John Green announced his new book Turtles All the Way Down at VidCon US 2017.
Turtles All the Way Down is the story of 16-year-old Aza Holmes, a young woman looking for clues in the disappearance of a fugitive billionaire, while grappling with mental illness.
John Green made the announcement on stage at VidCon with brother Hank. The book will be published on 10 October 2017 by Penguin Random House Children’s UK and simultaneously in the US by Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers.
“Turtles All the Way Down begins with a fugitive billionaire and a cash reward,” a preview of the book revealed. “It is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.”
— Penguin Books UK (@PenguinUKBooks) June 22, 2017
The novel comes nearly six years after the release of his last book, The Fault in Our Stars, which went on to sell more than 23 million copies worldwide. Over 200,000 preordered copies of Turtles All the Way Down will be signed.
Speaking on stage at VidCon, John described writing as a comfort from poor mental health. “There were times I thought I’d never write another book,” he explained. “I didn’t think I was ever going to be well enough and fit to write, or more importantly publish a book. It was even long enough that I was okay with it. But then I started to get better. I found a lot of solace in writing.”
John also explained: “It’s about a young woman who’s investigating a mystery but mostly trying to live with mental illness. She has serious mental health problems and as most of you know, mental health has been a part of my life since childhood, so it’s a very personal book and I’m really excited – also terrified to show it to you.”
Francesca Dow, Managing Director of Penguin Random House Children’s UK, said: “A new book from John Green is cause for true celebration. John is the most powerful of storytellers and this is a proud and incredibly exciting moment for our whole company as we announce this news today.”
More information about Turtles All The Way Down and preorder details can be found here.
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