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John Green

Turtles All the Way Down

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2017

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Teacher Introduction

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

  • Genre: Fiction; young adult contemporary
  • Originally Published: 2017
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 840L; ages 14 and up
  • Structure/Length: Divided into chapters; approximately 304 pages; approximately 7 hours, 12 minutes on audiobook
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: Aza Holmes is a 16-year-old girl attempting to navigate high school life and friendships while also struggling daily with mental health challenges, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). When she reconnects with an old friend, Davis Pickett, whose billionaire father has gone missing, Aza becomes involved in a mystery that brings her personal challenges to the forefront. The novel explores themes of friendship, love, and the search for identity amid mental health struggles.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Themes of mental health, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and discussion of suicide

John Green, Author

  • Bio: Born 1977; American author and vlogger known for his influential young adult novels that explore the emotional and intellectual lives of young adults; celebrated for his ability to address complex and sensitive topics while resonating with teenage readers; other works include The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska
  • Other Works: Looking for Alaska (2005); Paper Towns (2008); The Fault in Our Stars (2012)

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Guide:

  • Mental Illness
  • Reality and Identity
  • Socioeconomic Status

STUDY OBJECTIVES: In accomplishing the components of this Teaching Guide, students will: