Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 6 - 8Grades 2 - 12Z4.255959

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.

Hardcover, 233 pages
Published on May 25, 2010 by Feiwel and Friends
ISBN-10: 0312370164
ISBN-13: 9780312370169
2 Book Reviews
  • 0019693
    0019693Monday, February 23, 2015 at 10:19 am55 stars
    It is kinda boring but the style of writing is the best
    • funnyMonday, October 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm
      Best book ever!! It has so many suprises, and sends out a powerful message that will make you think. On the back of the book it says ' Mason isn't supposed to know about the greenhouse. He isn't supposed to meet the beautiful girl who is part of the experiment, and who doesn't need food or water to survive. Now, Mason is on the run with the girl. And the Gardener, who is the mysterious mastermind of an institution that grows humans,wants them both, dead OR alive.'