November 3, 2014
by The OJBG Team
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~~ GiVeAwAy ~~ (Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden Director’s Notebook)

While you await to see how the Summer of ’97 pans out (aka THE FINAL CHAPTER of Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden — coming soon to Amazon), travel back in time to see how that summer all began. With season … Continue reading

June 26, 2013
by The OJBG Team
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Book Review of Kimberly Derting’s “The Pledge” by Otessa Ghadar

  Book summary: In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, … Continue reading

March 13, 2013
by The OJBG Team
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Reading For Your (Not So) Inner Child

  As a show about teenagers, we totally get the whole young adult (YA) thing. We’re all for nostalgia for the bygone days, sweet reminiscing, and the exhilaration of youth. That’s why when we saw that 55% of the people who are buying … Continue reading

December 15, 2012
by The OJBG Team
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Holy Moments & the Magic of Film

Liz. There are rare moments when I speak to someone and I feel like I have met a kindred soul; someone who lights a spark of wonder in me and to whom I feel inexplicably drawn. Such moments are fleeting … Continue reading

April 17, 2012
by Otessa
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Tuesday top favorite things / weekly obsessions

by Otessa Ok so this week’s list will be decidedly janky. (It’s tax week, so take it easy on me please.)  Here goes… 1. Goodreads. A friend asked me recently: “what is Goodreads?” My reply: “It’s social media. But for … Continue reading

March 13, 2012
by Otessa
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Weekly Top 10 / latest obsessions — “Destination Bucket List”

by Otessa This week we have another theme.  It is VACATION & TRAVEL destinations. These are the dream locations I have on my so-called bucket list.  What started this all was actually a post/ giveaway on the website YA Highway, … Continue reading

October 5, 2011
by Otessa
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Teri Hall’s “Away”

Away by Teri Hall My rating: 2 of 5 stars Such a good premise, but mired down by wooden writing and a lack of character development. It’s a shame really and I feel bad saying it. Also (as with “The … Continue reading

September 19, 2011
by Otessa
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Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith

The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith My rating: 3 of 5 stars Preamble alert!  So in case you didn’t know– I love SF.  And many of the authors I “heart” have listed this guy as a serious influence… and … Continue reading

August 29, 2011
by Otessa
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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater My rating: 4 of 5 stars Where to start… there are so many remarkable and wonderful elements to this book. The prose is lyrical and moving– and it conjurs an icy, pristine environment in a very … Continue reading