Carson Fender was in the parking lot of Erik Hill Middle School engineering his latest practical joke involving glue and a herd of fainting goats, when a mysterious stranger thrusts a wrapped package into his hand and says "You must guard this with your life! The fate of the world depends on it...You must deliver it to Mr. Jensen...Trust no one." Although he was instructed not to open the package, he couldn't resist. He couldn't just hand it off and take himself out of the loop of the most exciting thing than had ever happened in North Dakota. When he discovers and LCD panel inside the slick black box, he feels compelled to touch the screen, initiating a security lockout and a warning that the device will self destruct in 48 hours if the authorized recipient does not enter the approved protocol. Problem...there are two Mr. Jensen's at his school... Carson had always wanted to break free from what [he'd] always perceived to be the boring prison of routine, but not at the expense of others."
"The threats to our country, foreign, and domestic, are constantly evolving."
Truman Award Preliminary Nominee 2016-17