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Nothingby Janne Teller
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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?
Vivian feels left behind when her older sister, Audra, runs away from home. She believes that Audra will return and pays careful attention to the clues around her. Then, inexplicably, writing begins to appear in a blank notebook.
When Audra does come back for Vivian, she’s in the company of a strange man. The three of them run away together and practice wilderness survival. While Audra plans for the future, Vivian continues to gather evidence: Who is this mysterious man, and does he have any connection to the words appearing in her notebook?
Klickitat is a haunting story, full of atmosphere and awakening, crafted by one of today's most startling literary talents.
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.
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