A new book by John Green!

John Green is probably Indiana’s most loved Young Adult author. His debut novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Printz Award for best teen novel. His last book, The Fault in Our Stars sold over 45 million copies and was made into a popular film.

Looking for Alaska by John Green   The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

In between, he authored An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and (with David Levithan) Will Grayson, Will Grayson. His latest book, Turtles All the Way Down was published in October of 2017.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green  Paper Towns by John Green  Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Turtles All the Way Down has been receiving rave reviews from book critics. People magazine described it as “A tender story about learning to cope when the world feels out of control” and the Wall Street Journal said, “There is tenderness and wisdom here, and a high quotient of big ideas.”

In the book, sixteen-year-old Aza pursues the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, because 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. The book illustrates the difficulties of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a condition that Aza shares with author John Green.

Dealing with difficult situations is a standard of much of Green’s writing and the honesty of his work provides an opening for discussion about these topics. At the same time, he uses lots of humor to keep the plot from becoming too serious and teens are easily able to relate to his characters.

In addition to his writing, John and his brother Hank produce the Vlogbrothers videos (youtube.com/vlogbrothers) and created the online educational series CrashCourse (youtube.com/crashcourse). He also collaborated with YA authors Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle on a book of three intertwined holiday romances.

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Indiana’s Literary Heritage

Would you be surprised to know that from 1900-1940, Indiana authors led the nation on the bestseller lists? This time period has been called the “Golden Age of Indiana Literature” and featured authors like Theodore Dreiser, Booth Tarkington, Lew Wallace, Gene Stratton-Porter and Jessamyn West. To learn more about this “Golden Age”, you can read this article from the Indiana Policy Review. Many of the books by these authors are considered American Classics, and some, like Friendly Persuasion and Ben Hur, were turned into major Hollywood movies.

Indiana’s Bicentennial year might be the perfect time to read one of these classics by an Indiana author and see what all the fuss was about.

candles   ben hur

harvester   hoosier holiday

ambersons   the robe

Indiana has continued to have an amazing number of best-selling novelists. Just considering writers of adult and teen fiction, we are proud to lay claim to James Alexander Thom, John Green, Michael Koryta, Mike Mullins, Philip Gulley, Susan Crandall, Jeanne Dams, Karen Joy Fowler and Meg Cabot.