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General Information

Name:  John Michael Green  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: 1977 in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Green lived in Chicago for several years. While living there, he worked for the book review journal Booklist as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing ''Looking for Alaska. ''

Biographical and Professional Information

John Green is the award-winning ''New York Times'' bestselling author of young adult fiction. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers and co-created the online educational series CrashCourse. He's also written stories for several anthologies including* “The Great American Morp” in ''21 Proms'' * “The Approximate Cost of Loving Caroline” in ''Twice Told''* “Freak the Geek” in ''Geektastic''Outside of Chicago, Green grew up in Orlando and has lived in Birmingham, New York City and Ohio. He was born in and currently resides in Indianapolis.

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Titles At Your Library

Looking for Alaska
ISBN: 0142402516

Speak. 2006


The award-winning, genre-defining debut from John Green, the #1 international bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars

Millions of copies sold!

★ Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
★ A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
★ A New York Times Bestseller
★ A USA Today Bestseller
★ Top Ten, NPR’s 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
TIME Magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time

Before. Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words—and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for Culver Creek boarding school to seek what the dying poet François Rabelais called “The Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including clever, beguiling, and self-destructive Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

After. Nothing will ever be the same.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A modern classic, this stunning debut marked #1 bestselling author John Green’s arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction.

An Abundance of Katherines
ISBN: 0142410705

Speak. 2008

From the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars

Michael L. Printz Honor Book
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
New York Times Bestseller

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy–loving best friend riding shotgun—but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances
ISBN: 0142412147

Speak. 2008

Three interconnected stories from three bestselling authors: John Green (Paper Towns, The Fault in our Stars), Maureen Johnson (The Name of the Star), and Lauren Myracle (The Internet Girls series.)

Major motion picture in the works!

A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

A New York Times Bestseller!

"Tender without being mushy, these carefully crafted stories of believable teen love will leave readers warm inside for the holidays."—School Library Journal

"Contemporary culture, humorous romantic developments and strong characters enhance this collaborative effort."—Kirkus Reviews

Paper Towns
ISBN: 014241493X

Speak. 2009

From the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery
#1 New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
Now a major motion picture

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
ISBN: 0142418471

Speak. 2011

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.

The Fault in Our Stars
ISBN: 0525478817

Dutton Books. 2012

Now a Major Motion Picture
TODAY Book Club pick
TIME magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012

"The greatest romance story of this decade."
Entertainment Weekly

-Millions of copies sold-

#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 International Bestseller
#1 Indie Bestseller

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Turtles All the Way Down
ISBN: 0525555366

Dutton Books for Young Readers. 2017

“Wrenching and revelatory.” An instant #1 bestseller, the widely acclaimed Turtles All the Way Down is John Green's brilliant and shattering new novel.

Featured on 60 Minutes, Fresh Air, Studio 360, Good Morning Amercia, The TODAY Show

“A tender story about learning to cope when the world feels out of control.” – People

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.


Looking for Alaska

  • Michael L. Printz Award, 2006
  • Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2005
  • Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults, 2006
  • Teens Top 10 Award, 2006
  • Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2006
  • Book for the Teen Age, New York Public Library
  • Editor's Choice Title, Booklist
  • Discover Great New Writers Selection, Barnes & Noble
  • Original Voices Selection, Borders
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015
  • An Abundance of Katherines

  • Michael L. Printz Honor Award, 2007
  • Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2007
  • Editor's Choice Title, Booklist
  • Best Book of the Year, Kirkus
  • Fanfare List, Horn Book
  • Best Books for Young Adults Title, ALA
  • Paper Towns

  • Edgar Award, 2008
  • Best Books for Young Adults Title, ALA
  • Editors Choice Title, Booklist
  • Best Book of the Year, SLJ
  • Editors Choice, VOYA
  • Top Ten Books for Teens, Amazon
  • Best Books title, Chicago Public Library
  • Book for the Teen Age, New York Public Library
  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • #1 Fiction Book of 2012, Time Magazine
  • #1 Bestseller, New York Times
  • #1 Bestseller, Wall Street Journal
  • #1 Bestseller, Indiebound
  • #1 Bestseller, USA Today
  • #1 International Bestseller
  • #9 Bestseller, The Bookseller (UK)

  • Book Club Pick, TODAY
  • Editors Choice, New York Times Book Review
  • Starred Reviews, Booklist, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Horn Book, and Kirkus
  • Teen Book of the Year, CBC Awards, 2013
  • Book of the Year, Nickelodeon MPN Awards, Brazil
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013
  • Other Awards

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