Last words from a first novelist

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Author: Ilene Cooper
Date: Mar. 1, 2005
From: Booklist(Vol. 101, Issue 13)
Publisher: American Library Association
Document Type: Interview
Length: 687 words

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Green John. Looking for Alaska. Mar. 2005. 240p. Dutoon, $15.99 (0-525-47506-0) Gr. 9-12.

When John Green walked into the Booklist office as a temp, he was a tie-wearing 22-year-old with aspirations to write. He shed the tie after the first day, and four years later, he's just published his first novel, Looking for Alaska (Dutton), which has already received starred reviews from the Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books and SLJ.

Ask John, who now works as a production editor at Booklist, how his career as a young-adult novelist evolved, and he graciously acknowledges the support he received from his Booklist colleagues. (Full disclosure: I helped John shape his novel before he sent if off to Dutton.) But the talent was John's alone, and it shows not only in Looking for Alaska but also in his other work, as a reviewer for Booklist, as a writer for the magazine mental floss, as a commentator for Chicago's NPR affiliate WBEZ, and as a contributor to the national public radio program All...

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