The Goodness Gene by Sonia Levitin

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Will has been trained since birth to promote The Goodness, his father’s program to maintain order in the Dominion. Now that he is sixteen,Will is sent to witness firsthand the synthetic production of food and humans, and the euthanasia program that the authorities call Compassionate Removal.The more Will sees, the more he questions his role. When Will discovers the shocking truth about himself—that he is the clone of a twentieth-century despot—he realizes that the future of the world lies in his hands.

This suspenseful, innovative novel raises fascinating questions about whether our behavior is determined by DNA, upbringing, or a higher power.

About Sonia Levitin

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Sonia Levitin is the author of many acclaimed works of historical fiction, including The Return, a Parents' Choice Honor Book and winner of the National Jewish Book Award; Journey to America, an ALA Notable Book; and Escape from Egypt, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Booklist Editors' Choice. Ms. Levitin writes and teaches in Los Angeles.
Published September 22, 2005 by Dutton Juvenile. 272 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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A didactic dystopia ponders big issues: nature versus nurture, and the existence of souls.

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Author Sonia Levitin has a Point, as she details in an Author's Note and extensive source list, though even with all that it's a little hard to see clearly just what it is, beyond "we're all going to Hell in a hand basket."

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