Sunday, February 26, 2012

I Think I'm a Clone Now: YA and MG Books About Cloning

Fifteen years ago this month (in Feb. 1997), scientists in Scotland announced they had successfully cloned a sheep, Dolly. I remember it being big news at the time, and cloning is certainly still controversial 15 years later. While Dolly died in 2003, she is arguably the world's most famous sheep. To commemorate Dolly's legacy, here's a list of YA/MG books about cloning.

"I Think I'm A Clone Now" by "Weird Al" Yankovic

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Afterwar (Gloria Skurzynski)
Includes "The Revolt" which details Corgan's escape, with Sharla, Ananda, and Cyborg, from Brigand to outer space, and "The Choice" in which Corgan tries living a more peaceful life on Nuku Hiva, but soon must confront his nemesis, Brigand, for the last time.
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Clone Codes (McKissack)
On the run from a bounty hunter who arrested her mother for being part of a secret society devoted to freeing clones, thirteen-year-old Leanna learns amazing truths about herself and her family as she is forced to consider the value of freedom and what it really means to be human in 2170 America.
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Double Identity (Margaret Peterson Haddix)
Thirteen-year-old Bethany's parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.
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Gem X (Nicky Singer)
Sixteen-year-old Maxo Strang, the most perfect human ever made, suddenly discovers a "crack" in his face, which leads him to expose his community's dark underworld of secret scientific research and the city's corrupt supreme leader.
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The House of the Scorpion (Nancy Farmer)
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
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Mutant (Theresa Breslin)
Brad, who works at an organ cloning facility, tries to find out who is trying to the sabotage the work done on and steal a growth formula.
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Point Blank (Anthony Horowitz)
Alex, a fourteen-year-old spy, has been assigned by the British MI6 to investigate a series of mysterious deaths. He ends up in a boarding school in the Swiss Alps, and finds many strange things are happening to the students.
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Pure (Karen Krossing)
With the potential for cloning already a reality, today's teens will soon have to face some major ethical questions. Who has a right to determine a person's genetic make-up? And how will we treat our genetic underclass? In Pure,fifteen-year-old Lenni is a gifted healer to some and to others only skidge-an illegal genetic experiment gone horribly wrong. Set in a future where genetic engineering of humans is forbidden, this novel tells of Lenni's escape from Dawn, a community controlled by the Genetic Purity Council.
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The Reactor (J. Powell; illustrated by Paul Savage)
Joe and his friends set out to discover whether sinister activities are taking place in an abandoned building they have claimed as their own after they are mysteriously locked out.
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Replication: The Jason Experiment (Jill Williamson)
Abby Goyer moves to Alaska with her father, but she feels something strange is going on at the farm where her father works when a mysterious boy named Martyr, who was cloned and is scheduled to "expire" soon, arrives at her door.
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The Selected (Patrick Cave)
Adeline, a flawed clone, learns from a set of diaries written in 2023 by Dominic, one of her forebears, that she may be the savior the people have awaited, if only she has the courage and ingenuity to outwit the forces ranked against her.
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Sharp North (Patrick Cave)
In a futuristic world, Great Families rule Britain through a caste system where reproduction is seriously restricted, while the Families keep illegal clones or "spares" of themselves.
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The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrows, An Anthology of Science Fiction
Noted anthologist Jonathan Strahan, who is also the reviews editor of Locus Magazine, asked sixteen of today's most inventive, compelling writers to look past the horizon of the present day. Neil Gaiman (Anansi Boys), Kelly Link (Magic for Beginners), Garth Nix (The Abhorsen Trilogy), Scott Westerfeld (Uglies; Pretties; Specials) and their colleagues have crafted a dazzling range of stories.
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This Side of Paradise (Steven L. Layne)
After his father begins working for the mysterious Eden Corporation, Jack uncovers a sinister plot that threatens the existence of his entire family.
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The Visitors (Pat McKissack, John McKissack, Frederick McKissack)
The Clone Codes, book 3. The World Federation of Nations issues a bounty for the capture of fugitives Houston Ye, a cyborg, and Leanna Deberry, a clone; meanwhile, the world's largest cloning company is operating a evil system where only authorized officials and clones are allowed inside.
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The Boys from Brazil (Ira Levin)
Nazi-hunter Yakov Lieberman investigates the murder of numerous elderly men by six former Nazis.
Read with Surviving the Angel of Death (Eva Mozes Kor).
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Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)
An account of the attempt, through a hair-raising twenty-four hours on a remote jungle island, to avert a global emergency--a crisis triggered by today's rush to commercialize genetic engineering.
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Secrets (F.M. McPherson)
At the age of sixteen, Mike begins to remember forty thousand years of human history and learns that he, and all of his ancestors, are clones.
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Mark II (Chris Farnell)
Phil is still mourning the death of his best friend, Mark, when he learns that Mark's parents have cloned Mark, but Phil is unwilling to accept the new Mark into his life and accept his replacement best friend.
*all summaries courtesy Follett's Titlewave.

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