Welcome to The Bookies' Latest Update!                           April 2018 Issue 2
The Bookies Newsletter
Hobo Bag Prize Drawing for Mother's Day!
Hobo bag
Mother's Day is coming and what could be a better gift than a beautiful leather Hobo bag?* 

Enter our free prize drawing between now and close of business on Saturday, May 12th, and that evening we'll draw the name of the lucky customer who will win this wonderful Hobo bag!

The bag we're giving away is Friar, a shoulder bag in pearlized pale grey-- perfect for summer! It's made in Hobo's distinctive soft vintage leather and is fully lined, with zip pockets on the outside and inside, plus a slip pocket for your phone.
Mother_s Day

* We fully endorse the purchase of Hobo bags at any and all times of year for yourself; we do it all the time (sadly we're not eligible for this drawing...but you are!)

Our Mother's Day table is packed with books and gifts! Or how about a signed copy of The Glass Forest, the latest book by Cynthia Swanson? Drop by the store on Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday to meet Cynthia and get a book with a  message personalized for your mother--or you!
Summer Reading is on the Way!
We're putting together our summer reading lists for all ages, from picture books to young adult. Our lists feature the best new paperbacks, including graphic novels and non-fiction, plus a few irresistible hardcovers.

To make it even more fun, we're setting up a summer reading challenge with prizes! More details coming soon.

To whet your appetite, here are a few highlights from our forthcoming lists.

Young Adult
Orbiting Jupiter
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D Schmidt
Short but powerful. Jack lives on a remote farm, where Joseph is placed as a foster child. At only thirteen, Joseph is withdrawn and damaged, but he is also a  young father who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter, and the two boys set out to find her.

Highly Illogical Behavior
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Heartwarming and funny. Looking for a topic for a scholarship essay, Lisa befriends sixteen-year-old Solomon, who is agorophobic and hasn't left his house in three years. Her project becomes a friendship revealing unexpected secrets.

Surface Tension
Surface Tension by Mike Mullin (out May 2018)
Fantastic YA action novel, full of twists and turns.  A high school senior stumbles upon an act of terror, but after he loses his memory, the FBI refuses to believe him and the terrorists want him dead.

Grades 7 & 8
Midnight Without a Moon 
Midnight Without a Moon
by Linda Williams Jackson
During the time of the Jim Crow south in the 1950s, young African American Rose Lee Carter can't wait to escape the bloodshed by moving north to live with her mother, but the violent death of a teenager makes her wonder if she should stay and fight.

Two Truths and a Lie
by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson (out in paperback in May)
Fascinating and fun. This book is packed with crazy nature facts--but can you figure out which are for real and which have been made up?

Grades 5 & 6 
A story told in verse about finding your voice and being heard. The graduating fifth grade class of Emerson Elementary wants to save their school from being torn down for a supermarket.

The Wild Robot Escapes
by Peter Brown
Nature and technology collide! Sequel to Wild Robot, which is now in paperback. Can Roz survive the challenges of the civilized world and find her way home to the island?

Grades 3 & 4 
Animal Inn_ Furry Fiasco 
Animal Inn: A Furry Fiasco
by Paul D. Jacobs & Jennifer Swender
First in a rollicking new series! The Animal Inn, a pet resort/hotel/center/spa that already houses dogs, cats, birds, an otter, a llama and more, learns that a dragon is coming to stay!

Slug Days 
Slug Days
by Sara Leach
Highly recommended. An inviting and effective story about fitting in. Lauren's Autism Spectrum Disorder means she can misread social signals and doesn't always react as people expect. Somehow she must learn how to understand others, while not losing her own personality.

Grades 1 & 2 (Early Readers)
The Haunted House Next Door (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol #1)
by Andres Miedoso
Spooky fun in which two very different boys catch ghosts. Desmond Cole is a fearless 8-year old constantly looking for ghosts and monsters, while his new best friend is afraid of everything.

The Itchy Book 
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading: The Itchy Book by LeUyen Pham
Hilarious and charming early reader, fully approved by Elephant & Piggie. All the dinosaurs have an itch. But dinosaurs do not scratch! How are they to relieve their itching?

Picture Books
Don_t Blink_ 
Don't Blink! by
Amy Krause Rosenthal  
Witty and interactive, this book for preschoolers includes just enough optical illusions to keep it interesting for older readers while the silly text makes it fun for all ages.

Who Am I_ 
Who Am I? An Animal Guessing Game by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Beautifully illustrated and great fun. Check out the clues and guess which animal it is! Fun animal facts included at the back.

And we haven't forgotten the adults!
We'll have a summer reading list for you too--the best books to read at the beach, in the park or your own sofa. More updates coming soon!
Teachers! Send Us Your Summer Reading Lists!
Every year we collect summer reading lists from schools all over Colorado so that we can stock up on the books your kids want to read over the summer. Please send us your lists so we can be ready for your students! Email them to info@thebookies.com. Thank you!

Independent Bookstore Day 
Are You Ready For Independent Bookstore Day?!  
Join us on Saturday, April 28th for the party that takes place at Indie Bookstores across the country!

We'll be celebrating with ten local authors who will be roaming the store, talking to you and your kids, and giving you book suggestions and recommendations. (Of course we'll let them sign books too!)

We'll also have activities, including a
kids' coloring table and storytelling. Join us for the fun from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

New Author Added!
Kimberley's debut book is the funny story of a little puppy who is determined to eat grass. Kimberley will be in our picture book section--ask her if her book is based on a true story! Discover more on Facebook and chat to her on Twitter.

Also featuring: Cynthia Swanson, Carmela LaVigna Coyle, Nancy Bo Flood and many more! For more details, click here, or for more information on any of our events, visit the Events Page on our website.
Something Different...
We go international! One of our Bookies sent us this wonderful picture of two fans of The Bookies Bookstore who live in South Africa, reading Brian Selznick's new early reader, Baby Monkey, Private Eye. In this fun book, Baby Monkey is on the case...as long as he remembers to put on his pants...