New Arrivals · Kids’ Fiction

May 4, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The screaming statue

May 3, 2016
Oliver, Lauren, 1982- author.
©2016
361 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Four orphans are shocked when their beloved friend, sculptor Siegfried Eckleberger, is murdered. As they investigate, they find clues that his death may be tied to the murder of a rich New York heiress as well as to their own past.

Eruptor meets the nightmare king

May 3, 2016
Beakman, Onk, 1973- author.
©2016
157 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"He might be one of Skylands' most fiery characters, but even Eruptor feels a chill in his bones when he sees his own double frozen in ice! What starts with a cold snap leads to a red-hot adventure as everyone's favorite lava monster takes on a nightmarish opponent."--Back cover.

Trigger Happy targets the evil Kaos

May 3, 2016
Beakman, Onk, 1973- author.
©2016
150 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"The race is on to reach the final segment of the Mask of Power! Can Kaos be stopped from piecing together the Mask and using it to terrorize Skylands? There's one giggling, gold-slinging gremlin who sure thinks so! Join Trigger Happy and the other heroic Skylanders in this thrilling conclusion to the Mask of Power story series."--Back cover.

The toilet vortex

May 3, 2016
Pilger, Seamus, author.
New York : Harper, [2016]
98, 10 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Something is rotten in the plumbing of Harry Buttz Elementary School, and it’s kidnapped Janitor Stan! It’s up to the Fart Squad to dive into the toilet vortex to save their scent-sei from the World of the Royal Flush. Grab a match, because this stink just got real. Only the Fart Squad has the guts, the gall, and the gas to flush this round brown mound before he overflows his toilet kingdom on the world.

Bailey's story : a dog's purpose novel

May 3, 2016
Cameron, W. Bruce, author.
New York : Starscape, 2016.
206 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book" -- Title page verso.

The Firefly code

May 3, 2016
Blakemore, Megan Frazer, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2016.
340 pages ; 22 cm
Mori and her friends live a normal life on Firefly Lane in Old Harmonie, a utopian community where every kid knows he or she is genetically engineered to be better and smarter, but when a strangely perfect new girl named Ilana moves in, the friends begin to question the only world they have ever known.

Time stoppers

May 3, 2016
Jones, Carrie, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Childrens Book, 2016.
372 pages ; 22 cm
Foster child Annie Nobody discovers a new world of magic, power, and scary creatures in a hidden, magical town, Aurora, where she and her new best friend Jamie Hephastion Alexander learn it is up to them to protect their new home from those who want to misuse the great power, even if it means diving headfirst into magical danger.

Lily and Dunkin

May 3, 2016
Gephart, Donna, author.
©2016
340 pages ; 22 cm
"Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you're in the eighth-grade. Norbert Dorfman, nicknamed Dunkin Dorfman, is bipolar and has just moved from the New Jersey town he's called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change"--Provided by publisher.

Into the wild : yet another misadventure

May 2, 2016
Cronin, Doreen, author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2016]
93 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy book."
The fluffy, fearless Chicken Squad detectives are determined to find out who the new addition is in their yard, so, equipped with the latest surveillance gear, the chicks venture into the wild to get answers.

Mother-daughter book camp

May 2, 2016
Frederick, Heather Vogel, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016.
321 pages ; 22 cm
Emma, Jess, Megan, Becca, and Cassidy go to Camp Lovejoy in New Hampshire to serve as counselors and when some of the young campers are stricken with homesickness, the friends decide to start a summer camp book club.

Trouble the water

May 2, 2016
Dowell, Frances O'Roark.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2016]
278 pages ; 20 cm
In the segregated south of Kentucky in 1953, twelve-year-olds Callie, who is black, and Wendell, who is white, are brought together by an old dog that is clearly seeking something or someone, but they not only face prejudice, they find trouble at a haunted cabin in the woods.

Wolf Hollow : a novel

May 2, 2016
Wolk, Lauren, 1956- author.
New York, NY : Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]
291 pages ; 22 cm
"Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran"-- Provided by publisher.

Nala

April 29, 2016
Miles, Ellen, author.
©2015
89 pages ; 20 cm.
"Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care, until they can find the perfect forever home. Charles can't catch a break. He's never gotten into trouble in class before. Then he spotted that stray dog running around his school. Now it seems like everything he does lands him in the principal's office. Will Charles be able to find that collie pup and give her a forever home?"--Back cover.

The return

April 29, 2016
Johnson, Varian, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2016.
186 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Broken ground / by Victoria Schwab ; Followed by: The burning tide / by Jonathan Auxier.
Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan race to stop an ancient enemy with the power to strip spirit animals from their partners, while one young hero faces the loss of a spirit companion.

Attack of the kraken

April 29, 2016
Sherry, Kevin, author, illustrator.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
123 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
The merfolk of Atlantis have called in yeti Blizz Richards and his team of cryptozoologists to capture the kraken that is attacking their city, but when he starts to investigate, Blizz realizes that there is a lot the merfolk are not telling him--and something fishy is definitely going on.

Arf : a Bowser and Birdie novel

April 29, 2016
Quinn, Spencer, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
293 pages ; 22 cm.
Birdie Gaux's dog, Bowser, considers himself in charge of security at 19 Gentilly Lane, so when the house is broken into Bowser wants to find the man with the limeade aftershave (and the cat) responsible--but nobody seems to know what the culprits were looking for, or why a strange girl is asking questions about Birdie's father, a policeman who was killed in the line of duty years before Bowser was adopted.

Escape the Vortex

April 29, 2016
DuPrau, Jeanne, author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
196 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"The Alpha and Omega teams are in a race for the six essential elements that can fuse into a new source of clean energy, but the elements are scattered throughout the galaxy, and the teams are running out of time"-- Provided by publisher.

Tessa's lost and found

April 29, 2016
Zappa, Shana Muldoon, author.
Los Angeles : Disney Press, 2016.
141 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Stubborn Tessa is tasked with helping Ava, an army brat who has trouble feeling at home since she moves so often, when she loses her dog, the one constant in her life.

Alexis, cupcake crush

April 29, 2016
Simon, Coco, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2016.
127 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Aspiring to win the science fair with a project that proves that cupcakes are good for you, Alexis finds her ambitions challenged by her crush's association with another girl and a cupcake order for a mean girl's sweet sixteen.

The wiener strikes back

April 29, 2016
Brallier, Max, author.
New York : Aladdin Books, 2016.
277 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Cosmoe the Earth-boy and his space-adventuring partners, Big Humphree and Princess Dagger, return--just in time to save the galaxy...Crostini's Cosmic Carnival is a strange, monster-filled space train that travels the galaxy. When Cosmoe catches the attention of the carnival's ringmaster, the Neon Wiener, hot-dog-selling spaceship, becomes part of the show. Cosmoe is now known as Cosmoe the Monster-Tamer--and he's a hit across the galaxy! Just one problem--Cosmoe and his buddies are in some serious danger, and not only from the wild monsters Cosmoe's facing in the ring. Can they save the day and still sell enough wieners to keep Galactic Hot Dogs in business?

As brave as you

April 29, 2016
Reynolds, Jason, author.
©2016
410 pages ; 22 cm
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy book."
When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.

Beware! Space Junk!

April 28, 2016
Stilton, Geronimo.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2016]
113 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
MouseStar 1 is surrounded by floating space junk! It's yucky -- and dangerous. It's coming from a nearby planet, Cleanix. Geronimo Stiltonix goes to visit, and discovers that the aliens there are very wasteful. Even worse, robots that they've thrown in the trash have started to rebel! Can the spacemice restore harmony before the robots take over?

The mysterious moonstone

April 28, 2016
Luper, Eric, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, [2016]
111 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Neither Cleo nor Evan like the new school librarian, Ms. Crowley, but they are very curious about where she disappears to at the back of the library, so one day they follow her--and find a secret door, a magical library full of locked books, and a letter from the previous librarian telling them that she is trapped somewhere between the covers of one of the enchanted books, and they must travel through the stories in order to save her.

Clawdeen Wolf and the freaky-fabulous fashion show

April 28, 2016
Monstrata, Nessi, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
110 pages 21 cm
A young werewolf records her experiences in a diary as she and her "ghoulfriends" stage a fashion show.

Truth or hair

April 28, 2016
Selfors, Suzanne, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
213 pages ; 20 cm.
Fated to be the next Rapunzel, Holly O'Hair has long hair while her twin sister Poppy wears hers short, but when Holly's hair begins getting shorter as Poppy's grows longer, the sisters may have to reveal a secret about their fairytale destinies.

Fish talk

April 28, 2016
Francis, Suzanne, author.
Los Angeles : Disney Press, 2016.
122 pages : ; 23 cm
The fish and marine life of "Finding Dory" introduce themselves through conversations with each other and the reader.

Centaur school

April 27, 2016
Coats, Lucy, author.
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, [2016]
136 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Demon has always counted on his magical medicine box to help him cure the sick beasts on Mount Olympus. But Chiron, his new healing master, insists Demon learn to find the cures on his own. Demon's new skills are soon put to the test when he must save an ailing phoenix--or face the wrath of its fiery guards!"-- Provided by publisher.

In the game

April 27, 2016
Thorpe, Kiki, author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
105 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
"A Stepping Stone book."
"Kate loves flying in Never Land, and she loves playing soccer. But when she accidentally takes a flying leap during practice, Kate realizes that there are a lot of ways to use fairy dust in the real world ... and miscievous fast-flying Vidia is just the fairy to help her." --P.4 of cover.

Unidentified suburban object

April 27, 2016
Jung, Mike, author.
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2016.
265 pages ; 22 cm
Chloe Cho is a Korean American seventh-grader who would like to get in touch with many of the aspects of her heritage, but her parents are unwilling to talk about it--then when a class assignment forces Chloe to confront them directly, they finally tell her the truth about her family, which may just be too much for one girl to handle.

The haunted boardwalk

April 27, 2016
Redbank, Tennant, author.
©2016
58 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Strange things are happening at the Malibu Mini-Golf Park! Creaks and howls and bumps can be heard all through the night. Will Barbie and her sisters solve the mystery of the haunted boardwalk?"-- Provided by publisher

The beach bandit

April 27, 2016
Redbank, Tennant, author.
©2016
57 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
"It's perfect weather for a day at the beach! Barbie's friend Raquelle arrives dressed to impress with a diamond necklace, gold bracelet, and ruby ring. But when she takes her jewels off to go swimming. Raquelle returns to find them missing! Can Barbie and her sisters discover the true identity of the beach bandit?"-- Provided by publisher

The dark missions of Edgar Brim

April 27, 2016
Peacock, Shane, author.
[Plattsburgh, NY] : Tundra Books of Northern New York, [2016]
339 pages ; 22 cm
"Edgar Brim is a sensitive orphan who, exposed to horror stories from his father as a young child, is afraid of almost everything and suffers from nightly terrors. His stern new guardian, Mr. Thorne, sends the boy to a gloomy school in Scotland where his dark demons only seem to worsen and he is bullied and ridiculed for his fears. But years later, when sixteen-year-old Edgar finds a journal belonging to his novelist father, he becomes determined to confront his nightmares and the bullies who taunt him. After the horrific death of a schoolmate, Edgar becomes involved with an eccentric society at the urging of a mysterious professor who believes that monsters from famous works of literature are real and whose mandate is to find and destroy these creatures. With the aid of a rag-tag crew of friends, the fear-addled teen sets about on his dark mission, one that begins in the cemetery on the bleak Scottish moors and ends in a spine-chilling climax on the stage of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in London."--Page [2] of book jacket.

Song of the poison dragon

April 26, 2016
West, Tracey, 1965- author.
New York : Branches, Scholastic Inc., 2016.
90 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Petra, the newest dragon master, is scared to death of the hydra dragon she is supposed to bond with--but when the hydra accidentally poisons the King, and then her fellow dragon master, Drake, she must find a way to connect with her dragon, because only the hydra's song can cure them.

The spy's secret

April 26, 2016
Luper, Eric, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Press, 2016.
99 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Illustrator taken from title page verso.
In their second trip through the enchanted library, the new key lands Cleo and Evan in the middle of a spy story, where their impossible mission is to stop a traitor who calls himself Viper--and they find themselves working with the replacement librarian, Ms. Crowley, whose exact role in their adventures is becoming increasingly mysterious.

Our teacher is a vampire and other (not) true stories

April 26, 2016
Amato, Mary, author.
©2016
253 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A notebook that is passed from student to student around a classroom becomes a repository for wild rumors, heartfelt confessions, and creative writing and helps the students cope when their teacher has medical emergency and they must cope with a rigid substitute as they worry about their beloved teacher and her family.

Splat! another messy Sunday

April 26, 2016
Oliver, Lin, author.
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2016]
117 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
After visiting Madame Dots where they see a famous painting about a day in the park, Tiger Brooks, accompanied by his friend Luna, get sucked into the painting and land in a Parisian park where they are attacked by a pet monkey and chased by the police.

The legend of Sam Miracle

April 26, 2016
Wilson, Nathan D., author.
©2016
329 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.
"Misfit twelve-year-old Sam Miracle's life is made up of dreams, dreams where he's a courageous, legendary hero instead of a foster kid with two bad arms that can barely move. Sometimes these dreams feel so real, they seem like forgotten memories. And sometimes they make him believe that his arms might come alive again. But Sam is about to discover that the world he knows and the world he imagines are separated by only one thing: time. And that separation is only an illusion. The laws of time can be bent and shifted by people with special magic that allows them to travel through the past, present, and future. But not all of these 'time walkers' can be trusted. One is out to protect Sam so that he can accept his greatest destiny, and another is out to kill him so that a prophecy will never be fulfilled. However, it's an adventurous girl named Glory and two peculiar snakes who show Sam the way through the dark paths of yesterday to help him make sure there will be a tomorrow for every last person on earth." -- Amazon.com

Little Shaq takes a chance

April 25, 2016
O'Neal, Shaquille.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
73 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"Little Shaq doesn't love trying new things, especially if he might not be very good at them. So when his class is assigned projects for the school's upcoming art show, he's not sure that his skills will transfer from the basketball court to the art studio. Can Little Shaq find the confidence to embrace his own style and create a piece for the show?"-- Provided by publisher.

Genie in a bottle

April 25, 2016
Mlynowski, Sarah, author.
©2016
157 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
In their ninth journey through the magic mirror Abby and Jonah find themselves in the tale of Aladdin, and after giving the hero of the story a bloody nose in a game of dodge ball, they take his place with the evil magician looking for the magic lamp--and things continue to go down hill from there.

Echo the copycat

April 25, 2016
Holub, Joan, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2016.
261 pages ; 22 cm.
In order to fit in at Mount Olympus Academy, new girl and forest-mountain nymph Echo copies the mannerisms of all the other students, but instead of ingratiating herself to her classmates, it only seems to grate on them.

Poison is not polite

April 25, 2016
Stevens, Robin, 1988- author.
©2016
321 pages : map ; 22 cm.
In 1930s England, schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy's home for the holidays when someone falls seriously, mysteriously ill at a family party, but no one present is what they seem--and everyone has a secret or two--so the Detective Society must do everything they can to reveal the truth ... no matter the consequences.

Slacker

April 25, 2016
Korman, Gordon, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
230 pages ; 22 cm
When eighth-grader Cameron Boxer creates the Positive Action Group at school he intends it as a diversion to fool his parents, teachers, and sister into letting him continue to concentrate on his video-gaming--but before he knows it other kids are taking it seriously, and soon he finds himself president of the P.A.G., and involved in community service, so the boy who never cared about anything is now the center of everything, whether he likes it or not.

The most important thing : stories about sons, fathers, and grandfathers

April 25, 2016
Avi, 1937- author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2016.
215 pages ; 21 cm
"One of the most beloved writers of our time presents seven short stories exploring the vital ties between fathers and sons. Luke sees the ghost of his father but can't figure out what Dad wants him to do. Paul takes a camping trip with the grandfather he's just met and discovers what lies behind the man's erratic behavior. Ryan has some surprising questions when he interviews his prospective stepfather for the job. In a compellingly honest collection of stories, multiple-award-winning author Avi introduces seven boys--boys with fathers at home and boys whose fathers have left, boys who spend most of their time with their grandfathers and boys who would rather spend time with anyone but the men in their lives. By turns heartbreaking, hopeful, and funny, the stories show us boys seeking acceptance, guidance, or just someone to look up to. Each one shines a different light on the question 'What is the most important thing a father can do for his son?'"--Provided by publisher.

The hidden oracle

April 25, 2016
Riordan, Rick, author.
©2016
376 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. He must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favor"-- Provided by publisher.

Autobot world tour

April 25, 2016
Foxe, Steve, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
119 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Original stories based on the new series!"--Cover.
"Includes trading cards!"--Cover.
After the Alchemor crashed on Earth, fugitive Decepticons were scattered across the globe. Only Bumblebee can recapture the villains. Luckily, he's not alone. His new away team includes the legendary Optimus Prime, Sideswipe, Windblade, and the mysterious Drift and his Mini-Cons, Slipstream and Jetstorm. But even with their combined might, will the Autobots' away team be able to track down the bad guys before it's too late?

The perfect pet pageant : starring Penny Ling

April 25, 2016
Shea, Lisa, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Summer is here, and that can only mean the annual Perfect Pet Pageant! It's time for the pets to shine, and Blythe has just the pet in mind: Penny! The adorable panda needs a rigorous makeover. Will Penny be able to stay true to herself despite the crazy workouts, false eyelashes, and outrageous clothes?

Change up

April 25, 2016
Jeter, Derek, 1974-
New York : Jeter Children's, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016.
154 pages ; 24 cm
Derek is sure this will be the best season yet! He has it all planned & his dad will have him start at shortstop, and the team will cruise to a championship. But sometimes life doesn't go according to plan.

Somewhere among

April 25, 2016
Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Annie, author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2016]
441 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy book."
Eleven-year-old Emma's life in Tokyo changes for the worse when she and her American mother, who is pregnant, must move in with her Japanese grandmother the summer before 9/11 changes the world.

Danger! Tiger crossing

April 25, 2016
Oliver, Lin, author.
©2016
115 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 21 cm.
"When ten-year-old Tiger Brooks and his family move into a new home, he sees some strange things at the house next door--like a talking pig in a top hat! When he and his neighbor, Luna Lopez, investigate, they discover a reclusive old woman and her magical golden frame, through which they can enter the world's greatest paintings. In this book, Tiger and Luna get pulled into the painting Surprised! or Tiger in a Tropical Storm by Henri Rousseau. But they must escape the jungle adventure before time runs out, otherwise they'll be trapped in the painting forever!"-- Provided by publisher

The swarm descends

April 22, 2016
Grey, Jacob, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
279 pages ; 22 cm.
When Caw successfully defeated the Spinning Man, he was sure that Blackstone would be safe. He was wrong. The villainous ferals have found a new leader, one who has been quietly biding her time since the days of the Dark Summer. And Caw has something she wants--something she needs. With Lydia and his loyal crows by his side, Caw believes he can protect himself and his city. But the Mother of Flies won't stop hunting Caw until she has claimed her victory, and it will take more than crows to defeat her.

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