A World of Wonder

News & Reviews for Kids,
Teens and Families
January 2018  
A Letter from Kristen... ......... Ongoing Events
I can't believe how quickly the holidays have passed us by! (I say that every year and it's always the same. Any one have suggestions on how to slow time down??) I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and they were filled with family, friends and fun. And some great books, too.

One of our boys asked for a full-size hockey rink in our basement for Christmas. He got tickets to the Avalanche, but we appreciated his imagination. He's 7 and we link this imagination to the fact that he's really starting to enjoy reading and is flying though Dav Pilkey's  Captain Underpants  series -- the turning point was when he got to meet Dav at a Tattered Cover in-school author event. It was that powerful of an experience. Have you had an author visit your child's school? They're free and we have a whole bunch looking to visit schools this Spring -- email me if you're interested! We handle all the details and logistics with the school, and an author visit is a powerful and memorable experience that brings to life the experience of reading. 

We'll be launching a brand new website very soon! Not only will the appearance be spiffed up Tattered Cover-style, but the user experience will be better than ever. You can still do everything you did before, including browsing for books, checking inventory at each of the stores, see upcoming events, find out about all of our school outreach, everything for our teen readers, and buy books, ebooks, audiobooks, gift cards online, of course. We'll be featuring more content, bestseller lists, staff picks -- and so much more. Watch your email for more info in the coming days and weeks!

Don't forget to use those Tattered Cover gift cards you received for the ultimate reading experience! We hope to see you around the store, at our over 600 in-store events this coming year -- or at one of our many off-site events!

Wishing everyone a fantabulous 2018,

In the photo above: The boys and the puppy sledding. We're happy that their imaginations picture more snow and a true sledding experience. ;)
Make sure you check out January's ARC giveaway below! It's out in February, but you can enjoy the snowy, historical adventure now!
Have you ever been sledding?
Results from November's poll:

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

Stuffing  53.3%

Pumpkin Pie  20%

Other 20%

Turkey  6.7%
Tattered Tales Storytimes
Young children are invited for a half hour of stories and fun. Everyone is welcome!
Colfax Avenue :
Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Aspen Grove :
Mondays at 10:30 am
Historic LoDo :
Saturdays at 10:30 am

Friday, January 5,
6:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Young kids are invited for a themed night of stories, fun activities, and snacks. More information below!
Meet Allie!
Author Events Coordinator
Hi, my name is Allie! I am the new Author Events Coordinator at Tattered Cover. I first started hanging out at Tattered Cover because it’s an inspiring place to work and read. After falling in love with the building and the books, I decided to apply and I got a job as a bookseller. The wonderful staff took me in and became my new family when I first moved to Denver.

I’ve spent the past several years moving from town to town and I traveled in Europe for several months, but now I am happy to call Denver home. I am originally from Pueblo, Colorado, where I grew up camping with my family. Now that I have moved to the city, I still love rock climbing, going to concerts, and of course reading. My favorite middle grade book is Inkheart by Cornelia Funke because I love the idea of being transported into the world of one of my favorite books. 
Upcoming Events
Friday, January 5, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Young kids are invited for Winter themed stories, a fun activity, hot chocolate, and more!
Thursday, January 18, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Join us for a fun night of Epic Reads YA Author Speed Dating with YA authors Colleen Oakes, Maureen Johnson, Kasie West, and Sara Holland. Attendees will form groups of 10-12 and each author will spend 10 minutes with each group.  Colleen Oakes will discuss and sign  War of the Cards   ($17.99 Harper Teen), the third book in the  Queen of Hearts  series. Maureen Johnson will discuss and sign  Truly Devious   ($17.99 Katherine Tegen Books ), a delicate tale of murder and mystery. Sara Holland will discuss and sign  Everless  ($17.99 Harper Teen), about a kingdom where time is currency and consumed to add time to one's own lifespan. Kasie West will discuss and sign  Love, Life, and the List  ($17.99 Harper Teen), an effervescent story about family, friendship, and finding yourself.
Saturday, January 27, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Local author Julie McAlpin will discuss and sign her middle grade novel  Legend ($14.95 Mascot Books). An evil darkness armed with sticky tentacles attempts to overtake the world. A very small girl with great strength takes matters into her own hands. Meet the seven-fingered girl.
Tuesday, January 30, 7:00 pm, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Littleton

James Dashner is the author of the #1  New York Times  bestselling  Maze Runner  series. Dashner will give a book discussion on  The Death Cure ($10.99 Delacorte Press) and  The Fever Code  ($10.99 Delacorte Press), in conversation with Tattered Cover owner and YA author Len Vlahos, before a screening of the new movie  Maze Runner: The Death Cure. VIP tickets and General/Livestream tickets on sale NOW!
Tattered Cover's
Picture Book
Bestseller List 
Based on December 2017 sales

1. It Takes a Village: Picture Book  by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)

3. Book with No Pictures   by B. J. Novak

by  Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)

5. Rosie Revere, Engineer   by  Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)

6. The Wolf, The Duck, and the Mouse  by  Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

7. Uni the Unicorn  by 
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Brigette Barrager (Illustrator)

8. What Do You Do with an Idea?  by  Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator)

by Emily Winfield Martin
Tattered Cover's
Middle Grade
Bestseller List 
Based on December 2017 sales

2. Lost Property Office  by James R. Hannibal

3. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

4. Daniel Coldstar: The Relic  by Stel Pavlou

5. The Fourth Ruby by James Hannibal

6  . Magic Misfits  by  Neil Patrick Harris, Lissy Marlin (Illustrator)

7. Phantom Tollbooth  by Norton Juster

8  . The Mysterious Benedict Society  by Trenton Lee Stewart

9. Greenglass House  by Kate Milford

10. Girl Who Drank the Moon  by Kelly Barnhill
Picture Books Coming Out This Month We're Excited About...
On shelves 1/9
by Matt de le Peña, illustrated by Soren Long

From Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long comes a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all. Meet the Author and Illustrator!
On shelves 1/16
by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

Harriet Tubman's heroic and pivotal role in the fight against slavery is the subject of the fourteenth picture book in this  New York Times  bestselling biography series.
On shelves 1/23
by Joseph Kuefler

From the acclaimed author/artist of  Beyond the Pond  and  Rulers of the Playground  comes a breathtaking new book with a powerful message about the environment.
Middle Grade Coming Out This Month We're Excited About...
On shelves now
by Mechthild Gleaser & Romy Fursland

Emma finds an old book in an abandoned library and anything she writes in it comes true. But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realizes that she isn't the only one who knows about it.
On shelves now
by Lindsay Stoddard

Family is family, no matter what it looks like. Robinson Hart lives with her grandfather who is beginning to slip into dementia and she will do anything to protect him. Readers will cheer for this pitch-perfect story, just right for fans of such books as  Fish in a Tree .
On shelves 1/10
by Keir Graff

Brian and Nora discover a huge, wooden home in the woods and the eccentric family that lives inside. With their new friends, Brian and Nora tangle with giant wasps, sharp-tusked wild boars, and more! This is a wild and whimsical adventure story, perfect for fans of  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library .
On shelves 1/16
by Judd Winick

Calvin and Hobbes meets Big Nate meets Bone in Hilo -- the hilarious, action-packed New York Times bestselling graphic novel series that kids, critics (and robots ) love.
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The Tattered Cover Kids' V.I.B. highlights real stand-outs among new children's books or series because every now and then we’re so excited about a book we want to broadcast it from the rooftop!
On shelves now...
by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson

"Each person has a birthday every year but WHEN IS MY BIRTHDAY?? The spare singsong text and the whimsical collage art is so fun for everyone. There are animals in party hats, a pinata, and excellent treats. Time for cakey wakey wakey happy happy day to me! I love this book because it's about one's special day - even the endpapers feature one special candle!" - Kate Brasch, children's book buyer

"This doesn't need to be a birthday gift; it's the right book to read any day of the year. Every child can find themselves in this book, both in the pictures and in the title question. So fun to read out loud, and so fun for kids to join in!" - Bethany Strout, incoming children's book buyer
More books we love
On shelves now...
by Victoria Jamieson

"If you are in search of a gift for an 8- to 12-year-old, this is the book for you. This sweet, funny graphic novel follows Imogene Vega as she makes the heroic leap to middle school. Where does the extra "e" in "Faire" come from, you might ask? Well, Imogene and her parents are all performers in the yearly Renaissance Faire. Imogene is brave, kind, imaginative--and good at sword fighting. Guaranteed to please!" -- Bethany Strout, incoming children's book buyer

On shelves now...
by Peter Sis

"This is a magical and imaginative retelling of Robinson Crusoe by an expert story-teller and illustrator. Robinson is a young boy in this story and he finds a way to survive on this island alone. The illustrations are both real and fantastical and it will make a great gift for that child who loves to explore and imagine." - Judy Bulow, children's book buyer 
ARC Giveaway: January 2018

Email  Kristen  with "ARC Giveaway" in the subject line expressing your interest in being entered into the random drawing to win the Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC).

You agree not to sell the ARC. You agree to not quote from the ARC. You must be able to pick up the book at one of our  Denver Metro locations  (Colfax, LoDo, Aspen Grove) .

Jasper and the Riddle of Riley's Mine by Caroline Starr Rose (on shelves 2/7)

Desperate to get away from their drunkard of a father, eleven-year-old Jasper and his older brother Melvin often talk of running away, of heading north to Alaska to chase riches beyond their wildest dreams.

The Klondike Gold Rush is calling, and Melvin has finally decided the time to go is now--even if that means leaving Jasper behind. But Jasper has other plans, and follows his brother aboard a steamer as a stowaway. Onboard the ship, Jasper overhears a rumor about One-Eyed Riley, an old coot who's long since gone, but is said to have left clues to the location of his stake, which still has plenty of gold left.

The first person to unravel the clues and find the mine can stake the claim and become filthy rich. Jasper is quick to catch gold fever and knows he and Melvin can find the mine--all they have to do is survive the rough Alaskan terrain, along with the steep competition from the unscrupulous and dangerous people they encounter along the way.In an endearing, funny, pitch-perfect middle grade voice, Caroline Starr Rose tells another stellar historical adventure young readers will long remember.
Caroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. As a girl she danced ballet, raced through books, composed poetry on an ancient typewriter, and put on magic shows in a homemade cape.

She's taught both social studies and English in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. In her classroom, she worked to instill in her students a passion for books, an enthusiasm to experiment with words, and a curiosity about the past. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novels in verse May B. and Blue Birds. Caroline lives in New Mexico with her husband and two sons.
Community Bulletin Board
Pop Culture Classroom has created a  FREE, bi-weekly comic strip  called Colorful History, with the goal of educating students about significant and diverse characters and events from Colorado’s history.
Contact jha@booktrust.org to RSVP or learn more!
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