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House Of The Scorpion Summary by anthonyvela

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									Grade: 8th

Book: The House of the Scorpion                      Author: Nancy Farmer
Publisher: Atheneum                                  Number of Pages:
Genre: Science Fiction     Lexile Score: 660         Reading Level: 5.1

Matteo Alacran was not Born; he was Harvested. His DNA came from El Patron, lord of
a country called Opium. In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special
status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire
nestled between Mexico and the United States.

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 Alacran Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his

Friendship, loyalty, survival, hope, change, compassion, conflict, value of human life
The main character learns to value himself and others, and comes to understand he has
the power to make change for the good.

Teacher Concerns:
“Hot” or Loaded Words—Are there any words or phrases with derogatory
connotations or overtones? Which characters are using these words and to whom are
they being spoken?

Stereotypes—Analyze ALL characters for stereotypes. Are the characters saying or
doing anything that may perpetuate a stereotype?

Violent Scenes—

Other Concerns--

Reading Strategies:
Understanding of science fiction genre – review of literary elements
Plot is engaging and the characters are well developed. – Excellent piece to discuss the
danger of stereotypes.

National Book Award
Newberry Honor Book
Printz Honor Book
Helpful Resources/Supplemental Materials:

Reviewed by: Trish Hemming                           Date: 11/01/04

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