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The Gardener

S. A. Bodeen

Square Fish

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.

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Chapter 1
In the last hour of the day, Mr. Hogan’s sophomore biology class gathered around to watch the small, green-dotted frilly snail slime its way up my arm. Taller than everyone, I looked down on heads as smells drifted up. To my left, someone had taco breath from lunch. And somewhere to my right was definitely the culprit who’d ripped the little sample of men’s cologne out of the school library’s latest issue of Sports Illustrated.
     Hogan rolled his wheelchair closer. Fridays were T-shirt day for the teachers if they paid a buck to the
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Praise for The Gardener

“Enjoyable, escapist fare that many readers will enjoy.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[A] likable protagonist and a juicy premise.”—School Library Journal

“Author S.A. Bodeen has laced this sci-fi-tinged page-turner with thoughtful commentary on world hunger, sustainability, biology and biomedical ethics, plus several high-speed chases and a believable budding romance, and the whole thing works like a charm.”—BookPage

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • S. A. Bodeen

  • S.A. Bodeen is the author of 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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The Gardener

S. A. Bodeen

American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Missouri Truman Readers Award Master List, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
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