The Michigan Library Association has announced The Fault in Our Stars written by John Green as the winner of the 2012 Thumbs Up! Award, garnering top votes from both teens and librarians around the state.
The Fault in Our Stars is the story of 16-year-old Hazel, who was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13 and was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs…for now. Two years after the miracle, Hazel is forced to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the 17-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee.
John Green first began to garner attention with the 2005 release of his award-winning young adult novel Looking for Alaska. Though (thankfully) he continues to write in his deftly mixed profound yet casual style, Green also creates regular video blogs. In 2007 along with his brother Hank, they began their Brotherhood 2.0 project — a year where they would cease all text-based communication and instead communicate only through short video blogs posted on YouTube. After the completion of that year, the two continued to create short, information, educational and entertaining vlogs on their channel Vlogbrothers.
In addition to The Fault in Our Stars, three top honor titles were selected by the 2012 Thumbs Up! Committee: Divergent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books), This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster), and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Candlewick).
The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 to recognize and promote an outstanding contribution to teen literature that has both literary quality and appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. A committee of Youth and Teen Librarians from all over the state determined the winner. Since 2001, the Thumbs Up! Award selection process has also included a teen vote, which this year allowed teens to vote online for their favorite book. Check out previous winners on the Michigan Library Association Website.
- Cassie V., Youth Services Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing