Janne Teller

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Janne Teller was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has written several award-winning novels that have been translated into a number of languages. Nothing is the winner of the prestigious Best Children’s Book Award from the Danish Cultural Ministry and is also a Printz Award Honor Book in the United States. Janne lives in New York City and Denmark.

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Books by this Author

This modern-day Lord of the Flies is a haunting existential novel, both award-winning and and provocative. Now in paperback as part of the Atheneum Collection!

“Nothing matters.”

“From the moment you are born, you start to die.”

“The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. You’ll live to be a maximum of one hundred. Life isn’t worth the bother!”

So says Pierre Anthon when he decides there is no meaning to life, leaves his seventh-grade classroom, climbs a plum...

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Courage is to do what I fear doing

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Right where I am, here at my desk in New York City; only it'd be fiction coming out of my fingers.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Overcoming my child hood with my sanity intact and no resentments.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Writing faster

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Nobody really; try very much to just live my own life to the best of my abilities.

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