A World of Wonder
News & Reviews for Kids, Teens, and Families
July 2018   
A Letter from Bethany ............. Ongoing Events
Hello all!

I just got back from the sixth annual Children's Institute in New Orleans, and am invigorated. Children's Institute is a meeting of children's booksellers from all across the country, along with publishers, authors, and artists. We talked about book clubs, school visits, displays, storytimes, community partnerships, and more!

One huge takeaway from the conference was how many publishers are expanding their graphic novel lists. So if you are a graphic novel fan, you're in luck! We'll be seeing more and more of them over the next few years. (I got to read a graphic novel called  Sanity & Tallulah  while I was there that I can't wait to share with you this fall!)
I want to give you a special heads up about the picture book everyone at the Institute was most excited about:  Dreamers by Yuyi Morales. Yuyi Morales has won just about every picture book award there is, and this book tells the story of her real-life journey to the United States from Mexico with her young son. They learned English together by reading picture books. This ode to reading and family is something I think everyone can relate to and be inspired by.

We aim to make our stores safe, welcoming spaces for all, and we can't wait to see you this summer!
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
Meet Jocelyn!
Bookseller & Storytime Host
I have been at Tattered Cover for over 31 years and have worked in many different sections, but I can tell you the kid's section is the best. Especially on Tuesdays. Why? Because every Tuesday at 10:30 am it's Story Time!

A bunch of terrific kids and their adults come over and there is a lot of singing and story reading as well as crafts or games, and it ALWAYS ends with a snack. I TOLD you it was the best place to be! Also, come in and ask me and I'll tell you my favorite book that day. See you soon, I hope!
Local Author Spotlight!
Fleur Bradley, Author of the Double Vision trilogy

1. What inspired you to write the  Double Vision  trilogy?
The  Double Vision  trilogy gave me a chance to bring several things together: my love for mysteries and all things spy (spies are so cool), my love for travel, and my passion for getting kids to read. The books are fast-paced, fun, and have really found a home in classrooms and in the hands of reluctant readers.
Linc Baker, the main character in the Double Vision trilogy is a troublemaker who isn’t very good at school—I wanted to show that with his good heart, bravery, and sense of humor, he makes the perfect spy. I had a lot of fun writing his stories, because he always manages to get in trouble but saves the day in the end.
2.   Out of the three books, which one is your favorite?
That’s such a tough question—I like all three! Is that allowed…? I love the first book, because I got to introduce Linc, and show readers what Paris is like. The second book ( Double Vision: Code Name 711 ) is set in Washington D.C. and is like a Jason Bourne for kids—I love the spy history in that one. Did you know George Washington was America’s first spy? I get all nerdy talking about that bit of history… The third book ( Double Vision: The Alias Men ) is the finale, and I got to show Linc’s family a bit more, including his pretty awesome grandpa—that one is set in Hollywood, so I was able to research the silent movie history which is fascinating.
As you can tell, I can’t choose just one…
3.   You said you're fascinated by history and love to use it in your books. What is your favorite historical fact you've used?
You know, the hardest part as a writer is to step away from historical research and get back to writing… There are so many nuggets in real life history to spark story ideas!
In the first book, Linc goes on a field trip to a chicken farm and lets out all the chickens. I wrote that part before I researched Leonardo da Vinci, who becomes a central figure in the book. It turns out that Leonardo da Vinci loved animals, and would buy chickens at the Parisian market, just to set them free. Just like Linc. How cool is that? I love it when I find bits of history like that.
4.   Why did you decide to write from the perspective of a young boy?

Linc is one of those characters who just showed up on the page: his voice, his sense of humor, and his great heart took on a life of its own. In a way, I didn’t really choose his perspective, he kind of took the reins.
I will say that Linc represents all the kids I’ve met over the years who maybe aren’t the best in school or sports but have such great heart and imagination. Those are valuable qualities too—Linc gives me a chance to show that on the page.
5. What are you reading now?

In the kid department, really liked  Front Desk  by Kelly Yang and  EngiNerds   by Jarrett Lerner. I also loved  Be Prepared , a graphic novel by Vera Brosgol—that book sums up exactly what I felt like as a twelve-year-old.
I’m also reading an early copy (out August 2018) of  The Mystery of Three Quarters  by Sophie Hannah, which features Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. I love mysteries, as you can tell.
6. What is your favorite word?  

Eureka! As a writer, I’m by nature a curious person, and I love it when I find something that sparks a story, whether it’s a historical fact or real-life mystery. There’s nothing like that Eureka moment for me.
Upcoming Events
TODAY: Friday, July 6, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Debut author Kat Shepherd will discuss and sign  Babysitting Nightmares: The Shadow Hand   ($13.99 Imprint), the first book in a new middle grade series. For Rebecca Chin, babysitting has always been fun. But one night, a thunderstorm knocks the power out while she's watching baby Kyle, and a paranormal villain has taken the baby and replaced him with a changeling. Now Rebecca and her friends must venture into the scary Nightmare Realm to save him.
Monday, July 16, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Colorado author Lisa Brown Roberts will discuss and sign  Spies, Lies, and Allies: A Love Story   ($9.99 Entangled Publishing), about an internship competition, a forbidden romance, and sabotage. Author Pintip Dunn will discuss and sign  Seize Today   ($17.99 Entangled Publishing), the third novel and thrilling conclusion in the  New York Times  bestselling  Forget Tomorrow  series.

Author Brenda Drake will discuss and sign  Assassin Of Truths  ($17.99 Entangled Publishing), the third novel in the  Library Jumpers  series. Author Darcy Woods will discuss and sign  Summer of Supernovas  ($9.99 Ember), a heartfelt and humor-laced debut following one zodiac-obsessed teen as she struggles to find the guy of her cosmic dreams.
Saturday, July 28, 2:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Michelle Finch will read from and sign  Phoenix Goes to School: A Story to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Children   ($15.95 Jessica Kingsley Publishers). This is an empowering and brightly-illustrated children's book for children aged 5+ to help children engage with gender identity in a fun, uplifting way. It supports trans children who are worried about being bullied or misunderstood
Saturday, July 28, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Join Tattered Cover Book Store as we celebrate 20 Years of Magic with Harry Potter. Enjoy self-paced activities, Harry Potter trivia, and more! This event is free to attend, but space is limited.   REGISTRATION AVAILABLE NOW!
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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!
by Andrew Weiner, illustrated by April Chu

Down by the River  is an absolute treasure! A wonderful generational story about a family’s love for flyfishing meets true facts about the sport with a beautiful backdrop of illustrations. Coloradoans will applaud the detail and accuracy of such a book and is the perfect first fishing book to gift to kids. Grab this book and head “down by the river” while it’s still warm!” --  Stephanie Coleman, Director of Buying
More books we love
On shelves on...
by Beth Vrabel

"Caleb, a 12 year old boy with cystic fibrosis, has a hard time doing the things he likes to do. Kit a strange girl who thinks she is a fairy says they were destined to meet. Ever since Caleb met Kit he has been acting strangely, getting into trouble, skipping camp, and breaking laws. But one day Caleb gets a giant panic attack while they are hanging out. Will Kit be able to help him because Caleb hasn’t even told her that he has cystic fibrosis? I liked this book because it is exciting, funny, and even sad." -- Ella, Student at Pioneer Elementary in Parker, CO

On shelves now...
by John Demos

"This intriguing story is based on the true story of Eunice Williams, a puritan girl who was raised by the Mohawk tribe and ultimately chose to stay and life her life with them when given the option to return to her Puritan family. Wonderfully written, this story will stick with you long after you finish the book." -- Suzanne, Elementary School Librarian in Golden, CO
Thursday, August 23, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

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

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

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 June 2018

1. Oona Finds an Egg by Adele Griffin

2. Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins

3. Last Day on Mars  by Kevin Emerson

4. Book Scavenger  by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

by Madeleine L'Engle

6. The Fairy-Tale Detectives  by Michael Buckley

7. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World  by Dean Hale, Shannon Hale

8. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

Trenton Lee Stewart, illustrated by Carson Ellis

10. The Wild Robot  by Peter Brown
Tattered Cover's
Picture Book
Bestseller List  
Based on June 2018

1. Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons  by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jane Dyer

2. Dragons Love Tacos  by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

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

Emily Winfield Martin

by Jon Klassen

6. Uni the Unicorn  by 
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Brigette Barrager

7. Rosie Revere, Engineer  by Andrea Beaty, illustrated David Roberts

8. Love  by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Loren Long

by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

10. Press Here  by Herve Tullet
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 .
Do you participate in Booked for Summer?
Results from June's poll:

We are half way through the year! How many books have you read so far?


21 - 30

11 - 20

1 - 10
ARC Giveaway: July 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) .

In You May Now Kill the Bride , two sisters, divided by time. Each with a terrible resentment she can barely contain. Two Fear family weddings, decades apart... Each bride will find that the ancient curse that haunts the Fears LIVES ON. It feeds off the evil that courses through their blood. It takes its toll in unexpected ways, and allows dark history to repeat itself.

In Scream and Scream Again , R.L. Stine—the godfather of Goosebumps—and some of the most popular authors today bring an unrivaled mastery of all things fearsome, frightening, and fantabulous to this terrifying anthology of all-new scary short stories. This book is full of twists and turns, dark corners, and devilish revenge. Collected in conjunction with the Mystery Writers of America, this set includes works from New York Times bestselling authors telling tales of wicked ice-cream trucks, time-travelling heroes, witches and warlocks, and of course, haunted houses.
R.L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children's author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street , has over 80 million copies sold.

R.L. Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and "Disney Adventures" Kids' Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favorite authors in the NEA's Read Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.
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.
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