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“A wonderfully imagined adventure story … reminiscent of such classics as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” —

“A fun ride, full of adventure, suspense, and good characterization.”— School Library Journal

“Simultaneously heartwarming and spirited, No Passengers Beyond This Point takes readers on an unexpected journey about the importance of family, no matter what happens.” —Los Angeles Times

“Filled with vivid descriptions, crackling dialogue and tense cliffhangers, the novel is impossible to put down.” —ALAN's Picks: March 2011

“Gennifer Choldenko blends fantasy and reality in her thought-provoking, moving, and often humorous novel ... Narrators Becca Batoe, Jessie Bernstein, and Tara Sands are a perfect match for the siblings, bringing each one to life ... Sure to keep listeners riveted throughout.” —School Library Journal (Listening Library audiobook)

“Choldenko keeps the plot moving rapidly and constantly shifts the point of view, with each chapter narrated by one of the three siblings, so that both readers and characters feel discombobulated-everything is both concrete yet dreamlike. . . . No one can write a hormonal teenager at war with her family like Choldenko, but in the end the family relationships and the determination each sibling has to protect the others is what saves them all.” — The Horn Book

“Each short chapter is narrated by a different sibling: snarky India, worrywart Finn and whimsical ‘child genius’ Mouse. These constant shifts in perspective create suspense and contribute to the novel’s eerie, dreamlike quality. The humdinger of an ending helps explain this off-kilter world while leaving much to ponder.” — The Washington Post

“Choldenko infuses each (character) with a unique tenderness and humor … a thoughtful but still entertaining book-club choice.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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