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TATTERED TALES STORYTIME! Young kids are invited to join us at Tattered Cover Colfax for a half hour of stories, activities and snacks. This event is free and open to the public. 

  • Tattered Cover Aspen Grove: Every Monday at 10:30 am
  • Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue: Every Tuesday at 10:30 am
  • Tattered Cover Historic LoDo: Every Saturday at 10:30 am

-- AVI with The End of the World and Beyond SUNDAY, February 24; 2pm at Tattered Cover Colfax 

ABOUT THE BOOK: Convicted of thievery and transported from England to America, Oliver Cromwell Pitts, shackled to his fellow prisoners, endures inedible food, filthy conditions, and deadly storms on his voyage across the Atlantic. But the hazardous shipboard journey is nothing compared to the peril that waits for him on the colonial shores. In Annapolis, Oliver’s indentured servitude is purchased by the foul, miserly Fitzhugh, who may have murdered another servant. On Fitzhugh’s isolated tobacco farm, Oliver’s only companion is an enslaved boy named Bara. Oliver and Bara become fast friends with one powerful goal: to escape Fitzhugh. Oliver hopes he can find his sister, Charity, brought somewhere in the colonies on a different ship. Bara dreams of reaching a community of free black people in the cypress swamp who may help him gain his liberty.  But first the boys must flee Fitzhugh’s plantation and outrun their brutal pursuer and the dangers that lurk in the swamp.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Avi is the author of the Newbery Medal novel Crispin: The Cross of Lead and the Newbery Honor books Nothing But the Truth and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, among many other books for young readers. Catch You Later, Traitor was inspired by his own childhood in Brooklyn during the Red Scare. Avi lives in Colorado.  

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com


-- ANDREA WANG with Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando SATURDAY, March 9; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove Presentation, activity and booksigning. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: Inspiration struck when Momofuku Ando spotted the long lines for a simple bowl of ramen following World War II. Magic Ramen tells the true story behind the creation of one of the world's most popular foods. Every day, Momofuku Ando would retire to his lab--a little shed in his backyard. For years, he'd dreamed about making a new kind of ramen noodle soup that was quick, convenient, and tasty for the hungry people he'd seen in line for a bowl on the black market following World War II. Peace follows from a full stomach, he believed. Day after day, Ando experimented. Night after night, he failed. But Ando kept experimenting. With persistence, creativity, and a little inspiration, Ando succeeded. This is the true story behind one of the world's most popular foods.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Andrea Wang loves noodles, food, and noodling about food. A former environmental scientist, she appreciates Ando's scientific spirit, persistence in the face of failure, and passion for making the world a better place. Andrea lives in Colorado with her family and their dog, Mochi. Sometimes they have instant ramen for breakfast. 

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com


 

-- SOMAN CHAINANI with The School for Good and Evil #5: A Crystal of Time WEDNESDAY, March 20; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax

ABOUT THE BOOK: In this fifth installment in Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling School for Good and Evil fantasy series, the past will come back to haunt the present. A false king has seized Camelot’s throne, sentencing Tedros, the true king, to death. While Agatha, narrowly escapes the same fate, Sophie is caught in King Rhian’s trap. With her wedding to Rhian approaching, she’s forced to play a dangerous game as her friends’ lives hang in the balance. All the while, King Rhian’s dark plans for Camelot are taking shape. Now the students of the School for Good and Evil must find a way to restore Tedros to the throne before their stories—and the future of the Endless Woods—are rewritten . . . forever.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Soman Chainani believes in fairy tales wholeheartedly. When studying at Harvard, he practically created his own fairy-tale major. He is an acclaimed screenwriter and a graduate of the MFA Film Directing Program at Columbia University. His films have played at more than 150 film festivals around the world, and his writing awards include an honor from the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. He lives in New York City.  

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com


-- RIDLEY PEARSON with Super Sons: The PolarShield Project GRAPHIC NOVEL! WEDNESDAY, April 3; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax Presentation, activity and booksigning. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: The polar ice caps have nearly melted away, causing devastation to coastal cities. Erratic, deadly weather forces everyone inland, tearing families apart. Earth is facing its greatest crisis--and Superman and Batman are nowhere to be found. Jon Kent and Damian "Ian" Wayne are opposite in every way except one--they are the sons of the World's Greatest Heroes! To uncover a global conspiracy, this unlikely dynamic duo will need to learn to trust each other and work together to save the Earth. But who is the mysterious Candace, and what secrets does she hold that could be the key to everything? From New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson (Kingdom Keepers) and artist Ile Gonzalez comes the first book in an epic new series that follows the Super Sons of Superman and Batman as they struggle to find their place in a rapidly changing world! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ridley Pearson is the bestselling coauthor (with Dave Barry) of Peter and the StarcatchersPeter and the Shadow ThievesPeter and the Secret of Rundoon, Escape from CarnivaleCave of the Dark WindBlood Tide, and Science Fair. He is also the author of eighteen novels, including internationally bestselling series Kingdom KeepersCut and Run, and The Middle of Nowhere. The stage adaptation of Peter and the Starcatchers earned the most Tony nominations (9) of any play in history. 

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com


-- MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX with Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers FRIDAY, April 5; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax This will be a presentation and booksigning.

ABOUT THE BOOK: New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix takes readers on a thrilling adventure filled with mysteries and plot twists aplenty in this absorbing series about family and friendships. Perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and The City of Ember! What makes you you? The Greystone kids thought they knew. Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblings, Emma loves math, and Finn does what Finn does best—acting silly and being adored. They’ve been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom. But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children reach the Greystone kids, and they’re shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers. The other kids share their same first and middle names. They’re the same ages. They even have identical birthdays. Who, exactly, are these strangers? Before Chess, Emma, and Finn can question their mom about it, she takes off on a sudden work trip and leaves them in the care of Ms. Morales and her daughter, Natalie. But puzzling clues left behind lead to complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Margaret Peterson Haddix has written more than forty books for kids and teens, including the Shadow Children series, the Missing series, and the Children of Exile series. Her books have been honored with numerous awards and they’ve been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com


-- DANIELLE PAIGE with Mera: Tidebreaker -- Her MIDDLE GRADE debut! Graphic Novel! MONDAY, April 9; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax This will be a presentation and booksigning.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a penal colony ruled by the other no-so-lost land under the sea, Atlantis. Her father, his court and the entire kingdom are expecting her to marry and introduce a new king. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown.... When the Xebellian military plots to overthrow Atlantis and break free of its oppressive regime, Mera seizes the opportunity to take control over her own destiny by assassinating Arthur Curry--the long-lost prince and heir to the kingdom of Atlantis. But her mission gets sidetracked when Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love. Will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera's side, or will he die under her blade as she attempts to free her people from persecution? An astonishing graphic novel that explores duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers' favorite undersea royalty. From New York Times bestselling author Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die) and artist Stephen Byrne comes a Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera's first steps on land, and her first steps as a hero or villain, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series, and the Stealing Snow series. In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she's received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City.

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com


-- LAURA RESAU with Tree of Dreams in conversation with MELANIE CROWDER SUNDAY, April 14; 2pm at Tattered Cover Colfax *Denver book launch party for Laura Resau's Tree of Dreams!

ABOUT THE BOOK: Dear Coco and Leo, I miss you! We all miss you! The whole forest misses you! I hear their thanks and wishes in my dreams. I hope you do, too. Prepare for a journey into a world filled with what so many crave -- the sweet savoring of a chocolate drop. A drop that can melt even the most troubled realities. But in this nuanced, heartrending story, before good can emerge, there is destruction, the bombarding of a people, their culture, heritage, sacred beliefs, and the very soul that drives their traditions. This urgent, beautiful novel takes readers into the ugly realities that surround the destruction of the Amazon rain forest and its people. Acclaimed author Laura Resau shows us that love is more powerful than hatred, and that by working together, hope can be magically restored, root and branch. 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

LAURA RESAU is the author of several highly praised novels, including The Lightning Queen, drawn from Laura’s experiences living in rural Mexico, as well as Star in the Forest, The Queen of the Water, Red Glass, and What the Moon Saw. She is also the author of the acclaimed notebook series, which includes: The Indigo NotebookThe Ruby Notebook, and The Jade Notebook. Laura’s books have garnered many state and library awards, as well as multiple starred reviews. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, and donates a portion of her royalties to indigenous rights organizations.

MELANIE CROWDER lives on the Colorado Front Range, where she is a writer and educator. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of the young adult novels Audacity and An Uninterrupted View of the Sky and the middle grade novels ParchedA Nearer MoonThe Lighthouse between the Worlds, and A Way between Worlds.

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com


Writing Book Reviews for Tattered Cover

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 love 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. We publish them on our website on the book's page, create shelf talkers in our stores and send the review to the publisher.


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)

Please click here for the PICTURE BOOK bestseller list. And, click here for the MIDDLE GRADE bestseller list.


Available Authors for School Visits

Tattered Cover brings national authors to schools FOR FREE. Read more about it here. We partner with schools on many things to help get kids to read. Check out all the amazing opportunities here