Popular Clone: The Clone Chronicles #1

By M.E. Castle
Published on January 24th 2012
Published by Egmont USA
Source: Publisher
"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: 12 years-old, growth-stunted, a geeky science genius, and son of the Nobel Prize-winning creators of the Bas-Hermaphrodite-Sea-Slug-Hypothesis. No surprise: Fisher isn't exactly the most popular kid in his middle-school, tormented daily by the beefy, overgrown goons he calls The Vikings. But he senses relief when he comes upon the idea of cloning himself--creating a second Fisher to go to school each day while he stays at home playing video games and eating cheetos with ketchup. It's an ingenious plan that works brilliantly, until Fisher's clone turns out to be more popular than him--and soon after gets clone-napped by the evil scientist Dr. Xander.

Also available in simultaneous e-book edition (ISBN 978-1-60684-301-7)

My daughters and I had so much fun reading this book. It's full of laughs, a few tender moments, science experiments, plans and diagrams, and a flying pig!

Fisher Bas is the 12 year old geeky scientific genius son of scientific geniuses. He's bullied by The Vikings (his nickname, not theirs) and tired of it! And, what would any scientific genius do? Create a clone to deal with school in his place, of course! (Wish I'd been a genius with an awesome laboratory in my house when I was in middle school...)

I think this book definitely hit the nail on the head with it's wittiness, but real subject of bullying. Though the main character is a boy, I think girls and boys alike will thoroughly enjoy this story.

With its strong descriptions, but not over the top explanations, everyone can enjoy the science-y aspects of the story without feeling bogged down. Fisher's amusing little doodles and lists throughout the book also add a dimension to the story that I rather enjoyed. You could see what Fisher was discussing rather than just read about it.

I have to admit one small flaw - the book seemed to take a bit to really get into, but once you get past the who's who and what's what and into the story, you'll be flying through it with giggles. (Honestly, it's not much at all. Just the beginning. But, it's all necessary.)

I think that this book should be on school bookshelves and available for all kids to read. It was *that* good.

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