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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John 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.


'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

Editor's Choice Title, Booklist

Best Book of the Year, SLJ

Editor's 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

Editor's 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

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Selected Titles At Your Library

An abundance of Katherines /
ISBN: 0142410705. OCLC Number: 65201178

Dutton Books,. .

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 :
ISBN: 0142412147. OCLC Number: 216938851

Speak,. .

In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.

Looking for Alaska /
ISBN: 0142402516. OCLC Number: 55633822

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Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Paper towns /
ISBN: 014241493X. OCLC Number: 202483793

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One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

The Anthropocene reviewed /
ISBN: 0525555218. OCLC Number: 1202531110

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"The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this [...] symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his [...] podcast, John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet -- from the QWERTY keyboard and Staphylococcus aureus to the Taco Bell breakfast menu -- on a five-star scale." --

The fault in our stars /
ISBN: 0525478817. OCLC Number: 738336589

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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. 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.

Turtles all the way down /
ISBN: 0525555366. OCLC Number: 992432937

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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.--INSIDE FLAP.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson /
ISBN: 0142418471. OCLC Number: 277118356

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When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.