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This Place Has No Atmosphere Paperback – March 23, 2006
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Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Publisher
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always enjoyed this book. It's a wonderful coming of age story.Published 4 months ago by Dovegirl
This was a amazing kids book! I loved every minute of it. This is coming from a 21 year old. Any kid would love this book. I totally recommend it!!Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
Unfortunately, this book's ending was predictable and the attempts to insert future weirdness sometimes fell flat out of the author's need to insert wacky hijinks with new future... Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Swank Ivy
I remember reading this book about the time it was published, and I remember I thought it was an amazing story. Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by Tonya Payne
This was a great story. Aurora disovers she is going to leave everything behind, her friends, her school, and most devastating of all, her boyfriend Matthew! Read morePublished on June 30, 2005 by Princess Megan
This Place Has No Atmosphere is probably the best book ever written.It's the story of a girl who lives in a future where kids have psychic powers,wear tunics, have funky... Read morePublished on March 23, 2005
Aurora lives in the late 2000's!She is not exactly over the Earth when her family goes to live on the Moon!!!!! Read morePublished on August 6, 2003 by Linda