House Of The Scorpion Book Talk Assignment

With undertones of vampires, Frankenstein, dragons' hoards, and killing fields, Matt's story turns out to be an inspiring tale of friendship, survival, hope, and transcendence. A must-read for teenage fantasy fans.

At his coming-of-age party, Matteo Alacrán asks El Patrón's bodyguard, "How old am I?...I know I don't have a birthday like humans, but I was born."

"You were haWith undertones of vampires, Frankenstein, dragons' hoards, and killing fields, Matt's story turns out to be an inspiring tale of friendship, survival, hope, and transcendence. A must-read for teenage fantasy fans.

At his coming-of-age party, Matteo Alacrán asks El Patrón's bodyguard, "How old am I?...I know I don't have a birthday like humans, but I was born."

"You were harvested," Tam Lin reminds him. "You were grown in that poor cow for nine months and then you were cut out of her."

To most people around him, Matt is not a boy, but a beast. A room full of chicken litter with roaches for friends and old chicken bones for toys is considered good enough for him. But for El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium -- a strip of poppy fields lying between the U.S. and what was once called Mexico -- Matt is a guarantee of eternal life. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself for Matt is himself. They share identical DNA....more

Paperback, 380 pages

Published May 2004 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2002)

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ISBN

0689852231 (ISBN13: 9780689852237)

Literary Awards

National Book Award for Young People's Literature (2002), Newbery Honor (2003), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Children's Literature (2003), Buxtehuder Bulle (2003), Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee (2005)...more

Michael L. Printz Award Nominee (2003), South Carolina Book Award for Junior Book Award (2006), Grand Canyon Reader Award for Teen Book (2005), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee (2004), Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award for Senior (2005), Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award Nominee (2003), Lincoln Award Nominee (2008), Missouri Gateway Readers Award Nominee (2005), Oklahoma Sequoyah Award for YA (2005)...less

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Matt is a young child who is a clone, though he doesn't know it at the beginning of this powerful novel. Set in the future in Dreamland, a drug empire that took over parts of today's Mexico, Matt still has the normal concerns and fears that other children have. He wants friends and the freedom to do what he wants.

Being a clone of the powerful El Patron gives Matt safety that other clones, despised by his world, do not enjoy. Most clones are grown for horrible reasons and their intelligence is removed with a drug at birth. But he has been spared; he is highly intelligent and loves music.

Only a few befriend him: a bodyguard, a cook from the estate, and the daughter of a U.S. Senator who visits the house. Many others taunt and shun him, even some who seemed to be friends. When he has to leave the estate to save his life, new enemies appear.

Like Louis Sachar's HOLES or Lois Lowry's THE GIVER, the suspense in this book will surprise readers at many turns. Scary, evil people are all around Matt. Farmer is a gifted writer who makes this sort of science fiction seem eerily real. No reader will be untouched by this work that won several 2002 awards, including the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor Award, and a Printz Honor Award. Both teens and adults will be quickly drawn into THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on April 27, 2004

The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer

  • Publication Date: April 27, 2004
  • Genres:Fiction
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0689852231
  • ISBN-13: 9780689852237

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