Nothing by Janne Teller

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When Pierre-Anthon realizes there is no meaning to life, the seventh-grader leaves his classroom, climbs a tree, and stays there. His classmates cannot make him come down, not even by pelting him with rocks. So to prove to Pierre-Anthon that life has meaning, the children decide to give up things of importance. The pile starts with the superficial—a fishing rod, a new pair of shoes. But as the sacrifices become more extreme, the students grow increasingly desperate to get Pierre-Anthon down, to justify their belief in meaning. Sure to prompt intense thought and discussion, Nothing—already a treasured work overseas—is not to be missed.

About Janne Teller

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After working at the United Nations in conflict resolution, Janne Teller became a full-time novelist. Since her debut novel Odin's Island, she has published The Trampling Cat, Come, and other books that have been translated into many languages. Nothing is her first young adult novel. She divides her time between Copenhagen, New York, and Paris.
Published January 20, 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 244 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The other students can’t live their lives as usual with one of their classmates sitting in a tree, pelting them with unripe plums every morning and yelling, “In a few years you’ll all be dead and forgotten and diddly-squat, nothing.” Determined to prove to Pierre Anthon that life has plenty of me...

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“Pierre Anthon left school the day he realized that nothing was worth doing, because nothing meant anything anyway,” opens Teller's haunting novel, a violent sequence of events sparked by a seventh-grader's decision to leave school and live in a plum tree.

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Nothing by Danish author Janne Teller begins with 12-year-old Pierre Anthon declaring that nothing matters in life.

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