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Review for John Green’s Paper Towns

paper*Paper Towns* by John Green. Speak (Penguin Books), 2008.

Available in Print, CD Audiobook, Downloadable Audiobook, and E-book.

Another excellent and thoughtful teen novel from author of the best-selling *The Fault in Our Stars.* It was also a winner of the Edgar Award for best young adult mystery novel.

Quentin is a high school senior in Orlando, Florida. His next door neighbor is the dynamic, charismatic Margo. They were good friends when they were 10 but by the time they got to high school, he was in NerdLand and she was a school leader. He is still fixated on her. A few weeks before graduation, she climbs into his second story window and drags him off for a night of adventures, getting revenge on her cheating boyfriend and other people, and breaking into SeaWorld, just to say they did. She complains how she hates living in this paper town with all the paper people. Quentin is hoping this will be the start of something between them; but the next day Margo does not show up for school. She has left a cryptic, depressed note and a lot of clues. Quentin fears she may have been contemplating suicide, and he talks several friends into helping him track through the clues. As he does, he begins to realize that he has kept this idealized image of Margo in his head for years; but he has no idea what she is really like. To track her down, he will have to learn who she really is – and to discover a lot more about himself.

Excellent dialogue and characters, with some hilarious scenes, will keep teen readers galloping along; but the philosophy and wisdom is what will stick with them. Walt Whitman’s *Leaves of Grass* provides a lot of the clues and subtext for the story (and gave me a better understanding of the work, too). A challenging book in a lot of ways, not necessarily as a hard read, but as a book which challenges the reader to move toward adulthood.

*The Fault in our Stars* is probably more universal in its appeal to both teen and adult readers; but anyone who likes books for this age group will like this, too. A film version of *Paper Towns* will be released this summer.

Reviewer ~ Steve Bridge, retired children’s librarian

The Fault in Our Stars Read-Alikes

In case you have been living under a rock, The Fault In Our Stars is being released on June 6th! If you haven’t read the book yet, there is still time.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

Also available as an audiobook on CD, a downloadable e-book, in large print and in Spanish

#tfios #johngreen #thefaultinourstars


Here are some other books you can read while you wait for the movie release of TFIOS!

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Alice is ready to go out in a blaze of glory, but then she discovers she’s in remission from cancer and she must deal with all of the mistakes she’s made and the people she’s hurt — Publisher’s note

Also available as an audiobook on CD.




Maybe One Day


Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor.

Zoe thought that being cut from her ballet program was the worst thing that could happen, but when her best friend Olivia is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, Zoe quickly learns that not being able to dance is the least of her problems — Publisher’s note




Before I Die


Before I Die by Jenny Downham.

A terminally ill teenaged girl makes and carries out a list of things to do before she dies.

Also available as an audiobook on CD and in large print.





Somebody Up There Hates You


Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon.

Dying of cancer in a hospice, seventeen-year-old prankster Richard has big plans for his final days.

Also available as a downloadable audiobook and a downloadable e-book.




Anthem for Jackson Dawes


Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce.

When Megan, thirteen, arrives for her first cancer treatment, she is frustrated to be on the pediatric unit where the only other teen is Jackson Dawes, who is as cute and charming as he is rebellious and annoying, and who helps when her friends are frightened away by her illness.




The F- It List
The F- It List by Julie Halpern.
When Becca does something nearly unforgivable at Alex’s dad’s funeral, Alex cuts ties with her and focuses on her grieving family. Time passes, and Alex learns Becca has cancer. It also turns out Becca has a bucket list, one she doesn’t know she’ll be able to finish now. That’s where Alex comes in, along with a mysterious and guarded boy who just may help Alex check a few items off her own bucket list.



Never Eighteen


Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic.
Seventeen-year-old Austin, aware that life is short, asks his best friend and secret love, Kaylee, to take him to visit people and places in and around Tacoma, Washington, so that he can try to make a difference in the time he has left.

Also available as a downloadable e-book



The Probability of Miracles


The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder.
Having spent several years in and out of hospitals for a life-threatening illness, pragmatic sixteen-year-old Cam is relocated by her miracle-seeking mother to a town in Maine known for its mystical healing qualities.

Also available as an audiobook on CD




Send Me a Sign


Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt.
Superstitious before being diagnosed with leukemia, high school senior Mia becomes irrationally dependent on horoscopes, good luck charms, and the like when her life shifts from cheerleading and parties to chemotherapy and platelets, while her parents obsess and lifelong friend Gyver worries.




Me and Earl and  the Dying Girl


Me and Earl and
the Dying Girl
by Jesse Andrews.
Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Also available as a downloadable e-book



This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl


This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl; with Lori and Wayne Earl; introduction by John Green.

A memoir told through the journals, letters, and stories of young cancer patient Esther Earl.

Also available as an audiobook on CD and a downloadable e-book



Regine's Book: A Teen Girl's Last Words
Regine’s Book: A Teen Girl’s Last Words by Regine Stokke.
Regine Stokke began to blog about her day-to-day life shortly after she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008. Regine’s stated purpose with her posts was to give people a sense of “what it’s like to live with” such a serious illness, and her blog became an almost instant classic. It was first adapted into book form in 2010, and became a best seller in Norway. Regine was also a very gifted photographer, and had her photos exhibited at both the 2009 and the 2010 Nordic Light photography festivals in Kristiansund — Dust jacket


Click on the picture for the TFIOS trailer!











–Michelle Frost


Crash Courses with the Green Brothers

crashUnless you are (wait for it) THE MONGOLS then you will be interested in Crash Course by the Vlog Brothers John and Hank Green. Learn about History and Biology in the best possible way with these DVDs. Great animation, lots of humor and facts galore. Kids, teens and even adults can catch up on their history and biology while preparing for the test.

Crash Course Biology: The Complete Course



Crash Course Biology: The Complete Course


What test? Well, our local hero John Green puts it best: “The test will last your entire life, and it will be comprised of the millions of decisions that, when taken together, make your life yours. And everything – everything – will be on it. I know, right? So pay attention.”

Crash Course World History: The Complete Course
Crash Course World History: The Complete Course


You may be thinking: How did lessons dated January 11th and January 13th, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Ronald Reagan and the global carbon cycle, make it onto these DVD’s?

feline2You’ve caught us. These pictures aren’t from the DVD’s. They’re from the Tumbler, which you can reach by clickiing here.  http://thecrashcourse.tumblr.com/

The Tumbler has lessons for a half-dozen crash courses, and other valuable links, such as Feline Fans.

So tumble aboard. Click on the pictures of the Greens to request the on-order DVD’s, click on the cat and we’ll send you a cat.

–from Selector Amy Dalton

YouTube of John and Hank Green at Carnegie Hall

If you weren’t able to make it to Carnegie Hall this past Tuesday–or Central Library, either, where we streamed the event–you can click on the picture of John Green below to see a YouTube video of his and brother Hank’s “An Evening of Awesome.”

As soon as the video begins, click where it says SKIP TO THE BEGINNING OF THE SHOW! Or, if those words don’t appear, drag yourself forward 35 minutes and 10 seconds.