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

I devoured this book in two sittings! Part mystery, part time travel--one of the best reads of 2009. Ages 9+

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780375850868
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Yearling Books - December 28th, 2010

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Beth

The word "amazing" is overused, but I have no other word that describes this book. Maybe "heartbreaking," definiely "worthwhile." This book will rip your heart out but show you the way to heal it. I've read it three times already.

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By Patrick Ness, Jim Kay (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763655594
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 15th, 2011

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Beth

The Handmaid's Tale meets The Giver in this outstanding debut novel, the first of a planned trilogy. An incurable virus is killing generations of children before their time--girls live to age 20, boys to 25. Rhine, at age 16, is kidnapped and forced to marry the son of a rich and powerful doctor in hopes that their union will produce offspring. Rhine has other plans...

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$10.99
ISBN: 9781442409064
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 6th, 2011

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Beth

In post-disaster Chicago, society is organized into five distinct factions, based upon personality traits, in order to maintain the peace. After tesing at age 16, teens must choose which faction to join. Those who don't fit neatly into a faction, like Beatrice, are considered dangerous and labelled Divergent. Fast-paced and action-packed, Divergent is a thrilling read, especially if you loved The Hunger Games.

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ISBN: 9780062024039
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 28th, 2012

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Beth

In this futuristic fairy tale, Cinder is a cyborg, despised by her stepmoter and forced to work long hours to support her Family. When handsome Prince Kai asks her to fix his robot, Cinder is thrown into a whole new world. Thrillng, romantic, funny, and sad, this was a great read.

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780312641894
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 3rd, 2012

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Beth

A quiet book:  A cloistered nun is faced with a difficult decision that tests her faith.  Beautifully written.

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780375706066
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Published: Vintage Books USA - October 9th, 2001

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