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These events all took place in our Essex store.

Meet the Grinch! (Essex)

Come by Phoenix Books Essex to meet the Grinch!  Bring your own camera, and get your photo taken with this beloved holiday character.  Plus, grow your heart three sizes by bringing by a nonperishable donation for our local food shelf.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Deluxe Edition (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679891536
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

A Dangerous Night of Writing (Essex)

Calling all young writers! Come to Phoenix Books Essex to write and write into the night with the support of fellow young writers. Dress up as a favorite book character, too! This write-a-thon will be coordinated by Browns River Middle School librarian Joyce Babbitt, and is inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which takes place during November).

Will it Waffle Wednesday (Essex)

Join us for delicious and unexpected waffles!  Details to come.




Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron (Will It...?) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761176466
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - August 26th, 2014

How many great ideas begin with a nagging thought in the middle of the night that should disappear by morning, but doesn t? For Daniel Shumski, it was: "Will it waffle?" Hundreds of hours, countless messes, and 53 perfected recipes later, that answer is a resounding: Yes, it will! Steak? Yes! Pizza? Yes! Apple pie? Emphatically yes. And that s the beauty of being a waffle iron chef waffling food other than waffles is not just a novelty but an innovation that leads to a great end product, all while giving the cook the bonus pleasure of doing something cool, fun, and vaguely nerdy (or giving a reluctant eater your child, say a great reason to dig in). Waffled bacon reaches perfect crispness without burned edges, cooks super fast in the two-sided heat source, and leaves behind just the right amount of fat to waffle some eggs. Waffled Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Pressed Potato and Cheese Pierogi, and Waffled Meatballs all end up with dimples just right for trapping their delicious sauces. A waffle iron turns leftover mac n cheese into Revitalized Macaroni and Cheese, which is like a decadent version of a grilled cheese sandwich with its golden, buttery, slightly crisp exterior and soft, melty, cheesy interior."

Hobbit Day

Celebrate Bilbo’s birthday and your love of The Hobbit with us. Need another reason to celebrate? The third film in The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies comes out in theaters from Warner Bros. Pictures on December 17th.

On Twitter, use #hobbitday to follow the celebration and post your own birthday toasts and favorite Bilbo and Frodo moments.

Here at Phoenix Books Burlington and Essex, we'll have some fun Hobbit giveaways (while supplies last)!

Esther Earl Day

Esther Earl was John Green's muse for writing The Fault In Our Stars, and her birthday falls on 8/3. The following is from her foundation's website (This Star Won't Go Out):

Before her death, author and friend John Green told Esther that he and his brother Hank wanted to celebrate her birthday as long as there were vlogbrothers videos, and that the videos on that day could be about whatever she chose. After some reflection, Esther decided she wanted it to be a day to celebrate love for family and friends. So, since 2010, August 3rd or Esther Day has become a holiday that reminds us to verbalize our love for friends and family, the important people in our lives who we might not remember to say “I love you” to very often.

Both Phoenix Books locations will be handing out paper stars to anyone who wants to celebrate. Participants can write a message of love on these stars and are encouraged to take photos with their stars and post to social media outlets with the #EstherDay marker.

The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142424179
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Penguin Books - April 8th, 2014

Ben Hewitt: Home Grown *book launch* (Essex)

Join Ben Hewitt to celebrate the release of Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting Off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ben Hewitt is the author of Saved, The Town That Food Saved, Making Supper Safe, and articles for magazines such as Bicycling, Discover, Gourmet, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, the New York Times Magazine, Yankee, Taproot, and many others. He and his family live in a self-built, solar-powered house in Cabot, Vermont, and operate a forty-acre livestock, vegetable, and berry farm.

ABOUT THE BOOK: When Ben Hewitt and his wife bought a sprawling acreage of field and forest in northern Vermont, the landscape easily allowed them to envision the self-sustaining family farm they were eager to start. But over the years, the land became so much more than a building site; it became the birthplace of their two sons, the main source of family income and food, and ultimately, both classroom and home for their children.
Having opted out of formal education, Hewitt's sons learn through self-directed play, exploration, and experimentation on their farm, in the woods, and (reluctantly) indoors. This approach has allowed the boys to develop confidence, resourcefulness, and creativity. They learn, they play, they read, they test boundaries, they challenge themselves, they fail, they recover. And these freedoms allow their innate personalities to flourish, further fueling growth and exploration.
Living in tune with the natural world teaches us to reclaim our passion, curiosity, and connectivity. Hewitt shows us how small, mindful decisions about day-to-day life can lead to greater awareness of the world in your backyard and beyond. We are inspired to ask: What is the true meaning of "home" when the place a family lives is school, school system, and curriculum? When the parent is also the teacher, how do parenting decisions affect a child's learning? (And exactly how much trouble can a couple of curious boys gallivanting in the wild woods all day get into?) Home Grown reminds us that learning at any age is a lifelong process, and the best "education" is never confined to a classroom. These essays on nature, parenting, and education show us that big change can come from making small changes in how you live on the land, while building a life you love.

"In this fine and eloquent and moving book, Ben Hewitt takes a principled stand for the unconventional childhood, for the intellectual and emotional and soulful nurture of nature."
—Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle

“Ben Hewitt walks you along the lanes of his small family farm right into the heart of parenting. He does not judge the new normal of life’s fever-pitch pace but fills you with the courage to follow your hopes, which may well transform your family.”
—Kim John Payne, MEd, author of Simplicity Parenting, Beyond Winning, and The Soul of Discipline

“This fine book may make you wish you’d grown up in a very different way.”
—Bill McKibben, author of Wandering Home


DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 13th at 7pm

LOCATION: Phoenix Books Essex

EVENT FORMAT: Ben will talk a little about why he wrote Home Grown, read from the book, and then invite audience discussion.  Copies of Home Grown will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed.

ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to all.
Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611801699
Availability: Backordered
Published: Roost Books - September 9th, 2014

Read for the Record (Both Locations)

On October 21, 2014, people across the country will unite to read the children’s book Bunny Cakes, a comical story of sibling bonding and birthday shenanigans, by bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells.  Join a national movement to set a new record for reading the same book on the same day!

ABOUT THE NATIONAL EVENT: Jumpstart is a national organization that works toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.  Jumpstart’s premiere national campaign, Read for the Recordmobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience.

In 2006, Jumpstart launched the first Read for the Record campaign with the classic story The Little Engine that Could. Jumpstart began the morning of that campaign day on NBC's TODAY Show, which has become a proud tradition. Jumpstart’s supporters helped set a new record for reading the same book on the same day, and in the process, created a national forum for concerned citizens to voice their support of early education.

ABOUT THE BOOK: It's Grandma's birthday, and Max wants to make her an icky, worm-infested cake. But Ruby says, "No, Max. We are going to make Grandma an angel surprise cake, with raspberry-fluff icing." Will Max let his bossy older sister keep him out of the kitchen? Or will they both become bunnies who bake?


DATE & TIME: Tuesday, October 21st at 6pm

LOCATION: Phoenix Books Burlington AND Phoenix Books Essex

EVENT FORMAT: Story time.  All ages welcome.

ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to the public.
Bunny Cakes (Max and Ruby) Cover Image
By Rosemary Wells, Rosemary Wells (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140566673
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Puffin Books - February 1st, 2000

Marcia Wells: Eddie Red Undercover (Essex)

Marcia Wells will talk to kids about book covers, marketing, and the teamwork behind each book they see on the shelf.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marcia Wells teaches middle school students in Vermont. She is also a member of SCBWI and holds a Master's degree in Spanish Literature. She lives with her husband and two young children in Vermont.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  Art, mystery, fun and friendship, combine in this illustrated middle grade series debut. Sixth grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename "Eddie Red," has a photographic memory and talent for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case, drawing Eddie deeper into New York's famous Museum Mile and closer to a dangerous criminal group known as The Picasso Gang.

"A sure pleaser for Cam Jansen grads or anyone fond of knotty, lightweight capers solved with brainpower (and a little luck)."
--Kirkus Reviews

"This is a strong start to a promising new series, and as Eddie would say, it's uber-cool."

TIME magazine voted Eddie Red one of the '5 Best Books for Your Kids this Summer (According to Other Kids)'!


DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 27th at 2pm

LOCATION: Phoenix Books Essex

EVENT FORMAT: Marcia Wells will show us how Eddie Red's illustrations took shape, and will read a teaser chapter.  Copies of Eddie Red Undercover will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed.

ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to all ages.

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile Cover Image
By Marcia Wells, Marcos Calo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544238336
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

Bookstore Bingo

Kids entering 4th-8th grade in the fall are invited to play Bookstore Bingo this summer! Read books to achieve "BINGO:"
  • Read a book for each block. A book may be only used once!
  • Write down each title in your reading log with the block’s number.
  • Complete a line or all four corners and pick a free book (advance reader copy, while supplies last.)
  • Complete the outer border and enter to win a $25 gift certificate or other great prize!
  • Complete the entire card and enter to win a $50 gift certificate or other great prize!
Come on in to either Phoenix Books location to sign up and get your Bingo card! Sign-up begins June 20th, but feel free to join throughout the summer.


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