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Upcoming Events

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN with Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race beginning with a very special event, "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Bookstore" with the author!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26; 6pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This is a free event and open to the public. 

ABOUT Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race: #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein is back with the third fantastically fun, puzzle-packed MR. LEMONCELLO adventure. On your marks. Get set. Lemon, cello, GO! Everyone's favorite game maker, Mr. Lemoncello, is testing out his new FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY game If Kyle can make it through the first round, he and the other lucky finalists will go on a great race--by bicycle, bookmobile, and even Mr. Lemoncello's corporate banana jet --to find fascinating facts about famous Americans. The first to bring their facts back to the library will win spectacular prizes But when a few surprising "facts" surface about Mr. Lemoncello, it might be GO TO JAIL and LOSE A TURN all at once Could Kyle's hero be a fraud? It's winner take all, so Kyle and the other kids will have to dig deep to find out the truth before the GAME is OVER for Mr. Lemoncello and his entire fantastic empire. Filled with brand-new puzzles and games (including a hidden bonus puzzle ), this fast-paced read will have gamers and readers alike racing to the finish line because, like Mr. Lemoncello's commercials say, IS IT FUN? . . . HELLO IT'S A LEMONCELLO 

ABOUT CHRIS GRABENSTEIN: CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's LibraryMr. Lemoncello's Library OlympicsThe Island of Dr. Libris, the Welcome to Wonderland series, and many other books, as well as the co-author of numerous fun and funny page-turners with James Patterson, including House of RobotsTreasure Hunters, and Jackie Ha-Ha. Chris lives in New York City with his wife, J.J., two cats, and a dog named Fred.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27; 6pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove 

As a part of the Aspen Grove Shopping Center's Family Fun Night (on the last Friday of each month). Enjoy themed stories, a small snack, games. This is a free event and open to the public.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28; 10:30am at Tattered Cover Colfax and LoDo locations

Young children are invited for Halloween-themed stories, activities, snacks and fun. Everyone is welcome! Special non-candy treats for our storytime friends. Non-scary costumes are encouraged! No registration, just show up!

JODI KENDALL with The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City; Middle grade book discussion and booksiging
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This is a free event and open to the public.

ABOUT THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY: This delightful middle grade novel is a modern-day homage to Charlotte's Web, perfect for fans of Katherine Applegate and Cammie McGovern. "We fell in love with The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City. No matter how big she gets, there's always room for Hamlet in our hearts." --Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, New York Times bestselling co-authors of Esther the Wonder Pig. A little pig in a big city leads to lots of trouble. Josie Shilling's family is too big, their cramped city house is too small, and she feels like no one's ever on her side. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, her older brother, Tom, brings home a pink, squirmy bundle wrapped in an old football jersey--a piglet he rescued from a nearby farm. Her name is Hamlet. The minute Josie holds Hamlet, she feels an instant connection. But there's no room for Hamlet in the crowded Shilling household. And whoever heard of keeping a pig in the city? So it's up to Josie to find her a forever home. The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City is a heartwarming tale of family, belonging, and growing bigger when you've always felt small.

ABOUT JODI KENDALL: Jodi Kendall is a writer based in New York City who has contributed digital content for many National Geographic Channel shows, including Alpha DogsInside Combat Rescue, Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?The 80's: The Decade that Made Us and Untamed Americas. As a freelance writer on assignment, some of Jodi's international adventures have included tracking wild elephants through the rainforest, photographing orangutans in Malaysia, snorkeling with manatees in Florida, and swimming with whale sharks in Isla Mujeres. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of Arizona.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 30; 10:30am at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

Young children are invited for Halloween-themed stories, activities, snacks and fun. Everyone is welcome! Special non-candy treats for our storytime friends. Non-scary costumes are encouraged! No registration, just show up!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31; 10:30am at Tattered Cover Colfax

Young children are invited for Halloween-themed stories, activities, snacks and fun. Everyone is welcome! Special non-candy treats for our storytime friends. Non-scary costumes are encouraged! No registration, just show up!

JEANNIE MOBLEY with Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element; Middle grade book discussion and booksiging.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5; 2pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element: All aboard for a fast-paced, Jazz Age-era murder mystery set aboard a Chicago-bound train. It's 1923, and thirteen-year-old Bobby Lee Claremont is leaving the Sisters of Charitable Mercy orphanage in New Orleans, certain a better life awaits in Chicago's glamorous-sounding mob scene. But his plans unravel when he boards his train and meets the recently widowed Nanette O'Halloran, her two traveling companions, and a cop who suspects the trio of murdering Nanette's husband. Bobby Lee is sure Nanette's innocent. But what about her companions? As Bobby Lee digs for answers, he discovers the mob, Prohibition, segregation, and a famed jazz band are all pieces of an increasingly dangerous puzzle.

ABOUT JEANNIE MOBLEY: Jeannie Mobley is an archaeologist and professor who lives in Colorado. Her first novel, Katerina’s Wish, received three starred reviews, won the Colorado Book Award, and was a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection. She is also the author of Searching for Silverheels, which received a starred review. 

SUSAN ADRIAN with Nutcracked; Middle grade book discussion and booksiging.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT NUTCRACKED: Enter the magical world of The Nutcracker in a whole new way with this perfect Christmas stocking stuffer Christmastime, ballet, and magic. Georgie has waited for this moment her whole life--to dance the part of Clara in The Nutcracker ballet. And when she finally gets the part, it's like a dream come true. . . . Literally. Every time Georgie dances with the Nutcracker doll, she leaves the ballet studio and enters a world where everything around her--the old wooden furniture, the Christmas tree, the carefully wrapped presents--is larger than life. It's so magical, Georgie can't wait to return again and again. Then the Nutcracker's magic seeps into the real world, putting Georgie's friend in danger. Everything is falling apart, and it's almost Christmas Can Georgie save her friend, the Nutcracker, and most of all, herself?

ABOUT SUSAN ADRIAN: Susan Adrian is a fourth-generation Californian who now lives in the beautiful Big Sky country of Montana. She began ballet late--at age eight--but got to fulfill her dream of playing Clara in The Nutcracker when she was thirteen, before joining the Sacramento Ballet. Later she got a degree in English from the University of California, Davis. These days she's settled in as a writer, scientific editor, and mom. When she's not with her family, she keeps busy researching crazy stuff, traveling, and writing more books. She still sees The Nutcracker every year she can, and tries really hard not to act out all the parts. 

STEL PAVLOU with Daniel Coldstar #1: The Relic War; Middle grade book discussion and booksiging
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT Daniel Coldstar #1: The Relic War: An epic and funny outer space adventure from acclaimed science-fiction author and screenwriter, Stel Pavlou. Below the surface on a forgotten planet, Daniel Coldstar searches for relics from a lost civilization. Daniel has no memory of his past. All he knows is to do his job and fear the masters of the mines. Until he unearths a relic more powerful than anything he has ever seen. A relic that might help him escape... What follows is an epic outer space adventure filled with Truth Seekers, anatoms, Leechers, and the evil Sinja who seek to control the universe. All that stands in their way is a boy named Daniel Coldstar, whose journey will change the galaxy forever.

ABOUT STEL PAVLOU: Stel Pavlou is the British international bestselling author of adult fiction. Daniel Coldstar #1: The Relic War is his first novel for young readers. Stel has written screenplays for Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson, and stories for Doctor Who. He lives in Colorado with his family, a dog named Rocket, and the ghosts of two chickens.

GUINESS WORLD RECORD BOOK STORE CHALLENGE; Fun for elementary school aged children.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11; 2pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This event is free and open to the public. 

A fun series of challenges for a wide range of abilities! Come join the fun!

JAMES HANNIBAL with The Fourth Ruby (Book #2); Middle grade book discussion and booksiging
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT The Fourth Ruby (Book #2): Jack and Gwen are back in this dynamic follow-up to The Lost Property Office. It's been a year since Jack Buckles discovered the Keep beneath Baker Street, an underground tower no Section Thirteen was ever supposed to see; a year since his dad fell into a coma. Nothing has been the same since. Jack's tracker abilities are on the fritz, Gwen's not speaking to him and, what's worse, there's a pounding voice in his head calling for "the flame." Jack and Gwen are framed for the theft of a historic crown jewel--the Black Prince's Ruby, one of three cursed rubies said to bring knowledge, loyalty, and the command of nations to whomever wields them all. Now, they must retrieve the other jewels before the true thief does, or risk unleashing a reign of terror unlike anything history's ever seen. 

ABOUT The Lost Property Office (Book #1): JUST OUT IN PAPERBACK! Thirteen-year-old Jack Buckles can find things. Not just a missing glove or the other sock, but things normal people have long given up on ever seeing again. If only he could find his father, who has disappeared in London without a trace. But Jack’s father was not who he claimed to be, and was instead a member of a secret society of detectives that has served the crown for centuries—and membership into the Lost Property Office is Jack’s inheritance. Now the only way Jack will ever see his father again is if he finds what the Clockmaker is after. And that is the Ember, which holds a secret that’s been kept since the Great Fire of London.

ABOUT JAMES HANNIBAL: JAMES HANNIBAL is no stranger to deep dark secrets or hunting bad guys, having served in the US Air Force as a stealth bomber pilot and a Predator mission commander. Like Jack Buckles, James “suffers” from synesthesia, an intersection of the senses that was once considered mental illness and often causes hyperobservance. If you bake him a cake, he might tell you that it smells blue and sticky—and you should take it as a compliment. He is also the award-winning of author of adult military thrillers. James is very energetic with young audiences. James suffers from synesthesia, the same ailment that (though never named) the central character Jack Buckles has. The book has also been optioned for film by Sony Pictures.

TODD FAHNESTOCK with The Loremaster (Wishing World #2); Middle Grade Book Launch Party, discussion and booksiging
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT The Loremaster: The life of a 6th grader is pretty standard. Go to class. Do your homework. Watch a Starfield patch spread like fungus across the soccer field and a Tasting Tulip grow in the girl’s bathroom… Okay, so it’s a bit different for Lorelei, the twelve-year-old Doolivanti who can rewrite reality with a swish of her pen. A year ago, she accidentally ripped her way into the Wishing World, a place where children become their own heroes, and now magic is leaking through to Earth. The adults see these strange things, but the moment they look away, they forget, because only children can remember the Wishing World. Lorelei knows that the leak is her fault, so with her brother Theron, she tears her way back into the Wishing World, only to find that the Ink King has created an army of Doolivantis bent on destroying her. Together with Squeak the mouse and a multiple-personality Fire Princess, Lorelei must travel the length of the Wishing World to find the key that will stop the Ink King and restore balance to the land. But it will take more than clever quips and Lorelei’s powerful pen. To have a chance of beating him, she must delve deeply inside herself, discover why her Doolivanti power rips the sky, and finally understand why the Wishing World demands she become the Loremaster.

ABOUT TODD FAHNESTOCK: Todd Fahnestock was born in California and attended The Colorado College in 1993. In 1997, he began writing with Giles Carwyn, published short stories and won the New York Books for the Teen Age award for True Love (Or the Many Brides of Prince Charming). In 2006, Todd and Giles wrote Heir of Autumn followed by Mistress of Winter and Queen of Oblivion. The writing team finished the Heartstone Trilogy in 2008 and Todd moved on to solo projects, publishing Fairmist in 2015, an epic fantasy story about the lies people believe to make themselves feel safe, and what happens when one man chooses to break free. It is the first novel in The Whisper PrinceTrilogy. Todd's greatest accomplishments are his children, his marriage and his novels. He is passionate about family, friends, stories, adventure, Colorado, and his goal is to inspire people with his mother’s optimism. He writes to enchant and delight and to capture those moments where, just for a second, he feels like a hero. Stories are his passion, but Todd's greatest accomplishment is his quirky, fun-loving family. The Wishing World began as a series of bedtime stories for his childre​n.


Tattered Cover's Summer Reading Program: BOOKED FOR SUMMER!

It's simple and fits right into any other summer reading program you may be a part of. Read a book, give us a short review, get a credit towards more books at Tattered Cover! For more info, please click here.

Tattered Cover Bestseller List for Kids (Picture Books and Middle Grade)

Tattered Cover's Picture Book Bestseller List (Based on sales from July 1 - July 31, 2017)

1. Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)

2. Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Brigette Barrager (Illustrator)

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

4. Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

5. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)

6. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)

7. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

8. Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney

9. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

10. How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish (Illustrator)

Tattered Cover's Middle Grade Bestseller List (Based on sales from July 1 - July 31, 2017)

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

2. Revenge of the Star Survivors by Michael Merschel

3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

4. Dog Man: From the Creator of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

5. Sticks & Stones (Upside-Down Magic #2) by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins

6. Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

7. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

8. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullally Hunt

9. The Adventures of Captain Underpants: Color Edition (Captain Underpants #1) by Dav Pilkey, Jose Garibaldi

10. The World's Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson


Kids Books We're Excited About

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate MIDDLE GRADE


Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman


The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman MIDDLE GRADE


Addie Bell's Shortcut to Growing Up by Jessica Brody MIDDLE GRADE


June Sparrow and the Million-Dollar Penny by Rebeca Chace


Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder MIDDLE GRADE


The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg MIDDLE GRADE


The Wishing World by Todd Fahnestock MIDDLE GRADE


The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal MIDDLE GRADE


As Brave As You Are by Jason Reynolds MIDDLE GRADE



Available Authors for School Visits

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