Best Children’s Books of the Year

The best aviation- and space-themed books for young readers in 2015.

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Black Dove, White Raven

(Disney Book Group)

By Elizabeth Wein
Disney Book Group, 368 pp., $17.99

Wein, author of the acclaimed Code Name Verity, delivers another fine novel. It’s the early 1930s, and best friends Delia and Rhoda are raising their children together, making a living with their barnstorming act, the Black Dove and White Raven. But when a bird strike kills Delia, Rhoda must decide where to raise their children—not in the U.S., where a white woman raising a black adopted son is seen as a threat. Rhoda takes her family to Ethiopia, where the trio finds happiness, and both kids learn to fly. But their lives are threatened when Italy and Ethiopia go to war, and the family is drawn into the conflict. Ages 12-up.

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