Beth's Picks

Beth is the frontlist book buyer and IT director for Phoenix Books and has been in bookselling for over a decade. As an omnivorous reader, no genre is off limits, though she harbors a not-so-secret love for young adult fiction. When not reading, Beth can often be found baking something chocolatey, knitting lace, or steadfastly ignoring the weeds in her vegetable garden. She lives in a super-secret Franklin County location with her spouse and their very opinionated rabbits, the Property Destruction Brothers.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385753548
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 28th, 2014

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Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems Cover Image
By Paul B. Janeczko, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763648428
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 11th, 2014

A beautiful collection of short poems that celebrates the rhythm of the
seasons. Paul Janeczko chooses poems not often seen in other children's
collections. Melissa Sweet's artwork is impeccable as always--the color
palate shifts as the seasons change, yet relates to what has come
before. Simply lovely!


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Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done Cover Image
By Stephan Pastis, Stephan Pastis (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763660512
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 25th, 2014

Not willing to rest upon his laurels as the CEO of the world's best
detective agency, Timmy Failure is back and ready to tackle his biggest
mystery yet. But shenanigans from his arch-nemesis threaten his status
as the foremost supersleuth. Timmy must (reluctantly) team up with old
friends Total and Rollo, and new friend Great-Aunt Colander, to defeat
the WEDGIE once and for all. Now Look What You've Done is an unlikely
combination of cluelessness and hope, which results in a book both
hilarious and poignant. A sequel full of GREATNESS


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Wild Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763662523
Availability: Special Order
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 24th, 2013

Keenly-observant Wild Boy believes he’s destined to be a freak show
attraction for the rest of his life. Framed for murder, he reluctantly
joins forces with his sworn enemy to find the real killer. This
Victorian mystery, peppered with sly humor, leaves readers cheering
for Wild Boy as he discovers that there’s much more to him than his
outward appearance.


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Winger Cover Image
By Andrew Smith, Sam Bosma (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781442444928
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 14th, 2013

Winger is a difficult book to describe. It manages to be smart, funny, and heartbreaking all at once. Ryan Dean West is a bit of a jerk: a scrawny, athletic, foulmouthed grade-A jerk at an elite boarding school where he's in good company. Yet he's refreshingly real and raw, and you will find yourself sympathizing with this messed-up teen.

Read this book if

* you are an unrepentant Dead Poet

* you can't get anough of those elite boarding school coming-of-age novels

* glittery heroes make you roll your eyes


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Journey Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763660536
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 6th, 2013

Proving the adage, "a picture is worth a thousand words," Journey is a mesmerizing wordless picture book following a lonely girl on a fantastical voyage. Absolutely stunning.


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If You Want to See a Whale Cover Image
By Julie Fogliano, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596437319
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 7th, 2013

Simple, lovely, perfect.


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Battle Bunny Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Matt Myers (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781442446731
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2013

Birthday Battle Bunny is the sweet dastardly story of a special little vicious scheming bunny warrior on his very special explosive day, when he recieves lots of extra super presents powers. But his friends have forgotten to throw him a birthday doomsday party! What ever will he do?


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Elephant's Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374399139
Availability: Backordered
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 22nd, 2013

Whoops! After Elephant accidentally sneezes out letters from Gracie’s missing picture book, the perplexed pachyderm seeks assistance in putting the words back together again. His friends have their own ideas of how the story should go. Will the book ever be fixed and returned to its rightful owner? Cleverly and joyfully illustrated, Elephant’s Story is a celebration of both wordplay and friendship.


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The Beginning of Everything Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062217134
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - August 27th, 2013

Ezra's seemingly perfect life is destroyed in one careless evening, or
so he believes. Then he meets Cassidy, who changes everything. So much
more than a typical high school romance novel!

Perfect for:

* Fans of John Green

* Great Gatsby-ites

* Readers who carry an extra pack of tissues, just in case


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