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The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
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Mar 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: newbery-award, young-adult, family-read
Read from March 01 to April 01, 2010

The House of the Scorpion has received numerous literary awards and was highly recommended by many goodreads friends. This is a dystopian novel set in a future where cloning is a practice used by many to extend their lives. People create clones for the soul purpose of using them as organ donors when their own bodies begin to age and fail. The clones are classified as animals and receive the same type of treatment. A secondary theme of the book revolves around the setting, a new country which lies between present day US and Mexico. This country produces only one export, the drug opium, which has created a society with a small privileged group of ruling elite and the masses of people/clones who are there to serve them.

This is a book that was a family read aloud with my 11-year old son. Many times, we would stop and discuss some of the issues in the book - cloning, dictators, social strata, drugs - what an amazing book to read with young adults! This would be a perfect book to add to a high school curricululm. For middle graders, there are a lot of very hot topics in this book that they might gloss over if read alone. This story will definitely stay with me.

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