Today was the first Teen Pizza Pagers meeting of 2011. On the menu: Danny Boys pizza and Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix. In the past I have turned the post over to the teens and let them write the summary and reviews, but we got so caught up in discussing the book that we ran out of time! I will do my best to write this in their place. Actually, I am going to cheat a little and just copy the summary that appears in the catalog. Also, this review may contain spoilers. I think the cover is pretty revealing and the subject headings say exactly what the book is about, but if you are the type of reader who doesn’t like to know anything ahead of time, you should stop reading!
Thirteen-year-old Bethany’s parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.
This book has a little mystery, plenty of suspense, and even a surprise or two. The issues addressed in the story provided tons of fodder for discussion! Like I said, we actually ran out of time. I made sure that we had time for our two favorite questions that have become standard at all TPP meetings. 1. On a scale of 1 to 5, how many pepperonis would you give this book? and 2. Would it make a good movie and who would you cast? And the answers are:
1. Dell 3
Average score (thank you Maria for doing the math): 4.1, which means we have another winning book!
2. Yes, this would make a great movie because of the suspense. Here is the beginning of our cast:
Young Joss-Hailee Steinfeld
Grown Joss-Jennifer Aniston
We also took a poll about human cloning. Two people said that human cloning should be allowed and five said no way…unless the Earth was going to be destroyed and the only chance for human survival was to send clones into space to repopulate another planet. Fair enough, I suppose.
I was really impressed with today’s discussion and a bit surprise, especially by the question about Bethany’s parents. They were asked if they would want their parents to tell them if they were a clone. Many of the teens said that they would not want to know. They made a pretty strong case for not knowing. I am going to have to ponder this some more….
Finally, they had questions of their own, which just sent off the author. I hope she will answer them when she visits Rocky River Public Library Wednesday, March 2 at 7pm. This program is open to the public and does not require registration. Borders will be on site offering a 10% on books and the author with be signing books.
Curious about what the TPPs were curious about? They want to know if the author would like to see any of her books made into movies. They want to know who she would pick to play Bethany. They also want to know how she feels about cloning and if she would do it if she had the chance. Finally, they had a comment about a potential sequel (there is none planned). They really wanted to know more about the relationship that Bethany has with her parents now that their secret is out and her true identity has been revealed. Hopefully Ms. Haddix will answer some of those questions when she is here!
Finally, I wanted to say a quick Welcome to the Club to our newest member, Carla! Our next book is Tangerine by Edward Bloor. There are still copies available at the Reference Desk.
Ok wait, one more thing, then I swear I am done! If you are still reading this, thank you 🙂
For more books on cloning try these:
The Clone Codes by Pat McKissack
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Double Helix by Nancy Werlin
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
The Goodness Gene by Sonia Levitin
Gem X by Nicky Singer