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Title:
No passengers beyond this point
Author:
Choldenko, Gennifer, 1957-
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Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
New York : Lisetning Library/Random House, [2011]

â„—2011
Physical Description:
5 audio discs (6 hr., 6 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
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 of them has a perfect house and a clock that is ticking down the time.
General Note:
Compact discs.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
008-014.
ISBN:
9780307737892

9780307737878
Format :
Audiobook on CD

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Questions can be tricky things. Everyone has their own way of dealing with them. India Tompkins can charm her way out of answering most of them. Finn Tompkins is too quiet to be asked in the first place. And Mouse Tompkins? She s a genius she s used to having all the answers.
But when they find themselves trapped in Falling Bird a city seemingly without logic the Tompkins kids are facing a whole slew of impossible questions, all demanding answers, and not even Mouse knows how to solve these.
How do you find your way home when you aren t even on the map? What s the fastest way to wrap your brain around a problem when time itself keeps getting away from you? And if your life at home wasn t perfect, can you be sure you really want to go back?"


Author Notes

Gennifer Choldenko was born in Santa Monica, California.

Gennifer Choldenko is a Newbery Honor-winning American writer of popular books for children and adolescents. Her first novel, Notes From a Liar and Her Dog was named "Best Book of the Year" by School Library Journal and her second, Al Capone Does My Shirts, part of Al Capone on Alcatraz series, won the 2005 Newbery Honor citation.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Three siblings board a plane after their mother loses the family house and sends them to live with their uncle in Colorado. But instead of Colorado, they land . . . somewhere. They're dropped off at their individually tailored dream houses but only have one day to live there before they each get a ticking clock counting down to zero. Trying to circumvent the baffling bureaucracy of this lightly Kafkaesque dreamland, they attempt to figure out how to return home but get tripped up by a weird set of rules about finding a dog and a black box and putting three puzzle pieces together. Choldenko drops a few hints along the way but only fully reveals what's happening behind this fever dream in a blistering resolution that doesn't quite answer the dozens of questions readers may have stored up. Still, the ultimate point that family ties, prickly though they may be, are the surest thing to hold on to when the world goes bonkers is delivered with an unusually thoughtful dose of weirdness and honest sentiment. A fast-paced mind-bender.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-Gennifer Choldenko blends fantasy and reality in her thought-provoking, moving, and often humorous novel (Dial, 2011). Finn, India, and Mouse Tompkins are already dealing with the loss of their father, and now their house is foreclosed and they must leave California and move to their uncle's home in Colorado while their mother stays behind. Things become really strange when their plane lands in Falling Bird, an alternate reality where nothing is as it seems, rather than in Colorado. Narrators Becca Batoe, Jessie Bernstein, and Tara Sands are a perfect match for the siblings, bringing each one to life as they literally race against the clock and deal with their own struggles in order to find where they belong. They are all exceptional, but the spotlight belongs to Bernstein as Finn. The boy is a chronic worrier who speaks little but always has a plan, and his grit and determination are captured in Bernstein's vocal portrait. Through the three siblings' alternate points of view, listeners are transported to the sometimes fantastic and sometimes frightening land of Falling Bird via Choldenko's lyrically descriptive text which works ideally in this format. Sure to keep listeners riveted throughout.-Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.