Paper Towns (Paperback)

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Paper Towns (Paperback)


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Winter 2009 Kids' List

“Quentin has loved Margo since they were both nine years old. Now it's the spring of their senior year, and after a night of pranks Margo disappears, leaving a solitary clue for Quentin. Both poignant and hysterical, this book is a delightful celebration of smart guys.”
— Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

Staff Reviews

Quentin (Q) is our teenage protagonist, a young man mostly content with playing video games and trading insults with his two best friends while watching the charismatic Margo Roth Speigelman from afar. Once upon a time, he and Margo found a dead body together, an event that permeates his dealings with the current incarnation of Margo, a clever and popular girl who shows up in his room one night to whisk him away on a whirlwind adventure of revenge and excitement, essentially the best/worst night of Q's life to date. But the next morning, Margo is gone, and while she usually runs away for a few days and leaves a trail of clues for her parents, this time, it doesn't seem as though she's coming back at all, and if she did leave clues, they're for Q. As time winds down quickly toward prom and graduation, Q's thoughts turn only to Margo and what may have become of her as he tries to follow the breadcrumbs to the girl of his dreams, the girl he discovers he never really knew at all. This is a great YA novel with a thrilling pace and an excellent look at relationships: boy friendships, girl friendships, first loves, and families. I was up until 2am finishing this book, because once the last section started, there was absolutely no way I was putting it down.

— Danielle

From the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery
#1 New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
Now a major motion picture  


When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of books including Looking for AlaskaThe Fault in Our Stars, and Turtles All the Way Down. His books have received many accolades, including a Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and an Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the writer and host of the critically acclaimed podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed. With his brother, Hank, John has co-created many online video projects, including Vlogbrothers and the educational channel Crash Course. He lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit John online at

Product Details ISBN: 9780142414934
ISBN-10: 014241493X
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2009
Pages: 336
Language: English
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery

New York Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Publishers Weekly bestseller
A Booklist Best Book of the Year
An SLJ Best Book of the Year
A VOYA Best Book of the Year

“Green’s prose is astounding — from hilarious, hyperintellectual trash talk and shtick, to complex philosophizing, to devastating observation and truths.” —SLJ, starred review

“[Green’s] a superb stylist, with a voice perfectly matched to his amusing, illuminating material.” —Booklist, starred review

“Laugh-out-loud humor and heartfelt poignancy.”—Kliatt, starred review

“Green delivers once again with this satisfying, crowd-pleasing look at a complex, smart boy and the way he loves. Genuine—and genuinely funny—dialogue, a satisfyingly tangled but not unbelievable mystery and delightful secondary characters.”

"Stellar, with deliciously intelligent dialogue and plenty of mind-twisting insights…a powerfully great read." —VOYA 

"Compelling." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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