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The house of the scorpion

by Farmer, Nancy, 1941-

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Where To Find It

Call number: Teen Fiction / Farmer, Nancy, R Newbery Honor 2003, R Printz Honor 2003

Available Copies: Pittsfield Teen, Traverwood Teen

Additional Details

Youth level.

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Community Reviews


I thought this book was enjoyable, though I wouldn't classify it as a "page-turner". I do think that it is worth reading though.


This book was haunting and dark, and full of hope. Matt is a clone but can think for himself. Growing up with the drug lord, El patron, and his family was dangerous and deadly. The charming daughter of a U.S. senator, Maria is innocent and unknowing of the dark deeds she does. When Matt runs away, across the Mexican American border,he meets the horrors of this furturistic world.


Face paced, intense, and well written.

Blew my mind

Wow... this was a book that had me hooked! Hey, that rhymes. Anyway, this book takes place in the future, and it's amazing to imagine that hovercrafts could be dominating the air and that our fresh water supply has been so polluted that it can be compared to black slime. Matt, a clone of a dangerous drug lord, is in for a horrifying and eye-opening adventure, while you (the reader) are taken along for the ride. I'm not going to give too much away, because this is just one of those books you have to read yourself to enjoy it.

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