Young Readers League

Thanks to a generous grant from indie bookstore champion and best-selling author James Patterson, we're happy to announce a new Young Reader's League program and selection!

This exciting program, in the spirit of One City, One Story programs was designed as a school-wide community reading extravaganza. Two years ago our first Young Readers League selection was Vroman's favorite Savvy by Ingrid Law. YRL had 1,000 members joined together to read this amazing book and participate in book clubs, essay contests, special events, turtle meet and greets, school visits by the author, and a Saavy Soiree finale at Vroman's! Students all over Pasadena were reading, and answering the question, “What's your Savvy?”

This year's program promises to be even more exciting as we announce the
2014-2015 Young Readers League pick:
El Deafo by Cece Bell

This full color, funny, poignant, charming graphic novel for children, ages 8 to 12 (but really for all ages), introduces readers to El Deafo, our hearing impaired hero! It's about feeling different, fitting in, making friends, and declaring one's place in the world. Everyone here at Vroman's is in love with this book and the kids who helped us select this title could barely contain their excitement for it-- reading it 2 and 3x and declaring, “Read it. It IS Amazing!” Danielle, our Children's Department Manager called it, “Perfect for children who loved Wonder or Smile.” Heather, the creator of YRL, says, “El Deafo is a wonderfully smart and funny look at growing up with hearing loss. While Cece adjusts to wearing her Phonic Ear every day she is also challenged by many things we all face: making friends, first crushes and self acceptance. This is a lovely read that you will want to share with your friends!”

El Deafo is available now! You can stop in and grab a copy or give us a call 626-449-5320. 
This Fall, Vroman's will be hosting all kinds of special El Deafo programs and events. In January, we will be bringing the author to local schools for a special visit with Cece Bell, the author herself!! Sign up for our email list or watch our website for upcoming announcements and details!

Take a look at this video with Cece Bell about El Deafo! 
Upcoming Young Readers League Events: 
All events will take place at the main store (695 E. Colorado in Pasadena) unless otherwise noted. 

December 19 @ 4pm
Scavenger Hunt
Central Library, Children’s Room
285 East Walnut Street Pasadena, CA 91101

In the spirit of the Young Reader’s League book, El Deafo by Cece Bell, go on the hunt for clues and break coded messages—this time with audio and signs.  Also, learn to translate simple sign language to extrapolate the clues.  For ages 8 and up.  Parents and siblings welcome. 
Call (626) 744-4066, option 4 to sign up.
Other Information:  Call Jane (626) 744-4246
Young Readers League PAJAMA PARTY
Vroman's Main Store
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Festivities begin at 7pm
Please join us for our first YRL Pajama Party!  We’ll play games, make crafts and enjoy yummy pizza.  Wear your best pajamas and be entered in a raffle to win door prizes!  We’ll also be announcing the winner of our El Deafo caption contest.  See you there!!  Please RSVP by calling (626)449-5320 or by sending an e-mail to
Author Visit with Cece Bell 
Wednesday, January 14th, 5pm
Meet Cece Bell, the author and illustrator of El Deafo. The story of El Deafo was inspired by Cece's own experiences growing up and we can't wait for you to meet her and hear her story firsthand. She'll also answer questions and sign books. Afterwards we'll have a photobooth where you can take pictures that look like you're in your own graphic novel!

El Deafo By Cece Bell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419710209
Published: Amulet Books - September 2nd, 2014

El Deafo: A Graphic Novel By Cece Bell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419712173
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Fanfare - September 2nd, 2014
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