The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion Author Nancy Farmer
ISBN-10 0689852231
ISBN-13 9780689852237
Year 2004-05-01
Pages 400
Language English
Publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Series National Book Award Winner for Young People s Literature Newbery Honor Book Printz Honor BookMatteo Alacrn was not born he was harvested His DNA came from El Patrn 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 Patrn El Patrn 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 Patrn 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 Alacrn Estate is no guarantee of freedom because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn t even suspect

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