(No Passengers Beyond This Point) PDF × Gennifer Choldenko
His is a weird book and I mean that in the best possible way A Phantom Tollbooth kind of way It starts off ike a realistic novel three mostly normal kids are hit with the horrible news that they are about to ose their home And then it takes a sharp turn into fantasy while all three kids keep trying to make ogical sense of things The narrative shifts between each siblings first person perspective in alternating chapters and Choldenko s creation of three distinct voices is spot on Little Mouse is particularly delightful While the time pressure the children face is keenly felt the uick paced action is never rushed There is family drama at the heart of this story wrapped in a satisfying blend of mystery and fantasy I hate to do it but I m going mystery and fantasy I hate to do it but I m going have to call this book a complete failure I was with the story until the plane trip that anded 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 Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice leave that reader in complete darkness and just when you started to follow a thread she would switch to one of the other narrators and jump forward so much that you always feltike you were missing pages from the book The ending did give me chills but I believe she had this idea in her head with a great ending and was just in too big of a rush to get there that she eft everyone else behind 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 " Finn 12 and Aspie child Mouse 6 must fly out the next night to Denver Colorado to begin iving with Uncle Red Their mother will finish the school year in California with her grade 6 class hoping she will get a recommendation towards a new teaching position However the plane flight ends India Finn and Mouse whose mother has just The Bookshop on the Shore lost their house to the bank are traveling alone to goive with their uncle in Colorado To their surprise the airport where they Dance Real Slow land is strangely empty and a feathered taxi takes them to the mysteriously welcoming city of Falling Bird where they are treatedike royaltyat firstI 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 were either never really explained or I didn t get the explanation In The Giver th While the ending seemed a ittle short and there were uite a few umaswered uestions 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. Or understand Only if they work together can they call the driver back to help get them where they really belong Suspenseful funny dramatic and thought provoking this is a book that will stay with you ong after you read the incredible endi. .
The ARC I read apparently had several pages missing Strangely this did not seem to impact the overall uality of this fantasy novel which read ike an everything "but the kitchen sink fever dream crammed with random details that neither advanced nor enhanced the " the kitchen sink fever dream crammed with random details that neither advanced nor enhanced the I have a feeling this is going to be one of those ove it or hate it novels and the coming months will see its ardent fans pushing for this to win the Newbery those who iked Horvath s EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE Potter s THE KNEEBONE BOY or Grey s FALCON S EGG and while a few of us detractors will be standing on the sidelines sputtering Butbutbut When three siblings get on a plane to go ive with their Uncle Red they are whisked away to a mysterious and 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 eaving 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 choices in the face of dangerThe plot is all over the place and there are a PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition lot of things that areeft unexplained When the children first arrive in Falling Bird they are each given their dream home complete with all their favorite foods games and even a parental figure who plays with them and understands them perfectly Then the dream home is taken away from them and they are told that it is necessary for the next part of their journey But it is never explained why that was necessary or what part it really played in the plot Why tempt the children to stay in Falling Bird as citizens and then take away the dream home and still expect them to stay It was just badly explained or something Didn t make sense to me There were a LOT of things Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography like that which did not make sense or didn t fit in with the rest of the storyI reallyiked the interactions between the siblings They are always arguing and they each have their own weird uirksThe writing is good they each have their own weird uirksThe writing is good dialogue is hilarious and sharp but I just can t get past how disjointed the plot was And then the ending was so disgustingly pathetic One of those it was all a dream deals and I HATE thoseIt also has a rotating POV between the three "children and I HATE changing POVs UrghAnother thing that bothered me is that "and I HATE changing POVs UrghAnother thing that bothered me is that children are all still dealing with the grief of The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, losing their father in a car accident six years before This issue is addressed several times and we see the kids acting badly because of their heightened emotions being kind to each other because their dad would have been and talking about him and how much they miss him but then the issue is never resolved It s justeft out there with this horrible grief and they never come to a good conclusion or a ittle ife esson to help them So. 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 dramatic turn when their plane ands in a very unusual place A mysterio. Many things unresolved 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 stuffThis book didn t work for me More importantly it didn t work for for my 12 year old who couldn t even finish itI 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 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 ike it uite "As Much I Knowweird Right Well Sometimes " much I knowweird right Well sometimes 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 ove it And if you re a kid and not a writer I think it s probably pretty good The main problem I have with it even right now is
changing narrator It s too I think it either should ve been in third person or the boy s pov The plot would ve had to change to be told in first person from one POV though so I understand why the author chose this Stillit doesn t really work for meI have to say when I finished it a few minutes ago I just wanted to recommend it to everyone I know It was very fun Three siblings India Finn and Mouse are put on a plane to stay with an uncle in Colorado Abruptly the plane Exile and Pilgrim lands and the three arrive in a strange and mysterious place Where are they And how can they return homeNo Passengers Beyond This Point is an odd adventure of a book where the kids meet uirky characters in a place that seemsike a paradisebut is it And what happens when everything changes You have to wait for good things to happen wait and wait and work so hard but bad things occur out of the blue ike fire alarms triggered in wait and wait and work so hard but bad things occur out of the blue ike fire alarms triggered in dead of night blaring randomly a shock of sound a chatter of current from which there is no turning backThe three Tompkins siblings dramatic charmer India Hannah Montana: The Movie 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 about to be repossessed and they will beiving with their Uncle Red while Mom stays behind to tie up oose ends India is furious about having to eave her best friend behind Finn is concerned about how their family will move forward Mouse is confused by the whole situation but her invisible friend Bing is always there to reassure her Even when the plane ands in a place called Falling Bird where they are welcomed warmly and each given a dream home to ive in It will take all three of them to get back home but do they all want to goT. Us driver meets them at the airport; when he drops them off at their destination each kid suddenly has a clock with a different amount of time eft If the time runs out they have to become permanent citizens in a place they don't recognize. ,THE CHANGING NARRATOR IT S TOO