New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

August 17, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Best. Night. Ever : a story told from seven points of view

August 16, 2017
New York : Aladdin, 2017.
340 pages ; 22 cm
On the night of a middle school dance, excitement yields to complications for seven students, some who perform with their rock band, some who attend, and some who have other obligations.

The mouse house

August 16, 2017
Green, Poppy, author.
New York : Little Simon, 2017.
117 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Excitedly attending her friend's birthday party, Sophie becomes jealous when her friend receives a mouse house, a gift Sophie has always wanted.

Karma Khullar's mustache

August 16, 2017
Wientge, Kristi, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2017]
263 pages ; 22 cm
"A biracial Indian/Caucasian girl is nervous to begin middle school, especially since her mother is now the breadwinner of the family, her best friend may no longer be a bestie, and the appearance of the seventeen hairs over her lip that form a very unwanted mustache"-- Provided by publisher.

Summer on Earth

August 16, 2017
Thompson, Peter J., author.
Apex, NC : Persnickety Press, [2017]
294 pages ; 24 cm

Isadora Moon goes camping

August 15, 2017
Muncaster, Harriet, author, illustrator.
New York : Random House, [2016]
103 pages ; color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Camping is full of surprises when you're a vampire-fairy! When Isadora Moon and her family go on a camping trip to the beach, they're just like everybody else. They roast marshmallows and build sand castles and sleep in a tent! But in a magical family, anything can happen. And when Isadora goes on a nighttime adventure, she makes an unusual friend under the sea..." --Provided by publisher.

Side tracked

August 15, 2017
Asher, Diana Harmon, author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2017.
233 pages ; 22 cm
"Seventh-grader Joseph Friedman is friendless and puny, with ADD to boot. He spends most of his time avoiding the class bully and hiding out in the Resource Room. But the Resource Room teacher encourages (i.e., practically forces) him to join the school cross country team, and he meets Heather, a new student who's tough and athletic and refuses to be pushed around by anybody"--Provided by publisher.

Great escape

August 15, 2017
London, C. Alexander, author.
New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2017]
223 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
When the wild animals of Ankle Snap Alley start disappearing and Kit the raccoon discovers that they are being taken to the zoo, he leads the Moonlight Brigade on a daring rescue operation to free his friends and family but runs into opposition from animals who prefer a life of protection in the zoo over one of freedom in the wild.

Sydney & Simon : to the moon!

August 15, 2017
Reynolds, Paul A., author.
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, 2017
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Twin mice Sydney and Simon compete to create the most interesting project about the Earth's moon for their elementary school, and win the first prize--a chance to meet a real astronaut.

The jitterbug

August 15, 2017
Colleen, Marcie, author.
New York : Imprint, [2017]
137 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
The Super Happy Party Bears are in awe of their new friend, Butter, a groovy caterpillar who's got the moves. This Jitterbug can breakdance, tango, and boogie-woogie. Butter becomes an honorary Super Happy Party Bear dedicated to being goofy and spreading the party spirit! When Butter mysteriously disappears, the bears frantically search for him, only to discover that the Jitterbug has morphed into a beautiful butterfly! The bears must accept that jitterbug has grown up and must follow his own fluttery path.

Olive and the backstage ghost

August 15, 2017
Schusterman, Michelle, author.
New York : Random House, [2017]
209 pages ; 22 cm
"All great theaters have their ghosts... After Olive Preiss freezes during a theater camp audition, she flees in despair. She finds herself at Maudeville, a beautiful old theater that she's never noticed before. She enters, goes onstage, and sings her song. 'Thank you for that lovely audition, darling,' comes a voice from the shadows. 'I believe I have just the part for you.' Olive is thrilled to work with Maude Devore, the glamorous actress who owns the theater, and her eclectic cast of misfits. Yet gradually there are signs that Maudeville isn't exactly what it seems. Sometimes—just for a moment!—it feels wrong. As opening day approaches, Olive's doubts and fears grow. But no matter what, this show must go on... and on... and on..." --Amazon.com

Monsterland

August 15, 2017
Crowley, James, 1969 July 15- author.
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
373 pages : map ; 22 cm
Chased into the woods by neighborhood bullies who are after his Halloween candy, fifth grader Charlie Cooper quickly gets lost and finds his way into Vampyreishtat--or Monsterland, an uncharted land where werewolves, mummies, and vampires live freely--and with the help of the Monster of all Monsters, Charlie hopes he will find his cousin Billy who disappeared a year ago.

Lucy and the rocket dog

August 14, 2017
Buckingham, Will, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2017]
154 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Budding scientist Lucy builds a rocket ship and accidentally sends her beloved dog, Laika, into space.

The beginning

August 14, 2017
Thomas, M. J., 1969- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : WorthyKids/Ideals, [2017]
pages cm.
A scroll Great-Uncle Solomon, an archaeologist, found near the Dead Sea send Peter, nine, and Mary, ten, to the first moment of Creation and to the Garden of Eden.

Princess Pistachio and Maurice the magnificent

August 14, 2017
Gay, Marie-Louise, author, illustrator.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Pajama Press Inc., 2017.
52 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Princess Pistachio is worried about Dog. He has such a boring life. She thinks he needs more adventure and excitement. Pistachio brings him to school with disastrous results. Then she takes Dog to a theater audition and transforms him into Maurice the Magnificant, star of the stage. Maurice is an overnight success. That's when things start to go really wrong.

Isadora Moon goes to school

August 11, 2017
Muncaster, Harriet, author.
©2016
116 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Isadora Moon, a vampire fairy, has to decided which school she wants to got to--vampire or fairy.

Battlesong

August 11, 2017
Tanner, Lian, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2017.
293 pages ; 22 cm.
While Gwin, a Fetcher, and her family defy the Devouts by sharing song and story, the Oyster's crew and the Sunkers continue fighting to bring light back to the dark world.

Bat to the bone

August 11, 2017
Colleen, Marcie, author.
©2017
137 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm.
"Flying Blind. The bat-only punk rock band. Coming to the Grumpy Woods. The Super Happy Party Bears love rock 'n' roll! The other Grumpy Woods residents do not. To them, this "music" sounds like BOOM! BOOM! REEN-REEN-WAAAHHHHH! And the band's nighttime shows are keeping everyone awake! When the bears join the band and get groovin', the rest of the Grumpy Woods townscritters go undercover to wreak havoc at the show. Will the bears rock the party or will Mayor Quill stop the music?--Page [4] of cover.

Forest's first birthday party

August 11, 2017
Zann, Tara, author.
New York : Imprint, 2017.
122 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Forest, who has grown up in the wild, accompanies shy Olive to a classmate's birthday party, where Olive hopes to make new friends and not embarrass herself, and where, in spite of his popularity, Forest still needs his best friend Olive to help him out.

The underground ghosts : super special

August 11, 2017
Butler, Dori Hillestad, author.
©2017
191 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Kaz, Claire, and Little John are off to Seattle, where a new mystery awaits. The city library is planning a Halloween party, but a series of strange ghostly happenings has scared away all the kids. Now Claire and the ghosts must go underneath the city to find out who is trying to stop the party--and why"--Page [4] of cover.

Back row dynamo

August 11, 2017
Maddox, Jake, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Stone Arch Books, a Capstone imprint, [2018]
89 pages ; 19 cm
Eighth-grader Ellie is a veteran on her volleyball team, but this year she is frustrated because she is having trouble with her footwork, and she hopes that getting involved with coaching the younger girls in the newly organized after-school group at the Boys and Girls Club will help her work through her problems--besides, it is fun and she was instrumental in setting it up.

Block and rock

August 11, 2017
Maddox, Jake, author.
©2018
89 pages ; 19 cm.
Once an inseparable trio, whether in their little band or on the football field, Justin, Tony, and Miles have drifted apart in middle school (Justin to band and his old friends to sports); now, after a summer of jamming, Justin decides to try out the football team with his old friends--but he finds little encouragement from them, and he misses the new friends he made in the school band.

Free throw fail

August 11, 2017
Maddox, Jake.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Stone Arch Books, a Capstone imprint, [2018]
89 pages ; 19 cm

Spinning away

August 11, 2017
Maddox, Jake, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Stone Arch Books, a Capstone imprint, [2018]
91 pages ; 19 cm
Twelve-year-old Maggie (Magnolia) and her twin sister Beatrice are both figure skaters, but Maggie is trying to find her own style (for instance, cutting her hair and dying it blue) while her sister remains firmly under their uptight mother's thumb--so when their old coach leaves and a man takes over, Maggie seizes the opportunity to try out some of the new spins she has been creating, even if it means upstaging her twin.

Squad struggles

August 11, 2017
Maddox, Jake, author.
©2018
62 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Tam is new to the cheer squad, and from the first day of practice Maren, the squad captain, seems determined to make her look unprepared and incompetent--but with the backing of a new friend she finally finds the courage to stand up to the bullying.

Dewey Fairchild, parent problem solver

August 11, 2017
Horn, Lorri, author.
New York, New York : Amberjack Publishing, [2017]
245 pages ; 21 cm
Eleven-year-old Dewey has successfully solved all sorts of parent problems for other kids, including overprotective mothers and fathers who pick their noses, but he faces a challenge of his own when he learns his parents are thinking about moving to another state.

Hugs and sprinkles

August 10, 2017
Berk, Sheryl, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, [2017]
106 pages ; 19 cm.
Kylie confides in Lexi her wish to have someone special to take her to the fifth-grade dance, but when Lexi invents a secret admirer, she nearly ruins their friendship--and the Cupcake Club.

The real us

August 9, 2017
Greenwald, Tom, 1962- author.
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2017.
246 pages ; 22 cm
Told from different viewpoints, everything changes when Calista Getz, always known as the prettiest girl in school, gets a pimple shortly before the big eighth-grade dance.

Patrick Griffin's first birthday on Ith

August 9, 2017
Rust, Ned, author.
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2017.
288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
While twelve-year-old Patrick and his friend Oma, protected by a powerful griffin, work to overthrow Ith's sinister government, Mr. BunBun races to warn humans of impending doom on Earth.

Attack of the not-so-virtual monsters

August 9, 2017
Harrington, Kim, 1974- author.
New York : Sterling Children's Books, [2017]
183 pages ; 20 cm.
When Bex and Charlie unwittingly make real all of the monsters Bex had captured through Monsters Unleashed, they must find and recapture them in real life.

The lost duckling

August 9, 2017
Nolan, Tina, author.
©2007, 2017 (text), 2017 (illustrations)
127 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Originally published in Great Britain 2007 by the Little Tiger Group."
"Abandoned...lost...neglected? There's always a home at Animal Magic! In a perfect world there'd be no need for Animal Magic. But Ella and Caleb Harrison, who live at the animal rescue center with their parents, know that life isn't perfect. Every day there's a new arrival in need of their help. When Ella sees a family of ducks on the river, she falls in love with a tiny, timid duckling she names Daisy. One day, Daisy gets hopelessly lost. With so many dangers facing a duckling who's all alone, Ella must find a way to keep Daisy safe and sound"--Page [4] of cover.

The runaway rabbit

August 9, 2017
Nolan, Tina, author.
©2007
127 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
First published in Great Britain in 2007.
"In a perfect world, there would be no need for Animal Magic. But Ella and Caleb Harrison, who live at the animal rescue center with their parents, know that life isn't perfect. Every day there's a new arrival in need of their help! When Beanie the baby rabbit arrives at Animal Magic, she's terrified of people and hides at the back of her hutch. Ella is determined to help the shy creature but can she solve the mystery of the rabbit's real owner?" --Back cover.

Teddy in trouble

August 9, 2017
Webb, Holly, author.
©2008
124 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Originally published in Great Britain as Timmy in trouble by Little Tiger Press in 2008"--Title page verso.
Katie can't believe it when her parents agree that she can have a puppy. And when she sees the lively puppy named Teddy, she's sure her family will fall in love with him, just as she has.

Hollyleaf's story

August 9, 2017
Hunter, Erin.
©2012
106 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Print edition of ebook originally published by HarperCollins, 2012.
"When Hollyleaf disappeared in the tunnels by the Lake, ThunderClan believed she was gone forever. But her adventure was only beginning ... Lost and lonely, Hollyleaf soon meets a mysterious cat named Fallen Leaves, who teaches her how to live in the tunnels. Hollyleaf tries to be happy, but she can't help wondering if leaving her Clanmates was the right choice. Hollyleaf knows she's a ThunderClan cat at heart, but can she ever truly go back?"--Amazon.com.

11 before 12

August 8, 2017
Greenwald, Lisa, author.
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
396 pages ; 22 cm
Kaylan and Arianna are new to middle school, and when they decide to make a list of eleven things that they want to accomplish before they turn twelve, including getting detention and helping humanity, they start to lose sight of their friendship.

Lonnie's warrior sword

August 8, 2017
Brody, Jessica, author.
Los Angeles : Disney Press, 2017.
186 pages ; 21 cm.
At head of title: Descendants.
In order to prove herself a warrior, Lonnie takes her friends on a trip to the Imperial City to retrieve a sword that belonged to her mother, Mulan.

Lucky jars & broken promises

August 8, 2017
Perry, Chrissie, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2017.
135 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

The darkness

August 8, 2017
Huddleston, Tom (Journalist), author.
Los Angeles : Disney/Lucasfilm Press, 2017.
134 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Interior art by David Buisán"--Verso t.p.
"Devious bounty hunter the Shade is delivering the Graf children to Captain Korda when her ship is attacked by a mysterious species. Milo and Lina must trust their fate to their fellow prisoners. How will they escape the darkness?"--Back cover.

The professor and the puzzle

August 8, 2017
Keene, Carolyn, author.
New York : Aladdin Books, 2017.
176 pages ; 22 cm.
Attending the annual Greek mythology gala at Oracle College, Nancy, Bess, and George race to assist when a student falls from a balcony in the middle of her speech, an accident the sleuthing trio links to collegiate sabotage.

Close encounters of the nerd kind

August 8, 2017
Harrington, Kim, 1974- author.
New York : Sterling Children's Books, [2017]
188 pages ; 20 cm
When Bex and Charlie try Veratrum Games Corp's new augmented reality game, featuring aliens instead of monsters, they attract two aliens, kind Vera and evil Bob, to Earth.

The countdown conspiracy

August 8, 2017
Slivensky, Katie, author.
©2017
327 pages ; 22 cm
Six kids from around the world have been chosen for the first-ever mission to Mars and Miranda Regent is one of them. But as soon as the announcement is made, protesters worldwide claim the selection process was rigged -- and that Miranda was only chosen because she's American. Soon she's getting anonymous threatening messages. When the training base is attacked, it looks like Miranda is the intended target. Now the entire mission and everyone's lives are at risk. And while it seems Miranda may be the one who put them all in danger -- she may also be the only one who can save them.

Lost in the storm

August 8, 2017
Webb, Holly, author.
Wilton, CT : Tiger Tales, [2017].
120 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Originally published in Great Britain in 2007.
Ella's kitten, Fluff loves to play outside especially when it's snowing.

Zinnia and the bees

August 8, 2017
Davis, Danielle, 1978- author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Capstone Young Readers, [2017]
232 pages ; 20 cm
Seventh-grader Zinnia's last-day-of-school got off to a bad start when she ended up in the vice principal's office for yarn-bombing a statue of the school mascot, but it is about to get a whole lot worse--because, thanks to the incompetence of Bee 641, a colony of commercial, migratory bees escaping from a truck has settled their colony in her hair.

The forever court

August 7, 2017
Rudden, Dave, author.
©2017
416 pages ; 22 cm.
Life is returning to normal for Denizen Hardwick. Well, the new normal, where he has to battle monsters in quiet Dublin bookshops and constantly struggle to contain the new powers he has been given by Mercy, the daughter of the Endless King. But Denizen may need those powers sooner than he thinks - not only are the Tenebrous stirring again but the Order of the Borrowed Dark face a new threat from much closer to home...

Confessions from the principal's kid

August 7, 2017
Mellom, Robin, author.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
262 pages ; 21 cm
Allie West finds it challenging to make new friends and stay true to old ones as she navigates fifth grade at a school run by her mother.

Flash's dash

August 7, 2017
Bliss, Emily, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
108 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Cressida is thrilled to be the first human to participate in the annual Thunder Games, but angry boulders and an inept wizard-lizard threaten to ruin the competition.

Mort Ziff is not dead

August 7, 2017
Fagan, Cary, author.
Toronto : Puffin Canada, 2017.
169 pages ; 22 cm
"A humorous coming-of-age middle-grade novel set in 1960s Florida. Battling obxious siblings, sunburns, and a corporate millionaire, Norman is determined to help an old comedian save his career."--Amazon.

Ruby Starr

August 7, 2017
Lytton, Deborah A., author.
Naperville : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, [2017]
262 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
"1"--Spine.
When a new fifth-grader, Charlotte, wants to turn the lunchtime book club, The Unicorns, into a drama club, Ruby has to use her imagination and love of reading to save the day.

Sunbeam's shine

August 7, 2017
Bliss, Emily, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
109 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
A human girl visits the Rainbow Realm, an enchanted land ruled by a circle of unicorn princesses, to help Princess Sunbeam regain her magical powers.

Mallory makes a difference

August 7, 2017
Friedman, Laurie B., 1964- author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2017]
150 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
After having an awful Halloween, Mallory organizes a Thanksgiving food drive at her school, but it is harder than she expects and she has to consider whether she is doing it for the right reasons.

The losers club

August 2, 2017
Clements, Andrew, 1949- author.
©2017
231 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alec, a sixth-grade bookworm always in trouble for reading instead of listening and participating in class, starts a book club, solely to have a place to read, and discovers that real life, although messy, can be as exciting as the stories in his favorite books.

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