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
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Published: Beach Lane Books - April 21st, 2015

Eli has never left Serenity, New Mexico. When every house has a pool and there’s no crime, why would you? When Eli and his friend, Randy, bike to the edge of town and a helicopter full of security descends on them, Eli starts to wonder if there’s something lurking underneath Serenity’s idyllic facade. The next day, Randy is gone. In his search for Randy, Eli uncovers more of Serenity’s secrets and learns nothing is as it seems—not even his own parents. It’s going to take Masterminds (Balzer & Bray, $16.99) to figure out what’s going on, but luckily Eli has friends on his side. Gordon Korman’s latest novel is a suspenseful page-turner. Ages 11-14. Eowyn Randall

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ISBN: 9780062299963
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 3rd, 2015

Teo and Eli’s barn-storming mothers perform under the monikers Black Dove, White Raven (Disney-Hyperion, $17.99). After one of them dies in an aviation accident, Eli’s mother moves the three remaining members of their found family to Ethiopia, the only African country never to have been colonized, whose open skies Teo’s mother dreamed of. Teo and Eli grow up there, imagining fantastic adventures for themselves as the next generation Black Dove and White Raven, but when war with Italy looms, their peaceful lives are turned upside down. Aviatrix Elizabeth Wein, Printz Award-Winning author of Code Name Verity, has crafted another riveting historical novel. Ages 12-16. Eowyn Randall

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ISBN: 9781423183105
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 31st, 2015