The House of the Scorpion
Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (10/20/2008)
Paperback, Chinese (5/1/2016)
Paperback, Chinese (6/1/2016)
Hardcover, Large Print, Large Print (4/1/2003)
Matt Alacrán wasn’t born. He was harvested.
His DNA came from El Patrón, the drug-lord ruler of the country of Opium. Most people hate and fear clones like Matt—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, and realizes escape is his only chance to survive. But escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom.
Praise For The House of the Scorpion…
National Book Award Winner
ALA Newbery Honor
ALA Printz Honor
“It's a pleasure to read science fiction that's full of warm, strong characters . . . that doesn't rely on violence as the solution to complex problems of right and wrong. The House of the Scorpion is a pleasure to read.”
— Ursula K. LeGuin
— Diana Wynne Jones
“Strong, rough, exciting reading.”
— Chicago Tribune
“A story rich in twists and tangles, heroes and heroines . . . and often dazzlingly beautiful descriptive prose.”
— The Boston Globe
* “Farmer's novel . . . 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
* “Powerful [and] ultimately hopeful. . . . A remarkable coming-of-age story.” -Booklist, starred review
* “An inspiring tale of friendship, survival, hope, and transcendence.” - Kirkus, starred review
“Mind-expanding fiction for older teens that also works for adults."
— USA Today
Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 9780689852220, 400pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2002