The House of The Scorpion

The House of The Scorpion

The House of The Scorpion
By Nancy Farmer

Matteo isn't your typical boy; he's a clone. His life began in a Petri dish and  his first nine months were spent in the belly of a cow. But now, as a teenage boy, he wants answers, and to be treated as an equal. Is equality possible in a land ruled by a drug lord? If Matteo manages to escape, will the people of the outside world be accepting of a clone?


Dystopian, Applicable Societal Issues, Philosophical Issues, Mystery-Sub-Plot

Why this is a Good Book For Teenage Girls

The House of the Scorpion is a good book for teenage girls because it's an incredibly well-built dystopian novel that brings to light the serious issue of what constitutes a being as protected by the label of humanity. Matteo is a kind and caring character that readers will grow closer and closer to after each turn of the page, forgetting that he's a clone. It's a great book for teens who like dystopia, challenging philosophical issues, and suspense.

Matteo Alacran was not born; he was harvested with the DNA from El Patron, lord of a country called Opium. Can a boy who was bred to guarantee another’s survival find his own purpose in life? And can he ever be free?