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.

Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780763662523
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Published: Candlewick - September 24th, 2013

Keenly-observant Wild Boy believes he’s destined to be a freak show
attraction for the rest of his life. Framed for murder, he reluctantly
joins forces with his sworn enemy to find the real killer. This
Victorian mystery, peppered with sly humor, leaves readers cheering
for Wild Boy as he discovers that there’s much more to him than his
outward appearance.


Winger by Andrew Smith

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By Andrew Smith, Sam Bosma (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781442444928
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 14th, 2013

Winger is a difficult book to describe. It manages to be smart, funny, and heartbreaking all at once. Ryan Dean West is a bit of a jerk: a scrawny, athletic, foulmouthed grade-A jerk at an elite boarding school where he's in good company. Yet he's refreshingly real and raw, and you will find yourself sympathizing with this messed-up teen.

Read this book if

* you are an unrepentant Dead Poet

* you can't get anough of those elite boarding school coming-of-age novels

* glittery heroes make you roll your eyes


Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett

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By Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Matt Myers (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781442446731
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2013

Birthday Battle Bunny is the sweet dastardly story of a special little vicious scheming bunny warrior on his very special explosive day, when he recieves lots of extra super presents powers. But his friends have forgotten to throw him a birthday doomsday party! What ever will he do?


Elephant's Story by Tracey Campbell Pearson

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$17.99
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ISBN: 9780374399139
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 22nd, 2013

Whoops! After Elephant accidentally sneezes out letters from Gracie’s missing picture book, the perplexed pachyderm seeks assistance in putting the words back together again. His friends have their own ideas of how the story should go. Will the book ever be fixed and returned to its rightful owner? Cleverly and joyfully illustrated, Elephant’s Story is a celebration of both wordplay and friendship.


The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

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ISBN: 9780062217134
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - August 27th, 2013

Ezra's seemingly perfect life is destroyed in one careless evening, or
so he believes. Then he meets Cassidy, who changes everything. So much
more than a typical high school romance novel!

Perfect for:

* Fans of John Green

* Great Gatsby-ites

* Readers who carry an extra pack of tissues, just in case


The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas by David Almond

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.

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By David Almond, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763661694
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Published: Candlewick - August 6th, 2013

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