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The House of the Scorpion Paperback – May 1, 2004
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Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life
Bestselling author James Patterson's most beloved middle grade protagonist, Rafe Khatchadorian, is getting the Hollywood treatment. Hardcover
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Nancy Farmer, a two-time Newbery honoree, surpasses even her marvelous novel, The Ear, The Eye and the Arm in the breathless action and fascinating characters of The House of the Scorpion. Readers will be reminded of Orson Scott Card's Ender in Matt's persistence and courage in the face of a world that intends to use him for its own purposes, and of Louis Sachar's Holes in the camaraderie of imprisoned boys and the layers of meaning embedded in this irresistibly compelling story. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The story unfolds gradually, as we learn about Matt and his life as a clone, a second-class citizen, growing up in the sprawling mansion of rich and powerful feudal drug lord El Patron, the man from whose DNA Matt was cloned. Matt is unsure of his place in the world, and he needs to learn about the inner workings of the household and its members, the robot-like people who farm opium, the politics of the land El Patron rules between the US and Mexico, as well as Matt's own purpose in life (why did El Patron make a clone? Is Matt his ultimate heir or is there a darker purpose?). The reader is along for Matt's journey of self-discovery, as he figures out who to trust and where the real truth lies. Along the way, Matt finds love as well as boyhood friendship and bonding.
There's an important lesson in here about the fate of those who grow up inside cults: When Matt figures out what is right and wrong in the world, will he be able to make the right choice and reject the powerful but evil man who brought him into this world? What if your hero is a kind man to you, but reviled by the rest of the world?
Another interesting aspect of the story is the way the future echoes the past.Read more ›
"So many hints! So many clues! Like a pebble that starts an avalanche, Matt's fear shook loose more and more memories. Why had Tam Lin given him a chest full of supplies and maps? Why had Maria run from him when they found MacGregor's clone in the hospital? Because she knew! They all knew!"
The characters never are able to tell Matt directly what he so desperately wants to know.
"They're looking for you everywhere.....They've sent bodyguards to comb the stables and fields..... `Why are they looking for me?' (Matt desperately wants to know.) `You have to know. Tam Lin said you were too clever not to figure it out.' Matt felt turned to stone. The bodyguard evidently gave him more credit than he deserved. Matt hadn't figured it out- not really-until a few minutes ago."
Although this book has a science fictional flair to it, it appeals to a wider range of readers including those who enjoy suspense and mysteries.Read more ›
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This was a required school book purchase. I think my child liked this book.Published 13 days ago by SL
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which has a sure brilliance to it. Cool ideas, cool cultural aspect, cool worldbuilding.Published 16 days ago by Kira Budge
I know this book has been around for a while, so I'm late to the game, but I loved it! I read it as a teacher looking for books to add to my 8th grade classroom library, and I will... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Teacher, Mom, 40-Something
A great book for young adults. Full of great characters whom you will love and adore. I couldn't put it down until the end. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Farmington Teen
Very good book. The easy flow makes it appropriate for all ages specially for teenage readers. The story itself is original and captivating.Published 28 days ago by Bert Rivera
Son hated this book, had to read it for 7th grade summer reading. The story line was very weird. What happened to reading true classics?Published 1 month ago by tljohns
This book was recommended to me by a friend with excellent taste. I devoured it in three days. It feels like the story is telling itself, letting the reader enter it with full... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Das Janssen
THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION surprised me. I picked this book up at the Tucson Festival of Books a few years ago because I heard Farmer speak on a panel and the book sounded... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donna C