The Clone Codes by Patricia C. Mckissack, Fredrick McKissack, and John McKissack
“I keep running, wishing I could escape my own skin.” p. 62
The Clone Codes gave me chills as soon as I started reading. There is nothing ordinary about it.
Leanna is a thirteen year-old girl whose life is turned upside down when her mother is arrested. She finds herself on the run, at the center of a scientific and political war and she makes unexpected friends along the way. Her travel companions include Benjamin Franklin, Justice John Marshall Harlan and Eleanor Roosevelt.
It is 2170, which means that, much to the delight of readers of all background, there is an array of cool words, an innovative water game, and mind-blowing technological features such as computerized glasses that allow you to stock your memories, virtually attend school and chat for hours with your best friend.
The authors, Newbery Honor winner Patricia C. McKissack, Frederick L. McKissack and their son John McKissack, possibly invented a new genre: historical science-fiction. As oxymoronic as it sounds, the story does invite the young reader to analyze past and contemporary issues such as human trafficking, while reflecting on the future implications of cloning and other forms of biotechnology.
The Clone Codes makes history and science fiction fun for the teen audience. Its topic is contemporary and thought provoking. I highly recommend it.