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The House of the Scorpion - Online Book Club

Welcome to our online book club for grades 9-12! We are excited for you to join us in reading The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Kits are ready for pickup today, Friday, September 1! Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Michelle know!

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want. No matter how much you do, the book is yours!

"The House of the Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer

“Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was harvested.

His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium — a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico… He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster — 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, including El Patrón’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 the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom...

*Here are the following pages that you will receive with your kit!*

More about the author, Day of the Dead, cloning, and the history of Opium:

Nancy Farmer’s website:

Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos holiday site:

National Geographic article about cloning:

The National Human Genome Research Institute’s page on cloning:

Council on Foreign Relations’ page on the history of drug cartels:

Included as well: a word search, a crossword puzzle, and color your own Day of the Dead skull masks.

Like The House of the Scorpion? There’s a sequel! Check it out!

We hope you enjoy these activities and would love to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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