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Three siblings - India, Finn, and Mouse - have less than forty-eight hours to pack up all their belongings and fly, without Mom, to their uncle Red's in Colorado, after they lose their house to foreclosure. But when they land, a mysterious driver meets them at the airport, and he's never heard of Uncle Red. Like Dorothy in Oz, they find themselves in a place they've never ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Dial (first published February 8th 2010)
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While the ending seemed a little short and there were quite a few umaswered questions, this book was a fascinating read and a good discussion starter for tween readers. It is the kind of book you want to go back and reread once you know the ending.
I hate to do it, but I'm going to have to call this book a complete failure. I was with the story until the plane trip that landed the kids in Falling Bird. At that point, the story bounced around so much that it was impossible to follow and enjoy. I think it was possible to craft a story in this world that did not feel so disjointed, but for whatever reason, Choldenko chose to leave that reader in complete darkness, and just when you started to follow a thread, she would switch to one of the ot ...more
Beth G.
You have to wait for good things to happen - wait and wait and work so hard - but bad things occur out of the blue, like fire alarms triggered in the dead of night, blaring randomly, a shock of sound, a chatter of current from which there is no turning back.

The three Tompkins siblings - dramatic charmer India, level-headed worrier Finn, and peculiarly clever Mouse - are unhappy passengers on a flight bound for Colorado. Back home in California, their mother has just told them that their house is
India, Finn, and Mouse, whose mother has just lost their house to the bank, are traveling alone to go live with their uncle in Colorado. To their surprise, the airport where they land is strangely empty, and a feathered taxi takes them to the mysteriously welcoming city of Falling Bird, where they are treated like first.

I just didn't get this book. It had overtones of The Giver and Wrinkle In Time and Wizard of Oz, but for me, it just didn't coalesce. I think it's because things wer
Peter D. Sieruta
The ARC I read apparently had several pages missing. Strangely, this did not seem to impact the overall quality of this fantasy novel, which read like an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink fever dream, crammed with random details that neither advanced nor enhanced the plot. I have a feeling this is going to be one of those love-it-or-hate-it novels, and the coming months will see its ardent fans pushing for this to win the Newbery (those who liked Horvath's EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE, Potter's THE KNEE ...more
The Library Lady
I really admire Gennifer Choldenko for trying to try out new genres. She's a terrific writer, but I don't think this matches her other recent stuff.
This book didn't work for me. More importantly, it didn't work for for my 12 year old, who couldn't even finish it.
I'd rather have read a story about the 3 kids moving to Colorado and trying to adapt to their new circumstances than this "Heaven Can Wait" sort of stuff, especially since it was choppy and confusing.
Joelle Anthony
I am totally blown away by this book at this moment - I just read it straight through. However, I think after it's sat with me a bit, I might not like it quite as much. I know...weird, right? Well, sometimes books get me emotionally, and I totally LOVE them right when I finish, but after thinking about it with my writer brain instead of my reader brain, I start finding things that maybe didn't work so well for me after all. I am afraid that will happen here. But for now, I love it! And if you're ...more
Canadian Reader
This odd, winding, and dreamlike story concerns the three Tompkins kids. Their single mother, who has been financially struggling to keep their California house, announces that the bank will be taking it. The children (beautiful and self-centred India, 14; responsible, worrisome Finn, 12; and genius Aspie child, Mouse, 6) must fly out the next night to Denver, Colorado to begin living with Uncle Red. Their mother will finish the school year in California with her grade-6 class, hoping she will g ...more
One to watch. I can see that this book has been divisive. You know how there's always discussion about whether the Newbery committee is looking for a "special" book? And they deny that they are, but evidence is generally against them? This could be that "special" book, the one about which everyone says "why is the Newbery always something weird?" (even though evidence is against them there).

Kind of a Going Bovine for the younger set, or what A Wrinkle in Time might have been like if it were set
The students in my fifth grade class either loved this book or didn't want to continue after about fifty pages. There is a science fiction feel to the book and I don't understand why this "place" should be so difficult to understand, especially since it's written for young teens. Even those who enjoyed the book didn't seem to have any idea of what happened at the end. Some beautiful writing, but the book doesn't seem fully realized. There are three narrators, which is both interesting, and somet ...more
The Styling Librarian
Odd book. Took a while to enjoy but I did by the end. Not sure if kids will "get" it.
Apr 05, 2014 Alisonblair rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Im fortunate that at the ages of 11 and 12 my children still love to have me read to them. Over the years we have read hundreds of books together. Unfortunately this book ranks at the bottom of them all.

The author is clearly very talented as the prose is quite good and the character development is also good. Unfortunately Ms. Choldenko never combines theme and plot in this book - the reader is left to wonder what is going on before during and after reading the book. One must wait until the last
Chris Bancells

Choldenko, G. (2011). No Passengers Beyond This Point. New York: Puffin Books.

Modern Fantasy

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee, 2012-13


Selection tools consulted: WorldCat, School Library Journal, Maryland Association of School Librarians Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee list.


The Tompkins family is in trouble. The bank is foreclosing on their house, despite Mom's desperate efforts, and now India, Finn, and Mouse have to move across the country to live with the Uncle R
Ben Langhinrichs
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When I was quite young, probably second or third grade, I read The Phantom Tollbooth for the first time. Frankly, I was a bit creeped out, but the story was captivating, and I wound up reading it several more times during my childhood. Mind-twisting and scary, humorous but disturbing, the book spoke to me in some odd way.

That's the kind of book No Passengers Beyond This Point is. Crazy and scary and captivating, it is like a cross betwe
No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko is a story of adventure and survival set in a fantastical location with unique rules.

Silings India, Finn, and Mouse have less than forty-eight hours to pack up all their belongings and fly, without Mom, to their uncle Red's in Colorado, after they lose their house to foreclosure. But when they land, a mysterious driver meets them at the airport, and he's never heard of Uncle Red. They are in a place they've never heard of, with no idea of how
I read this book because I enjoyed reading her books on Al Capone. Where the Al Capone book has some historical facts in it, this one does not. It starts out with a typical household of children, each with their own character traits. Finances have been tight since the death of their father and the mother is trying really hard but they have to move. The children are to go to their uncle's home while the mother is staying at a relative's home until the school year is over. The children don't exact ...more
Karen Ball
This is one crazy fantasy mystery! Anyone who loves a good puzzle should pick this one up. The three Tompkins kids are told that Mom has just lost the house to the bank, and that she will have to stay in California to do final paperwork and finish the school year at her teaching job. India, Finn and Mouse have to get on a plane and fly to Colorado, where they will live with Uncle Red until Mom comes to join them in June. India is 14, and quite the self-absorbed drama queen. Finn has basketball d ...more
Melissa's in the details. Three children, a brother Finn and two sisters Mouse and India must leave their childhood house after their mother looses it to foreclosure.

The oldest child India embodies the teen daughter perfectly. Finn is truly the man of the house after his father dies and Mouse, is the baby sister with a side kick Bing, her invisible friend. Mouse a six year old, is born right after her own father dies, something said for her old soul?? Finn worries about the state of his family
This story about the Thompkins siblings (Finn, India and Mouse) has the same energy as the Al Capone books, and the same flair for dialog, but the plot is - I think - too confusing for readers. We start with the usual sibling squabbling, interrupted by Mom informing the trio that they've lost their house and that while she finishes the school year in California (where they live, and where she teaches), they will be moving to Colorado to live with their Uncle Red. Needless to say, they're not hap ...more
When India, Finn and Mouse are forced to leave to live with their uncle, they find themselves getting off on the wrong stop. The only problem is, they don't know it until it's almost too late. Still reeling from losing their home and leaving their mother behind, they find themselves fitting right into this new town that has the perfect mom and house for everyone. Finn finds himself questioning where they really are, as there is no sign of Uncle Red and gets Mouse on track with finding a way back ...more
Lisa the Librarian
The story of three siblings in the midst of a big transition in their lives are sent, via plane, to an uncle they don't know very well. En-route they end up in a strange place called Falling Bird, where they are first treated like celebrities, then fugitives.

This is a pretty cool, but kind of creepy sci-fi fantasy book. From the Newbery Honor author of Al Capone Does My Shirts this is a total different genre and feel.

It is not often that I read a book with multiple narrators where the voices o
Again another tween book that starts off interesting, dealing with real life complications and then all of a sudden turns into a crazy fantasy world. I was really ready for the book to be over. In retrospect there were a few aspects that were nice....the story is told from the perspective of all three siblings, each sibling getting chapters dedicated to him/her which offers the reader multiple views of the same story. I also enjoyed that parts of the fantasy land spilled over into reality, very ...more
Engaging story about two sisters and a brother that's told in first person by all three characters. The oldest sister, India, is somewhat unlikeable, but the brother and youngest sister are likeable, especially 6-yr-old Mouse who's described as a genius but who regularly misunderstands things with amusing results.

The plot is fairly fast-paced. The story contains a number of intriguing clues about what kind of world these kids find themselves in. One minute they're on a plane to Denver and the n
This was creepy, trippy and fascinating. Kind of like Coraline meets Narnia. Three siblings getting sent to live with their uncle for awhile after they lose their house to the bank. The plane lands unexpectedly, and it doesn't seem like they ended up in Denver after all. Things start out like dreams are coming true, then nightmares set in and they are racing against the clock to get home. Somehow. Took me awhile to get into it, but when I did, I was mesmerized. Total opposite of the Al Capone bo ...more
In this book I really like how the author almost turns their life mentally up side down. One moment the setting is their small home in Thousand Oaks, California and then they're in a place off the map in Colorado where everything isn't logic. What would you think if your life was normal and then made no sense at all.

My favorite character is Mouse. I like how the book showed her as a six year old genius and then in Falling Bird she feels like she has no knowledge of what is happening. Sometimes t
Wow - what a unique spin on the power of love!
I have to admit, at times throughout this book I was confused and unsure of where the story was heading. While I enjoyed the three different voices, they occassionally seemed disjointed and it was difficult to determine the chronology of events. Having said that, I truly enjoyed the three different perspectives on the same events. These perspectives, in my opinion, were honest and realistic. Most teenage girls want very little to do with their famili
Jayce Senter
This book deals with some serious issues. The children's dad dies before the book starts and their house is being foreclosed on by the bank. They are all dealing with their own selfishness and when they end up in Falling Bird the selfishness begins to have a spotlight on it. Each child has to decide what to do when presented with everything they've ever wanted.

Genre: Fantasy
AR level: 4.9
Grade appropriate: 4th grade and up

Overall: 4/5-- Good story with a great moral. The kids a
Although I could have done without the OMG references made by one of the characters, I found Choldenko's No Passengers Beyond this Point to be a unique story told with fresh voices. Finn, India, and Mouse are losing their home. Foreclosure and shady loan deals rob this little family, still reeling from losing their father five years ago, and the kids are flying west to Colorardo to live with an uncle. The story is told in a shifting POV that gives us unique insight into the kids: Finn, the worri ...more
I thought that No Passengers Beyond This Point was a fun and adventurouse story about three kids who loose their home.I really liked the imagination and creativity. At first it is kind of boring but after they take the flight to uncle Reds (Falling Bird) it gets very exiting. I also thought that this book had alot of suspense.
Some books are so spectacular that you never want to put them down, and others are like, "Why would someone bother to write this junk?" This is one of those books: The kids in the book were mean and pushy, their family situation was unbelievable, and the plot was hard to decipher. Says the front flap, "Falling Bird is a place with no logic". I don't think this book has very much logic, either.
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How did a girl named Snot-Nose end up publishing children’s books?

Here are the facts as I know them . . .

I am the youngest of four kids, all of whom have big mouths. We were so loud, that once a lady asked my brother if our mother was deaf.

She was not.

The only sibling who did not have the trademark Johnson big mouth was my sister, Gina, who had Autism. My parents worked very hard to try to fig
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“You have to wait for good things to happen—wait and wait and work so hard—but bad things occur out of the blue, like fire alarms triggered in the dead of night, blaring randomly, a shock of sound, a chatter of current from which there is no turning back.
There's only the day that starts like any other, and when it ends, it leaves you shaken, wobbly, unsure of where you stand, the patch of ground that holds your feet dissolving, disintegrating from under you. Often there's a sign, a harbinger of what's to come. Sometimes there are many signs, like black crows scattered in the road, but they blend into the scenery on the path ahead. You can only spot them when you look back.”
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