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The House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer

The House of the Scorpion

Paperback Published: May 2004
ISBN: 9780689852237
Number Of Pages: 400
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old

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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. But escape from the Alacran Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect.

* "An inspiring tale of friendship, survival, hope, and transcendence."--Kirkus, starred review
* "This is a powerful, ultimately hopeful story that builds on today's sociopolitical, ethical, and scientific issues and prognosticates a compelling picture of what the future could bring. All of these serious issues are held together by a remarkable coming-of-age story."--Booklist, starred review
* "Farmer's novel may be futuristic, but it hits close to home, raising questions of what it means to be human, what is the value of life, and what are the responsibilities of a society. Readers will be hooked from the first page."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This is mind-expanding fiction for older teens that also works for adults--think Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, Orwell's 1984 or Nevil Shute's On the Beach."--USA Today
"Strong, rough, exciting reading."--Chicago Tribune
"A story rich in twists and tangles, heroes and heroines, villages and dupes, and often dazzlingly beautiful descriptive prose."--The Boston Globe

Youth: 0 to 6
In the Beginningp. 2
The Little House in the Poppy Fieldsp. 5
Property of the Alacran Estatep. 15
Mariap. 25
Prisonp. 36
Middle Age: 7 to 11
El Patronp. 52
Teacherp. 65
The Eejit in the Dry Fieldp. 75
The Secret Passagep. 84
A Cat with Nine Livesp. 92
The Giving and Taking of Giftsp. 102
The Thing on the Bedp. 112
The Lotus Pondp. 122
Celia's Storyp. 136
Old Age: 12 to 14
A Starved Birdp. 146
Brother Wolfp. 156
The Eejit Pensp. 166
The Dragon Hoardp. 178
Coming-of-Agep. 186
Esperanzap. 194
Blood Weddingp. 203
Betrayalp. 215
Age 14
Deathp. 230
A Final Good-byep. 240
The Farm Patrolp. 248
La Vida Nueva
The Lost Boysp. 260
A Five-legged Horsep. 269
The Plankton Factoryp. 277
Washing a Dusty Mindp. 288
When the Whales Lost Their Legsp. 295
Ton-Tonp. 306
Found Outp. 317
The Boneyardp. 324
The Shrimp Harvesterp. 334
El Dia de los Muertosp. 345
The Castle on the Hillp. 353
Homecomingp. 363
The House of Eternityp. 373
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780689852237
ISBN-10: 0689852231
Audience: Primary / High School
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: May 2004
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.8  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1