Taylor Five

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Random House Children's Books, Mar 9, 2004 - Young Adult Fiction - 192 pages
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A gripping, deeply moving adventure raises startling questions about what it means to be human.

Taylor Walker seems like any ordinary 14-year-old. Ordinary—if you overlook the fact that she lives on the island of Borneo, on a primate reserve run by her parents, and knows how to survive in the jungle. Obviously, Tay isn’t just like everyone else. But she is like one other person. She’s exactly like one other person. Tay is a clone, one of only five in the world, and her clone mother is Pam Taylor, a brilliant scientist.

When rebels attack the reserve, Tay escapes with her younger brother and Uncle, an exceptionally intelligent orangutan. As they flee through the jungle, Tay must look within to find her strength: Pam’s DNA, tempered by Taylor’s extraordinary life. And she looks to Uncle for guidance—for Tay knows that the uncanny bond between Uncle and herself is the key to their survival.

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"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 ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Ann Halam writes adult science fiction and fantasy books under the name Gwyneth Jones.

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