Staff Picks - Becca

Once upon a time there was a princess named Becca who loved bookstores. She especially loved children's books, believed they were for all ages, and so became a kid's specialist. Becca loves stories about girl monsters, dark fantasy, whimsical picture books and Virginia Woolf. One thing is for sure - you've never seen pink like this before.

Orlando: A Biography Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156031516
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Published: Harvest Books - July 3rd, 2006

My absolute favorite when it comes to Virigina Woolf. Partially a love letter to Vita Sackville-West, the "biography" spans 300 years, and Orlando switches genders halfway through. When his story begins, Orlando is a handsome poet. Love, adventure, musings on the English landscape - until one day she falls asleep for many years, and wakes up as a woman. Now keen to how the world responds differently to her, Orlando the woman. Still a poet, an adventurer, a lover. Gorgeous poetic prose, a lovely and less serious side of V. Woolf. --Becca

The Darkest Part of the Forest Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316213080
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2016

Holly Black masterfully creates a new urban fairytale, in a small town where nothing every really changes. Deliciously vibrant characters, a detailed and thoughful fantasy, and an irresistible mystery. The most exciting part of the book is how Black reassigns the traditional gender roles in a fairy tale. Hazel is the knight of our story, and her brother, the princess. --Becca

Symptoms of Being Human Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062382863
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 2nd, 2016

Riley is GENDERFLUID. This is a YA book with an incredibly strong voice. Enter Riley's world: a skinny, white genderfluid child of a congressperson, just starting a new school. Their best friend is an overweight, mixed race Star Wars obsessed jock, and their love interest an androgynous goth girl. But don't just read it for the characters - Symptoms of Being Human adds an important perspective with accessible langugage to the world of YA. --Becca

Space Dumplins Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545565431
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Published: Graphix - August 25th, 2015

Equal parts adorable and epic. A must-read for graphic novel readers of all ages. Funny, tender and exciting. A bold warm-hearted heroine, Violet and her sidekicks: anxious Elliott the Chicken and Zacchaeus, the argumentative, yet sensitive lumpkin. Plus, cute baby space whales. --Becca

How to Swallow a Pig: Step-By-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544313651
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 1st, 2015

Ever wonder how a spider spins its web, or how whales catch fish? Learn insider secrets of the animal world in this fascinating step-by-step picture book. Fun and funny, this is terrific nonfiction packed with details and gorgeous illustrations that bring the natural world to life. --Becca

The Moon Is Going to Addy's House Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803740549
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Published: Dial Books - July 7th, 2015

This picture book is a celebration of the full moon, from the point of view of a child in a car ride across town. A simple, effortless story, gorgeously illustrated with cut-paper collage. Dreamy, exquiste artworkmakes this a lovely bedtime story for the little one in your life. Also a great gift for an artist, or sky enthusiast. The Moon is Going to Addy's House is a book to open over and over again. --Becca

The Merciless Cover Image
ISBN: 9781595147233
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Published: Razorbill - June 9th, 2015

Mean girls, exorcism, Danielle Vega brings you the best in teen horror. As bloody, satanic and girly and you want it to be. WARNING: graphic violence, blood and gore. --Becca

The Circle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781468308198
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Published: Overlook Press - January 16th, 2014

Reading The Circle is like watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the very first time. Translated from the Swedish, this is an amazing fantasy trilogy, well-loved by authors like Lev Grossman. Filled with teen witches, dark magic, demons, and of course, high school. Cinematic, atmospheric, and a thoughtful in-depth look at issues facing teens: identity, love, trust, friendship. The Circle brings plenty of twists and turns, a thrilling read that leaves you guessing until the very end. 

Mermaid in Chelsea Creek Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938073953
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Published: McSweeney's - July 1st, 2014

Sophie is the girl who will bring the magic. She will filter all the world's problems through herself, straighten everything out, clear the dirt from your heart. I cannot imagine what this trilogy would have meant to me as a teen - Sophie's literal superpower is her emotional vulnerability, her sensitivity and compassion. Gritty magical realism, in Michelle Tea's unbeatably gorgeous prose.  --Becca

I Am Princess X Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545620857
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 26th, 2015

A story of female friendship, survival and revenge. Part graphic novel, this is an exciting mystery thriller. So action-packed I couldn't put it down! You need to read this now. Plus, there's no romance to distract from the amazing storytelling that is Princess X. --Becca