The House of the Scorpion
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The House of the Scorpion

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MATTEO ALACRaN WAS NOT BORN; HE WAS HARVESTED.His DNA came from El Patron, 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 Patron. El Patron 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 Patron'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 Alacran Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
  • Perfection Learning
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Simon Pulse.
  • 0756928087
  • 9780756928087
  • 701,273

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Booklist, starred review This is a powerful, ultimately hopeful story that builds on today's sociopolitical, ethical, and scientific issues and prognosticates a compelling picture of what the future could bring. All of these serious issues are held together by a remarkable coming-of-age story.show more

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