Synopses & Reviews
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.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Matteo Alacrand#225;n was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrand#243;n, lord of a country called Opiumand#8212;a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Mattand#8217;s 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 monsterand#8212;except for El Patrand#243;n. El Patrand#243;n loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patrand#243;nand#8217;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 Alacrand#225;n Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesnand#8217;t even suspect.
* and#8220;An inspiring tale of friendship, survival, hope, and transcendence.and#8221;
* and#8220;This is a powerful, ultimately hopeful story that builds on today's sociopolitical, ethical, and scientific issues and prognosticates a compelling picture of what the future could bring. All of these serious issues are held together by a remarkable coming-of-age story.and#8221;
* and#8220;Farmer's novel may be futuristic, but it hits close to home, raising questions of what it means to be human, what is the value of life, and what are the responsibilities of a society. Readers will be hooked from the first page.and#8221;
and#8220;This is mind-expanding fiction for older teens that also works for adultsand#8212;think Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, Orwell's 1984 or Nevil Shute's On the Beach.and#8221;
and#8220;Strong, rough, exciting reading.and#8221;
and#8220;A story rich in twists and tangles, heroes and heroines, villages and dupes, and often dazzlingly beautiful descriptive prose.and#8221;
"Strong, rough, exciting reading."
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patr
M. Sindy Felin’s National Book Award finalist is in paperback for the first time. Karina has plenty to worry about on the last day of seventh grade: finding three Ds and a C on her report card again, getting laughed at by everyone again, being sent to the principal—again. But she’s too busy dodging the fists of her stepfather and looking out for her sisters to deal with school. This is the story of a young girl coming of age amidst the violent waters that run just beneath the surface of suburbia—a story that has the courage to ask: How far will you go to protect the ones you love?
The epic story of a young girl torn from her African village, sold into slavery, and stripped of everything she has ever known—except hope.
Matteo Alacran was not born; he was harvested with the DNA from El Patron, lord of a country called Opium. Can a boy who was bred to guarantee another’s survival find his own purpose in life? And can he ever be free?
About the Author
Nancy Farmer has written three Newbery Honor books: andlt;iandgt;The Ear, the Eye and the Armandlt;/iandgt;; andlt;iandgt;A Girl Named Disasterandlt;/iandgt;; and andlt;iandgt;The House of the Scorpionandlt;/iandgt;, which, in 2002, also won the National Book Award and the Printz Honor. Other books include andlt;i andgt;The Lord of Opiumandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Sea of Trollsandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Land of the Silver Applesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Islands of the Blessedandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Do You Know Meandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Warm Placeandlt;/iandgt;, and three picture books for young children. She grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border and now lives with her family in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona.
Table of Contents
YOUTH: 0 TO 6
1. In the Beginning
2. The Little House in the Poppy Fields
3. Property of the Alacr