June 2, 2010

New McKissack Book: The Clone Codes

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Clonecodes Hello and welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk: The Clone Codes by Patricia C., Fredrick L. and John McKissack.

America has changed a lot by 2170 — clones, cyborgs, and traveling through time for history class via virtual reality — but its citizens are still struggling with the same questions about freedom and human rights as they have throughout history. Leanna Deberry is an 8th grader in St. Louis, Missouri, who is only worried about doing well in her classes, hanging out with her best friend Sandra, and trying out for her school's swifting team. But everything changes for her the day her mother is arrested in her own home and accused of being a member of The Liberty Bell, a "terrorist" organization dedicated to winning equal rights for the clones who serve humans.

Leanne is forced to flee her home with only a backpack containing her commglasses, a change of clothes, and a virtual scrapbook that contains the true story of The Liberty Bell. She must evade the bounty hunter Joe Spiller and his flesh-eating biobots, hide out in dangerous Gypsy City, and make unlikely allies as she conceals her own identity and tries to piece together the mystery of her own life. Will Leanne become the newest member of The Liberty Bell and dedicate her life to fighting slavery and tyranny? And can she learn more about The O, a race of aliens that has worked with The Liberty Bell throughout history to protect humanity?

Read The Clone Codes to enter a fast-paced future world with echoes of America's fascinating history. See also the sequel Cyborg.

— Melissa, Scholastic Booktalker

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  1. Ashley

    I just finished reading it and I lovvved it! Totally hoping they will make a sequel I want to know if Leanna saves the world(:

  2. Kat

    just read it. My son brought it home. It is a well-written and intriguing historical fiction set in a futuristic sci-fi setting. The thread of abolitionist action is well explained and integrated into the stories from both centuries. I really enjoyed it and am looking for the sequel!

  3. josephine

    I now what did i tall you i read the book i just didi now watch the move but i now the move will be great.

  4. late night reader

    hhhhmmmmm……. It seems stupid. Something about it seems to be a copy of the past written in the future. If I want to read about the past that I will, but this book seems like a re-run. Some of you will know what I am talking about, if not read a history book.