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Title:
Blueprint
Author:
Kerner, Charlotte.
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Uniform Title:
Blaupause. English
Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Lerner Publications Company, 2000.

©1999
Physical Description:
189 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Siri Sellin, one of the first human clones, writes a bitter memoir of her childhood as the daughter of a famous and self-absorbed composer.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.5 7.0 45153.
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ISBN:
9780822500803
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Book

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In this futuristic novel about identity and the desire to control one's destiny, author Charlotte Kerner tackles the subject of genetic cloning and twins. This gripping novel demonstrates powerful, relevant, and often painful insight into the psyche of a young woman.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. "I don't like the word clone. I prefer to call myself blueprint." Thus begins the memoir of Siri Sellin, a clone of her mother, concert pianist-composer Iris Sellin, who, having learned she has MS, decides to immortalize her talent in a daughter-twin. Siri, just as talented as her mother, is angry at the parent who has robbed her of her uniqueness. Blueprint, originally written in German, is a fascinating examination of the ethical and scientific issues surrounding cloning--the psychological, sociological, and physical ramifications of human replication as they impact both the original and the duplicate. Kerner surrounds these difficult questions with a heightened portrayal of the natural mother-daughter bond. The love and competition between a parent and child and the human need for autonomy are magnified threefold in this complex, thought-provoking, carefully researched novel that highlights an issue teens will be forced to address in the future. --Frances Bradburn


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Set in the near future when human cloning has become a reality, this emotionless, convoluted story is about Siri Sellin, the "daughter-sister" of Iris Sellin, a renowned composer/pianist who had herself cloned after the onset of multiple sclerosis. Angry at the recently deceased Iris, 22-year-old Siri reflects on their relationship in an attempt to create a unique identity of her own, separate from that of her "mother-twin." Despite the interesting premise, the book is not compelling largely because both characters are cold and self-absorbed, the emotionally laden dialogue has no real impact, and Siri's childhood and teenage memories are essentially glossed over. Her flashbacks skip arbitrarily between the present and past and between both her and Iris's memories. Although Siri finds peace and inner acceptance at the book's end, she is so clinical, so detached, and without sympathy that those readers who make it to the end will feel only relief that the book is over. Kerner's acknowledgments and afterword show the impressive amount of research she did on cloning as well as her interest in the subject. Libraries in search of irresistible teen fiction on the hot topic of human cloning should recommend Marilyn Kaye's outstanding "Replica" series (Bantam), in which the female protagonist is a teenage clone in search of details about her past.-Leah J. Sparks, Bowie Public Library, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.