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Paper Towns

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Paper Towns by John Green

The Dreidel

Agloe New York

Quentin Jacobson has always loved his neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman. One night she knocks on his window and they embarck on a night filled with breaking And entering, fun, danger, damage, but mostly revenge. The next day Margo vanishes. She has left clues for Q to help him find her. Quentin becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of Margo's disappearence. Q and his friends embark on a journey to solve the engima of their friend Margo.

“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

One way thing I would love to do with my students is to have them consider the symbolic and thematic implications of Margo saying, “It’s a paper town. I mean look at it, Q: look at all those cul-de-sacs, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper frail. And all the people, too. I’ve lived here for eighteen years and I’ve never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters. (57-58)I would ask the students-Why does Margo see Orlando as a false place filled with false people? Why does she see everyone and everything as ingenuine?This is just one example of how I would use the novel in my classroom.

Teacher Viewpoint

ReviewI really enjoyed this novel. I think most students would. It was hard to put this novel down. I just wanted to keep reading. I think this novel would fall under the mystery genre. So many students could relate to the relationships the characters have in this book. I am really looking forward to seeing the movie version of this novel.


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.

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