The House Of The Scorpion By Nancy FarmerSeries: National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature, Newbery Honor Book, Printz Honor BookMatteo Alacran was not born; he was harvested.His DNA came from El Patron, 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 Patron. El Patron 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 Patron's power-hungry family, and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive.
- Author: Nancy Farmer
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Pages: 400
- Age Range: 11 years and up