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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An extraordinary account of a true survivor, Moonbird tells the story of a little shore bird who earned his nickname by the incredible distances he has flown during the twenty years that scientists have followed him--the equivalent of to the moon and halfway back. Coupling gorgeous photography with compelling prose, Hoose inspires us to save the Moonbird, and, perhaps, ourselves.

 

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780374304683
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - July 17th, 2012

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780395901496
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Published: Mariner Books - March 15th, 1998

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Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover Cover Image
By Cece Bell, Cece Bell (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763654757
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 11th, 2012

Felix and Oscar: meet the newest odd couple, Rabbit and Robot. The
sleepover gets off to a rough start when excitable Rabbit discovers
that ever-placid Robot prefers nuts and bolts on his pizza and would
rather play something other than Go Fish. Will this unlikeliest of
friendships survive the night? This charmingly-illustrated chapter
book will leave readers cheering for more of this delightful duo.


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ISBN: 9780374316419
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - October 16th, 2012

In this outstanding debut novel, Gennifer Albin creates a world so
intricate, it becomes a character in its own right. Sixteen year old
Adelice has secret knowledge that may threaten the very existence of her
world. Crewel is difficult to describe but impossible to forget.


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By Jon J. Muth, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780439199964
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Published: Scholastic - April 1st, 2002

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Bear Has a Story to Tell Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781596437456
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 4th, 2012

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Being a monster is more than skin deep, as Grouch, Grump, and little Gloom 'n' Doom quickly discover when they try to build the biggest, baddest monster of them all. Much to their chagrin, all Monster wants to do is make friends! Patrick McDonnell's clever illustrations bring this story about friendship and gratitude to life.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780316045476
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780307931887
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2012

Exclusive Content:  Click here to read an exclusive short story from A's life by David Levithan.

What might be the most surprising thing about Every Day is what a great read it is, what a well-told story.  Why would this be surprising?  Because Every Day
follows a character named A who wakes up in a different body every
day.  This leads to a story that explores issues of identity,
attachment, and the nature of love - and somehow David Levithan manages
to intelligently explore all of these things without any of them
overpowering a simple (but never really simple) story of people meeting
eachother, falling in love, and learning that first impressions never
tell the whole story.


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As part of her duty as a midwife, Gaia, only 16 years old, must "advance" the first three babies born in her sector to the wealthy and powerful Enclave. After her parents disappear, Gaia begins to question her loyalty to those in charge.

Birthmarked Cover Image
$22.03
ISBN: 9781596435698
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 30th, 2010

Birthmarked Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312674724
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Published: Square Fish - October 11th, 2011

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This is an engaging look at the lost art of memorization. While we now rely on our gadgets to keep our lives in order, humans once had only our minds. A highly entertaining read.

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143120537
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Published: Penguin Books - February 28th, 2012

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