New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

July 4, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The griefer's revenge

July 3, 2015
Morgan, Winter, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, 2015.
95 pages ; 21 cm.
"Noah and Violet’s village is hosting the Olympics for Minecrafters. The events are disrupted when a TNT attack destroys the Olympic stadium. Noah and Violet are forced to gather the townspeople to wage a battle against Daniel and his powerful griefers. They all must stop the griefers before they destroy the games entirely. With a full agenda of Olympic games from relay races to boat races, the group has to save the legendary competition. The griefers, angered by their recent defeat, are getting their revenge on Noah and Violet. They are planning a serious attack on the town, which could have devastating consequences on the duo and their hometown. Can Violet and Noah stop the griefers in time? Will the Olympic games go on safely? Find out in this thrilling third installment of the League of Griefers series!"--Provided by publisher.

Anywhere but paradise

July 3, 2015
Bustard, Anne, 1951- author.
284 pages ; 22 cm
In 1960 twelve-year-old Peggy Sue and her family move to the island of Oahu, and she is finding it anything but paradise, because from the first day at school she is bullied and made fun of by the Hawaiian children, and she is worried sick about her beloved cat who is in manditory quarantine--and then the tsunami hits Hilo where her parents have gone on business.

The slime volcano

July 3, 2015
Badger, H.
Prahran, Vic. : Hardie Grant Egmont, 2010.
91 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
When Kip gets trapped on a slimy, gross planet, he thinks it's the worst mission ever. Then he meets the gigantic hairy monsters that are stuck there as well ...

Deep waters

July 3, 2015
Larry, H. I.
New York : Square Fish/Feiwel and Friends, 2012.
91 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Twelve-year-old Zac sets out on his first solo mission as a spy for the Government Investigation Bureau, piloting an amphibious submersible in hopes of preventing enemies from accessing a top-secret transmitter 4,000 feet below the ocean's surface.

Mind games

July 3, 2015
Larry, H. I.
New York : Square Fish/Feiwel and Friends, 2013.
91 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Twelve-year-old Government Investigation Bureau spy Zac sets out for Bladesville, one of the meanest, toughest, dirtiest cities in the world, to try to stop criminal hackers who seek to make computer games more addictive.

Frozen fear

July 3, 2015
Larry, H. I.
New York : Square Fish/Feiwel and Friends, 2012.
91 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
A spy for the Government Investigation Bureau, twelve-year-old Zac is sent to Great Icy Pole to learn why planes are suddenly making frequent flights over a remote research station.

Sky high

July 3, 2015
Larry, H. I.
Prahran, Vic. : Hardie Grant Egmont, 2011.
90 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
"When a mysterious enemy steals top secret GIB technology, Zac Power is sent to get it back. But he hadn't counted on being blasted off into the sky ..."--Provided by publisher.

The lost treasure of Little Snoring

July 3, 2015
Gardner, Lyn, author.
139 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
The McNasty pirate twins, Captain Gruesome and his brother, Captain Grisly, are determined to get their grubby hands on the treasure buried in the sleepy seaside village of Little Snoring. But the McNastys discover that two clever young friends, Tat and Hetty, are equally determined to find the treasure, and soon they are all embroiled in a rollicking test of wits to see which pair will prevail.

Anna, Banana, and the monkey in the middle

July 2, 2015
Rissi, Anica Mrose, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015]
116 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Anna has looked forward to her class field trip to the zoo, but from the time they board the bus she is pulled between her long-time best friend, Sadie, and new best friend, Isabel, who argue about everything and want Anna to take sides.

Ponyville reading adventures.

July 2, 2015
179 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Books in this collection originally published in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
"6 Books in 1!"--Cover.
Meet the ponies of Ponyville / by Olivia London -- Hearts and hooves / adapted by Jennifer Fox; based on the episode written by Meghan McCarthy -- Holly, jolly harmony / adapted by D. Jakobs; based on the episode written by Merriwether Williams -- Ponies love pets! / by Emily C. Hughes -- Meet the princess of friendship / adapted by Lucy Rosen; based on the episodes written by Meghan McCarthy -- Power ponies to the rescue! / adapted by Magnolia Belle; based on the episode written by Meghan McCarthy, Charlotte Fullerton & Betsy McGowen.
Best friends Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Applejack love to have fun! Celebrate holidays, play with their pets, and explore Ponyville with your favorite ponies!

Sports sabotage

July 2, 2015
Dixon, Franklin W.
New York : Aladdin, 2012.
96 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Frank and Joe bring their detective skills to the athletic arena in this all-new Hardy Boys Secret Files mystery!It's time for Field Day at Bayport Elementary and all the kids are excited! Whatever grade wins gets a pizza party, and the person with the highest personal score also gets a special prize. But when the field equipment is sabotaged the day before the events are supposed to start, it looks like Field Day might not happen after all--unless someone can find out who is behind the mess of ruined rackets, tangled jump ropes, and flattened balloons. Can Frank and Joe crack the case and save Field Day?


July 1, 2015
Klimo, Kate.
New York : Random House, [2015]
149 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
"Stubby the war dog narrates the story of his life, from his birth on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut, through his time spent in Europe with the American Expeditionary Force, to his eventual hero's welcome back in the U.S."-- Provided by publisher.

Ticket trouble

July 1, 2015
Keene, Carolyn.
New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2007.
80 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Fall festival -- Ticket trouble -- Suspicious suspects -- Apple attack -- Chili challenge -- Dart dare -- Tall teacher -- Torn teddy -- Mystery madness -- Best buddies.
River Heights Elementary is having a fall festival and Nancy and her friends are earning extra money for festival tickets. When Nancy's friend Ned slaims someone stole his tickets the Clue Crew jump into action.

Last lemonade standing

July 1, 2015
Keene, Carolyn.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
87 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Help investigate the case of a missing lemonade recipe with Nancy and her friends. The girls want tickets to see pop singer Katy Sloan play at the River Heights Amusement Park -- but their parents say they've already filled their summer theme park quota. So the girls decide to turn lemons into lemonade by earning their own tickets -- with a lemonade stand! Unfortunately Lily Ramos, a new girl in River Heights, has the same idea. She's the niece of the owner of the town's newest and hottest cafe, and her stand is equipped with cafe tables, gourmet treats, and a rolling library cart! Good thing Nancy has a secret weapon: Hannah's family lemonade recipe! The girls are all set to whip up the lemonade -- until the recipe is replaced by a blank sheet of paper! Nancy, Bess, and George set out to find the thief!

Pool party puzzler

July 1, 2015
Keene, Carolyn.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
81 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
During classmate Dierdre's "sweet half-sixteen" birthday party, Nancy Drew and her Clue Crew friends investigate who threw a snake into the pool--and why.

Once upon a thriller

July 1, 2015
Keene, Carolyn, author.
New York, NY : Aladdin, 2013
135 pages ; 22 cm.
A bookstore fire seems suspiciously like the plot of a bestselling author's mystery stories.

Secret at mystic lake

July 1, 2015
Keene, Carolyn, author.
New York, N.Y. : Aladdin Books, [2014]
152 pages ; 22 cm.
To celebrate her birthday, George is taking Nancy and Bess on a bike tour around Mystic Lake, but when their tour guide disappears and unknown adversaries steal their supplies and slash their tires, Nancy begins looking for clues.

Charge of the lightning bugs

June 30, 2015
Cummings, Troy, author.
New York, NY : Branches/Scholastic Inc., 2015.
89 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
It is the first day of the brand-new Stermont Elementary School, but everything electrical seems to be going haywire, and it looks like strange green lightning bugs are draining off the power--but when they see green lightning in a clear blue sky Alexander and his friends know there must be a monster involved.

Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot vs. the uranium unicorns from Uranus

June 30, 2015
Pilkey, Dav, 1966- author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015]
121 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Originally published in 2005 in a slightly different form by Blue Sky Press.
Evil Uncle Unicorn attempts to dominate earth by using a Ladybot to trick Mighty Robot.

Rootin' tootin' cow dog

June 30, 2015
Krulik, Nancy E.
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2015]
107 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Yeehaw, Sparky is off to the Texas rodeo to find himself a job! There he eats delicious-smelling BBQ, watches mutton chasing and barrel racing, and even helps a new friend become a rodeo dog. But as Sparky heads home, he still doesn't have a job himself. Wait, he has the very best job of all--being Josh's best friend!"-- Provided by publisher.

Imperial justice

June 30, 2015
Fry, Jason, 1969-
164 pages ; 20 cm
As a new student at Lothal's Imperial Academy, Zare Leonis does everything it takes to pass as a model cadet. But he is hidden enemy among Imperial loyalists, determined to discover the truth about his missing sister and to bring down the Empire. Luckily, he has his tech-savvy girlfriend, Merei, by his side, willing to help him however she can-even if it means dealing with criminals in the shadiest parts of Capital City. In the meantime, Zare must face down a dangerous foe of his own: Captain Roddance, who seems bent on pushing Zare to his breaking point. Join these rebellious cadets as they risk everything to take on the fearsome Empire.

Discord and the Ponyville Players dramarama

June 29, 2015
Berrow, G. M.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
145 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Discord is a relatively new student of the Magic of Friendship. So when he receives a secret invitation from Princess Celestia to join the ponies of Ponyville in their Spring Musical, he jumps at the opportunity to practice what he's learned so far. Things go as smoothly as they can at first, but it's not long before the former king of Chaos seems to leave a trail of disaster in his wake and everypony second-guesses including him in their community production. What's a draconequus to do?"-- Provided by publisher.

Follow your heart

June 29, 2015
Young, Alexa.
Los Angeles, CA : Disney Press, 2015.
123 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Based on the series created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly"--T.p.
Part one is based on the episode "Girl meets boy," written by Michael Jacobs -- Part two is based on the episode "Girl meets sneak attack," written by Cindy Fang.

Of mice and aliens : an Asperger adventure

June 29, 2015
Hoopmann, Kathy, 1963-
London ; Philadelphia, PA : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2001.
108 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel: Lisa and the lacemaker.
Sequel to: Blue bottle mystery.
Ben's attempt to cope with his newly diagnosed Asperger Syndrome is complicated by the crash landing in his back yard of an alien who knows nothing about Earth's rules and norms.

My father's daughter

June 29, 2015
Konigsburg, E. L.
New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2008.
118 p. ; 20 cm.
Kidnapped seventeen years before, a man's daughter by a former marriage appears at his new home in Pittsburgh and affects the entire family.

The enchanted charms : the seventh adventure in the Kingdom of Fantasy

June 26, 2015
Stilton, Geronimo, author.
310 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Translated by Emily Clement."
"Based on an original idea by Elisabetta Dami."
For the seventh time Geronimo Stilton finds himself in the Kingdom of Fantasy--this time Blossom, Queen of the Fairies, needs him to find the seven enchanted charms before the evil Wizard of the Black Pearl can get to them.

Dugout hero

June 26, 2015
Howard, Ryan, 1979- author.
New York : Scholastic, 2015.
89 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Includes excerpts from: My new team (book #1) and The best bat (book #2) (unpaged).
"You can help the team from anywhere! The Mustangs are on a roll and it has a lot to do with Little Rhino's great play. Until he goes down with an injury that forces him to sit out. That means no hitting home runs, no diving for ground balls--no baseball games until he's better. But Rhino refuses to let getting hurt keep him away from the action. There are a lot of ways to be a good teammate and he will do them all if it helps his friends continue to win. Will Little Rhino be able to make a difference from the sidelines?"--Jacket

Ranger in time : danger in ancient Rome

June 26, 2015
Messner, Kate, author.
129 pages, 25 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
The mysterious box that Ranger the golden retriever found in the garden transports him back to first century Rome, where he must rescue Marcus, a young servant boy, and Quintus, a volunteer gladiator, from the brutal world of the Colosseum.

Surfing for secrets

June 26, 2015
Stilton, Geronimo.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015]
109 pages : color illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
When a pirate gets shipwrecked on Mouse Island, Geronimo Stiltonoot and his family offer to help the stranger look for a hidden treasure.

Winter turning

June 26, 2015
Sutherland, Tui, 1978- author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
295 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Winter has been a disappointment to his royal IceWing family, unlike his sister Icicle, who has been raised to challenge IceWing queen--but now that Icicle has broken the truce and escaped from Jade Mountain Academy, so Winter, accompanied by his new clawmates, Moon, Qibli, and Kinkajou, embarks on his own quest to free his brother from the clutches of Queen Scarlet, and win the respect of his family.

The Land of Stories : beyond the kingdoms

June 26, 2015
Colfer, Chris, 1990-
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
419 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Sequel to: The Land of Stories: a Grimm warning.
"The Masked Man possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature's greatest villains! So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can twins Alex and Conner catch up to the Masked Man?"-- Provided by publisher.

Diary of a mad brownie : with supporting documents

June 25, 2015
Coville, Bruce, author.
New York : Random House, [2015]
241 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The enchanted files"--Title page.
"Angus Cairns is a brownie, a magical creature with a fastidious nature. Alex Carhart is the messiest eleven-year-old in the United States of America. Together, this unlikely pair embarks on an unforgettable adventure"-- Provided by publisher.

Secrets of Selkie Bay

June 25, 2015
Thomas, Shelley Moore, author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
199 pages ; 22 cm
Selkie Bay is a place where the old legends seem very near, and eleven-year-old Cordelia believes that her secretive mother is a selkie who has returned to the sea--a belief that offers some hope as she struggles to care for her two younger sisters and help her scientist father makes ends meet in their home by the sea.

Swamp monster

June 25, 2015
Preller, James.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2015.
80 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Twins Lance and Chance LaRue are seeking a pet in the swamp near their Texas shack when they happen upon an egg and bring it home to hatch, but the creature's mother finds them, determined to rescue her little one.

The vanishing of Billy Buckle

June 25, 2015
Gardner, Sally.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
224 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Nine-year-old Emily and her friends at the fairy detective agency, Wings & Co, face their most complicated case yet when a giant leaves his six-year-old, six-foot-tall daughter with them before disappearing, then a surprise visit to the seaside uncovers a murder and a stolen diamond.

The great coaster caper

June 25, 2015
Dixon, Franklin W.
New York : Aladdin, 2012.
94 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Frank and Joe are excited to learn that Thrill Kingdom, their local amusement park, is having a contest for kids to design a brand-new ride. And they're even more excited that their friend Phil is entering. But on the day of the contest, someone ruins Phil's roller coaster contest entry. Since it had been kept in a locked room while awaiting final judging it's up to Frank and Joe to figure out the twists and turns of this coaster caper!

Princess mix-up mystery

June 25, 2015
Keene, Carolyn.
New York : Aladdin, c2010.
88 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Nancy and her friends Bess and George solve the mystery of who sabotaged the makeovers they won from a contest.

The disappearing dog

June 25, 2015
Dixon, Franklin W.
New York : Aladdin, 2011.
88 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Feeling skeptical about a new kid's boasts about his magical talents, Frank and Joe Hardy wonder about a neighbor's prized show dog's recurring disappearances and reappearances, which seem to support the bragging newcomer's claims.


June 25, 2015
Keene, Carolyn.
New York : Aladdin, c2008.
84 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
When the newly hatched chicks disappear from the classroom, Nancy and her friends have a job on their hands to find out who stole the baby chicks.

Zee's story

June 25, 2015
Jazynka, Kitson, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2015]
138 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
"Zee must face his scariest, most dangerous crisis on his own while on a kayaking trip, and for a while, it looks like all is lost. One thing's for sure: Zee will have an adventure-packed summer at Camp Wolf Trail!"-- Provided by publisher.

Of enemies and endings

June 24, 2015
Bach, Shelby, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015.
394 pages ; 22 cm.
"Rory Landon and her friends are determined to stop the Snow Queen once and for all in this final book in The Ever Afters series!"-- Provided by publisher.

Maybelle goes to school

June 24, 2015
Speck, Katie, author.
58 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
When Mrs. Peabody makes her Ten Layer Tower of Taste for the school bake sale, Maybelle the cockroach cannot resist sampling the cake, but when she wakes up to find herself on the way to the lunchroom she knows she is in big trouble--especially after she discovers she has to rescue her friend, Henry the flea.

The Six

June 24, 2015
Alpert, Mark, 1961-
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2015]
363 pages ; 22 cm
Adam, crippled by muscular dystrophy, and five other terminally ill teenagers sacrifice their bodies and upload their minds into weaponized robots to battle a dangerously advanced artificial intelligence program bent on destroying humanity.

Last stand on the ocean shore : an unofficial Minecrafter's adventure

June 24, 2015
Cheverton, Mark, author.
x, 247 pages : illustration ; 21 cm.
Includes an excerpt from Saving Crafter, a new Gameknight999 adventure.
"An unofficial Minecrafter's adventure"--Cover.
Herobrine is rallying all the monsters of Minecraft to one server in hopes of eliminating Gameknight999 and his friends once and for all. They destroy every village they find, threatening to continue until the User-that-is-not-a-user surrenders. Gameknight has just two things, the Oracle's command to seek out the lost ocean monument and an impenetrable riddle: "Look to the lowliest and most insignificant of creatures, for that is where your salvation will lie."

Varsity 170

June 24, 2015
Jacobs, Evan, author.
[Costa Mesa, California] : Saddleback Educational Publishing, [2015]
242, 4 pages ; 18 cm.
Chad is excited about his senior year in high school until his best friend is killed in an accident during wrestling practice.

'Tis a gift

June 24, 2015
Turney, Rebecca Mitchell.
Louisville, Ky. : Motes Books, c2010.
100 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
"Think young collection."
Ten year old Tad Johnson doesn't fit into life at Pleasant Hill, believing he has no talent to offer the community. After a tragic accident with a raging bull, the day-dreaming Tad finds strength, courage, and his gift.

Tree of life

June 24, 2015
Turney, Rebecca Mitchell.
Louisville, Ky. : Motes Books, ©2012.
103 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

Designed for disaster

June 23, 2015
Keene, Carolyn.
New York : Aladdin, 2011.
85 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
"See inside for free activity"--Back cover.
Nancy Drew and her classmates have the chance to submit their own fashion designs to a big-time competition, and the chance to model their designs in a fashion show. On a team with her best friends, George and Bess, Nancy comes up with some original clothing ideas and her team wins. But someone keeps trying to ruin the contest by stealing designs, hiding sample pieces, and tripping up the models. Can the clue crew find the culprit before the River Heights fashion show is cancelled?

Lisa and the lacemaker : an Asperger adventure

June 23, 2015
Hoopmann, Kathy, 1963-
London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, c2002.
126 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Of mice and aliens.
Lisa, a girl with Asperger syndrome, discovers a series of basement rooms under her friend Ben's house and spends hours exploring the remnants of a past era.

Runaway Ralph

June 23, 2015
Cleary, Beverly.
New York, NY : Harper, 2014, c1970.
195, 15 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Includes a sneak peek at Ralph S. Mouse.
Ralph runs away looking for freedom but winds up a prisoner at a summer camp.

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