The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen

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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 S.A. Bodeen

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S. A. Bodeen is the author of several acclaimed teen novels including The Compound. She lives in Minnesota with her family. You can visit her online at
Published May 19, 2010 by Feiwel & Friends. 241 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Things go awry when Mason goes to assist his mother at her TroDyn job and winds up helping a strange, beautiful girl escape from the facility.

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