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Publisher Description

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 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. Matt’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 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, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn’t even suspect.

GENRE
Young Adult
RELEASED
2010
May 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
5.8
MB
AUDIENCE
Grades 7 and Above

Customer Reviews

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Love this book!!!!!!

I love this book I stay up all night reading this book

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So good

An amazing read, complicated at first, but worth the effort. I loved it and read it at age 9. I have read dozens of times since, currently 13. Read it!!

mrs. mchgehee ,

Worst book

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