New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

October 28, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

It's not a dinosaur!

October 27, 2016
McAnulty, Stacy, author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
111 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
When photographs of Peanut the dinosaur appear on the Web, Frank's father arrives in Wyoming with a story about the prehistoric reptile he saw nearby twenty years earlier.

The truest heart

October 27, 2016
Baker, E. D., author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
260 pages ; 21 cm.
Cory Feathering has abandoned the tooth fairy guild she was born into in favor of choosing her own path as a matchmaker, and now decides to fight for what she believes in by helping Mary Lambkin find true love.

Bad-luck basketball

October 27, 2016
Maddox, Jake, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Stone Arch Books, a Capstone imprint, [2015]
89 pages ; 20 cm.
Brandon's junior high school basketball team is struggling to make the playoffs, and Brandon is starting to feel that his bad luck is dragging them down--and when their bus breaks down on the way to the big game, Brandon has to turn luck into opportunity.

The capybara conspiracy : a novel in three acts

October 27, 2016
Perl, Erica S., author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016.
181 pages ; 22 cm
Fed up with their sports-obsessed school, seventh-grade playwright Olive and her best friend Reynaldo decide to kidnap the school's capybara mascot in an attempt to get more benefits and respect for non-athletes.

The infinity year of Avalon James

October 27, 2016
Middleton, Dana, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, [2016]
214 pages ; 22 cm
Facing bullying at home and her family being torn apart, Avalon anxiously waits with her best friend, Atticus, for the magical power they are supposed to inherit between their tenth and eleventh birthdays.


October 27, 2016
Said, S. F., author.
487 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Lucky thinks he's an ordinary Human boy. But one night, he dreams that the stars are singing - and wakes to find an uncontrollable power rising inside him. Now he's on the run, racing through space, searching for answers. In a galaxy at war, where Humans and Aliens are deadly enemies, the only people who can help him are an Alien starship crew - and an Alien warrior girl, with neon needles in her hair. Together, they must find a way to save the galaxy. For Lucky is not the only one in danger. His destiny and the fate of the universe are connected in the most explosive way"--Publisher information.

School ship Tobermory

October 27, 2016
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2015]
218 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
"When two siblings attend an unusual school, aboard a ship, they make new friends, learn about all things nautical, and become involved in a mystery they feel compelled to help solve"-- Provided by publisher.

Disenchanted : the trials of Cinderella

October 26, 2016
Morrison, Megan, 1976- author.
404 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
For generations the Charming men have been cursed, but now that the witch Envearia is dead the curse should be broken--however things are complicated at Charming Palace: King Clement is still nasty, Queen Maud has fled with the help of her son, Prince Dash, and Ella Coach (called Cinderella) would rather be at home sewing than living in the palace at Charming Prep school.

It's a doggy dog world

October 26, 2016
Greenwald, Tom, 1962- author.
229 pages ; illustrations ; 22 cm.
Bored by the lack of crime in Quietville lately, Jimmy's vampire dog, Abby, has chewed up his mother's entire shoe collection, and so his parents have insisted in enrolling Abby in obedience training, and the longer it goes on the more "normal" (and boring) she becomes--but when mysterious things start happening to Jimmy's lacrosse team, he and his friends (the Crimebiters) realize they need to get Abby back to her crime fighting ways.


October 26, 2016
Larson, Kirby, author.
221 pages ; 22 cm
In 1940s New Orleans, Fish Elliot is a polio-survivor with a knack for inventing and building things, and his African American neighbor Olympia is a girl with a talent for messing things up, but they are united in an effort to save a starving stray dog they call Liberty--and when Liberty is caged by a nasty farmer, they find an unlikely ally in a German prisoner of war, Erich, who is not much older than the two children.

Reckless : the petrified flesh

October 26, 2016
Funke, Cornelia, 1958- author, illustrator.
Los Angeles : Breathing Books, 2016.
335 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Also published under the title Reckless. New York : Little, Brown, 2010.
"Inspired by a tale discovered and explored with Lionel Wigram."--Title page verso.
Jacob and Will have looked out for each other ever since their father disappeared, but when Jacob discovers a magical mirror that transports him to a warring world populated by witches, giants, and ogres, he keeps it to himself.

Peter Powers and his not-so-super powers!

October 26, 2016
Clark, Kent.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
117 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"When Captain Tornado begins robbing banks, will Peter Powers and his totally lame superpowers step up to save the day?"-- Provided by publisher.

The gigantic giant goof-up

October 26, 2016
Courtauld, Sarah, author.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2016.
187 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Originally published in the United Kingdom by Macmillan Children's Books in 2015 under title: Buckle and Squash and the Land of the Giants.
When Lavender's magical attempt to marry a prince gets her and sister Eliza kidnapped by giants, it is up to Eliza and her amazing goat Gertrude to save the day--again.

The story of Moana : a tale of courage and adventure

October 26, 2016
Sutherland, Kari, adaptor.
300 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
At head of title: Disney
"Moana has lived on the island of Motunui her whole life, just like her parents before her and their parents before them. She loves the community in her happy village, from the farmers growing plentiful crops, to the talented basket weavers, to the fisherman filling their nets in the lagoon. As daughter of the chief, Moana knows that one day the village and all its inhabitants will be her responsibility. This is a bit daunting, particularly as a piece of her has always longed to explore the seas beyond their reef -- something that has long been forbidden. But when a legendary darkness threatens their island, Moana must venture on the voyage of a lifetime to find an ancient demigod and right past wrongs. Soon Moana learns that sailing beyond the the reef is much more difficult than she ever imagined. Will she able to save her people in time?" -- Back cover.

A blind guide to normal

October 26, 2016
Vrabel, Beth, author.
287 pages ; 22 cm
After spending his last year at Addison School for the Blind, Ryder will need his sense of humor to help him make the transition to eighth grade at Papuaville Middle School where he is now enrolled to accommodate his parents' new jobs.

The case of maker mischief

October 26, 2016
O'Donnell, Liam, 1970- author.
134 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
"When his classmates' robot is stolen just days before the Maker Faire, Myron and his detective partner, Hajrah, have their work cut out for them."--From back cover.

The haunted house project

October 26, 2016
Clasen, Tricia, author.
221 pages ; 22 cm
"Since her mom died, Andie's family has crumbled. Instead of working, her dad gambles away insurance money, while her sister, Paige, has put her future on hold in order to pick up extra waitressing shifts. Andie's afraid of what will happen if people find out just how bad things are. She's not sure how long she can hide the fact that there's no food or money in the house...or adults, for that matter. When her science partner suggests they study paranormal activity, Andie gets an idea. She wants a sign from her mom--anything to tell her it's going to be okay. Maybe the rest of her family does too. So she starts a project of her own. Pretending to be her mother's ghost, Andie sprays perfume, changes TV channels, and moves pictures. Haunting her house is Andie's last hope to bring her family back into the land of the living."--From publisher's website.

Swan boy

October 26, 2016
Sheehan, Nikki, author.
230 pages ; 20 cm
When Johnny moves house and starts a new school he has to deal with a bully who can't leave him alone. But help comes from an unexpected and surprising source and Johnny's growing power soon puts him in a very special place. A chance encounter with a swan sparks a series of events that result in Johnny playing the lead in a school ballet. His teacher wants him to live the role, and when feathers start sprouting on his chest, Johnny begins to understand his true potential. But will he be strong or brave enough to beat his bullies, take care of his brother, support his mother and find a place for himself amongst all the chaos that is prevailing in his life.

Time traveling through Shenandoah National Park

October 26, 2016
Alt, Jeff, author.
201 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
After Inheriting legendary time travel skills from their Papa Lewis, Tommy "Bubba Jones," and his sister Jenny "Hug-a-Bug," embark on a Shenandoah National Park adventure to solve a family mystery. From the moment they reach the park entrance, the excitement begins. As they follow the clues, they travel back in time hundreds, thousands, and millions of years and come face to face with extinct creatures, endangered species, the areas first inhabitants, past presidents, former park residents, and some of the park founders. They travel deep down into mountain hollows, high up onto Talus mountain slopes, and discover more about the Shenandoah than they ever imagined. Explore the Shenandoah with Bubba Jones and family in a whole new way.

Rock 'n' roll rebel

October 25, 2016
Rue, Ginger, author.
342 pages ; 23 cm.
Looking to propel her into the spotlight at her middle school, thirteen-year-old Tig Ripley starts an all-girl rock band with her cousin and two school friends.

Billy Sure, kid entrepreneur is not a singer!

October 25, 2016
Sharpe, Luke (Children's fiction writer), author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2016.
144 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Billy and Manny are excited to be judges on a television singing competition until they discover that they are actually contestants and that Billy cannot sing.

Spy ski school

October 25, 2016
Gibbs, Stuart, 1969- author.
© 2016
x, 350 pages ; 22 cm.
Twelve-year-old Ben's unexpected success outside the classroom causes the CIA to activate him for a mission to become friends with Jessica Shang, daughter of a suspected Chinese crime boss.

Super Fly vs. Furious Flea!

October 25, 2016
Doodler, Todd H., author, illustrator.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
119 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Super Fly and Fantastic Flea have always fought the bad guys together, but Crazy Cockroach's latest plan to take over the world involves turning Super Fly's loyal sidekick, Fantastic Flea, against him.

The League of Unexceptional Children : Get smart-ish

October 25, 2016
Daneshvari, Gitty, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
230 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Utterly average twelve-year-olds Jonathan Murray and Shelley Brown, agents with the League of Unexceptional Children, travel to the United Kingdom to help MI5 capture a rogue teenage spy"-- Provided by publisher.

Doctor Strange : the junior novel

October 25, 2016
Behling, Steve, author.
167 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Based upon a screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill"--T.p.
"This action-packed adventure follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange, who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. After searching for a way to heal himself and finding more questions than answers, Doctor Strange scrambles to understand and utilize a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the universe."--Back cover.

The secret of Goldenrod

October 25, 2016
O'Reilly, Jane H., author.
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, [2016]
370 pages ; 22 cm
"Fifth-grader Trina, who has never lived anywhere long enough to call home, is excited about moving into Goldenrod, an abandoned mansion, with her dad. But soon Goldenrod brings its secrets to her attention, including a forgotten doll, leaving Trina wondering what the old house wants from her"--Provided by publisher.

Fashion disaster

October 24, 2016
Santopolo, Jill, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2016.
82 pages ; 22 cm.
After Suzy Davis gives Brooke a bad hair cut, the Sparkle Spa crew spend a lot of energy trying to convince her to go back out into public again.


October 24, 2016
Legrand, Claire, 1986- author.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
469 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Twelve-year-old Quicksilver--the self-proclaimed greatest thief in all the Star Lands--must travel back in time to when magic still existed and, with the help of her older self and a dog named Fox, stop the evil Wolf King from hunting witches to extinction"-- Provided by publisher.

The soccer ball monster mystery

October 24, 2016
Styles, Walker, author.
New York : Little Simon, 2016.
119 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Rider and the PI Pack try to find the soccer team's missing mascot, Dynamo Dog.

Beware! Shadows in the night

October 21, 2016
Oliver, Lin, author.
123 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
"When Tiger and Luna get sucked into the fantastic frame this time, their destination is the diner depicted in Edward Hopper's famous painting Nighthawks. They explore the streets of New York in 1942 and ride the subway through the dark underground tunnels. It's another art adventure for Tiger and Luna, and as always, they must find their way back to the real world before it's too late--or remain stuck in the painting forever."--Publisher's website.


October 20, 2016
Carman, Patrick, author.
143, 19 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Harold Fuzzwonker, his best pal, Floyd, and the Fizzies must figure out how to convey gallons of Fizz to the Snood Candy Factory, where the creatures are occupied with a world class sugar surge, without uncovering Fizzpolis.

The midnight ride of Flat Revere

October 20, 2016
Brown, Jeff, 1926-2003, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016].
134 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
In this exciting new installment in the Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventure series, the Lambchop family is off to Boston, Massachusetts, for a little history and a whole lot of fun. And for parents and teachers, each Flat Stanley book is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, like multicultural adventure, plot and character development story elements, and compare and contrast. When the Lambchop family gets to Boston, Stanley is excited to go on a Duck Tour, eat lunch at Quincy Market, and see Fenway Park baseball stadium. Stanley even gets to be in a reenactment of American Colonist Paul Revere's famous midnight ride. But Stanley has a problem. The Lambchops's friend, Dr. Dan, is in town, too, and he's giving a speech about his cure for flatness. And he wants Stanley to talk about being flat! But does Stanley want to change and be a regular kid, or would it be better to stay flat after all? --

Stick Dog slurps spaghetti

October 20, 2016
Watson, Tom, 1965- author.
New York, NY : Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
238 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
When they come across spaghetti in their search for a tug-of-war rope, Stick Dog and his hungry friends go on a quest for more pasta that sees them scale their suburb's tallest mountain and sneak into a restaurant filled with humans.


October 20, 2016
Neff, Henry H., author.
583 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
For over three thousand years, the Faeregine dynasty has ruled Impyrium. But the family's magic has been fading, and with it their power over the empire. Whether it's treachery from a rival house, the demon Lirlanders, or rebel forces, many believe the Faeregines are ripe to fall. Hazel, the youngest member of the royal family, is happy to leave ruling to her sisters so that she can study her magic. But the empress has other plans for her granddaughter, dark and dangerous plans to exploit Hazel's talents and rekindle the Faeregine mystique.

Mice of the Round Table. A tail of Camelot

October 20, 2016
Leung, Julie, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016].
296 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Vol. 1"--Spine.
Young mouse Calib Christopher dreams of becoming a Knight of the Round Table. For generations, his family has led the mice who live just out of sight of the humans, defending Camelot from enemies both big and small. But when Calib and his friend Cecily discover that a new threat is gathering - one that could catch even the Two-Leggers unaware - it is up to them to unmask the real enemy, unite their forces, and save the castle they all call home.

Falling over sideways

October 19, 2016
Sonnenblick, Jordan, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
257 pages ; 22 cm
"Claire's life is a joke . . . but she's not laughing. While her friends seem to be leaping forward, she's dancing in the same place. The mean girls at school are living up to their mean name, and there's a boy, Ryder, who's just as bad, if not worse. And at home, nobody's really listening to her -- if anything, they seem to be more in on the joke than she is. Then into all of this (not-very-funny-to-Claire) comedy comes something intense and tragic -- while her dad is talking to her at the kitchen table, he falls over with a medical emergency. Suddenly the joke has become very serious -- and the only way Claire, her family, and her friends are going to get through it is if they can find a way to make it funny again."--Provided by publisher.

How to avoid extinction

October 19, 2016
Acampora, Paul, author.
196 pages ; 22 cm
Leo's grandfather died a year ago, and ever since Leo has been tasked with tracking his grandmother down whenever she wanders away from their home in Allentown, Pennsylvania--but when she abruptly decides to take the trip to Utah that her husband was planning, Leo finds himself on the way to visit dinosaurs, in an old Buick with his grandmother, his seventeen-year-old cousin Abby, and Abby's old, smelly Golden retriever, Kermit, without telling his mother.

Freddie Ramos rules New York

October 19, 2016
Jules, Jacqueline, 1956-
Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, 2016.
87 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
On a visit to New York City to see Uncle Jorge, Freddie brings his special sneakers which give him super speed but are becoming too small for his growing feet.

The prince warriors and the unseen invasion

October 19, 2016
Shirer, Priscilla Evans, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : B & H Publishing Group, [2016]
ix, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In this second book in The Prince Warriors trilogy, the Prince Warriors face new challenges on earth and in the unseen realm of Ahoratos. The enemy, angry about his last defeat, is targeting them with weapons and tactics they had never imagined, including the flaming Olethron. The kids must turn to Ruwach and the Source, who can give them more pieces of armor to help them stand strong against this deadly threat."

Skunked! : Calpurnia Tate, girl vet

October 19, 2016
Kelly, Jacqueline, author.
106 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"When Travis discovers an abandoned baby skunk, he can't help but bring it home and take care of it. Stinky, as Travis names him, settles in pretty well. But when Travis discovers Stinky's litter-mate, Winky, who is in need of some help, things get complicated around the Tate house"-- Provided by publisher.

Dreidels on the brain

October 19, 2016
ben Izzy, Joel, author.
New York, NY : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2016]
318 pages ; 22 cm
"As he tries to survive Hannukah, 1971 in the suburbs of the suburbs of Los Angeles, middle-school magician Joel learns to appreciate life's small miracles with the help of an unusual stranger he meets on a bus"-- Provided by publisher.

The only road

October 19, 2016
Diaz, Alexandra, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2016]
308 pages ; 22 cm
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
"Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala to his older brother in New Mexico after his cousin is murdered by a drug cartel"-- Provided by publisher.

Sammy and the Headless Horseman

October 19, 2016
Arato, Rona, author.
225 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Thanks to his Aunt Pearl, twelve-year-old Sammy is stuck in the Catskill Mountains for the summer with his awful cousin Joshua. While he doesn't relish the idea of getting to know his new stepmom, at least he'd have his gang to hang out with in New York if he got to stay there instead. But when Sammy realizes he was brought on to be hired help at the hotel, he makes the most of it. Trouble seems to follow Sammy as he becomes entangled in a series of mysterious occurrences, including a terrifying headless horseman who seems to be haunting the reclusive 'Hermit' at the top of the neighbouring hill.


October 19, 2016
O'Connor, Barbara, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
227 pages ; 22 cm
"A story about a girl who, with the help of the dog of her dreams, discovers that family doesn't always have to be related--they are simply people who love you for who you are"-- Provided by publisher.

Lug : blast from the north

October 18, 2016
Zeltser, David, author.
Minneapolis, MN : Carolrhoda Books, [2016]
151 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Lug the cave boy must save his clan again--this time from a fast-moving glacier on course to crush the settlement"-- Provided by publisher.

Return fire

October 18, 2016
Gonzalez, Christina Diaz, 1969- author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
214 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Sequel to Moving target.
Just after Cassie Arroyo found the Spear of Destiny in Rome, it was stolen from her, so now she and her friend Asher must recover it--but when she used the Spear before she set the world down a dangerous path, and if she recovers it she will have to decide whether to risk using it again.

A forever friend

October 18, 2016
Katschke, Judy. author.
136 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Misty Inn is up and running, and the Dunlaps have a full house. Willa is thrilled that Kate, her best friend from Chicago, is going to come to Chincoteague for a visit. But it&#x;s been a whole year since they&#x;ve seen each other, and Willa soon realizes their friendship is not as easy as it had once been. Adding to the tension is the fact that a Chincoteague friend, Sarah Starling, is away at camp for the week, not to mention the fact that Ben seems to disappear early in the morning and not show up again until dinner. So Willa is on her own to figure out how to start anew with her oldest friend. --Publisher

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

October 18, 2016
Rowling, J. K., author.
259 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Sequel to: Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone.
"Year 2"--Spine.
When the Chamber of Secrets is opened again at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, second-year student Harry Potter finds himself in danger from a dark power that has once more been released on the school.

Gertie's leap to greatness

October 18, 2016
Beasley, Kate, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
249 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Gertie is a girl on a mission to be the best fifth grader ever in order to show her estranged mother that Gertie doesn't need her--not one bit!"-- Provided by publisher.

Garvey's choice

October 18, 2016
Grimes, Nikki, author.
xi, 108 pages ; 20 cm
"Garvey's father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading--anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey's life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father--by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports." -- Provided by publisher.

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