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TAYLOR FIVE by Ann Halam


by Ann Halam

Age Range: 10 & up

Pub Date: March 9th, 2004
ISBN: 0-385-73094-2
Publisher: Wendy Lamb/Random

“What does it mean to be a clone? How is a clone supposed to feel?” Taylor Walker, one of five teenaged clones, feels like a stranger, a “famous freak,” a triumph of modern technology. Are you fully human if you’re just a copy of another human being? Or maybe Tay’s father is right: “It’s not the DNA, it’s what you do with it.” Tay lives in an orangutan refuge on the north coast of Borneo in one of the last great rainforests. Orangutans have a natural habitat, Tay feels, but what is the natural habitat of a clone? A lab? When rebel activity strikes the refuge, tragedy changes Tay’s life forever. After the death of her parents, she resolves to do what any human wants: to live, “to have an amazing life.” The third-person narrative has more explanation than action, but the bold concept makes this a good match with Nancy Farmer’s stronger work, The House of the Scorpion. (Fiction. 10+)