House of the Scorpion
This modern classic takes on an iron-fisted drug lord, clones bred for their organs, and what it means to be human. Winner of the National Book Award as well as Newbery and Printz Honors. Matteo Alacrßn was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patr_n, lord of a country called Opiumùa strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. MattÆs first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monsterùexcept for El Patr_n. El Patr_n 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 Patr_nÆs 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 Alacrßn Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesnÆt even suspect.