New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

March 25, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Going nuts

March 24, 2017
Colleen, Marcie, author.
New York : Imprint, 2017.
137 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm.
"The squirrels of the Grumpy Woods have finally finished gathering their nuts for winter, when the Super Happy Party Bears find their stash...and eat the whole thing. To make it up to them, the bears show the squirrels another hoard they've found―one that belongs to the chipmunks! Suddenly, the bears' huge appetite has caused an all-out civil war between two rival nut hoarders: the Puffy Cheeks (the chipmunks) and the Twitchy Tails (the squirrels). Can the bears prevent the Grumpy Woods from getting too nutty?"-- Amazon

Staying a hive

March 24, 2017
Colleen, Marcie, author.
New York : Imprint, 2017.
137 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm.

In the spotlight

March 24, 2017
Leavitt, Lindsey, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
322 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
When no one signs up for the Battle of the Books, best friends Piper and Olivia create a promotional video that goes viral, which sets the girls up for too much exposure and not enough people reading.

A boy called Bat

March 24, 2017
Arnold, Elana K., author.
New York, NY : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
198 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
When his veterinarian mom brings home a stray baby skunk that needs rehabilitation before it can be placed in a wild animal shelter, Bat, who has austim, resolves to prove that he is up to the challenge of caring for the skunk permanently.

Stinky Spike and The Royal Rescue

March 24, 2017
Meisel, Peter, 1985- author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
69 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Stinky Spike the dog and Captain Fishbeard the pirate are thick as thieves now that Spike has proved his treasure-sniffing ability. When Spike and his crew come across a sign offering a reward for finding the Princess's lost poodle, they can hardly resist. Surely finding a fluffy royal pooch can't be very difficult? When blundering pirates are involved, things never go according to plan"-- Provided by publisher.

When my sister started kissing

March 24, 2017
Frost, Helen, 1949- author.
193 pages ; 24 cm
"Margaret Ferguson Books."
Claire and Abi have always loved summers at the lake house, but a pregnant stepmother and Abi's intense new interest in boys have changed everything.

Bronze and Sunflower

March 24, 2017
Cao, Wenxuan, 1954- author.
386 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Taken in by a poor family in a rural village after the death of her father, Sunflower bonds with the family's only child, Bronze, who has not spoken since being traumatized by a terrible fire.

Forget me not

March 24, 2017
Terry, Ellie, author.
330 pages ; 22 cm
When her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend, Calliope meets Jinsong at her latest middle school, who becomes her friend despite her Tourette syndrome and the embarrassment it can cause.

The Capital catch

March 23, 2017
Kelly, David A. (David Andrew), 1964- author.
104 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"A Stepping Stone Book."
"The president's brother is a catcher on the Nationals baseball team, and someone is stealing his equipment! Can Mike and Kate help the commander in chief catch a criminal?"-- Provided by publisher.

Tutankhamun's tomb

March 23, 2017
Reid, Sue, author.
125 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Step back into Egypt's Valley of the Kings" --Cover.
I Was There... Tutankhamun's Tomb tells the thrilling story of a young Egyptian boy assisting Howard Carter's team of archaeologists in 1922 as they make a life-changing discovery in the Valley of the Kings. Readers aged 7+ will love this vivid first-hand account of a child's experience of one of history's most exciting archaeological finds.

April fools', Mr. Todd!

March 22, 2017
McDonald, Megan, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017.
60 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
April fish and spaghetti trees -- Oodles of moodles -- Mystery of the missing birthday.
It's April Fools' Day -- and Judy's birthday -- and Mr. Todd has a trick or two of his own planned in the latest Judy Moody tale for newly independent readers. April Fools' Day just happens to be one of Judy Moody's favorite days of the year. And this year she's got one thing on her mind: the perfect prank she's going to play on Mr. Todd, thanks to an awesome present from her brother, Stink.

In darkling wood

March 22, 2017
Carroll, Emma, 1970- author.
231 pages ; 22 cm
When Alice goes to stay with her grandmother she discovers the magical Darkling Wood, where she meets a strange friend and discovers letters written between a brother and sister during WWI.


March 22, 2017
Korman, Gordon, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
311 pages ; 22 cm.
Fighting for survival after being separated into pairs in the aftermath of a betrayal, the Project Osiris clones search for notorious mob boss Gus Alabaster while tracking down Eli's elusive DNA donor alongside a surprising new ally.

Hard rock

March 22, 2017
Rue, Ginger, author.
Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, [2017]
356 pages ; 22 cm.
"After starting an all-girl rock band with her middle-school friends, thirteen-year-old Tig Ripley struggles to maintain control as leader amid band member crises and boy trouble"-- Provided by publisher.


March 22, 2017
Dee, Barbara, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2017.
277 pages ; 22 cm
When Mattie is cast as Romeo in an eighth-grade play, she is confused to find herself increasingly attracted to Gemma, a new classmate who is playing Juliet.

My top secret dares & don'ts

March 22, 2017
Trueit, Trudi Strain, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2017.
261 pages ; 22 cm
Twelve-year-old Kestrel must battle the evil twin daughters of a property developer and overcome her own worst fears to prevent the foreclosure of her grandmother's beloved Vancouver lodge.

World at war, 1944

March 21, 2017
Osborne, Mary Pope.
New York : Random House, [2017]
182 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"A Stepping Stone book."
Jack and Annie are transported to 1944 Europe, where they parachute behind enemy lines in Normandy, France, to help Allied forces during one of history's darkest moments.

Dark shadows : yes, another misadventure

March 21, 2017
Cronin, Doreen, author.
New York, New York : Atheneum Books For Young Readers, [2017]
115 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book."
It was supposed to be a nice chicken-family vacation to a farm. But Sugar is certain that she is being watched, and when Poppy's beloved shoe (the shoe that keeps her safe and snug) goes missing, Sugar is sure that this shadow is the culprit. How can the Chicken Squad tackle a shadow-- without ruining the family reunion?

Enemy of the realm

March 21, 2017
King, Wesley, author.
New York : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2017]
245 pages ; 21 cm.
Marcus and Dree's efforts to organize a quest to find the storied, magical Egg are challenged by the reluctance of Dracone's rebels and dragons and the advancing war against Francis' army of drones.

The sea lion

March 21, 2017
Rylant, Cynthia, author.
New York : Beach Lane Books, [2017]
44 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Fall days -- A baby! -- Mary's return.
"When a baby sea lion's mother leaves him at the lighthouse, the lighthouse family enjoys caring for him until she returns"-- Provided by publisher.

Matylda, bright & tender

March 21, 2017
McGhee, Holly M., author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017.
210 pages ; 21 cm
After a trip to the pet store, fourth-graders Sussy and Guy bring home a spotted lizard, and they name her Matylda (with a 'y' so it's all her own). With Guy leading the way, they feed her and give her an origin story fit for a warrior lizard. A few weeks later, on a simple bike ride, there is a terrible accident. As hard as it is, Sussy is sure she can hold on to Guy if she can find a way to love Matylda enough. Eventually Sussy must discover what it means to grieve and heal and hope and go on, for her own sake and Matylda's.

The Metropolitans

March 21, 2017
Goodman, Carol, author.
New York, NY : Viking, 2017.
358 pages ; 22 cm
Meeting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the day Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, four thirteen-year-olds help track down a missing book of Arthurian legends that may hold the key to preventing a second attack on American soil.

A single stone

March 21, 2017
McKinlay, Megan, author.
267 pages ; 21 cm
Every girl dreams of being part of the line - the chosen seven who tunnel deep into the mountain to find the harvest. No work is more important. Jena is the leader of the line - strong, respected, reliable. And - as all girls must be - she is small; her years of training have seen to that. It is not always easy but it is the way of things. And so a girl must wrap her limbs, lie still, deny herself a second bowl of stew. Or a first. But what happens when one tiny discovery makes Jena question everything she has ever known? What happens when moving a single stone changes everything?


March 21, 2017
Goldstyn, Jacques.
New York : Enchanted Lion Books, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 cm
This is a charming, touching story about an imaginative boy whose best friend is an oak tree named Bertolt. The boy admits to being an outlier among his peers, but insists that while he is alone, he is never lonely. Being independent suits him, and he considers his difference to be his advantage.

The injured fox kit

March 21, 2017
Nolan, Tina, author.
Wilton, CT : Tiger Tales, 2017.
124 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Originally published in Great Britain in 2007.
When Ella discovers an injured fox by the river, she wants to nurse it back to health but has to be careful how she handles the fox so that it can be returned to the wild.

Shy Girl & Shy Guy

March 21, 2017
Burkhart, Kiersi, author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2017]
233 pages ; 20 cm.
"The beautiful gray gelding Shy Guy is just as afraid of people as Hanna is of horses, but when a greedy local couple steal him, only Hanna and her friend can get him back"-- Provided by publisher.

Tow-truck Pluck

March 21, 2017
Schmidt, Annie M. G., author.
196 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Translated from the Dutch.

Cavern of secrets

March 20, 2017
Park, Linda Sue, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
309 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Hoping to return home after a winter in the Sudden Mountains so he can join his parents in the fight against the evil Chancellor, Raffa must use his apothecary skills while enlisting the help of human and animal friends to survive the journey.

A dragon's guide to making perfect wishes

March 20, 2017
Yep, Laurence, 1948- author.
New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, [2017]
231 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Winnie and her pet dragon Miss Drake are back to their lessons as they head to the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair and wish-granting souvenirs follow them home.

Realm breaker

March 20, 2017
McKay, Laurie, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
356 pages ; 22 cm.
To secure his homeland and his family, Prince Caden and his friends must make sense of how to arrange an uneasy peace with Ms. Primrose and keep Rath Dunn and his allies from completing their spell.

Captain Pug : the dog who sailed the seas

March 20, 2017
James, Laura, 1979- author.
123 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Pug is going on a seafaring adventure. He's had jam tarts for breakfast. He's wearing a smart sailor suit. There's just one problem: Pug is afraid of the water! When he falls asleep in a picnic basket, he gets separated from his best friend, Lady Miranda. To find his way home, Pug will have to face his greatest fear.

Forever, or a long, long time

March 20, 2017
Carter, Caela, author.
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
309 pages ; 22 cm
Having shared so many foster homes that they are unable to trust that the family that has adopted them will last, Flora and her brother, Julian, are assisted by their new mother on a journey to resolve their past so that they can build a future.

Stinky Spike the pirate dog

March 20, 2017
Meisel, Peter, 1985- author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
72 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Shipyard dog -- Lost at sea -- Sniffing for treasure.
"When a shipyard pup gets lost at sea, he's rescued by a crew of stinky pirates led by Captain Fishbeard. Spike must prove to the captain he can be a real pirate. Luckily, Stinky Spike has the best nose on the seven seas, and he uses it to sniff out all kinds of treasure. But what happens when Spike's sense of smell leads him to some very strange loot?" --Back cover.

Monsters and mold

March 20, 2017
Citro, Asia, author.
Woodinville, WA : The Innovation Press, [2017]
96 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
A girl, Zoey, and her cat, Sassafras use science experiments to help a monster with a problem.

The goat

March 20, 2017
Fleming, Anne, 1964- author.
Toronto ; Berleley : Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press, 2017.
155 pages ; 20 cm
Kid and her family move to an apartment building in New York City, whose eccentric residents include a skateboarding fantasy writer, a guinea pig hoarder, and possibly a goat who lives on the roof.

Rooting for Rafael Rosales

March 20, 2017
Scaletta, Kurtis.
Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, 2017.
282 pages ; 21 cm
In the Dominican Republic, a boy who dreams of playing professional professional baseball in the United States crosses paths with a young environmentalist from Minneapolis who is passionate about saving bees.

Terrors of the forest : an unofficial Minecrafter's adventure

March 17, 2017
Cheverton, Mark, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2017]
248 pages ; 21 cm.
"An unofficial novel"-- Title page.
"Gameknight999 reenters Minecraft to find it completely changed. Villages are larger than ever, and more heavily fortified; life inside the game has become much more dangerous. Even Gameknight's old friends are acting differently, and the changes are not for the better. Outside the Crafter's village, a strange user named Entity303 is spotted with Weaver, a young NPC Gameknight knows from Minecraft's past. He realize's that Weaver has somehow been kidnapped, and returning him to the correct time is the only way to fix things. The User-that-is-not-a-user races to catch Entity303 and rescue his friend, but they quickly disappear into a strange portal that leads to the Twilight Forest modded version of the game" --Back cover.

Ballet backflip

March 17, 2017
Costain, Meredith, author.
138 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Ella dreams of being the ballet recital, but she also wants to be taken seriously. She's in Year 5 after all! When MEAN QUEEN PEACH takes up gymnastics, and does an AMAZING backflip in the playground, the school is taken over by the new craze. Will Ella backflip on her love of ballet? Can she bear to go along with Peach and her traitorous BFF Zoe?"--Page 4 of cover.

Double dare you

March 17, 2017
Costain, Meredith, author.
127, 10 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"It's a new school year and it's perfect. Until class starts that is, and everything goes wrong. Ella can't believe that her absolutely worst enemy ever, Peach, is sitting next to her! No matter how far Ella moves her new pencil case across her desk, Peach is in her space. Where's her BFF Zoe? How can this year get any worse" -- provided by publisher.

Dreams come true

March 17, 2017
Costain, Meredith, author.
143 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Originally published in Australia by Scholastic Australia in 2015.
"Ella dreams of meeting pop star Cassi Valentine. She has all the songs and merchandise - even Bob has a Cassi Valentine bandana! But when the school enters a competition to win a visit from the star, Ella and her worst enemy ever, Peach Parker, have to work together. Can they put aside their differences? The whole school is counting on them!"

I [heart] pets

March 17, 2017
Costain, Meredith, author.
143 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
On the cover and title page, the word "heart" is represented by a heart-shaped image.
"Ella and Zoe start their own pet-walking business. When their only job turns out to be minding a lizard, and then SNEAKY Peach Parker begins behaving VERY SUSPICIOUSLY, Ella starts to wonder what's up. Zoe and Ella must go UNDERCOVER! With their detective notebook sin hand, can Ella and Zoe discover the TERRIBLE TRUTH?"-- Page [4] of cover.

Pony school showdown

March 17, 2017
Costain, Meredith, author.
143 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
"Ella decides to join Zoe at Pony School for the holidays and when meanie Peach Parker turns up, they fear it will be the worst idea ever. But the tables turn when Peach is knocked off her perch by posh girls Letitia and Lavinia. Will Ella's love of horses be ruined by the new snobs in town? And most confusing of all, is Ella starting to feel sorry for Peach?"-- Page [4] of cover.

Mariana the Goldilocks fairy

March 16, 2017
Meadows, Daisy, author.
65 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
Includes an excerpt of Rosalie the Rapunzel Fairy.
Mariana the Goldilocks Fairy looks after the magical story of the Three Bears. But when Jack Frost steals her enchanted porridge spoon, the bears are replaced with horrid goblins! Rachel and Kirsty must get the spoon back and save the story from being ruined.

The smelly search

March 16, 2017
Stilton, Geronimo, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2017]
109 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Geronimo and his friends participate in a treasure hunt set up by his rival and are determined to overcome all of its challenging obstacles, including tricky riddles and smelly dinosaurs.

The dragonsitter to the rescue

March 16, 2017
Lacey, Josh, author.
56 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm.
Contains excerpt of the next Dragonsitter series.
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2016 by Anderson Press Limited"--Title page verso.
"Eddie takes the dragons with him on his vacation to London, but it's not long before disaster strikes and both dragons go missing. From the Natural History Museum to the London Eye, through tube stations, hotels and the London Zoo, Eddie chases his dragons, hoping to avert disaster. Will he catch them before they cause a national catastrophe?"-- Provided by publisher

Jurassic carp

March 16, 2017
O'Hara, Mo, author.
New York, NY : Feiwel and Friends, 2017.
220 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
The night knight -- Jurassic carp.
In the first of two stories, zombie goldfish Frankie is good at saving the day, but the medieval day reenactment joust may be too much, and in the second story, Tom's evil brother clones a Jurassic carp, putting the school in danger.

The lost staff of wonders

March 16, 2017
Arroyo, Raymond, author.
New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, [2017]
333 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Map on lining papers.
"Twelve-year-old Will Wilder is back to protect the town of Perilous Falls from another ancient evil--the fearsome demon, Amon"-- Provided by publisher.

Armstrong & Charlie

March 16, 2017
Frank, Steven, 1963- author.
© 2017
298 pages ; 22 cm
"During the pilot year of a Los Angeles school system integration program, two sixth grade boys, one black, one white, become best friends as they learn to cope with everything from first crushes and playground politics to the loss of loved ones and racial prejudice in the 1970s"-- Provided by publisher.


March 16, 2017
Coville, Katherine, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
134 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A young girl helps her grandmother care for magical creatures.

Love, Ish

March 16, 2017
Rivers, Karen, 1970- author.
279 pages ; 19 cm
Twelve-year-old Mischa "Ish" Love's longtime dream has been to someday live on Mars, but when she collapses on the first day of seventh grade, Ish receives a diagnosis which threatens her future plans.

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