Book Description: Hardcover without dustjacket as issued. 380 pages. A Science Fiction Novel by Nancy Farmer about a Young Boy named Matteo Alacran who is being raised by a Drug Lord named El Patrón in a Country that lies between the United States and Mexico called Opium. It is a story about the struggle to survive as a free individual. The numerous awards it has won include the National Book Award, the Newbery Honor, and the Michael L. Printz Award For Excellence In Young Adult Literature.