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A book trailer for author S.A. Bodeen's award-winning debut novel, The Compound.
“Debut novelist Bodeen effectively builds the claustrophobic suspense with each chapter as readers slowly discover the Compound is not the refuge it seems. Combining elements of Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Running Out of Time (1995) and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (2005), published for adults, this post-apocalyptic thriller will also pique the interest of Nancy Werlin and L.J. Adlington fans.”—Booklist
“Suspenseful and riveting, this debut novel raises serious issues about what it means to survive.”—Kirkus Reviews
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 Start." 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.
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, 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
Lexile: 570LLF&P Level A-Z: Y
Lexile: 570LLAR Quiz Number: 69793 ENAR Book Level: 4.4AR Points: 2