New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

May 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Catie Conrad : how to become the most UNpopular girl in middle school

May 27, 2015
Spady, Angela, author.
©2015
297 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Catie Conrad, fashionista extraordinaire, is back along with best friend Sophie, her brother the "Germ," and of course Miranda Maroni, her least favorite person on earth. Luckily things get put into perspective as Catie Conrad finds that with faith in God, all things are possible." -- Summary from website

Billy Sure, kid entrepreneur and the stink spectacular

May 26, 2015
Sharpe, Luke, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2015.
155 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"2"-- on spine.
Billy Sure is many things: CEO of Sure Things, Inc., a seventh grader, a sleepwalker...and now he is a spy! After finding out that he's been exchanging e-mails with a corporate spy from a rival company, Billy enlists the help of his mom and his best friend (and CFO), Manny, to set a trap to catch the shady e-mail imposter. Meanwhile, Billy and Manny are at odds about what invention their company should release next. Can Billy save his company from sabotage and come up with the Next Big Thing for Sure Things, Inc... while surviving his dad's terrible cooking?

Ellie Featherbill all alone

May 26, 2015
Meadows, Daisy, author.
©2015
95 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Welcome to a magical world where animals talk and play - just like you and me! Best friends Jess and Lily love all animals. But when they follow a mysterious golden cat into Friendship Forest - a place where animals live in tiny cottages and sip dandelion tea at the Toadstool Cafe - their summer holidays suddenly become much more magical! It's Ellie Featherbill's birthday, and she's having a party at her houseboat home on Willowtree River. But Grizelda has a wicked plan to poison the river, and orders the Boggits to steal the Featherbills' barge - with Ellie still on board! Can Lily and Jess save the little duckling and stop the Boggits?

Molly Twinkletail runs away

May 26, 2015
Meadows, Daisy, author.
©2014
95 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
Welcome to a magical world where animals talk and play - just like you and me! Best friends Jess and Lily love all animals. But when they follow a mysterious golden cat into Friendship Forest - a place where animals live in tiny cottages and sip dandelion tea at the Toadstool Cafe - their summer holidays suddenly become much more magical! Goldie has invited Lily, Jess and kitten Bella Tabbypaw for a sleepover! The girls can't wait to spend a night in Friendship Forest, but brave little Bella decides to go exploring on her own - with the Boggits! Lily and Jess must head into the tunnels underneath the forest to find her, but will Grizelda the witch get there first?

Bella Tabbypaw in trouble

May 26, 2015
Meadows, Daisy, author.
©2014
95 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
Welcome to a magical world where animals talk and play - just like you and me! Best friends Jess and Lily love all animals. But when they follow a mysterious golden cat into Friendship Forest - a place where animals live in tiny cottages and sip dandelion tea at the Toadstool Cafe - their summer holidays suddenly become much more magical! Goldie has invited Lily, Jess and kitten Bella Tabbypaw for a sleepover! The girls can't wait to spend a night in Friendship Forest, but brave little Bella decides to go exploring on her own - with the Boggits! Lily and Jess must head into the tunnels underneath the forest to find her, but will Grizelda the witch get there first?

Close to the wind

May 22, 2015
Walter, Jon, 1964- author.
New York : David Fickling Books/Scholastic Inc., 2015.
290 pages ; 20 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2014."
Malik and his grandfather are trying to flee a war-torn country on the last ship waiting at the port for those who can escape--but when the ship leaves only Malik is aboard, and he will need all his courage to survive in a new country.

Live each day to the dumbest

May 22, 2015
Benton, Jim, author.
©2015
115 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
When Jamie inherits her grandmother's trunk, she discovers an old diary and, after reading it, realizes that everyone is the same deep down.

Eva sees a ghost

May 22, 2015
Elliott, Rebecca, author.
New York, NY : Branches/Scholastic Inc., [2015]
71 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
When Eva Wingdale sees something large and white flying above her she is convinced that it is a ghost, although most of the other owls just laugh at her--until something large and heavy and white lands on the school roof.

A handful of stars

May 22, 2015
Lord, Cynthia, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, [2015]
184 pages ; 22 cm
When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather--but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.

Best friend next door

May 22, 2015
Mackler, Carolyn, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
214 pages ; 22 cm
Two girls who share a birthday and palindromic names struggle with respective parental challenges and loneliness while gradually overcoming their differences to become close friends.

The Neptune challenge

May 22, 2015
Holyoke, Polly, author.
New York, New York : Disney/Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2015.
340 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: The Neptune Project.
"Nere and her friends, all genetically engineered to survive in the ocean, go on a rescue mission."-- Provided by publisher.

The Secret Cookie Club

May 22, 2015
Freeman, Martha, 1956- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015]
295 pages ; 19 cm
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
Four very different girls meet at Moonlight Ranch camp and decide to remain friends all year by exchanging letters and home-made cookies, using recipes their counselor's grandfather passed along.

You're invited

May 22, 2015
Malone, Jen, author.
New York : Aladdin M!X, 2015.
307 pages ; 22 cm
When twelve-year-old Sadie is fired from her mother's wedding planning company, after a disastrous mishap, she starts her own party planning business and recruits her three best friends.

The disappearance of Emily H.

May 22, 2015
Summy, Barrie, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2015]
245 pages ; 22 cm
Eighth-grader Raine, a new girl at Yielding Middle Schooi, uses her supernatural ability to see other people's memories to solve the disappearance of a teenaged girl.

Moone Boy : the blunder years

May 22, 2015
O'Dowd, Chris, 1980- author.
©2014
381 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"Martin Moone is eleven and completely fed up with being the only boy in a family of girls. He's desperate for a decent wingman to help him navigate his idiotic life. So when best mate Padraic suggests Martin get an imaginary friend--or "IF" for short--he decides to give it a go"-- Provided by publisher.

Diary of Dorkius Maximus in Egypt

May 21, 2015
Collins, Tim, 1975- author.
London : Buster, 2013.
191 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.

How to speak dolphin

May 20, 2015
Rorby, Ginny, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
264 pages ; 22 cm
Since her mother died, twelve-year-old Lily has struggled to care for her severely autistic half-brother, Adam, in their Miami home, but she is frustrated and angry because her oncologist step-father, Don, expects her to devote her time to Adam, and is unwilling to admit that Adam needs professional help--but when Adam bonds with a young dolphin with cancer Lily is confronted with another dilemma: her family or the dolphin's freedom.

The search for Baby Ruby

May 20, 2015
Shreve, Susan Richards.
℗♭2015
213 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Jess O'Fines is resentful that she is expected to watch her baby niece in a Los Angeles hotel room while the rest of her dysfunctional family go off to a wedding rehearsal party -- but when Baby Ruby disappears, Jess is convinced she knows who kidnapped her and determined to get her back on her own, whatever the danger.

Sideswipe versus Thunderhoof

May 20, 2015
Sazaklis, John, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
133 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Sideswipe has to go against crime boss Thunderhoof, while Bumblebee and a team of young Autobots battle some of Cybertron's most dangerous Decepticons.

Stick Dog dreams of ice cream

May 20, 2015
Watson, Tom, 1962- author.
New York, NY : an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
217 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Illustrations by Ethan Long based on original sketches by Tom Watson."
Stick Dog and his feral friends are looking for relief on a very hot day--and this time they have their eyes on a ice cream truck.

Thea Stilton and the lost letters

May 20, 2015
Stilton, Thea, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015]
159 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
It is up to the Thea sisters to investigate when their friend is falsely accused of theft and barred from competing in a figure skating championship in Russia.

Ohm vs. Amp

May 20, 2015
Ball, Nate.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
127, 11 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Do-it-yourself science experiment included"--Cover.
"Zack McGee has gotten in tons of trouble thanks to Amp, the four-inch-tall alien that crash-landed into his bedroom, but when Amp's commander, Ohm, comes to collect the stranded alien, it's Amp's turn in the hot seat!"-- Provided by publisher.

The end of the line

May 20, 2015
McKay, Sharon E, author.
©2014
119 pages ; 22 cm
When tram conductor, Hans, and ticket collector, Lars, claim that Beatrice, is their niece they save her from the same fate of her mother, but open themselves up to the dangers of hiding a Jewish child in 1940's Amsterdam.

Wild boy

May 20, 2015
Jones, Rob Lloyd, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2013.
295 pages : map ; 21 cm
Wild Boy becomes a sideshow freak. Isolated from other children and abused by the cruel master who bought him, Wild Boy becomes an avid observer, developing Sherlock Holmes-like deductive skills. Although he is tormented and insulted, kicked and spat at, his quick mind takes in everything he sees. When a murder occurs at the fair, Wild Boy is accused. Can he use his powers of deduction to save himself? And will the talented and spunky young acrobat Clarissa be with him -- or against him?

My near-death adventures : (99% true!)

May 20, 2015
DeCamp, Alison.
New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, [2015]
252 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In 1895, twelve-year-old Stan decides to find his long-lost father in the logging camps of Michigan, documenting in his scrapbook his travels and encounters with troublesome relatives, his mother's suitors, lumberjacks, and more.

Where triplets go, trouble follows

May 20, 2015
Poploff, Michelle.
New York : Holiday House, [2015]
87 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Lily, Daisy, and Violet Divine, triplets, have different interests and like to do things on their own, but they pull together when they need to, whether to find out their grandparents' secret, create a good science fair project, or teach their new dog to stop chewing.

Alexander's army

May 19, 2015
D'Lacey, Chris, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
289 pages ; 22 cm.
Michael Malone is assigned to investigate a local comic shop by the mysterious UNICORNE agency because they are displaying a comic book with a disturbingly familiar heroine--but he soon realizes that the sinister shop hides an invisible army come to life, with a menacing maniac at its head, and worse he does not know if he can trust his fellow agents.

The polar bear express

May 19, 2015
Dadey, Debbie, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
96 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Wanting to help a lost baby polar bear return home, Kiki Coral and her mermaid friends worry that the cost of the bear's transportation will prevent them from seeing a concert performance of their favorite boy band.

Fort

May 19, 2015
DeFelice, Cynthia C., author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
199 pages ; 22 cm
"A middle-grade summer adventure about two boys who build an awesome fort and tangle with two older bullies."-- Provided by publisher.

From the notebooks of a middle school princess

May 19, 2015
Cabot, Meg, author, illustrator.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan, 2015.
182 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A middle-grade spinoff of The Princess Diaries, about the long-lost sister of Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia"-- Provided by publisher.

Minions : the junior novel

May 19, 2015
Chesterfield, Sadie, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
130 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Based on the motion picture screenplay written by Brian Lynch.

A fin-tastic finish

May 18, 2015
Ocean, Davy, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
140 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Originally published as Shark Camp in 2014 in Great Britain by Templar Publishing"--Title page verso.
"Move over, Gregor the Gnasher--Harry Hammer has a new hero: Turbo Tex, an Olimpet gold medal-winning tiger shark. And when Harry meets Tony, an awesome tiger shark at Shark Point Sea-cub Camp, he knows he's on the road to finally being cool. But no matter what Harry does to prove he's not just a goofy hammerhead, Tony doesn't want to be friends. What can Harry do to win over this tiger shark?"

The Kenyan expedition

May 18, 2015
Stevenson, Steve, author.
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, An Imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2015.
119 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Originally published by Istituto Geografico De Agostini S.p.A., Italy, 2012, as Agatha Mistery: Missione Safari.
Includes chapter of Agatha's Next Mystery: The Hollywood Intrigue.
"A missing white giraffe brings Agatha Mistery and her cousin Dash to the heart of Africa. A rare species of white giraffe, venerated by the Masai tribe as a divinity, has disappeared from the savanna, and it's up to Agatha and Dash to find it! Together with a third cousin and safari expert, the pair must track down the poacher who has stolen the priceless animal."--Back cover.

Cast off : the strange adventures of Petra De Winter and Bram Broen

May 18, 2015
Yohalem, Eve, author.
New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
312 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Told in their separate voices, twelve-year-olds Petra, who escaped her abusive father's Amsterdam house in 1663, and Bram, a half-Javanese/half-Dutch boy, relate their adventures at sea after Petra stows away and Bram, son of the ship's carpenter, helps her disguise herself as a boy.

The orphan army

May 15, 2015
Maberry, Jonathan, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015]
392 pages ; 22 cm.
In the future, bug-like aliens are taking over Earth and young Milo Silk learns through dreams and strange encounters that there are other, ancient monsters on the planet that are also threatened by the aliens, and that he may be the hero destined to lead his friends in saving the universe.

Cynder confronts the weather wizard

May 15, 2015
Beakman, Onk, 1973- author.
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2015.
159 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.

Kate Walden directs : Bride of slug man

May 15, 2015
Mata, Julie.
Los Angeles : Disney, Hyperion, 2015.
279 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Kate Walden directs: Night of the zombie chickens.
Preparing to begin work on a new film, Kate Walden befriends a cute boy who turns out to be a rival filmmaker who wants to turn their respective efforts into a school popularity contest.

Paddington helps out

May 15, 2015
Bond, Michael, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
160 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Trouble comes naturally to Paddington who's head is so full of ideas that some things are destined to go wrong!

Tales of the defended ones : warning: these stories may change the way you see the world

May 14, 2015
Guckenberger, Beth, 1972-
Cincinnati, Ohio : Standard Publishing, [2013]
204 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction: the Defender -- Ben and Joseph's path -- Antonio's gift -- Caitlyn's truth -- Jorani's journey -- The pages after.
A collection of fictionalized stories based on the real lives of five children in Ethiopia, Mexico, the United States, and Cambodia as they intersect with Christian missionaries who seek to help them as they were called by God, the Storyweaver, to do. Includes facts about each country and the issues faced there.

Adventures with waffles

May 13, 2015
Parr, Maria, 1981- author.
©2013
232 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Translation of: Vaffelhjarte.
"Hardly a day passes without Trille and Lena inventing some kind of adventure that often ends in trouble. Whether it’s coaxing a cow onto a boat or sledding down the steepest and iciest hill with a chicken, there is always a thrill--and sometimes an injury--to be had. Trille loves to share everything with Lena, even Auntie Granny’s waffles. But when Lena has to move away and Auntie Granny leaves the world, it sometimes seems like nothing will ever be right again. The warmth of friendship and the support of family suffuse this lightly illustrated novel, proving that when times are tough, a little taste of sweetness can make all the difference"--Provided by publisher.

Mrs. Noodlekugel and Drooly the bear

May 13, 2015
Pinkwater, Daniel Manus, 1941- author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.
88 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"In a wonderfully loopy third episode, Nick and Maxine are surprised to meet Captain Noodlekugel, back from the sea with a somewhat untrainable bear." -- Amazon.com.

Thor's serpents

May 12, 2015
Armstrong, Kelley.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
360 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
"As Ragnarok--the apocalypse--approaches, the thirteen-year-old descendants of the gods realize they can't take every step of their journey together, as Matt must fight the Midgard Serpent alone, and Fen and Laurie are pulled in different directions"-- Provided by publisher.

The runaway's gold : a novel

May 8, 2015
Burack, Emilie Christie, author.
New York : Amulet Books, [2015]
305 pages : maps ; 22 cm
"The protagonist of this historical novel, which is set in the Shetland Islands and also New York City around 1840, is Christian Robertson, a crofter and son of a crofter (small, struggling tenant farmer). When Christian's brother frames him for the theft of a bag of coins, Christian must leave home and embark on a journey to return the coins and clear his name"-- Provided by publisher.

Excellent excuses (and other good stuff)

May 8, 2015
Pichon, Liz, author.
Somerville, Masschusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.
340 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Includes a special glossary by Tom!"
No school for two weeks gives Tom time to do important things, such as inventing new ways to annoy his sister Delia.

Dog Beach unleashed

May 8, 2015
Greenwald, Lisa, author.
New York : Amulet Books, [2015]
230 pages ; 22 cm
Seagate Island's centennial summer should be a huge celebration of beach traditions, but it is the rainiest summer on record and Remy, Micayla, Bennett, and the C Twins find that tempers are short, dogs are bored, and summer magic is hard to find.

Theodore Boone : the fugitive

May 8, 2015
Grisham, John, author.
New York, New York : Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2015]
250 pages ; 22 cm
"Theodore Boone series"--Cover.
Aspiring lawyer Theodore Boone is still dispensing legal advice to friends and family when a new case comes up.

The great ice engine

May 8, 2015
David, Erica, author.
New York : Random House, [2015]
123 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
At head of title: Disney.
When Kristoff and the ice harvesters challenge Oaken and his new invention to a friendly contest, Oaken, Elsa, and Anna becomes embroil in a mystery involving a missing ice harvesting machine.

The jumbies

May 8, 2015
Baptiste, Tracey.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books, 2015.
234 pages ; 22 cm
Eleven-year-old Corinne must call on her courage and an ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home.

Mister Doctor : Janusz Korczak & the orphans of the Warsaw Ghetto

May 8, 2015
Cohen-Janca, Irène, 1954- author.
Toronto : Annick Press, [2015]
63 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Translation of: Le dernier voyage.

Unusual chickens for the exceptional poultry farmer

May 7, 2015
Jones, Kelly (Kelly Anne), 1976-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2015.
216 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family's move to her Great Uncle Jim's farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.

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