The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion
Author: Nancy Farmer
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2013-08-01
ISBN 10: 1471120384
ISBN 13: 9781471120381
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The House of the Scorpion Book Review:

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 House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion
Author: Nancy Farmer
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2010-05-11
ISBN 10: 143910655X
ISBN 13: 9781439106556
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The House of the Scorpion Book Review:

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.

The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion
Author: Nancy Farmer
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 380
Release: 2002-09-01
ISBN 10: 0689852223
ISBN 13: 9780689852220
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The House of the Scorpion Book Review:

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrâon, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

The Lord of Opium

The Lord of Opium
Author: Nancy Farmer
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2013-09-03
ISBN 10: 1442482540
ISBN 13: 9781442482548
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Lord of Opium Book Review:

In 2137, 14-year-old Matt is stunned to learn that, as the clone of old El Patron, he is expected to take over as leader of the corrupt drug empire of Opium, where there is also a hidden cure for the ecological devastation facing the rest of the world.

Tune It Out

Tune It Out
Author: Jamie Sumner
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-09-01
ISBN 10: 153445702X
ISBN 13: 9781534457027
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tune It Out Book Review:

From the author of the acclaimed Roll with It comes a moving novel about a girl with a sensory processing disorder who has to find her own voice after her whole world turns upside down. Lou Montgomery has the voice of an angel, or so her mother tells her and anyone else who will listen. But Lou can only hear the fear in her own voice. She’s never liked crowds or loud noises or even high fives; in fact, she’s terrified of them, which makes her pretty sure there’s something wrong with her. When Lou crashes their pickup on a dark and snowy road, child services separate the mother-daughter duo. Now she has to start all over again at a fancy private school far away from anything she’s ever known. With help from an outgoing new friend, her aunt and uncle, and the school counselor, she begins to see things differently. A sensory processing disorder isn’t something to be ashamed of, and music might just be the thing that saves Lou—and maybe her mom, too.

The Ear the Eye and the Arm

The Ear  the Eye  and the Arm
Author: Nancy Farmer
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 311
Release: 1994
ISBN 10: 9780531068298
ISBN 13: 0531068293
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ear the Eye and the Arm Book Review:

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.

A Girl Named Disaster

A Girl Named Disaster
Author: Nancy Farmer
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2010-02-01
ISBN 10: 9780545229784
ISBN 13: 0545229782
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Girl Named Disaster Book Review:

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 Comet s Curse

The Comet s Curse
Author: Dom Testa
Publsiher: Tor Teen
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2009-01-20
ISBN 10: 9781429981606
ISBN 13: 1429981601
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Comet s Curse Book Review:

In the gripping start to this young adult science fiction adventure series by popular Colorado radio host Dom Testa, the teenage crew of the starship Galahad must find a new home for humanity among the stars--if they fail, it will be the end of the human race.... When the tail of the comet Bhaktul flicks through the Earth's atmosphere, deadly particles are left in its wake. Suddenly, mankind is confronted with a virus that devastates the adult population. Only those under the age of eighteen seem to be immune. Desperate to save humanity, a renowned scientist proposes a bold plan: to create a ship that will carry a crew of 251 teenagers to a home in a distant solar system. Two years later, the Galahad and its crew—none over the age of sixteen—is launched. Two years of training have prepared the crew for the challenges of space travel. But soon after departing Earth, they discover that a saboteur is hiding on the Galahad! Faced with escalating acts of vandalism and terrorized by threatening messages, sixteen-year-old Triana Martell and her council soon realize that the stowaway will do anything to ensure that the Galahad never reaches its destination. The teens must find a way to neutralize their enemy. For if their mission fails, it will mean the end of the human race.... At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Scorpionfish

Scorpionfish
Author: Natalie Bakopoulos
Publsiher: Tin House Books
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2020-07-07
ISBN 10: 1947793853
ISBN 13: 9781947793859
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Scorpionfish Book Review:

A Best Summer Read at The Daily Beast and Alma A captivating and transporting travel novel, Scorpionfish reveals how what we leave behind may be exactly what we've been looking for all along. After the unexpected deaths of her parents, academic Mira returns to her childhood home in Athens. On her first night back, she encounters a new neighbor, a longtime ship captain who has found himself, for the first time in years, no longer at sea. As one summer night tumbles into another, Mira and the Captain’s voices drift across the balconies of their apartments, disclosing details and stories: of careers, of families, of love. For Mira, love has so often meant Aris, an ex-boyfriend and rising Greek politician who has recently become engaged to a movie star. There is, too, her love for her dear friend Nefeli—a well-known artist who came of age during the military dictatorship—as well as Dimitra and Fady, a couple caring for a young refugee boy. Undergirding each relationship is the love that these characters have for Athens, a beautiful but complicated city that is equal parts lushness and sharp edges. Scorpionfish is a map of how and where we find our true selves: in the pull of the sea; the sway of late-night bar music; the risk and promise of art; and in the sparkling, electric, summertime charge of endless possibility. Award-winning author Natalie Bakopoulos braids a story of vulnerability, desire, and bittersweet truth, unraveling old ways of living and, in the end, creating something new.

Scorpion

Scorpion
Author: Andrew Kaplan
Publsiher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 326
Release: 2014-10-07
ISBN 10: 1497677971
ISBN 13: 9781497677975
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Scorpion Book Review:

This supercharged thriller from master storyteller Andrew Kaplan introduces the Scorpion, the CIA’s top agent in the Middle East, and launches the bestselling espionage series Kelly Ormont sprints down the narrow streets of Paris. When a car pulls up and a man points a gun at her, life as she knows it is over. Within days, this beautiful congressman’s daughter will be in the Middle East, where some of the wealthiest men in the world will bid to make her their slave. Only the Scorpion can save her now. An American raised among the Bedouin, the Scorpion is the CIA’s top agent in the Arabian peninsula. To save Kelly, he slips into the sinister underworld of human trafficking, where the kidnapped girl’s trail leads him to a Saudi prince with fanatical global ambitions. When the Scorpion discovers a link between the prince and the Russians, Kelly will not be the only person who needs a savior.

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas
Author: David Mitchell
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2010-07-16
ISBN 10: 0307373576
ISBN 13: 9780307373571
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cloud Atlas Book Review:

By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks | Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize A postmodern visionary and one of the leading voices in twenty-first-century fiction, David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending, philosophical and scientific speculation in the tradition of Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip K. Dick. The result is brilliantly original fiction as profound as it is playful. In this groundbreaking novel, an influential favorite among a new generation of writers, Mitchell explores with daring artistry fundamental questions of reality and identity. Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite. . . . Abruptly, the action jumps to Belgium in 1931, where Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter. . . . From there we jump to the West Coast in the 1970s and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life. . . . And onward, with dazzling virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok; and, finally, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history. But the story doesn’t end even there. The narrative then boomerangs back through centuries and space, returning by the same route, in reverse, to its starting point. Along the way, Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky. As wild as a videogame, as mysterious as a Zen koan, Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable tour de force that, like its incomparable author, has transcended its cult classic status to become a worldwide phenomenon. Praise for Cloud Atlas “[David] Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel’s every page.”—The New York Times Book Review “One of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt is—and should be—read by any student of contemporary literature.”—Dave Eggers “Wildly entertaining . . . a head rush, both action-packed and chillingly ruminative.”—People “The novel as series of nested dolls or Chinese boxes, a puzzle-book, and yet—not just dazzling, amusing, or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too. I’ve never read anything quite like it, and I’m grateful to have lived, for a while, in all its many worlds.”—Michael Chabon “Cloud Atlas ought to make [Mitchell] famous on both sides of the Atlantic as a writer whose fearlessness is matched by his talent.”—The Washington Post Book World “Thrilling . . . One of the biggest joys in Cloud Atlas is watching Mitchell sashay from genre to genre without a hitch in his dance step.”—Boston Sunday Globe “Grand and elaborate . . . [Mitchell] creates a world and language at once foreign and strange, yet strikingly familiar and intimate.”—Los Angeles Times From the Hardcover edition.

The Scorpion Rules

The Scorpion Rules
Author: Erin Bow
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2015-09-22
ISBN 10: 1481442716
ISBN 13: 9781481442718
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Scorpion Rules Book Review:

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.

Taken

Taken
Author: Edward Bloor
Publsiher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 247
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 0440421284
ISBN 13: 9780440421283
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Taken Book Review:

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.

The Christmas Scorpion

The Christmas Scorpion
Author: Lee Child
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2018-10-01
ISBN 10: 147356266X
ISBN 13: 9781473562660
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Christmas Scorpion Book Review:

This short read (20 pages) is perfect for a coffee break and includes the first three chapters from Lee Child’s new thriller – Past Tense. Jack Reacher likes to head south for the winter, to stay warm: so just before Christmas he arrives in a small town in Southern California. But the weather there is not warm and dry, as it’s supposed to be: he arrives in a freak blizzard. Reacher finds refuge in a snowed-in roadhouse with four other strangers stranded by the storm. Two of them are British military police, separated by the weather from the VIP they are detailed to protect. Can Reacher help them find their guy, or will an undercover assassin find him first?

Scorpions

Scorpions
Author: Noah Feldman
Publsiher: Twelve
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2010-11-08
ISBN 10: 0446575143
ISBN 13: 9780446575140
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Scorpions Book Review:

A tiny, ebullient Jew who started as America's leading liberal and ended as its most famous judicial conservative. A Klansman who became an absolutist advocate of free speech and civil rights. A backcountry lawyer who started off trying cases about cows and went on to conduct the most important international trial ever. A self-invented, tall-tale Westerner who narrowly missed the presidency but expanded individual freedom beyond what anyone before had dreamed. Four more different men could hardly be imagined. Yet they had certain things in common. Each was a self-made man who came from humble beginnings on the edge of poverty. Each had driving ambition and a will to succeed. Each was, in his own way, a genius. They began as close allies and friends of FDR, but the quest to shape a new Constitution led them to competition and sometimes outright warfare. SCORPIONS tells the story of these four great justices: their relationship with Roosevelt, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. It also serves as a history of the modern Constitution itself.

Scorpions

Scorpions
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2009-10-06
ISBN 10: 9780061975066
ISBN 13: 0061975060
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Scorpions Book Review:

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 Islands of the Blessed

The Islands of the Blessed
Author: Nancy Farmer
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2015-08-25
ISBN 10: 1481443100
ISBN 13: 9781481443104
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Islands of the Blessed Book Review:

The crowning volume of Newbery Honor author Farmer's trilogy that began with "The Sea of Trolls" and continued with "The Land of Silver Apples." Impeccably researched and blending the lore of Christian, Pagan, and Norse traditions, this expertly woven tale is beguilingly suspenseful and, ultimately, a testament to love.

The Green Glass Sea

The Green Glass Sea
Author: Ellen Klages
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2008-05-01
ISBN 10: 144063713X
ISBN 13: 9781440637131
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Green Glass Sea Book Review:

It is 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is traveling west on a train to live with her scientist father—but no one, not her father nor the military guardians who accompany her, will tell her exactly where he is. When she reaches Los Alamos, New Mexico, she learns why: he's working on a top secret government program. Over the next few years, Dewey gets to know eminent scientists, starts tinkering with her own mechanical projects, becomes friends with a budding artist who is as much of a misfit as she is—and, all the while, has no idea how the Manhattan Project is about to change the world. This book's fresh prose and fascinating subject are like nothing you've read before.

The Girl Who Was on Fire Movie Edition

The Girl Who Was on Fire  Movie Edition
Author: Leah Wilson
Publsiher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2012-01-17
ISBN 10: 1936661594
ISBN 13: 9781936661596
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Girl Who Was on Fire Movie Edition Book Review:

Includes 3 brand new essays on Gale, the Games, and Mockingjay! **Already read the first edition of The Girl Who Was on Fire? Look for The Girl Who Was on Fire - Booster Pack in the Kindle store to get just the three new essays and the extra movie content.** Katniss Everdeen’s adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide. In The Girl Who Was on Fire - Movie Edition, sixteen YA authors take you back to the world of the Hunger Games with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more. From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to fashion and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, Panem, and the series, really is. • How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch’s drinking, Annie’s distraction, and Wiress’ speech problems? • What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror? • Why isn’t the answer to “Peeta or Gale?” as interesting as the question itself? • What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history—and what can we? CONTRIBUTORS: Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Mary Borsellino, Sarah Rees Brennan, Terri Clark, Bree Despain, Adrienne Kress, Sarah Darer Littman, Cara Lockwood, Elizabeth M. Rees, Carrie Ryan, Ned Vizzini, Lili Wilkinson, Blythe Woolston, Diana Peterfreund (NEW), Brent Hartinger (NEW), Jackson Pearce (NEW)

The Scorpion God

The Scorpion God
Author: William Golding
Publsiher: Faber & Faber
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2013-04-01
ISBN 10: 9780571298495
ISBN 13: 0571298494
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Scorpion God Book Review:

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