Unique by Alison Allen-Gray


Written by Alison Allen-Gray

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This debut novel, published back in 2004 has only just hit our radar screen at Lovereading4kids with the publication of her second novel Lifegame. We've been so blown away by the brilliance of Unique that we just had to tell everyone about it. It's an adventure thriller first and foremost; it has a beautifully constructed plot, well written with powerful characterization.

Dominic at 15 discovers he had a brother he never knew. Curiosity gets the better of him and he sets off to find out why his parents have kept this from him. His discovery is terrifying - that he is nothing more than a replacement, a replica, a clone of his brother. A brother who it turns out was much cleverer in the eyes of his family. It's a novel that's impossible to put down and one that is so relevant to read now as it tackles the frightening and real issues of cloning and the consequences should scientific advances in this area be allowed to continue.

Every teenager should read this novel. Then go on to the author's long-awaited second novel, Lifegame.


Unique by Alison Allen-Gray

When Dominic discovers he had an older brother who died before he was born he realizes the reason why he is such a disappointment to his father. His brother was a brilliant academic and promising scientist - but Dominic prefers to spend his time painting. Dominic heads for Cambridge to find out more about his brother and discovers much more than he ever bargained for - after his brother's death his father had him cloned and the result was Dominic. How can Dominic ever live with this mindblowing discovery? If the truth is ever made public it could put people's lives in danger - including his own. * Tackles this very current issue of cloning in a way that makes readers realize the human consequences of scientific advances


'absorbing and timely...develops from a cautionarytale into a full-blown thriller...genuinely enthralling.' Guardian

About the Author

Alison Allen-Gray

Alison Allen-Gray was brought up in the wilds of Suffolk, where an inspirational primary school teacher helped her to manage the interruption that school posed to the important business of having adventures. Whilst studying for a degree in English and Drama Alison and her friends converted an old chapel into a performance venue and spent long summers doing children's shows and taking plays to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Alison lives with her partner and her ginger cat and is interested in many things - almost anything in fact, except football and housework.

Her novel, Unique, was shortlisted for the 2004 Booktrust Teenage Prize

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256 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

7th May 2009




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