March 2, 2011

BOOK: Three children of home foreclosure -

Looks like this might be a good book!

Three children of home foreclosure - "'No Passengers Beyond This Point' by Gennifer Choldenko; Dial Books for Young Readers (244 pages, $16.99, ages 10 and up)

'Foreclosure' is a word that's gotten a lot of news coverage in recent years, paralleling the economy's downward spiral. It's less common to read about financially induced home loss in fiction, especially in books for young readers.

But in the new middle-grade novel 'No Passengers Beyond This Point' by Gennifer Choldenko, foreclosure is the catalyst for a fantastical journey taken by three siblings after their single mother loses their home.

Only one of the children saw it coming.

Twelve-year-old Finn had noticed the family no longer ate meat for dinner - just spaghetti and mac and cheese. There were a lot of calls on the answering machine from an entity called 'Home Fi.' The only part of his mother's behavior that didn't make sense to Finn involved field trip forms that she let pile up. His mom was a teacher. She knew to get them in on time."

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