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No Passengers Beyond This Point

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  2,665 ratings  ·  558 reviews
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 at their "destination," each kid suddenly has a clock with a ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Dial (first published February 8th 2010)
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Mar 02, 2012 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
Nov 27, 2010 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.
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.
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
Nov 14, 2011 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 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
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
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Three siblings---India, Finn, and Mouse---are put on a plane to stay with an uncle in Colorado. Abruptly the plane lands and the three arrive in a strange and mysterious place. Where are they? And how can they return home?

No Passengers Beyond This Point is an odd adventure of a book, where the kids meet quirky characters in a place that seems like a paradise...but is it? And what happens when everything changes?
Canadian Reader
Mar 12, 2012 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 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
Joelle Anthony
Jun 10, 2011 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
Jun 05, 2011 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
Mar 02, 2011 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
Dec 08, 2016 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!
Franki Sibberson
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
want to read it again now that I read the ending.
The Styling Librarian
Odd book. Took a while to enjoy but I did by the end. Not sure if kids will "get" it.
Leanne C
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This was recommended by my daughter. She wanted to chat about this unusual story and we both found we had lots of questions in the end, which led to some good discussions. It is still a bit of a mystery but I kind of like that.
Anabel  kamenske
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Personal Response:
This book was not my favorite, but it was not horrible. I did not like this book because it had little action and was hard to follow. It also was easy to predict.

Plot Summary:
When the bank took the Tompkins house away they were forced to go and live with their Uncle Red. India, Finn, and Mouse all heard the night before that they were going to fly to Denver without their mother. She explained that she had to stay to finish her year of teaching. They tried to persuade their mom
Ben Langhinrichs
Mar 16, 2011 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
Molly M
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are certain book that I interpret differently each time I read them, as if I understand it on a deeper level every revisit. This is one of those books.

Starting out normally enough, No Passengers Beyond This Point looks at first to be telling a fairly mundane story of three children forced to move across the country due to financial troubles. Finn, India, and Mouse must board a plane to their uncles house in Denver all by themselves while their mother finishes work. However, when the plane
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
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
Note: I have major spoilers in this review.

Finn, India and Mouse are about to have a complete life change: their mother defaulted on house payments and they have to move. To Colorado. To live with an uncle they barely know. Finn is a worrier, which is probably natural, as he is the only man of the family. Mouse is super intelligent, but only six, so she often can't contain herself. And India is becoming an awkward teenager, with attitude to match. The three must fly on their own, with their mom
Feb 06, 2013 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


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
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
No Passengers Beyond This Point
Gennifer Choldenko

India, Finn, and Mouse were going to their uncle in Colorado in a plane. The plane landed in a strange place that was not even identified on the map. When they reached they were sent to a huge mansion and each of the siblings suddenly got a watch that was counting down and when the time ran out they are permanent residences of the place and cant leave it. They are struck with a lot of problems to solve like they cant use their phones or any other
Jun 20, 2011 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
Feb 20, 2011 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 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
Jun 01, 2013 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
Apr 05, 2014 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
Dec 26, 2010 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 rated it liked it
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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