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No Passengers Beyond This Point

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A reality-bending adventure from a Newbery Honor-winning author

Siblings India, Finn, and Mouse are stunned when their mom tells them they are flying that night--without her--to their Uncle Red's home in Colorado. But things take an even more dramatic turn when their plane lands in a very unusual place. A mysterious driver meets them at the airport; when he drops them off a
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Hardcover, 244 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Dial (first published February 8th 2010)
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Heather
Nov 27, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
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.
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
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Keith
Mar 02, 2012 Keith rated it it was ok
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
Rebecca
Nov 14, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok
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 royalty...at 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
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Kailey (BooksforMKs)
When three siblings get on a plane to go live with their Uncle Red, they are whisked away to a mysterious land of Falling Bird, where they must choose to become citizens, or remain passengers and try to return home. The temptations are many, and the siblings have to deal with their grief over leaving their old home, and decide if they truly are willing to step into a new adventure with their Uncle Red. Each of the children deals with their turmoil in a different way, and they make emotional choi ...more
Canadian Reader
Mar 12, 2012 Canadian Reader rated it it was ok
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
Peter D. Sieruta
Dec 04, 2010 Peter D. Sieruta rated it it was ok
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
Jun 10, 2011 Joelle Anthony rated it really liked it
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
Wendy
Jun 05, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it
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
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Jane
Mar 02, 2011 Jane rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Alesha
Dec 08, 2016 Alesha rated it did not like it
I really liked this book at the start, but towards the middle it got VERY confusing and I didn't get it, I tried to read it over but it totally confused me!!
I wish that it wasn't so confusing, because it sounds like such a good book...
I really like the characters though they are great and have totally different personalities!
The Styling Librarian
Odd book. Took a while to enjoy but I did by the end. Not sure if kids will "get" it.
Ben Langhinrichs
Mar 16, 2011 Ben Langhinrichs rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for My Comfy Chair - Safe, friendly Kid-lit reviews

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
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Melissa
Wow...it'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
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CB
Feb 06, 2013 CB rated it it was ok
Chris Bancells

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

Modern Fantasy

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee, 2012-13

Print

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

Review:

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
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David
Jun 20, 2011 David rated it liked it
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
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Gail
Feb 20, 2011 Gail rated it liked it
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
Feb 12, 2011 Karen Ball rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-challenge
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
Kristen
Jun 01, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
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
Alisonblair
Apr 05, 2014 Alisonblair rated it it was ok
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
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Laura
Dec 26, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok
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
Tabitha W.
Sep 24, 2015 Tabitha W. rated it liked it
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No Passengers Beyond this Point
by Gennifer Choldenko

I thought this book was interesting but also a little confusing, because it jumped around a lot and some of the things the characters were talking about I didn't get. Other than that though, I thought it was a cool, fun book to read. One reason I liked this booked was how the three main characters were really different even though they were siblings. Also, how at first the book started out sounding like a realistic fiction book, but then
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Lisa the Librarian
Jun 19, 2012 Lisa the Librarian rated it liked it
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
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Sabrina
Jul 30, 2011 Sabrina rated it it was ok
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
Shelley
Apr 09, 2011 Shelley rated it really liked it
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
Hannah Winter
Nov 13, 2015 Hannah Winter rated it did not like it
What I think about the book is that it is kind of odd and confusing. All the details that are in it, I think is way too much. I would recommend this book to people who like to be confused and frustrated about the book, and not know what is going on. I personally want to not be confused. The book does have some good things in it like all the mystery that is in the book, and you will never know what will happen next. But there still is a lot of downsides, the confusion, and also the figurative lan ...more
Michele
Mar 14, 2011 Michele rated it liked it
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
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Brian M.
Nov 12, 2015 Brian M. rated it it was amazing
In the novel, No Passengers Beyond this Point by Gennifer Choldenko, the Tompkin family are separated and are in a desperate race against time. The family is meeting up with their Uncle Red, but the plane has unexpected turbulence and lands on a runway. The Tompkin kids are each given a watch and a puzzle. The watch ticks away before making their stay to Falling Bird permanent. This novel makes you want to continue reading by building suspense. The city of Falling Bird is almost too good to be t ...more
Jacob
Dec 14, 2011 Jacob rated it really liked it
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.
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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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