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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
Matteo Alacran was not born - he was harvested. He is the clone of El Patron, the powerful overlord of a country called Opium. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2010 by K. Edwards
I consider myself to be an incredibly picky reader, however when I started this book, I found myself enjoying every minute of it. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2009 by Laup Otta
this book is so twisted!!!it led me to think things were gonna happen when they didnt and some of the most unexpected things took place. Read morePublished on April 8 2005 by Adri
The authors purpose for writing this novel was to give the reader suspense and mystery. One example is when Matt, the main character, is framed for killing his friends dog when he... Read morePublished on June 10 2004
After reading this book over and over again and not getting the least bit bored, I realized that this was my favorite book ever. The sad thing is, I don't even own it. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by "suddke"
I loved this book. I found it clever, funny, and filled with action. It also related to my life a lot, because sometimes I am treated with not much respect. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by "suddke"
Yes, it's a wonderfully clever story in many ways, though I'm not quite convinced that it is deserving of so much prestige. Read morePublished on June 7 2004
This book follows the adolescence of Matteo Alacran, the clone of Mateo Alacran, otherwise known as El Patron, who is one of three legal drug lords in the country of Opium, which... Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Kathy