Month: June 2012

Guest Book Review – by Shae

Shae, who is 10 years old and will be going into 6th grade this Fall reviews The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This is a very good book for people who like adventure, drama, love and exciting fighting scenes. It is a powerful action filled story with a girl for a main character. There aren’t many action stories with girls as the main figure.  If you are interested in romance, there is a little bit but not too much.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in good stories, it’s very good.


Interested readers can visit Suzanne Collins’ website here

The 2nd book in the series is Catching Fire followed by Mockingjay.



Dont forget to SAVE THE DATE for our Hunger Games Party! Friday, August 16, 2012…
Will Your Number Be Up?

Guest Book Review-by Robert

Our first guest book review is from our patron Robert, who is 14 years old and will begin his sophomore year at Morton High School this September.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This book is about a girl named Hannah who created audio tapes before she committed suicide explaining exactly why and had them sent out to thirteen people after her death because she wants them to understand what happened. In these tapes she says there are only two rules; one being that each person must send the tapes to another person. She wants the 13 people to feel exactly how she had felt. It’s her way of revenge.

I loved this book and would recommend it. My favorite thing about the book was the way Hannah had the tapes sent out after her death so it was like her actual words coming from the grave.


Thirteen Reasons Why is one of the novels suggested for Morton High School’s Summer reading project and was a 2007 New York Times best selling novel and hit number 1 in July of that year.  Universal Studios purchased the film rights and Selena Gomez is set to play the character of Hannah.

Read an interview with the author Jay Asher

Visit Jay Asher’s website

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Exclusive Interview with Author S.A. Bodeen

 Visit S. A. Bodeen’s website
Teen Scene is very lucky to have this exclusive interview with award-winning writer S. A. Bodeen, author of The Compound,  one of the books selected for Morton High School’s Freshmen Summer Reading Project.

The story centers on 9-year-old Eli Yanakakis and his family who escape nuclear war by  fleeing  to their underground bunker with no time to save his Grandmother and his twin, Eddie.

Now six years later, he’s fifteen years old with only his parents and two little sisters to talk to about his fears of their food supply running out and worries about the outside world. After Eli is able to briefly connect to the internet after his father told him that all communication with the outside world was destroyed in the war, he begins to question his father’s strange behavior and many lies and wonders whether there even was a war at all. He dreams of escaping and finding out the truth but only his father knows the code to the door, and they are three stories underground in a cement compound.

Teen Scene: Stephanie thank you so much for talking to Teen Scene! Please tell us a little bit about The Compound, how you got the great idea for the story?

SA Bodeen: I’ve always been pretty intrigued by the subject of nuclear war and what survivors might have to go through.  I also had been reading about the ultra-rich who supposedly had fallout shelters, and the two just kind of came together into the story.

Teen Scene: I was pulled in immediately into the story and reading about daily life in The Compound-the details are so vivid. How did you research and plan that world?

SA Bodeen: As for planning the setting, I just thought about what I would want in an underground space, if I had unlimited resources.

Teen Scene: The story is so suspenseful I was not able to stop reading because I had to know what was going to happen because I loved Eli. How did you balance writing both a thrilling suspenseful book and also great characters whom readers care about?

SA Bodeen: I’d like to say I had the whole thing planned, but I didn’t. The characters became more real through revision after revision. and it took me a long time to get the plot to work. It all worked out in the end, luckily.

Teen Scene: What is the most important thing you’d like readers to remember about The Compound?

SA Bodeen: I guess the one thing is that people can change and redeem themselves. Everyone deserves a second chance, which is something I truly believe.

Teen Scene: What does your writing space look like? Do you write for a set time each day?

SA Bodeen: I just write at the kitchen table. One day I hope to have an actual office. I do try to write each day. I don’t have a set time, more like it’s on a list of things and I tend to get to them in order.

Teen Scene: What are your favorite books?

SA Bodeen: I have a lot of favorite books. I love Stephen King, so I read all of his. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving is a fave, as is Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Teen Scene: What do you like to do for fun?

SA Bodeen: For fun I like to watch movies and hang out with my family. I like to travel, which I don’t do enough of.

Teen Scene: Can you tell us what you are working on now?

SA Bodeen: Right now I am working on finishing u the sequel to The Compound, which is currently called The Fallout and will be out in 2013. After that I’ll be working on the first book of my new middle grade series which is a reboot of The Swiss Family Robinson, and I’m looking forward to August, when my new YA novel, The Raft, comes out.

Thank you so much for talking with us, Stephanie. I’m looking forward to all of your new books and I’ll be sure to check them out!