Translated by: Martin Aitken
For Ages: 12 and up
  • 9
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.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416985792 | 
  • February 2010 | 
  • Grades 7 and up | 
  • Lexile 1000
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About the Author

Janne Teller
Photograph by Anita Schiffer-Fuchs

Janne Teller

Janne Teller was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has written several award-winning novels that have been translated into a number of languages. Nothing is the winner of the prestigious Best Children’s Book Award from the Danish Cultural Ministry and is also a Printz Award Honor Book in the United States. Janne lives in New York City and Denmark.