Popular Clone by M.E. Castle is about Fisher Bas, a 12-year-old science genius. His parents are famous scientists, and their house is full of cool inventions. Though Fisher is super smart, he has a lot of trouble in the social department. At school, his only friend is his science teacher, Mr. Granger who doesn’t really it in either. As Fisher keeps getting bullied by his classmates, he remembers one of his mother’s new inventions: Advanced Growth Hormone. He sneaks it out of her office and turns it into a cloning elixir. By the next day, he has a clone of himself.
Fisher sends his clone, nicknamed Two, to school, expecting him to get bullied as much as Fisher did. Instead, Two becomes popular, brave, witty, and funny: completely opposite from Fisher. As Two climbs up the social ladder, the evil Dr. X is devising a scheme to get the Advanced Growth Hormone from Fisher’s mother. In Popular Clone, Fisher has to find strength and save himself, his clone, and the formula from a scary future.
This book is fun to read and keeps your interest. I like how the author gives Fisher super smart and scientific attributes, but also characteristics of a normal 12-year-old boy. The book never gets boring and has a few fun drawing from Fisher’s notebook that really enhance the rest of the book. The conflicts between Fisher and Two are really funny and make you want to read more to see what will happen.
This book is good for kids on a 5th-6th grade reading level, but could be a fun read-aloud for younger kids and a quick, fun book for older middle schoolers. (My sister, who is in 4th grade and a great reader, read it easily.) This book appeals to both boys and girls and is very relatable to any middle schooler.
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There are also a few more books in the series that I haven’t read yet, but I am excited to get from the library!
Crude Language/ Sexual Content: NonePopular Clone,