Nothing

Translated by Martin Aitken
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About The Book

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 tree, and stays there. His friends and classmates cannot get him to come down, not even by pelting him with rocks. So to prove to him that there is a meaning to life, they set out to give up things of importance, challenging one another to make increasingly serious sacrifices. The pile is started with a lifetime’s collection of Dungeons & Dragons books, a fishing rod, a pair of green sandals, a pet hamster—but then, as each demand becomes more extreme, events take a morbid twist. And what if, after all these sacrifices, the pile is still not meaningful enough to bring Pierre Anthon down?

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 (March 2012)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442441163
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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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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