The House of the Scorpion
Publish date: September 1st 2002
Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
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...