What I remember:

  • Published no later than 1990, probably more like 1985
  • Near future setting, possibly featuring a vague Eastern/Western cold war scenario
  • A boy of ~10 learns that he has a clone of the same age
  • The clones secretly work together to ... do something that foils the plans of the adults who created them
  • There may be a second book, where the boys learn there is a third clone
  • The copy I read (US edition) was a slim hardcover of perhaps 150-200 pages
  • Cover or dust jacket was primarily yellow
  • Interior had some black-and-white illustrations, particularly on the end papers or near the title page

Any assistance locating this is appreciated!

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F! What country was this? The U.K. often has different covers than the U.S., so that can help narrow it down.
    – DavidW
    Jun 3, 2021 at 5:35
  • Thanks for the suggestion! US, edited accordingly.
    – Brian
    Jun 3, 2021 at 5:44
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    Not The House of the Scorpion? It involves a clone boy, but not all the details fit.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jun 3, 2021 at 5:59

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Kept poking around library catalogs and doing keyword searches and I found them! And archive.org has copies for the curious — Solution: Escape and Code Name: Clone by Margaret C. Cooper.

In the 21st century, 13-year-old Stefan is sent to a scientific research station where his movements are closely monitored. He discovers he is a clone, destined to be part of a fanatical scheme to control the government

In the future, cloned brothers Evonn and Stefan escape from behind the Iron Curtain to search for their father in the United States

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