The Duplicate

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When David finds a mysterious machine that can copy living things, he thinks his problems are over. Now he can be in two places at once: at his grandmother's and out on a date. While the other David is in school, the real one can spend the day at the beach. The possibilities are endless. And they turn terrifying. David's duplicate has a mind, ideas, and desires of his own--and one of them is to see the real David dead.

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Overview

When David finds a mysterious machine that can copy living things, he thinks his problems are over. Now he can be in two places at once: at his grandmother's and out on a date. While the other David is in school, the real one can spend the day at the beach. The possibilities are endless. And they turn terrifying. David's duplicate has a mind, ideas, and desires of his own--and one of them is to see the real David dead.

"Sleator's mastery of suspense will leave readers breathless." --School Library Journal, starred review

Sixteen-year-old David, finding a strange machine that creates replicas of living organisms, duplicates himself and suffers the horrible consequences when the duplicate turns against him.

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Gr 6-9 David needs to be in two places at one time: a family party for his grandmother and a date with Angela. He finds what seems to be the perfect answer to this dilemmaa machine that has the power to duplicate organic material. Without considering the pos sible ramifications, he duplicates him self. From that moment, his life be comes a nightmare. Competition, particularly regarding Angela, is fiercelike sibling rivalry, only greatly intensified. Just when readers think that things can't possibly get worse, the duplicate duplicates himself, and then there are threeand each claims to be the original. Plus, each would like to solve his problems by getting rid of the others. Sleator has done it again, writ ing an intense thriller, with horror building gradually, in which science fic tion is blended skillfully with reality. Yet the gadget that sets up the story never becomes the storythe focus is always on David. At the moment of du plication, the copy is exact, with even identical memories. As time goes along, subtle differences emerge. It is to Sleator's credit that he manages to create three closely similar, yet dis tinct, personalities. In this way, he avoids potential confusion when all three are together. Sure to satisfy Slea tor's many fans and to win him some new ones. Susan M. Harding, Mes quite Public Library, Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141304311
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,015,567
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 7.16 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2008

    cool

    The duplicate by William sleator is a science fiction book about a 16 year old boy named David who finds a machine that can duplicate any organic thing. David found it on the shore. He secretly try¿s the machine on a frog and a seagull and it worked successfully so he tried on him self and duplicated himself which would tune in to a big problem because David would half to hide him from every body including his parents. Little did he his clones would become a big and life threatening problem.<BR/>I thought it was an ok book because I don¿t normally like this kind of book. I recommend this kind of book to some one who likes si fi and suspense kind of book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2003

    There is another you . . .

    Have you ever tried to do two things at once? Well, David did. David at 16 years of age, made another one of himself. How crazy is that? Well, it's as crazy as one David going to school and the other staying in a hiding place. The author's name is William Slater, one of my favorite authors. I would truly recommend other students and other people as well to read this book. It is a great book for young teenagers to get hooked to. You might even learn something from this book. Maybe, learning that there is another you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2003

    A great but sad story.

    A 16 year old boy named Daivd made a duplacet of himself and rand into many problems. One as who would get to go out with a girl named Angilena.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2002

    The Duplicate- a fantastic book

    The Duplicate, by William Sleator was not my first choice but when i saw it on a booklist, I really started to like it. Each chapter ends with suspence or a cliff hanger and i can't wait to go to the next chapter. The duplicate is about a boy who finds a machine that can duplicate living things. He trys it out on himself thinking it will solve his problems but it ends up being a diseaster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2000

    a reviewer

    The Duplicate has great, thrilling suspense and I reccomend this book to everyone who likes science fiction. The minute I had started reading this book, I couldnt put it down. Such excitement and elation is fit for a bookworm!

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