The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
El Patron is the ruler of Opium, a country thriving on the production of drugs. One day he harvested his own clone, but instead of injecting the embryo with a drug to destroy its mind like the other clones, he let it grow into a boy named Matt Alcran.
Matt is hated by everyone he knows with the exception of a few people. He is known as El Patron's clone, not his own being. Now Matt wonders: Is he the animal everyone says he is, and will he ultimately be the exact same person El Patron is?
I wasn't sure if I was gonna enjoy this book, but it was actually good despite the fact I had to take constant notes on it and complete multiple assignments *including* a five-paragraph essay! Ahem, but never mind that. The debates that were introduced in this book got me thinking, and wait a second, the story was good too! I felt for Matt and a lot of the characters, though sometimes they were jerks.
So rating? I actually give it 5 outta 5 stars! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I would recommend it to seventh graders and up, it's definitely worth a try! Now for
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
The stories were interesting and I learned new things, but sometimes I got bored because of the amount of new vocabulary there was in one page. Not much to say about this one. ★ ★ ★ ½ 3 and a half stars out of 5. I'd recommend this to older nonfiction lovers.
Blind Spot by Laura Ellen
This is the story of Roz Hart. Her vision is obstructed with black dots, placing her in the special-education class at her high school. There she meets Tricia Farni without knowing that in the future her body would be floating at the top of a river. Most of the action comes from Roz trying to unravel the truth of Tricia's death. However, there is also romance, friendship, and struggles that could relate to people in real life. I give it 4 stars out of 5. ★ ★ ★ ★