New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

August 26, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The turtle of Oman : a novel

August 25, 2014
Nye, Naomi Shihab.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
299 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
When Aref, a third-grader who lives in Muscat, Oman, refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, his Siddi, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to a new home.

Starring Jules (third grade debut)

August 25, 2014
Ain, Beth Levine, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, [2014]
164 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Jules is starting third grade, but her new teacher seems a little strange, she has to choose and research a famous person for the class wax museum project, and rehearsals for the sitcom she is in are harder than ever--especially since the TV show is about to air.

Little Red Quacking Hood

August 25, 2014
Jones, Noah (Noah Z.), author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2014.
72 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
In her second adventure in the Land of Fake-Believe, Princess Pink meets Scaredy-Pants Wolf, a baker whose business has been robbed by Little Red Quacking Hood--and to save the bakery Princess must figure out why the ducks are suddenly so interested in pies.

The locker ate Lucy!

August 25, 2014
Chabert, Jack, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2014]
90 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Only a week into his job as hall monitor and class protector, Sam Graves and his friends Lucy and Antonio are trying to uncover the secrets of Eerie Elementary, their living and malevolent school--and then Lucy gets eaten by her locker.

Amelia Bedelia shapes up

August 25, 2014
Parish, Herman.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
148 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Picked last for kickball, Amelia Bedelia gets another chance to prove her athleticism when her class holds a mini-Oylympics.

The ultimate fairy guide

August 25, 2014
Meadows, Daisy, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2014.
114 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
A fan's reference to the "Rainbow Magic" series profiles one hundred fifty favorite fairy characters, listing their best friends, hobbies, preferences, and unique powers.

November night

August 25, 2014
Roy, Ron, 1940-
New York : Random House, [2014].
70 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"A Stepping Stone book."
"As Thanksgiving approaches, Nate and Lucy must help Bradley and Brian find out what their shady new neighbors are up to"-- Provided by publisher.

On impact

August 25, 2014
Ball, Nate, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
110 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Injured in a bicycle accident, Zack discovers that his alien houseguest has swiped his brakes, placing Zack's baseball season in jeopardy while subjecting him to an annoying little brother.

Nuts to you

August 25, 2014
Perkins, Lynne Rae.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
259 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
After surviving being carried off by a hawk, a young squirrel resolves to find his way home, as his best friends begin their search for him.

A million ways home

August 25, 2014
Dorisi-Winget, Dianna, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2014.
242 pages ; 22 cm
When her grandmother and guardian suffers a stroke, twelve-year-old Poppy Parker's life turns upside down--but when she witnesses a murder and has to go into witness protection with Detective Brannigan's mother it becomes hard to believe she will ever find a way home, let alone save Gunner, a beautiful German shepherd with an uncertain future.

Somebody on this bus is going to be famous

August 25, 2014
Cheaney, J. B.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2014.
296 pages ; 22 cm
During a torrential rainstorm, a school bus goes off the road and, with the driver unconscious, it is up to her passengers to try to rescue each other and go for help.

Jelly Bean

August 25, 2014
Lord, Cynthia, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2014.
125 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
No pets are allowed in the apartment where Suzannah and her family live, so she volunteers at a local pet shelter and plays with the dogs and cats there--but when a child whose family is moving brings in her pet guinea pig, Jelly Bean, Suzannah promises that she will find him the perfect home.

The Zoo at the Edge of the World

August 25, 2014
Gale, Eric Kahn, 1986-
New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
233 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Marlin, a stutterer, can talk smoothly and freely with the jungle animals that populate his father's zoo in South America--until a mysterious man-eating black jaguar that his father catches and brings back home talks back"-- Provided by publisher.

The glow of the spotlight : my journey with Rebecca

August 25, 2014
Greene, Jacqueline Dembar.
Middleton, WI : American Girl, [2014]
163 pages ; 20 cm.
"Rebecca, 1914."
"What if you, as a girl battling stage fright before a dance recital, suddenly found yourself in Rebecca's world in 1914? Join Rebecca on adventures where the two of you can try out for a vaudeville show, put on a musical, or even sneak into a factory to deliver an important message. Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose, as you select from a variety of options in this multiple-ending story"-- Provided by publisher.

A brighter tomorrow : my journey with Julie

August 25, 2014
McDonald, Megan.
Middleton, WI : American Girl, [2014]
149 pages ; 20 cm.
"What if you suddenly found yourself in Julie's world--sunny San Francisco in the 1970s? Join her on this adventure where the two of you can challenge the boys to a basketball contest, or spend a day at the beach and rescue a baby sea otter. Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose, as you select from a variety of options in this multiple-ending story"-- Provided by publisher.

The lilac tunnel : my journey with Samantha

August 25, 2014
Falligant, Erin.
Middleton, WI : American Girl, [2014].
195 pages ; 20 cm.
"Samantha, 1904."
"What if you, as a girl trying to adjust to her new stepfamily, suddenly found yourself in Samantha's world at the start of the 20th century? Join Samantha on exciting adventures. Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose, as you select from a variety of options in this multiple-ending story"-- Provided by publisher.

Missing pieces of me

August 25, 2014
Van Leeuwen, Jean, author.
New York : Two Lions, 2014
226 pages ; 22 cm
"More than anything, ten-year-old Weezie wants to please her momma. She babysits her spoiled half-sister, Ruth Ann, and little Jackson. She makes tea for Momma in Gramma Emmeline's beautiful teapot. She even tries to cook dinner. But nothing turns out quite right. And Momma is never pleased. Hard times and a daddy who ran off before she was born seem to have stolen all of Momma's love. If only Weezie could find her daddy, she's sure her life would be happier."--Goodreads website.

Gabriel Finley & the raven's riddle

August 25, 2014
Hagen, George, 1958-
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2014.
371 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Eleven-year-old Gabriel, with the help of the young raven Paladin, which whom he has a magical bond, travels to the foreboding land of Aviopolis, where he must face challenges and unanswerable riddles to rescue his long-missing father.


August 25, 2014
Miles, Ellen, author.
88 pages ; 20 cm
Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care, until they can find the perfect forever home. When Lizzie goes up to the mountains with her best friend, Maria, the girls think that they're going to get a break from their dog-walking business. But then Zipper shows up and Lizzie can't resist helping this adorable pup!

Cheesie Mack is sort of freaked out

August 25, 2014
Cotler, Stephen L.
New York : Random House, [2014]
244 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Cheesie and his best friend, Georgie, pull off a fantastic UFO prank, but when things go wrong, the victims of the prank plan a sinister plot as payback"-- Provided by publisher.

The howling ghost

August 25, 2014
Pike, Christopher, 1955-
111 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
A nasty old ghost takes Cindy's younger brother, Neil. Cindy is left heartbroken with no one to believe and help her find her brother.

Diary of Dorkius Maximus

August 25, 2014
Collins, Tim, 1975-
London : Buster, 2013.
191 pages : ill. ; 20 cm.

Bombs over London

August 25, 2014
Moss, Marissa.
Berkeley, California : Creston Books, LLC, [2014]
228 pages illustrations ; 21 cm.
Instructed by her time-traveling mother to travel to World War I London and steal a German spy's briefcase, thirteen-year-old Mira enjoys meeting famous suffragists and such writers as Arthur Conan Doyle, but soon begins to struggle with whether the changes she has been working for are the right thing to do, or if history should be allowed to unfold without interference.

Violet Mackerel's pocket protest

August 25, 2014
Branford, Anna.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2014]
118 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Originally published in 2013 by Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd"--Copyright page.
Violet and Rose organize a protest to save the big oak tree in Clover Park.

Einstein the class hamster and the very real game show

August 25, 2014
Tashjian, Janet.
New York : Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company , 2014.
164 pages ; 21 cm
Companion to: Einstein the class hamster.
When Ms. Moreno's class appears on the hit game show Kids Know Stuff, the show's host walks off the set but with the assistance of a sound engineer, Ned and Marlon help Einstein get ready to host the show and save the day--if only he did not have stage fright.

Cam Jansen and the Joke House mystery

August 25, 2014
Adler, David A.
New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
53 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
While Cam's Aunt Molly is competing in a comedy contest, the expensive plate the winner will receive disappears and Cam and Eric set out to find it before the contest is over.

Goosebumps wanted : the haunted mask

August 22, 2014
Stine, R. L.
New York : Scholastic Press, c2012.
231 p. ; 22 cm.
When she discovers an evil mask at the bottom of a trunk and puts it on, LuAnn's Halloween turns into a real nightmare because only an act of unbelievable kindness can remove it.

Finding Ruby Starling

August 22, 2014
Rivers, Karen, 1970- author.
New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., [2014].
294 pages ; 22 cm
Through e-mails, letters, blog entries, and movie scripts, twelve-year-old Ruth, an American girl, and Ruby, an English one, discover that they are long-lost twins.


August 22, 2014
Korman, Gordon, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2014].
222 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Amy and Dan Cahill have their final confrontation with twisted billionaire J. Rutherford Pierce, a man whose power has no limits and is one step away from being elected president.

Captain Underpants and the tyrannical retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 : the eleventh epic novel

August 22, 2014
Pilkey, Dav, 1966- author.
220 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The monstrous Turbo Toilet 2000 is determined to take revenge on George, Harold, and Captain Underpants.


August 22, 2014
de la Peña, Matt, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2014.
189 pages ; 20 cm.
Dak, Sera, and Riq fix the Great Breaks in history and prepare for the ultimate confrontation with the SQ.

Whack of the P-rex

August 22, 2014
Cummings, Troy, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2014]
89 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
When Alexander and his friends find a very large footprint and piles of candy everywhere, they realize the school is being threatened by a Piñata-saurus Rex, a sweet-tasting monster who likes to smash things--and they find that the solution may be as near as a broken ant farm.

The search for treasure : the sixth adventure in the Kingdom of Fantasy

August 22, 2014
Stilton, Geronimo, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2014.
311 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Translation of: Sesto viaggio nel regno della fantasia. Milano : Piemme, 2010.
"Based on an original idea by Elisabetta Dami."
Once again Geronimo Stilton is pulled into the Kingdom of Fantasy, where he is needed to fulfill the ancient Gemstone Prophecy, and prevent Scorcher, the evil Empress of Witches, from obtaining the Royal Sapphire which will give her immense power.

My friend the enemy

August 22, 2014
Smith, Dan, 1970- author.
New York : Chicken House/Scholastic Inc., [2014]
279 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2013."
In 1941, having a German plane crash near your house is exciting, but when twelve-year-old Peter Dixon and his friend Kim find a wounded German airman, Peter is faced with a dilemma--should he help take care of the man as Kim wants to do, or report him to the soldiers searching for him?

Katherine's story, 1848

August 22, 2014
Whitby, Adele, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2014.
139 pages ; 22 cm.
"Twins Katherine and Elizabeth Chatswood are on their way to visit their distant relatives at Vandermeer Manor in Rhode Island. Wedding bells will soon be ringing for their father's cousin in the grandest event on either side of the ocean since the twins' birthday ball a few months ago. But when something very precious inside the manor gets vandalized, the groom threatens to call off the wedding. ... The twins don't know it yet, but they might hold the key that will set true love back on its destined course." --Cover.

Charlie Bumpers vs. The Squeaking Skull

August 22, 2014
Harley, Bill, 1954-
Atlanta, Georgia : Peachtree Publishers, 2014.
164 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
As Halloween nears, Charlie and Tommy hope to get out of taking their little sisters trick-or-treating and go by themselves to Alex's upscale neighborhood instead, then attend a sleepover at Alex's house, but when Charlie learns that partygoers will be watching a very scary horror movie he panics.

The book of bad things

August 22, 2014
Poblocki, Dan, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2014.
247 pages ; 22 cm
Although twelve-year-old Cassidy Bean keeps a book of bad things, she did not expect her summer with the Tremont family in rural New Jersey to be one of them--but this year Ursula, a local hoarder, has died under mysterious circumstances, and Cassidy finds that there a great many bad and dangerous things hidden in her house, including, perhaps, her vengeful ghost.

Ever After High yearbook : a hexciting year at Ever After High

August 22, 2014
Paley, Rebecca, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2014]
93 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Introduces the students of Ever After High--the children of popular fairy tale characters--and includes character profiles, highlights from "best moments of the year," and fantastical stories.

Yoda's secret missions

August 22, 2014
Landers, Ace, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2014]
63 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
At head of title: LEGO, Star wars.
The phantom podracer -- Home, swamp, home -- Jedi Temple of doom.
Yoda leads a new class of padawans as they fight Sith Lords in podracers, bounty hunters in the Jedi Temple, and stormtroopers in the swamps of Dagobah.

Fire and ice

August 22, 2014
Farshtey, Greg, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2014]
61 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Three stories in one!"--Cover.
The long climb -- Fear of fire -- Operation nap time.
The warriors of Chima must master the power of Fire CHI to battle the ice-wielding Hunters.


August 22, 2014
Skye, Obert.
New York : Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company, [2014].
247 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Principal Smelt has created the Fun-ger Games for Softrock Middle School's students, and Rob Burnside, his life in ruins, hopes that Katfish, a cross between Katniss and the Little Mermaid created in Rob's closet, will help with game tips, advice about girls, and how to get people to stop hating him.

Cartwheeling in thunderstorms

August 21, 2014
Rundell, Katherine, author.
248 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published as The girl savage in 2011 in Great Britain by Faber and Faber Limited"--Title page verso.
"Will must find her way after she's plucked out of a wonderful life in Zimbabwe and forced to go to boarding school in England"--Provided by publisher.

Stake out!

August 21, 2014
Mercer, Sienna.
London : Egmont, 2012.
226 p. ; 20 cm.
"Ivy and Olivia are together again -and not a moment too soon. The whole vampire community is in a flap. Can the twins discover the identity of the mystery blogger who's determined to expose Franklin Grove's biggest secret? " -- Provided by publisher.

The amazing Wilmer Dooley : a Mumpley Middle School mystery

August 21, 2014
DeWitt, Fowler.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2014]
332 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Hoping to impress Roxie with his dazzling project on bacteria, seventh-grader-to-be Wilmer Dooley enters the state science fair, where he encounters his arch nemesis, Claudius, who may be planning something terribly sinister.

Digby O'Day in the fast lane

August 21, 2014
Hughes, Shirley, 1927- author.
96 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 19 cm.
"Digby O'Day ; 1"--Spine.

The fourteenth goldfish

August 21, 2014
Holm, Jennifer L., author.
195 pages ; 22 cm
Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager--which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

Humphrey's playful puppy problem

August 21, 2014
Birney, Betty G.
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
88 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Humphrey, the pet hamster of Classroom 26, is helping Richie with a science project, but Richie's feisty puppy gets in the way.

Humphrey's really wheely racing day

August 21, 2014
Birney, Betty G., author.
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
87 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"When Mandy, one of the students from classroom 26, brings a special hamster-sized racecar to class, it means just one thing--Humphrey is going to be in a hamster race"-- Provided by publisher.

The destruction of Pompeii, AD 79

August 21, 2014
Tarshis, Lauren.
New York : Scholastic, 2014.
95 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"During the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, one boy struggles to escape. Can he survive the most devastating disaster of ancient times? In this thrilling addition to the bestselling I SURVIVED series, readers are taken back to antiquity with a young boy trying to escape as the giant Mount Vesuvius erupts. Does he have what it takes to survive the epic destruction of Pompeii?" -- summary from


August 21, 2014
Larson, Kirby, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, [2014].
243 pages ; 22 cm
When her family is forced into an internment camp, Mitsi Kashino is separated from her home, her classmates, and her beloved dog Dash; and as her family begins to come apart around her, Mitsi clings to her one connection to the outer world--the letters from the kindly neighbor who is caring for Dash.

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