Eliza's Picks

Eliza loves books. She grew up getting in trouble for reading when she was supposed to be sleeping, eating, and playing soccer. She always has a separate bag for books when traveling, which means less legroom in cars traveling across the country, and has accepted that ditching clothes to allow extra room in suitcases for books is a necessary sacrifice. Her favorite stories are ones that inform, entertain, and that you can’t stop thinking about long after the last page has been turned.

The Bear and the Piano, by David Litchfield

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ISBN: 9780544674547
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Published: Clarion Books - April 5th, 2016

A little bear discovers a piano in the woods and begins to play it. His talent will lead him to the Big City and beyond, but home still beckons. Amazing illustrations and a great message about finding fame and where you belong!


Since You've Been Gone, by Morgan Matson

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ISBN: 9781442435018
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2015

When her best friend leaves her a list of crazy things to do, Emily's summer is forever changed. Crossing off the list sometimes leads to awkward situations, but with help from some new friends including the most popular boy in school, she is able to do things she was afraid of. Funny and real, this is a great book about learning who you are and the possibilities that come with it!


Elephant Company, by Vicki Croke

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780812981650
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 14th, 2015

Set during the waning days of British Imperialism in Burma, the lives of the elephants and the man that worked with them come alive in this amazing and true story.


Chasing Chaos, by Jessica Alexander

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ISBN: 9780770436919
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Published: Crown - October 15th, 2013

Just out of college and feeling lost, Jessica heads to Rwanda in the aftermath of the genocide. What she sees and experiences there will change the course of her life. Often careening from one crisis to another, she documents the relationships that develop, the burn-out, and the rewards that come with helping others. Compellingly honest and real with a distinct voice, this is a great book!


Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves, by James Nestor

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ISBN: 9780547985527
Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 24th, 2014

Like the free dives the author writes about in the book, this story begins on the surface. Through fascinating and terrifying experiences from being an observer at free-diving competitions, to swimming with whales, the reader is gradually brought deeper and deeper into the ocean. Every sentence seems to contain a fact, which usually dooms a book to being a dry read; however, the style of writing is so engaging and the facts so unexpectedly bizarre that it grabs you right from the start.

Great for: readers of Outside Magazine, fans of Nature/Travel writing or anyone who loved The Devil’s Teeth.


Still Star-Crossed, by Melinda Taub

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ISBN: 9780385743501
Published: Delacorte Press - July 9th, 2013

Romeo and Juliet are dead, but that’s not the end of the story. For Benvolio and Rosaline, dealing with the aftermath of their cousins’ deaths in Verona has become almost unbearable, and the uneasy truce that exists between the two families seems to be on the verge of collapse. The answer is a marriage that neither of them wants. This novel is grounded in Shakespeare’s world, but you feel like you are behind the curtain, seeing the lives of the characters as if they truly lived. With hints of Much Ado about Nothing and The Taming of the Shrew, it’s at once recognizable and modern, with witty banter and a twisting, unpredictable plot. Great for: YA readers and anyone who loves reimagined classics


Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

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ISBN: 9781416912057
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2009

What happens when your body doesn’t belong to you? For Connor, Risa, and Lev it is truly terrifying. They have reached the age to be ‘unwound’, where their organs will be given to donors that desperately need them to survive. Escaping from one society into another still leaves them with little control over their own lives. Provocative and compelling, it combines many of the issues we struggle with and fight over today,  and paints a picture of a possible and not-too-distant future.


The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner

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ISBN: 9780060824976
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Published: Greenwillow Books - December 27th, 2005

Gen has just escaped from prison, except that ‘escape’ isn’t the best word since he’s released to a group that wants to use his talents to steal a priceless relic of the Gods, at any cost. No one is what they seem and the thief has secrets of his own, but how do you outwit both men and the gods when your life and destiny are in their hands?


Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer, by Alan Huffman

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ISBN: 9780802120915
Published: Grove Press - March 11th, 2014

Tim Hetherington’s passion as a photojournalist led him to constantly seek out the frontline of  conflicts and war. Driven to tell stories with his photographs, he is unable to pull away from the fast-paced, high-adrenaline, and dangerous lifestyle that is inherent to a wartime photographer. An insightful and good man, he personally connected with those he photographed. His life reminds us of the positive, lasting impact that one person can make on other’s lives and unfortunately is just one piece of the larger narrative of recent photojournalist deaths in the Middle East.


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