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Teen, Inc. Hardcover – September 18, 2007

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“*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

About 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1st edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802796508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802796509
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,815,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Jaiden Beale became an orphan at a very early age, so early that his parents had yet to give him a name. The company that was responsible for his parents' deaths, NECorp, did a very noble, or wacky, thing. They adopted Jaiden. Well, he had yet to be called Jaiden, but NECorp hired an expensive branding firm to come up with the name. The last name turned out to be more difficult, so NECorp executives decided that Jaiden should keep his parents' last name. Perhaps Jaiden would have been better off had he been a wizard and could go to a school named Hogwart's.

Jaiden's life was more than a bit unusual. Steering committees, focus groups, and executives guided his activities. He lived in an office in NECorp's world headquarters. Jaiden tried to make the office look like a room, but it still looked like an office. Jaiden's life was relatively stable until Jaiden became a teenager, and then things became difficult.

It all started when Jaiden was called to a meeting. Jaiden thought the meeting was going to be one of the usual subjects; homework or staying in his room after hours. When the big screen came on, Jaiden freaked. There in huge letters was the title of the presentation, Jaiden Beale Dating Options 1Q. Little did the executives of NECorp realize what they started with their presentation.

Jaiden was already interested in one of his classmates. Her name was Jenny Tate. Of course, Jaiden had yet to ever talk to Jenny and the way things were looking, he might never talk to her. Then there was the biology project. By some miracle, Jaiden and Jenny were chosen to be a team. Jaiden and Jenny's lives were about to become really exciting.

Jenny's father is one of the founders of JenCare, a remediation company.
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It all started with a faulty valve.

This valve was manufactured by the SafeWarm company, whose manager quadrupled production at the expense of quality control.

Two people died as a result of the faulty valve that came from the firm that quadrupled its production at the expense of quality control.

Those two people had just been blessed with a baby boy, who stands to inherit their 40 million dollar wrongful death settlement on his 25th birthday.

The parent company of SafeWarm legally adopted the boy to give their case a little positive spin, and there begins the tale of Jaiden Beale, the boy raised by NECorp.

It's hard enough growing up with two parents looking out for you, so imagine poor Jaiden who's every life decision had to be pondered, debated and discussed by a committee. He lives in a converted office that still looks like an office, he eats at the cafeteria, and his only escape is when he's at school. Of course his going to public school was a widely debated topic, and only agreed upon after analysis showed conclusively that he was below the curve for social interaction.

The penultimate straw comes when Jaiden is summoned to a meeting to discuss his dating options, especially as the list of candidates didn't include the one girl that he was interested in. An ill-fated study date leads Jaiden to a shocking discovery, which puts him in the position of having to choose between his gut-feeling and the only family he can call his own.

An intriguing concept that chronicles the life of a boy who took his first steps on corridors of wealth and power, and who is forced to make one of the biggest decisions of his life. Fast and funny, with a killer ending, you'll probably want to read this in one sitting. Recommended for pre-teenagers and people who still think like pre-teenagers.

Rated: 4.5 stars

Amanda Richards, December 30, 2007
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Format: Hardcover
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.

So now, not only is Jaiden's family a corporation, but also his home.

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.

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.

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?

Satisfying, unique, and very charming, TEEN, INC.
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