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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (28,677 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Farmer Narrator: Raúl Esparza Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Matteo Alacran Series Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Mind-expanding fiction.” 

    USA Today 

  • “Readers will be hooked from the first page.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

  • “An inspiring tale of friendship, survival, hope, and transcendence.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (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.” 

    Booklist (starred review) 

  • Winner of the 2002 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
  • A 2003 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • A 2003 Newbery Honor Book
  • A 2003 Mythopoeic Award Nominee for Children's Literature
  • A Young Readers' Choice for the 2005Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award
  • Winner of the 2008 Abraham Lincoln Award
  • A 2003 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Winner of the 2006 Young Hoosier Book Award
  • A 2003 Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee
  • A 2003 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mitch | 2/10/2014

    " The book The House of The Scorpion was in my opinion one of the most suspenseful, page turner books I have ever read. It is a sci-fi or fiction type of book that until the very end had me guessing, either who was good, bad, or in between. The book was extremely well written and I would recommend it to anyone like myself that hates to read. It will certainly keep you guessing and may just re-ignite your spark to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stanci | 1/16/2014

    " Bad title - good book. Not a book I'll gush about, but it was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kari | 12/28/2013

    " The three stars is not meant to discourage anyone from reading this book. This book is very interesting and thought-provoking as the author examines the issue of human cloning. What does it mean to be human? What makes us us? To what lengths can we and should we take medical technology? What is it about life that we truly value? The book is a compelling read -- easy to return to and find out what happens. The three stars is a result of the ending. The ending is way too tidy and fast for my taste. This is a messy topic and it deserves a less Hollywood ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jamie | 12/11/2013

    " It was amazing! The characters were really amazing, and the plot was really well thought out! I found it hard to put down, and I would spend hours reading it at a time! There were many twists in the plot, and they made sense. It was the kind of book that didn't have many boring parts, and I really cared about each and every one of the characters! Sometimes, though, I did think Farmer explained so much, and the description didn't always seem to work. Great book, though! "

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