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Looking for Alaska (Hardcover)

Author:  John Green
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0525475060
ISBN-13: 9780525475064
Sku: 39958899
Publish Date: 3/3/2005
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  221
Age Range:  18 to 22
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The week before I left my family and Florida and the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party. To say that I had low expectations would be to underestimate the matter dramatically. (from the first line)
Sixteen-year-old Miles first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash. *Author: Green, John *Series Title: Teens Top 10 (Awards) *Publication Date: 2005/03/03 *Number of Pages: 221 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.25
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Miles "Pudge" Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps."
Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.
John Green's stunning debut marks the arrival of a stand-out new voice in young adult fiction.
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Close friendships, hilarious pranks, and illicit smoking await scrawny, nerdy high-school junior Miles Halter when he goes away to Culver Creek, an Alabama boarding school. Immediately nicknamed Pudge by his roommate--a small, well-muscled scholarship student called the Colonel--Miles becomes a part of a tightly-knit group of pranksters headed by a sensual, opinionated, cigarette-smoking, booze-swilling girl named Alaska. Miles is intrigued by her, half in love, and desperate to discover the truth behind her mysterious mood swings and wild behavior. Each character in this sensitive, funny, and sad young-adult novel struggles with the agonies of being a teenager, perfectly stated in Alaska's own Religion term paper question: "How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?" Winner of the prestigious 2006 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

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Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Green gives the time-tested plot of boarding-school maturation its full and considerable due, evoking the substantial appeal of the situation's hothouse intensity, heady independence, and endless possibilities." 02/01/2005

Kirkus Reviews
"What sings and soars in this gorgeously told tale is Green's mastery of language and the sweet, rough edges of Pudge's voice. Girls will cry and boys will find love, lust, loss and longing in Alaska's vanilla-and cigarettes scent." 03/01/2005

Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   14
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0221
Product attributePublisher:   Dutton Books
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