New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

December 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Robots go wild

November 30, 2015
Patterson, James, 1947-
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
316 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Fifth grader Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez has to find a solution when his robot 'brother' has repeated malfunctions at school and a newer model robot steps in as competition--and his mother's job is in jeopardy as a result"-- Provided by publisher.

The bard and the beast

November 30, 2015
Quinn, Jordan.
New York : Little Simon, 2015.
116 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
Prince Lucas would rather be enjoying the outdoors with his best friend, Clara, than learning to play the lute, until a visiting bard demonstrates the power of music.

Spinny icky showdown

November 30, 2015
Keller, Laurie, author.
New York : Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
125 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Arnie the talking doughnut and Peezo participate in a television game show, competing against other local teams in a series of challenges which include facing Nick "The Pumpernator" Pumpernickel, and still manage to solve a mystery.

Captain Awesome and the mummy's treasure

November 30, 2015
Kirby, Stan, author.
New York : Little Simon, 2015.
116 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Captain Awesome ventures into the depths of a museum to reclaim a mummy's ancient treasure"-- Provided by publisher.

Warren the 13th and the all-seeing eye

November 30, 2015
Del Rio, Tania.
Philadelphia : Quirk Books, [2015]
216 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
"Twelve-year-old orphan Warren's pride and joy is his family's hotel, but he's been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing-Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she'll do anything to find it"-- Provided by publisher.

On the run

November 30, 2015
Bancks, Tristan, author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
227 pages ; 22 cm
First published as Two wolves in Australia by Random House Australia, 2014.
"Margaret Ferguson books."
Twelve-year-old Ben, who aspires to be a police officer, struggles to do the right thing when his parents suddenly take him and his little sister "on vacation," and he learns they took a large amount of money that was mistakenly deposited in their bank account.

'Tis the off-season

November 30, 2015
Payton, Belle, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, ©2015
148 pages ; 22 cm.
"Now that football season is over, Alex and Ava are ready to enjoy more quality time with their family... until their parents start acting totally unfair! First they tell Ava she can't join the basketball team because she needs to focus on school, and then they refuse to let Alex throw an ugly Christmas sweater party at their house. When Coach and Mrs. Sackett decide to stay in Texas for the holidays instead of going back to the East Coast, the twins are even more bummed - what's Christmas with no snow? But the arrival of an unexpected guest on their doorstep makes them realize they have a lot to be grateful for after all..." -- front cover inset.

True riders

November 30, 2015
Hapka, Cathy, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
175 pages ; 22 cm.
Boys + ponies = trouble. Lots of it. Brooke's parents force Brooke to share Foxy with her little brothers and Brooke is none too happy. But, she is happy that her friend Adam has been hanging around more again. She even lets him talk her into entering Foxy in a local show. But it doesn't help that the twins riding Foxy so much lately is making the pony backslide in her training and act up a bit. And then: disaster! Adam backs out of attending the show, and Brooke almost backs out as well when Foxy throws her off for the first time ever! Will Brooke give up on riding for good? --Provided by Amazon.

Ticket to India

November 25, 2015
Senzai, N. H., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015]
274 pages : maps ; 22 cm
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
When twelve-year-old Maya and big sister Zara set off on their own from Delhi to their grandmother's home of Aminpur, a small town in Northern India, they become separated and Maya decides to continue their quest to find a chest of family treasures that their grandmother's family left behind when they fled from India to Pakistan during the Great Partition.

Ninja Timmy

November 24, 2015
Tamm, Henrik, author, illustrator.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2015.
211 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published in Swedish by Bonnier Carlsen in 2013 under title: Ninja Timmy och de stulna skratten.
In the city of Elyzandrium, an intrepid cat and his animal friends meet an inventor of magical toys, investigate the case of the stolen laughter, and ultimately become a successful crime fighting gang of ninjas.

Touchdown triumph

November 24, 2015
Maddox, Jake, author.
63 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
Because his father is in the Army, Oliver Jeffries has never lived in any one place for long, but he was hoping that Colorado would be different because he is the starting wide receiver on the Jackson Middle School's football team--so when he gets word that his family is moving again he is bitterly disappointed, but he has one more game and he is determined to make it a good one.

Soccer shake-up

November 24, 2015
Maddox, Jake, author.
63 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
Worried sick about his baby brother's operation, twelve-year-old Dominic does not really feel much like playing soccer, so he just messes around on the field during practice--but when his grandfather teaches him some moves he starts to take an interest, and sets out to win the trust of his coach and teammates.

Hoop hustle

November 24, 2015
Maddox, Jake, author.
63 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
Brian Worth Jr. plans on trying out for his middle school's basketball team, but the trouble is he has always relied on his height to give him an advantage and that is no longer enough--but at the local senior center, where he reluctantly volunteers, he discovers a friend in George, a former player, who sets out to teach him some of the skills he is missing.

Caught stealing

November 24, 2015
Maddox, Jake, author.
62 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
When his father's valuable signed baseball disappears during the team's sleepover, Ian Shin, catcher for the Scottsville Knights, suspects the new pitcher, Hunter Yates, but he cannot be sure, and his trust in his teammates is shattered--so he must uncover the truth to bring the team back together.

I'm an alien and I want to go home

November 23, 2015
Franklin, Jo, author.
183 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
First published in Germany in 2014 by Coppenrath Verlag ; published in English in the United States in 2015.
Daniel has only two friends, is unusually tall, is picked on by teachers, and does not look like anyone else in his family, so when he learns his mom saved a newspaper clipping about a meteor that landed nearby on his birthday, he embraces his pretend alien heritage and launches a mission with his two friends to return to his home planet.

Borrowed time

November 20, 2015
Smith, Greg Leitich, author.
Boston ; New York : Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
183 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Sequel to Chronal engine by the same author.
"In this time-travel adventure, Max Pierson-Takahashi and his friend Petra return to the days of the dinosaurs, where they must survive attacks from deadly prehistoric creatures and a vengeful, pistol-toting girl from the 1920s"-- Provided by publisher.

Finding Fortune

November 19, 2015
Ray, Delia, author.
New York : Margaret Ferguson Books , 2015.
280 pages ; 22 cm
Angry with her mother, twelve-year-old runaway Ren finds an unusual boarding house in a nearby ghost town, Fortune, where she meets some interesting people and learns of a forgotten treasure from when the town was famous for buttons made of Mississippi River shells.

Patriots, Redcoats & spies

November 19, 2015
Skead, Robert, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zonderkidz, [2015]
192 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
When Revolutionary War patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by the British, he enlists the help of his twin fourteen-year-old sons, John and Ambrose, to get a secret letter to General George Washington.

The Quirks and the freaky field trip

November 18, 2015
Soderberg, Erin.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
197 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The Quirks, a magical family living in Normal, Michigan, look forward to Halloween and the arrival of Uncle Cork from Scotland.

Max Helsing and the thirteenth curse

November 18, 2015
Jobling, Curtis, author.
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
312 pages ; 22 cm
"Max Helsing: Monster Hunter ; 1"--Title page verso.
"Max van Helsing and a group of friends try to save the world after he discovers he has been cursed by an evil warlock who intends to reclaim the earth for monsters"-- Provided by publisher.

The wrinkled crown

November 18, 2015
Nesbet, Anne, author.
387 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Linny embarks on an epic quest to save her best friend and discovers that she is the link between the magical and logical halves of her world.


November 17, 2015
Funke, Cornelia Caroline, author, illustrator.
New York : Random House, [2015]
102 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Originally published as Zottelkralle by Cecilie Dressler Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Germany, in 2005"--Copyright page.
"An earth monster decides to move in with a human family"-- Provided by publisher.

A bitter magic

November 17, 2015
Townley, Rod, author.
295 pages ; 22 cm
When twelve-year-old Cisley's mother, who controls real magic, disappears during a magic act, Cisley is left with her cold, distant uncle and a great mystery which will only be solved if she can summon her own magic.

The girl who could not dream

November 17, 2015
Durst, Sarah Beth, author.
379 pages ; 22 cm
"Sophie's parents run a secret shop where dreams are bought and sold. When Sophie dreams, her dreams become real, so she is forbidden to have any. Sinister events are set in motion when she is accidentally seen by one of her parents' customers, and it's up to Sophie to save her family"-- Provided by publisher.

In the footsteps of Crazy Horse

November 12, 2015
Marshall, Joseph, 1945-
New York : Amulet Books, 2015.
165 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Teased for his fair coloring, eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean travels with his maternal grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life of Crazy Horse, the nineteenth-century Lakota leader and warrior, in a tale that weaves the past with the present. Includes historical note and glossary.

Zacktastic : book one

November 12, 2015
Sheinmel, Courtney.
Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, 2015.
258 pages ; 21 cm
On his tenth birthday, Zack learns from his uncle that he is descended from a long line of genies and before he has a chance to process this information, he is whisked through a bottle portal and sent on his first assignment.

The enchanted egg

November 11, 2015
George, K. (Kallie), 1983-
New York : Disney-Hyperion, 2015.
134 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Clover receives a mysterious egg at the Magical Animal Adoption Agency"-- Provided by publisher.

A big surprise

November 11, 2015
Finch, Kate.
New York : Scholastic, ©2013.
78 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"The next guest at the Pet Hotel is a tabby cat named Matilda. But Meg and Charlie are worried, because she doesn't want to play--all she wants to do is hide and nap! What's wrong with Matilda? In the meantime, Elvis the cockatiel is causing trouble during his stay. He keeps stealing food from the kitchen, and he won't leave Matilda alone! Is he just a mischief maker, or does he know something about the tabby cat that Meg and Charlie don't?"--Page 4 of cover.

The book of beasts

November 11, 2015
Barrowman, John, 1968- author.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
325 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Possessing extraordinary powers, including the ability to bring artwork to life, twelve-year-old twin Matt Calder must find a way to return from the Middle Ages and prevent his father from taking control of the beasts of Hollow Earth.

24 stories for advent

November 11, 2015
Weninger, Brigitte, author.
New York : NorthSouth Books, 2015.
124 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Originally published in Switzerland under the title Geschichten aus dem Weihnachtswald.
The arrival -- A lucky star for Calamity Claire -- Mother Holly -- Sleigh ride to adventure -- Tim's Christmas wish list -- Big and Little Nicholas -- The wishing punch -- Three little Christmas pigs -- Martin's scarf -- The snowgirl Snegurochka -- Nini's gingerbread cakes -- Toby and the crib -- Christmas is for everyone -- Jacob the mouse rescuer -- A new bed for father bear -- The magic crystal -- A Christmas tree for everyone -- Mathew helps Santa Claus -- The star tree -- The real baby Jesus -- Silent night, holy night -- The twelve months -- Bed of heaven -- Christmas in Gnome Wood.

Journey to the frozen planet : an early chapter book

November 11, 2015
Higginson, Sheila Sweeny, 1966-
Los Angeles : Disney Press, 2015.
79 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Miles Callisto and his family left Tomorrowland to make the universe their new home. When things take a turn for the worse on a visit to icy Planet Thurio, Miles has to figure out a way to rescue his big sis--without any instructions. Can he save the frozen day?

How to hug an elephant

November 10, 2015
Winkler, Henry, 1945- author.
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2015]
122 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
When Hank gets lost during a field trip to the zoo, it turns into an adventure he will never forget.

A star witness

November 10, 2015
Keene, Carolyn.
82 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Famous astronomer Dr. Arnot gives Nancy, Bess, and George a star-studded planetarium show and promises to elt them gaze at the night sky with his famous telescope, the Starship 5000, but the telescope goes missing. It's up to the Clue Crew to investigate the suspects and track down the telescope snatcher.


November 10, 2015
Messenger, Shannon, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
672 pages ; 22 cm.
"Sophie battles the rebels--and recovers dark memories from her past. She must question everything to find a truth that will either save her world--or shatter it"-- Provided by publisher.

Ruby reinvented

November 10, 2015
Arno, Ronni, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
268 pages ; 22 cm
When Ruby flees Hollywood to escape the fame of her parents, she tells a lie that could ruin the life she loves at her new boarding school in this M!X novel about courage, families, and finding your own spotlight.

The ghost at the fire station

November 10, 2015
Butler, Dori Hillestad, author.
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2015]
128 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
When the fire station's new dog, Sparky, finds a ghost at the door of the TV room, Kaz and Claire investigate, hoping the ghost may be one of Kaz's relatives.

Game of flames

November 9, 2015
Wasserman, Robin, author.
New York : Random House, [2015]
186 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Dash, Carly, Gabriel, and Piper visit a planet made up of molten lava and run entirely by robots where they must find the second element of the Source that will save the Earth.

My diary from the edge of the world

November 9, 2015
Anderson, Jodi Lynn, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
419 pages ; 22 cm
Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood, twelve, of Cliffden, Maine, living in a world where sasquatches, dragons, giants, and mermaids are common, keeps a diary of her family's journey in a used Winnebago as they seek The Extraordinary World in hopes of keeping her little brother, Sam, safe against all odds.

Old school

November 6, 2015
Kinney, Jeff, author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2015.
217 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That's the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn't cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive?"-- Provided by publisher.

Battle of the bots

November 6, 2015
Richards, C. J., author.
231 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
The evil Dr. Micron is in jail, but the scandal at TinkerTech has caused a lot of anti-robot feeling in Terabyte Heights, making life difficult for the ten-year-old robotics genius George Gearing and his robot buddy, Jackbot--especially since Micron is the only person who can help George restore his parents, and his price is a jail-break.

Destruction of the overworld : an unofficial Minecrafter's adventure

November 6, 2015
Cheverton, Mark, author.
247 pages ; 21 cm.
Gameknight999 and his dad and friends have to defeat the Ender Dragon without releasing Herobrine.

Playing Juliet

November 6, 2015
Wetzel, JoAnne.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., [2015]
vii, 197 pages ; 22 cm
"Beth Sondquist, age twelve and a half, dreams of playing the part of Juliet. But all her hopes for an acting career come crashing down when the Oakfield Children's Theater is slated to be closed"-- Provided by publisher.

Rudolfo Anaya's The Farolitos of Christmas : with "Season of Renewal" and "A Child's Christmas in New Mexico, 1944"

November 6, 2015
Anaya, Rudolfo A.
48 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
"This keepsake volume of Rudolfo Anaya's Christmas writings opens with the classic New Mexico Christmas story The Farolitos of Christmas, Anaya's heartwarming story of a beloved holiday tradition, of a promise, and of homecoming on Christmas Eve. This Christmas story by one of New Mexico's best-known authors (Bless Me, Ultima) has delighted children and adults since it was first published in 1987. "Season of Renewal," Anaya's narrative of Christmastime in his native state, first appeared thirty years ago in the Los Angeles Times and recounts timeless Hispanic and Native traditions that continue in New Mexico to this day including the reenactments of revered nativity stories, Los Pastores and Las Posadas. Finally, in "A Child's Christmas in New Mexico, 1944," Anaya presents us with a storied poem, in stunning verse, never before published. It is Christmas morning, he is a seven-year-old boy, and is running through the icy dawn to his neighbor's door to seek "mis Crismes," special treats. That night he and his family walk to midnight Mass where the church choir memorably sings "Las Mañanitas," a birthday song, to baby Jesus. But there is a bittersweet aspect to looking back on childhood's magic from an older man's vantage; the world has changed, the ways of elders are nearly lost, innocence has transitioned to experience. Rudolfo Anaya's Christmas collection is like a snow globe--shake it, then watch as the scene emerges through the orb revealing tradition, family, community, love. This gift from a master storyteller and New Mexico treasure is sure to be loved by children of all ages for decades to come"-- Provided by publisher.

Simon Ellis, spelling bee champ

November 5, 2015
Mills, Claudia, author.
New York : Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
130 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Simon Ellis and the rest of the third grade Franklin School Friends participate in a spelling bee where Simon's competitive spirit takes over until he realizes that sometimes the best way to win is to take a chance and let other people shine.

Hormone jungle : coming of age in middle school

November 5, 2015
Bagert, Brod.
Gainesville, FL : Maupin House Pub., ©2006.
121 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Meet the digital poets -- Poetry war: Athena versus Thor -- Middle school payback -- Romantic appetite -- Eggs and bacon -- Puppy poet -- Our sixth grade poems -- Our seventh grade poems -- Our eighth grade poems -- An afterthought -- ABC song -- "Who wrote what" index.
College-bound Christina Curtis is creating a scrapbook of the Digital Poets, her middle-school poetry group, which, interwoven with her narrative, reflects the hormonal angst of middle school.

Minna's patchwork coat

November 5, 2015
Mills, Lauren A., author, illustrator.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
268 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
In the poverty of the Appalachian coal country in 1908, eight-year-old Minna's life gets even more difficult after her father dies of black lung, and that winter she cannot go to school because she does not have a coat--until the quilting mothers make her a coat using pieces of cloth from their own lives, each with a special story behind it.

The new order

November 4, 2015
Wolfe, Sean Fay, 1997- author.
489 pages ; 20 cm.
"An unofficial Minecraft-fan adventure."
The Republic of Elementia is at peace, but threats are on the horizon.

Lola Levine is not mean!

November 4, 2015
Brown, Monica, 1969- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
88 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Second-grader Lola has a wonderful family, a great teacher, and the best friend ever, Josh, and they all help her feel better after she is teased and forbidden to play team sports at recess for having accidentally hurt classmate Juan during a soccer game.

A sliver of stardust

November 4, 2015
Burt, Marissa, author.
374 pages ; 22 cm
After a strange encounter at a science competition, Wren Matthews discovers a secret magical order known as the Fiddlers, and must learn to use the power of stardust to save them, herself, and the world from the return of a sinister enemy.

The bubble wrap boy

November 4, 2015
Earle, Phil.
© 2014
278 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published by Penguin Books, London, in 2014"--Copyright page.
"A novel"--Cover.
Fourteen-year-old social outcast Charlie Han, known as "the short Chinese kid" at school, searches for a talent to improve his popularity, but when he discovers skateboarding, much to the disapproval of his overprotective mother, he also uncovers a huge family secret.

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