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Unique [Kindle Edition]

Alison Allen-Gray
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Genuinely enthralling

Allen-Gray writes in an easy, readable style, raises stimulating questions, and offers a plot that keeps you guessing throughout.

This excellent novel is several things at once . . . its pace, tension and ever-present danger are worthy of a latter-day John Buchan . . . (the) story makes a terrific book - exciting, heartening, intelligent, and all too topical.

A novel with frightening possibilities for its adolescent readers (who face a future where these issues must be solved), and one that should be required reading for the adults who currently make the decisions.

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A gripping adventure about a boy who discovers he's the first human clone

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0192755765
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (20 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005X65UNI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alison Allen-Gray was brought up in the wilds of Suffolk. After university (English and Drama at Aberystwyth) she joined a theatre company and set about converting an old cinema into a performing arts centre which hosted many exciting new companies and innovative work. Here she began performing and scriptwriting with a group that included the composer Neil Brand and fellow children's author Lynda Waterhouse.

Alison co-wrote four musicals, two of them for children, whilst also developing her acting career. After having had a musical and a picture book published, she began writing for young adults. She is a member of the dynamic authors' and illustrators' group, Islington Writers for Children, which has given invaluable feedback during her writing career.

Alison lives by the coast in Sussex and one of her many dreams is to design and build her own house. When not dreaming or writing, she enjoys fellwalking, horse riding and going on trips all over the world with her partner in their vintage car. Her first novel, Unique, won the Stockport Schools' Book Award, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for six prizes, including the Booktrust Teenage Fiction Prize.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner 11 Jan 2007
By M. Rose
This book was deservedly shortlisted for almost every 'children's' book award in 2005/6 and won the Stockport prize. It's a pacy thriller that also manages to be intelligent and thought-provoking. Set one step into the future, it explores issues to do with cloning and asks the universal question: What, ultimately, makes you, you?

A fabulous read for any teenager.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book 11 Jan 2007
Unique is billed as a book for children, but it is one of the new generation of books for children that cross over effortlessly into adult literature.

And it's far ahead of the rest of the pack - Rowling and Pullman included. Alison Allen-Gray has real strengths in both characterisation and plot - and she has taken on a big and important theme here, human cloning. Her treatment of it is fascinating.

Read it, and give it to your friends. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable read 19 Feb 2012
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This book is very well written. A boy finds out that he had a relative that no one has told him about.
He then decides to research this relative and gets far more than he bargained for.
There's some deep psychological debate to be had here, it would be a great study for college, but frankly, I don't want to give away the plot or ending for you.
All I can say is, if you buy this book, you will neither be disappointed nor bored, the main character is likeable, there is depth to the other characters, an interesting twist for some.
It's engaging and page turner but not so "clever" that it will have you struggling to understand what the author was trying to say.
A really, REALLY good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for boys (or girls) aged 11-13 10 Sep 2011
By Lucy B
If you liked The London Eye Mystery, you would probably enjoy this. This book was recommended by the school librarian and my son enjoyed it.

(This paragraph contains spoilers) It is about a boy who realises his father isn't satisfied with him, but doesn't understand why until he discovers that he is a clone of his father's first son, who died. His father expected him to be exactly like the older boy. So it is an interesting exploration of identity.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a Kind 11 Dec 2004
By A Customer
'Unique' is a gripping story of a boy who, at 15, discovers his past has been hidden from him, by his manipulative father. Dominic Gordon has been highly criticised by his father, by not living up to the supreme standards set for him. Dominic, excelling in art, has been struggling in science - and his father is determined to make him get better at it. Dominic hated his father for not praising him for anything, and took refuge at Pop's house to help his grandfather so as to help calm himself in the process.
But when Dominic discovers he has a brother, he is taken over by curiosity, to find the truth about his brother, and why he has never been told of him by his parents. He travels to Cambridge University to find out all he can of his brother, and, in the mix of it all - finding out why his father was so intent on him being good at science.
A book written through the eyes of a character who learns he is no more than a replacement, a re-make, a clone.
Escaping his father, his 'creator', and the curious media; helping his mother, Pop's and his friends. Dominic has a lot on his hands in this enthralling book. An excellent 'can't be put down' book which stands as one of the best novels of 2004. Unique. What it's like not to be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Step into the future 24 Aug 2013
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A great concept for a story. This will appeal to teens who will experience the trials that face the lead character as he stumbles upon some interesting truths about himself, consequently leading him on an adventure filled with intrigue and danger. Well written and entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 29 April 2013
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This novel is a truly great one I just couldn't get enough of it truly lovely I wish I could find out what Imogi
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique 30 Mar 2013
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This is such an awesome book. It catches you by surprise in every chapter. The storyline is completely unpredictable. Wow.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A First-Class Thriller
This book is serious, it's clever, and as the title says, it's unique. Powerful story, realistic characters and a non-stop thrill ride. Brilliant.
Published 19 months ago by Bryn Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and different read
Completely unique storyline, which engrossed the reader fully. I would completely recommend this story to anyone with an active imagination!
Published 19 months ago by Aj
3.0 out of 5 stars bit unbelievable
Obviously inspired by Dolly the sheep, but stretches the imagination a bit when applied to a human cloning. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kevin Baines
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique
this was a very good story and very easy read.Thought the end was overstuffed though and left you hanging a bit!!
Published 20 months ago by marie munro
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Review
This is the first book I got on my kindle and I'm glad it was! Brilliant story, so gripping and entertaining. Brilliant book for a teenager and some adults would love it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sam Moorhouse
3.0 out of 5 stars Good short read
Read the book within a couple of hours, good story line but I would say i expected a little more depth to the book
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good book
This book has quickly become one of my favourite books, though at the end it became a little too rushed. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Owl lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
This is a wonderful book. Engaging plot, readable style and a sympathetic main character. I really enjoyed it and only managed to put it down once before finishing it.
Published 23 months ago by Wolfchild
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
I had the highest expectations for Unique but ended up being bitterly disappointed. The main character acts far too childish for his age, throws tantrums, shouts unreasonable... Read more
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