Rachel O's Picks

Rachel O. has been a bookseller for four years now. Her favorite genres are middle grade and young adult fantasy. When her nose is not buried in the latest young adult twist on fairy tales, she plays violin professionally with her partner and works towards helping raise awareness about women's issues.

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The Bear and the Nightingale Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101885932
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Published: Del Rey Books - January 10th, 2017

The Bear and the Nightingale is a gorgeously written book that puts you smack dab in the middle of a wintry Russian wonderland and takes you on a magical adventure that you won't want to end. It's guaranteed to give you chills of delight!


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A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming: Mastering the Art of Oneironautics Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780761177395
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 10th, 2013

Your mind is a wonderland waiting to be explored. Open the door to the magical world of dreams with this Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming. Providing simple techniques and easy-to-understand explanations, this book will teach you how to remember and interact with your dream-world.


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Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781594746444
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Published: Quirk Books - November 19th, 2013

Their lives weren’t fairy tales. Their morals weren’t perfect. Some were desperate or abused. Others were ingenious and brave. A few were just plain crazy. But they were all real. Princesses Behaving Badly doesn’t seek to demonize or glorify the lives of these women. Good or bad, happy or sad, these vignettes show the humanity behind society’s most romanticized symbol.


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Two Boys Kissing Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780307931900
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2013

I haven’t come across a narrator this fantastic since The Book Thief. The simple premise of two boys trying to break a world record belies the depth of what this book is about—life, hope, ad the universal human emotion of love. Groundbreaking . . . an instant classic!


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The Mischievians Cover Image
By William Joyce, William Joyce (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442473478
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2013

From shy boogers to earworms to sock stalkers, William Joyce’s new book explains all of these mischievous little creatures that make our lives interesting. Laugh-out-loud funny.


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I'd Rather Be Short: 100 Reasons Why It's Great to Be Small Cover Image
$16.24
ISBN: 9780142196984
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Published: Plume Books - October 29th, 2013

Being short can be frustrating when struggling to reach the top shelf or shopping for clothes, but it has its perks too. This little book will make us little people smile, laugh, and cheer for being short.


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Crewel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250034236
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Published: Square Fish - October 15th, 2013

Imagine having the power to touch the fabric of time, to
manipulate it—the power of creation or destruction. Then imagine that such a
power made you a slave to the government, that it meant losing your family,
your home, your freedom, even your right to marry. Born with the power of
mythological gods, yet powerless in the face of her gift, Adelice struggles to
maintain her independence in this thrilling futuristic dystopian.


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Walking Your Octopus: A Guidebook to the Domesticated Cephalopod Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781614040064
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Published: Baby Tattoo Books - July 1st, 2013

Walking Your Octopus by Brian Kesinger is a great book to give a Steampunk fan or add to your own collection. Cute, witty, and beautifully illustrated, this is a book that is as much a decorative piece as it is an enjoyable read.


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Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great Cover Image
By Bob Shea, Bob Shea (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781423159520
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Published: Disney Press - June 25th, 2013

Have you ever met someone who is so perfect and good at everything that you can't help but hate them? Goat knows how that feels because Unicorn is exactly like that! Find out how Goat and Unicorn become friends and how Goat learns that she's special too.


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Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves, & Other Female Villains Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580891851
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - February 1st, 2013

Framed, misunderstood, or just plain evil? Bad Girls gives a short summary of the lives of infamous women and asks the important questions that history vs. herstory raises. An exciting book to develop critical thinking and inquiry. Brilliant!


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