July 2018

July is here! It's hard to believe that Summer's one third of the way through. As we enter the dog days of summer, I enter any air conditioned space available, preferably with a good book or ice cream cone in hand.

Now is the time to get all that reading we've been waiting to get to done, to crack a dent into our mountainous TBR piles as we stay close to or head away from Colorado mountains of a similar size and a more literal description. So here's to all the too-hot days, too-long trips, and the ways we spend getting away from them. Happy reading!

-- Anna V., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member

P.S. Join us in celebrating the 20 years of magic since the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone on July 28 at Colfax Avenue! See below to register for this free event. Guests can participate in self-paced activities such as Harry Potter trivia, face painting, and potion making! There will even be an opportunity to meet live owls, presented by  Hawkquest !
Don't forget to check out July's ARC giveaway below!
Local Author Spotlight!
Meet R. Alan Brooks
Author of  The Burning Metronome

1. What inspired you to write The Burning Metronome?  

I wanted to write something that allowed me examine how we treat each other as human beings, and allow me to comment  on that, while still being an interesting story. So, a semi-anthology story, where I introduce different characters in each chapter, really worked well for that, because The Burning Metronome is essentially about creatures from another world, in human form, who are trying to understand why human beings do the things we do.  

2. Who is your favorite character in The Burning Metronome?  

Probably the lead character, Walter, because he has all of these expectations on him, and he is trying to figure out how to fulfill them all, while also trying to figure himself out. I think most of us can relate to that.

3. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?  

I think I've always written in some form or another, whether raps, poetry, prose or comics.  
4. Why did you choose to go into comic books?  

I love the fact that comics are a visual medium, and allow you to interact with readers in a very specific way. As a writer, I'm collaborating with an artist, and I get to see their vision of the world that I describe to them, and that's cool to see.

5. What is your favorite word?  

Deified, because it's a palindrome.  

6. What are you reading now?  

Jason Heller's book,  Strange Stars .
Upcoming Events for
Fans of YA Fiction
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, 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!
Monday, August 6, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Emily France the critically acclaimed author of  Signs of You , will discuss and sign her new young adult novel  Zen and Gone   ($18.99 Soho Teen), about a teen girl's harrowing search for her missing younger sister--and her own search for self.
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. 
Friday, September 28, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the And I Darken series. She will discuss and sign The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein ($18.99 Delacorte Press), a stunning and dark reimagining of Frankenstein.
Sunday, October 7, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Taran Matharu, author of the  New York Times  bestselling  Summoner series, will discuss and sign  The Summoner's Handbook   ($18.99 Feiwel & Friends), which reveals the story of James Baker--the epic journal that inspired the series hero, Fletcher, to discover his own summoning abilities. 
Friday, October 12, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Becky Albertalli is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda . Adam Silvera is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of  They Both Die At the End . They will discuss and sign  What If It's Us   ($18.99 Harper Teen), a funny and heartfelt collaboration about two very different boys who can't decide if the universe is pushing them together--or pulling them apart. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Friday, October 19, 7:00 pm, Cherry Creek High School

Markus Zusak, author of the extraordinary international bestseller  The Book Thief , will discuss and sign  Bridge of Clay   ($26.00 Knopf Books for Young Readers), the breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father's disappearance. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
YA Books We Love
by Brendan Kiely

" Tradition  is about a young athletic man that finds himself as a “fish out of water” at a prestigious private high school. This storyline is juxtaposed with another one of a young girl, Jules, that has her life planned out and cannot wait to just get through this high school. Jules comes to realize that she has been subjected to sexual assault multiple times in her high school experience and has been sugar-coated into acceptance by the students and school administration." -- Student at Crown Pointe Academy in Westminster, CO
by Eliza Wass

"The deathly intoxicating,  The Life and Death Parade , will have even the stubbornest readers hooked after the first page. Gripping and mysterious until the very end and leaves the readers wishing for another." -- Student at Crown Pointe Academy in Westminster, CO
by Lygia Day Penaflor

" All of This is True  is about four teens who become obsessed with a writer who befriends them. Told in interviews, emails, book excerpts and journal entries, the writing style is interesting and highly readable. If you love  Pretty Little Liars  or books about scandals you will enjoy this book." -- Toni, School Librarian at Chatfield Senior High in Littleton, CO
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Tattered Cover's
YA Bestseller List
June 2018
by Dodie Smith 

2. A Lite Too Bright  by 
Samuel Miller
Becky Albertalli

by Karen M. McManus

5. Anger Is a Gift  by 
Mark Oshiro

6. Turtles All the Way Down  by John Green

7 . Red Queen  by Victoria Aveyard

8. Throne of Glass  by Sarah J. Maas

9. Holding Up the Universe  by Jennifer Niven

by Mary H. K. Choi
Which Harry Potter character is your favorite?
Harry Potter
Ron Weasley
Hermione Granger
Draco Malfoy
Results from last month's poll: We are halfway through the year! How many books have you read so far?





Write a 
Book Review!

Have you ever walked through a bookstore and seen little cards sticking out of shelves with book reviews? Have those reviews ever made you want to buy a book? 

Those cards are called shelf talkers, and we're looking for teens to write shelf talkers for their favorite books. Your friends and family -- and a lot of total strangers -- can see your reviews on the shelves at Tattered Cover. How cool is that? 

To write reviews, send an email to  Kristen Gilligan with "Teen Book Review" in the subject line. 
Teen Writing

Teens come together to share and critique writing, often with a nationally published young adult author as a mentor and participant. An incredible opportunity for aspiring teen writers! Free and open exclusively to teens. 

Meets that last Sunday of each month. This is free and open exclusively to teens. Email  Kristen to RSVP.
Teen Advisory Board

This is a group of book-loving teens who meet every month or so to plan and produce programming for anyone excited about YA literature.

Board members have the opportunity to use their creativity, social media skills, and enthusiasm for books to help with all aspects of event promotion, planning, and execution; introduce (and hang out with) authors at events; write book blurbs; give book talks; get FREE advanced reading copies; and even help select authors who come to the store for events or visit schools.

It's fun, rewarding, and a great resumé builder. Currently, we meet at our Aspen Grove and now our Colfax locations. For more info, read our  TAB Info & Application . To sign up for the TAB, email  Kristen Gilligan . (And tell your bookish friends!)

Host an Author for Free at Your School!

I mean, who doesn't love a school assembly? Seriously though, Tattered Cover can bring an author into your school to speak to smaller groups of English or writing classes, or a full school-wide assembly.

The best part is that's there no cost to the school. If this sounds interesting, just connect us with your school librarian or principal.

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) .

Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone (on shelves now).

Next-door neighbors and ex-best friends Hannah and Emory haven't spoken in months. Not since the fight-the one where they said things they couldn't take back. Now, Emory is fine-tuning her UCLA performing arts application and trying to make the most of the months she has left with her boyfriend, Luke, before they head off to separate colleges. Meanwhile, Hannah's strong faith is shaken when her family's financial problems come to light, and she finds herself turning to unexpected places-and people-for answers to the difficult questions she's suddenly facing.

No matter how much Hannah and Emory desperately want to bridge the thirty-six steps between their bedroom windows, they can't. Not anymore.Until their paths cross unexpectedly when, one night, Hannah finds Luke doubled over in his car outside her house. In the aftermath of the accident, all three struggle to understand what happened in their own ways. But when a devastating secret about Hannah and Emory's argument ultimately comes to light, they must all reexamine the things they hold true.In alternating chapters, a skeptic and a believer piece together the story of their complex relationship with help from the boy caught somewhere in the middle.
Tamara Ireland Stone writes young adult and middle grade novels. Her New York Times bestseller, Every Last Word , won the Cybils Young Adult Fiction Award, the Georgia Peach Book Award, and was a YALSA Teens' Top Ten pick. She is also the author of Time Between Us , which has been published in over twenty countries; its sequel, Time After Time ; and Click'd , the first book in her new middle-grade series. Before she began writing fiction full time, Tamara spent twenty years in the technology industry. She co-founded a woman-owned marketing strategy and communications firm where she worked with small startups as well as some of the world's largest software companies. When she's not writing, she enjoys skiing, seeing live music, watching movies, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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