Popular Clone by M.E. Castle
The Clone Chronicles #1

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"Castle’s debut, the first in a planned series, strikes just the right balance of humor and action and is sure to keep young readers turning the pages. Fisher’s struggles to fit in, to relate to girls and to uncover and preserve his true self feel genuine, making him a misfit and unlikely hero worth rooting for."—Kirkus Reviews

Meet Fisher Bas: a 12-year-old, growth-stunted, geeky science genius who is the son of Nobel Prize -winning parents. Despite his outsized IQ, Fisher is far from the most popular kid in his middle school—he’s actually tormented daily by the beefy, overgrown goons he calls the Vikings.

Holed up in his home lab over a long weekend, Fisher uses his mother’s revolutionary Advanced Growth Hormone to clone himself. Now Fisher Two can go to school each day while the real Fisher stays at home playing video games, eating Cheetos, and working on his latest inventions. It’s an ingenious plan that works brilliantly . . . until Fisher’s clone turns out to be more popular than him and then gets clone-napped by the evil scientist Dr. Xander. As his simple plan to literally avoid the toilet bowl of middle school collapses, Fisher’s life gets even more complicated, and he must set out on an epic adventure to rescue his genetic counterpart.

About M.E. Castle

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M.E. Castle is a writer and actor working in the glo­rious center of the universe, New York City. He graduated from Oberlin College in 2008 with a degree in theater and has written a number of short stories, only a handful of which have ever been seen by an audience wider than his closest friends. Throughout his college years, he was one of the leading writers of the noir detective radio drama The Dead Hear Footsteps, to which he also lent his vocal talents. Popular Clone is M.E.'s first novel. You can visit him online at www.theclonechronicles.com.
Published January 24, 2012 by EgmontUSA. 320 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What happens when you take one lovable-but-nerdy sixth grader and add a little mad scientist and a smattering of tween James Bond? You get Fisher Bas, a 12-year-old genius who's seen the inside of one too many toilet bowls thanks to the Vikings, Wampalog Middle School's infamous band of bullies.

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For 12-year-old science and math whiz Fisher Bas, a typical day at school means avoiding “The Vikings,” a trio of relentless bullies, and not living up to the ideals of his comic book hero, Vic Daring.

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As for me, I not only loved the fact that POPULAR CLONE makes science just a little bit cool, I also loved the fact that Fisher learns a valuable lesson in liking himself along the way.

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Now Fisher can spend all day working on his ground-breaking inventions, while his clone faces middle-school and the Vikings.

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