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John Green Author Study
Transcript of John Green Author Study
(Looking for Alaska) John Green's life is reflected in his book "Looking for Alaska". As a child, John went to Indian Springs School. In the book, the main character, Miles, is headed to a boarding school. John Green has said before that his time at Indian Spring inspired him to write "Looking for Alaska". For example, towards the end of the book, Miles and his friends pull a prank where they hire a male stripper to be a "guest speaker" at their school. This is a prank that John actually helped pull at boarding school. Another example is the Religious Studies class at the school. This is the class that's curriculum is described the most. In college, Religious Studies was one of Green's double majors. On his website he says, "I could never have written this book without the religion classes I took in college". In the book, Miles is obsessed with last words. On his website, John Green openly admits that he is also addicted to last words. He posted two videos of himself reciting last words. One was of his favorites, the other was of all the dead, past presidents. General Bio Author's Craft Awards Won
For "Looking For Alaska"
Winner, 2006 Michael L. Printz Award
Finalist, 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize
2006 Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults
2006 Teens’ Top 10 Award
2006 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
A Booklist Editor’s Choice Pick
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection
Borders Original Voices Selection
For "An Abundance of Katherines"
2007 Michael L. Printz Honor book
Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
One of the books of the year by Booklist, Horn Book, and Kirkus.
For "Paper Towns"
Paper Towns debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list
2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery.
For "The Fault in Our Stars"
#1 New York Times bestseller
For "Will Grayson, Will Grayson"
#3 on the New York Times bestseller list for children’s chapter books Bibliography
Looking for Alaska: Green, John. Looking for Alaska. New York: Dutton Children's Books, 2005. Print.
An Abundance of Katherines: Green, John. An Abundance of Katherines. New York: Dutton Books, 2006. Print.
The Fault in Our Stars: Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. New York: Dutton Books, 2012. Print.
Paper Towns: Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. New York: Dutton Books, 2012. Print.
John Green's Website: Green, John. "John Green Author." John Green RSS. John Green, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2013.
John Green's Wikipedia Page: Green, John. "John Green (author)." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Jan. 2013. Web. 17 Jan. 2013.
John Green: Professional Writer
By Sarah Stone This Guy John Green was born August 24, 1977 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He moved to Orlando, Florida three weeks later. John lived with his parents, his brother Hank, and his dog Red. John attended Indian Springs School which was a boarding and day school. In 2000, John Green graduated Kenyon College with a double major in English and Religious Studies. Five weeks later, Green got a job at a hospital where he worked with children with life-threatening diseases. Then, John spent a few years in Chicago where he worked for a book review journal called Booklist. There he was a publishing assistant and production editor. He reviewed tons of books from an array of different subjects. He did this as he wrote "Looking for Alaska". Around this time, Green got married to Sarah Urist. They moved to NYC for two years while Sarah went to graduate school. On January 1, 2007, John and his brother Hank started Brotherhood 2.0. They made daily vlogs for each other as a way of long distance communication. They posted these videos on YouTube and the Brotherhood 2.0 website. The project ended on December 31, 2007. After the project, they started making vlogs for fun on their YouTube channel called "vlogbrothers". John Green now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, son Henry, and his West Highland Terrier named Willy. Willy's full name is, "Fireball Wilson Roberts". How His Life is Related to His Books
(The Fault in Our Stars)
As you know from reading John Green's general biography, after he graduated from college, John got a job at a hospital where he worked with sick children. Green has said before that this was his main inspiration for writing "The Fault in Our Stars". Another tidbit of his life that slipped into the novel is the setting. John Green currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is exactly where Hazel, the main character, lives. This is made obvious in the book because John goes into detail about specific landmarks that Hazel and her friends visit. An example of this is the several times that Hazel and her friend Gus visit a statue called, "Funky Bones". This is a sculpture of a humongous skeleton lying in the middle of the field. Green vividly describes what it looks like and how the kids love to play on it. When reading the passage, I could tell that he had visited this location before. The final inspiration is Esther. Esther was a big fan of John's YouTube videos. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. John would visit her in the hospital with her family and friends. He described her as, "unusual mix of teenagerness of empathy". This would also be a good description of Hazel. They are both normal angsty teens but also show a caring side. It is easy to tell that Hazel was somewhat based off of Esther. Sadly, Esther died in August of 2010. In all of the books I have read by John Green, all of the main characters are only children. For example, in both "Looking for Alaska" and "Paper Towns", the main character's were only children.
In some of the books, the main character is away from home. In "Looking for Alaska", the main character, Miles, is going to boarding school. In "An Abundance of Katherines", the main character, Colin, is on a road trip with his friend.
In the books "Looking for Alaska" and "The Fault in Our Stars" the person that the main character was in love with, dies. Miles was in love with Alaska and she died in a car crash.. Hazel's boyfriend, Gus, died of cancer.
In most of John's books, the main character is a child prodigy. For example, in "An abundance of Katherines", Colin is extremely smart and anagrams words and creates future-predicting theories for fun. In "Looking for Alaska", Miles is obsessed with last words and knows hundreds of them by heart.
Finally, nicknames come up alot in his books. In "Looking for Alaska", Miles was called Pudge. His friends had nicknames like The Colonel. In "Paper Towns", the main character, Quentin, had a friend that was nicknamed Radar. "Looking for Alaska" is one of the most exciting page-turners I have ever read. The novel is about Miles's story of his year at Culver Creek. He gets mixed up with alcohol drinking, cigarette smoking, prank pulling students that soon become his best friends. Miles soon falls in love with the smart, sexy, and tragically taken Alaska Young. Once I was about twenty pages in, things got really good. I was spending any spare second I had to read. This was one of those books that reminds you how fun reading can really be. Due to some sexual parts, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone younger than twelve or thirteen. "Funky Bones" THE END! Sarah Urist Green Baby Henry