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Student Picks: The Fault in our Stars

River of Stars

River of Stars

Photo by H.Raab

Title: The Fault in our Stars

Author: John Green

What is it about?
John Green describes his book as “the story of Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two Indianapolis teenagers who meet at a Cancer Kid Support Group.”

What did you think of it, and why did you pick it up?
I thought it was very good; fantastically written and hilarious, inspiring, and sad all at once. I found out about John’s books through his You Tube channel Vlog Brothers, which he shares with his brother Hank.

Star Rating: * * * * *

Who would enjoy reading this?

Although it’s classified as Young Adult, I think adults would love it as well.


Read more about  John Green and his books

Read what others say about John Green’s books on Goodreads

Follow on Twitter @realjohngreen

Quotation from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Act 1, scene 2 line 140

Cassius:          Men at some time are masters of their fates.

                        The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars

                        But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Translation into modern English by No Fear Shakespeare

Cassius:          Men can be masters of their fate.

                        It is not destiny’s fault, but

                        our own faults, that we’re slaves.

Using Google in a different way and changing the world

With teenage optimism, and using “a teenagers two best friends Google and Wikipedia” and determined hard work Jack Thomas Andraka (aged 16 and still at high school)  has developed an early warning test for pancreatic cancer.

In a recent TED talk interview , posted by Brooke Borel, he was asked if he had any advice for other inventors and scientists,  his answer was: “to use the Internet in cool ways to solve your problems.” He said that he used Google and Wikipedia, and when the questioner asked him how he used Google in ways that were different Jack answered:

“Well, the typical teenager doesn’t use Google to find scientific articles. They are typically on Tumblr, Facebooking, liking pictures a person posted of their food on Instagram. And so that’s why I am really passionate about showing them that, hey, you can be changing the world.”

Watch his TED talk and be inspired!

Filmed in February 2013 at Long Beach, California

To hear Jack talking about his discovery and its potential for the future go here.

Mrs H.