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Ryan Ochoa may be famous for his acting  --- he was on the TV shows Pair of Kings and iCarly, and stars in the movie Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfirend?, which comes out September 2nd --- but he's quite the reader, too! Check out his top five favorite books below, as well as an exclusive trailer of Mostly Ghostly.
Many of you are going back to school soon and some of you may have already started. School means waking up early five days of the week, spending money that could be used to buy books on school supplies, and having hours upon hours of homework every night. School also means having to read (let’s be frank here) boring books where you have to analyze every single thing for English class *cue groans from the audience.* While I’m sure those books will help in the future (someday…someday), here are my recommendations for some books to read before school starts.
One of my favorite parts of my job is conducting interviews for REAL TALK: Publishing. I get to meet people with the most interesting jobs, and, like our readers, get a sneak peek into a side of the book industry that I likely know little about. Preparing for our upcoming REAL TALK interview with audiobook producer/director May Wuthrich was no exception, and actually, it was extra special, because it came with a field trip! May invited me to watch an hour of her recording session with Mozhan Marnò (“House of Cards” fans will recognize her as reporter Ayla Sayyad), who was narrating READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN author Azar Nafisi’s newest book, THE REPUBLIC OF IMAGINATION: America in Three Books. Here are a few of the most interesting things I discovered:
            Last month we asked our Teen Board and members of our Teen Elite Squad to get into the spirit of “summer love”, and read some romance-themed eBooks! We asked them to share their thoughts about the books that they read, as well as what it was like to read these books on a digital device ---  not as a hardcover or paperback, but on a computer, e-reader, smart phone or iPad. Read below to see Part Two of what they said about the books they received and their e-reading experience. For Part One, which we featured in a blog post on Monday, click here! If you are interested in reading any of these eBooks, click here for more details and how to buy them!  
            Last month we asked our Teen Board and members of our Teen Elite Squad to get into the spirit of “summer love”, and read some romance-themed eBooks! We asked them to share their thoughts about the books that they read, as well as what it was like to read these books on a digital device ---  not as a hardcover or paperback, but on a computer, e-reader, smart phone or iPad. Read below to see Part One of what they said about the books they received and their e-reading experience. And be sure to check in on August 20th for Part 2 of this post! If you are interested in reading any of these eBooks, click here  for more details and how to buy them!  
August 15, 2014

A Sneak Peek at Writers Camp

By Josh D.
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Camp is for swimming, hiking, making friendship bracelets...and writing?! Absolutely, at least at writing camp! This summer, Teen Board member Josh Desetta attended the Summer Writers Intensive at the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, N.Y. Read below to learn about his experience, and to decide if you want to look into a similar program, next summer!
Caroline Healy's newest book, BLOOD ENTWINES is interesting for a number of reasons. Not only does it have a cool concept --- it follows a girl named Kara whose recent blood infusion allows her hear mysterious voices, and her strange connection with a demon-possessed boy, Jack --- but it also has an interesting format. Instead of being published in print, BLOOD ENTWINES is a digital only book. Read below to hear Caroline's thoughts on writing a digital only novel, and how it differed from the more traitional publishing process.
The protagonist of THE GIRL FROM THE WELL, Okiko, is no ordinary girl. She is a ghost, and she wanders the streets hunting child killers, much like the one who threw her down a well 300 years ago. Since we couldn't exactly interview this fascinating character, we did the next best thing, and asked author Rin Chupeco to interview her FOR us --- who better to get inside her head? See below for the fascinating enchanting and slightly eerie conversation between author and character.  
As a birthday tribute to the boy who lived, I made a "top five" list of my favorite personal Harry Potter moments. It's not quite one of Mrs. Weasley's or a bag of chocolate frogs, but I think he'd appreciate it. Hope you're all having fun celebrating, today!
As Patty Blount explains in this candid guest post, she wasn’t always the “strongest” person growing up. Difficult times left her crying, crumbling and afraid to stand up for herself. It’s for this very reason that she decided to write about Grace in SOME BOYS --- a girl who refuses to play victim, even when faced with the toughest circumstances.