New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

November 22, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Shaun the sheep : the flock factor

November 21, 2014
Howard, Martin, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Entertainment, 2014.
85 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
It’s talent-show time on the farm, and the roosters and chickens are banding together in hopes of beating out their rivals, the sheep. Meanwhile, Shirley, a sheep whose flair for singing is as large as her frame, has a big problem — a massive case of stage fright. Can Shaun the sheep convince his jittery friend to wow the mole judges and take home the prize?

Ben Fox, squirrel zombie specialist at your service

November 21, 2014
Whitney, Daisy, author.
Contoocook, NH : Spencer Hill Middle Grade, [2014]
121 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Ten-year-old Ben Fox must figure out how to stop his dastardly cat, Percy, when Percy raises an army of squirrel zombies in the backyard to battle against Ben's dog, Captain Sparkles.

Backwards moon

November 21, 2014
Losure, Mary, author.
New York : Holiday House, [2014]
134 pages ; 22 cm
When the magical veil that protects their valley from humans is broached, and the Wellspring Water needed to repair it polluted, it is up to two young witches, Bracken and Nettle, to save the coven.

The Ellie McDoodle diaries : the show must go on

November 21, 2014
Barshaw, Ruth McNally, author, illustrator.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2013.
170 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
When Ellie McDoodle signs up to help with her school's production of The Wizard of Oz, she gets more than she bargained for as she helps paint sets, plan costumes, and cast the show, which leads to her first big fight with best friend Mo.

Billy Buckhorn : abnormal

November 20, 2014
Robinson, Gary, 1950-
Summertown, Tennessee : 7th Generation, [2014]
vi, 170 pages ; 18 cm.
"After being struck by lightning while fishing, Cherokee teen Billy Buckhorn begins to discover his supernatural abilities and starts on the path to becoming a healer"-- Provided by publisher.

No Name

November 20, 2014
Tingle, Tim.
Summertown, Tennessee : 7th Generation, 2014.
iii, 160 pages ; 21 cm
When his mother leaves, sixteen-year-old Bobby, a Choctaw, begins living in a hole in his backyard to avoid his abusive father, and is surprised to find friends and neighbors willing to help him. Inspired by the traditional Choctaw story.

The last changeling

November 20, 2014
Yolen, Jane.
New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.
290 pages ; 22 cm.
"When Prince Aspen and Snail, the midwife's apprentice, realize that they have started the war they meant to prevent, they take on new identities and go on a quest to make things right"-- Provided by publisher.

Dog 4491

November 20, 2014
Collard, Sneed B.
245, 12 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
With the help of a dog named Sophie, eleven-year-old boys from different time periods work together to stop the activities of a gang.

The sugar ball

November 20, 2014
Perelman, Helen.
New York : Aladdin, 2011.
102 p. : ill., map ; 19 cm.
"Everyone is talking about the Sugar Ball. Cocoa can't wait to show off her new chocolate wand and gown. But when she can't find her wand, she's worried. There's news that chocolate is spreading all over Sugar Valley. If only Cocoa knew who took the wand so she could stop the chocolate spell before the ball!"--P. [4] of cover.

Cold as ice

November 20, 2014
Mlynowski, Sarah, author.
163 pages ; 20 cm
On their sixth trip through the magic mirror, Abby and Jonah find themselves in the story of the Snow Queen, a troubled character who chose power over family and friendship, and Abby has free the children the Queen has under her spell--with the help of her new friend, a talking reindeer called Ralph, and a strange girl named Sharon.

The Practical County drama queen

November 20, 2014
Houts, Michelle.
Quebec : MuseItUp, c2014.
168 p. ; 23 cm.
On their last day of fifth grade, eleven-year-old Frannie Ryan's friends are all making plans to hang out at the mall or spend long afternoons at the pool. But Frannie has bigger goals for her summer vacation. Frannie's big brother, Ronnie, is engaged to marry Precious Darling, one of Nowhere, Indiana's despised Darling sisters. With the wedding just ten weeks away and Frannie's level-headed big sister, Libby, away at vet school, Frannie has to rely on her best friend, the awkward but loyal Cooper Parker Walker, to help her find a way to keep Ronnie from making the biggest mistake of his life.

Heroes on the side

November 19, 2014
Marko, Cyndi.
New York : Scholastic Inc., 2014.
72 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
When the Blue family travels to New Yolk City, Egg Drop wants to go to the first-ever Sidekick Super-Con--a big party for sidekicks--but Ticklebeak and his Bad Eggs soon chicknap the sidekicks and it is up to Kung Pow Chicken to save them.

Thea Stilton and the missing myth

November 19, 2014
Stilton, Thea, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic, 2014.
158 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Thea Stilton (Book #20)
" While on vacation in Greece, the Thea Sisters make friends with a company of actors who are rehearsing for a play that's about to open. When an actress sprains her ankle, Colette ends up standing in for her! But suddenly, right before the performance, the lead actor goes missing. Can the mouselets find him in time for the show to go on?" -- from publisher's web site.

Skateboard party

November 19, 2014
English, Karen.
Boston : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
115 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Richard can't wait to show off his skills at a friend's skateboard birthday party, but a note home from his teacher threatens to ruin his plans"-- Provided by publisher.

Rogue knight

November 14, 2014
Mull, Brandon, 1974-
New York : Aladdin, 2014.
466 pages ; 22 cm.
When the hunt for his lost friends leads Cole Randolph to the kingdom of Elloweer, he and new friends Mira, Twitch, and Jace team up with the resistance movement to search for Mira's sister, Honor, but enemies abound and Cole and Mira must use a new kind of magic to protect themselves.

Saving the sun dragon

November 14, 2014
West, Tracey, 1965- author.
New York : Branches/Scholastic Inc., [2014]
90 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
The dark magic the dragons encountered in their first adventure has made Ana's sun dragon, Kepri, sick and Drake's earth dragon, Worm, teleports the himself, Kepri, and the four young dragon masters far away from the castle in search of a cure--but the threat of the dark magic still remains.

Maggie Malone gets the royal treatment

November 14, 2014
McCarthy, Jenna, author.
ix, 193 pages ; 19 cm
When Maggie Malone puts on her (mostly) magical boots, she's transformed into the beautiful, famous Princess Wilhelmina of Wincastle. Maggie gets to spend a whole day in Princess Mimi's royally awesome shoes sipping tea and waving to fans at the Wedding of the Century. But Maggie doesn't count on Mimi's jealous cousin, Princess Penelope, trying to sabotage her every move!

House of robots

November 13, 2014
Patterson, James, 1947-
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
316 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Fifth-grader Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez struggles to fit in when his inventor mother requires him to take her latest creation, a robotic 'brother,' to school with him to learn to become a student"-- Provided by publisher.

Captain America : the first Avenger

November 13, 2014
Irvine, Alexander (Alexander C.), adaptor.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
152 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Marvel kids"--Title page verso.
"Based on the screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely ; produced by Kevin Feige ; directed by Joe Johnston."
"Read the complete adventures that turned Steve Rogers into the hero Captain America."--Page 4 of cover.

Iron Man

November 13, 2014
Irvine, Alexander (Alexander C.), adaptor.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
247 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Marvel kids"--Title page verso.
"Iron Man, based on the screenplay by Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway ; produced by Avi Arad, Kevin Feige, ; directed by Jon Favreau. Iron Man 2, based on the screenplay by Justin Theroux ; produced by Kevin Feige ; directed by Jon Favreau."
"Read the complete adventures that turned Tony Stark into the hero Iron Man."--Page 4 of cover.

Skipper's tale

November 13, 2014
Katschke, Judy.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2014.
91 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
As the leader of the penguins, Skipper goes on the adventure of a lifetime as he tries to save his friend Private, who’s been kidnapped by the dastardly Dr. Octavius Brine. Can Skipper rescue Private before Dr. Octavius Brine uses his “Medusa Serum” to steal the cuteness from all the penguins in the world?


November 12, 2014
Berten, Jinny Powers, author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Fountain Square Publishing, 2014.
71 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
"This is a story about Christmas. And this is a story about a donkey. The donkey's name is Henri. Henri enjoys many things: nature, the barn, the pasture, his friends--and he loves to hee and haw. This becomes a problem when he learns he will be taking his mother's place at a special Christmas stable in the big city. Henri's struggle for self-control and his reaction to his new experiences make this a charming and delightful Christmas story."--Page 2 of cover.

Eighth grade witch

November 12, 2014
Simpson, C. E.
Waitsfield, Vt. : Chooseco, c2014.
123 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
A move to a creepy Brooklyn brownstone adds tumult to your eighth grade year. The fact your parents are professional Demonologists doesn't help. Strange neighbors report that your house was abandoned because it's haunted. Evil and spooky coincidences follow you from your new home to your new school. Are you the victim of "new girl" pranks, or is your house a creepy portal through time?

The hotel mystery

November 12, 2014
Widmark, Martin, 1961- author.
New York, New York, USA : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2014.
60 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
When the Braeburn family stays at the local hotel and their valuable dog disappears, Jerry and Maya attempt to find the missing dog.

The diamond mystery

November 12, 2014
Widmark, Martin, 1961- author.
New York, New York, USA : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Pengin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
66 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Somebody is stealing diamonds from the jeweler Mohammed Carat! It looks like the culprit is someone on his staff, but who? Is it Luke Smith, the recently hired fitness fanatic with a taste for the finer things in life? It surely can't be Vivian Leander, the loyal shop assistant who is now short of money ... The police in the little town of Valleby are stuck, so they contact young detectives Jerry and Maya, classmates who run their own detective agency. Will Jerry and Maya be able to use their detective skills to find the thief? As they well know, even a tiny clue is worth its weight in gold.

A bad spell for the worst witch

November 12, 2014
Murphy, Jill, 1949-
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2014.
119 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Worst witch ; 3"--Spine.
Although her second year at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches starts off better than her first, Mildred Hubble soon regains her reputation as the worst witch in the school when she and Ethel Hallow resume feuding.

The endermen invasion : a Minecraft gamer's adventure. book three

November 11, 2014
Morgan, Winter, author.
103 pages ; 21 cm
"An unofficial novel"--Cover.
"In this third installment of the Minecraft Gamer's Adventure series, Steve is invited to participate in an elite building competition on Mushroom Island. His friends Max, Lucy, and Henry are impressed and want to join their friend on a journey to the island. Yet not everyone is happy: Steve's neighbor Kyra is upset because she wasn't chosen as a contestant. Steve asks Kyra to come to the competition and help the gang build boats to get to Mushroom Island. She agrees, and the group sets out on an adventure to the contest. Getting there is half the fun, and the group treks through the jungle, where they find a rare temple filled with treasure! But getting the treasure isn't easy, and they have to fight fierce battles to continue their journey. After their exhilarating and rewarding journey to the contest, they finally make their way onto the island and meet the judges, as well as the other four contestants, whose egos are as big as the houses they are building. Steve builds his dream house to impress the judges, but just as they begin judging, the island is overrun with Endermen. Mushroom islands are known for not having hostile mobs, so everyone knows it's the work of a griefer. Is it one of the contestants? Nobody knows, but they all have to work together to battle this invasion of the Endermen. Will they be able to defeat the Endermen and find out who the griefer is? And who will win the building contest?" -- Amazon website.

The curse of the buttons

November 10, 2014
Ylvisaker, Anne, author.
Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2014.
227 pages ; 19 cm.
When a steamboat arrives heralding the news that Iowa has been called up to represent the Union of the United States of America, Ike is beside himself with excitement. For months, the promise of war has enveloped small-town Keokuk like a grand game that everyone's in on - everyone but Ike, his swaybacked pony, and his best friend and checkers partner, Albirdie. Left behind with Mother and the aunts and girl cousins while the Button men march forth toward glory, Ike's fate is sealed.

Droids in distress

November 10, 2014
Kogge, Michael, author.
Los Angeles : Disney, Lucasfilm Press, [2014]
119 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Based on the Star Wars Rebels episodes "Spark of Rebellion," by Simon Kinberg, "Droids in Distress," by Greg Weisman, and "Rise of the old masters," by Henry Gilroy."
"A Star Wars saga chapter book" -- page [1] of cover.
"The heroes of Star Wars Rebels are back with more action-packed adventures! Follow them on their journey to save Wookiees as they narrowly escape a terrible Imperial trap. They also meet beloved droids R2-D2 and C-3PO-who are on a mysterious mission to help the Empire! Chopper proves that even a clunky old droid can play a big role in saving the galaxy. But one mission leads to the next for our rebel heroes, and they must ultimately face their biggest enemy yet-the Inquisitor!" -- summary from

How do you pee in space?

November 6, 2014
Krulik, Nancy E, author.
New York, New York, USA : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
119 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
In order to win an interview with an astronaut and a trip to space camp, George competes in a physical fitness contest, but in his determination to win, he misses how much this prize means to his friend, Alex.

The Sugar Cup

November 6, 2014
Perelman, Helen, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2014.
108 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Dash the Mint Fairy wants to try something new, but still compete for the Sugar Cup, so she decides to switch places with Cocoa and enter the painting event for herself, while Cocoa enters the sled race, usually Dash's forte.

Chocolate dreams

November 6, 2014
Perelman, Helen.
New York : Aladdin, 2010.
109 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
As spring arrives in the Candy Kingdom, Cocoa the Chocolate Fairy is honored to be selected to make the chocolate eggs for the royal parade, but a selfish troll has other plans.

Rainbow swirl

November 6, 2014
Perelman, Helen.
New York : Aladdin, c2010.
105 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Raini the Gummy Fairy is disappointed that her friends do not care as much as she does about winning first prize at the upcoming Candy Fair, but when a big storm disrupts Raini's plans, her friends are loyal and true.

Caramel moon

November 6, 2014
Perelman, Helen.
New York : Aladdin, 2010.
107 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Melli and the other Candy Fairies must figure out who is destroying the candy corn crop before the Caramel Moon Festival.

Cool mint

November 6, 2014
Perelman, Helen.
New York : Aladdin, 2010.
98 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Dash, the smallest Mint Fairy in Sugar Valley, is so determined to set a new speed record in the annual Marshmallow Run sled race that she begins to neglect her responsibilities.

A royal wedding

November 6, 2014
Perelman, Helen.
New York : Aladdin, 2013.
195 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
"Candy fairies super special"--Title page.
"King Crunch and Queen Sweetie request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Princess Lolli to Prince Scoop; please help us celebrate this sweetest of days in Sugar Valley"--P. [4] of cover.

Double dip

November 6, 2014
Perelman, Helen.
New York : Aladdin, 2012.
105 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.
Competing in the Double Dip sled race at Mt. Ice Cream, Dash, the fastest candy fairy, chooses Cocoa as her racing partner and invites all of their friends to attend only to discover that she is getting sick and that her partnership with Cocoa is not going as well as she had hoped.

Marshmallow mystery

November 6, 2014
Perelman, Helen, author.
105 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
When the Fairy Code Book containing all of Sugar Valley's important secrets, history, and recipes goes missing, a frantic Raina, the Gummy Fairy, enlists the Candy Fairies to help her find the book before it ends up in the wrong hands.

Gooey goblins

November 6, 2014
Perelman, Helen.
New York : Aladdin, 2011.
157 p. : ill., map ; 19 cm.
"Candy fairies Halloween special".
The five Candy Fairies travel to Sugar Cove to investigate whether goblins are responsible for melting the candy in the Sugar Valley.

Jelly bean jumble

November 6, 2014
Perelman, Helen.
New York : Aladdin, 2013.
106 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Berry and her friends are planning a basket filled with sweet spring crops for Princess Lolli's upcoming journey to see her sister, but when a winter storm covers Sugar Valley, Berry feels it is her fault for planting her crops too early.

Magic hearts

November 6, 2014
Perelman, Helen.
New York : Aladdin, 2011.
99 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
As Heart Day nears, Berry, a Gummy Fairy, is so distracted by plans for a new dress and jealousy over a new fairy that she misses the meaning of the holiday--and accidentally makes her friend Dash sick.

The chocolate rose

November 6, 2014
Perelman, Helen, author.
New York : Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing Division, 2013.
112 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
Helping organize a talent show to honor a visit by Princess Lolli's parents, Cocoa the Chocolate Fairy fears she is less talented than her singing and dancing fellow fairies and searches for her own talent so she can participate.

Frozen treats

November 6, 2014
Perelman, Helen, author.
117 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Melli the Caramel Fairy has been asked to go to the Ice Cream Isles to help out with the Summer Spectacular, but she is unsure about going by herself and alienating her jealous friends.

A valentine's surprise

November 6, 2014
Perelman, Helen.
New York : Aladdin, 2011.
107 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.
When Raina and Dash decide to prepare a special surprise for their friend on her birthday they go to Lyra the unicorn for help, only to find that the unicorn is sick and in need of assistance.


November 4, 2014
Little, Kimberley Griffiths, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
389 pages ; 22 cm
Devastated by her betrothal to a violent boy she does not love, Jayden is forced to accept her fate as her ancient Mesopotamian tribe moves to the Summer Lands, where she falls for a mysterious youth from the Southern Lands.

The ghost backstage

November 4, 2014
Butler, Dori Hillestad, author.
New York, New York, USA : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
128 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Investigating a classmate's claim that he saw a ghost backstage while rehearsing for the school play, Kaz and Claire, harboring suspicions that the ghost may be Kaz's mom, discover compelling evidence of otherworldly activities.

Gobbled by ghorks

November 4, 2014
Weston, Robert Paul, author.
New York, New York : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
228 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A Creature Department novel"--Title page.
"When Jean-Remy receives a singing telegram from his long-lost sister, Eloise Yvette, the Creature Department is once again thrown into an invention frenzy. Rumor has it that the Ghorks have taken Heppleworth's Food Factory hostage. And worse, they are threatening to make tasty treats of the creatures inside"-- Provided by publisher.

The crown of Venice

November 4, 2014
Stevenson, Steve, author.
New York, New York, USA : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2014.
120 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Agatha Mistery and her cousin travel to Venice to investigate the theft of an ancient crown during the Carnevale celebrations.

Never wear red lipstick on picture day (and other lessons I've learned)

November 4, 2014
Gutknecht, Allison, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2014.
152 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
While trying to come up with something special to wear when she gets her picture taken at school, Mandy also worries about how she can win the contest for best cafeteria behavior.

Following Flora

November 4, 2014
Farrant, Natasha.
New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2014]
245 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: After Iris.
"Fourteen-year-old Bluebell Gadsby picks up her camera, once again, this time to document her sister Flora's budding romance with Zach, a troubled teen who happens to be Zoran's new charge"-- Provided by publisher.

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