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When thirteen-year-old Pierre Anthon leaves school to sit in a plum tree and train for becoming part of nothing, his seventh grade classmates set out on a desperate quest for the meaning of life.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2010
ISBN: 9781416985792
Branch Call Number: TELLER
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Aitken, Martin


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Nov 17, 2015

Quietly provocative and haunting.

multcolib_rossb Sep 25, 2014

A lot of people hate this book. It's offensive! Despicable! Depressing! The characters are monsters! I wonder if that's what people said about the Grimm fairy tales back when they were first published?

wlamy Aug 25, 2012

great book, makes you think about it after reading

Aug 12, 2012

very weird, gets increasingly stranger and yet satisfying - ending works

Nov 29, 2011

Came across this little book while searching for books on philosophy. I was surprised that a fiction book came up in my search. I am so glad that it did. The lengths to which a group of classmates go in order to prove to their friend (who has denounced the meaning of life) that there IS actually meaning and purpose in life is thought-provoking. It is also, as the book progresses, very disturbing. As a high school teacher struggling through a philosophy mini-unit, I found myself wishing that I had a class set of this book - it would surely have fueled many terrific discussions.

Nov 20, 2011

The inside flap of the book jacket states this book is the Lord of the Flies for the 21st century. I'd have to agree with that. This is an unusual and intense story.

ChocolateLoverHAHA Jul 14, 2011

As a 7th grade student I found this book highly interesting yet quite disturbing. This is classified as a young adults book but I would recommend this book for a 15 year old and up for the content. Other than that I absolutely love this book. :)

Umachan Feb 14, 2011

Engrossing examination of the existentialist credo "nothing means anything" or gruesome tale of teenage sociopaths? "Nothing" is both. One day Pierre Anthon walks out of class declaring that life has no meaning. Situating himself in a nearby plum tree, he continues to denounce that anything has meaning, driving his classmates to go to desperate means to prove him wrong. Interesting, yet still somehow gratuitous.

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Nov 29, 2011

everydayathena thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Nov 20, 2011

becker thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

ChocolateLoverHAHA Jul 14, 2011

ChocolateLoverHAHA thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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Nov 20, 2011

"From the moment you are born you start to die" - Pierre Anthon (while explaining to his classmates that nothing matters.)


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