Teen Readers

Quick links to what's on this page: Teen Newsletter -- Teen Advisory Board -- Colorado Teen Book Con -- Teen Writing Group -- Teen Open Mic Night -- Author Visits in Schools -- Upcoming Events for Fans of YA Fiction -- Teen Book Reviews

Teen Newsletter

Don't miss a thing... Sign up now! (Select Events & Reviews for Teens and YA Fans) Why did we create a Teen Newsletter? Because Tattered Cover loves teen readers, readers of teen fiction, and because we have so many amazing things going that we just need to share. To view the Teen Newsletter Archive, please click here.

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. We currently meet at our Aspen Grove and Colfax locations. This is open to teens 13+ who are in at least 7th grade. Please read our TAB Information & Application PDF. For more information or to sign up for the TAB, email Kristen Gilligan. (And tell your bookish friends!) (If applying, PLEASE send your application electronically, either as a PDF or put the answers in the body of the email. Things mailed to me take a VERY long time to reach me, and I don't want to keep you waiting!!)

What is the TAB? APPLY NOW!

Colorado Teen Book Con

Tattered Cover presented the inaugural Colorado Teen Book Con in 2016 at Littleton High School in Littleton, CO It was a full day event with two keynote presentations, 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 were for sale throughout the day. Check out some feedback and photos on our Colorado Teen Book Con webpage. Watch here for 2018 event details!

Teen Writing Group

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. 

Tattered Cover Aspen Grove: This group meets that last Sunday of each month. This is free and open exclusively to teens. Email Kristen to RSVP.

  • Sunday, March 25Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Kristen to RSVP.
  • Sunday, April 29Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Kristen to RSVP.
  • Sunday, May 27Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Kristen to RSVP.
  • Sunday, June 24Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Kristen to RSVP.
  • Sunday, July 29Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Kristen to RSVP.
  • Sunday, August 26Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Kristen to RSVP.
  • Sunday, September 30Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Kristen to RSVP.
  • Sunday, October 28Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Kristen to RSVP.
  • Sunday, November 25Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Kristen to RSVP.
  • Sunday, December 30Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Kristen to RSVP.


Tattered Cover Colfax: We meet in the Orchestra Pit of the Colfax store. This is free and open exclusively to teens. Please email Kristen to RSVP. 

  • This group will meet again soon. Please watch this space for dates!!


Upcoming Events for Fans of YA Fiction

  • Wednesday, March 14: Rachel Hartman with Tess of the Road in conversation with YA author N. K. Traver (Duplicity) and Colleen Oakes (Queen of Hearts series) YA Author Panel and Booksigning; 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
    • ABOUT Tess of the Road: Meet Tess, a brave new heroine from beloved epic fantasy author Rachel Hartman. In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons can be whomever they choose. Tess is none of these things. Tess is. . . different. She speaks out of turn, has wild ideas, and can't seem to keep out of trouble. Then Tess goes too far. What she's done is so disgraceful, she can't even allow herself to think of it. Unfortunately, the past cannot be ignored. So Tess's family decide the only path for her is a nunnery. But on the day she is to join the nuns, Tess chooses a different path for herself. She cuts her hair, pulls on her boots, and sets out on a journey. She's not running away, she's running towards something. What that something is, she doesn't know. Tess just knows that the open road is a map to somewhere else--a life where she might belong. Returning to the spellbinding world of the Southlands she created in the award-winning, New York Times bestselling novel Seraphina, Rachel Hartman explores self-reliance and redemption in this wholly original fantasy.
    • ABOUT RACHEL HARTMAN: Rachel Hartman is the author of the Seraphina series. As a child, Rachel played cello, lip-synched Mozart operas with her sisters, and fostered the deep love of music that inspired much of Seraphina. Rachel earned a degree in comparative literature but eschewed graduate school in favor of bookselling and drawing comics. Born in Kentucky, she has lived in Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, England, and Japan. She now lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. 
    • ABOUT N. K. TRAVER: As a freshman at the University of Colorado, N.K. TRAVER decided to pursue Information Technology because classmates said "no one could make a living" with an English degree. It wasn't too many years later Traver realized it didn't matter what the job paid--nothing would ever be as fulfilling as writing. Programmer by day, writer by night, it was only a matter of time before the two overlapped. Duplicity is Traver's first novel.
    • ABOUT COLLEEN OAKES: Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of books for both teens and adults, including the Elly in Bloom series, and Wendy Darling saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not penning new books, Colleen can be found swimming, travelling, reading or advocating for adoption and literacy.
  • Saturday, March 24: ​​​​​KIDS WRITING WORKSHOP! So You Want To Be a Writer: 11 Magic Charms to Make Your Writing Come Alive A Writing Workshop for Ages 8-18. Presented by local middle grade author, Kim Tomsic, author of The 11:11 Wish. 1pm - 3pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This event is free and open to the public, but you must register here
    • ABOUT The 11:11 Wish: "A pawsitively magical twist on middle school mayhem."--Ingrid Law, Newbery Honor-winning author of Savvy. Megan Meyers has a foolproof plan to reinvent herself at her new school. Good-bye, dorky math nerd; hello, friend magnet But her first day at Saguaro Prep starts off weird to the tenth power. When she's dared to "make something exciting happen," Megan is thrown into the middle of an epic power struggle between the two seventh-grade Spirit Captains. So with nothing to lose, Megan wishes for "some magic" as her classroom's cat clock chimes 11:11--and is granted an enchanted teen magazine promising miracle makeovers and sure-fire secrets for winning friends and crushes. But magic can have dangerous side effects, and as her social life grows exponentially worse, Megan begins to wonder if wishing was ever a purrfect idea. SPECIAL APPEAL: New girl fitting in, STEM, magic, animals.

      ABOUT KIM TOMSIC: When Kim Tomsic was a kid, she wished for rollerskates, a racetrack, and the ability to fly. Her wishes came true! The rollerskates showed up with a big red bow; the SpeedTrax slot car racetrack was owned by her brother (thankfully he shared); and flying…well, if she squeezed her eyes tight enough, a good bounce on the trampoline felt as magical as a set of wings. Kim still loves wishing at 11:11 from her home in Boulder, CO, which she shares with her husband, two children, and two dogs. Kim is the author of The 11:11 Wish, a 2018 middle grade novel. She also has two picture books releasing with Chronicle in 2019 and 2020. She is also the Co-Regional Advisor for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

  • Tuesday, April 10: Ingrid Palmer with her debut YA book, All Out of Pretty, in conversation with YA author Scott Bergstrom. Join us for a presentation and booksigning! 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
    • ABOUT All Out of Pretty: How do you know who to trust? Can you even trust yourself, your own instincts, and choices? Andrea, or "Bones" as her mom calls her, thinks of herself as smart, but intelligence only gets you so far and she finds herself nowhere near as smart or as tough as she thought. "All Out of Pretty" is a gripping, thoughtful look at one girl's journey to figuring out what really matters to her and how to take care of herself in a world where there are no responsible adults for her to rely on. Do you use your looks or your brains? Your stubbornness or flexibility? How do you survive a drug-addict mother and her dealer boyfriend? Andrea's voice will pull you along from the first sentence of this emotional roller-coaster of a book.
    • ABOUT INGRID PALMER: Ingrid's All Out of Pretty, is her debut YA novel. She lives in Colorado with her family.

    • ABOUT SCOTT BERGSTROMScott Bergstrom lives with his wife and daughters in Colorado. The Cruelty  is his fiction debut. Visit Scott at www.thecruelty.net, on Instrgram at s.bergstrom and on Facebook at thecruelty.

  • Wednesday, April 11: Keira Drake with The Continent, presentation and booksigning at 7:00 pm at Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue in the Orchestra Pit.

    • ABOUT The ContinentFor her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire--a trip to the Continent. It's a cold, desolate land where two nations remain perpetually locked in combat. As a talented apprentice cartographer and a descendant of the Continent herself, she sees the journey as a dream come true. But when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, Vaela finds herself much closer to danger than she'd ever imagined--and with an entirely new perspective as to what war truly means. Vaela must try to find a way home--but first, she must survive.

    • ABOUT Keira Drake: The Continent is Keira's debut novel. Her favorite book is Dune by Frank Herbert and some of her favorite genres include sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction (her favorite), non-fiction, contemporary fiction. She has a particular interest in books about the sea. 


  • Saturday, April 14: Heather Ezell with, Nothing Left To Burn. Join us for a presentation and booksigning! 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
    • ABOUT Nothing Left To Burn: The autumn morning after sixteen-year-old Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she wakes to a loud, persistent knocking at her front door. Waiting for her are two firemen, there to let her know that the moment she's been dreading has arrived: the enormous wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California, is now dangerously close to her idyllic gated community of Coto de Caza, and it's time to evacuate. Over the course of the next twenty-four hours, as Audrey wrestles with the possibility of losing her family home, she also recalls her early, easy summer days with Brooks, the charming, passionate, but troubled volunteer firefighter who enchants Audrey--and who is just as enthralled by her. But as secrets from Brooks's dark past come to light, Audrey can't help but wonder if there's danger in the pull she feels--both toward this boy, and toward the fire burning in the distance.
    • ABOUT HEATHER EZELL: A Southern California native, Heather Ezell was evacuated for a fire at the age of three and subsequently grew up with an obsessive fear of wildfires. She has been chasing reprieve from California's heat ever since--from the Rocky Mountains to Interior Alaska. Heather graduated from Colorado College with a degree in English literature and creative writing, and she currently lives in the Pacific Northwest where she writes, practices amateur ballet in the forest, and obsesses over the weather.


  • Tuesday, April 24: Siobhan Vivian with Stay Sweet; Presentation and Booksigning; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax
    • ABOUT Stay Sweet: From the author of The Last Boy and Girl in the World and The List comes a bold and sweet summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream. Summer in Sand Lake isn't complete without a trip to Meade Creamery--the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best for friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is "Head Girl" at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn't sure that stand can go on. That is, until Molly's grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business... but Grady's got some changes in mind.
    • ABOUT SIOBAHN VIVIAN: Siobhan Vivian is the acclaimed author of Not That Kind of Girl, hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a powerful, involving exploration of teen girls identities and relationships, Same Difference, and the Burn series with Jenny Hahn. A Jersey girl by birth and a Brooklyn girl at heart, Siobhan currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Saturday, May 12Fierce Reads Tour comes to Tattered Cover with Mary PearsonTaran MatharuMaurene Goo, and Tricia Levenseller; Presentation and Booksigning; Time TBDLocation TBD
    • Mary Pearson with Dance of Thieves: This is Mary's first book in a brand new series that takes place in the same world as her Remnant Chronicles
    • Taran Matharu with The OutcastThe Summoner series has become a New York Times bestselling series, and it just keeps on growing!
    • Maurene Goo with The Way You Make Me Feel: Maurene Goo's star is on the rise as she continues to write contemporary, romantic novels that feature diversity without ever making it an issue. Maurene is a proud member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement and #OWNvoices movement.
    • Tricia Levenseller with Daughter of the Siren Queen: Tricia's debut high-seas adventure was a breakout hit in 2017.
  • ALL SUMMER!Colorado Big Summer Read -- Watch for details!
  • Saturday, July 28An Evening at Hogwarts: A Harry Potter Celebration! 6pm at Trinity Church in Denver. Watch for details!
  • Saturday, November 32018 Colorado Teen Book Con All day at Littleton High School. This is a free event exclusively for teens, but you must register. Watch for details!




Teen Open Mic Night

We're giving YOU the mic.
Express yourself.
Support your friends as they get their creative on.
Do something unique and fun: sing, play an instrument, recite poetry, read an original work of fiction, do stand-up comedy, or anything else that you have a burning desire to share with the world. 
Plus, we have a café serving hot and cold beverages, and snacks! We'll be announcing the next date soon. Watch for it!

Author Visits in Schools

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 -- and there's even a fundraising component where your school can earn some money back! If this sounds interesting, just connect us with your school librarian or principal. (Send an email to Kristen Gilligan with your school librarian and/or principal's contact info.)

Teen Book Reviews

Have you ever walked through a bookstore and seen little cards sticking out of shelves under books 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 fellow readers looking for the perfect book -- can see your reviews on the shelves at Tattered Cover. How cool is that? 

To write a review: Books can be old or new — they just need to be young adult. Reviews should be between 40-60 words. Write 1-2 sentences on what the book is about, then another 1-2 sentences on why you loved it/why you think others will lo
ve it. (What was different about this book? What made it special? How did you connect with it?) If it works, please also say something like, "If you liked xxx book, you'll love this one." or "If you love xxx author, you'll love this one." Please only write reviews for books you loved and are passionate about. Please send your review in an email to Kristen Gilligan with "Teen Book Review" in the subject line. We publish them on our website on the book's page, create shelf talkers in our stores and send the review to the publisher.

Create Bookshelf: