Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Double identity.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

HADDIX, Margaret Peterson. Double identity. Simon & Schuster. 218p. c2005. 0-689-87374-3. $15.95. J

Bethany's weeping parents drop her off with an aunt she has never met, in a small Midwestern town. Slowly her identity, her double identity, is revealed to her and to her aunt and older cousin, Joss. Bethany is an apt name, since it is the town where Jesus brought back Lazarus from the dead; Bethany's older sister Elizabeth died in an accident when she was just 13, and her parents found a way to bring Elizabeth back from the dead by cloning her to make Bethany. Joss was once Elizabeth's closest friend and now is a minister, which helps in the discussion of survivor's guilt, the ethics of cloning, and other themes implicit in the plot. Within several days of Bethany's arrival, someone...

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