The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer


Matteo wasn't born. He is a clone, made from the DNA of a powerful drug lord in the country of Opium --a small piece of land between the US and what was once Mexico. Most people consider him and the other clones subhuman, so when his life is in danger, he must survive on his own.

This futuristic novel raises questions of what it means to be human and "will haunt readers...[who] will be hooked from the first page." (Publisher's Weekly)


Awards Won by this book

   - Newbery Honor Book 2003
   - American Library Association Notable Children's Book 2003
   - American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults 2003
   - Booklist's Michael L. Printz Honor 2003
   - National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2002


Reading Levels for this book

Interest Level:  Grade 7+            DRA Level:  70                Lexile Measure:  660L
Grade Equivalent: 6.1                Guided Reading:  Z


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This book was an honoree for the prestigious Newbery Award for best children's literature. Click to see the full list of Newbery Award Winners.


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