The House of the Scorpion
Series: National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature, Newbery Honor Book, Printz Honor BookMatteo 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... show more
Series: National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature, Newbery Honor Book, Printz Honor BookMatteo 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.
Publish date: May 2004
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 380
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Book Club
, Middle Grade
Series: Matteo Alacran (#1)
Another one from NPR's Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf. I've owned this book forever. My grandma gave it to me, and I just never got around to reading it. It would not have appealed to me as a kid, and I had to resort to skimming several times because the story was too graphic. The writing felt inc...
You know that you’re too old for YA when you don’t say “What a great adventure” while reading a book. Instead, you want to reach through the pages and pull the child characters to safety. This book definitely awakened some protective-parent instinct in me that I didn’t know I possessed. Matteo Ala...
The House of the Scorpion is so highly hailed and with an intriguing concept, so I had high hopes for this book. I found the book incredibly unpleasant to read. I'm not rating the book because I acknowledge that I am not the target audience, and that may be part of the issue. I also thought the ...
Absolutely entrancing. I completely understand why this books was bestowed so many awards. Drugs, mercenaries and a battle for wealth and power. Throw in some cloning and high tech, sci-fi style elements and you have one helluva thrill ride.
In my classroom, The House of the Scorpion, has managed to captivate my most reluctant reader. I have been able to use this book to teach many concepts in the English grammar and the use of figurative language due to Nancy Farmer's excellent writing skills. I also feel that Farmer has a captivated...