Thursday, February 16, 2012

Author Spotlight: John Green

John Green is a contemporary author born in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 24, 1977. He graduated Kenyon College in 2000 with a double major in English and religious studies.  After graduating from college, Mr. Green worked as a chaplain at a children’s hospital which helped him understand teenagers better. He also has worked for Booklist Magazine and at National Public Radio.  His first novel, Looking For Alaska, published in 2005, won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in Young Adult Literature in 2006.  He wrote Abundance of Katherines in 2007. He wrote Paper Towns in 2008 Mr. Green also recently wrote The Fault in Our Stars. He is also coauthor, with David Levithan of the book Will Grayson.  Mr. Green currently lives in Indiana with his wife, his son, and his dog, Willy. 

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Green, John. The Fault In Our Stars
Hazel Lancaster has stage IV cancer which has always been terminal but she has survived so far. At a cancer support group she meets another cancer survivor, Augustus Waters. Hazel wants to travel to Amsterdam to meet her favorite author to find out what happens in a book with an ending that is uncertain. Augustus is eager to help Hazel with her quest. This story looks at the questions of life, love, and death based on the experiences of these two characters.

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Green, John. Paper towns

Quentin “Q” Jacobsen has known and been in love with his next door neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman for most of their lives. When Margo comes to Quentin’s window during the middle of the night requesting Quentin to help her with pranks of revenge Quentin feels like he doesn’t really know the girl next door. Margo is even more of a mystery when she disappears, and now it is up to Quentin and his friends to follow the clues Quentin believes will lead to finding Margo. Are the clues really for that purpose?

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Green, John. Looking for Alaska
Miles “Pudge” Halter leaves his home in Florida to attend Culver Creek Boarding school in Alabama. He makes friends, including the gorgeous, funny clever and self-destructive Alaska Young. As he falls for her, Miles starts to drink and smoke, two things he would have never done before. Troubled Alaska is hiding painful secrets, but when Miles tries to help her, he may lose her forever.

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Green, John. An abundance of Katherines
On Graduation day, Colin Singleton a former child prodigy, is dumped by a girl named Katherine (the 19th different Katherine to dump Colin). Feeling down and rejected, Colin goes on a road trip with his best friend Hassan to find a mathematic formula that can predict the outcome of relationships and move Colin to a genius status.

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