Penguin is encouraging teenage fans of John Green’s The Fault in our Stars to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust by taking part in a sleepover event.
The publisher is hoping teenagers in the UK and Ireland will organise sleepovers for the ‘Night of Infinities’ on the 26th June whilst raising money via a dedicated JustGiving page. It is providing participants with a free pack, including a thank-you letter from Green, tips on how to organise a sleepover and stories from young cancer patients, and will on the night promote the event on social media and teen radio station W!ZARD.
Teenagers taking part will also have the opportunity to win prizes including copies of the new black edition of The Fault in our Stars, a pair of tickets to YouTube convention Summer in the City, and a £250 voucher for craft website Etsy.
Green said he would be delighted if teenagers would support the initiative. “I worked as a student chaplain at a children's hospital about 15 years ago for five months. During that time I started wanting to write about the young people I had met there… It just took a long while for that book to become The Fault in Our Stars. From that experience, I understand the importance of charities such as Teenage Cancer Trust and the work they do in bringing young people together and helping them get the best possible care in the best possible environment.”
Penguin UK published The Fault in our Stars as an adult book in 2013 and it quickly shot to the top of the charts.
It was the biggest selling novel in the UK last year and sold 871,815 copies in print and 392,522 in e-book format.