Looking for Alaska
By John Green
(Dutton Books, Hardcover, 9780525475064, 221pp.)
Publication Date: March 2005
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Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
"Los Angeles Times "Book Prize Finalist
"New York Times "bestseller
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.