No Place

No Place

Book Club Kit - 2014
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"When Dan and his parents can no longer pay their mortgage, they end up homeless and living in a local tent city. It's a bad situation, and it only gets worse when the leader of the tent city is brutally beaten. Who is trying to shut down the tent city, and why?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, BFYR, 2014
ISBN: 9781442457218
Description: 10 identical volumes in tote bag ; 36 x 45 x 16 cm
Audience: recommended for 12 and up


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When Dan and his parents move into a tent city after becoming homeless, they have to navigate a community trying to shut the tent city down, all while maintaining ordinary appearances.

Popular jock Dan Halprin attempts to maintain some semblance of normalcy after moving into a tent city during his senior year of high school.

Dan never thought this would happen to his family, but it did, and they are homeless living in Tent City. If that weren't bad enough, someone is targeting the leader of the city in order to get it shut down. Can Dan help uncover why while still holding on to his friends from before?

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ArapahoeStaff1 Jan 12, 2018

This is going to be a hard read for a lot of teens to get through--but worth the struggle. This book deals with a very real issue in our society today. It's important that we have teen literature that addresses homelessness in a positive light--that it isn't a judge of character, and it doesn't mean that a homeless person is any less valuable to society. I was very impressed with how the author approached this topic, and showed how one man would do anything for his family...even if it is the wrong choice.

Mar 09, 2017

I’ve never read a book about a homeless kid which brought me to face this book seriously. The main character Dan goes through some conflicts. I really liked this book because it had lots of thought put into it and the writing was really great. It makes you contemplate reality and what families with financial issues go through. Dan is a popular kid at school and the baseball star whose family has financial problems. They have to move to Dignityville, where people live in tents, and long story short it's for homeless people. I really liked this book because there were no loose threads in the novel at the end. Anyone who reads it will definitely love this book. Rating 5/5
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Dec 30, 2015

Great read! Loved the concept and storyline...what is interesting and what makes this story uniquely different is that for the ending and most of the book the character does not realize what is going on. Even though the ending completes a part of the story it does not leave you hanging and yearning to tie off loose ends about the other just as important parts. This said it leaves you with a feeling of hope and completeness even without the complete ending. I don't know how Strasser manages this but for some reason he pulled it off. No Place is a book I would recommend to those people who like to read about real world stuff and would rather not get their hands into other worldly water.

JCLEmmaF Dec 03, 2013

I've never seen a fiction book about a homeless kid. I've read nonfiction books, my favorite being the Irresistible Revolution which I love insanely a lot. So a fiction book about a homeless kid appealed to me (am I weird?). I was not disappointed. The writing was awesome, it held me and painted the vivid images in my mind. I liked the characters a lot and the plot... it had me reading into the night and I could. not. put it down. I cared so much and hoped so much, I loved every moment.
I also love the feeling of awareness it gave me. I am already really aware of the homeless, because of my parents, but this just heightens that. It's a story to remember, full of reality and things everyone *needs* to remember.
The epilogue was more like an author' note but I loved how the Grapes of Wrath went through the book and the conclusion was awesome.
the ending... so. bittersweet. wow. I wasn't crazy into the couple sports descriptions, but I think they're good because it fits Dan, the main character, and it attracts boys who like sports.


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