John Green Wants You to Design His New Cover

An Abundance of KatherinesHow would you like to design the cover for a new edition of John Green’s novel An Abundance of Katherines?

Click below and allow Mr. Green to explain.

Official Rules for the
An Abundance of Covers Contest

Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, age 13 or older.

How to Enter:

To enter the An Abundance of Covers Contest (the “Contest”), entrants must submit their design, including illustrations and type, for the cover of a trade paperback edition of An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. Entries must be in color and a trim size of not larger than 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″, and must be sent electronically via email in a jpeg file format only, a minimum of 72 dpi (dots per inch). The email to which the entry is attached must include the contestant’s full name, email address, age, mailing address and telephone number. Entries should be sent to: Contest begins October 19, 2011 and all entries must be received no later than November 21, 2011, 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time. There is no limit to the number of designs entered per contestant; however each design may be submitted only once. The sole determinant of time for the purposes of receipt of a valid entry will be the computer servers of Speak, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. (“Sponsor”). Proof of transmission (screenshots or captures, etc.) does not constitute proof of receipt.
Entries will not be returned. By entering the Contest, contestants agree to abide by these rules, and represent and warrant that the entries are their own and original creations, and do not violate or infringe the rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights or rights of publicity/privacy, of any third party. This means that your entries must be created by you, whether they are drawn, painted or photographed. If you use other design elements or images from the Internet, you need to make sure the images are in the public domain (such as free-use images available from Wikimedia Commons or free Clip Art websites) or you will need to get permission from the owner of the copyright to use those images. This may be the owner of the website, but could also be someone else; it is your responsibility to find the copyright owner and obtain permission for this use of their work. Just because an image is on the Internet does not mean that that you or Penguin Young Readers Group will be able to use it. If you are not sure whether or not you need permission to use an image from the Internet, talk to your parent or guardian. Once we select a winning entry, we will notify the contestant and ask for written documentation that the contestant has the right to use all elements of the cover design. If the contestant does not have permission to use any part of the cover design, or if permission to use any part of the cover design cannot otherwise be obtained, that entry will be considered ineligible and we will then select another winning entry. These restrictions regarding permissions also apply to “runner up” entries; we will not post any entries on our website unless we are sure the contestant has obtained all required permissions. Contestants further grant to Sponsor the right to edit, adapt, publish, copy, display and otherwise use their entries for purposes of this Contest without further permission, notice or compensation, including display on Sponsor’s and/or the author’s websites, except where prohibited by law.
Entries are void if they are in whole or in part illegible or incomplete. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for late, lost, incomplete, illegible or misdirected email entries.
Sponsor and its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies are not responsible for technical, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by the sender, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Contest which may limit the ability to play or participate, or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an online entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized holder of the email account.

On or about January 6, 2012, one winner will be selected by a qualified panel of judges including author John Green and others chosen by Sponsor.
Entries will be judged on content and creativity and how well the design reflects the story, with equal weight being given to each criterion. The decisions of the Sponsor with respect to the selection of the winners, and in regard to all matter relating to this Contest, shall be final and binding.
Winner will be notified via email and/or telephone.

One winner will be chosen to have his or her cover design used on a trade paperback edition of An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green, being published in May/June 2012, along with a design credit and a copy of the book featuring his/her winning cover illustration (Approximate Retail Value: $9.99).
In the event that there is an insufficient number of qualified entries or if the Sponsor determines in its absolute discretion that no or too few entries meet the quality standards established to award the prizes, Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prizes.

Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, age 13 or older. Employees of Sponsor and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates or other parties in any way involved in the development, production or distribution of this Contest, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, children) and household members of each such employee and the author are not eligible to participate in the Contest. Void where prohibited by law. All state and local restrictions apply.


No cash substitution, transfer or assignment of prizes allowed. In the event of the unavailability of a prize or prizes, Sponsor may substitute a prize or prizes of equal or greater value.
All expenses, including taxes (if any), related to receipt and use of prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner.
Winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release. The Affidavit must be returned within fourteen (14) days of notification or winner will forfeit their prize and another winner will be selected. If a selected winner is under eighteen (18) years of age, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the Affidavit. Should the ARV equal or exceed $600.00, winners shall be required to provide a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to Sponsor for issuance of a 1099 Form.
By accepting a prize, the winner grants to Sponsor and the author to use his/her name, likeness, and biographical information in advertising and promotional materials, including on Sponsor’s and author’s websites, without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.
By participating in the Contest and/or accepting the prize, contestants release Sponsor, its parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies or the agencies of any of them and the author of the book promoted hereby from any liability, injury, damages, cost or expense, including reasonable attorney’s fees, arising out of or connected to participation in this contest or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prizes.
Any dispute arising from this Contest will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of law principles, and the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in New York County and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.
Winners List:

For the name of the winner, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by June 1, 2012 to Penguin Young Readers Marketing, 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Attention: An Abundance of Covers Contest Winners List.


Speak, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group
A Division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
345 Hudson Street
New York, New York 10014

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will GraysonJohn Green (Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska) and David Levithan (Boy Meets Boy, Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist) team up to write the story of Will Grayson …and Will Grayson. Both Wills live in different suburbs of Chicago and lead completely different lives. One lives in a posh neighborhood, the other doesn’t. One is gay, the other isn’t. One is indie, and the other is, well, wrinkled. By a weird twist of fate, the two Will Graysons meet in downtown Chicago while chasing different schemes of love. Check out the newest book of our Pass the Book author, John Green, when it comes out in April.    


Are you a fan of John Green? Be sure to come to the Central Library on Monday March 15th. John will be speaking about the vlogs he does with his brother Hank. The program starts at 7pm and will be in the auditorium. Be sure to bring your copies of John’s books so he can sign them. See you there!


Other books by David Levithan:

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?












Boy Meets Boy

Boy Meets Boy












Love Is the Higher Law

Love Is the Higher Law












Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (written with Rachel Cohn)











The Realm of Possibility

The Realm of Possibility












Other books by John Green:

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska












An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines












Paper Towns

Paper Towns

Pass the Book Program with Books by John Green!

Looking for Alaska

 Don’t forget the Pass the Book program continues through the week of Match 7th, 2010. Don’t know about Pass the Book? It’s a virtual teen reading program where the library hands out specially tagged copies of John Green‘s three books, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and Paper Towns. After you get a copy, you will do three things: 




An Abundance of Katherines

  * First, visit the Pass the Book website, , to register your copy. When you register the book you’ll be given the option to leave a comment and upload a photo of the book.


*Second, of course, read the book.


*And third, when you’re done, pass the book on to someone else with instructions to do the same: Log it in, read it and Pass it On! 



Paper Towns
Now that we’re halfway through the program, we want to know what you think. What is your favorite part of the program? What do you think we can do to make the program better? Which book did you like the best?
Would you like to participate? Check with your branch to see if there are any books available. Be sure to log on to Pass the Book to register your book. And don’t forget to click on the dashboard link to watch your book move around the city!

Pass the Book!

An Abundance of Katherines

 Want to join a book club that goes beyond reality? The Pass the Book program @ IMCPL is just for you! It’s easy to do and you don’t need anything to participate. 

The event will kick off this Friday October 2nd at the First Friday Event at Central Library. After Friday you can get a special Pass-the-Book copy at your local IMCPL branch or–starting October 5th–at five Indianapolis schools. 

Paper TownsWhen you get your copy you log it in at , read it, and pass it on to a friend. When you log and pass the miles traveled will be “logged” and you can see where the book you had has traveled and what other readers thought about it. 

Looking for AlaskaThe books are all by John Green, an Indianapolis native. The three titles; An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and Looking for Alaska. All three books are hilarious, quirky and wildly entertaining. Once you read one you’ll want to read the other two.

REMEMBER: The books that you’ll pass around, once the program starts on Friday, will be specially prepared paperbacks, NOT the copies that you can request off this blog page.

Teens Top Ten

Have you ever wanted to know what the top teen book is? YALSA`s Teen Top Ten contest is the place to go to nominate your favorite teen book and see what is most popular. To see the nominations and vote for your favorite go to the Teen Top Ten site between August 24th and September 18th to vote. The winners will be announced in a live webcast during Teen Read Week, which is October 18th-24th.

There are some great books on the list! Do you like vampires? If you do check out Untamed by P.C. and Kristen Cast, a mother-daughter writing team. If you’re looking for something that is a little more realistic, but still has some adventure check out Paper Towns by John Green. There are also classic favorites like Breaking Dawn and The Hunger Games on the list.

Tell your friends and vote yourself because the more people that vote the more accurate the winner will be. You can find all these books at your local library branch. Although many of them are hot items that you might have to request.

The nominees with their IMCPL call numbers are:


Graceling by Kristin Cashore TEEN FIC CAS












Untamed by Kristen and P.C. Cast TEEN FIC CAS











City of Ashes

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare TEEN FIC CLA











The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins TEEN FIC COL












Truancy by Fukui Isama TEEN FIC FUK











Truancy: Origins

Truancy: Origins by Fukui Isama TEEN FIC FUK











The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman jFIC GAI











Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green TEEN FIC GRE







Runemarks by Joanne Harris TEEN FIC HAR












Identical by Ellen Hopkins TEEN FIC HOP










The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart TEEN FIC LOC










Daughter of the Flames

Daughter of the Flames by Zoë Marriott TEEN FIC MAR












Wake by Lisa McMann TEEN FIC MCM











Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer TEEN FIC MEY












Bloodline by Katy Moran TEEN FIC MOR











The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness TEEN FIC NES












Evermore by Alyson Noël TEEN FIC NOE











Geek Charming

Geek Charming by Robin Palmer TEEN FIC PAL











Melting Stones

Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce jFIC PIE











Living Dead Girl

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott TEEN FIC SCO












Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith TEEN FIC SMI












Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith TEEN FIC SMI











Wherever Nina Lies

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten TEEN FIC WEI












Impossible by Nancy Werlin TEEN FIC WER











Absolutely Maybe

Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee TEEN FIC YEE