The House of the Scorpion

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Gripping, gritty sci-fi tale of a clone's identity struggle.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 13 reviews

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age 14+

Intriguing World Building

My first glance through The House of the Scorpion had me wary of the contents, but when I settled in I was quite surprised by the content. I think that this book had an interesting way of introducing young adults to deeper political considerations. I marked this 14 and up because the violence and cruelty could be upsetting to a younger audience. For readers coming from a non-religious or non-Catholic environment, I would alert them in advance not to be dissuaded by the abundance of seemingly Catholic references because this appears to be used more to present Mexican culture. (Noting this as I am recommending this to my son, and we are Orthodox Jews.)
age 12+


I think this book is as boring as boring books get. What possessed someone to put out such a drab lifeless "tale" beats me. what i do know is the the "exciting" "thought provoking" moments happen far from each other and in between you are left with garbage you dont care about in between each scene

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For kids who love science fiction

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