Nothing

Translated by Martin Aitken
LIST PRICE $8.99

About The Book

When Pierre-Anthon realizes there is no meaning to life, the seventh-grader leaves his classroom, climbs a tree, and stays there. His classmates cannot make him come down, not even by pelting him with rocks. So to prove to Pierre-Anthon that life has meaning, the children decide to give up things of importance. The pile starts with the superficial—a fishing rod, a new pair of shoes. But as the sacrifices become more extreme, the students grow increasingly desperate to get Pierre-Anthon down, to justify their belief in meaning. Sure to prompt intense thought and discussion, Nothing—already a treasured work overseas—is not to be missed.

About The Author

Photograph by Anita Schiffer-Fuchs

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.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 2010)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416998792
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99
  • Lexile ® 1000

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Awards and Honors

  • ALA Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Children's Book in Social Studies
  • Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee (NJ)
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Nominee
  • ALA Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book
  • ALA Notable Book

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