The House of the Scorpion

Version: Unabridged
Author: Nancy Farmer
Narrator: Raul Esparza
Genres: Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: October 2008
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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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.

Reviews (3)

great story

Written by brb on July 30th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This story has an unusual premise. It's well told and Matteo was a very sympathetic hero. I listened to it on a car trip and the reading kept me so enthralled that I would take back roads just to keep listening.

House of the Scorpion

Written by Anonymous on March 6th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Disappointing, especially after reading its praises in a young adult lit textbook. It dragged on- written very matter-of-fact, which did not engage me. I could stand it after CD 2 and abandoned it.

Good Book

Written by Anonymous on February 17th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was a good book. I normally don't read these kinds of book because of predicatability. This booked proved that it is not the ending but the journey. Even though I was right about the ending there were many occurances that I didn't predict, which really made the book enjoyable.

Author Details

Author Details

Farmer, Nancy

Nancy Farmer has written three Newbery Honor Books: "The Ear the Eye and the Arm; A Girl Named Disaster;" and "The House of the Scorpion, " which, in 2002, also won the National Book Award. Other books include "Do You Know Me, The Warm Place, " and three picture books for young children. She grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border, and now lives with her family in Menlo Park, California.