The Gardener

By S. A. Bodeen
(Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9780312370169, 233pp.)

Publication Date: May 25, 2010

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Description

Mason has never known his father, but longs to. All he has of him is a DVD of a man whose face is never seen, reading a children's book. One day, on a whim, he plays the DVD for a group of comatose teens at the nursing home where his mother works. One of them, a beautiful girl, responds. Mason learns she is part of a horrible experiment intended to render teenagers into autotrophs--genetically engineered, self-sustaining life-forms who don't need food or water to survive. And before he knows it, Mason is on the run with the girl, and wanted, dead or alive, by the mysterious mastermind of this gruesome plan, who is simply called the Gardener.

Will Mason be forced to destroy the thing he's longed for most?
"The Gardener" is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.




About the Author
S.A. Bodeen is the author of "The Garden" and "The Compound", which earned her an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, and a "Publishers Weekly" "Flying Start." She is also the author of several picture books, including "Elizabeti's Doll", winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Bodeen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Her first friends were cows, which she named after characters in books. From there she went on to be a Peace Corps volunteer in East Africa, and has lived in seven states, as well as a remote Pacific island. She adores books and is a big fan of cheese. She lives in Oregon.
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