The House of the Scorpion

May 1, 2004|
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
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This modern classic takes on an iron-fisted drug lord, clones bred for their organs, and what it means to be human. Winner of the National Book Award as well as Newbery and Printz Honors.

Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium—a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt’s first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster—except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself.

As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patrón’s power-hungry family, and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn’t even suspect.
Contents YOUTH: 0 TO 6 1. In the Beginning 2. The Little House in the Poppy Fields 3. Property of the Alacrán Estate 4. María 5. Prison MIDDLE AGE: 7 TO 11 6. El Patrón 7. Teacher 8. The Eejit in the Dry Field 9. The Secret Passage 10. A Cat with Nine Lives 11. The Giving and Taking of Gifts 12. The Thing on the Bed 13. ...
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Title:The House of the ScorpionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 1.1 inShipping dimensions:400 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 1.1 inPublished:May 1, 2004Publisher:415231986Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0689852231

ISBN - 13:9780689852237

Appropriate for ages: 12

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