[2015] Laura Baldwin: Paper Towns

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[2015] Laura Baldwin: Paper Towns

Paper Towns By John Green

The different covers for the novel!

John Green talking abuot Paper Towns

The first few pages of Paper Towns talk about a childhood experience that comes to have a major impact on events that occur later in the book for Margo and Q. One thing as the teacher I would like to ask my students is to evaluate the different reactions that Margo and Q both have upon finding the dead man in the park. Margo wants to go as close as she can to the body and Q is hesitant and wants to run away. What lingering questions do each of them have about the dead man and what happened to him? Consider the opening of this novel. What tone does it set? Consider the thematic and symbolic implications of Margo’s statement, “Maybe all the strings inside him broke”. What does this statement mean? I think this is a great way to get the students interested in reading on in the novel.

Teacher Viewpoint

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

About the author

Paper Towns is about a young man named Quentin Jacobsen. He has this enigma of a neighbor named Margo Roth Spiegelman. One night she knocks on his window and recruites him for a night of revenge, adventure, breaking , And, entering, fun, and some good old friendship bonding. After their night Margo Roth Spiegelmen disappears. She leaves clues for Q to help him find her. He enlists the help of his friends to go on a journey to discover where his long lost friend has gone.

Summary

I really loved this novel. As I have stated in the past I really enjoy mystery novels and this one did not dissapoint at all. It kept me wanting to read more and more. (Which I think any good novel should do). I think so many young adults can relate to the relationships the characters have in this book. I am eager to see the movie version of this novel. I would reccomend this novel to any lover of the mystery genre.

Review

Agole, New York

The Dreidel

“I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.”— Walt Whitman, Song Of Myself

Characters Margo Roth Speigelman RadarBen StarlingLacey Q


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