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Double Identity Paperback – March 27, 2007
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Grade 5-8–One October evening, Bethany's parents drive her to another state to stay with an aunt she never knew existed. Left confused and without a way to contact her parents, the 12-year-old tries to figure out the reason behind their strange behavior and learns some family secrets in the process. It turns out that she is the clone of her sister, who was killed years earlier in a tragic automobile accident, and she is being hunted by a man who wants to expose her secret existence for his own benefit. Although there is not much action, the twists and turns of the suspense-filled plot are more than enough to keep readers interested. When one question is answered, another one is raised. Readers will relate to Bethany's feelings of abandonment, as well as her struggle to set herself apart from the sister she never knew but with whom she shares so much. This quick, engaging read is a good choice for reluctant readers.–Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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Gr. 5-8. The author of Escape from Memory (2003) and the Shadow Children series has penned another suspenseful sf novel guaranteed to keep readers riveted. After her mother suffers a nervous breakdown, 12-year-old Bethany Cole is deposited with Myrlie Wilker, an aunt of whom she has never heard. Myrlie and several other residents of Sanderfield, Illinois, do a double take when they see Bethany--for she reminds them of Elizabeth, Bethany's heretofore-unknown older sister, who died some 20 years earlier. In carefully crafted, gripping prose, Haddix slowly reveals the family secrets that have been kept from Bethany all these years: her sister's death, her parent's desperate grief, and the deal they made with a wealthy businessman. The ending is a little too neat, but Haddix's fans aren't likely to notice; secondary themes concerning cloning ethics and personal identity are also nicely handled, which makes this a good companion to Nancy Werlin's Double Helix (2004). Kay Weisman
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So it's about a 12-almost-13-year old girl name Bethany who lives in Pennsylvania. Then out of nowhere her mom starts crying all the time, and then they drive to Illinois and drop Bethany off at an aunt's house, who she didn't even know existed!!
Then all this weird stuff starts happening and people look shocked and say she looks exactly like Elizabeth. She has no idea who Elizabeth is, or what happened to her. What follows is how she finds out who she is and uncovers the secrets of the past. You totally have to read it to find out the rest!!!
I would recommend this to ages 10-15 because I'm 13 and I really liked it, and all of my friends are in the age range of 12-15 and all of them would love it (except for a couple who are guys and obviously wouldn't like it lol). Also a few of my friends have sisters who are nine or ten and they would probably like it to.
So this is a great book, and you should really get it!! I got it around 12 pm yesterday, and now it's 9 pm the next day and I'm done. Oh and if you like this book you should check out Wendy Mass's books or Kate messner' s. They are really good.
I hope this helped you in any way :)
As Bethany gets to know Myrlie, she also becomes acquainted with the town where her parent's once lived. Everywhere she goes, people stop and stare. "But she looks so much like...", "Its like seeing a ghost". Who does Bethany look like? What happened to her? What secret are her parent's hiding? Bethany's love for her parents doesn't waver despite all the questions and uncertainties in her head. Her desperate attempts at contact with her mom and dad are sad and almost painful to see unfold. I had plenty of guess about what the secret is. You THINK you know the secret but later on an even bigger one is revealed. This truly is a well written mystery.
The only complaint I have is the story with the villain. The wrap up involving this third party was too out of the blue and all the pieces were tied far too neatly to be believable. To think that the secret was what it was, and that there would be no consequences from that...no fallout...was ridiculous. I know the book is for younger readers but even they are smart enough to know that the ending is too simplistic. Still a fantastic and fun quick read. I do recommend it.
Bethany meets many new characters who help her find her true identity, by giving her more information about Elizabeth.
I would recommend this book to people who like suspenseful thriller, I liked this book so much that I downloaded another book written by the same author (Margret Peterson Haddix) called “Found” which is the first book in the series “The Missing”. So far this book is another thriller with many surprising twists which I am really enjoying.
I downloaded both books on the kindle app for iPad. I liked using this app because it helped me when I didn’t know the meaning of some words since it has a built-in dictionary. There are also many other features such as the ability to highlight key phrases and important quotes , and it also shows what other readers have highlighted in a section called “Popular Highlights”. It also gives the title of the chapters, a section about the author, a page finder, and book extras.
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I enjoyed it. The story was good, if predictable to a point.Read more