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- ONE OF AMERICA'S 100 MOST-LOVED NOVELS IN THE PBS GREAT AMERICAN READ - A gorgeous collector's edition of the critically acclaimed debut novel by John Green, #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the...
- ONE OF AMERICA'S 100 MOST-LOVED NOVELS IN THE PBS GREAT AMERICAN READ - A gorgeous collector's edition of the critically acclaimed debut novel by John Green, #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the...
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  • - ONE OF AMERICA'S 100 MOST-LOVED NOVELS IN THE PBS GREAT AMERICAN READ -
    A gorgeous collector's edition of the critically acclaimed debut novel by John Green, #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars

    A perfect gift for any fan, this deluxe hardcover features a stunning special edition jacket and 50 pages of all-new exclusive content, including:
    - An introduction by John Green
    - Extensive Q&A: John Green answers readers' most frequently asked questions
    - Deleted scenes from the original manuscript
    Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
    A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
    A New York Times Bestseller
    A USA Today Bestseller
    Top Ten, NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
    TIME Magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words—and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called "The Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A modern classic, this stunning debut marked #1 bestselling author John Green's arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction.

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    one hundred thirty-six days before

    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. Although I was more or less forced to invite all my "school friends," i.e., the ragtag bunch of drama people and English geeks I sat with by social necessity in the cavernous cafeteria of my public school, I knew they wouldn't come. Still, my mother persevered, awash in the delusion that I had kept my popularity secret from her all these years. She cooked a small mountain of artichoke dip. She festooned our living room in green and yellow streamers, the colors of my new school. She bought two dozen champagne poppers and placed them around the edge of our coffee table.

    And when that final Friday came, when my packing was mostly done, she sat with my dad and me on the living-room couch at 4:56 P.M. and patiently awaited the arrival of the Good-bye to Miles Cavalry. Said cavalry consisted of exactly two people: Marie Lawson, a tiny blonde with rectangular glasses, and her chunky (to put it charitably) boyfriend, Will.

    "Hey, Miles," Marie said as she sat down.

    "Hey," I said.

    "How was your summer?" Will asked.

    "Okay. Yours?"

    "Good. We did Jesus Christ Superstar. I helped with the sets. Marie did lights," said Will.

    "That's cool." I nodded knowingly, and that about exhausted our conversational topics. I might have asked a question about Jesus Christ Superstar, except that 1. I didn't know what it was, and 2. I didn't care to learn, and 3. I never really excelled at small talk. My mom, however, can talk small for hours, and so she extended the awkwardness by asking them about their rehearsal schedule, and how the show had gone, and whether it was a success.

    "I guess it was," Marie said. "A lot of people came, I guess." Marie was the sort of person to guess a lot.

    Finally, Will said, "Well, we just dropped by to say good-bye. I've got to get Marie home by six. Have fun at boarding school, Miles."

    "Thanks," I answered, relieved. The only thing worse than having a party that no one attends is having a party attended only by two vastly, deeply uninteresting people.

    They left, and so I sat with my parents and stared at the blank TV and wanted to turn it on but knew I shouldn't. I could feel them both looking at me, waiting for me to burst into tears or something, as if I hadn't known all along that it would go precisely like this. But I had known. I could feel their pity as they scooped artichoke dip with chips intended for my imaginary friends, but they needed pity more than I did: I wasn't disappointed. My expectations had been met.

    "Is this why you want to leave, Miles?" Mom asked.

    I mulled it over for a moment, careful not to look at her. "Uh, no," I said.

    "Well, why then?" she asked. This was not the first time she had posed the question. Mom was not particularly keen on letting me go to boarding school and had made no secret of it.

    "Because of me?" my dad asked. He had attended Culver Creek, the same boarding school to which I was headed, as had both of his brothers and all of their kids. I think he liked the idea of me following in his footsteps. My uncles had told me stories about how famous my dad had been on campus for having simultaneously raised hell and aced all his classes. That sounded like a better life than the one I had in Florida. But no, it wasn't because of Dad. Not exactly.

    "Hold on," I said. I went into Dad's study and found his biography of François...

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  • School Library Journal

    January 1, 2015

    Gr 10 Up-The Printz Award-winning novel that kickstarted John Green's career and introduced a whole generation of teens to a new era of YA literature is turning 10 this year. Though the text itself remains the same, there are many extras included in this edition. There is an introduction by Green himself, a helpful Q & A section, and, perhaps most interesting for scholars, portions of the original manuscript that didn't make it into the final book, along with correspondence between Green and his editor. Purists may gasp to hear that the now-iconic "smoking" cover has been redesigned. But take heart; the new jacket, created by Rodrigo Corral, pays homage to the original with a deep black background and a subtle wisp of smoke. Replace worn copies and introduce a whole new crop of teens to this new classic.

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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