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.

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Beth
Brimsby's Hats Cover Image
By Andrew Prahin, Andrew Prahin (Illustrator)
$18.55
ISBN: 9781442481473
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 31st, 2013

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Beth

Great characters and fast pacing make this novel impossible to put down. Great for all you dystopia fans! First book in a duology.

Proxy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399257766
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Published: Philomel Books - June 18th, 2013

An adventure involving fish, fairs, family, and just a touch of fantasy! Stan is an ordinary boy with extraordinary gifts. Quirky and clever, and a must-read for fans of Roald Dahl.

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas Cover Image
By David Almond, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$18.55
ISBN: 9780763661694
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 6th, 2013

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Revealing the profound in the everyday is Bob Graham's specialty. Each
moment holds infinite possibilities, if one only knows where to look.

The Silver Button Cover Image
By Bob Graham, Bob Graham (Illustrator)
$19.71
ISBN: 9780763664374
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 8th, 2013

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Absolutely appealing introduction to a sometimes-challenging concept. The probabilty that you will learn something new from this book is high! Great for Common Core.

That's a Possibility!: A Book about What Might Happen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805089981
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - June 4th, 2013

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Misfits, mixtapes, and a morning bus ride add up to a most unique and unlikely couple. Round up your old Smiths and Joy Division albums. Raw and unflinchingly honest, a love story like no other.

Eleanor & Park Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

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Failure sometimes is an option, especially if you're Timmy Failure,
the delightfully oblivious 11-year old CEO of the best detective agency
in the entire nation. Or what would be the best detective agency, if
only his mom and Total, his polar bear assistant, would get on board.
Thwarted at every turn by the Weevil Bun, head of the rival CCIA, and
his unhelpful best friend Rollo, can Total Failure,
Inc. achieve world domination? Mistakes Were Made is a laugh-out-loud
introduction to this middle-grade series sure to appeal Wimpy Kid fans.

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By Stephan Pastis, Stephan Pastis (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763660505
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 26th, 2013

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Standish Treadwell, a fifteen-year old who can't read or write, doesn't
see things the way other people do. He knows that there's something
very, very wrong in the Motherland, but also knows enough to keep his
head down and his lips sealed. Deceptively spare, beautiful prose
highlights the power of a single voice in this novel that lingers in the
imagination long after the final page is read.

Maggot Moon Cover Image
By Sally Gardner, Julian Crouch (Illustrator)
$19.71
ISBN: 9780763665531
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 12th, 2013

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The Tragedy Paper Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375870408
Availability: Special Order
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2013

Graceling Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780547258300
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Published: Graphia Books - September 7th, 2009

At Phoenix Books we joke that new booksellers must read Graceling
- it's practically required reading!  Even folks who don't normally
read fantasy, or didn't think this was their kind of book, have come
back raving about how awesome it is!  It's simply a must-read.


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