New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

June 28, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Attack of the Jack!

June 27, 2017
Stine, R. L., author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2017]
137 pages ; 20 cm.
Visiting their uncle's seaside home for the summer, a brother and sister open a mysterious trunk in a back room and discover a sinister-looking pirate puppet that comes to life and takes them captive.

The Emoji Movie : junior noveilzation

June 27, 2017
West, Tracey, 1965- author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2017.
141 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Based on the screenplay by Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel and Mike White."
"When an Emoji tries to change his ways, it turn into an epic app-venture! Fans won't want to miss this hilarious, action-packed retelling of the movie."-- Page [4] of cover.

Call of the Alphas

June 27, 2017
Byrd, Ellis, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Young Readers Licenses, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2017]
143 pages : illustration ; 20 cm.
"With a code to unlock online content!"
When their land is threatened by the Phantom Queen, the Alphas must unite all the animals to defend their home.

Perfecto pet show

June 27, 2017
Springfield, Pepper, author.
73 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Bonefish School is having a pet talent show and the parents are all invited--but Dean Bob is worried because the other members of his family are such slobs, and Lou Tweet is embarrassed because her family cannot show up anywhere without wanting to start cleaning, and the two families are always at odds with each other.

Binny bewitched

June 27, 2017
McKay, Hilary, author.
233 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"First published in Great Britain in 2016 by Hodder Children's Books" -- title page verso.
When she takes money accidentally left behind at an ATM, a guilty Binny decides to return it but discovers it has gone missing, leading her to team up with her frenemy, Gareth, to figure out who might have taken it.

Ghost attack

June 27, 2017
Lubar, David, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2017]
111 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes excerpt from: Vampire trouble.
When Alex and his cousin Sarah are visiting their grandparents, Alex gets terrible red, itchy hives. Yikes! He's allergic to a ghost! Even worse, the ghost won't leave him alone -- he wants Alex and Sarah's help. Can they solve the ghost's mystery and get rid of Alex's awful rash before it ruins everything?

In the shadow of the sun

June 27, 2017
O'Brien, Anne Sibley, author.
303 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes map and black-and-white illustrations.
Twelve-year-old Mia is on a five-day tour of North Korea with her older brother, Simon, and their father, Mark, a food aid worker, but she is scared because her father keeps sneaking off at night, and terrified that her brother's sullen, rebellious behavior (which has absolutely nothing to do with the Koreans) is going to get them in trouble--and things get much worse when she is pulled into a deadly political game that seeks to expose North Korean atrocities, and her father is arrested.

Stealing our way home

June 27, 2017
Galante, Cecilia, author.
297 pages : 22 cm
When Pippa and Jack's mother died of cancer their world seemed to fall apart: Pippa stopped talking altogether, and Jack started picking fights, and neither of them knows how to cope with the painful and awkward sympathy from their friends and classmates--but when they learn that their father's business is failing and he is growing desperate for money they realize that there is a possibility that they will lose another parent, this time to jail.

This is just a test : a novel

June 27, 2017
Rosenberg, Madelyn, 1966- author.
243 pages ; 22 cm
In 1983 seventh-grader David Da-Wei Horowitz has a lot to worry about--his bar mitzvah is coming soon, his Jewish and Chinese grandmothers argue about everything, his teammates for the upcoming trivia contest, Scott and Hector, do not like each other, he is beginning to notice girls, and Scott has persuaded him to begin digging a fallout shelter just in case the Cold War heats up.

Challenge on the hill of fire

June 27, 2017
Hering, Marianne, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2012]
129 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Focus on the Family"
"Adventures in Odyssey"
Kidnapped by Celtic Druids in 433, time traveling cousins Patrick and Beth find themselves in the midst of a power struggle among the leaders of Ireland.

Danger on a silent night

June 27, 2017
Hering, Marianne.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2013]
137 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Focus on the Family presents
"Adventures in Odyssey"--Cover.
"Knowing that death is in store for the Baby Jesus if the soldier finds Him, Beth and Patrick carry out a plan to keep the baby safe"--Provided by publisher.

Doomsday in Pompeii

June 27, 2017
Hering, Marianne, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
139 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Focus on the Family"
"Adventures in Odyssey"
"When Patrick takes a trip alone in the Imagination Station for science project research, things get a little explosive. First, his cousin Beth gets angry that she was left behind. Second, Eugene Meltsner sees red when he realizes that Patrick went to Pompeii in 79 A.D. a day before Mount Vesuvius erupts! It doesn't help that the Imagination Station is on the blink and Whit has gone missing. As Beth and Eugene frantically try to find a way fix the machine, Patrick learns a few things about volcanoes: it's not the lava that comes first, it's poisonous gas. Will Eugene be able to reprogram the Imagination Station and send Beth to help Patrick? And what will happen to Patrick's new friends--a preacher, a looter, and a stray dog?"--Provided by publisher.

Escape to the hiding place

June 27, 2017
Hering, Marianne, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2012]
119 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Focus on the Family."
"Adventures in Odyssey."
"World War Two has come to Holland--and so have Patrick and Beth. When the cousins hide at a farm with Dutch Resistance workers, they are given a secret mission: smuggling a Jewish baby to her mother"--Provided by publisher.

Hunt for the devil's dragon

June 27, 2017
Hering, Marianne.
Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House, ©2013.
130 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Patrick and Beth travel to northern Africa where Beth tries to prevent a girl her own age avoid becoming a sacrifice to a vicious dragon killing the local town's livestock and Patrick joins a Roman knight on a quest to kill the dragon.

The Redcoats are coming!

June 27, 2017
Hering, Marianne, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2014]
135 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
On the eve of the American Revolution, Patrick and Beth travel back in time to deliver a letter to Paul Revere.

Escape from the great earthquake

June 26, 2017
Messner, Kate, author.
131 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
This time Ranger, the time-traveling Golden retriever, finds himself in San Francisco in the middle of the great 1906 earthquake, and his mission is obviously to get a young Chinese immigrant, Lily Chen, to safety, but as they make their way through the ruined and burning city. Ranger finds that he must also accomplish something else--finding Lily, who was sold as a servant by her parents, a new family who will care for her.

March of the Vanderpants

June 26, 2017
Cummings, Troy, author.
© 2017
87 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
The Notebook of Doom is missing and Alexander and his fellow-monster hunters, Rip and Nikki, are convinced that the boss-monster has it; but is that monster the mysterious Principal Vanderpants, who is certainly behaving oddly, or someone else--and they need to figure that out quickly because a mistake could have deadly consequences for Stermont Elementary.

Captured on the high seas

June 26, 2017
Hering, Marianne.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2014]
130 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Focus on the Family, Adventures in Odyssey."
When the Imagination Station sends time-traveling cousins Patrick and Beth to a ship that is captured by the British during the Revolutionary War, they are befriended by James Forten, a free Black of Philadelphia, and help save the life of an imprisoned boy dying of scurvy. Includes a secret word puzzle.

Surprise at Yorktown

June 26, 2017
Hering, Marianne, author.
135 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Travel two centuries back in time to the final battle of the American Revolution at Yorktown, Virginia. Cousins Patrick and Beth sneak through trenches and race across battlefields to warn General George Washington about a dangerous spy. The spy is stealing his secret plans and giving them to the British. Cannons roar and the ground shakes as the struggle reaches a climax. Washingtons ragtag soldiers are up against the most powerful army in the world. Will Patrick and Beth witness the American Revolution come to an end? Or will they be caught in a dangerous trap they cant escape?"--Amazon.

9 steps to the best, worst, greatest holiday ever! : a Christmas-Kwanzaa story

June 26, 2017
Wesley, Valerie Wilson, author.
67 pages ; 19 cm.
Christmas and Kwanzaa are supposed to be joyful, but this year is turning out to be the worst. Can Willie find a way to bring "happy" back to the holidays?--Back cover.

Champion's new shoes

June 22, 2017
Royce, Brenda Scott, author.
120 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Illustrations by Dana Regan.
"Janey, Lolli, Adam, and Zach are back for a new animal-loving mission! The Pet Rescue Club is planning a fundraising event at the Third Street Shelter when they get an interesting call: the town over needs help with the happiest dog around, Champion, who needs prosthetic legs. The Pet Rescue Club already has their hands full with eight homeless hamsters and volunteer duties at the Third Street Animal Shelter. Can Janey and her friends coordinate an adoption fair to raise enough money to help Champion and find homes for the hamsters?" --Back cover.

Glam opening!

June 22, 2017
Santopolo, Jill, author.
88 pages ; 22 cm.
When their mothers join forces and open a new salon together, Aly and her nemesis Suzy are forced to work side by side in a new Sparkle Spa.

Amanda Panda quits kindergarten

June 22, 2017
Ransom, Candice F., 1952- author.
New York : Doubleday, [2017]
24 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
When Amanda Panda's first day of kindergarten does not go according to plan, she decides to quit and join her older brother in the second grade.

A babysitter's guide to monster hunting

June 22, 2017
Ballarini, Joe, author.
338 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
When Kelly loses a little boy to monsters who live under his bed during her first babysitting job, she learns about a secret society of babysitters who fight monsters.

Emily and the Spellstone

June 22, 2017
Rubens, Michael, author.
Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, [2017].
278 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Emily accidentally releases Gorgo, a carnivorous demon, from the magic Spellstone to which he is bound, and must join him in protecting the Stone from villains planning world domination.

I love you, Michael Collins

June 22, 2017
Baratz-Logsted, Lauren, author.
230 pages ; 22 cm
In 1969, as her own family is falling apart, ten-year-old Mamie finds comfort in conducting a one-sided correspondence with the least famous astronaut heading toward the moon on Apollo 11.

King Flashypants and the evil emperor. Book 1

June 22, 2017
Riley, Andy, author, illustrator.
200 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Originally published in 2016.
Nine-year-old King Edwin is loved by his people, but when he runs out of money evil Emperor Nurbison sees it as a chance to sieze control of Edwinland.

Sputnik's guide to life on Earth

June 22, 2017
Cottrell Boyce, Frank, author.
321 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published: London : Macmillan Children's Books, 2016.
Separated from his aging caregiver grandfather and placed in a foster home, Prez forges an unusual friendship with an alien who appears as a dog to everyone else and entreats Prez to help compile a list of Earth's redeeming qualities to prevent the planet from being destroyed.


June 22, 2017
Davis, Mandy, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
320 pages ; 21 cm
Space-obsessed Lester Musselbaum experiences the challenges of his first days of public school: making friends, facing bullies, finding his "thing," and accidentally learning of his autism-spectrum diagnosis. Adapted from Amazon description.

The tiny hero of Ferny Creek library

June 22, 2017
Bailey, Linda, 1948- author.
324 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
When Aunt Min disappears, Eddie the bug leaves the classroom where his family lives to try to find her, then helps save their beloved school library from budget cuts.

Ten : a soccer story

June 21, 2017
Flint, Shamini, 1969- author.
Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
155 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in Singapore in 2009 by Sunbear Publishing Pte. Ltd."--Copyright page.
In 1986 Malaysia, as she worries about her parents' constant fighting, ardent soccer fan Maya, age eleven, trains herself and pulls together a team at her girls' school, despite soccer being a "boys' game."

A dog like Daisy

June 21, 2017
Tubb, Kristin O'Donnell, author.
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, [2017].
177 pages : 23 cm.
"Daisy has only ten weeks to prove her usefulness or else be sent back to the pound. Yet if she goes back, who will protect Colonel Victor from his PTSD attacks? Or save the littler human, Micah, from those infernal ear muzzles he calls earphones? What if no one ever adopts her again? Determined to become the elite protector the colonel needs, Daisy vows to ace the service dog test. She'll accept the ridiculous leash and learn to sit, heel, shake, even do your business, Daisy when told to. But Daisy must first learn how to face her own fears from the past or risk losing the family she's so desperate to guard--again."

Joplin, wishing

June 21, 2017
Stanley, Diane, author.
255 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
When Joplin finds an antique platter with a beautiful Dutch scene, she idly wishes for the girl painted on the platter to be her friend and the next day Joplin finds the girl in the garden, longing to go back to her seventeenth-century home.

Keeper of myths

June 21, 2017
Richards, Jasmine, author.
247 pages ; 22 cm
When mythological gods posing as tourists begin arriving in Buzz's hometown of Crowmarsh, he and his best friend team up on a dangerous search for a mysterious myth-keeper while endeavoring to unlock their own burgeoning powers.

Let's pretend we never met

June 21, 2017
Walker, Melissa (Melissa Carol), 1977- author.
231 pages ; 22 cm
Struggling to adapt when her family moves during the school year, Mattie makes friends with the girl next door during winter break only to confront unpopularity when she learns that her new friend is the weird girl in school who no one likes.

The silver moon of summer

June 21, 2017
Howland, Leila, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
292 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Visiting friends and family on Cape Cod, the Silver Sisters resolve to avoid fighting all summer only to have their intentions tested by disputes and ambitions that prove to be more challenging than expected.

Benjamin Franklin : you've got mail

June 20, 2017
Mansbach, Adam, 1976- author.
Los Angles ; New York : Disney-Hyperion, [2017].
209 pages ; 22 cm.
"Ike Saturday travels back to 1776 to help Benjamin Franklin keep history on track"-- Provided by publisher.

14 Hollow Road

June 20, 2017
Bishop, Jenn, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
280 pages ; 22 cm
Seventh-grader Maddie is consumed by her long-term crush on classmate Avery until a tornado destroys her home and her family must move in with his.

Descendants 2 : the novelization

June 20, 2017
Geron, Eric, author.
Los Angeles : Disney Press, 2017. ©2017
197 pages, 8 unnumbered photo pages ; 20 cm
At head of title: Disney.
"Based on Descendants 2, written by Josann McGibben & Sara Parriott."
"Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay may be the children of terrible villains, but they're fitting in amazingly well on Auradon. Well, at least most of them are. For Mal, the pressure to be royally perfect is too intense, so she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost. But Mal soon finds that her archenemy, Uma, the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed princess of evil. Even worse, Uma has a plan to destroy Auradon--and a gnarly gang of pirates to back her up! It's a classic battle between wicked and evil...and these kids are made for trouble"--from cover.

Mal's spell book II : more wicked magic

June 20, 2017
McLeef, Tina, author.
190 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
At head of title: Disney Descendants 2.
"Based on the film by Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott".
This second spell book derives from Disney's "Descendants 2" movie which also features Uma the Sea Witch.

Peter Powers and the league of lying lizards!

June 20, 2017
Clark, Kent, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
116 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
When the lizard men kick the humans out of their homes, Peter, who has recently been lying to his teacher about his missing homework, realizes that the lizard men have been dishonest about wanting to live peacefully with the people of Boulder City, and it is up to Peter and his superpowered family to stop the lizard invasion.

The super-spooky fright night!

June 20, 2017
Corderoy, Tracey, author.
121 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
The super-spooky fright night! -- Teddy trouble! -- Granny makes a splash!
Pandora's grandmother is a witch! She's a lot of fun, but she gets in a lot of trouble, too, and causes magical mayhem wherever she goes, from a birthday party where the teddy bears come to life to a bus with a flat tire that turns into a circus train and a truly spellbinding Halloween party. In this first book in a new series, readers will find out that life with Granny is always full of surprises!

Spider-man, forever young : a novel of the Marvel Universe

June 20, 2017
Petrucha, Stefan, author.
274 pages ; 21 cm
Hoping to snag some rent-paying photos of his arachnid-like alter ego in action, Peter Parker goes looking for trouble -- and finds it in the form of a mysterious, mythical stone tablet coveted by both the Kingpin and the Maggia! Caught in the crosshairs of New York's most nefarious villains, Peter also funs afoul of his friends -- and the police and his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, isn't too happy with him, either. And the past comes back to haunt him years later when the Maggia's assumed-dead leader resurfaces, still in pursuit of the troublesome tablet! Plus: with Aunt May at death's door, has the ol' Parker luck disappeared for good?--Back cover.

The giant's seat

June 19, 2017
Butler, Dave, 1973- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2017]
339 pages ; 22 cm.
Having learned the truth about his identity, Charlie is separated from his friends and finds himself working for a company of dwarves who regard him as a machine until a heroic act renders them allies in a plan to confront the Iron Cog.

The quest to the uncharted lands

June 19, 2017
Johnson, Jaleigh, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2017.
336 pages : maps ; 22 cm
"Stella's parents are on the first expedition to the uncharted lands of Solace, but Stella doesn't want to be left behind. Stowing away aboard the ship, she finds a mysterious boy who is also hiding, and he's keeping a very big secret. She must decide whether to trust him or risk the fate of the expedition"-- Provided by publisher.

The Shadow Queen

June 19, 2017
Bacon, Lee, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2017]
263 pages : illustration, map ; 22 cm.
Amid the festivities of the Luminary Ball, twelve-year-old Kara and Prince Fred search for her father and for the antidote that will save his parents from the Shadow Queen's poison.

The emperor's ostrich

June 19, 2017
Berry, Julie, 1974- author.
276 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Young dairymaid Begonia has lost her cow, Alfalfa. So she has set off on a search across the countryside even though she has nothing but a magical map to guide her. Meanwhile, the Emperor has gone missing from the royal palace in a most mysterious manner. Was it murder? Was it magic? It will take all of Begonia's wits to save the empire and get Alfalfa home safely"-- Provided by publisher.

The rogue world

June 19, 2017
Kirby, Matthew J., 1976- author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
382 pages ; 22 cm.
Eleanor and her mother Samantha are working seperately and preparing for a journey to find the Master Concentrator when an alien spacecraft lands on Earth and throws the globe into a crisis that Eleanor works to control.

Fergus and Zeke

June 19, 2017
Messner, Kate, author.
52 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Fergus, the pet mouse in Miss Maxwell's classroom, stows away in a backpack on a field trip to the museum. He makes a new friend, Zeke, another mouse, who shows Fergus many interesting exhibits, but now he wonders how to get back to school.

Pottymouth and Stoopid

June 16, 2017
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
305 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Two bullied underdogs finally win the day when their troubles inspire a hit TV show"--Provided by publisher.

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