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Grade 6-9 A mischievous spoof of a science fiction novel as well as a warm and funny saga about a teen of the future who is having severe difficulty adjusting to a family move. Aurora's parents are overjoyed to have been invited to inhabit a colony on the moon, but like any teen, Aurora is devastated by the thought of leaving her boyfriend and a school where she feels important. Her trip in the space shuttle is as unhappy as her arrival on the moon, which has No Atmosphere , at least not for Aurora. At the low point of her depression, she suggests to 16-year-old Hal that they produce a play and involve all the kids in the tiny moon colony. Eventually Aurora's parents become more involved with her, she finds she actually likes little kids, and she listens when a teacher tells her that we are "not always the center," but rather a "part of the Universe." This is a good family story with characters that have believable faults. Danziger has a keen ear for teenage jokes and chatter; puns, some witty and some corny, punctuate the realistic dialogue. Aurora's story suggests to middle school readers that the teens of 2057 will suffer the same bittersweet emotions as those of today, and that caring friends, a loving family, and a sense of humor are important anywhere. Phyllis Graves, Creekwood Middle School, Kingwood, Tex.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's 2057 and people live in malls, and the school is fueled by garbage . . . some things haven't changed.

Aurora, fifteen, has the perfect life--and Matthew has asked her of Homecoming.

Then her parents decide to become settlers in a colony on the moon. Aurora cannot imagine living in a place with no atmosphere. There are only 750 people on the moon. What if none of them is a boy her age?

Moving is never easy, byt it can turn out to be better than you expect. For Aurora, moving to the moon ends up being out of this world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Edition Unstated edition (March 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142406805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142406809
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 11, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Whenever I think of the Thornton Wilder play "Our Town," I am reminded of Paula Danziger's book "This Place Has No Atmosphere." It was already a little dated in the mid-90s when I read it in middle school, but the characters rang true and I enjoyed it immensely. I don't remember the story itself so much as I remember that it was one of the first books that made me stop and think about new ideas every once in a while. How would people live on the moon? What does it mean to REALLY move away?
In short: if I remember this book after nearly ten years and hundreds of books in between, there's got to be something sepecial about it.
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Aurora Williams seems to have everything; she's a member of the 'in-group' at her school, she's best friends with a rich celebrity and best of all the cutest boy in school just asked her out. Teen heaven right? But Aurora isn't really happy. Her parents don't understand her, or she them, and she isn't really like the other kids in her group though she's good at acting like she is. In short Aurora is pretending to be somebody she's not in order to be accepted. What this book is really about is Aurora discovering who Aurora is and getting the courage to be herself. Along the way she learns hanging out and having boyfriends isn't all there is to life, that people she used to dismiss as 'barfburgers' might be worth knowing after all, and maybe her parents understand her better than she thought. She even learns to appreciate her kid sister! None of which would have happened if she hadn't been forced to move to the Moon.
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The year is 1986. I had recently moved (AGAIN) to a different state and was about to start school mid semester. I was the new kid once more. It seemed like just as soon as I would start to fit in my family moved. I am sure many adults can relate to the feeling of being up-rooted and moved as a child, but at the time you swear you are the only person who has ever felt that way.

So...I read...a lot. At first it was to pass the time on long cross country car trips following a moving van (remember this is back in the days before TV's in cars, ipods, cell phones...) But, as I grew older the books and stories I would read would have more purpose than just killing time. Sometimes the books actually changed my perspective on things by telling me a story in which I could so deeply relate. It wasn't a person in my face telling me that "this too shall pass". No, it was a story that I could understand and it showed me that things can get better if you change the way you confront them. I know they seem so similar, but it's a very different thing to show and not tell.

This brings me to the late Paula Danziger's 1986 release of THIS PLACE HAS NO ATMOSPHERE. I picked up the book because I thought the premise of living under a dome on the moon really cool. And it was...totally, but it was so much more.

Danziger wrote a quirky Science Fiction spoof that is at times funny and sad but if anything it is a wonderful coming of age story. The characters are all very realistic in their actions and the emotions conveyed. Readers get to see a teen, who by nature is feels like the center of the universe, discover that she is a part of that universe.
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This was one of my favorite books growing up. I purchased a copy for my step-daughter so that she could enjoy it too.

The book really highlights the dramatic life of a young pre-teen in a fun and futuristic way. You'll have yourself a few great chuckles, too!
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This book is about a teenager in the year 2057 name Aurora whose life on Earth is a teenage dream. Unfortunately, she has to leave it all behind to be with her parents and bratty brother on the moon; a change Aurora has to learn to cope with, lunar dust and all.
It's been so long since I last read this book. I think I was thirteen and Amazon hadn't been invented yet (I'm now 26, by the way, and I already know of one mall that has condos built over it), but I haven't forgotten about it at all. I loved it then and I still love it now. The plot, puns and characters have stayed with me and all I could say is that a book that stays with you for this long with such fond memories deserves a five all the way.
Aurora is a wonderful character; imperfect yet lovable (when she isn't whining) and the surrounding cast bring out the best and worse in her. The setting of the story makes for a refreshing take for an otherwise uninteresting theme, yet we are not made to forget that in spite of the fast-paced developments in technology, we remain simply human, folks who eat the batch of brownies grandma sent, down to the last crumb (biggest thumb rules!) and teens who pop pimples in spite of clearasil and parents who embarrass their children.
Book best served for tweens.
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If you think your life couldn't get any worse, you should share a day in the life of Aurora Williams. The book This Place Has No Atmosphere by Paula Danziger is a classic. In the year 2057, 14-year old Aurora and her friends do all the regular teenage activities. They get in trouble, buy CD's, and watch models in mood clothes. One day Aurora's life is shattered with news from her mother that she and her family are moving to the Moon. Aurora prepares for the worst and the beginning of a new life on the Moon. After about a year on the moon, Aurora's fears have gradually disappeared as she makes new friends, and found the finer things on the moon. Danziger surely has pointed out every teens nightmare in this science fiction-comedy. It sure will make children and adults laugh from years 2000 to 2060!
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