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No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko
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Apr 07, 11

bookshelves: children-s, fantasy, fiction
Read in April, 2011

After losing their house to foreclosure, a family has 48 hours to leave their home and fly to Colorado to their uncle's home while their mom stays behind to finish her job before she joins them. The children's flight lands and they realize they're in a place closer to Oz than Colorado. It felt like Phantom Tollbooth without the clever word play or puns. There is a lot in this story about self discovery and it provides a lot of opportunity for students to reflect about what it means to be part of a family.

It is a completely different story from her other books ("Al Capone Does My Shirts"), and yet I enjoyed it. The first page had me hooked and it wasn't even the start of the story, just a short essay about how hard it is to wait for good things to happen but that "bad things occur out of the blue." It captures so well the waiting feeling kids have when they are anticipating something and how they feel when the unexpectedly bad thing happens that they could not see coming. The strength of the story is the narration. Choldenko is a great story teller even with an often confusing plot line. The fantasy element is weak and the transition from reality to fantasy awkward.

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message 1: by Angie (new)

Angie Adams Pam.......Did you recognize any of the Colorado locations?....angie


message 2: by Pam (new) - rated it 3 stars

Pam Sadly they only show up in Denver at the end and it is a hospital that is never described.


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