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A World of Wonder

News & Reviews for Kids,
Teens and Families
October 2017  
A Letter from Kristen...      Ongoing Events
Finally, Fall is floating through the air. I love Fall. It gives me more of a reason to snuggle up with a good book by the fireplace. And the puppy.

Fortunately, this Fall is full incredible kids and teen authors visiting schools and doing bookstore events (and apparently some alliteration). we just hosted the original Pete the Cat creator, ERIC LITWIN who sang and danced his way through schools and our bookstore with Groovy Joe . What an amazing guy!

One lucky school is hosting DAV PILKEY -- the Captain Underpants guy. KATHERINE APPLEGATE , of The One and Only Ivan fame, has an equally moving and timely new book, Wishtree . She'll be in schools and visiting our bookstore this month. MAC BARNETT and JON KLASSEN will also be visiting schools and coming to the bookstore this month, too.

My boys are particularly excited about CHRIS GRABENSTEIN 's, author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library . Grabenstein has the third book in this series coming out and will be visiting schools and hosting " Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Bookstore " at a very special store event. See below for details! You don't want to miss this! To up the ante, the movie of the first book premieres on Nickelodeon on Monday, October 9.

Know a school who would love to host an author? Send them to this link of our available authors .

And of course, it's Halloween month! Has your student submitted their entry to our 2017 Scary Story Contest? See below for details.

Please be in touch if there's anything I can do for you!

Thanks for reading and being a Tattered Cover customer,

PS: Don't forget to enter to win this month's Advanced Reading Copy giveaway! Katherine Applegate's Wishtree ! See below.
Tattered Tales Storytimes
Young children are invited for a half hour of stories and fun. Everyone is welcome!
Colfax Avenue :  Tuesdays & Saturdays at 10:30 am
Aspen Grove :  Mondays
at 10:30 am
Historic LoDo :  Saturdays at 10:30 am

Up next!
 Friday, October 6,
6:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Young kids are invited for a themed night of stories, fun activities, and snacks.
What are you afraid of?
Upcoming Events
Middle Grade Book Talk & Signing
Thursday, October 5, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Katherine Applegate, author of the New York Times bestselling The One and Only Ivan  and winner of the Newbery Medal, will discuss and sign her new middle grade novel  Wishtree ($16.99 Feiwel & Friends). A new family moves into the neighborhood, but not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever. Make young kids' wishes come true with a book donation for Reach Out & Read Colorado. We'll collect new and gently used books for young children at this event!
Sci-Fi Book Talk & Signing
Sunday, October 8, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Ian Doescher,  New York Times  best-selling author of  William Shakespeare's Star Wars  series, will discuss and sign  William Shakespeare's the Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh   ($14.95 Quirk Books), complete with Elizabethan verse, Shakespearian monologues, and theatrical stage directions.
YA Sci-Fi Book Talk & Signing
Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church

We are excited to present a very special evening with YouTube star and bestselling author Joey Graceffa, in conversation with Daniel Preda, to celebrate the publication of his newest book  Elites of Eden  ($18.99 Atria/Keywords Press), the sequel to the dystopian young adult novel  Children of Eden Tickets available now!
Picture Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, October 14, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Acclaimed, bestselling author Mac Barnett, and beloved author and illustrator Jon Klassen, will read from and sign  The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse  ($17.99 Candlewick Press) about a mouse who gets swallowed by a wolf and meets a duck who encountered the same fate.
Picture Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, October 14, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Author and illustrator Peter Trimarco and author Brenda Faatz will read from and sign their picture book about growing up  It's Just So...Little!   ($16.95 Notable Kids Publishing).
Middle Grade Talk & Signing
Sunday, October 15, 1:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Robert Beatty, the bestselling author of the  Serafina  series, will discuss and sign the epic third installment  Serafina and the Splintered Heart   ($16.99 Disney-Hyperion). In this book, Serafina takes her rightful place among literary champions as she battles fiercely to defend all she loves and become everything that she is meant to be. 
Picture Book Talk & Signing
Sunday, October 15, 1:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Award-winning Australian author Will Kostakis will discuss and sign his American debut  The Sidekicks  ($18.99 Harlequin Teen), which is a heartwarming, masterfully written novel about grief, self-discovery and the connections that tie us all together.
Picture Book Talk & Signing
Friday, October 20, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Ruth Vander Zee, author of  Erika's Story , will discuss and sign  Next Year   ($18.99 Creative Editions),  about a young boy named Calvin and his family in the 1930s when dust storms raged throughout a portion of the country that had once been rich farmland.
Paper Airplane Making, Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, October 21, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

It's a paper airplane party with creator Jeff Lammers!  He will discuss and sign three of his paper airplane craft books   Pocket Flyers Paper Airplane Book: 69 Mini Planes to Fold and Fly ($9.95 Workman Publishing),  Space Flyers Paper Airplane Book: 63 Mini Planes to Fold and Fly  ($9.95 Workman Publishing),  Flying Creatures Paper Airplane Book: 69 Mini Planes to Fold and Fly   ($9.95 Workman Publishing).
Middle Grade Book Talk & Signing
Thursday, October 26, 6:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

New York Times  bestselling author Chris Grabenstein is back with the third fantastically fun, puzzle-packed Mr. Lemoncello adventure. He will read from and sign  Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race  ($16.99 Random House BFYR), and there will be an "Escape from the Bookstore" activity! Filled with brand-new puzzles and games (including a hidden bonus puzzle), this fast-paced read will have gamers and readers alike racing to the finish line!  Signing line tickets available now!
YA Book Talk & Signing
Thursday, October 26, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Join us for an evening with YA authors Julie Buxbaum, Jared Reck, and Kara Thomas. Buxbaum will discuss and sign  What to Say Next  ($18.99 Delacorte Press),  a story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection Reck will discuss and sign  A Short History of the Girl Next Door   ($17.99 Knopf BFYR), an equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking unrequited love story that will appeal to fans of John Green. Thomas will discuss and sign   Little Monsters  ($17.99 Delacorte Press), a new psychological thriller about the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.
Middle Grade Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, October 28, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Author Jodi Kendall will read from and sign   The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City  ($16.99 HarperCollins). This delightful middle grade novel is a modern-day homage to  Charlotte's Web  and perfect for fans of Katherine Applegate and Cammie McGovern.
Meet Heather!
Director of Marketing & Events
Hello from the Marketing Department! As you can probably imagine, I love books, and working in a bookstore has been an amazing career. One of the best things about my job is all of the wonderful authors and celebrities I've been lucky enough to meet.

I've worked here for 28 years this October. I schedule our author events and work with a great team to let the world know about the Tattered Cover and all the cool stuff we have to offer.

When I was around 8 years old, my older sister gave me her copy of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. I read it once, then again, and have never looked back. I read mostly science fiction and fantasy, but I love literary speculative fiction, humor, some historical fiction, and cookbooks.

When I'm not at the bookstore, I'm watching anything with a Marvel hero, listening to classic 80s albums, golfing or hiking, walking in the park with my dog, experimenting with a new recipe, and enjoying life with my husband and teenage son.
Tattered Cover's
Picture Book
Bestseller List 
Based on sales in September 2017

1. Mary McScary  by R. L. Stine and Marc Brown 

by Andrea Beaty

4. Rosie Revere, Engineer  by Andrea Beaty

5. The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

7. Dragons Love Tacos  by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)

8. We Found a Hat  by Jon Klassen

9. What Do You Do with an Idea by Kobi Yamada

10. Princess Wears Pants by Savannah Guthrie, Allison Oppenheim
Tattered Cover's
Middle Grade
Bestseller List 
Based on sales in September 2017

by Tracey Hecht

3. Wonder  by R. J. Palacio

4. The One and Only Ivan  by Katherine Applegate

5. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library  by Chris Grabenstein

6. Auggie & Me by R. J. Palacio

8. Dog Man (#1)  by Dav Pilkey

9. Fish in a Tree  by Lynda
Mullaly Hunt

10. Book Scavenger  by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Spooky Fun at Tattered Cover!
24th Annual Tattered Cover Scary Story Contest! Young Colorado writers from kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to write an original mystery, suspenseful thriller, or humorous Halloween tale.

Submissions are due by Friday, October 6th

2nd Annual Pop Culture Classroom Scary Story Cover Design Contest!
Young Colorado artists from kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to design an original cover for the book of winners of the 34th Annual Tattered Cover Scary Story Contest.

Submissions are due by Friday, October 6th

Winners from both contests will each get one pair of weekend passes for Denver Comic Con 2018!
Saturday, October 28th
1:00 - 3:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Tattered Tales Storytime: Halloween Edition! Young children are invited for spooky stories, activities, & snacks! Costumes are encouraged.

Saturday, October 28, 10:30 am
Monday, October 30, 10:30 am
Tuesday, October 31, 10:30 am
Halloween at the TC!

Stop by any Tattered Cover location, including Union Station, for candy and commemorative Halloween bookmarks! Stay tuned to see what this year's bookmark will look like!
Save the Date!
Friday, November 3, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Colfax Avenue

For all of you non-teen readers of YA fiction, don't worry, we've got you covered! 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!

Saturday, November 4, all day, Littleton High School

This is a full day event with two keynote presentations, author panels, and a big author signing party. And food trucks. Books will be for sale throughout the day. Check out the keynotes and authors here ! Free registration is available NOW!
Introduce a new generation of listeners to the Wizarding World! Libro.fm is proud to feature all seven installments of the Harry Potter series, as well as the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Hogwarts Library book, read by Eddie Redmayne who plays Newt Scamander. 
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!
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On shelves now...
by Katherine Applegate

"Narrated by an ancient oak tree named Red who watches over the neighborhood and extends his branches every year for people to hang wishes on them. When a new family moves into the neighborhood, not everyone is welcoming. Samar befriends a local boy under the tree and together with hope -- and unknowingly, Red, they seek to make things okay for Samar and her family. Wishtree is the story of kindness and hope. A cast of animal characters bring this story to life. A timely, important and very accessible book. A small book with a big heart. Perfect for One Book, One School programs and book clubs." -- Kristen Gilligan, co-owner

More books we love...
On shelves now...
by Sarah J. Maas

" Tower of Dawn offers up more of the character development and world building that have made Maas a goddess to me in her own right. And as she has always done-that piece of her writing that has always left me wanting and needing more of her stories-she took me inside these characters minds, showed me how they were broken, then let me watch them find those broken pieces of themselves, and fit them together in new ways. I have grown to love these characters for their flaws, and through watching them struggle to find happiness along all of the jagged edges of themselves. It's some of the most real and honest character realization that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The better part of roughly 670 pages passed in a single day. Tower of Dawn was all consuming and full of plot twists and revelations that have completely unraveled and remade my expectations for the story's conclusion. It sustained me with more of the mind-blowing world building & storytelling that have marked Maas as a blossoming master of the genre. I may have skipped meals. I can't recall, I only remember Tower of Dawn ." -- Sam Foster, gift buyer
On shelves now...
by Kenneth Wright, Sarah Jane Wright (Illustrator)

"Our nine month old, Cordelia, really loves Lola Dutch is a Little Bit Much . It's about a little girl who really loves life, but tends to go a bit overboard with her desires. Her guardian, Bear, does his best to keep Lola in line with a tender hand. He watches as she cooks to extravagance, borrows hundreds of library books, and seemingly paints the world. She learns, however, that sometimes simple things matter most, especially her love for Bear. The illustrations and art in this book are so colorful and fun. Lately, this is the book that Cordi reaches for first." -- Pete Schulte, Union Station store manager
On shelves now...
By Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown (Illustrator)

"Jasper the Bunny is back with another nighttime mystery. Peter Brown's stylized black and white (and glowing green) illustrations are a perfectly creepy match to Aaron Reynolds hilarious tale of a weird pair of underwear that just won't go away ... I absolutely LOVE reading Jasper's first adventure -- Creepy Carrots -- with my niece and nephew. Can't wait to share this one, too!" -- Katie Rothery, general manager
ARC Giveaway: October 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) .

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate (on shelves now)

Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"--people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever. Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, Wishtree is Newbery Medalist and New York Times -bestselling author Katherine Applegate at her very best--writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.
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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