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.

The Monster's Monster by Patrick McDonnell

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Beth

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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$18.99
ISBN: 9780316045476
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

Every Day, by David Levithan

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Kristen
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$18.99
ISBN: 9780307931887
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Published: 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.


Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien

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Beth

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.

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$18.99
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ISBN: 9781596435698
Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 30th, 2010

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$15.99
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ISBN: 9780312674724
Published: Square Fish - October 11th, 2011

Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

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Beth

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.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780143120537
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Published: Penguin Books - February 28th, 2012

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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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)
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ISBN: 9780763655594
Published: Candlewick - September 15th, 2011

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

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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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$13.99
ISBN: 9781442409064
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 6th, 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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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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$9.99
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ISBN: 9780062024039
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 28th, 2012

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