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, June 24
  • Sunday, July 29
  • Sunday, August 26
  • 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

- Boldly Bookish Author Panel with Tara Altebrando, Jeff Giles, Carolyn Mackler, & Sarah Tolcser: presentations and booksignings. TUESDAY, June 5; 7:00 pm at Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE EVENT: Tara Altebrando will discuss and sign The Opposite of Here. For her birthday, 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. 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, author of the Printz Honor-winning The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, will discuss and sign the follow-up The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I. Sarah Tolcser will discuss and sign Whisper of the Tide, about shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic, and a breathtaking romance.

- Marisha Pessl: Neverworld Wake, presentation and booksigning. WEDNESDAY, June 6; 7:00 pm at Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: Once upon a time, Beatrice and her five best friends were the cool kids. Then the shocking death of Jim, Beatrice's boyfriend, changed everything. One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft--the seaside estate where they spent so many nights --hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim's death. But then a mysterious man knocks on the door and announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. And so begins the Neverworld Wake.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marisha Pessl is the author of Night Film and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her bestselling debut, which was awarded the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and selected as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review. She lives with her husband and two children in New York City.

- Sandhya Menon: From Twinkle, with Love, presentation and booksigning. WEDNESDAY, June 6; 7:00 pm at Colfax Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: Twinkle has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore. So when fellow film geek Sahil approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. It's a dream come true and she can get closer to her longtime crush, Neil--Sahil's twin brother. When mystery man "N" begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it's Neil, but in the course of movie-making, she's fallen madly in love with Sahil. Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of the smash-hit When Dimple Met Rishi. She was born and raised in India on a steady diet of Bollywood movies and street food, and blames this upbringing for her obsession with happily-ever-afters, bad dance moves, and pani puri. Now she lives in Colorado, where she's on a mission to (gently) coerce her husband and children watch all 3,220 Bollywood movies she claims as her favorite.

- Sam Miller: A Lite Too Bright, presentation and booksigning. THURSDAY, June 7; 7:00 pm at Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: Arthur discovers a journal written by his grandfather, an iconic Salinger-esque author who mysteriously went missing the last week of his life and died hundreds of miles away from their family home, and the final sentence contains a train route and a destination. So Arthur embarks on a cross-country train ride to relive his grandfather's last week, guided by clues left behind in the dementia-fueled journal. His journey is complicated by a shaky alliance with a girl who has secrets of her own and by escalating run-ins with a dangerous fan base. He's not the only one chasing a legacy--and some feel there is no cost too high for the truth.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Samuel Miller was born and raised in Vermillion, South Dakota, and now resides in Los Angeles, where, in addition to writing, he directs music videos and coaches Little League Baseball. Currently he attends graduate school at the University of Southern California. He credits his existence entirely to two spectacular parents, three brothers, one sister, and the best and sweetest puppy dog on the whole planet, Addison.

- The Belles & Brujas Tour with Zoraida Córdova & Dhonielle Clayton: presentations and booksignings. TUESDAY, June 12; 7:00 pm at Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE EVENT:  Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series. She will discuss and sign Bruja Born, the second book in her Brooklyn Brujas series. Lula Moritz wants to bring her boyfriend back to life, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. Dhonielle Clayton is an author, a former librarian, COO of We Need Diverse Books, and co-founder of Cake Literary. She will discuss and sign The Belles. In the world of Orleans, people are born gray. Only a Belle and her powers can bring the beauty. 

- Epic Reads Panel with Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows: presentation and booksigning. WEDNESDAY, June 27; 7:00 pm at Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE EVENT:  Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, authors of the New York Times bestselling My Lady Jane, will discuss My Plain Jane, an irreverent spin on Jane Eyre--a tale of mischief, romance, and supernatural mayhem. Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions. You may think you know the story. Penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester--and, Reader, she marries him. Or does she?

- Kelly Devos: Fat Girl on a Plane, presentation and booksigning. TUESDAY, August 23; 7:00 pm at Aspen Grove. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:  Fat Cookie Vonn dreams of becoming the next great fashion designer. When she scores a trip to New York to pitch her design portfolio, her plans are put on standby when she's declared too fat to fly and she soon finds out she's been replaced by her ultrathin rival. Cookie vows to lose weight and put her dreams back on track. But when Skinny Cookie is offered an opportunity to live and study in New York, she finds herself in a world full of people more interested in putting women down than dressing them up. Her designs make waves, but her real dream of creating great clothes for people of all sizes seems to grow more distant by the day. Will she realize that she's always had the power to make her own dreams come true?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A third generation native Arizonan, Kelly Devos can tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about cactus, cattle and climate. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. Kelly is also a passionate advocate for body positivity and fat acceptance.

- Colorado Teen Book Con! SATURDAY, November 3 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.