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John Green

#1 New York Times-Bestselling Author of The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska; Co-Author of the New York Times Bestseller Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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Biography

John Green is the New York Times–bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and PaperTowns. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was the 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los AngelesTimes Book Prize. Green’s books have been published in more than twenty languages.

In 2007, Green and his brother, Hank, ceased textual communication and began to talk primarily through video blogs posted to YouTube. The videos spawned a community of people called “nerdfighters,” who fight for intellectualism and to decrease the overall worldwide level of suck. (Decreasing suck takes many forms: Nerdfighters have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight poverty in the developing world; they also planted thousands of trees around the world in May 2010 to celebrate Hank’s 30th birthday.) Although they have long since resumed textual communication, John and Hank continue to upload three videos a week to their YouTube channel, vlogbrothers. Their videos have been viewed more than 75 million times, and their channel is one of the most popular in the history of online video. Green is also an active (if reluctant) Twitter user, with more than 1.1 million followers.

Green’s book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review and Booklist, a wonderful book review journal where he worked as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing Looking for Alaska. Green grew up in Orlando, Florida, before attending Indian Springs School and then Kenyon College.

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The Fault in Our Stars

"An electric portrait of young people who learn to live life with one foot in the grave. Filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy, The Fault in Our Stars takes a spin on universal themes--Will I be loved? Will I be remembered? Will I leave a mark on this world?--by dramatically raising the stakes for the characters who are asking."

– Jodi Picoult, author of My Sister's Keeper and Sing You Home

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