New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

May 18, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Zenobia July

May 17, 2019
Bunker, Lisa, author.
New York, New York : Viking, 2019.
313 pages ; 22 cm
"Zenobia July is starting a new life. She used to live in Arizona with her father; now she's in Maine with her aunts. She used to spend most of her time behind a computer screen, improving her impressive coding and hacking skills; now she's coming out of her shell and discovering a community of friends at Monarch Middle School. People used to tell her she was a boy; now she's able to live openly as the girl she always knew she was. When someone anonymously posts hateful memes on her school's website, Zenobia knows she's the one with the abilities to solve the mystery, all while wrestling with the challenges of a new school, a new family, and coming to grips with presenting her true gender for the first time. Timely and touching, Zenobia July is, at its heart, a story about finding home." -- Provided by publisher.

Camp Shady Crook

May 17, 2019
Malone, Lee Gjertsen, author.
New York, New York : Aladdin, 2019.
279 pages ; 22 cm
Budding con artists Archie and Vivien spend a summer at a dilapidated, mismanaged Vermont camp competing to get whatever they want from their fellow campers.

Parker Bell and the science of friendship

May 17, 2019
Platt, Cynthia, author.
152 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Parker really wants to win the school Science Triathlon--but first she'll have to figure out how to keep her BFF from being stolen"-- Provided by publisher.

Rhyme and the runaway twins

May 17, 2019
Higgins, Matilda, author.
181 pages ; 21 cm
"From Brat, the creator of the sensationsal hit series, Chicken Girls -- with over 200 million views on YouTube -- Rhyme and the Runaway Twins is the first in a series of original mystery novels."

Sophie and Sparkle

May 17, 2019
McKain, Kelly, author.
Wilton, CT : Tiger Tales, [2019]
99 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Sophie arrives at Pony Camp for the week where she is excited to get her own pony, Sparkle, to ride and care for! Sophie thinks that the other girls at Pony Camp are very nice, but during the week some of their belongings begin to disappear. Could there be a thief in their group?"--Publisher's description.

A spark in the dark

May 17, 2019
Davidowitz, Stacy, author.
154 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"These original chapter books are set within the timeline of the Hanazuki: Full of Treasures YouTube series, but they are not retellings of episodes. Each title in this planned four-book series highlights a specific emotion and color as Hanazuki learns more about herself and her world"-- Provided by publisher.


May 16, 2019
Thomas, Scarlett, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2019]
418 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published in Great Britain in 2019 by Canongate Books Ltd.
Effie and her school friends are pulled in different directions but must find a way to reconnect if they are to stop the Diberi from destroying the worlds.

Hilda and the nowhere space

May 16, 2019
Davies, Stephen, 1976- author.
179 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Netflix original series"--Cover.
"Based on the Hildafolk series of graphic novels by Luke Pearson"--Title page.
"Meet Hilda--explorer, adventurer, avid sketchbook-keeper, and friend to every creature in the valley! Well ... almost every creature ... Newly initiated into the Sparrow Scouts, Hilda and her friends are ready to explore and document the wilderness. Yet as luck would have it, there is a dark, menacing creature afoot near Trolberg, and Hilda is whisked back home to safety. Even so, intrigue seems to follow our blue-haired heroine wherever she goes, and she's about to discover the city has many more secrets to reveal..."--Jacket.

The pest in the nest

May 16, 2019
Gough, Julian, 1966- author.
94 pages : illustrations (some color), map (some color) ; 19 cm.
Publication date taken from publisher's website.
"First published in Great Britain in 2017 by Hodder and Stoughton"--Title page verso.
Between his friend Bear's snoring and annoying neighbors, Rabbit cannot find any peace and quiet, but perhaps Bear can give Rabbit a new perspective.

The usual suspects

May 16, 2019
Broaddus, Maurice, author.
280 pages : 22 cm
"Thelonius Mitchell is tired of being labeled. He's in special ed, separated from the "normal" kids at school who don't have any "issues." That's enough to make all the teachers and students look at him and his friends with a constant side-eye. (Although his disruptive antics and pranks have given him a rep too.) When a gun is found at a neighborhood hangout, Thelonius and his pals become instant suspects. Thelonius may be guilty of pulling crazy stunts at school, but a criminal? T isn't about to let that label stick."--Amazon.


May 16, 2019
Durst, Sarah Beth, author.
Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2019]
311 pages ; 22 cm
Naturally quiet since birth, Mina and her stormbeast, Pixit, lead others like themselves in defying authority and attempting to spread the truth that Alorria's idyllic weather comes at a steep cost.

Shipwreckers! : the curse of the cursed temple of curses, or, We nearly died. A lot.

May 16, 2019
Peterson, Scott, author.
Los Angeles : Disney-Hyperion, 2019.
326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"When Dani and her big brother Mike find themselves aboard the ill-fated river expedition of careless adventurer, Captain Kevin, they must work together to save themselves and the captain from all manner of deadly trials and traps. Complete with treacherous temples, ancient idols, and plenty of explosions, Shipwreckers is a big adventure that brings humor along for a dangerous and thrilling ride up the Amazon. In a place where laughter meets non-stop action, you'll find Shipwreckers and its cast of soon-to-be fan-favorite characters."--Publisher.

The startup squad

May 16, 2019
Weisfeld, Brian, author.
New York : Imprint, a part of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, 2019.
172 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The back of each book features tips from the Startup Squad and an inspirational profile of a girl entrepreneur!
All the great leaders had to start somewhere. And Theresa ("Resa" for short) is starting with the lemonade stand competition her teacher assigned to the class-but making it a success is going to be a lot harder than Resa thinks. The prize: line-skipping tickets to Adventure Central. The competition: Val, Resa's middle school nemesis. And the biggest obstacle to success: Resa's own teammates. Harriet is the class clown, Amelia is the new girl who thinks she knows best, and Didi is Resa's steadfast friend-who doesn't know the first thing about making or selling lemonade. The four of them quickly realize that the recipe for success is tough to perfect-but listening to each other is the first step. And making new friends might be the most important one...-- Publisher's description.

TBH, IDK what's next

May 16, 2019
Greenwald, Lisa, author.
239 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
Best friends Cecily, Gabby, and Prianka set out to have the best summer ever. For Cece and Gabby, this means going to camp, but Prianka wants to forget about sleeping in the woods and hang out at the pool before her big family trip to India. Told entirely in text messages, emails, and notes.

Dazzle and dance

May 16, 2019
Davidowitz, Stacy, author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2019.
152 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
"A Lavender Hemka book" -- Cover.
"When Hanazuki and her friends hear about a talent competition on Celebrity Moon, they all want to win the grand prize"-- Provided by publisher.

An egg to crack

May 16, 2019
Davidowitz, Stacy, author.
144 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Hanazuki learns more about herself and her world"-- Provided by publisher.

Secret mission - Guam

May 16, 2019
Sutter, Marcus, author.
New York, NY : HarperFestival, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
185 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
It's 1944, and the Second Battle of Guam is in full gear. Twelve-year-old Bo just escaped from a work camp, and he's ready to help kick the enemy off his island. Stryker is an official U.S. Marine Doberman on an urgent mission. When Bo and Stryker meet in the jungle, they team up to help the American forces.

Mr. Bambuckle : class 12B fights back

May 15, 2019
Harris, Tim, 1979- author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Young Readers, 2019.
213 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
"Originally published in 2018 as Mr. Bambuckle's Remarkables Fight Back in Australia by Random House Australia Children's, an imprint of Penguin Random House Australia."
"With the lovable and eccentric Mr. Bambuckle no longer with the class in 12B, the students won't stand for Miss Frost's conventional and strict ways. Miss Frost says discipline is the new order, but not if the students have anything to do with it..."-- Provided by publisher.

Juana & Lucas. Big problemas

May 14, 2019
Medina, Juana, 1980- author, illustrator.
88 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Juana's life is just about perfect. She lives in the beautiful city of Bogotá with her two most favorite people in the world: her mami and her dog, Lucas. Lately, though, things have become a little less perfect. Mami has a new hairdo and a new amigo named Luis with whom she has been spending a LOT of time. He is kind and teaches Juana about things like photography and jazz music, but sometimes Juana can't help wishing things would go back to the way they were before. When Mami announces that she and Luis are getting married and that they will all be moving to a new casa, Juana is quite distraught. Lucky for her, though, some things will never change -- like how much Mami loves her."

The clockwork ghost

May 14, 2019
Ruby, Laura, author.
New York : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books, [2019]
446 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
It was only a few weeks ago that the Biedermann twins, Tess and Theo, along with their friend Jaime Cruz, followed the secrets of the Morningstarrs' cipher further than anyone had in its century-and-a-half history -- and destroyed their beloved home in the process. But the Old York Cipher still isn't solved. The demolition of 354 W. 73rd Street only revealed the next clue in the greatest mystery of the modern world, and if Tess, Theo, and Jaime want to discover what lies at the end of the puzzle laid into the buildings of New York by its brilliant, enigmatic architects, they will need to press on. But doing so could prove even more dangerous than they know. It is clear that the Morningstarr twins marshaled all the strange technology they had spent their lives creating in the construction of the Cipher, and that technology has its own plans for those who pursue it. It's also clear that Tess, Theo, and Jaime are not the only ones on the trail of the treasure. As enemies both known and unknown close in on them from all sides and the very foundations of the city seem to crumble around them, they will have to ask themselves how far they will go to change the unchangeable -- and whether the price of knowing the secrets of the Morningstarrs is one they are willing to pay.

Get a job, creep

May 14, 2019
Mann, Greyson, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2019]
184 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
When his parents pressure him to get a job, Gerald decides to start selling potions, and dreams of becoming rich from the profit.

Planet Earth is blue

May 14, 2019
Panteleakos, Nicole, author.
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, [2019]
232 pages ; 22 cm
Autistic and nearly nonverbal, twelve-year-old Nova is happy in her new foster home and school, but eagerly anticipates the 1986 Challenger launch, for which her sister, Bridget, promised to return.

The Unbelievable Oliver and the four jokers

May 14, 2019
Bosch, Pseudonymous, author.
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2019]
184 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Eight-year-old aspiring magician Oliver and his rabbit sidekick Benny must solve a mysterious robbery to save their act"-- Provided by publisher.

The dragon's tale

May 13, 2019
Krulik, Nancy E., author.
New York, NY : Penguin Workshop, [2019]
140 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Based on orignal character designs by Ben Balistreri."
Princess Pulverizer's friend Dribble the dragon gets the chance to run his own restaurant but when villagers start feeling sick to their stomachs, Dribble is blamed. Princess Puverizer must clear her friend's name before his reputation is ruined.

The tree and me

May 13, 2019
Zemke, Deborah, author, illustrator.
154 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"There's a very special 150-year-old oak tree outside the window of Bea's classroom at Emily Dickinson Elementary School. When Bert, Bea's nemesis, climbs the tree, he gets in a lot of trouble--and that leads to even more trouble for everyone. "Concerned" citizens proclaim the tree a hazard and call for cutting it down. But the class won't let that happen, and using Bea's artistic ability, they work out a great plan to save the tree named Emily."

Isabel and Cloud

May 13, 2019
Sykes, Julie, author.
106 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Originally published in paperback in the United Kingdom by Nosy Crow Ltd, London, in 2018"--Title page verso.
"A Stepping Stone book."
Isabel is having trouble getting along with other students, her teacher, and even her unicorn, Cloud, but another threat to Unicorn Academy brings them back together.

Girl of the southern sea

May 13, 2019
Kadarusman, Michelle, 1969- author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Pajama Press, 2019.
219 pages : map ; 21 cm
Nia, who dreams of an education and the chance at a better life, must battle the dangers of local superstition and thwart her father's plans for her future.

Victory at Normandy

May 13, 2019
Sutter, Marcus, author.
New York : HarperFestival, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
178, 4 pages ; illustrations (some color), map ; 20 cm.
Includes an excerpt from the first book in the series, Air raid search and rescue.
"Henri has an urgent mission from a top French Resistance agent in the fight against the Nazis--and the agent also happens to be his mom. He has to deliver a secret map to another town before the German soldiers can catch him. But on his way, he encounters Ace, an American paratrooper dog who's landed far away from the beaches of Normandy, and Elle, a war orphan who needs his help. Ace needs to get back to the frontlines so he can protect his handler, and helping would put Henri way off track. But then they're captured by enemy troops. Ace, Elle, and Henri have to learn to trust each other--and their unlikely allies--so they can escape in time to help the Allied forces in their historic invasion. Told from the alternating perspectives of Ace and Henri, this action-packed adventure is inspired by the stories of the real paradogs of WWII and the brave members of the French Resistance."--

Freedom fire

May 10, 2019
Older, Daniel José, author.
291 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Magdalys Roca and her friends from the Colored Orphan Asylum are heading southwest on the back of Stella, the giant pteranodon, to find Montez, her brother, wounded during the siege of Vicksburg; now they are heading into the heart of the fighting, depending on Magdalys' ability to communicate telepathically with dinosaurs--but one of the companions is not quite what she seems, and Magdalys's talent could make her a target for both sides.

Our principal breaks a spell!

May 10, 2019
Calmenson, Stephanie, author.
New York : Aladdin Quix, 2019.
47 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
After the principal of P.S. 88 gets caught up in a messy spell by one of his students, the other kids rally to help him out.

The queen's secret : a Rose legacy novel

May 10, 2019
George, Jessica Day, 1976- author.
New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2019.
250 pages ; 22 cm
When a deadly disease breaks out, it is up to Anthea and her friends in the Horse Brigade to transport medicine throughout the kingdom while avoiding Anthea's evil mother and uncovering a powerful secret.

Spies : Mata Hari

May 10, 2019
Factor, Katherine, author.
133 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm
"The year is 1915, and YOU are young Margaretha Zelle, a world-famous dancer from the Netherlands. You have just arrived in Bali, Indonesia with your dance troupe when your best friend Althea goes missing. As a master of tongues and disguises, who better to save her? Your trek through the mysterious Balinese jungle might lead you to a top secret spy school, but if you leave now, you will miss your chance to audition for the performance of a lifetime."--Amazon.

Spies : James Armistead Lafayette

May 10, 2019
Jones, Kyandreia, author.
128 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
"The year is 1781 and George Washington is commanding thousands of troops in Yorktown, Virginia, on the brink of the most important battle of the war. You are James Armistead, a brave and literate enslaved person in Virginia. Marquis de Lafayette, one of Washington's key officers, approaches you with the most critical choice of your life: do you join the Revolutionary army as a top secret spy or find freedom on your own terms? As a spy for the revolution, you might change the course of history, but whose liberty will you really be fighting for?"--Amazon.

Mice take the stage

May 10, 2019
Stilton, Thea, author.
113 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 20 cm
The Thea Sisters are five students at Mouseford Academy on Whale Island. They are adventurous, lively, fun mice and they want to become journalists someday. Between lessons and friendship, life at Mouseford Academy is incredibly fabumouse!

Pugs in a blanket

May 10, 2019
Howard, J. J. (Jennifer Jane), 1972- author.
264 pages ; 20 cm.
"Snug as a pug! When Sam comes home one day to find pair of pugs left on her porch. She's sure it's destiny. Unfortunately, her parents say the family is too busy for a pet--let alone two! But Sam has to take in the sweet, abandoned pups ... at least until their real owner turns up. Only she's not prepared for how hard it is to wrangle the frisky, furry duo Thankfully, the cute new boy in town, Jai, is good with dogs, and he offers to help Sam solve the mystery of where they came from. But if the owner does comes forward, will Sam have to give up the pugs s he's fallen in love with?"--Page 4 of cover.

A zombie ate my homework!

May 10, 2019
Greenwald, Tom, 1962- author.
241 pages ; 20 cm.
"Undead and on the run! Arnold Z. Ombee has escaped a secret government lab that's developing zombies. Fortunately, he's found by the Kinders, a warmhearted human couple who are determined to help keep his zombie status under wraps. The Kinders decide Arnold will become part of their family. They help him disguise his zombie appearance and teach him how to act like a real human boy. After a lot of practice, he's ready for the ultimate test: Fifth grade!"--Page 4 of cover.

Athena & the magic land

May 10, 2019
Holub, Joan, author.
New York : Aladdin Quix, 2019.
88 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Young Athena is carried by a storm to Mount Olympus, where she follows the Hello Brick Road toward Sparkle City hoping Zeus will help her get home.

Shifting shadows

May 10, 2019
Hunter, Erin, author.
New York, NY : Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
322 pages ; 22 cm
With the false leader destroyed, the animals of Bravelands are searching for the true Great Parent, but a mysterious new menace is threatening their lives.

Time sight

May 10, 2019
Jonell, Lynne, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2019.
404 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Christy Ottaviano Books."
After a family emergency sends twelve-year-old Will and five-year-old Jamie to Scotland, a "magic eye" book takes them and their cousin Nan on a journey through their family's violent history.

Boy meets squirrels

May 10, 2019
Nawrocki, Michael, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2019]
113 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Will Michael heed the advice of his 2,000-year-old squirrel souvenirs from the Dead Sea, or, in his attempt to get revenge, will he become a bully himself?

The keepers of the keys

May 9, 2019
Lasky, Kathryn, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2019.
277 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
"Do cubs Stellan and Jytte have what it takes to become the leaders of the resistance? Or will the polar bears be left on their own to battle the greatest enemy Ga'Hoole has ever known?"-- Provided by publisher.

Mia Mayhem vs. the super bully

May 9, 2019
West, Kara, author.
New York : Little Simon, 2019.
119 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Mia is excited about her first superspeed training class, but a bully on her relay team leads her to lose her shadow and, worse, to snap at her friends.

Theodore Boone : the accomplice

May 9, 2019
Grisham, John, author.
New York : Dutton Books for Young Readers, [2019]
232 pages ; 21 cm.
Theodore Boone is back on the case in an all-new adventure! Bestselling author John Grisham delivers a page-turning legal thriller for a new generation of readers. Theo has been worried about his good friend Woody Lambert. Woody is struggling at school and making bad choices. But when Woody is arrested--an unwitting accomplice to armed robbery -- Theo knows he is innocent. Racing the clock while Woody sits in jail, Theo will do everything in his power to help his friend and save Woody from an unforgiving system where justice is not equal for all. Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and undisputed master of the modern legal thriller, Theodore Boone's trials and triumphs will keep readers hooked until the very last page.

Me and Sam-Sam handle the apocalypse

May 9, 2019
Vaught, Susan, 1965- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2019]
309 pages ; 22 cm
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
""I could see the big inside of my Sam-Sam. I had been training him for 252 days with mini tennis balls and pieces of bacon, just to prove to Dad and Mom and Aunt Gus and the whole world that a tiny, fluffy dog could do big things if he wanted to. I think my little dog always knew he could be a hero. I just wonder if he knew about me." When the cops show up at Jesse's house and arrest her dad, she figures out in a hurry that he's the #1 suspect in the missing library fund money case. With the help of her (first and only) friend Springer, she rounds up suspects (leading to a nasty confrontation with three notorious school bullies) and asks a lot of questions. But she can't shake the feeling that she isn't exactly cut out for being a crime-solving hero. Jesse has a neuro-processing disorder, which means that she's "on the spectrum or whatever." As she explains it, "I get stuck on lots of stuff, like words and phrases and numbers and smells and pictures and song lines and what time stuff is supposed to happen." But when a tornado strikes her small town, Jesse is given the opportunity to show what she's really made of -- and help her dad. Told with the true-as-life voice Susan Vaught is known for, this mystery will have you rooting for Jesse and her trusty Pomeranian, Sam-Sam."

Pie in the Sky

May 9, 2019
Lai, Remy, author, artist.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2019.
380 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"Sometimes life isn't a piece of cake... When Jingwen moves to a new country, he feels like he's landed on Mars. School is torture, making friends is impossible since he doesn't speak English, and he's often stuck looking after his (extremely irritating) little brother, Yanghao. To distract himself from the loneliness, Jingwen daydreams about making all the cakes on the menu of Pie in the Sky, the bakery his father had planned to open before he unexpectedly passed away. The only problem is his mother has laid down one major rule: the brothers are not to use the oven while she's at work. As Jingwen and Yanghao bake elaborate cakes, they'll have to cook up elaborate excuses to keep the cake making a secret from Mama." -- Amazon.

A place to belong

May 9, 2019
Kadohata, Cynthia, author.
New York : Atheneum, [2019]
405 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy book."
Twelve-year-old Hanako and her family, reeling from their confinement in an internment camp, renounce their American citizenship to move to Hiroshima, a city devastated by the atomic bomb dropped by Americans.

Finding Orion

May 8, 2019
Anderson, John David, 1975- author.
354 pages ; 22 cm
"Rion Kwirk comes from a rather odd family. His mother named him and his sisters after her favorite constellations, and his father makes funky-flavored jellybeans for a living. One sister acts as if she's always on stage, and the other is a walking dictionary. But no one in the family is more odd than Rion's grandfather, Papa Kwirk. He's the kind of guy who shows up on his motorcycle only on holidays handing out crossbows and stuffed squirrels as presents. Rion has always been fascinated by Papa Kwirk, especially as his son, Rion's father, is the complete opposite. Where Dad is predictable, nerdy, and reassuringly boring, Papa Kwirk is mysterious, dangerous, and cool. Which is why, when Rion and his family learn of Papa Kwirk's death and pile into the car to attend his funeral and pay their respects, Rion can't help but feel that that's not the end of his story. That there's so much more to Papa Kwirk to discover. He doesn't know how right he is."-- Publisher's description.

Jada Sly, artist & spy

May 8, 2019
Winston, Sherri, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, [2019]
264 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
"Jada Sly, artist and spy with a flair for all things French, is on a mission to find her missing mom, who she believes was also a spy"-- Provided by publisher.

A wolf called Wander

May 8, 2019
Parry, Rosanne, author.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, 2019.
243 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A young wolf cub, separated from his pack, journeys 1000 miles across the Pacific Northwest, dealing with forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before finding a new home. Based on the true story of a wolf called OR-7"-- Provided by publisher. Includes facts about wolves and their habitats.

A card for my father

May 8, 2019
Thornhill, Samantha, author.
Oklahoma City, OK : Penny Candy Books, [2018]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"Book 1"-- Spine.
"How can Flora make a Father's Day card for a father she's never known?"--Page [4] of cover.

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