only ones hunting for the Ollamat. After it is stolen, they must travel through an emerald mirror into the beautiful yet dangerous Tlalocan: the paradise of the rain god. To retrieve the stone, they must face talking apes and forest elementals, rock worms and vicious elves, demons of lightning and something even more unexpected: the souls of people they have watched die. As always, they are aided by allies old and new, though nothing can quite prepare them for the biggest foe of all - a member of their very family.

A kingdom beneath the waves

March 22, 2019
Bowles, David (David O.), author.
Melbourne, Australia : IFWG Publishing, Inc., [2016]
244 pages ; 24 cm
The Garza family's Christmas vacation in Mexico is cut short by the appearance of Pingo, one of the elfish tzapame. The news is grim: a rogue prince from an ancient undersea kingdom is seeking the Shadow Stone, a device he will use to flood the world and wipe out humanity. Now Carol and Johnny must join a group of merfolk and travel into the deepest chasms of the Pacific Ocean to stop the prince's monstrous army with their savage magic.

Battle of the beetles

March 21, 2019
Leonard, M. G. (Maya Gabrielle), author.
New York : Chicken House, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., 2019.
259 pages ; 22 cm
The final installment in the Beetle Boy trilogy! Cruel beetle fashionista, Lucretia Cutter is still at large with her yellow ladybird spies. And now that she's brainwashed Darkus's father to stay by her side -- he, Virginia, and Bertolt are determined to stop her . . . once and for all. The final installment in the Beetle trilogy flies readers to Lucretia's secret Biome hidden in the Amazon rainforest. If they can't stop Lucretia, she will release her hoard of giant Frankenstein beetles, and the planet will never be the same again . . . Hope rests on an army of beetles and three determined children. Can Darkus and his friends, human and beetle alike, find it before it's too late?

Space invaders

March 21, 2019
Ocean, Davy, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2019.
121 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Harry Hammer's latest hero, Terranaut Buzz Sharkfin, is planning a mission to outer space, which to a shark is planet Earth! Harry and his lifelong frenemy Rick Reef are chosen for Buzz's daring mission, but daring turns dangerous when the guys come fin-to-fin with dogs, cars, and--yikes!--humans in this strange and wacky new world."-- Book jacket flap.

Ruff vs. fluff

March 21, 2019
Quinn, Spencer, author.
293 pages ; 22 cm
Queenie is a cat, deeply aware of her own perfection, and Arthur is a dog who normally likes everyone (except Queenie who is devoted to making his life a misery), and they both live at the Blackberry Hill Inn in the Northeast in snow country with their human twins (Harmony and Bro), and Mom; but one winter's day an unpleasant and suspicious stranger comes to stay at the inn, and soon the twin's uncle is framed for murder--and Queenie and Arthur must put aside their differences and work together to solve the mystery and protect their humans.


March 21, 2019
Vaughan, M. M., author.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2019]
376 pages ; 22 cm
Told through journal entries, twelve-year-old Danny and his best friend Slick recount how their friendship begins and when they discover Slick's true identity and ultimate fate.

Lana swims north

March 21, 2019
Scott, Lisa Ann.
New York : Scholastic inc., [2019].
120 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
"Princess Lana can't seem to speak up in class at the Royal Mermaid Rescue Crew School, even when she knows the answer. It's much easier to chat with her new friend, a horned creature named Spike. With Lana's help, Spike discovers he's a narwhal, and together they swim north to find his long-lost family. The chilly Northern Seas are full of new adventures--but also an emergency! Can Lana finally find her voice and save the day, or will she freeze up?"--p. [4] of cover.

Save the day!

March 20, 2019
Bryant, Megan E., author.
115 pages ; 19 cm.
"Jake is back on the baseball team and he's finally excited about a school project. But local bully Aiden has set his sights on making Jake's school life miserable. Fortunately, help is on the way! Mini-toy versions of activist Cesar Chavez and monarch Queen Elizabeth I have magically arrived. With their expertise, Jake hopes he can solve his Aiden problem--and keep up his grades!"--Back cover.

Bad dad

March 20, 2019
Walliams, David, 1971- author.
422 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There are fat ones and thin ones, tall ones and short ones. There are young ones and old ones, clever ones and stupid ones. There are silly ones and serious ones, loud ones and quiet ones. Of course, there are good dads, and bad dads ... A high-speed cops and robbers adventure with heart and soul about a father and son taking on the villainous Mr Big - and winning! This riches-to-rags story will have you on the edge of your seat and howling with laughter! Bad Dad is a fast and furious, heart-warming story of a father and son on an adventure - and a thrilling mission to break an innocent man into prison!

The portal

March 20, 2019
Lasky, Kathryn, author.
361 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Finding refuge in the greenhouse after her mother's death, Rose investigates a strange light only to find herself transported back in time where she becomes the servant and confidante of Henry VIII's daughter Elizabeth.

The afterwards

March 20, 2019
Harrold, A. F., 1975- author.
197 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
First published in Great Britain in 2018 by Bloomsbury Publishing.
When her best friend, Ness, dies suddenly, Ember finds a way into the Afterworld, determined to bring Ness back.--Provided by Publisher.

The mighty heart of Sunny St. James

March 20, 2019
Blake, Ashley Herring, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
375 pages ; 21 cm.
"Twelve-year-old Sunny St. James must navigate heart surgery, reconnections with a lost mother, the betrayal of a former best friend, first kisses, and emerging feelings for another girl"-- Provided by publisher.

The space between before and after

March 19, 2019
Stauffacher, Sue, 1961- author.
276 pages ; 21 cm
"Margaret Ferguson Books."
"When 10-year-old Thomas's mother, who suffers from depression, disappears, he creates a fantasy narrative in which his mother is safe and sets in motion a path of healing, not just for himself, but for his father and aunt as well"-- Provided by publisher.

Keeper of the Grail

March 19, 2019
Spradlin, Michael P.
New York, NY : Puffin Books, 2008.
248, 5 pages : map ; 20 cm
In 1191, fifteen-year-old Tristan, a youth of unknown origin raised in an English abbey, becomes a Templar Knight's squire during the Third Crusade and soon finds himself on a mission to bring the Holy Grail to safety.

Alone in the wild

March 18, 2019
Wiley, Jesse, author.
155 pages : illustrations (black and white), map ; 20 cm.
Series numbering from Goodreads website.
"More than 20 possible endings!" --Cover.
"It's 1849. You and your family are at the halfway mark on your 2,000-mile journey West. You've set up camp near South Pass, Wyoming. A powerful storm strikes. Your wagon train must ford the river immediately. When crossing the wild water, the current pulls you in and separates you from your family. You wake up on a riverbank--lost and disoriented. You have no other choice by to find your way and survive on your own. Lucky for you, you meet Tatsa, a twelve-year-old girl from the Shoshone Nation who has the grit and smarts to help you on the Trail. Trust yourself. Do you have what it takes to make the right choices and survive the Oregon Trail? Choose wisely, young pioneer!"--Back cover.

Up, up, and away!

March 18, 2019
Newton, A. I., author.
New York, NY : Little Bee Books, 2019.
95 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
When Zeke learns that his parents' research mission is over and they must return to their home planet, Tragas, he and his friends seek a way to keep the family on Earth.

Squirrel in the museum

March 18, 2019
Vande Velde, Vivian, author.
105 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Twitch narrates the story of his adventures when he joins the kids on a field trip to the science museum.

The smoking mirror

March 18, 2019
Bowles, David (David O.), author.
227 pages ; 24 cm.
"Carol and Johnny Garza are 12-year-old twins who live in a small Texas town. They are forever changed by their mother's unexplained disappearance. Shipped off to relatives in Mexico by their grieving father, the twins soon learn that their mother is a 'nagual, ' a shapeshifter, and that they have inherited her powers. In order to rescue her, they will have to descend into the Aztec underworld and face the dangers that await them"--Back cover.

The falcon's feather

March 15, 2019
Trueit, Trudi Strain, author.
Washington, D.C., U.S.A. : National Geographic, [2019]
207 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Under the stars."
"Cruz Coronado sets sail for the shores of Iceland and Norway aboard the Explorer Academy ship to continue his studies at sea. But, things take a turn while exploring the icy north, when he embarks on a dangerous mission to uncover the first piece of an important puzzle his mother left behind"-- Provided by publisher.

Sam Wu is not afraid of sharks

March 15, 2019
Tsang, Katie, 1987- author.
228 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
After encountering a scary shark at the aquarium, Sam is afraid to attend a birthday party at the beach.

The tortoise and the scare

March 15, 2019
Keene, Carolyn, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2019.
80 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Nancy, Bess, and George are excited about their school trip to the Wildlife Refuge, but when they arrive the animal Nancy most wants to see, a sixty-year-old tortoise, is on the loose.

The wagon train trek

March 15, 2019
Wiley, Jesse, author.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2019]
173 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm

Isadora Moon goes on a field trip

March 15, 2019
Muncaster, Harriet, author.
107 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"A Stepping Stone book."
Isadora knows what it's like to be different. When she and her class go on a field trip to an old castle, Isadora's friends are spooked. What if they see a ghost? Only Isadora knows ghosts arent' scary -- they're just different.

Terror in the tunnel

March 15, 2019
Hering, Marianne, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, [2019].
135 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Cousins Beth and Patrick work with detective Allan Pinkerton to prevent a plot to kill Abraham Lincoln before his inauguration.

The vegetable museum

March 15, 2019
Mulder, Michelle, 1976- author.
[Victoria, BC] : Orca Book Publishers, 2019.
181 pages ; 19 cm
"In this middle-grade novel, thirteen-year-old Chloë learns about her family's history while helping her grandfather in his garden."-- Provided by publisher.

Apprentice needed

March 15, 2019
Skye, Obert, author.
410 pages ; 21 cm
Ozzy thinks his life is finally becoming normal until someone delivers a mysterious plane ticket, and Ozzy, Sigi, and Clark find themselves in dire need of a wizard again.

The good, the bad, and the cowbots

March 15, 2019
Bolts, Russ, author.
New York : Little Simon, 2019.
123 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Join Joe and Rob as they mosey along on horsebots, herd robocows, and stop the badbots from stealing gold from the stage coach"-- Provided by publisher.

The most annoying robots in the universe

March 15, 2019
Bolts, Russ, author.
New York : Little Simon, 2019.
123 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
When cameras sent from Earth finally arrive at the end of the universe, they discover big-hearted best friends Joe Bot and Rob Ot, as well as their nemesis, Tinny.

Field trip to the taiga

March 15, 2019
Mann, Greyson, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2019]
184 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"An unofficial Minecrafters novel" -- Cover.
Gerald is excited for his class field trip to the taiga, but his curiosity could spell disaster for him and his classmates -- adapted from cover description.

The Squatchicorns

March 14, 2019
Potter, Ellen, 1963- author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2019.
131 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
A tribe of odd-looking Sasquatches flee their cursed cave and take refuge with Hugo, but when Hugo invites Nobb, one of the strange squidges, to Boone's birthday party, the result is near-disaster.

An Obi-Wan & Anakin adventure

March 14, 2019
Scott, Cavan, author.
138 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are on a mission for the Jedi Council, but they need some help! With over twenty possible outcomes, readers will have to think like a true Jedi to keep Obi-Wan and Anakin safe from Separatist threats, bounty hunters, and much, much more! With so many different story paths, the adventures never end!"--Amazon.

A good kind of trouble

March 14, 2019
Ramée, Lisa Moore, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
358 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
After attending a powerful protest, Shayla starts wearing an armband to school to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but when the school gives her an ultimatum, she is forced to choose between her education and her identity.

The great Jeff

March 14, 2019
Abbott, Tony, 1952- author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
278 pages ; 21 cm
Thirteen-year-old Jeff's life spirals downward into homelessness after his alcoholic mother loses her job.

Recipe for disaster

March 14, 2019
Angleberger, Tom, author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2019.
97 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
When Koko Dodo's secret chocolate sauce is stolen just before an important cooking contest Didi, a dodo bird, devises a daring plan to help--whether he wants her to or not.

Charlie Bumpers vs. the end of the year

March 14, 2019
Harley, Bill, 1954- author.
Atlanta : Peachtree Publishers, 2019.
189 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Charlie springs into action when he learns that one of his best friends, Hector, who will move back to Chile at the end of fourth grade, is being bullied.

King & Kayla and the case of found Fred

March 14, 2019
Butler, Dori Hillestad, author.
Atlanta : Peachtree Publishers, 2019.
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Grandma's house -- Fred is not a stray -- Fred's clue -- Boat ride! -- Where is Fred's family?.
Trying to communicate with his human owner (and detective partner) can be frustrating for King the golden retriever as he uncovers clues in a missing dog case.

Mr. Penguin and the lost treasure

March 14, 2019
Smith, Alex T., author.
Atlanta : Peachtree Publishers, 2019.
202 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"First published in Great Britain in 2017 by Hodder and Stoughton."
Aspiring Professional Adventurer Mr. Penguin and his colleague, Colin the spider, try to find a treasure rumored to be buried in The Museum of Extraordinary Objects before bandits do.

Beast rider : a boy's journey beyond the border

March 13, 2019
Johnston, Tony, 1942- author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2019.
181 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes glossary (pages [160]-167) and authors' note (pages [168]-171.)
Having faced great danger, twelve-year-old Manuel finally succeeds in hopping a train out of Mexico but after reuniting with his brother in Los Angeles, he realizes something is not right.

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