New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

April 19, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


April 18, 2014
Standiford, Natalie, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2014.
190 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
With Amy and Dan still in pursuit of Pierce, Amy does something unthinkable that sends shockwaves through her family.

The woods beyond

April 18, 2014
Thorpe, Kiki.
New York : Random House, [2014]
118 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
"A Stepping Stone book."
Lainey's bad day turns worse when Prilla the fairy calls her clumsy, but while walking in the woods of Never Land, Lainy discovers the hideout of the Lost Boys and makes some new friends.

Lizzy Bennet's diary : 1811-1812

April 18, 2014
Williams, Marcia, 1945- author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice"--Cover.
An illustrated, scrapbook-style diary inspired by Jane Austen's classic imparts the events of "Pride and Prejudice" from Elizabeth Bennet's firsthand perspective.

Hooey Higgins and the tremendous trousers

April 18, 2014
Voake, Steve, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
135 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The inventive skills of Hooey Higgins and his friends are put to the test in an adventure that compels them to invent super-protective pants that they hope will safeguard them from crocodiles, flying toffee apples, and log-flume malfunctions.

The Boundless

April 18, 2014
Oppel, Kenneth, 1967-
332 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Aboard "The Boundless," the greatest train ever built, on its maiden voyage across Canada, teenaged Will enlists the aid of a traveling circus to save the train from villains.

Poppy the pirate dog's new shipmate

April 18, 2014
Kessler, Liz, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
58 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"First published in Great Britain by Orion Children's Books"--T.p. verso.
Dalmatian Poppy the pirate dog's a new friend is not all that she expected--or wanted.

Plant your path junior novel

April 18, 2014
West, Tracey, 1965- author.
144 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Themes, characters and illustrations drawn from Plants vs. Zombies video game from PopCap Games and Electronic Arts.
"It's all fun and games until the zombies arrive. ... you decide how to escape from the zombie horde or lose your brains"--Page 4 of cover.

The eighth day

April 17, 2014
Salerni, Dianne K.
New York, NY : HarperCollins, [2014].
309 pages ; 22 cm.
"Orphan Jax Aubrey doesn't expect much on his thirteenth birthday, but when he discovers there's an extra day squeezed between Wednesday and Thursday whose origins are rooted in Arthurian legend, it's clear his lfe will never be the same"-- Provided by publisher.

The missing

April 17, 2014
Nix, Garth, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2014.
308 pages ; 22 cm.
The Wardens have devised a plan to get rid of The Evil once and for all, and troubletwister twins Jack and Jaide, and Grandma X, are at the heart of the scheme--but even if it works a lot of innocent people may die or end up abandoned in the dimension of Evil.

Once upon a midnight eerie

April 17, 2014
McAlpine, Gordon.
New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014].
170 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"After having foiled the arch-nemesis who tried to kill them, identical twins Edgar and Allan Poe travel to New Orleans, where they will play their famous namesake in a feature film--and try not to get killed again"-- Provided by publisher.

The boy problem : (notes and predictions of Tabitha Reddy)

April 17, 2014
Kinard, Kami, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, [2014]
256 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Twelve-year-old Tabitha believes in signs and predictions, and, inspired by her best friend Kara, she is looking for the signs that will point her to the right boyfriend--and predict a successful conclusion to her quest.

Bad hair day

April 17, 2014
Mlynowski, Sarah, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, [2014].
165 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
On their fifth trip through the magic mirror, siblings Abby and Jonah find themselves in the story of Rapunzel--and they set out to free her from her tower, reunite her with her parents, and give the story a completely happy ending.

The ninja librarians : the accidental keyhand

April 17, 2014
Downey, Jen Swann.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc., [2014]
377 pages ; 22 cm
Dorrie and her brother Marcus accidently open a portal to Petrarch's Library, where they discover a secret society of warrior librarians who travel in time, protecting the world's greatest thinkers from torture and death for sharing knowledge and ideas.

The islands of Chaldea

April 17, 2014
Jones, Diana Wynne.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2013.
356 pages ; 22 cm
Aileen's family of magic makers includes Aunt Beck, the most powerful magician on Skarr, but her own magic does not show itself until a mission for the King and a magical cat help her find strength and confidence.

A world without princes

April 16, 2014
Chainani, Somann, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
433 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The school for good and evil"--Title page.
When best friends Sophie and Agatha return to a fairy tale world, they find that old enemies are no longer fighting, but a war begins to brew as an enemy arises from within.

Dreamer, wisher, liar

April 16, 2014
Harper, Charise Mericle, author.
New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
348 pages ; 22 cm
Ashley's summer is filled with babysitting, letters to her best friend at camp, and a wish jar filled with secret revelations that help her understand her mother in a whole new way.

Ballet shoes;

April 16, 2014
Streatfeild, Noel.
New York, Yearling Book, 2003.
233 p. ; 20 cm.
Relates the fortunes of three adopted sisters who take dancing and stage training, one to become an actress, the second a ballerina, and the third an aviatrix.

Dancing shoes

April 16, 2014
Streatfeild, Noel.
New York : Yearling Book, 2003, c1957.
202 p. ; 20 cm.
After her mother's death, Rachel and her adopted sister Hilary are taken in by Aunt Cora, who runs a dancing school where Rachel's spoiled cousin Dulcie is the star pupil.

A friend in need

April 15, 2014
Warner, Dave, 1953-
North Sydney, N.S.W. : Random House, 2008.
240 p. ; 20 cm.
When Charlotte returns from an academy , she discovers that Leila has been sold to a disreputable showman. She has to get Leila back, and it will take all her courage and brains as well as help from new recruit Hannah to rescue her best friend.


April 14, 2014
Gibbs, Stuart, 1969-
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2014]
329 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Teddy Fitzroy is the prime suspect when FunJungle's newly-acquired koala goes missing, thanks to a prank staged by middle school bully Vance Jessup.

Lulu's mysterious mission

April 14, 2014
Viorst, Judith.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2014]
182 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
When Lulu's parents go on vacation, the formidable Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky comes to babysit and Lulu behaves as badly as possible to get her to leave until Ms. Solinsky reveals her secret.

The Chicken Squad

April 14, 2014
Cronin, Doreen.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2014]
92 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy, and Sugar might be chicks, but they sure aren't chicken. They're the Chicken Squad, and it's up to them to figure out what Tail, the not-so-brave squirrel, is so afraid of. When he describes it as BIG and Scary, that doesn't give much insight as to what is lurking beyond the coop. Can our fecklees, fluffy heroes defeat something that could very well be -- gulp -- from out of this world?

Fly away

April 14, 2014
MacLachlan, Patricia, author.
108 pages ; 22 cm
While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows.

Alien encounter

April 14, 2014
Harper, Charise Mericle, author, illustrator.
New York : Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
203 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Nine-year-old Morgan of the Pacific Northwest is fascinated with aliens and the sasquatch, but his real adventures begin when he meets Lewis, whose parents just bought a motel named the Sasquatch Inn.

Transformers : ultimate storybook collection.

April 14, 2014
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
182 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"8 books in 1!"--Cover.
Sam's new car -- Optimus Prime versus Megatron -- When robots attack! -- Operation Autobot -- Autobots versus Decepticons -- Bumblebee's best friend -- Prime target -- Satellite meltdown.
This collection of stories, based on the Transformers movies, includes the adventures of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and others.

The amazing Spider-Man 2 : the Oscorp files

April 14, 2014
Candau, Brittany, author.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, 27 cm
"Based on the screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinker. Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. Directed by Marc Webb."

Stella and the hunt for the jade egg

April 14, 2014
Peltoniemi, Sari, author.
San Rafael, CA : Insight Kids, 2014.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"Join Stella and friends on a daring adventure! When the jade egg from Matilda's powerful necklace goes missing, it's up to Stella to rescue it from the Bad Piggies' grasp!"-- Page 4 of cover.

Rarity and the curious case of Charity

April 11, 2014
Berrow, G. M.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
146 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm.
Includes detachable, folded 'standee' model of Rarity, affixed in front of page 3 of cover.
"Rarity is excited to welcome her new apprentice, Charity, to Ponyville. Rarity is sure that the two of them will become best friends, bonding over their love of fashion and glamour. But after Charity dyes her mane and tail to look more like her mentor, and begins to copy the fashionista's every move, Rarity realizes this pony is a problem!"-- Provided by publisher.

Jasmine and Maddie

April 11, 2014
Pakkala, Christine, author.
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Boyds Mills Press, an imprint of Highlights, [2014]
203 pages ; 22 cm
To grieving Jasmine, Maddie's a rich kid with no problems. To lonely Maddie, Jasmine is all cavalier cool in their tame Connecticut town. True friends they are not. Yet each hopes the other might save her. Can Maddie give Jasmine what she needs? Could Jasmine rescue Maddie from the outskirts of the crowd? When Jasmine steals Maddie's heirloom ring, just how far will she go to keep it? In alternating chapters, Maddie and Jasmine take turns weaving their story about friendship and coming of age.

Rainbow rocks

April 11, 2014
Finn, Perdita, author.
New York : Little, Brown, and Company, 2014.
168 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Based on My little pony, Equestria girls, motion picture.
"Back in Equestria, Twilight Sparkle listens to the music of springtime...she lets the sounds take her away on a rock'n' roll daydream....DJ Pon-3 suggests the girls start a band in time for the Spring Fling."--Back cover.

Amazing spider-man 2

April 11, 2014
Candau, Brittany.
New York : Marvel, 2014
135 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 20 cm.
Based on the screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner ; Produced by Avi Arad & Matt Tolmach ; Directed by Marc Webb.
"The junior novel"--Cover, p. 2.
Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.

Welcome to Dog Beach

April 11, 2014
Greenwald, Lisa.
New York : Amulet Books, [2014]
260 pages ; 22 cm
"The Seagate summers series"--Jacket.
Twelve-year-old Remy loves the traditions of Sea Gate, the island where her family spends every summer vacation, but after her grandmother and a special dog die, and her relationship with best friends Bennett and Micayla changes, Remy takes comfort in the company of the Dog Beach--where she hatches a plan to bring her friends closer and recapture the Sea Gate magic.

Turtle terror

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966- author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
104 pages : illustrations, 20 cm.
"Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2012."
While on vacation with their parents in Cornwall, twins Danny and Josh follow clues to another marble but find themselves trapped by the tide on a rocky island and the only way back is to use some pilfered REPTOSWITCH.

Newt nemesis

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966- author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
85 pages : illustrations, 20 cm
"Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2011."
At summer camp, twins Josh and Danny and their new friend, Charlie, still have frog's legs from when "camp counselor" Petty Potts sprayed them with her new AMPHISWITCH, but a second attempt to restore them turns them into newts, instead.

Lizard loopy

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966-
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
104 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2011."
An intruder at mad scientist's Petty Potts' house interrupts her latest experiment, trying REPTOSWITCH on twins Josh and Danny, and when they return home they find a package that sends them on a mysterious quest.

Gecko gladiator

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966-
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
104 pages : illustrations, 20 cm.
"Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2012."
Twins Danny and Josh reveal to neighbor Petty Potts that they have been on a quest to find marbles containing secret code and soon find themselves--as geckos--in her new secret laboratory within the very pink Princessland.

Frog freakout

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966- author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
88 pages : illustrations, 20 cm.
"Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2011."
Twins Danny and Josh are having a miserable time at camp when mad scientist Petty Potts arrives, armed with her new AMPHISWITCH formula, just in time to get another camper out of trouble.

Chameleon chaos

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966- author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
112 pages : illustrations, 20 cm.
"Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2012."
Twins Josh and Danny continue following clues leading them to marbles filled with scientific code, despite the fact that mad scientist Petty Potts' REPTOSWITCH formula is having some very strange side-effects.

Anaconda adventure

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966-
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
109 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2011."
At the zoo, twins Josh and Danny willingly try out Petty Pott's new REPTOSWITCH formula and enjoy being snakes until they are spotted by a group of girls on a field trip, including their camp friend, Charlie.

Alligator action

April 10, 2014
Sparkes, Ali, 1966-
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
112 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2012.
When Petty Potts disappears, twins Danny and Josh search her secret laboratory and house, where they find an irresistible bottle of S.W.I.T.C.H. spray, and later they find themselves on a live television talk show.

Crazy horse : brave warrior

April 10, 2014
Hood, Ann, 1956-
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c2013.
178 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
"The time-travelling adventures of the Robbins twins."
"Felix and Maisie re-enter The Treasure Chest and suddenly find themselves in the midst of a Lakota village. While exploring they meet a young man, soon to be known as Crazy Horse--and embark on an adventure that includes fascinating vision quests and exciting battles"-- Provided by publisher.

Alexander Hamilton : Little lion

April 10, 2014
Hood, Ann, 1956-
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 2012.
197 p. ; 20 cm.
An old coin in The Treasure Chest transports twins Felix and Maisie to the island of St. Croix in 1772, where they meet seventeen-year-old Alexander Hamilton who is about to embark on a journey to New York.

Pearl Buck : Jewel of the East

April 10, 2014
Hood, Ann, 1956-
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c2012.
183 p. ; 20 cm.
"When Felix gets a crush on his friend Lily, who was adopted from China as a baby, he decides to try to take her back in time to learn more about China. After being caught by Maisie, the twins find themselves transported to a small village on the Yangtze River, leaving Lily behind in the present. In China, the twins meet Pearl Buck in the days just before the Boxer Rebellion. With bandits chasing them, they flee to safety in Shanghai. The twins return home to find their father and their Great Uncle Thorne at home and the Pickworth Family mystery deepens"-- Provided by publisher.

Harry Houdini : Prince of Air

April 10, 2014
Hood, Ann, 1956-
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c2012.
185 p. ; 20 cm.
Twins Felix and Maisie, along with their Great-Aunt Maisie and Great-Uncle Thorne, are transported back in time to Coney Island where they meet a young Harry Houdini.

Piggy Island heroes : it's raining pigs!

April 10, 2014
Spink, Les, author.
San Rafael, California : Insight Editions, [2014]
85 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
What happens when the wacky King Pig decides he wants the new weathervane on Professor Pig's roof for himself? Or when Chef Pig desperately needs to find something that looks like an egg for the King's birthday? And exactly what goes on in the mines of the city when the sun sets and darkness creeps in?

The summer experiment

April 10, 2014
Pelletier, Cathie, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, [2014]
vi, 280 pages ; 19 cm
"A boring summer vacation turns unexpectedly interesting when mysterious lights appear over Roberta's hometown in northern Maine. Roberta is convinced she and her best friend Marillee can win the Maine State Science Fair if only they can find an amazing project to showcase. Communicating with aliens would certainly do the trick"-- Provided by publisher.

Camp Cannibal

April 10, 2014
Chapman, Clay McLeod.
311 pages ; 22 cm.
Spencer Pendleton wants to make a fresh start when his father sends him to Camp New Leaf but the Tribe is there, planning to put down roots, and Spencer must stop them before someone is seriously hurt--or worse.

Best friends : (until someone better comes along)

April 10, 2014
Downing, Erin, author.
New York : Aladdin Mix, 2014.
234 pages ; 20 cm
"Izzy is used to being queen bee-- but will she ditch her mean girl status for a chance at true friendship? Isabella Caravella is dreading summer. She doesn't want to spend a month at a lakeside resort with her parents and the families of her dad's coworkers, especially when she discovers that two of the kids go to her school. She thinks Bailey and Ava are beyond weird-- and they're not exactly thrilled to see Izzy, either. Izzy has been their tormentor, the leader of the pack of girls who made their first year of middle school so unpleasant. Once Izzy discovers that the other kids have been spending their summers together for years and she's the outsider, she realizes she's going to have to change her bossy, stubborn ways if she wants to fit in. Bailey and Ava turn out to be kind and welcoming, and Izzy actually wishes she were more like them. Back home, Izzy knows that things are probably going to be different. Ava and Bailey were great summer friends but..."-- Provided by publisher

Love bites

April 10, 2014
Mercer, Sienna.
London : Egmont, 2011.
243 p. ; 20 cm.
The twins are Transylvania, to meet their vampire family. Olivia is nervous, but a smooth-talking boy is immediately taken with her. Ivy can't believe it-- it's nearly Valentine's Day and her twin is spending time with a vampire prince!


April 9, 2014
Blackwood, Gary L.
New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
313 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In 1835, when his father's put in a Philadelphia debtor's prison, 12-year-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton named The Turk, but soon questions the fate of his predecessors and his own safety.

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