Always fresh and with a soupçon of adventure, Hilary McKay’s series about Lulu and her menagerie of rescued animals is a bright star among early chapter books. In the latest installment, Lulu brings home a neglected hamster just before a planned visit to celebrate her grandmother’s birthday. An escapade awaits Lulu and the Hamster in the Night (Albert Whitman, $13.99) in this comedy of secrets gone awry. Early readers will relate to the warm, winsome characters and believable antics that are hallmarks of the series. Ages 6-9. Mary Alice Garber

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By Hilary McKay, Priscilla Lamont (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807548240
Availability: Out of Print in This Format
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2015

Lily, Daisy, and Violet are triplets, but they’d be the first ones to tell you that they’re not identical. Lily likes to read, Daisy is into baseball, and Violet is notorious for losing things—even her homework. When an opportunity for extra credit in science class comes along, Violet accepts the challenge and reports on the similarities and differences among her family members, including the new family dog, Trouble. Author Michelle Poploff and illustrator Victoria Jamieson prove Where Triplets Go, Trouble Follows (Holiday House, $16.95) in this silly, though heartwarming, tale about family, friends, and fun. Ages 7-9. Allison Witten

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ISBN: 9780823432899
Availability: Out of Print in This Format
Published: Holiday House - February 1st, 2015

In her first chapter book in ten years, Cynthia Rylant returns to the world of Gooseberry Park. The residents of this idyllic hamlet are facing a months-long drought, and things are starting to look dire. Luckily, a brilliant crow, a 104-year-old hermit crab, and a tenacious chocolate lab are just a few of the creatures who call the park home, and together they might be able to come up with a solution. Gooseberry Park and the Master Plan (Beach Lane, $16.99) is the sort of gentle and witty story of which Rylant has proved herself a master. Dotted with Arthur Howard’s bold and comical illustrations, this is the perfect book for readers just starting to tackle chapters. Ages 7-10. Eowyn Randall

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By Cynthia Rylant, Arthur Howard (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481404495
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Beach Lane Books - April 21st, 2015