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Teens can discuss ‘Fault in Our Stars’

Local teens are invited to read “The Fault in Our Stars” by popular author John Green and join the STEM Teen Read book discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Graham Hall 223 at Northern Illinois University.

Experts from NIU and the community will discuss the science behind the fiction in one of the few “young adult” books to enjoy a long ride on the New York Times bestseller list.

Critics have described “The Fault in Our Stars” as “hilariously funny,” an unexpected accolade for a book about teenage cancer patients. The book’s characters bring ordinary teenage sensibilities, needs and humor to extraordinary situations.

Three commentators will provide background about the book’s themes.

Ruth Wood from the Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital will help teen readers understand issues faced by teen cancer patients and how to support friends and family members dealing with cancer.

Narayan Hosmane will explain his research with boron, which he calls “a miracle element for cancer treatment.” Gaylen Kapperman will use lab equipment to demonstrate how a blind character in the book can read and play video games.

Following the background talks, teens can enjoy snacks and discuss the book with each other. Advance registration is not required, and parking on campus is free after 7 p.m. Teens can access online discussions and a video interview and demonstration with Kapperman.

STEM Outreach delivers off-campus programs and on-campus activities that increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics literacy and enthusiasm among pre-K-12 students, their families and educators.

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