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Taylor Five by Ann Halam

Taylor Five

by Ann Halam

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This young adult novel is set in the fictional state of Kandar in Borneo. Taylor, her brother and her scientist parents live at a wildlife refuge for orangutans. Taylor is also one of five cloned humans in the world, she a clone of a family friend, a brilliant scientist who works for the same parent company as her parents. Up until recently Taylor has taken this information fairly well, but now she's plagued with doubts and self-loathing. When rebels in the area's civil war attack the refuge, Taylor and brother must flee into the jungle and fend for themselves - and they are accompanied by an older orangutan, the refuge's mascot named 'uncle'. Though action-packed this novel still manages to probe questions of self-identity and teach some environmental lessons (not to mention the science behind invitro fertilization and cloning. I would've loved a book like this when I was twelve! ( )
2 vote avaland | Jun 17, 2008 |
Clone tale and ape tale

don't quite mesh into one tale.

Still, good adventure.
  librarianlk | Apr 26, 2008 |
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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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Fourteen-year-old Tay (or Taylor 5 as she is officially documented) is trying to come to terms with the fact that she is a clone when her jungle home in Borneo is attacked by terrorists. She escapes with Uncle, a highly intelligent orang utan, and the bond forged between them on their journey to safety proves to her once and for all that she is not an elaborate doll, but an ordinary girl with an ordinary life. Suggested level: intermediate, secondary.… (more)

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