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 the last Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm. This is free and open exclusively to teens. Email Kristen to RSVP.

  • Sunday, September 30
  • Sunday, October 28
  • Sunday, November 25
  • Sunday, December 30

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

- Scott Westerfeld: Imposters, presentation and booksigning. SUNDAY, September 16; 2:00 pm at Colfax. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE EVENT:  Scott Westerfeld is the #1 New York Times bestselling author bestselling author of the Uglies series, which has been translated into 35 languages; the Leviathan series; AfterworldsHorizon; and many other books for young readers. Scott will discuss and sign Imposters, a new series set in the world of his mega-bestselling Uglies—a world full of twist and turns, rebellion and intrigue, where any wrong step could be Frey’s last.

- Kiersten White: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, presentation and booksigning. FRIDAY, September 28; 7:00 pm at Colfax Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE EVENT:  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, a stunning and dark reimagining of Frankenstein.

- Taran Matharu: The Summoner's Handbook, presentation and booksigning. SUNDAY, October 7; 2:00 pm at Colfax Avenue.

ABOUT THE EVENT:  Taran Matharu, author of the New York Times bestselling Summonerseries, will discuss and sign The Summoner's Handbook, which reveals the story of James Baker--the epic journal that inspired the series hero, Fletcher, to discover his own summoning abilities. 

- Kwame Alexander: Swing, presentation and booksigning. WEDNESDAY, October 10; 7:00 pm at Colfax Avenue.

ABOUT THE EVENT:  Kwame Alexander is Newbery Medal-winning and New York Timesbestselling children's book author, poet, playwright, producer, public speaker and performer. He will discuss and sign Swing, a free-verse poetic story that will speak to anyone who's struggled to find their voice and take a swing at life.

- Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera: What If It's Us, presentation and booksigning. FRIDAY, October 12; 7:00 pm at Colfax AvenueThis event is ticketed!

ABOUT THE EVENT:  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, 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.

- Val Emmich & Justin Paul: Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel, presentation and booksigning. Saturday, October 13; 5:00 pm at Colfax AvenueThis event is ticketed!

ABOUT THE EVENT:  Val Emmich is a singer-songwriter, actor, and author of The Reminders. He has appeared on shows like Ugly Betty and 30 Rock. Justin Paul is the Tony, Oscar, and Golden Globe-winning songwriter and creator of the Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen. Emmich and Paul will present and sign Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel.

- Alan Gratz: Grenade, presentation and booksigning. Saturday, October 13; 2:00 pm at Aspen Grove.

ABOUT THE EVENT:  Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including RefugeeProjekt 1065, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016; Prisoner B-3087, a Junior Library Guild selection that was named to YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list; and Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick. He will discuss and sign Grenade, a high-octane story of how fear and war tear us apart, but how hope and redemption tie us together.

- David Levithan, presentation and booksigning. Tuesday, October 16; 7:00 pm at Aspen Grove.

ABOUT THE EVENT: David Levithan is a children's book editor in New York City, and the author of several books for young adults, including Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (co-authored with Rachel Cohn); Will Grayson, Will Grayson (co-authored with John Green); and Every You, Every Me (with photographs from Jonathan Farmer). He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

- Markus Zusak: The Book of Clay, presentation and booksigning. FRIDAY, October 19; 7:00 pm at Cherry Creek High SchoolThis event is ticketed!

ABOUT THE EVENT:  Markus Zusak, author of the extraordinary international bestseller The Book Thief, will discuss and sign Bridge of Clay, 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.

- Colorado Teen Book Con! SATURDAY, November 3 at Littleton High School. This is a free event exclusively for teens, but you must register. REGISTER NOW!

Brandon Sanderson: Skyward, young adult, but good for older middle grade readers; presentation and booksigning. THURSDAY, November 15; 7:00 pm at Colfax. This event is ticketed and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE EVENT: From Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally bestselling Mistbornseries, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

- Cassandra Clare SATURDAY, December 8; 7:00 pm at Trinity Church. This is a ticketed event. 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.