The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion
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Author: Nancy Farmer
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781471120381
Release: 2013-08-01
Editor: Simon and Schuster

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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 Lord of Opium

The Lord of Opium
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Author: Nancy Farmer
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781442482562
Release: 2013-09-03
Editor: Simon and Schuster

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As the teenage ruler of his own country, Matt must cope with clones and cartels in this “electric blend of horrors and beauty” (Publishers Weekly), the riveting sequel to the modern classic House of the Scorpion, winner of the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Printz Honor. Matt has always been nothing but a clone—grown from a strip of old El Patron’s skin. Now, at age fourteen, he finds himself suddenly thrust into the position of ruling over his own country. The Land of Opium is the largest territory of the Dope Confederacy, which ranges on the map like an intestine 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 in Opium is the cure. And that isn’t all that awaits within the depths of Opium. Matt is haunted by the ubiquitous army of eejits, zombielike workers harnessed to the old El Patron’s sinister system of drug growing—people stripped of the very qualities that once made them human. Matt wants to use his newfound power to help, to 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, some from the enemies that surround him…and some from a voice within himself. For who is Matt really, but the clone of an evil, murderous dictator? Is his true destiny already predetermined by his genes?

A Study Guide for Nancy Farmer s The House of the Scorpion

A Study Guide for Nancy Farmer s  The House of the Scorpion
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Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Pages: 31
ISBN: 9781410348470
Release: 2016-06-29
Editor: Gale, Cengage Learning

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A Study Guide for Nancy Farmer's "The House of the Scorpion," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

The Scorpion Rules

The Scorpion Rules
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Author: Erin Bow
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781481442718
Release: 2015-09-22
Editor: Simon and Schuster

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In the future, the UN has brought back an ancient way to keep the peace. The children of world leaders are held hostage—if a war begins, they pay with their lives. Greta is the Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy, a superpower formed of modern-day Canada. She is also a Child of Peace, a hostage held by the de facto ruler of the world, the great Artificial Intelligence, Talis. The hostages are Talis’s strategy to keep the peace: if her country enters a war, Greta dies. The system has worked for centuries. Parents don’t want to see their children murdered. Greta will be free if she can make it to her eighteenth birthday. Until then she is prepared to die with dignity, if necessary. But everything changes when Elian arrives at the Precepture. He’s a hostage from a new American alliance, and he defies the machines that control every part of their lives—and is severely punished for it. Greta is furious that Elian has disrupted their quiet, structured world. But slowly, his rebellion opens her eyes to the brutality of the rules they live under, and to the subtle resistance of her companions. And Greta discovers her own quiet power. Then Elian’s country declares war on Greta’s and invades the prefecture, taking the hostages hostage. Now the great Talis is furious, and coming himself to mete out punishment. Which surely means that Greta and Elian will be killed...unless Greta can think of a way to save them.

The Warm Place

The Warm Place
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Author: Nancy Farmer
Pages: 124
ISBN: 1858812674
Release: 1997
Editor: Orion Children's Books

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Ruva the baby giraffe is captured from her home on the African grasslands and sent far across the sea to the cruellest of zoos. But Ruva finds friends: Rodentus, the rat who knows it all: Troll a numbler rat who is inspired by Rodentus example the nelson the angry chamelon.

The Ear the Eye and the Arm

The Ear  the Eye  and the Arm
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Author: Nancy Farmer
Pages: 311
ISBN: 0531068293
Release: 1994
Editor: Scholastic Inc.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine while three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.

Scorpions

Scorpions
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Author: Walter Dean Myers
Pages: 240
ISBN: 0061975060
Release: 2009-10-06
Editor: Harper Collins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

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

The Scorpion God
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Author: William Golding
Pages: 192
ISBN: 0571298494
Release: 2013-04-01
Editor: Faber & Faber

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A collection of three of William Golding's stories with an introduction by Craig Raine.

A Girl Named Disaster

A Girl Named Disaster
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Author: Nancy Farmer
Pages: 320
ISBN: 0545229782
Release: 2010-02-01
Editor: Scholastic Inc.

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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 Scorpion s Gate

The Scorpion s Gate
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Author: Richard A. Clarke
Pages: 336
ISBN: 110120561X
Release: 2005-10-25
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The insider whose warnings about terrorism on U.S. soil went unheeded—and whose book Against All Enemies rocketed to the top of bestseller lists—now presents his first novel: an all-too-believable story of politics, oil, espionage, and the earthshaking consequences that may lie at the end of the road ahead... Brian Douglas, working for British intelligence, is in Bahrain’s five-star Diplomat Hotel when the bomb goes off. He’s as used to carnage as one can be, after his years in Iraq. But much has changed since that war. The sheiks have been driven out of Saudi Arabia—now called Islamyah—and Iraq has become a virtual puppet of Iran, now packing nuclear heat. The coalition forces are long gone from Saddam’s homeland, after pulling out their troops and leaving the mess behind. But the mess isn’t going away, as this latest bombing suggests. And as Douglas and others try to sort out agendas and loyalties, motives and manipulations, the Middle East grows ever hotter—and this time withdrawal may not be an option...

Revenge of the Scorpion King

Revenge of the Scorpion King
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Author: Tony Abbott
Pages: 103
ISBN: 054530833X
Release: 2012
Editor: Scholastic Paperbacks

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Resolving to stop the Norse trickster Loki from invading Pinewood Bluffs with his army of monsters, Owen, Dana, Jon and Sydney stow away on Loki's sledge and find themselves in an underworld, where they face complicated challenges.

Do You Know Me

Do You Know Me
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Author: Nancy Farmer
Pages: 105
ISBN: UOM:39015029713735
Release: 1993
Editor: Scholastic

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Although he is continually getting into trouble, Tapiwa's uncle becomes her best friend when he comes from Mozambique to live with her family in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Scorpion

The Scorpion
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Author: Ninos M. Piro
Pages: 146
ISBN: 0595825729
Release: 2006-01-18
Editor: iUniverse

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Marcus Pirelli was a man who found out that his work, as a bounty hunter didn't make a difference. Now as The Scorpion, he devotes his life to fighting crime and bringing evildoers to justice. Meanwhile, there is a new serial killer in Ocean City who is targeting city officials, a street war involving three rival mobs that is tearing the city apart, and there are suspicions of corruption in the police department. Can one man really change all that? With the help of his most trusted friends, a new aggressive district attorney, and his ability to track people down, The Scorpion provides the people of Ocean City with a new feeling optimism.

Holes

Holes
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Author: Louis Sachar
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780307798367
Release: 2011-06-01
Editor: Yearling

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award! This #1 New York Times bestselling, modern classic in which boys are forced to dig holes day in and day out is now available with a splashy new look. Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption. Includes a double bonus: an excerpt from Small Steps, the follow-up to Holes, as well as an excerpt from Louis Sachar’s new middle-grade novel, Fuzzy Mud. "A smart jigsaw puzzle of a novel." --The New York Times WINNER OF THE BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK AWARD A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK SELECTED FOR NUMEROUS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR AND ALA HONORS

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle
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Author: Jeannette Walls
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781416544661
Release: 2006-01-02
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Journalist Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary and their four children lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family. When the money ran out, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town Rex had tried to escape. As the dysfunction escalated, the children had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they found the resources and will to leave home. Yet Walls describes her parents with deep affection in this tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life. -- From publisher description.

Sands of the Scorpion

Sands of the Scorpion
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Author: Bear Grylls
Pages: 282
ISBN: 9781862304826
Release: 2009
Editor: Random House

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Mission- SurvivalLocation - The Sahara DesertDangers - Diamond smugglers; heatstroke; scorpionsAfter being forced to parachute out of a smugglers? plane, teenage adventurer Beck Granger is about to face his toughest survival challenge yet - the Sahara Desert. Blistering sun, shifting sand dunes, and no water for hundreds of miles . . .Can he survive the heat and make it out alive?

On the Beach

On the Beach
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Author: Nevil Shute
Pages: 302
ISBN: 9781479451210
Release: 2020-06-23
Editor: Wildside Press LLC

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"On the Beach" is a 1957 post-apocalyptic novel written by British-Australian author Nevil Shute after he emigrated to Australia. The novel details the experiences of a mixed group of people in Melbourne as they await the arrival of deadly radiation spreading towards them from the northern hemisphere following a nuclear war a year previously. As the radiation approaches each person deals with their impending death in different ways.

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies
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Author: William Golding
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780571290581
Release: 2012-09-20
Editor: Faber & Faber

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. As the boys' delicate sense of order fades, so their childish dreams are transformed into something more primitive, and their behaviour starts to take on a murderous, savage significance. First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is one of the most celebrated and widely read of modern classics. Now fully revised and updated, this educational edition includes chapter summaries, comprehension questions, discussion points, classroom activities, a biographical profile of Golding, historical context relevant to the novel and an essay on Lord of the Flies by William Golding entitled 'Fable'. Aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4 students, it also includes a section on literary theory for advanced or A-level students. The educational edition encourages original and independent thinking while guiding the student through the text - ideal for use in the classroom and at home.

The Land of the Silver Apples

The Land of the Silver Apples
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Author: Nancy Farmer
Pages: 528
ISBN: 9781481443098
Release: 2015-07-28
Editor: Gallery / Saga Press

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“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.

Taken

Taken
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Author: Edward Bloor
Pages: 247
ISBN: 9780440421283
Release: 2009
Editor: Knopf Books for Young Readers

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In 2035 kidnapping rich children has become an industry, but when thirteen-year-old Charity Meyers is taken and held for ransom, she soon discovers that this particular kidnapping is not what it seems.