Changing Hands Bookstore: Events for Kids and Teens
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Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones discuss their new novel in Tempe Join us for Drag Queen Storytime featuring Bruce the Bear Local author Heather Kassner presents her debut fantasy novel
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 1
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session with Mr. Tom. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, August 8, 15, 22, and 29. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursdays, August 8, 15, 22, and 29. More »

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: BRUCE THE BEAR | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Ryan T. Higgins's Bruce the Bear from the Mother Bruce series.
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | HARRIET THE SPY | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy. In her notebook, Harriet M. Welsch writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she's written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together? Club Read Badge Members: Get three points for attending the meeting and one point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands Bookstore. Don't have a free Club Read badge? Ask a bookseller how to get one! More »

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Tempe at 10:15am on Tuesdays, August 13, 20, and 27. More »

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session with Mr. Tom. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, August 15, 22, and 29. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursdays, August 15, 22, and 29. More »

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9
5-7pm | TEMPE | EDUCATORS' APPRECIATION NIGHT | Teachers, educators, and librarians, we're celebrating YOU! Enjoy a 20% storewide discount, free refreshments, chair massages, tarot readings, and swag for your classrooms. You'll also get a sneak peek at forthcoming buzz books, learn about in-store book fairs, and discover how to get acclaimed authors into your school. Afterwards, join us for a meet-and-greet with Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones, authors of the YA debut I'm Not Dying with You Tonight. Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, calls it "an absolute page turner . . . a compelling and powerful novel that is sure to make an impact." You can get your books pre-signed and stick around for VIP access to their public event at 7pm! More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | GILLY SEGAL AND KIMBERLY JONES | I'M NOT DYING WITH YOU TONIGHT | The YA authors discuss their new novel in Tempe. Lena and Campbell aren't friends. Lena has her killer style, her awesome boyfriend, and a plan. She knows she's going to make it big. Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school. When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into sudden mass chaos. Chaos born from violence and hate. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together. They aren't friends. They hardly understand the other's point of view. But none of that matters when the city is up in flames, and they only have each other to rely on if they're going to survive the night. More »

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | DRAG QUEEN STORYTIME | FEATURING BRUCE THE BEAR | Bring the kids to the mother of all storytimes! Changing Hands is proud to partner with Nevaeh McKenzie (Miss Gay Arizona America 2015) to present special guest star Bruce, a grumpy bear who finds himself mothering three baby geese, as featured in Ryan T. Higgins' E.B. White Read-Aloud Award winning picture book Mother Bruce. Families are invited to come together for activities promoting inclusivity and love. Proceeds from donations will benefit Phoenix Pride Scholarship. $5 donation per family of four. All donations benefit Phoenix Pride Scholarship. More »
2pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | HEATHER KASSNER | THE BONE GARDEN |
The local debut author presents her illustrated fantasy novel about a girl made of dust and bone and imagination who seeks the truth about the magic that brought her to life. Irréelle fears she's not quite real. Only the finest magical thread tethers her to life—and to Miss Vesper. But for all her efforts to please her cruel creator, the thread is unraveling. Irréelle is forgetful as she gathers bone dust. She is slow returning from the dark passages beneath the cemetery. Worst of all, she is unmindful of her crooked bones. When Irréelle makes one final, unforgivable mistake by destroying a frightful creature just brought to life, Miss Vesper threatens to imagine her away once and for all. Defying her creator for the very first time, Irréelle flees to the underside of the graveyard and embarks on an adventure to unearth the mysterious magic that breathes bones to life, even if it means she will return to dust and be no more. More »

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME WITH SEÑORA LIBROS | Join us for interactive bilingual storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session with Mr. Tom. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, August 22 and 29. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16
5-7pm | PHOENIX | EDUCATORS' APPRECIATION NIGHT | Teachers, educators, and librarians, we're celebrating YOU! Enjoy a 20% storewide discount, free refreshments, chair massages, tarot readings, and swag for your classrooms. You'll get a sneak peek at forthcoming buzz books, learn about in-store book fairs, and discover how to get acclaimed authors into your school. Sixth-grade teacher Ginette Rossi, English department head at Arizona School for the Arts, will also speak about using her students' socio-cultural ideas, questions, and interests to build a sustainable curriculum. Through student surveys and programs like the "Book Bistro," attendees will leave with resources and materials to establish similar practices in any grade! More »

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | STEPSISTER | Teens meet to discuss Jennifer Donnelly's Stepsister. Don't just fracture the fairy tale. Shatter it. Isabelle should be blissfully happy—she's about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn't the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince's heart. She's the ugly stepsister who cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella's shoe . . . which is now filling with blood. Isabelle tried to fit in. She cut away pieces of herself in order to become pretty. Sweet. More like Cinderella. But that only made her mean, jealous, and hollow. Now she has a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl. More »

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Tempe at 10:15am on Tuesday, August 27. More »

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session with Mr. Tom. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursday, August 29. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursday, August 29. More »

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session with Mr. Tom. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
 
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To Night Owl From Dogfish

Harriet the Spy

by Louise Fitzhugh | Paperback, $6.99 »
 

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she’s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?

Club Read meets in both stores on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2pm. More info »

Club Read WHAT IS CLUB READ?
Great books, prize giveaways, tasty treats, author visits and more — it's all part of our free Club Read program for kids, and you're invited! We meet once a month to discuss a book, do some fun activities, and have a great time. Sign up today (it's free!) and start earning points towards all kinds of cool prizes. More info »
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Aurora Rising

Stepsister

by Jennifer Donnelly | Hardcover, $17.99 »

Don't just fracture the fairy tale. Shatter it.

Isabelle should be blissfully happy-she's about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn't the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince's heart. She's the ugly stepsister who cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella's shoe . . . which is now filling with blood.

Isabelle tried to fit in. She cut away pieces of herself in order to become pretty. Sweet. More like Cinderella. But that only made her mean, jealous, and hollow. Now she has a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl.

Evoking the darker, original version of the Cinderella story, Stepsister shows us that ugly is in the eye of the beholder, and uses Jennifer Donnelly's trademark wit and wisdom to send an overlooked character on a journey toward empowerment, redemption . . . and a new definition of beauty.

T.A.B. meets in Tempe on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 3pm. More info »
TAB TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.)
Every month, teens ages 12 to 18 meet at Changing Hands to discuss the month's YA pick and select the next month's pick. Many months, we also have live and Skype author visits! More info »
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