The House of the Scorpion Book
Score: 5
From 3 Ratings

The House of the Scorpion


  • Author : Nancy Farmer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-08-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781471120381

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The House of the Scorpion Excerpt :

Matt is six years old when he discovers that he is different from other children and other people. To most, Matt isn't considered a boy at all, but a beast, dirty and disgusting. But to El Patron, lord of a country called Opium, Matt is the guarantee of eternal life. El Patron loves Matt as he loves himself - for Matt is himself. They share the exact same DNA. As Matt struggles to understand his existence and what that existence truly means, he is threatened by a host of sinister and manipulating characters, from El Patron's power-hungry family to the brain-deadened eejits and mindless slaves that toil Opium's poppy fields. Surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards, escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But even escape is no guarantee of freedom… because Matt is marked by his difference in ways that he doesn't even suspect.

The House of the Scorpion Book
Score: 4
From 169 Ratings

The House of the Scorpion


  • Author : Nancy Farmer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2010-05-11
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439106556

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The House of the Scorpion Excerpt :

Discover this internationally bestselling, National Book Award–winning young adult classic about what it means to be human with an updated, reimagined cover! Matt Alacrán wasn’t born. He was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, the drug-lord ruler of the country of Opium. Most people hate and fear clones like Matt—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, and realizes escape is his only chance to survive. But escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom.

The House of the Scorpion Book
Score: 4
From 182 Ratings

The House of the Scorpion


  • Author : Nancy Farmer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-09
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN 10 : 9780689852220

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The House of the Scorpion Excerpt :

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrâon, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Lord of Opium Book

Lord of Opium


  • Author : Nancy Farmer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-09-26
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781471118302

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Lord of Opium Excerpt :

Matt has always been nothing but a clone - an exact replica, grown from a strip of old El Patron's skin. Now, age fourteen, Matt suddenly finds himself thrust into the position of ruling over his own country, Opium, on the one-time border between the US and Mexico, stretching from the ruins of San Diego to the ruins of Matamoros. But while Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster… and hidden somewhere in Opium is the cure. And that isn't all that's hidden within the depths of Opium. Matt is haunted by the ubiquitous army of eejits, zombie-like workers harnessed to the old El Patron's sinister system of drug growing... people stripped of the very qualities which once made them human. Matt wants to use his newfound power to help stop the suffering, but he can't even find a way to smuggle his childhood love Maria across the border and into Opium. Instead, his every move hits a roadblock - both from the traitors that surround him and from a voice within himself. For who is Matt really but the clone of an evil, murderous dictator?

Anatomy of Wonder Book

Anatomy of Wonder


  • Author : Neil Barron
  • Publisher : Libraries Unltd Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 1026
  • ISBN 10 : UCSC:32106017538494

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Anatomy of Wonder Excerpt :

Barron's classic work has been updated and reorganized to reflect changes in the genre over the past decade, and meet the needs and tastes of today's readers and those who work with them. Renowned experts in the field have provided authoritative historical and contemporary coverage of the best in science fiction. Users will find succinct, critical discussions of more than 1,400 science fiction novels, story collections, and anthologies, along with a comprehensive survey of the "secondary" literature, chapters on teaching science fiction, titles appropriate for--or appealing to--teens, a directory of libraries containing significant collections of science fiction, and and award-winning titles and titles of literary merit. Author, title, and theme indexes provide additional points of access. An essential tool for collection development, research, and reference, this book also supports readers' advisory work.

A Girl Named Disaster Book
Score: 3.5
From 23 Ratings

A Girl Named Disaster


  • Author : Nancy Farmer
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2010-02-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545229784

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A Girl Named Disaster Excerpt :

Orchard Classics is a collectible hardcover line of Newbery award-winning titles from the Orchard backlist that have fresh, beautiful new designs and include author prefaces and discussion guides. A GIRL NAMED DISASTER is the humorous and heartwrenching story of young girl who discovers her own courage and strength when she makes the dangerous journey from Mozambique to Zimbabwe. Nhamo is a Shona girl living in a traditional village in Mozambique in 1981. When her family tries to force her into a marriage with a cruel man, she flees. What was supposed to have been a short boat trip across the border into Zimbabwe, where she hoped to find her father, turns into an adventure filled with challenges and danger that lasts a year.

The Land of the Silver Apples Book
Score: 4
From 17 Ratings

The Land of the Silver Apples


  • Author : Nancy Farmer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2009-08-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN 10 : 1439103313

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The Land of the Silver Apples Excerpt :

“Like the druidic life force Jack taps, this hearty adventure, as personal as it is epic, will cradle readers in the ‘hollow of its hand’ (Booklist, starred review). Jack has caused an earthquake. He was trying to save his sister Lucy from being thrown down a well, but sometimes the magic doesn’t quite work out. Not only does Jack demolish a monastery, but Lucy is carried off by the Lady of the Lake, and Jack has to follow her through the Hollow Road, which lies underground. Aided by Pega, a slave, and the berserker Thorgil, Jack encounters hobgoblins, kelpies, yarthkins, and elves—not the enchanted sprites one would expect, but fallen angels who steal human children for pets. In the eighth century, the world is caught between belief in the Old Gods and Christianity, and what Jack and his companions do will decide the fate of both religions. From National Book Award winner Nancy Farmer, this second book in the Sea of Trolls trilogy brilliantly enlarges the world of the first story. Look for the conclusion in The Islands of the Blessed.

The Scorpion Rules Book
Score: 3.5
From 24 Ratings

The Scorpion Rules


  • Author : Erin Bow
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-09-22
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781481442718

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The Scorpion Rules Excerpt :

The teenage princess of a future-world Canadian superpower, where royal children are held hostage to keep their countries from waging war, falls in love with an American prince who rebels against the brutal rules governing their existences.

The Lord of Opium Book
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

The Lord of Opium


  • Author : Nancy Farmer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-09-03
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442482548

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The Lord of Opium Excerpt :

In 2137, fourteen-year-old Matt is stunned to learn that, as the clone of El Patrâon, he is expected to take over as leader of the corrupt drug empire of Opium, where there is also a hidden cure for the ecological devastation faced by the rest of the world.

The House of the Scorpion Paperback Duology Book

The House of the Scorpion Paperback Duology


  • Author : Nancy Farmer
  • Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2022-09-06
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 880
  • ISBN 10 : 1665917865

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The House of the Scorpion Paperback Duology Excerpt :

Discover the National Book Award, Newbery Honor, and Printz Honor–winning modern classic and its riveting sequel—together in a collectible paperback boxed set for the first time! Matt Alacrán was not born. He was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, who is the drug-lord ruler of the country of Opium. Most people hate and fear clones like Matt—except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself. As Matt grows up and struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, and has to make bigger decisions than he ever imagined. Through Matt’s page-turning adventures, Nancy Farmer tackles some of life’s most enduring questions—what it means to be human, what we owe to each other, and how to find hope in even the darkest situations. This electric paperback boxed set includes: The House of the Scorpion The Lord of Opium

Scorpion Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Scorpion


  • Author : Andrew Kaplan
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2014-10-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 326
  • ISBN 10 : 9781497677975

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Scorpion Excerpt :

This supercharged thriller from master storyteller Andrew Kaplan introduces the Scorpion, the CIA’s top agent in the Middle East, and launches the bestselling espionage series Kelly Ormont sprints down the narrow streets of Paris. When a car pulls up and a man points a gun at her, life as she knows it is over. Within days, this beautiful congressman’s daughter will be in the Middle East, where some of the wealthiest men in the world will bid to make her their slave. Only the Scorpion can save her now. An American raised among the Bedouin, the Scorpion is the CIA’s top agent in the Arabian peninsula. To save Kelly, he slips into the sinister underworld of human trafficking, where the kidnapped girl’s trail leads him to a Saudi prince with fanatical global ambitions. When the Scorpion discovers a link between the prince and the Russians, Kelly will not be the only person who needs a savior.

The Christmas Scorpion  A Jack Reacher Story Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

The Christmas Scorpion A Jack Reacher Story


  • Author : Lee Child
  • Publisher : Delacorte Press
  • Release Date : 2018-10-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 36
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984818454

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The Christmas Scorpion A Jack Reacher Story Excerpt :

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING JACK REACHER SERIES THAT INSPIRED TWO MAJOR MOTION PICTURES AND THE UPCOMING STREAMING SERIES REACHER Jack Reacher’s spending the holidays in California. The last thing he expects is a blizzard—or a visit from the world’s deadliest assassin. On Christmas Eve, Jack Reacher stumbles into a no-name bar in the California desert, desperate to take refuge from an unexpected snowstorm. Reacher came to Barstow for a little R&R. Instead, he’s sequestered in a dark little roadhouse with a bartender, a bewildered elderly couple—and two members of Britain’s Royal Military Police. They tell Reacher they were escorting a VIP to a top-secret meeting at a U.S. military base when they became separated from their charge. That’s when the threat came in from a notorious assassin: the Christmas Scorpion. Now they need a miracle to save the day. Or maybe all they need is Jack Reacher.

The Scorpion   s Head Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

The Scorpion s Head


  • Author : Hilde Vandermeeren
  • Publisher : Pushkin Press
  • Release Date : 2022-03-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9781782277484

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The Scorpion s Head Excerpt :

A furiously paced psychological thriller about a woman accused of attempting to murder her son, perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins Shortly after a fractious weekend away with her family, Gaelle wakes up injured in a psychiatric hospital in Berlin. Her seven-year-old son is in a coma in another hospital--and the police suspect her of attempting to murder him. With no memory of what happened but convinced of her innocence, Gaelle escapes and begins a determined hunt for the truth. Michael is a contract killer working for Scorpio, a ruthless organization that spares no-one, where any agent who violates the rules signs their own death warrant. When Michael decides to reject an assignment, he knows he must run for his life. One makes a living by killing, the other would kill to survive. And soon their paths will cross... An exhilarating addition to the Walter Presents Library.

Scorpions Book
Score: 4.5
From 12 Ratings

Scorpions


  • Author : Walter Dean Myers
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-06
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061975066

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Scorpions Excerpt :

The Scorpions are a gun-toting Harlem gang, and Jamal Hicks is about to become tragically involved with them in this authentic tale of the sacrifice of innocence and the struggle to steer clear of violence. This Newbery Honor Book will challenge young men to consider their own decisions as they come of age in a complex and often frustrating society. Pushed by a bully to fight and nagged by his principal, Jamal is having a difficult time staying in school. His home life is not much better, with his mother working her fingers to the bone to try to earn the money for an appeal for Jamal's jailed older brother, Randy. Jamal wants to do the right thing and help earn the money to free his brother by working, but he's afraid to go against the Scorpions. Jamal eventually pulls free of the gang's bad influence, but only through the narrowest of escapes. Walter Dean Myers, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, sensitively explores the loyalty and love between friends faced with hard choices. Scorpions is 25 years old, but the issues of poverty and violence make it a timeless powerful read—sadly as relevant as ever.

The Scorpion God Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

The Scorpion God


  • Author : William Golding
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2013-04-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571305018

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The Scorpion God Excerpt :

Lose yourself in ancient civilizations in these three historical novellas by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies. Even when he leapt from the parapet he talked. Ancient Egypt. The Prince is set to marry Pretty Flower, his sister, in the Great House's incestuous society. But the Liar speaks a truth that transforms everything . A primitive matriarchal society. While mothers raise children in the bucolic Place of Women, Chimp is tormented by the Leopard Men in their brutal hunts, until he gains new wisdom . Imperial Rome. In an era of invention and exploration, the emperor realises he loves his illegitimate grandson more than his own loutish heir . 'Communicates visionary ideas about the present and his imaginative understanding of our collective pasts.' Bettany Hughes 'Golding writes the past as present [with] uncanny skill and tremendous intuition.' Ben Okri 'Brilliant . So fluent and stylish that the stories read themselves like a dream.' Daily Telegraph 'Ingenious ... Perhaps the ambition of these books seems to put them a bit over the top, a bit out of their time.' London Review of Books