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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.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606236850
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 3/20/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 227
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    Dude, check this book out!

    Nothing by Janne Teller is a real disturbing, fascinatingly upsetting diamond in the rocks. In a world where awful vampire romance books reign supreme, this book is a wonderful, much-needed change.

    A lone student, Pierre Anthon decides life has no meaning anymore. He leaves school to sit in a plum tree and contemplate on becoming part of the nothingness that is life. The students from Pierre Anthon's seventh grade class decide to prove him wrong and show him that life does in fact have meaning. The students begin to gather everything that is meaningful into a heap. Here's the twist; in all fairness, no one is allowed to chose for themselves which belongings they are to give up. At one another's mercy the students turn vindictive and malicious gradually forcing each other to sacrifice increasingly more important things until Nothing reaches a heart-wrenching crescendo.

    Nothing is fairly short which is good news for those readers out there who get bored easily. Though, this book is not for the faint of heart. If you are a squeamish, easily upset person THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU! Also if you enjoy happy endings this book is definitely not for you. Nothing reads like a dream, or a breathtaking nightmare. Nothing is a book for readers who can handle the harsh realities of life, rather than the cheery mantra that has been drilled into us since pre-school. It's message cuts deeply to the core; what is the meaning of life and how far will we go to learn this knowledge?

    Nothing's plot is ferociously disturbing as the children's actions desperately escalate to a roaring climax. Nothing is a coming-of-age story. It touches on the major themes that growing up entails: the death of childhood and the painful transition into adulthood. The children discover the meaning of life, irrevocably learned.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    For those who like to be disturbed...

    Disturbing does not even begin to cover it.

    Nothing is a tiny book. It's shorter than most and more narrow. The story takes up slightly more than 200 pages, and those pages contain a lot of white space. Still, it is probably the most disturbing book I've ever read. And almost not even in a good way. Don't get me wrong, Nothing is a wonderfully written book. Not a single word is superfluous and yet the story feels expansive. We see the whole thing from Agnes' point of view, and yet the feelings of others and the crowd mentality of the group are clear. It's got a kind of terrible, terrifying beauty to it.

    As Agnes and her classmates try to collect things to counter Pierre Anthon's nothingness, things take a definite turn towards the sinister. If they're going to prove meaning, these things must really mean something to the person who has to give them up. And each time someone has to give something up, they get to choose what the next person has to lose. This accumulation of things starts out as mean and a bit vindictive, but it very quickly spirals out of control until it is not just things that are being accumulated. Friendships break up, kids get in trouble, alliances are formed, and people get both emotionally and physically hurt.

    Watching what these kids require of their friends and classmates, what they deam worthy sacrifices to the "heap of meaning," was like driving past a multiple car pile-up on the freeway. It's gruesome and terrible, but you can't help but look. I finished this book in a single day, holding my hand over my gaping mouth for the last 50 pages or so (and more than a few times before that as well). I was repulsed and hooked at the same time. This is an engrossing and haunting read.


    Book source: Philly Free Library

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Amazing

    This is probably one of the most life changing books I've ever read. It is disturbing, but it's extremely thought provoking, and at sometimes depressing. But, if depressing can be meant in a good way, I mean it in that way.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Disturbingly Beautiful Novella

    In their quest for meaning, some eighth brade kids give up things that matter to them. Someone eles gets to chose, and it quickly escalates from earings and sandals to virginity and fingers. While i am tempted to recommend this to everyone who can read i am warning you all now that if you read Nothing your life will never be the same. Think before you read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2011

    Not for the easy queasy type

    this book, was just disturbing on many levels, kids that believe nothing in the world matters and theres no point to life, i did not like this book, and it is the only book i have ever read that i did not like, the only reason i finished it was because i had to read it for school

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Well....

    I'll start out by saying that this book is 98 pages, not the 244 the barnes and noble claims it is. It is also cheaper on amazon that it is here. With that being said, the book was shall we say, a story of teenagers who's minds were warped and twisted and whose families took no notice. There were a lot of things that didn't quite add up in the story, everything happened too easily for the children and their minds were too quick to meander away from sanity. I'd say it's a good book for psych students, but not really a good read. I definitely wouldn't say this is a children's book. The shear acts that are committed in this book at least would be an R movie if not an NC-17 rating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    A great book for discussion groups

    This is the story of a group of children's quest to find meaning in what they fear is a meaningless world. When one of their classmates states that life is meaningless and, therefore, so is any endeavor one would undertake, the whole class bands together to prove him wrong.

    In order to prove life has meaning, the students decide to collect objects that have meaning in their lives. The objects start out innocuously enough, but they quickly escalate in importance as the students challenge each other to add items to the "heap of meaning". After all, if something isn't painful to lose, is it really meaningful?

    These seventh-grader's earnest longing to prove the importance of living compels them to sacrifice each other's most essential possessions to the "heap of meaning". The results are unimaginable.

    This book is an excellent choice for discussion groups and classroom use. The character's struggles provide a springboard for the discussion of ethical dilemmas. This is a challenging book that left me thinking long after I finished it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Words can not describe

    This book was Amazing. I couldn't put it down! Its a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Interesting read.

    Well written read on a dark topic--gave some insight to the mind set of teenagers! I see where it could stimulate a great deal of discussion for young readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Sweet Death

    I wonder what this island is?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Darkfire is near: Chapter 7

    Hey Sweet Death ya coming. Nah i'm part dragon. Ok. Blazin jumped off a cliff and spreaded his wings. Whatever u do don't press the button. What this button. Wait WHY?! Twilight u really had to press the button did u. Sorry. Wait draco at 6:00 low. Blazin pulled out his draco disk. He touched it and pressed the activation button. He grabbed some of his friends. Sweet Death got the rest of them. Then we all glided down on a mysterious island. Why......

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Goodness Gracious! It's definately something the narrow minded o

    Goodness Gracious! It's definately something the narrow minded or delicate shouldn't read. It's gorey and dark, but amazing. i definately loved this book, even being 13. it's a great book overall, but dark. very. dark.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Amazing

    I adore this book so much.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

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    Haunting, Disturbing but I couldn't put it down

    The first thing that surprised me about this book was its small size. Don't let that fool you however. The story inside goes from being rather normal to extremely disturbing rather quickly. I found my stomach turning at poitns in the story. After having finished it I cannot get it out of my head. I keep thinking about the characters and wondering what happened to them after the events in the story. Did they ever really find meaning? This book is a short read but it's one that will stay with you if you let it. Just be careful. If you can't handle morbid content I would steer clear. This book is NOT for you.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Not For The Faint Of Heart.

    Woah. Let me start off by saying this book is not for the faint of heart, the squeamish, or the easily-offended. Do not go in thinking, "Oh, it can't be THAT bad!" because it isn't. It's 10 times more horrific then some make it out to be -- myself included. Short and narrow, I went into reading this book thinking it would be a nice, solid read to add to my Summer List. Little did I know that I would find myself smack in the middle of something so beautifully and gut-wrenchingly macabre. At some point towards reading, I found myself endlessly awaiting for some kind silver-lining to present itself in the midst of all things continuously depressing and hopeless. Nope. Nothing. As you helplessly rein in to what seems like a heaping pile of innocent, childish necessities quickly accumulates into the ultimate deep end for all things nightmarish and foul. For me, it was almost as if I was witnessing a car crash -- what is inexplicably chilling, disturbing and terrifying enough, also becomes something that is nearly impossible to turn away from. Do not undermined the careless amount of atrocities that occur under the small number of pages within this book because trust me..there are many to behold. Though one of the aspects I found strange about the novel was how despite all things chilling and disgustingly haunting that occurred throughout the story, I wonder why nobody, given it was parents, teachers, neighbors, or the like, cared to question what was going on. Hmm.

    Once again, do not go in assuming that this will be a quick, easy read like I (carelessly) did. In general, I would only recommend this book to anyone who's looking to get away from the happy-go-lucky scene of literature and can handle touchy subjects like nihilism.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Wow

    Disturbing. Thought provoking. Will stay with you long after it is done.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Is this book inapropeiate?

    Above^

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    No

    I havent read the book but it looked stupid by the reviews i guiess i am not the oy one who thinks that i am not about to read and never will

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Mind-bendingly Amazing!!!

    According to many book reviews, this book is a lot like Lord of the Flies. Well, while that may be true, I found this beautiful and stark novel to be better. The way this tragic story unfolds is natutal and laconic, with items in the pile that we can all, ALL relate to.
    It's not for the faint of heart or for those who cannot handle real life. It is a book for those who want to learn about human nature, and want to see what exactly humanity's deepest treasures are. It is a book about escalation and want and above all....nothing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2011

    Worth+it%0A%0A

    It+was+just+my+kind+of+book.+I+fell+for+Janne+Teller%27s+dry+and+sickly+intriguing+style+of+description.+Read+with+an+open+and+imaginative+mind%2C+and+you%27ll+find+this+is+a+little+book+that+will+make+a+big+impression.+It+makes+you+really+think%2C+if+you%27re+willing+to.+It+is+realists+vs.+dreamers.+Philosophy+in+the+wrong+place+at+the+right+time-+born+in+the+minds+of+children+who+may+be+more+than+they+seem.+It%27s+so+easy+to+relate+to+Pierre+and+Agnes+%28not+to+mention+the+rest+of+them%29%2C+challenging+the+big+questions+in+such+differently+extreme+ways%2C+yet+with+such+absurdly+casual+attitudes+about+it+all.+Brilliant+and+simple.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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