June 2018

In his most famous work,  The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” 

This summer, take the opportunity to 'begin life over again' in whatever capacity inspires you to do so the most - whether this means discovering new books and authors to love, jump-starting passion projects that have been long put on the back burner, or engaging with the people and experiences that ground you to what's most important. 

As the season ages and you learn how you would like to spend it, Tattered Cover Book Store hopes that we can be an integral part of making your summer memorable. 

-- Kiana M., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member
Don't forget to check out June's ARC giveaway below!
Local Author Spotlight!
Meet Donna Cooner
Author of  Worthy, Screenshot , and many more!

1. Many of your books deal with modern technology and ideas such as dating apps and vlogging. Why did you decide to write about these subjects?
Recent studies suggest social media can lead to increased feelings in teens of depression, anxiety, poor body image and loneliness—all issues I want to explore in my novels. Sometimes the worst bully of all, and the hardest one to fight, is the one who lives between our own two ears. I love to write stories about overcoming that self-critical voice and building a positive self-image, even in a world inundated with technologically enhanced judgement.

2. How is writing for young adults different from writing for young children? Do you find it more difficult?
The content of my young adult books is challenging and taps into strong personal emotions, but it is also incredibly difficult to write a deceptively simple picture book. I love writing both, but the story itself seems to dictate the form for me.

When I came back to writing for children after several years away, I was facing a life event that was incomprehensible. My beloved mother was diagnosed with stage four cancer. There was no stage five. I spent a great deal of time in hospitals and doctor’s offices trying not to think of the unthinkable. I saw family after family torn apart by the diagnosis that someone was facing cancer, and slowly I started to write about something that definitely wasn’t picture book material. It was the basis for my first piece of writing for an older audience and it was a contemporary story about very real problems. It didn’t take long until I felt just as passionately about contemporary young adult books as I did for picture books.

3. What was your favorite book as a teen?
I loved Judy Blume’s contemporaries like Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret , and Lois Duncan’s mysteries such as I Know What You Did Last Summer . I was also a huge fan of Mary Stewart’s Arthurian Saga.
4. What is your favorite book of yours and why?
Creating a new world of characters and problems takes enormous energy and passion, so my favorite is always the story I’m working on at the moment. However, Skinny is special because it was my first published novel and a story very close to my heart.

5. What are you reading now?
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. We share the same wonderful editor at Scholastic, Aimee Friedman, and this story is set in Edinburgh--one of my favorite cities in the world! I was lucky enough to score an advanced reader copy. It publishes on August 20 and everyone will want to be on the lookout for this one. It’s so fun! I also just finished Jason Reynold’s Long Way Down and it was amazing.

6. What is your favorite word?
That changes at any moment on any day, but for right now it is voice.
Photo of the Month: May
Lisa Brown Roberts dons Princess Leia buns while presenting her new young adult novel Spies, Lies, and Allies at Aspen Grove on Tuesday, May 22.
Upcoming Events for
Fans of YA Fiction
TODAY: Tuesday, June 5, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Tara Altebrando will discuss and sign  The Opposite of Here   ($17.99 Bloomsbury UK). Natalie's parents take her on a cruise and she meets a guy on the first night and sparks fly. Until he goes missing. Jeff Giles will discuss and sign  The Edge of Everything   ($10.99 Bloomsbury YA). When their worlds collide, X and Zoe are pushed to the edge of everything in this much-buzzed-about tour de force fantasy.

Carolyn Mackler will discuss and sign the follow-up  The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I   ($17.99 Bloomsbury UK). Sarah Tolcser will discuss and sign  Whisper of the Tide   ($17.99 Bloomsbury UK), about shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic, and a breathtaking romance.
Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Sandhya Menon, the  New York Times  bestselling author of  When Dimple Met Rishi , will discuss and sign  From Twinkle, With Love   ($18.99 Simon Pulse), a young adult romantic comedy about an aspiring teen filmmaker who finds her voice and falls in love.
Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Marisha Pessl will discuss and sign  Neverworld Wake   ($18.99 Delacorte Press), about a realm where fears are physical and memories come alive. A group of friends live the same several hours over and over again until they are forced to make one harsh decision.
Thursday, June 7, 7:00 pm,  Aspen Grove

Author Sam Miller will discuss and sign  A Lite Too Bright   ($17.99 Katherine Tegen Books), a stirring, thought-provoking debut novel about a loss shrouded in mystery with twists and turns down every railway.
Tuesday, June 12, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Zoraida C ó rdova is the award-winning author of  The Vicious Deep  trilogy and the  Brooklyn Brujas  series. She will discuss and sign  Bruja Born   ($17.99 Sourcebooks Fire), the second book in her  Brooklyn Brujas  series.

Dhonielle Clayton is an author, COO of  We Need Diverse Books , and co-founder of  Cake Literary.  She will discuss and sign  The Belles   ($17.99 Freeform).
Wednesday, June 27, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, authors of the  New York Times  bestselling  My Lady Jane , will discuss  My Plain Jane   ($17.99 Harper Teen), an irreverent spin on Jane Eyre--a tale of mischief, romance, and supernatural mayhem.
YA Books We Love
by Megan Bannen

" The Bird and the Blade  is a story of a girl with a fiery spirit who, when enslaved, fights back with all of her ability. It is a tale of romance and adventure, and it kept me on the edge of my seat for every minute I was reading it. Jinghua lost everything when she was enslaved, but when she meets the dashing Prince Khalaf, she realizes that she may yet have a chance to be free. As she grows familiar with the prince and his ways, she realizes that she does not want to lose him. This book had exquisitely realistic characters that showed intense emotion and desire." -- Madi, Cresthill Middle School in Highlands Ranch, CO
by Anica Mrose Rissi

" Forever Always Maybe is about a teenage girl in her senior year of high school who encounters something at work that changes her life forever. She becomes forced to choose between what is right and what is easy as things get difficult with her forever best friend and obsessive boyfriend. There were plenty of mixed feelings throughout the book that made it hard to chose how I felt about everything happening in the book. The book was an amazing read and hard to put down. If you enjoyed  Once and for All  by Sarah Dessen you’ll love this one." -- Addison, Cresthill Middle School in Highlands Ranch, CO
by Julie Murphy

"In this sequel to Dumplin' , Julie Murphy dives back into the world of a small Texas town and explores the relationship between two unlikely friends. This book has two perspectives from two very different girls. They are well-developed and give a unique look on the same situations and town drama from different sides of the track, so to speak. Not only did I appreciate the relationship with the two main characters, but the relationships with their parents and their families was emphasized and that's not something you see every day in YA novels. One of the girls has to learn to to stick up for herself, against her family's wishes and sticking up to people you love is one of the most courageous things to do. It was fun and rewarding book and I hope Julie Murphy explores some other side characters in this town again soon." -- Mikaley Osley, Marketing and Events Manager
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Meet Barrie!
My name is Barrie McComas and I have been a bookseller since I was 16. Books have always been a part of my life. My dad read to me every night and when my mom told me I needed to go outside, my brother and I would read together on the porch.

A few of my favorite books are  Treasure IslandAlice in WonderlandFox in Socks, and  Frog and Toad. They are also family favorites! Besides reading, I crochet and enjoy watching anime and  Masterpiece Theatre.
Tattered Cover's
YA Bestseller List
May 2018

Becky Albertalli

3. Turtles All the Way Down  by John Green

4. Caraval  by Stephanie Garber

5. Stay Sweet  by Siobhan Vivian

6. Carry On  by Rainbow Rowell

7. The Sword of Summer  by Rick Riordan

8. Salt to the Sea  by Ruta Sepetys

9. Throne of Glass  by Sarah J. Maas

10. Illuminae  by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
We are halfway through the year! How many books have you read so far?
Results from last month's poll: Where do you get book recommendations?



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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.

Coming Soon
Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Wednesday, June 27, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

And more! Stay up-to-date by visiting our web calendar
Join us on Saturday, July 28, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Colfax Avenue for Celebrating 20 Years of Magic! This event is now free, but you must register  here .

Don't want to miss out on the magic? Email us at  newsletter@tatteredcover.com  to join the party's mailing list
Your First Look At the Covers for Spring 2019 YA ...

It's that special time of year when we show you all the shiny new covers for books coming out in just a few seasons. Here are all the new covers for our Spring 2019 young adult novels.

Read more
ARC Giveaway: June 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) .

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova (on shelves now).

Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead. Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula's bruja healing powers can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula's world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn't the only one who's been brought back...
Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View , and Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women and Witchcraft . She is a New Yorker at heart and is currently working on her next novel.
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