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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  742 ratings  ·  155 reviews
When Dan and his family go from middle class to homeless, issues of injustice rise to the forefront in this relatable, timely novel from Todd Strasser.

It seems like Dan has it all. He's a baseball star who hangs with the popular crowd and dates the hottest girl in school. Then his family loses their home.

Forced to move into the town's Tent City, Dan feels his world shiftin
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Bill Davidson I don't think so. I think she initially likes the idea of dating the baseball star, and eventually just feels sorry for him. So natural motherly…moreI don't think so. I think she initially likes the idea of dating the baseball star, and eventually just feels sorry for him. So natural motherly instinct kicks in, but I think its just teenage angst. JMO(less)

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Carly Thompson
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2014
Realistic, contemporary teen fiction about the problem of homelessness in modern America. Dan is a senior in high school and has a promising future ahead of him playing baseball (Rice University has offered him a scholarship). However, his parents have been on a downward slide since losing their jobs in the Great Recession. At the start of the book, the house is foreclosed and the family moves in with Dan's uncle. That situation is tense and problematic so Dan's parents next move the family to D ...more
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The premise of this book--that a middle-class high school jock's family ends up homeless--really intrigued me. It's so timely, and I know the thought has crossed my mind before: what would we do if we lost our house?? We don't have a "Dignityville" around here (as unappealing as that sounds) to take us in like Todd's family did. I loved this book for so many reasons--how the main character dealt with the feelings of humility and embarrassment when word got out about his circumstances. And I love ...more
Morgan K
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very well written and had an amazing story line, with cliff hangers and details that made you makes want to keep on reading until you finish the whole story. The ending was just so perfect, it wasn't exactly the way I wanted it to end but it had great meaning and thought put into it, just enough to make me like it. The ending wasn't as much a story line ending it was more like a reflection to sooth the story to an end. The plot unfolded perfectly to make the story underst ...more
Bailey Turner
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic, it is about a family who lives a very happy life until one day his father comes home and says " I lost my job" and that changes everything. They move to his uncle's house but his mother hates all of the negative impacts that are there. So they end up moving to Dignityville even though he strongly disagrees in the beginning. He ends up meeting new kids and he actually figured out by the end it was not that bad. But his dad is up to something.
Shane M
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Imagine being an all star pitcher for you're high school team, with a scholarship to college and projected to go #1 overall in the MLB draft. Sounds pretty good right? But for Dan Hartman, it isn't as good as many may think. The genre of this book is realistic fiction because the book is fiction, but this could happen in real life. I thought personally that this was a good book and something fun to read.

The setting of the book is originally in the suburbs of a city, but soon becomes Dan's Uncle
Ms. Yingling
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Dan has everything going for him-- he's a baseball star with promises of scholarships for college, he has a great girlfriend, and he is popular in school. Things are a bit tight at home because his mother has been out of work for four years, but when his father loses his job working with disadvantaged youth, the family loses their home and has to move in with an uncle. Things don't go well there, because the uncle thinks the father is a loser who's not trying hard enough to support his family, a ...more
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Pages: 262

Age Group: High School & Up

Dan is the star of his high school baseball team, gets good grades, and is going out with a very popular girl, Talia. He thinks he has it all until his Mom loses her full time job as a stockbroker, and his Dad loses his job as an afterschool athletic coach for the underprivileged. Soon they can't pay the mortgage or the bills, so they move in with Dan's very rich Uncle. However, that doesn't last long. There are too many people sharing a space th
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a good book for students who are on a Todd Strasser kick; I think that Boot Camp, Fallout, and The Wave better serve the kind of reader I see who tends to gravitate towards Strasser's books ... students who value story over quality of writing and who are looking for something a little edgy but not too offensive to their sensisibilities or problematic.

I appreciate how this story features a middle class boy with star athlete potential and college educated parents who ends up homeless. I al
Olivia P
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
No Place by Todd Strasser is a book about a high school senior Dan Halprin. Dan he has it all, he is the most popular kid in school, he was a baseball star for his school, he was with the popular crowd, and he was dating the best girl in school. He thought it couldn’t get any better than it was. Until it only got worse. Both his parents had recently been unemployed from their jobs and they had been looking for new ones but nothing got better. Then the unthinkable happened, they had lost their ho ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
On the outside, high school baseball player Dan seems to have it all: popularity, a girlfriend that melts his heart, a scholarship to Rice, good grades, caring parents. But underneath? Dan’s parents were just evicted from their home: Dan is now homeless.

This is an amazing issue novel that touches on a “ripped-from-the-headlines” topic. Not only are the inequities of income discussed at length, a popular kid is forced to deal with the issues and how his friends react to the changes happening to h
Dan Halprin is a senior high student whose life is turned upside down when his family becomes homeless and moves into the tent city of Dignityville. The plot really makes one stop and think about what it means to be homeless. Throughout the story, the reader can experience Dan's emotions as he deals with the embarrassment and humiliation of being homeless. It depicts the stress put on the relationships with extended family and personal friends. Through it all, Dan tries to do what is right and h ...more
Carrie G
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. I absolutely LOVED "Give a Boy a Gun," so I keep hoping the next Todd Strasser book I read will be as good. And each one fails to live up to expectations... and "No Place" was no different. This book came highly recommended by a student, but I'm not sure why. I found the characters to be one-dimensional and stereotypical. The plot was lackluster, predictable, and unbelievable - too contrived and forced. I didn't care about the characters, couldn't "buy" the coincidences, and the ending was a ...more
Adele A.
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I started AND finished this novel today.

Just to put this into context. I worked a full day, went to the gym, had a quick shopping trip, took my youth out bowling; and I read this book today.

Dan's family lost their home. They are forced to move into Dignityville, a tent settlement for the other homeless in the city.

A thinly veiled Occupy settlement, Strasser could have gone very preachy with this novel, but he manages to find the right balance. Dan is an insightful character who is not without hi
Bella Weyburn
This book was definitely not like something I have read before. It gave an insight into a real world in which I am not familiar with, the world of homelessness. It was a very interesting to read the story of someone who had everything and is left with almost nothing trying to rebuild a life for him and his parents at the age of 18. The book explains all the difficulties of being a teenager, while also struggling with severe difficulties at home. I really enjoyed the message that it gave, and it ...more
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
A thought-provoking, realistic story about a popular high school boy whose family becomes homeless when both parents lose their jobs. Although the dialogue sometimes gets a little didactic and "preachy" when the characters discuss the political and social issues around poverty and homelessness, overall I found the plot and characters very believeable. This YA book is totally appropriate for upper middle school students (7th and 8th grade) as well as high school, and should appeal to both boys an ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great book that humanizes homeless people, painting them as nuanced characters in relatable situations. It explains financial inequality in a way that kids can understand, and with a lot of empathy. The only criticism I have is that there are a few archaic references that younger readers might not get, some that I barely even had a frame of reference for. I read this with a 10 year old and it was a little above his reading level but he really enjoyed it.
Anthony Lawlor
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book kept me interested the entire time I was reading and kept me wanting more.
Jacob Boyd
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
The beginning of the book gets you very interested in the story that it tells but towards the end, it seemed to be dragged out way too long with a sloppy ending.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars. Good, compelling storyline. A bit too in-your-face preachy with the politics (and I'm firmly on the same side) for my tastes. Will go over well with my HS readers.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a good book for teens. It is a required reading for Freshman this year - and most like it.
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Todd Strasser is known for writing many young adult and junior novels that deal with a variety of tough subjects, from nuclear war to school violence. NO PLACE focuses upon homelessness with the story of a middle class teenager whose family faces foreclosure of their home. Dan goes from living a comfortable life with hopes of a baseball scholarship to moving into a tent in “Dignityville,” a homeless encampment.

NO PLACE is an important book that encourages young people to look beyond what may be
Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Actually 3.5 stars

No Place was an interesting and thought-provoking book that dealt with the topic of homelessness in what I thought to be a good way.

Like the blurb says, the main character, Dan, seems to have it all. Except money's running out. And so, time is running out. Dan's family moves in with his Uncle Ron, but that doesn't seem to be working so great. His friends don't exactly seem to understand his situation, which is becoming more humiliating by the day.

Meg, a resident of the town's
Will Bluel
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At first, it seems like Dan has everything. He’s a high school baseball star, and with the most popular girl in school as his girlfriend, all eyes are on him. But things start to go south when his mother quits her job as an attorney and becomes a vegetarian gardener, trying to find her “inner peace” and whatnot. It doesn’t help matters that his dad works for a volunteer organization, bringing in absolutely no income. Soon, because of a crashing economy, Dan and his family end up staying with his ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book is about a boy that is a senior in high school that is now homeless. The main characters is Dan Halprin his mom and dad, Meg, Talia,and Aubrey. Dan is the boy that has became homeless and he is trying to help this girl Meg ever since her brother has gotten beat up. My favorite character is Dan because everything revolves around him and he is in the middle of everything to try and fix things going wrong in the place where he is living.
I do not relate to any of the characters in this book
"No Place" is about a family that becomes homeless after both parents lose their jobs. The son, Dan, didn’t want to move to Dignityville. The lunch ladies start to give Dan a little extra food at lunch, for free. Dan is a baseball star and has a chance to get a scholarship to college if he keeps his grades up. Some people want the tent city, Dignityville, gone. One day came when gang beads were found at a scene where someone that lives in Dignityville was attacked. This is no longer a place peop ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
This felt like a bit of a throwback to me — like one of those "problem" novels that I remember being assigned in school, kind of the book version of an after-school special. There were times where I could almost imagine the author sitting there with an academic article listing the problems homeless kids face and checking them off as he methodically depicted them in the story.

This isn't to say it was bad; it was a fairly engaging story, and the mystery of who's trying to sabotage things adds a bi
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
“I just can’t help thinking about how The Grapes of Wrath is based on events that happened nearly a hundred years ago. How is it possible that so many of the problems people faced back then are still the problems we face today?”

High school senior and star pitcher finds himself homeless after a years-long downward spiral of money issues. Both parents have been looking for jobs. Dad keeps taking jobs, but they “don’t work out.” Mom was a successful stockbroker and can’t find anything in her field.
Karen Gedeon
No Place by Todd Strasser – Dan is the all-star senior pitcher starting his senior year. He has college lined up with a full scholarship, a good looking wealthy girlfriend and his best friends to hang with. Senior year is starting off great, until his parents tell him they lost their home. He knew his parents had been unemployed, but never thought they would have to move. After a stint living with family, his parents decide to move into the city’s homeless camp “Dignityville”. Once there, Dan’s ...more
Lydia Ramsey
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a very good book! I would definitely recommend reading it. In the story a popular baseball player becomes homeless. Both parents lose their jobs and he ends up living in Tent City, also known as Digityville. He tried staying with his uncle for a while but his uncle ends up becoming very stressed and the tension in the house was too hard to handle, so they move to Digityville. The main character is a high schooler named Dan. Dan has had a girlfriend for a year or so but ends up liki ...more
Nikki Glassley
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This would be a great book for teens who have an interest in poverty and homelessness. It has an interesting sense of place- it seems to take place now, but worse. It's said that 50% of the population is living at or below poverty level, which is not the case irl, so it's sort of a modern Great Depression. I think it would be more interesting if this weren't the case; the moralizing is a little too easy when everything is bad for basically everyone. It's harder to have honest conversations about ...more
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Todd Strasser is an American author of more than 130 young-adult and middle grade novels and novelizations, some written under the pen names Morton Rue and T.S.Rue

Todd was born in New York City. When he was young his parents moved to Roslyn Heights, New York (Long Island). Todd went to the I.U. Willets Elementary school and then attended the Wheatley School for junior high and high school. His bes
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