Teen, Inc.

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Legally, a corporation is a person, so why shouldn't they be able to adopt a child?
Fourteen year old Jaiden's family is a corporation and his home is an office building. When his parents are killed in an accident caused by a faulty piece of equipment manufactured by NECorp, the company adopts him and raises him in its headquarters. Now as a teenager, Jaiden, is longing for a normal life-attending high school, living in a house, having a ...

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Overview

Legally, a corporation is a person, so why shouldn't they be able to adopt a child?
Fourteen year old Jaiden's family is a corporation and his home is an office building. When his parents are killed in an accident caused by a faulty piece of equipment manufactured by NECorp, the company adopts him and raises him in its headquarters. Now as a teenager, Jaiden, is longing for a normal life-attending high school, living in a house, having a girlfriend-and is starting to rebel in search of it.
With the help of his new friend, Jenny, he uncovers some disturbing and scandalous information about NECorp and must make the tough decision to stay loyal to his "family" or to follow his instincts.
Jaiden's funny and fresh voice makes this a quick, enjoyable read and the suspenseful plot will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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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.
Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Jaiden Beale seems like an ordinary teenager—he 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
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Gr 7-10
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.
—Leah KrippnerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802796509
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/18/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,020,584
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

STEFAN PETRUCHA is the author of over 100 young adult novels, graphic novels, and comic books, including the TimeTripper series (Razorbill), the Nancy Drew graphic novels (Papercutz), and the upcoming Wicked Dead series (Harper). He lives in Amherst, MA and his Web site is www.petrucha.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2008

    yessssss a good book

    i liked this book! so i just picked it up because the cover and flap thing looked interesting, and ended up really enjoying it! i'm a girl, and usually don't read books from boys point of view, but i found it a nice change. it was really funny too. i recommend =]

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Not so bad

    Its not worth 5$, the view of thiz character is brilliantly written. But the ending along with the girl he likes is chessy and over the top. Half of the book is good an the other half just confirms this book could be put into a disney original movie. Waste your money or go to a library and confirm my theory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Ah-mazing!!

    This book is soooo funny!!!!! I suggest you read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Great

    I read this book as a paper back from my local library and I ABSOLUTLEY loved the book 100000% so if you are reading thia review I totes reccomend it. Oh btw I am a girl and this book I was a littl skeptical about but turned out I loved it!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Chris

    Snuck in"I'm here to help." Se pulled out a hairpin amd began picking the chains. She bagan to feel weak but fought against it. She finally undid it then pulled her to res1

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 17, 2013

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    Review for CJH Junior High

    I learned that this book taught me about how money isn¿t great all the time. It¿s about Jaiden Beale, a boy that was raised by an Incorporation that sells products that make the world worse but people don¿t see it or the corporation. Once Jaiden was old enough he was going to date but he could not tell that he was a kid of a corporation. So Jaiden actually on purpose release¿s information telling his girlfriend in school he is raised by a corporation. The girl did run away because it scared her. The Girls father hates NeCorp which is what Jaiden is being raised by. So he releases precious info about the LiteSpring which is a Power Plant. The power plant releases too much mercury in the water and the Air, so it¿s very unsafe but NeCorp doesn¿t see it. So the girl¿s father tells the news about it which could make Necorp shut down. So Necorp tries to keep the damage very low and prevent the secrets to get out. Meanwhile Jaiden hates being raised by a Corporation so he tries to run away but he always gets caught. The only thing that¿s great about Necorp is when he turns 21 he gets to get a lot of Cash and its millions and millions amount of cash. He doesn¿t care about the cash. He wants a normal life. So I think that this book wants me to think that I wish I was raised by corporation and get a lot of money but if I were to hate it I myself would refuse because reading this book makes feelings and respect better than just money all the time.

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

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    Highly Recommended

    Teen Inc. by Stefan Petrucha is a very interesting book. Teen Inc. is told through the eyes of
    Jayden Beale an average 14 year-old boy except for one thing, He is being raised by the
    corporation that caused his parents deaths when Jayden was only days old. This book is full of
    teen romance, suspense, and even some unexpected action when Jaden's 'parent' corporation is
    accused of mercury poisoning in the local water supply. I would recommend this book to anyone
    who just needs something good to read. Teen Inc. would also be a very good book to use as a
    conversation starter. Some questions that this book brings to mind are; can a child really be
    raised by a corporation? Would this child be able to live in society like anyone else? And the
    biggest question of all ; What would you do if your parents were committing a crime and you
    were the only one that could prove it? Teen Inc. great for any young adult in search of a book to
    read. I read this book for a school assignment, but I would have read it for my own enjoyment
    anyways. I could not put this book down from the very beginning, I just kept telling myself I am
    going to stop reading I just need to know what happens next. So, if you are looking for a book
    about romance, action, something with a lot of twists, or are just looking for something
    interesting you definitely need to read Teen Inc.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

    Jaiden Beale has never had a normal life or a normal family. Well, he had a mom and a dad -- that is until they were caught in an explosion at their home while heating up some milk, due to a wrongfully made gas valve by Safe Warm. NECorp, who was indirectly responsible for his parents' deaths, thought it would be right to raise Jaiden themselves, and to make sure that nothing bad happens to the company's money or reputation. <BR/><BR/>So now, not only is Jaiden's family a corporation, but also his home. <BR/><BR/>All he has ever wanted was for everything to be normal. But that doesn't really happen when you don't get to make all of your own decisions. The decision making belongs to NECorp and the time that runs Jaiden's life. Everything is decided through meetings and discussions and organized to where everyone knows Jaiden's business. He can't even find the perfect girl to date without Team Jaiden making slideshows and gathering all the information they can about possible candidates and the ones he should date. <BR/><BR/>When he does find the perfect girl, Jenny, his first date (well, study date) goes terrible wrong, since some of the corporation's lawyers think it's best for Jenny to sign some pre-nups that are more like waivers. <BR/><BR/>So what does Jaiden do when he can't stand how everything is working out? He runs away. Unfortunately, he doesn't run too far. That is until he finds secrets that could ruin his family and possibly be the missing puzzle piece for his freedom and his chance at leading a normal life. Will Jaiden use these secrets to take down the only family he's ever known? Or will he come to terms and finally understand that this family of his is what he needs the most? <BR/><BR/>Satisfying, unique, and very charming, TEEN, INC. is one of the very few novels in its genre that stands out the most. Jaiden is the one character that everyone will fall in love with, and NECorp is one family you don't want to mess with. Readers will have mixed responses on whether they would want to have a life like Jaiden's. Sure, having others make decisions may seem nice, but not all the time. And having any sort of family is the greatest, even if yours may be a corporation. Stefan Petrucha stirs up a novel that makes readers want seconds, and more after that.

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  • Posted October 31, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Awesome Incorporated

    What would your life be like, if you were raised by a corporation? Weird, you would think, but for Jaiden Beale, it's his life. Imagine having a room that looked like an office, plus having your own manager, to schedule your life. Looks like Jaiden has life pretty good, until he founds out something that will change his life.

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