Anna to the Infinite Power

Anna to the Infinite Power

by Mildred Ames

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ISBN-13: 9780590427074
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2003

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Anna to the Infinite Power 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
survivingniki on LibraryThing 28 days ago
A teenager's tale in a science fiction plot. Anna is smart as they come, and so when she meets her doppleganger, she knows it's more than just a coincidence. Her journey to the discovery of what she is ultimately leads to the understanding that what is not as important as who. It is a masterful tale--one of those rare books that I read years ago and with no fanfare has stayed with me since. Too bad it's out of print.
Andrometa on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This book was one book that really stuck in my memory as a pre-teen. It takes place in a world in which the Nazi's win the 2nd World War and life is a bit different. The main character, Anna, is brilliant and yet a bit off. Easy to understand as a young teenage girl. She learns the truth of her identity and has to deal with some of the not so nice realities of life and growing up. It also provoked an interest in me to learn more about what happened in Germany during the War.
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I read this book when I was in elementary school. I am now a nineteen-year-old college student. Although it's been many years since I read this book and although I've read many books during those years, 'Anna to the Infinite Power' has always stayed in my mind. It was the first science fiction book that I remember reading and I think that it is a big part of why I am a big fan of science fiction today. This book is about cloning and explores the idea of whether or not a clone would be just like the person she was cloned from. It also discusses the idea of whether a clone has certain obligations to fulfill or if she can be free to live her life as she wants to. As I remember it, Anna is a clone of a famous scientist whose last name was Zimmerman. (Zimmerman is Anna's middle name.) Anna finds out she's a clone and that there are many others like her. This begins her journey to find out the truth about where she came from, what people expect from her, and what she wants to do with her own life. These ideas are indeed prevalent in the science fiction genre, but I think that many this book does a great job of introducing them to younger readers. When I read this book, it was so different than any of the other books I was reading at the time, that it immediately got my interest. It explored very serious topics but through the eyes of a character who was about my age. Because she thought for herself and reached her own decisions, this book had a big impact on me. As I look back on it, I think it had a big influence on my own opinions -- my love of science, my love of the written word, my knowledge that good intentions can have unforseen consequences, and my belief in human rights. I've often thought back to this book and I wish I could find it somewhere and read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rediscovered this title, half-forgotten since childhood days, when I began working with children in a reading and writing program. Reconsidering it 20 years after I first read it, I realized that it was just as gripping to me as an adult as it was as a child -- only now the topic is even more topical, as cloning is a scientific reality. It's also fun to look at Ames'imagined '1990s', so much more advanced than the real 90's were. This book can be an excellent springboard for discussions of cloning, ethics, what makes a person a human/individual, and even the Holocaust. Many research projects and thoughtful essays can be assigned as ancillary exercises. Highly recommended.