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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Have you ever wondered if there might some day be another 'you'? Would this person live in the same city as you do? Would this person look like you and think like you? In We are Tam by Patricia Bernard, Tamarisk Woodward, also known as Tam, is about to find out. Tam may be just an ordinary high school student in the twenty-first century, but suddenly her world turns upside down, quite literally, when a singing in her head, singing her name no less, causes headaches, nausea and fainting spells. That's not all; this singing in her head connects her to another Tam, a Tameron who looks just like Tam of the twenty-first century, only this Tameron lives in the twenty-fifth century. They share the same home town, only the one in the twenty-fifth century is a complete negation of all that existed in that place in the past. In fact, Tameron of the twenty-fifth century is not allowed to know anything about the past because, "NOW is NOW and forever will be NOW."
The two Tams are mirror images of each other. Mirror imaging is very dangerous and Tameron of the twenty-fifth century has only reached out to her mirror image because her parent, Darwei, is fading because he reached out to his mirror image and never returned. This is where the mystery begins and the plot thickens because Tameron of the twenty-fifth century has reached out to her mirror image of the twenty-first century to help her find her parent and send him back to the twenty-fifth century before it is too late.
The plot sounds a bit confusing, but the story, once you get into it, really isn't at all confusing and it is very cleverly unveiled. Author Patricia Bernard has a wonderful imagination and a gift of storytelling that pulls the reader right into the story from the start. She has written an exciting young people's story about the present and the future. Well done!