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The Clone Codes #1 Hardcover – February 1, 2010


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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Clone Codes (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439929830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439929837
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the year 2170, Leanna attends a school in Missouri that allows her to experience different time periods in history by virtually being there. Little does she know that she will soon be caught in a terrifying adventure, not unlike the slaves’ escape from barking hounds en route to Canada through the Underground Railroad that she just experienced in class. When Leanna’s mother is arrested for treason against the government, Leanna learns she is not a “First,” an original biological being. She is a clone in a society that enslaves and abuses them and must rely on the assistance of characters both living and historical to survive. The McKissacks’ slight story for younger readers packs a great deal of messaging, which will no doubt prove useful in classroom discussions of issues and themes but sometimes comes at the expense of the story. The science-fiction backdrop serves as a framework for issues of identity and societal prejudice but is not predominant in the reading experience. Grades 4-7. --Holly Koelling

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Newbery Honor winner Patricia C. McKissack has collaborated on many critically acclaimed books with her husband, Frederick L. McKissack. They live in St. Louis, Missouri. John McKissack is a licensed mechanical engineer. The Clone Codes marks his debut as a writer. John resides in Memphis, Tennessee. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Customer Reviews

And lastly, I thought the book, at less than 200 pages, was a little short and the ending too abrupt.
Danielle Greenhouse
This book is aimed at early teen readers, and hits that mark fairly well, but this does mean that most adult readers might find this a little spare and too simplified.
Patrick Shepherd
This book was worth reading, and if there are more in the series, I will be interested to see how things go in the future the authors have envisioned.
Suzanne R. Arnholt

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Salerni on January 9, 2010
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The Clone Codes should have been a fantastic book. The setting and premise are promising - a future world where clones and cyborgs are treated as property and less-than-human. An underground organization, deliberately compared to the Underground Railroad on the nineteenth century, strives to win personal rights for all human beings, and members find themselves declared enemies of the state. Leanna Deberry, a teenage girl clone who was raised as a human, represents the sole proof that second-generation beings are equal to their progenitors.

In my opinion, it's the style of writing that diminishes this wonderful premise into a 3-star book. In the belief that young readers have no patience, the authors have rushed to dump us immediately into the danger-escape-chase mode, without taking the time to build a setting full of richly drawn characters we care about. I found the writing extremely bumpy at the beginning. I believe that readers delving into science fiction and fantasy need to be given time and space to suspend their disbelief. The book should draw you in gently until you are willing to believe whatever the narration gives you. Instead, while reading The Clone Codes, I found myself saying, "C'mon now! Do you expect me to buy this?"

Throw in some aliens where none are really needed, and include the unfortunate fact that there are few surprises in the book (every big reveal was something that I'd seen coming for a long time) and readers may be left with a disappointment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Rose on April 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Clone Codes by The McKissacks is about a girl named Leanna Deberry in the year 2170. She attends virtual school with the help of virtual reality type glasses in which she get to experience history as though she were really there. But as she learns about slavery and the Underground Railroad in school, she learns about another type of slavery in her real life that involves clones and cyborgs.

This is a great story with excitement, suspense, and intrigue including flashes to the past and a fun look at the future. It definitely asks the question--is slavery really a thing of the past or is it still with us in other forms.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on January 6, 2010
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The idea behind "Clone Codes" is interesting: a way to teach young readers today about the past issue of slavery by placing similar conditions in a future world. However this isn't a new idea really and therefore it had to be something quite special to stand out for me. Sadly it fails on several levels.

First, the book is simply too short. There is no solid conclusion to our heroine's adventures. While that might be ok if this were the first book in a series, I see no evidence of that plus it ends rather suddenly as though this copy wasn't finished and was missing at least 20 pages.

Second, the characters are not fully explored. I want to care about Leanna, I really do but I don't feel enough time was spent on her life to get a good feel for her. After events start happening to her, she seems to flow with them instead of directing or influencing them very highly. Yes, she is just a teenager but for a book written for teens and tweens I expect more active characters for their age group.

Third, some aspects of the world or just briefly mentioned and never fully explored. Who are these aliens exactly? We see them only for a brief time. Why does a ship's computer seem to behave in an odd fashion? Why would a family risk it all to break the laws and clone a child? Why is this even called "Clone Codes"? I have an idea but it isn't very clear and I don't want to ruin the book for anyone who might decide to give it a shot.

Finally, even though I'm a historian and one of my topics is slavery, the use of antebellum southern slavery here is like a huge hammer hitting the reader over the head. It's just too convenient some of the things that happen and some of the information Leanna is flat out given.

The result is that I was deeply disappointed by this book though I have to give it a star for even attempting to make a future connection to our own history on such a difficult subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Urban Teens Read on December 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It's the year of 2170, there are numerous advancements in the world yet history seems to repeat itself. Clones are domestic servants who are seen as property, at the mercy of their master's will and given no rights. Cyborgs are part machine, part living humans who are ordered by law to attend separate schools, live in separate neighborhoods and must acquire permission of the government to marry, have children or move, sound familiar? After her mother is arrested for treason, Leanna must hide from ruthless bounty hunters with the aid of a secret organization fighting for the rights of Clones and Cyborgs which causes Leanna to learn the truth of her origin, leading her to change the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. It was so interesting and even educational. I love the vision for the future, like I'd love to have a pair of those commglasses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Clone Codes is in 2170. The cyborg wars have ended, but things are still ugly. A girl called Leanna loses her mom because she is arrested for treason. She was part of the Liberty Bell Movement, which fought against clone slavery and cyborg abuse. Leanna discovers that she is a clone, then deciding she will be a Bell Ringer. She fights for herself with extreme bravery.
This is a fantastic book, and I suggest it to everyone!
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