A World of Wonder

News & Reviews for Kids,
Teens and Families
November 2017  
A Letter from Kristen... ......... Ongoing Events
Wow, I can't believe how fast October came and went! November always starts out great -- my son and I share a birthday on the 1st, then it only gets better from there: Thanksgiving followed by the holidays! With lots to give thanks for, I'd like to focus on celebrating indie bookstores and local authors on Indies First Day (aka Small Business Saturday) on November 25 across the country and in our bookstores.  Dozens of local authors from picture book to middle grade to young adult and even adult (this  is  a kids newsletter, but authors of adult literature will be there, too!) will become honorary booksellers for the day at all of our Tattered Cover locations!  Join the celebration and get to know your local authors. We are fortunate and thankful to be living in such a rich literary environment. (And, most of them do  school visits , too...). Indies First Day is also the kick-off for Locals First Colorado. Find more info about that here!

Jason Reynolds, this year's Indies First Ambassador, and one of our favorite YA authors and friends, talks about the importance of this day better than we can.
And, to show how much we appreciate you,  if you spend more than $100 in our stores on November 25, we're going to give you a Tattered Cover License Plate T-shirt , a $17.99 value, for free.

Finally, come the book launch for  The Chaos of Standing Still ,  the new novel by acclaimed YA writer Jessica Brody. The event is at 2pm on Indie's First Day, in our Aspen Grove store. Len and I both read  Chaos  and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. It's one of our top picks for the holiday season. Jessica Brody, who already has more than a dozen novels to her credit, calls this her "heart book." Meaning, this is the book she's always wanted to write. And check it out... the story is set entirely at the Denver airport during a blizzard and includes lots of the conspiracy theories surrounding DIA. It's super local and just plain fun!

Finally, finally... when all the hoopla of Indies First Day is over, and we're into the the throes of the holiday selling season in earnest, join us on  November 27 for Cider Monday . Years ago, some member of the digerati (people obsessed with all things digital,) labeled the Monday after Thanksgiving as  Cyber  Monday, the day everyone was supposed shop online. We would we love to see you out the the real world that day, so we're sweetening the pot again this year by offering free cider and cookies to everyone who comes in (while supplies last!) in our Colfax, LoDo, and Aspen Grove stores. Based on last year, it's a really fun day to be at Tattered Cover. 

And, don't forget to check out  our plentiful events and activities for kids ! Some of them are highlighted below, but there's so much more than can fit in this email.

So... we hope to see you on Indie's First Day (November 25) and Cider Monday  (November 27), but then we hope to see you everyday. 

As always, 
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, November 3,
6:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Young kids are invited for a themed night of stories, fun activities, and snacks. More information below!
Meet Elizabeth!
Outside Sales Rep
I am the newest addition to Tattered Cover's Outside Sales department, which is housed at our Colfax Avenue location. We handle big orders that come in from schools and businesses. I also work on the floor as a bookseller at Tattered Cover Historic LoDo. 

I am also a writer. I write horror/thriller novels and poetry. I have been writing since before I knew how to. When I was little, I would just bang on the keyboard and make up a story as I "read" it out loud.

I do a lot of crafts. Knitting is my favorite thing to do, but I also quilt, make clothes, and crochet. I am a Colorado native. I have two cats: a huge tabby named Nina and a tiny calico named Kissa. 
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Child psychologist Adam Price will discuss and sign  He's Not Lazy: Empowering Your Son to Believe in Himself   ($19.95 Sterling), a book which helps you become an ally with your adolescent son, as he discovers greater self-confidence and accepts responsibility for his future.  He's Not Lazy  is a good resource for educators.
Middle Grade Book Talk & Signing
Thursday, November 2, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Jennifer Rose will discuss and sign her debut novel  Twins of Orion: The Book of Keys  ($14.99), about separated twins who return to their home planet, on opposing sides of a brutal war.  Come enjoy food, good company, a singing performance by Jennifer Rose, and a book  Kirkus Reviews  called, "A complex, tightly plotted series opener that should enchant audiences."
Friday, November 3, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Young kids are invited for d inosaur themed stories, a fun fossil dig, and decorate your own dinosaur tracks cookies!
Young Adult Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, November 4, 7:00 pm, Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows

Actor and author Jason Segel is known for his roles in  The Muppets  and  How I Met Your Mother , as well as for his  Nightmares!  children's book series. Segel will present and sign  Otherworld   ($18.99 Delacorte Press), the first book in a new series for young adults. There are no screens. There are no controls. You don't just see and hear it--you taste, smell, and touch it too. In this new reality, there are no laws to break or rules to obey. You can live your best life. Indulge every desire.  This event is in partnership with Douglas County Libraries.   Tickets available NOW!
Middle Grade Book Talk & Signing
Sunday, November 5, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Colorado author Jeannie Mobley will discuss and sign her new historical middle grade novel  Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element   ($16.95 Holiday House). It's 1923, and thirteen-year-old Bobby Lee meets widowed Nanette O'Halloran while on a train to Chicago. O'Halloran is suspected of murdering her husband and Bobby Lee is sure she's innocent. As he digs for answers, he discovers the mob, Prohibition, segregation, and a famed jazz band are all pieces of an increasingly dangerous puzzle.
Middle Grade Book Talk & Signing
Sunday, November 5, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Colorado author Susan Adrian will discuss and sign her perfect stocking stuffer book  Nutcracked  ($16.99 Random House Books for Young Readers) about a girl named Georgie who has waited her whole life to dance the part of Clara in  The Nutcracker  ballet. The Nutcracker's magic seeps into the real world, putting Georgie's friend in danger. Can Georgie save her friend, the Nutcracker, and most of all, herself?
Young Adult Book Talk & Signing
Tuesday, November 7, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Laura Hopper will discuss and sign her debut novel  I Never ($17.99 Houghton Mifflin), inspired by Judy Blume's classic  Forever . Janey King's priorities used to be clear: track, school, friends, and family. But when Janey learns that her parents are getting divorced, her world starts to shift. Back at school, Luke Hallstrom pursues Janey, and she realizes that she has two new priorities to consider: love and sex.
Middle Grade Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, November 11, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Stel Pavlou, author of three short stories for  Dr. Who  and screenwriter of  The 51st State  (known as  Formula 51  in the United States), will discuss and sign his first middle grade sci-fi book  Daniel Coldstar #1: The Relic War   ($16.99 HarperCollins). Below the surface on a forgotten planet, Daniel Coldstar searches for relics from a lost civilization. 
Picture Book Talk & Signing
Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Motivational speaker and author Nancy Sharp will discuss and sign  Because the Sky is Everywhere  ($10.99), a picture book which helps children deal with the death of someone close to them. This event is in partnership with Mental Health Colorado in honor of Childhood Grief Awareness Day.
Middle Grade Book Talk & Signing
Sunday, November 19, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Author James R. Hannibal will discuss and sign   The Fourth Ruby  ($16.99 Simon & Schuster), the sequel to  The Lost Property Office . In  The Fourth Ruby Jack and Gwen are framed for the theft of the Black Prince's Ruby, one of three cursed rubies. Now, they must retrieve the other jewels before the true thief does, or risk unleashing a reign of terror.

Want a chance to win an ARC? See below for details!
Young Adult Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, November 25, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

In celebration of Indies First Day, Jessica Brody, the local author of  A Week of Mondays  and  Addie Bell's Shortcut to Growing Up , will discuss and sign her young adult novel  The Chaos of Standing Still   ($17.99 Simon Pulse). Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places.

Young Adult Book Talk & Signing
Tuesday, November 28, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Mindy McGinnis, award-winning author of  The Female of the Species  and  A Madness So Discreet , will discuss and sign her new young adult mystery  This Darkness Mine ($17.99 Katherine Tegen Books). After meeting a mysterious boy who seems to know her and learning she absorbed her twin in the womb, Sasha is a rmed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone. Now she must decide what she's willing to do and who she's willing to hurt to take it back.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
Pumpkin Pie
Results from last month's poll:

What are you afraid of?

Werewolves  44.4%

Ghosts  33.3%

Vampires 22.2%

Witches  0%
Happy Thanksgiving!

All TC locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23. Enjoy the day with your family!
Tattered Cover's
Picture Book
Bestseller List 
Based on October 2017 sales

1. Dance Party Countdown ( Groovy Joe #2) by Eric Litwin, Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)

2. Mary McScary by R. L. Stine, Marc Brown (Illustrator) 

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

4 . Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Seque l by Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)

by R. J. Palacio

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

7. The Little Shop of Monsters by R. L. Stine, 
Marc Brown (Illustrator) 

by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Brigette Barrager (Illustrator)

by Ashley Evanson
Tattered Cover's
Middle Grade
Bestseller List 
Based on October 2017 sales

1. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

2 . Wonder by R. J. Palacio

(Dog Man #2) by Dav Pilkey

4. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey 

( Serafina #3) by Robert Beatty

Alexandra Bracken

by Stephen Bramucci

10. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The 34th Annual Tattered Cover Scary Story Contest winners! Click here

Lost Kid by Lochlan

Grades 1-2:
Silly Halloween by Rylan

Grades 3-4:
The Portrait by Ruby

Grades 5-6:
My Worst Nightmare by Naomi

Honorable Mentions:

The Ghost Who Gets Scared by Amin - Grade 1

The Pond of Eels by Claudia - Grade 2

The Weird Haunted Mansion by Alyza - Grade 3

The Halloween of 2013 by Kacie - Grade 4

Welcome Home Daddy! by Owen - Grade 6

Deadly Mind Trick by Ava - Grade 6
The 2nd Annual Pop Culture Classroom Scary Story Cover Design Contest 
winners! Click here

Grades 1-2 
Winner:  August
Runner-up:  Tyler

Grades 3-4
Winner:  Leo
Runner-up:  Katherine

Grades 5-6
Winner:  Islas (Islas is also the Grand Prize winner!)
Runner-up:  Addison

Honorable Mentions:

Avery - Grade 6
Cal - Grade 6 
Lexi - Grade 6 
Friday, November 3, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Colfax Avenue

The 2017 Colorado Teen Book Con is currently SOLD OUT, but we still have spots open for all of you 21+ YA fiction lovers at YA Author Happy Hour! The night before 2017 Colorado Teen Book Con, those same authors are joining us at the Colfax Avenue for a private, adults-only author party. Tickets are available NOW!
Harry Potter gifts for the holidays...
on shelves now
by Arthur A. Levine Books

Prepare to be amazed by artifacts released from the archives of the British Library, manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, and incredible illustrations from artist Jim Kay. Discover the truth behind the Philosopher's Stone, monstrous dragons, and troublesome trolls; real-life wands; pore over remarkable pages from da Vinci's notebook; and discover the oldest atlas of the night sky.
on shelves now
by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay (illustrator)

"These illustrated editions are a must-have for any Harry Potter fan. Having read the books and watched the movies more times than I can count, Jim Kay's beautiful artwork has provided yet another way to get lost in the magical world of Harry Potter. After all of these years I feel like I'm experiencing the books for the first time all over again and I can't wait to collect all of the illustrated editions." -- Ashley, marketing communications associate.
kids' vib logo
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 Jason Reynolds

"Jason Reynolds ( When I Was the Greatest All American Boys ) is already one of the best writers in any genre, so I had high expectations for  Long Way Down , Jason's first novel written in verse. Those expectations were shattered...and a half. This gritty, surreal story is really a polemic on the corrosive nature of revenge, and it is BRILLIANT! The last line is as good a closing to a book as I've read in a long time. This will be taught in schools for years to come... Read it." --  Len Vlahos, owner

Jason Reynolds is the official ambassador of the 2017 Indies First Day on Small Business Saturday! Watch Jason Reynold's video about Indies First here .
More books we love
On shelves now...
by Amy Reed

"Reading The Nowhere Girls took me back to everything I felt growing up. I remember so distinctly the insecurity and discomfort of trying to be a young woman the 'right' way, and reading this book made me want to reach back through time and offer it to myself at fifteen. Amy wrote the stories and lessons that I've spent nearly 15 years trying to learn in 400 pages. A story to help me understand not only the feelings I was beginning to experience, but also the flaws in the way I was being taught to feel about those experiences. This book will matter to every person who reads it in different ways, and the paragraphs that I could write to you now to explain why it has affected me are innumerable, but it can all be stated succinctly is the same simple sentence that you shared with me when you sent me this ARC. This book is important. It is so, so important. I am so grateful, and I am so thrilled to be able to share it with more people, men and women, young and old." -- Sam Foster, gift buyer
On shelves now...
By Holly M. McGhee, Pascal Lemaitre (Illustrator)

"The initial note in the book from the author and the illustrator says "Come With Me is written in honor of friendship, bravery, and the fact that we aren't powerless, no matter how small and insignificant we may feel." The little girl in the story sees a world filled with anger and hatred - people against people and her dad says "Come with me" and they go down to the subway and ride and greet people. Her mother says "Come with me" and they go to buy food for dinner from vendors from different countries and cuisines. She then says "Come with me" to her friend and they take the dog for a walk in the city and they greet others and start some sidewalk chalk writing fun. We all can make a difference - I loved the message of this beautiful picture book." -- Kate Brasch, childrens book buyer
Because the Sky is Everywhere
By Nancy Sharp, David Dodson (Illustrator)

"Because the pain of the loss of a loved one is so unimaginable, the realities of children experiencing the death of someone close to them are so easily overlooked. Because death is an almost impossible subject to confront as an adult we almost forget it could be even harder, and also uniquely different, for the children in our lives. Colorado Book Award winner Nancy Sharp approaches the subject of loss from the perspectives of two 3 year old twins in her new, beautiful, children's picture book Because The Sky Is Everywhere " -- Daron Mueller, consignment buyer

On shelves 10/31...
by Jason Segel

"Otherworld  is a really fun romp through cyberspace that explores the darker impulses of humanity. Great for teen fans of  Ready Player One ." -- Len Vlahos, owner

ARC Giveaway: November 2017

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) .

The Fourth Ruby by James R. Hannibal (on shelves 10/31)

Jack and Gwen are back in this dynamic follow-up to  The Lost Property Office .It's been a year since Jack Buckles discovered the Keep beneath Baker Street, an underground tower no Section Thirteen was ever supposed to see; a year since his dad fell into a coma.

Nothing has been the same since. Jack's tracker abilities are on the fritz, Gwen's not speaking to him and, what's worse, there's a pounding voice in his head calling for "the flame."Jack and Gwen are framed for the theft of a historic crown jewel--the Black Prince's Ruby, one of three cursed rubies said to bring knowledge, loyalty, and the command of nations to whomever wields them all. Now, they must retrieve the other jewels before the true thief does, or risk unleashing a reign of terror unlike anything history's ever seen.
James Hannibal is no stranger to deep dark secrets or hunting bad guys, having served in the US Air Force as a stealth bomber pilot and a Predator mission commander. Like Jack Buckles, James “suffers” from synesthesia, an intersection of the senses that was once considered mental illness and often causes hyperobservance.

If you bake him a cake, he might tell you that it smells blue and sticky—and you should take it as a compliment. He is also the award-winning of author of adult military thrillers. James is very energetic with young audiences. James suffers from synesthesia, the same ailment that (though never named) the central character Jack Buckles has. The book has also been optioned for film by Sony Pictures.

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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