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The Compound



Awards: American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults; Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year; Parents' Choice Honor Books; IL Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award Master List; Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List; Iowa Teen Award Master List, 2nd place; Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award; Nebraska Golden Sower Award Master List; North Carolina Young Adult Book Award; Texas Lone Star Reading List; Utah Beehive Book Award Master List; Washington Evergreen YA Book Award Master List


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S. A. BodeenS. A. Bodeen

S.A. Bodeen is the author of The Gardener and several picture books, including Elizabeti’s Doll, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award. The Compound earned her an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly "Flying... More

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Awards

American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
Parents' Choice Honor Books
IL Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award Master List
Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List
Iowa Teen Award Master List, 2nd place
Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
Nebraska Golden Sower Award Master List
North Carolina Young Adult Book Award
Texas Lone Star Reading List
Utah Beehive Book Award Master List
Washington Evergreen YA Book Award Master List

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EXCERPT

I knew what had happened that night. We had been prepared. Other kids got bedtime stories about fairies and dogs. We fell asleep with visions of Weapons of Mass Destruction dancing in our heads. . .
     Dad gripped my shoulders and pulled me away from the silver door, twisting me around to follow the rest of my family. What was left of it. I clung to my father’s hand. He rushed ahead of me, his hand dropping mine.
     I lifted my hand to my face. It reeked of fuel.
     The corridor ended. We paraded through an archway strung with twinkling white lights, then entered an enormous circular room. The place reminded me of a yurt we’d built in school, but about 80 times bigger. The curved walls were made of log beams; the same type which criss-crossed over our heads in an intricate pattern. The roundness of the room was odd yet comforting . . . Dad flicked a switch. 
     A plasma television dropped down from the ceiling, blank monitor glowing. "I figured we’d be in here a lot." The blue from the television tinted Dad’s face and blonde hair in a garish way. He startled me when he threw his arms out to the side. "Cozy, yes? What do you think?"
     "It’s not what I expected." Mom’s voice was shaky.
     Dad rubbed his jaw. "What did you expect?"

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