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Werlin, Nancy.
New York : Dial Books, 2004.
ISBN 0803726066 

(5 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Why would Dr. Wyatt want to see Eli?  Sure Eli sent him an email but he was really drunk at the time and it was a mistake.  And now he's been summoned by one of the foremost scientists in the world.  When Dr. Wyatt offers Eli a job at Transgenics Lab, Eli begins to think there is more going on than he thought.  His father begs him not to take the job but won't explain why.  Eli knows that there is some connection between his mother and Dr. Wyatt but is assured it was business not personal.  What could possibly be going on at Transgenics?  And what does it have to do with Eli?

Booktalk #2

Eli has decided not to go to college right after high school. In fact, he has Ďluckedí into a job with Dr. Wyatt, a Noble prize winning molecular biologist. His girlfriend is happy about it, but not his dad, who objects vehemently.Eli realizes there is some link from the past with Wyatt and his motherís Huntingtonís disease.But what is it and is it still important today??  Black-eyed Susan Award nominee 2005-2006

Booktalk #3

Eli just cannot face college right after graduation, and takes a job at Wyatt Transgenics, famous for its biogenetic research. This company is run by Dr. Quincy Wyatt. Eli knows his mother knew him years ago, and also knows his father hates him now. But, why does his father hate Dr. Wyatt? Eliís father wonít tell him, and he cannot ask his mother because she is dying and in the final debilitating stages of Huntington disease. The longer Eli works for Dr. Wyatt, the more puzzled he becomes. Why was the doctor so eager to give him a good job, and why has he been so friendly to Eli? Why does Dr. Wyattís houseguest, Kayla, look so much like Eliís mother at eighteen? Why has Eli always felt superior- smarter at school, and more athletic- to the point that he purposely avoids competing? Mesmerizing answers to all these questions are slowly revealed in this chilling book.

Do you have any questions like Eliís--?!
Booktalk by Kathy Caldwell, Woodward Middle School Library  Washington Evergreen Young Adult Book Award nominee, 2006-2007

Booktalk #4

Eli is smart, really smart. After he graduates from high school, he is supposed to go to a really good college, but Eli puts school off. Instead he is offered a job in a genetics lab with a legendary scientist, named Quincy Wyatt. In the science world this is a little like when a basketball player gets drafted out of high school straight into the NBA.

Life could be almost perfect for Eli. He is getting paid big bucks. Quincy Wyatt has taken a special interest in him, buying him expensive dinners and introducing him to interesting people.

There is just a little problem with the situation. Eliís father seems to hate Quincy Wyatt and is completely against Eli working at the lab. At some point in the past something happened between Eliís parents and Mr. Wyatt but Eliís father wonít say what it is. And Eliís mother is debilitated with Huntingtonís disease. She is in a nursing home and can no longer talk.

Eli tries to unravel the mystery on his own. He starts snooping around at the lab. As Eli gets deeper into the mystery he begins to realize that he is actually at the center of the big secret. And his father, mother and Mr. Wyatt may not be exactly the type of people that they appear to be.

Booktalk by Jane Wheeler, Whatcom County Library System  Washington Evergreen Young Adult Book Award nominee, 2006-2007

Booktalk #5

Eli Samuels has just finished high school, and he is planning to take a year off before he goes to college. Eli applies for a job at Wyatt Transgenics and at the interview; he meets Dr. Quincy Wyatt, the famous molecular biologist who started Transgenics. Not only is Eli offered a good salary, very interesting work, but Dr. Wyatt also seems genuinely interested in him. It is almost too good to be true. Eliís girlfriend, Viv, thinks this is an excellent opportunity, but Eliís father wants him to quit the job immediately. Eli knows there is some connection between his parents and Dr. Wyatt, but his father will not talk about it. It has something to do with his mother who is in a nursing home dying from Huntingtonís disease. As Eli spends more time at the lab, he learns some disturbing information about himself and his family. Read Double Helix to solve the mystery.  (Prepared by: Sally Hursey for SCASL Young Adult Awards, 2008)

SUBJECTS:     Bioethics -- Fiction.
                        Genetic engineering -- Fiction.
                        Huntington's chorea -- Fiction.


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