A World of Wonder
News & Reviews for Kids, Teens, and Families
August 2018   
A Letter from Kristen ............... Ongoing Events
Even though we're saying goodbye to summer, we have some amazing authors visiting our bookstores this Fall to get on your calendars, as well as our huge Tattered Cover Educator Night. 

We're excited about hosting authors (some of them will be visiting schools! ) such as Shannon Hale, Dean Hale LeUyen Pham, Ally Condie, Brendan Reichs, Kevin Henkes and some we're not yet allowed to announce! Check out the events below, on our social media and on our website. Some are big name authors and will require registration. 

Denver Metro Educators... Our Tattered Cover Educator Night was so successful last year, that we're holding it at TWO of our locations in early September! It's free and super fun, but you must register. See below for details -- and this link for more info and to register . Don't miss out!

I hope to see you in our bookstores, at your schools, or even out and about. 

Thanks for supporting Tattered Cover,
Calling all Denver Metro area Educators!

Come enjoy a unique, fun-filled evening celebrating books and reading -- and you. This is a special event expressly for Denver Metro-area school librarians, teachers and school administration.

Tattered Cover Educator Night - Aspen Grove
Wednesday, September 5, 6:00 - 9:00 pm,  REGISTER HERE!

Tattered Cover Educator Night - Colfax Avenue
Thursday, September 6, 6:00 - 9:00 pm,  REGISTER HERE!
Tattered Tales Storytimes
Young children are invited for a half hour of stories and fun.

Everyone is welcome!

Aspen Grove :
Mondays at 10:30 am
Colfax Avenue :
Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Historic LoDo :
Saturdays at 10:30 am
Meet Daron!
Local Author Buyer
Hi!  I'm Daron and I run the Local Author Program at Tattered Cover.  I grew up in Denver and Tattered Cover has always been one of my favorite places to find a new book.  One of the best parts about my job is getting to add awesome local books to our shelves.  There are so many talented writers and illustrators in our state and it makes me so happy when one of their books becomes a part of our store. Before joining the Tattered Cover I worked as a book designer and as a teacher.

I am always looking for new books from local talent-- you can find out more about the local author program at this page on our website .
Local Author Spotlight!
Lija Fisher, Author of  The Cryptid Catcher

1. What inspired you to write The Cryptid Catcher?

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that it all started with the trashy but delicious website TMZ. There was an article about an actor who went on a hunt to find the Otterman in Alaska. It made me wonder, “What would cause a grown man to run around the wilderness and search for a creature that might not exist?” Well, as I researched creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, I stumbled upon the vast world of cryptozoology, which I thought would be a fun science to explore (or pseudo-science, depending on if you believe in these monsters or not!)
2. The Cryptid Catcher is a fantasy adventure novel, but did any aspects or moments of your real life inspire it (like getting chased by a bear)?

Ha! Clivo, the main character, certainly gets chased a lot, just like that darn bear chased me! Other than that, a lot of Clivo’s home life is inspired by my childhood, like living in the Rockies. I grew up in the mountains and used to wander around pretending that there were monsters and fairies afoot, and in Clivo’s case there really are! A lot of the adventures that are in my book are inspired by the pretend quests I would go on while running around the mountains as a kid.
3. Did you always want to be a writer or did you discover your love for writing during your years as a performer?

As I look back, it makes total sense that I became a writer as I was always reading and writing as a kid. But once I got out of college I didn’t write at all and was solely focused on building an acting career. It wasn’t until I was 35 and feeling creatively stuck that I decided to try my hand at writing. I loved that I could sit down and write a story and feel like I was putting something out into the world, even if nobody read it. I felt like it gave me creative control over my life, which I was so desperate for at the time.
4. What is your favorite cryptid?

I love the Vodyanoy of Russia. It’s called ‘The Ugly Merman’ and is a blobby, frog-faced creature. Who doesn’t love a frog as big as a walrus?!
5. What are you reading now?

I'm currently reading Ernestine, Catastrophe Queen by Merrill Wyatt. It’s a new middle-grade novel by a fellow debut author and boy is it funny!

It’s a mystery that takes place in the "House for Elderly and Retired Artists, Both Performing and Otherwise" and it’s a hoot.
6. What is your favorite word?

Saturday, September 15, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Stay up to date on upcoming Tattered Cover events by downloading our August calendar !
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, August 14, 10:30 am, Colfax Avenue

Dow Phumiruk, general pediatrician and illustrator, will discuss and sign  Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13   ($17.99 Henry Holt & Company). This is the bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the film  Hidden Figures .
Thursday, August 23, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Author Kelly Devos will discuss and sign her debut young adult novel  Fat Girl on a Plane   ($18.99 Harlequin Teen), an unforgettable story about fierce fashion, pursuing your dreams, and loving yourself at any size. Fat Cookie's dreams of becoming the next great fashion designer are put on standby when she's declared too fat to fly on a trip to New York to present her portfolio. After losing weight and receiving another opportunity to go to New York again, Skinny Cookie finds herself in a world full of people more interested in putting women down than dressing them up.

Founded by the Tattered Cover Book Store in 2016, this is a full day event with a keynote presentation, a bunch of author panels, and a big author signing party at the end of the day. And food trucks. Of course, food trucks. Books will be for sale throughout the day. This event is free, and is open exclusively to teens, but you must register. Registration will open in September 2018. Please watch for details!

Friday, November 2, 2018

YA Author Happy Hour
(Adults only; 21+ there's alcohol)
Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue (2526 East Colfax Avenue)
from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Colorado Teen Book Con
All day at Littleton High School (199 East Littleton, Blvd, Littleton, CO 80121)

Registration will open on  September 1  and will be announced in the September newsletter and on social media!
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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 Kathryn Ormsbee

"What a delightful feel-good book! I loved that it was about artists, friends, growing up, changes, being okay and not okay. I learned a lot about asexuality, which was described very well through the eyes of the main character, Tash. The dynamic of the three main friends was great. They were complete characters, with problems beyond their romantic lives. Also, I loved the contemporary aspect of it, with social media, the web series, and all of the tech. It was as if it was set in the real world! Sometimes YA stories isolate their characters from the technology we all use and I liked that it was central to this story. I highly recommend it." -- Mikaley Osley, Events and Marketing Manager
More books we love
On shelves now...
by Paul Mosier

"El thought everything was going to be OK. She thought school would be fun and that her sister Echo would be fine. But she was very wrong. I loved this book because it has love friendship and it is amazing how many people can get together and care about a little girl and her family." -- Ella, Student at Pioneer Elementary in Parker, CO
On shelves now...
by J.A. White

"Nightbooks by is about a boy who is lead to a witches apartment due to his horror obsession and gets trapped inside. While he's there he finds another kid and together they have to find a way out of this nightmare. The book is creative unlike any other book and leaves you on the edge of your seat after each chapter wanting more. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes scary or horror fiction." -- Kara L., 8th grader at Cresthill Middle School in Highlands Ranch, CO
On shelves now...
by Douglas Florian

"Florian has assembled 25 poems all about friendships. Some are short and silly, others longer and thought-provoking. Many times, the last lines of his poems come to an unanticipated end! The crayon drawings complement the book's theme of childhood friendships." -- Jill, Pagemasters Club at Lawrence Elementary School in Arvada, CO
On shelves now...
by Cindy Baldwin

"This story was sad but hopeful as well. A girl named Della Kelly has a mother with a sickness. So Della tries to find a way to cure it but she can't. Della finds out that it takes time for her mother to feel better. There is a lot of description and that feeling about wondering what's going to happen next. The details in this book helped me visualize what's going on." -- Gracie, Pagemasters Club at Lawrence Elementary School in Arvada, CO
Thursday, September 6, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Friday, September 28, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 pm, Littleton High School, TICKETS

Friday, October 5, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Sunday, October 7, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Monday, October 8, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Friday, October 12, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Saturday, October 13, 5:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Friday, October 19, 7:00 pm, Cherry Creek High School,  TICKETS

Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Tattered Cover's
Middle Grade
Bestseller List  
Based on July 2018

by Jacqueline Woodson

2. Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories  by R. J. Palacio

3. The One and Only Ivan  by Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao

4. Marauder's Map Guide to Hogwarts  by Erinn Pascal, Helen Cann

5. Wonder  by R. J. Palacio 

6. Babysitting Nightmares The Shadow Hand  by Kat Shepherd, Rayanne Vieira

7. Wild Robot  by Peter Brown

8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone  by J.K. Rowling, Brian Selznick, Mary GrandPré

10. Wishtree  by Katherine Applegate
Tattered Cover's
Picture Book
Bestseller List  
Based on July 2018
1. The Book with No Pictures  by B. J. Novak

by Jessie Sima

Andrea Beaty, David Roberts

4. Dragons Love Tacos  by Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri

5. We Don't Eat Our Classmates  by Ryan T. Higgins

6. The Wonderful Things You Will Be  by Emily Winfield Martin

7. Down by the River: A Family Fly Fishing Story  by Andrew Weiner, April Chu

by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts

9. I Want My Hat Back  by Jon Klasse

10. Wolf in the Snow  by
 Matthew Cordell
Purchase 10 kids' books from Memorial Day, May 28, to Labor Day, September 3 , and redeem the completed bookmark for a $15 gift card! Booked for Summer Bookmarks are available in the Children's section of each Metro Denver Tattered Cover store. View a PDF of the Booked for Summer Bookmark  HERE .
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Results from July's poll:

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ARC Giveaway: August 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) .
The Day You Begin  and Harbor Me by  Jacqueline Woodson (on shelves 8/28).

In The Day You Begin , Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical text and Rafael López's dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

In Harbor Me , i t all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat--by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for "A Room to Talk"), they discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them--everything from Esteban's father's deportation and Haley's father's incarceration to Amari's fears of racial profiling and Ashton's adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and she received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. She is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her  New York Times  bestselling memoir  Brown Girl Dreaming , which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor.
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