The House of the Scorpion (2002) is a science fiction novel by Nancy Farmer. It features Matteo Alacrán, a young clone raised by a drug lord of the same name, usually called "El Patrón". It is a story about the struggle to survive as a free individual. It won the U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature and was named a Newbery Honor Book and a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. In the speculative fiction field, it was a runner-up for the Locus Award (young adult category) and the Mythopoeic Award (children's).
A sequel, entitled "The Lord of Opium," was published on September 3, 2013. The story begins a few hours after the final events of the first book.