Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Paper Towns, by John Green (2008)

I'd like to recommend this book to both of my semi-adult children. As with Looking for Alaska, Green has created a powerful portrait of the tensions and vulnerabilities of adolescents approaching early adulthood. In this novel, again with a male protagonist, plot tension is maintained throughout the book. I won't spoil the ending.

There are many opportunities for interdisciplinary extensions in this book: cartography, poetry (especially Whitman & Plath), music, Florida, and New York. I would recommend this for students 9th grade and above.

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