The Clone Conspiracy

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Our young heroes, Emma and Luke, solve the mystery of why Emma's brother Patrick has disappeared and rescue him from the clutches of the powerful LennoxGen empire. Through their courageous sleuthing, they uncover the most insidious cloning experiment ever devised by human minds; thereby saving their own lives and bringing the evil perpetrators to justice. A book that young people won't be able to put down till they discover the truth behind The Clone Conspiracy.
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Overview

Our young heroes, Emma and Luke, solve the mystery of why Emma's brother Patrick has disappeared and rescue him from the clutches of the powerful LennoxGen empire. Through their courageous sleuthing, they uncover the most insidious cloning experiment ever devised by human minds; thereby saving their own lives and bringing the evil perpetrators to justice. A book that young people won't be able to put down till they discover the truth behind The Clone Conspiracy.
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Editorial Reviews

Manitoba Library Association
"The Clone Conspiracy definitely finds its mark ... Rose has done a magnificent job with this fast paced medical science mystery."
CanLit for Kids
"This 88 page novel will appeal to boys who like a good mystery ­ with a twist!"
The Georgia Strait
"... an exciting story, especially for reluctant boy readers."
The Calgary Herald
"... a must-read dedicated to unravelling the mystery surrounding human cloning, brain transplants and clandestine laboratories."
Children's Literature
When Luke's best friend, Patrick, disappears the day before his birthday, the police guess that he has either run away from home or committed suicide. Luke cannot believe either scenario. He does not think that Patrick was depressed or angry enough to leave home or to kill himself. A few months later, Luke sees a boy on the streets who looks exactly like Patrick. As he tries to talk to him, two large men threaten Luke and warn him that they will kill him if he says anything about seeing Patrick. Luke does share his discovery with the one person he knows who will believe his story, Patrick's younger sister Emma. Together Luke and Emma track down why Patrick was kidnapped and where he is being held. Unfortunately Luke and Emma's detective work leads them to Lennoxgen, a giant genetics and infertility company. When they discover Lennoxgen's big secret, they realize it may be too late to rescue Patrick—and they now fear for their own lives as well. With all the news about genetic engineering currently in the media, this story will appeal to today's young readers. Although the science of transferring memories to another person is pretty far fetched, the concept of genetic engineering and cloning are interesting discussion topics. The action is fast paced and scary enough to keep readers hanging on to every word. The illustration on the cover looks like a scene from an old 1950's science fiction movie poster. Simon Rose has also written The Alchemist's Portrait and The Sorcerer's Letterbox, both published by Tradewind Books. 2006, Tradewind Books, Ages 10 to 16.
—Sally J. K. Davies
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-On the night before his birthday, Patrick disappears. Three months later, his friend Luke sees him outside the gym where the boys used to take karate classes together, only now Patrick acts like a complete stranger, and he has a threatening bodyguard. Luke figures out that a local drug company called LennoxGen is somehow involved, and he and Patrick's sister, Emma, present themselves at the headquarters, disguised as student reporters. They meet Lisa MacKenzie from the company's PR department. Luke and Emily discover that Patrick is the clone of Rupert Lennox, the company's recently deceased president, and that his memories are being implanted into Patrick, using an experimental drug. Moreover, Luke and Emma are also clones, and (surprise!) their progenitors just happen to die just as the kids are giving their information to the police. With Lisa's help, Luke is able to destroy the corporation and save them all. The book reads more like the outline of a story then a finished work-it has a fast-moving plot, superficial characterizations, wild improbabilities (and even wilder coincidences), and far too much left unexplained at the end. And just how old are these boys supposed to be, anyway? Readers are told that 12-year-old Emma is Patrick's younger sister, but the cover art makes Luke look like he's about 6. This is a quick but nonessential read.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896580807
  • Publisher: Tradewind Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Rose was born in Derbyshire, England and now lives in Calgary, Alberta with his two children, dog and cat. He graduated from university with a degree in history and has lived in Canada since 1990. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature of West Redding, CT.

Simon is long time fan and avid reader of science fiction, comic books, history, fantasy and ancient mysteries. His first novel for young readers, The Alchemist's Portrait, an exciting time travel adventure, was published in 2003 and The Sorcerers Letterbox, another journey into history, this time to medieval England, followed in 2004. A third novel, The Clone Conspiracy, a science fiction thriller featuring secret experiments and evil scientists, was published in June 2005 and The Emerald Curse, set in the surrealistic world of comic books, appeared in July 2006. The Sorcerer's Letterbox was shortlisted for the Silver Birch, Diamond Willow and Golden Eagle Book Awards in Canada in 2005 and all four novels continue to gather great reviews.

Simon also offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops and author in residence programs for schools and libraries. Full details can be found at his website, www.simon-rose.com, along with book descriptions, author profiles, interviews, sound files of readings, book reviews, teacher and reader comments, services for writers, including manuscript evaluation, and more.

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