From the Publisher
“*Starred Review* Teen, Inc. has a dynamic main character with an authentic voice. It's a page-turning adventure that sheds light on ethical dilemmas and matters of character and trust. This fresh take is to the corporate world what Gordon Korman's Son of the Mob is to organized crime: humorous and poignant, drawing in readers, reluctant or otherwise.” School Library Journal
“Petrucha kicks the action into high gear that matches the heady economics and social engineering premises, as Jaiden and his young friend take on the corporate giant. Witty and provocative without being preachy, this novel has both daring characters and a heady plot.” Booklist
Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Jaiden Beale seems like an ordinary teenagerhe likes to play electronic games, watch videos, and have a girlfriend. No one at Deever High School knows that he is being raised by a corporation. After he was orphaned at an early age due to a faulty gas valve made by a subsidiary of the main company, the Corporation took Jaiden in to avoid a feared lawsuit. His bedroom at the company's headquarters is more like an office, but he has decorated it with posters and model rockets. For his first date, the corporation sets him up in a normal neighborhood house with an employee acting as his mother. When the company's lawyers interfere with his dating life, however, Jaiden runs away and learns about their lack of environmental ethics. He sees firsthand how they are polluting the local stream and wonders if he can turn them in. Written from a teen's point of view, this book is replete with topics that could provide interesting discussions, including big corporations, the environment, being "loyal" to your family and defending what's morally right. Reviewer: Janet L. Rose
School Library Journal
When he was a baby, Jaiden Beale's parents died in an explosion caused by faulty equipment, and as a result of a wrongful-death suit, he is being raised by the corporation responsible for the accident. The corporate world's answer to child rearing makes for some hilarious antics. The classic scene is the PowerPoint presentation addressing the now-14-year-old's social development and presenting the dossiers of several young women from school with whom he should consider "interfacing." To add to the drama, it is revealed that the company is knowingly contaminating the local water supply with mercury, and the father of the girl he likes is leading the protest against it. After coming into contact with the contaminated water and becoming infected, Jaiden and his two friends are determined to expose NECorp, which almost costs them their lives. Teen, Inc. has a dynamic main character with an authentic voice. It's a page-turning adventure that sheds light on ethical dilemmas and matters of character and trust. This fresh take is to the corporate world what Gordon Korman's Son of the Mob (Hyperion, 2002) is to organized crime: humorous and poignant, drawing in readers, reluctant or otherwise.
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