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Video of Newbery Speech

A video of my Newbery speech is now up on YouTube. You can see me hop off stage and hand the medal to my mom. (She went for the hug, but I was in a slight daze and accidentally left her hanging). And you can see me get choked up here and there (though

We Need Diverse Books Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign

I’m kind of awkward on camera. At least on the inside. (I was in a play once in college — I wrote it and the main actor bailed at the last minute and I was the only other person who knew the lines — and the whole time I was on stage I kept

NPR Weekend Edition Interview with Scott Simon + NCTE + Two More Starred Reviews + Gratitude

When I heard I was going to be interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition I immediately started sweating. And unconsciously gritting my teeth. National radio? Me? What if I sounded like an idiot or stumbled over my words or accidentally referred to Scott Simon as “Bob” Simon? What if I dropped a series of accidental

Kirkus Interview + Why I Wrote an Action-Driven Disaster Novel (via Nerdy Book Club) + NCTE Schedule + It’s Still Football Season

The Living is out in the world now, and I’m truly humbled by all the folks who have agreed to help spread the word. Here’s an interview I did with Kirkus, written by Jessie Grearson (an excellent writer out of the Iowa Writers Workshop). I was also lucky enough to do a guest post

Entertainment Weekly

I’ve never had a book reviewed in Entertainment Weekly . . . until now. Here’s a link to the online version. There’s been some chatter online about the review (specifically the use of the word “worthy” in conjunction with John Green), which I sort of understand to a point. But it’s pretty great that

The Living is Now in Bookstores! + NPR Post + The Power of John Green

The Living came out yesterday!! I wasn’t able to announce it on the actual on-sale day because I was speaking at a middle school in Ohio, and a high school in Ohio, and the Youngstown chapter of IRA. This is the first time I’ve ever done a speaking engagement on the day a book

New Novel, New Website, New Top Right Molar

As many of you know, I have a new novel coming out this November, THE LIVING. (You can read more about it here and here.) And I’m really excited about it. The main character is Shy. I mean, that’s his name. Shy Espinoza. I’ve been hanging out with Shy for a couple years now,