Popular Clone

From the Series The Clone Chronicles

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Meet Fisher Bas: 12 years-old, growth-stunted, a geeky science genius, and son of the Nobel Prize-winning creators of the Bas-Hermaphrodite-Sea-Slug-Hypothesis. No surprise: Fisher isn’t exactly the most popular kid in his middle-school, tormented daily by the beefy, overgrown goons he calls The Vikings. But he senses relief when he comes upon the idea of cloning himself—creating a second Fisher to go to school each day while he stays at home playing video games and eating cheetos with ketchup. It’s an ingenious plan that works brilliantly, until Fisher’s clone turns out to be more popular than him—and soon after gets clone-napped by the evil scientist Dr. Xander. Can Fischer save his clone in time, or will his whole plan be exposed?

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 320
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS JUV001000, JUV013070, JUV036000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.1875 x 7.625
Lexile 870
Guided Reading Level U
ATOS Reading Level 6.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 148984
Accelerated Reader® Points 10.0
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Author: M.E. Castle

M. E. Castle is a writer and actor working in the glo­rious center of the universe, New York City. He graduated from Oberlin College in 2008 with a degree in theater and has written a number of short stories, only a handful of which have ever been seen by an audience wider than his closest friends. Throughout his college years, he was one of the leading writers of the noir detective radio drama The Dead Hear Footsteps, to which he also lent his vocal talents. Popular Clone is M.E.'s first novel. You can visit him online at www.theclonechronicles.com.


School Library Journal

“This fun novel is for kids who like Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Alex Rider’ series (Philomel) and can handle the challenging scientific vocabulary.” —School Library Journal

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Gadget geeks will thrill at the wildly imaginative inventions that populate the Bas household….®eaders will likely end up fantasizing about what they could get away with if only they too had a Two.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Literature


“The story is quick flowing and if first-time author Castle can clone this fun in future sequels, he’ll be popular for sure.” —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Castle’s debut…strikes just the right balance of humor and action and is sure to keep young readers turning the pages. Fisher’s struggles to fit in, to relate to girls and to uncover and preserve his true self feel genuine, making him a misfit and unlikely hero worth rooting for.” —Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“Heavy doses of self-deprecating humor, high-tech wizardry, and goofy middle-school antics add up to an amusing and action-packed adventure.” —Publishers Weekly