Taylor Five by Ann Halam

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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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About Ann Halam

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As well as being a children's book author, Ann Halam writes adult science fiction and fantasy books as the popular and prizewinning author, Gwyneth Jones. Her most recent titles for Wendy Lamb Books are "Dr. Franklin's Island, Taylor Five," and "Siberia," She lives in Brighton, England.
Published March 9, 2004 by Wendy Lamb Books. 192 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Fiction

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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.

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A year and a half ago, Taylor learned that she is actually a clone—as are four other children born at the same time, to parents who worked for the same company as the Walkers.

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