New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

October 1, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Moonlight brigade

September 30, 2016
London, C. Alexander, author.
New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2016]
223 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"The wild ones"--T.p.
"Kit has saved Ankle Snap Alley from the Flealess, but more danger is on the way. It's time for him to step up to fight off Coyote's threat, and to restart the Moonlight Brigade in the process"-- Provided by publisher.


September 30, 2016
Miles, Ellen, author.
84 pages ; 20 cm.
Lizzie is shocked to see that Aunt Amanda has returned home from her vacation with an injured puppy. Bonita is a street dog with a hurt leg. Lizzie and her friends decide to raise the money for the puppy's operation. Will Lizzie be able to help this sweet dog?

The ominous eye

September 30, 2016
Hecht, Tracey, author.
190 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Join Dawn, Bismark and Tobin as they set out to investigate the source of a violent jolt that fractures the earth! Along their journey, the Nocturnal Brigade meets an unfamiliar reptile, a tuatara named Polyphema who reveals that a giant beast caused the destruction and will soon strike again. Polyphema with her special insights, is the only one who can help the Nocturnal Brigade stop this fearsome predator, but can she be trusted? With help from an owl, the jerboas, and some kiwis, the animals set a trap since surrender is not an option against this relentless beast" -- Provided by Amazon.

Catching a storyfish

September 30, 2016
Harrington, Janice N., author.
223 pages ; 23 cm
"Keet knows the only good thing about moving away from her Alabama home is that she'll live near her beloved grandfather. When Keet starts school, it's even worse than she expected, as the kids tease her about her southern accent. Now Keet, who can 'talk the whiskers off a catfish,' doesn't want to open her mouth. Slowly, though, while fishing with her grandfather, she learns the art of listening. Gradually, she makes her first new friend. But just as she's beginning to settle in, her grandfather has a stroke, and even though he's still nearby, he suddenly feels ever-so-far-away. Keet is determined to reel him back to her by telling him stories; in the process she finds her voice and her grandfather again. This lyrical and deeply emotional novel-in-verse celebrates the power of story and of finding one's individual voice."--Publisher's website.

More monsters, more problems

September 30, 2016
West, Tracey, 1965- author.
72 pages ; 20 cm.
When Greed Monsters swarm the Kingdom of Knighton it's up to the Nexo Knights heroes to stop them. But things get personal when the grabby monsters kidnap Lance's super-rich parents. Can the knights save the Richmonds--and their gold?

Gears of revolution

September 30, 2016
Savage, J. Scott (Jeffrey Scott), 1963- author.
342 pages ; 22 cm
Trenton and Kallista travel to a steampunk version of Seattle hoping to find Kallista's missing father, but instead find themselves in the middle of a war between the Order of the Beast, who worships dragons, and the Whipjacks, who are building weapons to destroy the animals.

Lock and key. The initiation

September 30, 2016
Pearson, Ridley, author.
xi, 371 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Before James grew up to be a ruthless, remorseless villain, he was a curious boy from Boston, with a penchant for trouble and an acid tongue. Thrown into a boarding school against his wishes, James winds up rooming with a most unlikely companion: a lanky British know-it-all named Sherlock Holmes ("Lock" to his friends). An heirloom Bible, donated by the Moriarty family more than a hundred years ago, has gone missing, and it doesn't take long for the two to find themselves embroiled in the school-wide scandal. The school is on lockdown until it's found, strange clues keep finding their way to James, and a secret society lurks behind it all.

A new recruit

September 30, 2016
Beil, Michael D., author.
394 pages ; 22 cm
When Andover James Llewellyn, aka Andy turned in a bag of money he found on the street after a bank robbery, his selfless action caught the attention of the Agents of the Glass. Now Andy is one of the agency's newest recruits, assigned to follow a dangerous student at his new school. Only he doesn't know which student! He must determine his target quick, before the evil organization known at NTRP catches on to him.

Gravity Falls journal. 3

September 30, 2016
Hirsch, Alex, 1985- author.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
Cover title.
Reveals the secrets, monsters, and mysteries of Gravity Falls as originally written by the author, with updated entries from Dipper and Mabel on their summer adventures.

The forgetting machine

September 29, 2016
Hautman, Pete, 1952- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016.
216 pages ; 22 cm.
People all over Flinkwater are losing their memories! In a town overflowing with eccentric scientists and engineers, this is nothing new, and Ginger Crump figures it's none of her business. She has her own problems. Like the strange cat that's been following her around-- a cat that seems to be able to read. And the report for school due Monday. And the fact that every digital book in Flinkwater has been vandalized by a fanatical censor, forcing Ginger to the embarrassingly retro alternative of reading books printed on dead trees. But when Ginger's true love Billy Bates completely forgets who she is, Ginger swings into action.


September 29, 2016
Liss, David, 1966- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016.
391 pages ; 22 cm.
When Zeke returns to space to go on a secret mission for the director of the Confederation of United Planets, chaos ensues.

Finding wonders : three girls who changed science

September 29, 2016
Atkins, Jeannine, 1953- author.
195 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Mud, moths, and mystery: Maria Sibylla Merian -- Secrets in stones: Mary Anning -- Many stars, one comet: Maria Mitchell.
"A biographical novel in verse of three different girls in three different time periods who grew up to become groundbreaking scientists"-- Provided by publisher.

The secret keepers

September 29, 2016
Stewart, Trenton Lee, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
501 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Megan Tingley Books."
When Reuben discovers an antique watch that was mortared into the wall, he soon learns it has a secret power. As one secret leads to another, Reuben finds himself torn between his innately honest nature and the lure to be a hero. Now he is on a dangerous adventure, and with fearless Penny, mighty Jack, and the wise Mrs. Genevieve on his side, Reuben must outwit and outmaneuver the sly villain called The Smoke and his devious defenders the Directions, in order to save the city from a terrible fate.

Truth or dare

September 29, 2016
Dee, Barbara, author.
244 pages ; 22 cm
"Five girls, one summer, many secrets"--Jacket.
When Lia returns after a summer with her aunt, it feels like everything has changed within her group of friends. Everyone just seems more dramatic. When a few white lies are told during a game of Truth or Dare, they make Lia's life very complicated. Is "keeping up" with her BFFs really worth it?

Evertaster. The delicious city

September 29, 2016
Sidwell, Adam Glendon, author.
[Los Angeles, Calif.] : Future House Publishing, [2016]
268 p.; 23 cm
"When a strange little man dressed as a Conquistador comes clattering into the barn at the back of the Johnsonville farmhouse one night, Guster is forced to face the truth: he is now the most delicious thing in the whole world, and something terrible is coming to eat him. When Guster runs away from home in an attempt to elude the monster, he is kidnapped and taken to a city in a far corner of the Himalayas where he discovers a city made of pure ice cream. Now, with the monster returning soon, and the Mayor of the City determined to feed Guster to the beast at all costs, Guster must take courage in order to save the collapsing city and his family"--Back cover.

The blue bird's palace

September 29, 2016
Lallemand, Orianne, author.
Cambridge, MA : Barefoot Books, 2016.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
First published in France in 2011.
Natasha's childhood in the Blue Forest is almost perfect. But her father indulges her, and she forgets what it means to share. When a magical blue bird grants her one wish, she makes the most of it-- but could not have predicted the results! Inspired by a Russian folk tradition.

Piper Morgan in charge!

September 28, 2016
Faris, Stephanie, author.
94 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Piper Morgan joins the circus

September 28, 2016
Faris, Stephanie, author.
101 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Piper Morgan and her mom have moved and her mother's new job will be the Big Top Circus. Piper can't wait the meet the Little Explorers, the other kids who travel with the show. She even gets asked to help get the audience on their feet by dancing along! But during her grand debut, things don't go as planned and she has to prove to everyone that she belongs in the spotlight.

Lola and a knot the size of Texas

September 26, 2016
Pakkala, Christine, author.
158 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
"In her fourth hilarious adventure, good-hearted Lola can't help getting into trouble. Her friends are all traveling for the Thanksgiving holidays, so she offers to dog-sit--but fails to mention this to Mom, who is desperately trying to finish a batch of Lola dresses for a new client. Now Lola is juggling her dog-sitting responsibilities with her worries. Will her parents discover the growing knot in her hair and cause her excruciating pain brushing it out? Will her grandmothers discover that she's lied to them every year about who makes the best pumpkin pie? Will Jack get so involved in his new babysitting and yard-work jobs that, like Mom and Dad, he won't have time for her anymore? Lola's worries, like the knot in her hair, grow greater until she finally has to stop hiding them and start untangling them."-- Provided by publisher

The World Series curse

September 26, 2016
Kelly, David A. (David Andrew), 1964- author.
134 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"A Stepping Stone Book."
Mike and Kate must solve a mystery during a World Series between the Cubs and the Red Sox when someone starts ruining equipment, getting players in trouble, and even stirring up an old baseball curse.

The armies of Herobrine

September 26, 2016
Davidson, Danica, author.
105 pages ; 21 cm.
"With Herobrine terrorizing the real world, can Steve find a way to save his friends--in the Overworld and on Earth?"--Page [4] of cover.

The election day dilemma

September 26, 2016
Warner, Gertrude Chandler, 1890-1979, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, 2016.
108 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Cousin Alice is running for mayor, and the Boxcar Children must find out which of her opponents is using sneaky tricks to win the race!"--Provided by publisher.

The lost puppy

September 26, 2016
Webb, Holly, author.
126 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Christy is thrilled when her aunt's dachshund has puppies. And her parents have a wonderful surprise-she is going to get to keep one! Christy knows exactly who to pick-the beautiful puppy she's already named Lucky. Christy loves playing with Lucky and can't wait to take him for walks. But on an outing to the woods, Lucky's curious nature gets the better of him, and he runs off in search of adventure. Soon he is lost, frightened, and all alone. Will he ever be reunited with his beloved Christy?"--Back cover.

The scruffy puppy

September 26, 2016
Webb, Holly, author.
126 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Bella has always dreamed of getting her very own dog, and her wish finally comes true when she and her family visit the rescue shelter to choose a pet. One of the puppies, Jack, has wild, frizzy ears and a huge, fluffy tail, and he has always dreamed of the perfect home. Both are thrilled when Bella chooses Jack. The puppy loves living with Bella, and she adores playing with him. But then Bella's friends start saying mean things about Jack. Can Bella prove to everyone that there's more to her scruffy puppy than meets the eye?"--Back cover.

The adventurer's guide to successful escapes

September 26, 2016
White, Wade Albert, author.
374 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"In a magickal world of floating tiers, mischievous dragons, and endless bureaucracy, Anne and her friends embark on a Rightful Heir Quest to claim her place in the Hierarchy and escape horrible consequences"-- Provided by publisher.

Attack of the goblin army : an unofficial Terrarian warrior novel

September 26, 2016
Morgan, Winter, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2016]
103 pages ; 21 cm.
When Miles enters the land of Terraria, he meets his personal guide, Matthew, who shows him how to build a shelter and weapons and to fight enemies, including green slimes and goblins.

Thunder and shadow

September 26, 2016
Hunter, Erin, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
376 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
After Alderpaw returns from the gorge that was once home to SkyClan, the ferocious cats who drove SkyClan out trace Alderpaw's path back to ShadowClan, making it their next target.

Bounce : a novel

September 23, 2016
Shull, Megan, author.
373 pages ; 22 cm
Seventh grader Frannie Hudson wonders what it would be like to trade in her family for a new one. Her big brother ignores her. Her mean older sister can't stand her. And her parents have just announced they're going on a last-minute vacation--without her. When Frannie makes one desperate, crazy wish--BOOM!--she magically bounces into a whole new life, with a totally different family. And. It. Is. Amazing! There's only one catch: waking up as someone else keeps happening. Plunged into lives and adventures she's only imagined--from being a pop star to meeting one super-cute boy--Frannie finds courage in the unforgettable friends and families she meets along the way. But as her new life spins out of control, Frannie begins to worry if she'll ever get back home. A celebration of the power of love and connection, Megan Shull's extraordinary new novel captures one girl's journey to find her voice, heal her heart, and discover the joy of bouncing back.

The peculiar night of the blue heart

September 23, 2016
DeStefano, Lauren, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
196 pages ; 22 cm
Lionel, a wild boy, and Marybeth, a good girl, are best friends at the orphanage, and when a mysterious spirit possesses Marybeth they will do anything to stop it.

The poet's dog

September 23, 2016
MacLachlan, Patricia, author.
88 pages ; 21 cm
A dog with unusual communication talents loses his poet owner before rescuing two children trapped in a snowstorm and leading them to the poet's cabin, where the children explore the memories that the poet has left behind.

What's up, Chuck?

September 23, 2016
Landry, Leo, author.
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2016]
48 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Chuck the woodchuck is a skilled sculptor in wood, and he has won the Best of the Forest art contest three years in a row, but this year he faces a serious challenge from a newcomer, Scooter Possum.

The secret talent

September 23, 2016
Whittemore, Jo, 1977- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
285, 22 pages ; 20 cm.
When Ryan, the class bully, discovers that Tim secretly performs traditional Greek folk dances with his twin sister Gabby, Tim must do everything Ryan says or become the laughingstock of the school.

The case of the secret tunnel

September 23, 2016
Webb, Holly, author.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014].
161 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Maisie sets out to uncover the true identity of the new lodger at her gran's boarding house and uncovers a more complicated--and dangerous--mystery than she could have imagined"-- Provided by publisher.

Two Naomis

September 23, 2016
Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola, author.
204 pages ; 22 cm
"Other than their first names, Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith are sure they have nothing in common, and they wouldn't mind keeping it that way. Naomi Marie starts clubs at the library and adores being a big sister. Naomi Edith loves quiet Saturdays and hanging with her best friend in her backyard. And while Naomi Marie's father lives a few blocks away, Naomi Edith wonders how she's supposed to get through each day a whole country apart from her mother. When Naomi Marie's mom and Naomi Edith's dad get serious about dating, each girl tries to cling to the life she knows and loves. Then their parents push them into attending a class together, where they might just have to find a way to work with each other--and maybe even join forces to find new ways to define family."--Provided by publisher.

The haunted howl

September 22, 2016
Luper, Eric, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, [2016]
110 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
In their third trip through the enchanted library, Cleo and Evan land in "The Werewolf's Curse" where Evan is promptly bitten by a werewolf, and the two need to find the cure--and the next key--before the full moon rises and Evan becomes stuck in this horror story forever.

The boy with 17 senses

September 22, 2016
Grau, Sheila, author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2016.
250 pages ; 21 cm
A retelling of "Jack and the Beanstalk" on the unusual planet Yipsmix, where every resident has synesthesia, including Jaq, who travels through a wormhole to Earth, where he must rescue a fellow Yipsmixer with the help of a kind Earthling giant.

The peculiar haunting of Thelma Bee

September 22, 2016
Petti, Erin, 1981- author.
Minneapolis, MN : Mighty Media Junior Readers, [2016]
209 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Eleven-year-old Thelma Bee is a budding scientist who has curiosity and adventure in her blood, but when a ghost kidnaps her father her only clues for getting her dad back are a strange jewelry box and the word "Return" whispered to her by the ghost.

The littlest Bigfoot

September 22, 2016
Weiner, Jennifer, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2016.
289 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"The story of twelve-year-old Alice, a misfit who is ignored by her own family and shipped off to boarding school. She'd love a friend, and one day she rescues mysterious Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake. Millie, it turns out, is a Bigfoot, part of a clan that lives deep in the woods. Alice swears to protect Millie and her tribe, and the two girls try to find a place where they both fit in."-- Provided by publisher.

The courage test

September 22, 2016
Preller, James, author.
212 pages ; 22 cm
Will has no choice. His father drags him along on a wilderness adventure in the footsteps of legendary explorers Lewis and Clark--whether he likes it or not. All the while, Will senses that something about this trip isn't quite right. Along the journey, Will meets fascinating strangers and experiences new thrills, including mountain cliffs, whitewater rapids, and a heart-hammering bear encounter. It is a journey into the soul of America's past, and the meaning of family in the future. In the end, Will must face his own, life-changing test of courage. A father-and-son journey along the Lewis and Clark Trail--from Fort Mandan to the shining sea--offers readers a genre-bending blend of American history, thrilling action, and personal discovery.

The Mighty Odds

September 22, 2016
Ignatow, Amy, author, illustrator.
New York : Amulet Books, 2016.
227 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"The Mighty Odds ; 1"--Spine.
A bus crash gives four very different middle schoolers odd super powers, and although they wouldn't normally be caught dead together, they must pool their powers to find out what happened to them.

Book Uncle and me

September 22, 2016
Krishnaswami, Uma, 1956- author.
Toronto ; Berkeley : Groundwood Books : House of Anansi Press, 2016.
149 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Original edition published by Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd. in 2012" -- copyright page
Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something. But what can she do? The local elections are coming up but she's just a kid. She can't even vote! Still, Yasmin has friends -- her best friend, Reeni, and Anil, who even has a black belt in karate. And she has grownup family and neighbors who, no matter how preoccupied they are, care about what goes on in their community. Then Yasmin remembers a story that Book Uncle selected for her. It's an old folktale about a flock of doves trapped in a hunter's net. The birds realize that if they all flap their wings at the same time, they can lift the net and fly to safety, where they seek the help of a friendly mole who chews a hole in the net and sets them free. And so the children get to work, launching a campaign to make sure the voices of the community are heard.

Clara Humble and the not-so-super powers

September 22, 2016
Humphrey, Anna, author.
221 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

One half from the east

September 22, 2016
Hashimi, Nadia, author.
256 pages ; 22 cm
In modern-day Afghanistan, 10-year-old Obayda is a bacha posh, a girl dressed as a boy. She has more freedom than she would as a girl, and makes a good friend of another bacha posh, but must find a way to remain free when she returns to life as a girl.

Science no fair!

September 22, 2016
Krulik, Nancy E., author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., [2016]
104 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
When Logan Applebaum's mother invents a robotic cousin for him, Logan thinks this may give him an edge in the third grade science fair but the Silverspoon twins have other ideas.

Finn's story

September 21, 2016
Holland, Jesse J., author.
137 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Based on the screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt."

The missing kitten

September 21, 2016
Webb, Holly, author.
127 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Suzanne is excited to be moving to the countryside, especially because it means that she will finally be able to get a pet. She chooses Boots, an orange kitten with four white paws, and the two of them become inseparable. Then Suzanne has to start at her new school. Boots tries following Suzanne to school every day. But one day, there's a downpour, and he gets lost. How will Suzanne ever be able to find him when she has no idea where he could be?"--Back cover.

Misty the abandoned kitten

September 21, 2016
Webb, Holly, author.
126 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Amy has always wanted a cat, but Mom and Dad think she's too young to have a pet of her own. So she is thrilled when she sees a tiny kitten roaming around her yard one misty morning. The kitten is very thin and doesn't have a collar, so Amy assumes that the kitten-whom she has named Misty-doesn't have a home. Misty is shy at first, but gradually, she begins to trust Amy, who feeds her and gives her the attention she so desperately wants. But how long can Amy keep Misty a secret from her parents?"--Back cover.

Young Scrooge : a very scary Christmas story

September 21, 2016
Stine, R. L., author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2016.
185 pages ; 22 cm
Rick Scroogeman hates Christmas and he hates being called Scrooge, but everything starts to change when three ghosts visit him, and he realizes this nightmare might be real.

Snow fight : an unofficial Terrarian warrior novel

September 21, 2016
Morgan, Winter, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2016]
103 pages ; 21 cm.
When Miles accidentally sets the Frost Legion free, he must battle evil snowmen and falling temperatures to continue on his adventure.

William and the witch's riddle

September 21, 2016
Crum, Shutta, author.
280 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
William must solve a witch's riddle in order to save his family and end a centuries-long curse.

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