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No Passengers Beyond This Point
Contributor(s): Choldenko, Gennifer
ISBN: 0142420522     ISBN-13: 9780142420522
Publisher: Puffin
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: February 2012
Annotation: With their house in foreclosure, sisters India and Mouse and brother Finn are sent to stay with an uncle in Colorado until their mother can join them, but when the plane lands, the children are welcomed by cheering crowds to a strange place where each ofthem has a perfect house and a clock that is ticking down the time.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Brothers and sisters; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Survival Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2012004821
Lexile Measure: 620
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.50 lbs) 244 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 142995
Reading Level: 3.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q53145
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 14.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Gennifer Choldenko is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor Award-winning author of ten children's books, including Notes From a Liar and Her Dog, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, No Passengers Beyond this Point, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone Does My Homework. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
Three children are horrified to learn they're being sent to live with an uncle--tomorrow. The book takes a surreal turn when the kids are picked up by a feather-covered taxi. Choldenko keeps the plot moving rapidly, constantly shifting point of view. In the end, the determination each sibling has to protect the others is what saves them all. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #1)
Twelve-year-old Finn and his two sisters are horrified when their widowed mother tells them she has lost their house and is sending them to Colorado to live with an uncle -- tomorrow. Testy fourteen-year-old India is particularly distressed to leave her friend Maddy, who is the only one who understands how annoying her family is. Youngest child Mouse and her imaginary friend Bing barely make it through airport security: instead of packing underwear, Mouse has packed volcano-making supplies. The book takes a turn toward the surreal when the plane seems to land very abruptly and the three children are picked up by a strange, feather-covered taxi then greeted by cheering crowds and billboards showing their accomplishments in life. Choldenko keeps the plot moving rapidly and constantly shifts the point of view, with each chapter narrated by one of the three siblings, so that both readers and characters feel discombobulated -- everything is both concrete yet dreamlike. India gets messages from Maddy urging her to stay where she is, but Finn and Mouse feel sure that they must leave. No one can write a hormonal teenage girl at war with her family like Choldenko, but in the end the family relationships and the determination each sibling has to protect the others is what saves them all. SUSAN DOVE LEMPKE Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 December #1)

Best known for her Newbery Honor–winning historical fiction, Choldenko (Al Capone Does My Shirts) forays into high-concept fantasy with mixed results. Having lost the family home to foreclosure, the widowed schoolteacher mother of three—India, Finn, and Mouse Tompkins—puts them on a plane to Denver to live with an uncle while she finishes out the academic year in California. After some turbulence, the plane lands, but what follows is a hallucinatory journey, which unfolds in alternating first-person chapters narrated by each sibling. The trio is given a rock star welcome by the residents of a city called Falling Bird, chauffeured in a pink, feathered taxi by a 12-year-old, and offered dream homes and—except for six-year-old Mouse—jobs. They sense something's amiss, and after some soul-searching, especially by angry teen India, the children realize all they want is to reach their uncle's place. The revelation of what really happened doesn't quite square with a narrative told in three voices, but Choldenko's pacing is sure and her use of airport argot (white courtesy phones, a missing black box) adds an inventive element to this story of unlikely survival. Ages 10–up. (Feb.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 February)

Gr 5–7—When their mom loses their house to foreclosure, India, Finn, and Mouse must move in with a relative in Colorado. The journey turns peculiar when the kids' flight lands in a strange location where cell phones don't work and they are cut off from the normal world. In a feather-covered cab with a child driver, they enter Falling Bird, a Coraline-like alternate reality where things seem better than the place they left behind, but where something indefinably sinister lurks beneath the surface. And the citizens seem determined to keep the siblings there, with false promises of an easy existence and the lure of a "dream house." But when their dream houses literally break apart, the kids are thrust again into a homeless existence that mirrors their real-world limbo. The story is fast-moving and entertaining, but it's hard to figure out the significance of the many devices: there's a white cat, a black box, some puzzle pieces, clocks that count backwards, and a magic phone that knows their intentions. It's all a bit confusing, but, if readers don't sweat the details, it's a fun ride, full of adventure, suspense, and good characterization. Brainy little Mouse is aptly described as "like Einstein on a sugar high," and self-centered, desperate-for-approval India taps into her inner power by the end of the tale and comes through for her siblings. An additional purchase, for readers who like clues and adventure, and aren't daunted by a puzzling ending.—Emma Burkhart, Springside School, Philadelphia, PA

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