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What could be better than hearing three of your favorite authors talk on the same panel, and then getting a chance to meet them? Not much, according to Kate F., Teen Board member. Read below to see her blog post about hearing Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard and Erica O'Rourke at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois.
What would you do if you told your best friend your deepest secret --- and than she told everyone within the hour? That's exactly what happened to Paige Rawl, who divulged her HIV positive status to her friend and soon after was bullied by the entire school with nowhere to turn for help. At 15 she found herself facing a bottle of pills, but pulled herself back, fought the system about bullying laws and has become an inspiration for teens everywhere. Paige tells her story in her new memoir, POSITIVE, and gives us a brief taste in her blog post below, where she explains what  happened to her in middle school and why HIV education is so important. Read below, and be sure to check out our interview with Paige, an excerpt from POSITIVE, and contest, where you can win a copy of the book!
At Teenreads, we love hearing what teens are reading, devouring, loving, not being able to put down even when they're walking to school or in the back of the classroom...you get the picture. While we mostly hear from teens in the United States, it's extra special to hear from teens around the world! In this blog post, 12-year-old Pragya B. from Kolkata, India, tells us what's hot in her community.     
Is there some element that is present in the majority of popular and enjoyable young adult novels?  I've found that practically all books written for a pre-teen or teenage audience contain a young character who is somehow empowered, whether it is because of a magical ability or because of an opportunity or realization. I call this plot element Sudden Teenage Empowerment Syndrome. In some stories, such as the Harry Potter series, Sudden Teenage Empowerment Syndrome is obvious. But other characters are changed or empowered in more subtle ways. I've tried to make a few general categories of teenage empowerment that most books can fit into.
YA author A.J. Betts’ novels SHUTTERSPEED and WAVELENGTH were “completely fictional, plucked from thin air.” But her newest book, ZAC & MIA, had real life inspiration --- the teenagers at the cancer ward in Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth, Australia, where she teaches. Below, AJ explains how her real life experiences influenced the book, as well as its main themes of isolation, love, courage and beauty.     
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!