New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

December 20, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Princess Posey and the first grade ballet

December 19, 2014
Greene, Stephanie.
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2014]
85 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Valentine's Day is coming! Posey is so excited about her special ballet recital and giving cards to everyone at school. Then she learns that one of her classmates doesn't have any valentines to give out. Can Princess Posey and her tutu find the perfect way to help?"-- Provided by publisher.

Battle in the air

December 19, 2014
Matthews, Rupert, author.
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2015.
127 pages : color illustrations ; color map ; color portraits ; 21 cm.
Includes index.
Zak and Zoe are fascinated to discover that their grandfather flew a Spitfire fighter plane during the Battle of Britain in World War II. Through the vivid memories of the twins' grandparents and their WWII friends, find out about the experiences of fighter pilots, women's anti-aircraft gun crews, and schoolchildren of the time.

Blackbeard's revenge : a time crashers adventure

December 18, 2014
Brewer, H. Michael, 1954- author.
200 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"This time the Time Crashers leap into history only to find themselves desperately trying to return before they are forced to walk the plank! Now all three must get to the main mast to return to the present. With interactive fun built-in, you shape the story in Time Crashers: Blackbeard's revenge. Through it all, the Time Crashers learn about pirate ships and pirate ways. And they learn one other lesson: pirates are not nice people."--Amazon website.

Love from Paddington

December 18, 2014
Bond, Michael, author.
136 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Told through Paddington's letters to his Aunt Lucy back in Peru, this new novel offers Paddington's own special view on some of his most famous tales, from stowing away on a ship, to working as a barber.

Dinosaur hunters

December 18, 2014
Chambers, Catherine, 1954- author.
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2015.
127 pages : color illustrations, color map, color portraits ; 21 cm.
Includes index.
SLIP back to the wild west and uncover the secrets of the dinosaurs.

Wish you were here

December 17, 2014
Lethcoe, Jason.
Charleston, SC : CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2014.
239 p. ; 21 cm.
War looms on the horizon as the Jinns, Curseworks and Wishworks prepare for battle. In Jinn territory, Abdul Cadabra and his lamp of 1000 Nightmares grows stronger each day. At Curseworks, Penelope and Preztoe, the half-jinn, are desperately planning an escape from the deepest dungeons. At Wishworks, after successfully finding three of the famed Wishworks weapons, Ben and his friends are on a treacherous journey to find the fourth and final weapon from deep within Jinn territory. Knowing they cannot be caught, Candlewick enlists the help of an elite force, the Thaumaturgic Cartographers. Now, Ben and his friends must navigate the ancient magical paths of the wishing world before it's too late!

Most valuable player

December 16, 2014
Barshaw, Ruth McNally.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2013, c2012.
170 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
First edition originally published in 2012.
Ellie loves the Journey of the Mind club and struggles to keep from failing miserably on her soccer team, but when both groups have tournaments the same day, she musters her team spirit and tries to succeed at both.

The wind in the willows

December 16, 2014
Grahame, Kenneth, 1859-1932.
New York : Sterling Children's Books, [2013?]
184 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
The riverbank -- The open road -- The wild wood -- Home sweet home -- Sneaky toad -- Restless rat.
Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and, of course, Toad of Toad Hall: these characters have captivated children for over a century. Join Kenneth Grahame's classic cast of animal friends as they enjoy life on the river; hit the road in Toad's brand-new cart; get lost in the dark; and have adventures in the Wild Wood. These enchanting and humorous tales provide timeless enjoyment.

The jungle book

December 15, 2014
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936.
New York : Sterling Publishing, [2013]
184 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Manufactured in China.
Illustrator names from title page verso.
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi moves in -- Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and the mystery in the garden -- Mowgli's big birthday -- Mowgli knows best -- The boy and his sled dog -- The brave little seal.

The terror of the tengu

December 15, 2014
Seven, John, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Capstone Young Readers, [2015]
191 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
When twenty-fifth century time-travelers Dawkins and Hypatia find a plastic artifact among the Neanderthals, it is an anomaly--but on their next assignment to Japan in 1595 they find much more significant evidence of tampering, using virtual reality to induce belief in a demon tengu, and causing mass hysteria.

Treasure Island

December 12, 2014
Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894.
New York : Sterling Children's Books, 2013.
184 pages : color illustrations. ; 24 cm.
The treasure map -- Off to sea -- On the island -- Pirate attack -- Adventure at sea -- A pirate adventure.
Buried treasure. Villainous pirates. A brave boy in danger. Robert Louis Stevenson's thrilling tale of adventure on the high seas will delight young readers! With map in hand, Jim Hawkins sets sail to find Treasure Island, where a fortune is hidden. But evil buccaneer Long John Silver will stop at nothing to get that gold first ?

The adventures of Tom Sawyer

December 12, 2014
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
New York : Sterling Children's Books, [2013?]
184 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
A song for Aunt Polly -- The best fence painter -- The birthday boy -- The spelling bee -- Too sick for school -- Tom's treasure hunt.
Mark Twain's beloved classic gets a charming easy-to-read version. Simply told and beautifully illustrated, it transports kids to the banks of the Mississippi and introduces them to Twain's irrepressible, irresistible hero. Whether clever Tom is fooling his friends into painting a fence for him or making mischief in school or at a birthday party, his antics will delight young readers.

The birthday surprise

December 12, 2014
West, Tracey, 1965- author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2014.
64 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Andrea, Olivia, Mia, and Emma are planning the perfect birthday surprise for Stephanie: a party at the Heartlake City Pool. But with all their whispering and secret plans, Stephanie accidently feels left out. Worse, Lacy convinces Stephanie that the girls may be trying to unfriend her! Can Mia and the others pull off the best birthday bash ever?

A puppy tale

December 12, 2014
Harimann, Sierra.
New York : Scholastic, ©2013.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
"It's checkup time for Mia's puppy, Charlie, at the Heartlake City Vet. But just as the girls are finishing his exam, Charlie runs away! Finding a little lost puppy in the middle of bustling Heartlake City won't be easy. Mia will need help from all her friends to follow the clues and bring Charlie home!"--Page 4 of cover.

Knowhere to run : Staring Star-Lord

December 11, 2014
Wyatt, Chris, 1975-
117 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Life on Knowhere is pretty good for Peter and the other Guardians of the Galaxy. That is until Captain Marvel arrives. She tells Peter that a shape-shifter is on Knowhere and holds the key to a powerful weapon capable of destroying entire planets, including the Earth! With a race against time, the duo must find this mysterious villain before he detonates the device.

Emma's not-so-sweet dilemma

December 10, 2014
Simon, Coco, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2014.
126 pages, 26 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Emma is playing ball with her brothers on an unusually warm winter afternoon. But an errant toss from her brother Matt hits her right on the nose! Luckily, it's nothing more serious than a little swelling, but it's enough to make her lose an important modeling job at The Special Day salon. Mona hires "mean girl" Olivia Allen to fill in. Olivia is thrilled, not only for the job, but also for a chance to spread some nasty rumors about Emma. Worst of all, now Emma can't afford the beautiful holiday gifts she planned to buy her family and friends. Emma's Cupcake Club pals remind her that the best gifts come from the heart, and don't have a price tag" -- from publisher's web site.

Curse of the Iris

December 10, 2014
Fry, Jason, 1969-
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
340 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"As Tycho and his siblings continue to compete for the captain's chair of the Shadow Comet, they must work together to hunt for an old pirate treasure--a treasure that is tied to some long-buried family secrets"-- Provided by publisher.

Bo at Iditarod Creek

December 10, 2014
Hill, Kirkpatrick.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
281 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Bo at Ballard Creek.
In 1920s Alaska, when five-year-old Bo and her two adoptive fathers move to Iditarod Creek to work at a new gold mine, Bo feels homesick until she realizes there is friendship to be found everywhere--and Iditarod Creek may hold some surprises for her already unconventional family.

Best friends fur-ever

December 10, 2014
Barshaw, Ruth McNally.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2013.
171 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Ellie pet-sits for her neighbor's African grey parrot Alix, about whom she is writing a report, while her family argues over whether to get a cat or a dog, and her little brother accidentally lets Alix out of his cage, all of which is chronicled in Ellie's ever-present sketchbook.

Perfect season : a Football genius novel

December 10, 2014
Green, Tim, 1963-
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2013]
390 pages ; 24 cm.
"A friendship is tested and a new one formed as Troy White, the football genius, gets to play varsity football for the first time, on a team that has to end its losing streak"-- Provided by publisher.

The annoying crush

December 9, 2014
O'Ryan, Ray.
New York : Little Simon, 2014.
121 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Zack is happy to test a new android his father helped develop for Nebulonics before she goes into production, but her ability to learn causes problems when she develops a crush on Zack after watching a romantic movie.

Bursting at the seams

December 9, 2014
Taylor, Chloe, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2014.
151 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Zoey's aunt lets Zoey in on a very big secret: She and her fiancé are throwing a surprise wedding! She asks Zoey to make the wedding dress and be a junior bridesmaid. Zoey is so excited about the wedding she could burst--but can't say a word to anyone except her dad and Marcus. At school, Zoey has some new sewing competition: A boy in her new Home Economics unit is sewing circles around her, and is a strong competitor for a class sewing contest. For the sake of the wedding, can Zoey let go of her desire to win the competition?" -- from publiisher's web site.

Skye above

December 9, 2014
Walters, Eric, 1957- author.
Victoria, British Columbia : Orca Book Publishers, 2014.
49 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.

Justine McKeen vs. the queen of mean

December 9, 2014
Brouwer, Sigmund, 1959- author.
Victoria, British Columbia : Orca Book Publishers, 2014.
53 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.

Selena the sleepover fairy

December 8, 2014
Meadows, Daisy.
New York : Scholastic, [2012], c2011.
157 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.

Autumn the falling leaves fairy

December 8, 2014
Meadows, Daisy, author.
150 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
"Rachel and Kirsty love the fall! They can't wait to go apple picking, carve pumpkins, and take a hayride. But this fall, everything is going all wrong, because Autumn the Falling Leaves Fairy's magic is missing! Can the girls help her outsmart Jack Frost and his goblins, and make sure that fall is fun again?" -- from publisher's description.

Little man

December 5, 2014
Mann, Elizabeth, 1948- author.
New York : Mikaya Press, [2014]
205 pages : map ; 23 cm
On a small Caribbean Island, Albert must face middle school, where he is one of the shortest students, without his best friend who just moved away, but he is able to move past the teasing after getting involved in a troupe of Mocko Jumbies--Stiltwalkers--following a tradition brought by African slaves.

Just a drop of water

December 5, 2014
Cerra, Kerry O'Malley, author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., 2014.
304 pages ; 23 cm
"Jake and Sam are best friends, but after the attacks on September 11, their friendship is in danger of crumbling as Sam and his family succumb to hatred for being Muslim American"-- Provided by publisher.

Dolphin SOS

December 5, 2014
Miki, Roy, 1942-, author.
Vancouver, BC : Tradewind Books, 2014.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Based on true events, Dolphin SOS recounts the story of three dolphins trapped in an ice-covered cove on the coast of Newfoundland.

Isabel's war

December 5, 2014
Perl, Lila, author.
229 pages ; 20 cm.
Twelve-year-old Isabel has no interest in the war in Europe until her family welcomes Helga, a German war refugee, into their home in the Bronx.

The secrets of Flamant Castle : the complete adventures of Sword girl & friends

December 5, 2014
Watts, Frances, author.
567 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Six books in one"--Cover.
The secret of the swords. 2012 -- The poison plot. 2012 -- Tournament trouble. 2012 -- The siege scare. 2012 -- The terrible trickster. 2013 -- Pigeon problems. 2013.

The Hobbit : the battle of the five armies : the movie storybook

December 5, 2014
Hughes, Natasha, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
43 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Bilbo Baggins and his friends are on the final leg of their quest to recapture the lost kingdom of Erebor and defeat the evil dragon, Smaug.

You can't sit with us

December 5, 2014
Rue, Nancy N.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2014]
217 pages ; 22 cm.
Ginger Hollingberry, a new sixth grader at Gold Country Middle School, relies on her faith and friends when she is bullied for being different by the "queen bee" of GCMS, Kylie Steppe, and her so-called Wolf Pack, not only at school but twenty-four hours a day through social networking.

Star Wars rebels : rebel journal by Ezra Bridger

December 5, 2014
Wallace, Dan, author.
White Plains, New York : Studio Fun Books, [2014]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Book contains folded leaves.
"Ezra's actual journal"--Cover.
"My name is Ezra Bridger, and I have just about the greatest life possibile: cruising around the Outer Rim as part of a team of rebels that makes life miserable for the Empire."--Page [4] of cover.

Gus vs. the robot king

December 5, 2014
Montgomery, R. A., author.
Waitsfield, Vermont : Chooseco, [2014]
71 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
A Dragonlark book.

The mystery of the suspicious spices

December 4, 2014
Paris, Harper.
New York : Little Simon, 2014.
112 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
In a Mumbai market, twin detectives Ethan and Ella investigate why a spice seller's spices have suddenly gone bad.


December 2, 2014
Sage, Angie.
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2009, c2008.
214 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
While all of the adults are away on a trip, Araminta's cousin Mathilda comes to babysit, reluctantly bringing with her two teenaged poltergeists who proceed to wreak havoc in Spookie House.

Dexter's football journal

December 1, 2014
Mann, E. J. author.
180 pages ; 22 cm
Dexter sets himself a season's goal to persuade Spanish idol, Fabio, to become his coach. By the end of the season there is a slight problem. Fabio's still playing professional football every week and has never even heard of Dexter, the top scorer for his team. Dexter also has a life goal to become a Super League football star by the age of sixteen just like his idol. Spurred on by best mate, Mikey, desperate to beat arch rival, Taylor Bradley, Dexter strives to achieve his goals. His journal brims with exciting twists and turns, both on and off the pitch! But will Dexter succeed with any of his goals?

Stallion in Spooky Hollow

December 1, 2014
Baglio, Ben M.
New York : Scholastic Inc., 2007.
140 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Someone is trying desperately to scare people from the area nicknamed "Spooky Hollow" by locals.

Pony in a package

December 1, 2014
Baglio, Ben M.
New York, NY : Scholastic, [2001], c1999.
141 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
"Previously published as: Pony in the post."
"A Working Partner's book"--P. [4] of cover.
"One busy Saturday morning, the delivery man brings a big surprise to Animal Ark-- the tiniest horse that Mandy has ever seen!"--P. [4] of cover.

Running out of night

November 28, 2014
Lovejoy, Sharon, 1945- author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2014]
287 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
"Journey of an abused twelve-year-old white girl and an escaped slave girl who run away together and form a bond of friendship while seeking freedom"-- Provided by publisher.

Camping chaos

November 28, 2014
Dixon, Franklin W., author.
New York : Aladdin, 2014.
83 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
During the the annual "Fun With Camping" event at Bayport State Park, Frank and Joe investigate when tent decorations start to go missing and they find mysterious footprints around the camp.

Bubble gum rescue

November 28, 2014
Perelman, Helen.
New York : Aladdin, 2012.
100 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.
When Melli discovers a crack in the side of Butterscotch Volcano, it is up to her and the other fairies to save the caramella birds from being trapped by gooey syrup.

On pointe

November 28, 2014
Berk, Sheryl.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
132 pages ; 21 cm.
Anya, Liberty, and Scarlett all think they'll be a shoe-in for the lead role of Clara in Dances Minnelli's annual production of the Nutcracker, but Gracie gets the part--and the pressure--while the others must be content with supporting roles.

War of the world records : a Fantastic family Whipple novel

November 26, 2014
Ward, Matthew (Children's writer)
New York, New York : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
376 pages ; 22 cm
When the rivalry between the Whipples and the Goldwins escalates to an all-out war as the World Record World Championships draw near, recordless Arthur Whipple and his unlikely ally Ruby Goldwin unravel the mystery of the Lyon's Curse and the secrets of their fathers' shared past.

Beneath the Stone Forest

November 26, 2014
Quinn, Jordan.
New York : Little Simon, [2014]
115 pages ; 20 cm.
Clara invites Prince Lucas on her journey to map out the Stone Forest and visit the gnomes who live there.

Aphrodite the fair

November 26, 2014
Holub, Joan, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2014.
260 pages ; 20 cm.
During Ares' birthday, Aphrodite is intent on making sure he has a good time, but that requires her to keep an eye on his sister Eris, who is planning mischief.

Cronus and the threads of dread

November 26, 2014
Holub, Joan, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2014.
115 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
With a giant spiderweb in the sky with the words "Surrender Olympians" written in it, Zeus and his friends know they are in for a fight, but the webs actually contain a hidden gem, Athena's magical item.

Shaun the sheep : the flock factor

November 21, 2014
Howard, Martin, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Entertainment, 2014.
85 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
It’s talent-show time on the farm, and the roosters and chickens are banding together in hopes of beating out their rivals, the sheep. Meanwhile, Shirley, a sheep whose flair for singing is as large as her frame, has a big problem — a massive case of stage fright. Can Shaun the sheep convince his jittery friend to wow the mole judges and take home the prize?

Ben Fox, squirrel zombie specialist at your service

November 21, 2014
Whitney, Daisy, author.
Contoocook, NH : Spencer Hill Middle Grade, [2014]
121 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Ten-year-old Ben Fox must figure out how to stop his dastardly cat, Percy, when Percy raises an army of squirrel zombies in the backyard to battle against Ben's dog, Captain Sparkles.

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