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The House of the Scorpion.

Nancy Farmer. 2002/2003. Read by Robert Ramirez. 9 tapes. 12.5 hrs. Recorded Rooks. 1-4025-3128-1. $80.00. Vinyl; plot notes. JSA *

From KLIATT's September 2002 review of the book: "In a future world where an evil empire called Opium is tucked in between the US and Aztlan (formerly Mexico), a young clone named Matt comes of age. His foot is tattooed 'Property of the Alacran Estate'; he is the clone of El Patron, the cruel 142-year-old ruler of Opium, a drug kingdom farmed by 'eejits,' brain-dead clones. Matt has not had his brain deadened; he is a favorite of El Patron, reminding him of his lost youth, though the man's nasty, conspiring family hates Matt, considering him 'livestock.'.... Matt's other champions are a cook and a bodyguard, who conspire to save him from a fate of being harvested for organs for El Patron. This is a long but engrossing SF adventure ... [that] will appeal to adventure story lovers as well as SF fans."

Ramirez does an excellent job of maintaining the suspense with dramatic pauses and a well-articulated, semi-voiced presentation. His Spanish and Scottish accents are refreshingly authoritative. A National Book Award winner and Newbery Honor Book. Pat Dole, Richmond, VA
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Author:Dole, Pat
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Date:Mar 1, 2004
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