The House of the Scorpion

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The House of the Scorpion 

Paperback – May 1, 2004

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrn, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States. A Newbery Honor book. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.

Series: National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature, Newbery Honor Book, Printz Honor Book

Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was harvested.
His DNA came from El Patrón, 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 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, including El Patrón'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 Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English

  • ISBN-13: 9780689852237

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces