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andlt;b andgt;This modern-day andlt;i andgt;Lord of the Fliesandlt;/iandgt; is a haunting existential novel, both award-winning and and provocative. Now in paperback as part of the Atheneum Collection!andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Nothing matters.and#8221; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;From the moment you are born, you start to die.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Youand#8217;ll live to be a maximum of one hundred. Life isnand#8217;t worth the bother!and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 lifetimeand#8217;s collection of Dungeons andamp; Dragons books, a fishing rod, a pair of green sandals, a pet hamsterand#8212;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?

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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

Janne Teller was born in Copenhagen.  Originally educated as a macro-economist, she has lived and worked all over the world.  In 1995 she left a career with the United Nations to become a full-time writer.  Her adult books include Odin’s Island and The Trampling Cat

Product Details

ISBN:
9781442441163
Author:
Teller, Janne
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Author:
Aitken, Martin
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Reprint
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c cvr (no fx); digital
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.88 in
Age Level:
from 12

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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