Looking For Alaska Special 10th Anniversary Edition in 2015
New York, NY – Penguin Young Readers is pleased to announce the release of a special tenth anniversary edition of John Green’s LOOKING FOR ALASKA. Soon to be a major motion picture, the Printz-award winning and bestselling novel will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2015, and Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, will issue an enhanced edition with a new cover, introduction by John Green, and never-before-seen passages from the original manuscript.
LOOKING FOR ALASKA brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. Winner of multiple awards including the Printz Medal, this stunning debut marked #1 bestselling author John Green’s arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction. First published in 2005, LOOKING FOR ALASKA tells the story of Miles Halter, student at the Culver Creek boarding school with a fascination for famous last words. There he meets Alaska Young, the clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy young woman who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
This special anniversary edition includes original content by the author and others, as well as answers to readers’ frequently asked questions. With a new jacket design by Rodrigo Corral, introduction by John Green, looking back at LOOKING FOR ALASKA ten years later, essay by Michael Cart, Chair of the 2006 Printz committee, deleted scenes, and extensive Q&A from John Green answering fans favorite questions, the book will offer more for readers than ever before.
John Green says, “I’m so grateful that after ten years, LOOKING FOR ALASKA continues to find and connect with readers. I feel very lucky still to be working with the same editor and the same publisher a decade later, and I’m thrilled to be sharing this new edition of the novel. I’m so thankful to Penguin, to my editor Julie Strauss-Gabel, and most of all to the generous readers who’ve responded so kindly to the book through the years.”
“Ten years after LOOKING FOR ALASKA first published, it’s fitting to look back on a transformative decade during which this book, and this author, impacted us all,” says Julie Strauss-Gabel, Vice President and Publisher of Dutton Children’s Books. “So many have been changed by the Before and After of ALASKA’s publication—most especially me. I am incredibly proud of these continuous years of working with my friend and author John Green, and honored to publish this beautiful new edition featuring some of our earliest work together.”
LOOKING FOR ALASKA has been optioned by Paramount Pictures, with Sarah Polley on board to write and direct the screen adaptation.
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. John was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (youtube.com/vlogbrothers), one of the most popular online video projects in the world. You can join the millions who follow John on Twitter (@johngreen) and tumblr (fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com) or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com.
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