I was probably the only author in the world, except those living in central Tibet, who didn’t have a website.  Until now.  There were a couple of reasons for it.  I didn’t understand how to make a website.  I didn’t know how to blog or to get onto other people’s blogs.  I didn’t know what a chat room was, except that people got into mischief there.  Let’s face it, I was firmly grounded in the 19th century.
    The other reason was that I am an intensely private person.  I have spent my whole life fading into the wall paper.  Protective coloring has saved me from many dangerous situations, and believe me I have been in them.  Nor do I like to talk about personal problems.  This seems to be popular now and is supposed to make you likable to other people with personal problems.
    One of the stupidest statements I ever heard as a child was this:
    I was unhappy because I had no shoes until I met a man with no feet.
All this meant to me was that there were two unhappy people out there, one with no shoes and another with no feet.  I have a very literal mind.
    I can’t think of a worse activity than a bunch of unhappy people getting together to share misery.  I do suffer from depression.  It runs in my family.  Through the years I have learned to recognize when I’m spiraling down and to stop the depression in its tracks.  I exercise, force myself to visit people (cheerful ones, that is), and to do things for others.
    When I was younger I used to break a depression by doing something dangerous.  You’d be surprised how a genuine physical danger sweeps away all the cobwebs.  When London was being bombed during the Second World War, the number of suicides went straight down.  It went up after the danger was past.  I learned this interesting fact when I was about fifteen.  I’m not going to tell you what I did because I don’t want anyone copying me, but I got rid of quite a few depressions.
    There.  I’ve told you one personal problem.  You’ll have to be satisfied with that.
    But just because I don’t reveal feelings doesn’t mean I don’t have them.  I have a crystal-clear memory of my emotions as a child and a teenager, which is why I can write the books I do.  Young people feel things more strongly than adults.  Their fears are more intense.  They have vivid nightmares.  They get into wild fits of joy.  They fall in love.
    An adult reader once criticized The House of the Scorpion because he didn’t believe that Matt and Maria could fall in love at age fourteen.  I don’t even know where to begin with that idea.  Dante (an Italian poet who wrote The Divine Comedy) fell in love with Beatrice when he was only nine.  And he stayed in love with her for the rest of his life.  Juliet was only thirteen when she met Romeo.  I know several people who fell in love deeply at a very early age.  It happens.
    I’m not talking about sex here, but love.  If it were up to me I’d keep a lot of people away from sex until they’re at least thirty-five.  It’s much more important to learn how to love and many people never figure it out.
    I want to thank all of you who have left a message on the website.  I am truly touched that you found it and took the trouble to write.  I have been terrible about answering letters and hope that I can make up for it here.  Most of the time I am so swamped with work I don’t have time for anything else.  Until two days ago I was writing the third Troll book, The Land of the Silver Apples.  This meant working every day without holidays or weekends for nine months and now I am so exhausted I can hardly see.
But I know I’ve been shirking my duty to you.  I will answer questions on this website and also provide more information about my books for those who are writing school papers.  I will label the topics and later figure out a better way to organize them.  Look for them on Q & A.
    P.S. I wouldn’t have a website at all if my husband Harold hadn’t worked out how to do it.  He’s as thoroughly stuck in the 19th century as I am, but he’s smarter.

KC
10/30/2008 01:18:00 am

Ms. Farmer,
I am a Jr. at Western Kentucky University and am studying to be an elem. ed. teacher. I stubbled upon your book "The Warm Place", read the synopsis and loved the idea. (We are creating a connections chart in my LTCY 320 class) and thought this would be a wonderful book to it on. Being a non trad student with a family and everything that goes with it and going to school full time, I feel you can relate to my request as follows...I would love to start a quality classroom library and wondered if through your publisher(s) if you could donate any (including...The Warm Place) of your picture books, novels, etc. to the cause?
Thank you for your time in advanced,
KC

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12/10/2008 10:29:40 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,
I am a seventh grade student and I made a website using Weebly as well. My father, a technology coach and award winning teacher, set me up. If you want to access our Language Arts (reading, writing, grammar, etc.) website, please go to seventhgradela.weebly.com
The password for the blog pages is "music" (no quotes)

On a different note, I just love to read your books. My mom yells at me to "QUIT READING THOSE NANCY FARMER BOOKS!"
I question why, and she says "Because I want you to stop reading really good books!"
My personal library has a whole shelf with thick books with a label with N. FARMER on it.

Thank you,

Matthew K.

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12/26/2008 07:24:09 am

I am very happy that you have written a blog/website. It's not necessary to share all you personal life on web pages, though some do. Have you checked you Vitamin D levels? I wonder if low levels relate to S.A.D. But anyway, I really enjoy your writing and have just started the Sea of Trolls. I enjoyed Scorpion and thought the ending was too fast, and glad you are working on a sequel. Hang tough with movie rights. The movie must be a visual of your creation. Find the directors you feel best with and contact them directly. Life is different these days. I enjoyed The Girl Named Disaster and how you revealed the spiritual presence of relations and community ties. Now for the question: Do you mind a quick look over at our web page? We published Sunrise Fire which is a book about firefighting and forestry conservation. We produced it in house with a production team and printed it via Lightning Source. It would be really cool if you could read Sunrise Fire. We are working to get it to more libraries and are using it as a book fundraiser. Thanks for posting a web page! - Mindy

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Taylor Hicklen
1/20/2009 01:21:53 am

Dear Mrs. Farmer,
I am a senior at a small school in West Texas. I'm sorry I've waited so long to write this, but i've read A Girl Named Disaster, The House of the Scorpion, and enjoyed them all very thoroughly. You are one of those authors that if I spot your book in a bookstore, i will compulsively seek out and read it. Thank you for creating such wonderful stories.

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1/31/2009 12:43:01 am

Dear Nancy,

Thanks for sharing thoughts from a private person. I want you to know how much I have admired your writing, especially the Ear, Eye and the Arm. I thought it was the most original book I had read for children of that age ever! I look forward to seeing your series which I haven't looked at yet.

Keep writing!

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I have just completed my graduation and want to be a professional writer. Writing for one's own satisfaction or professional writing are two different things in the writing arena. So what we should kept in our mind so that i will posses that kind of attitude. After all every writing comes from the heart. I believed so far.

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3/7/2009 08:38:32 am

hey..um...i want the book island of the blessed when it comes out..

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Dan
3/21/2009 11:05:01 am

Dear Nancy,
your books are great... i wrote a repot on u here is a little peice of it

This book is amazing simply because it is written just so descriptively and well that anyone that like any kind of fiction would enjoy this book. The characters are described so vividly and their personalities that it feels like you’ve known them all your life. (This is the sequel to the first book and this series is a trilogy but the third book is not out yet)

Thx for writing these great books
I have read all of your books except a girl named Disaster so im working on it now!!!!

PS. dont stop the triligy keep expanding on it PLEASE for me i love reading about Jack and Thorgil I simple love reading about these characters

Im one of those readers that gets sad when a good book that i finish ends and it dosent keep going on on

PSS im 13 and in 7th grade

your devoted reader,
Dan

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5/5/2009 06:55:21 am

Hey there, mrs. Farmer,
I have already read the house of the scorpion and sea of trolls and i loved Them!
i cannot wait to read your newest book!
cheers
Tenzing

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Weston Kearsey and Tyler Benson
6/5/2009 03:07:19 am


June 3, 2009

Dear Ms. Farmer,

My name is Tyler Benson and my friend’s name is Weston Kearsey. We are writing about your book The House of the Scorpion. We loved your book and we have a few questions to ask you. Our first one is what inspired you to write about the Boneyard? Another question we have is, when do you plan on writing the sequel? If you ever plan on making a movie of your book, please contact Weston and I. We would be perfect for the parts of Matt and Chacho. Thank you for reading our letter, and we hope to hear back from you.

Sincerely,
Tyler Benson and
Weston Kearsey

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Stephanie Chao
6/5/2009 03:13:06 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,

I am 7th grade student at Hosford Middle School in Portland, Oregon. This spring our class read The House of Scorpion. I am writing to you because I personally enjoyed your book. One of my favorite chapters was “The Boneyard.” It had great details, and it had me shivering. I wanted to ask you, where did you get the idea of writing The House of Scorpion? I’ve noticed all your chapters had great details and descriptive sentences. I usually don’t enjoy reading, because I don’t find books fun or exciting. After reading The House of Scorpion it inspired me to read. I’m excited and looking forward to read your other books in the future.

Sincerely,
Stephanie Chao

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Gigi Downey
6/5/2009 03:15:02 am

Dear Ms.Farmer

I am a 8th grade student at Hosford Middle School in Portland,Oregon. This spring our class read The House of the Scorpion, It was a great book. In class we read one chapter a day and then recorded the details in our journal. Your book was a big hit in our class. After reading House of Scorpion I have started to read more often. The book had great details,metaphors,similies and Spanish terms. Mostly I want to thank-you for writing the book and helping me love to read.

Sincerely,
Gigi Downey

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Kayla.S
6/5/2009 03:18:52 am

Dear Ms.Farmer,

I am a seventh grade student at Hosford Middle School in Portland,Oregon.this spring my reading and writing class read your book The House Of The Scorpion.I thought it was the best book I ever read.I enjoyed how you put twists and turns in it.You've inspired me to become a childs author.I have one question;is it hard to be an author?

Sincerely,
Kayla Stone

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suado madey
6/5/2009 03:18:57 am

Dear Ms.Farmer,

I am a 7th grader at Hosford Middle School in Portland,OR.This spring our class read The House Of Scorpion.I am writing to you because I want to tell you how much I enjoyed the book.
I didnt like to read,but after our teacher read this book to us I changed my mind,in a good way.
One thing that i loved about The House Of Scorpion was that one chapter that one chapter was good at the end because there was always one suprising thing.
I really look forward to reading more of your books,i hope you continue to write!
Sincerely,
Suado Madey


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Tony and Trevor
6/5/2009 03:22:57 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,

Our names are Tony and Trevor, and we are seventh grade students at Hosford Middle School in Portland, Oregon. During the fourth quarter of the school year, we read your book, The House of the Scorpion. It was a great book with many twists and turns. We are hoping you will answer a few of our questions about your book.
First, we are wondering if you are going to make a movie of this book. It has a great plot with many interesting details, and we both feel that it would make a great movie. We are also wondering what the sequel is going to be titled and what its going to be about.
Thank you for taking your time to answer our questions, and we hope to hear from you soon.

sincerely,

Trevor Chapman

Tony Yan

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Kayla P.
6/5/2009 03:25:54 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,
I usually dont like to read books because they are boring, but ever since we started reading The House of the Scorpion, I have wanted to read more of your books. it was very interesting and suspenceful, such as when Chacho and Matt were in the boneyard and Chacho almost died. I hope you will make a movie from this book. thank you for reading this, and I hope that you get a chance to write back.

Sincerely,
Kayla

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Maria Fernanda Diaz-Bonilla
6/5/2009 03:26:13 am


Dear Ms. Farmer,

I am a 7th grade student at Hosford Middle School in Portland, OR. This spring our class ead The House Of Scorpion. I am writin g to you because I enjoyed the book. What I really like is that Maria, Fidelito,Chacho,TamLin and Celia treat Matt like a person,not like a clone. I also have a question.Why did TamLin have to die? i f he hadn't drank the wine he could have married Celia, adopted Matt and become a family.
Thanks for writing The House Of Scorpion.
Sincerely,
Maria F. Diaz-Bonilla

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vyda
6/5/2009 03:26:31 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,
When I saw the covor of the book The House of the Scorpion, I thought I wouldn't enjoy it. But by the third or fourth chapter, it started to be a very good book! I'm wondering why TamLin had to die after he knew he would after drinking the wine? Thank you for your time and I hope to heatr back from you!

sincerely,
Vyda

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Sammy Uttke
6/5/2009 03:27:52 am

Dear Ms.Farmer,
I am a 7th grade student at hosford middle school in Portland,Oregon. This spring my class read The House Of The Scorpin.I am Writing to you becuse i loved the book and want to compliment you . It is the only book that I have read , however this book was the exact opposite.Thank you very much for writing The House of the Scorpin. I cant wait for a sequel.

Sincerely,
Sammy Uttke

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Sunset Shalom
6/5/2009 03:33:18 am

Dear Nancy Farmer,
I love your book," The House of The Scorpion." It so was full of twists and turns that I was always waiting for more.
We read it for school, so we only read one chapter a day. Most kids like me read ahead, because we couldnt wait for more. I hope that you have started writing a sequal, I'd love to see how Matt handles running one of the biggist drug scandals in the world.
I dont think you should have killed off Tom. He should have started his own drug scheme that competes with Matt, and eventaully try to murder him. He should be gloating and saying how he one, but Matt should have tricked him.
I love your book
Sincerely Sunset Shalom

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alan
6/5/2009 03:35:19 am

2303 S.E. 23rd
Portland, Oregon 97214
June, 5, 2009

Dear Ms.Farmer,

I am a seventh geade student at Hosford Middle School in Portland, Oregon. This spring our class read The House of the Scorpion. I am writing to you because I loved your book. I only had two problems with your book, Tam Lin died, and the story ended. I hear that you are makeing a sequil. I have two suggestions for your sequil. You should have Tam Lin come back into the story alive and have Matt find a way to turn eejits back into normal people. The House of the Scorpion was one of the beast books I have ever read and I can't what to read the sequil.

Sincerely,
Alan Marsden

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J.Knight poop
6/5/2009 03:45:16 am

Hosford Middle School
2303 S.E 28th Place
Portland Oregon 97214


Dear Ms. Farmer

I am a eight grade student at Hosford Middle School in Portland Oregon, this spring our class read The House of the scorpion. I am writing to you because I wanted to tell you I some what enjoyed the book, I felt it wasn't interesting untill the end of the book and i felt it was too long. But besides that it was good. The end of the book was the best part of the book because it left you thinking of what would happen next.


sincerely,
J.Knight=)

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sophie and vivan
6/5/2009 04:39:45 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,

We are 6th graders from Hosford Middle School in Portland, Oregon, writing to you about what we think of The House of the Scorpion.
We really like how the book was written, but at the end of the book we felt like it was too plain. It stopped too suddenly and it needed more action so that we could think more about how Matt is going to go on in his life. We can't wait for the sequal to this book.

Sincerely,

Sophie and vivian


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Eve And Koty
6/5/2009 04:45:06 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,

We are 6th graders at Hosford Middle School in Portland, Oregon. This spring our class read "The House of the Scorpion". We are writing because we really enjoyed reading your book. Our favortie part was when Matt was thrown into the boneyard, because it prepared us for the ending(It was the climax). In the ending we were displeased with the fact that it was very short and that Tim Lin died. One thing that we think would be interesting is if Chacho and Fidelito found their parents.We think you should write a sequel and a movie. Hope you write back soon!!!!!

Sincerely,
Koty and Eve

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Nathan T
6/5/2009 04:45:40 am

Dear Ms.Farmer

I am a sixth grade student at Hosford Middle School in Portland, Oregon. This spring my class read The House of the Scorpion. I am writing to you because I didn't like the ending. It happened too fast. For example,one moment they were in Atzlan the next they were landing a hover craft in Opium. Other than that I liked the book.

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Sierra and Jasmine
6/5/2009 04:45:43 am

Hosford Middle School
2303 SE 28th Pl.
Portland, OR 97214

June 4, 2009
Dear Ms. Farmer,
We are both 6th graders at Hosford Middle School in Portland, Oregon. This spring our class read "The House of the Scorpion". This is the first science-fiction book we both thoroughly enjoyed.
We are writing because we are wondering what Celia thought when Tam Lin died.They obviously loved each other, but Celia never says what her opinion of his death was. Also we think you should definitely make a sequal about Matt growing up, and if he has kids with Maria, about them too. Anyway, we both loved your novel and hope you write more.

Sincerely your fans,
Sierra Parsons,
and Jasmine Lumanglas

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Walker and Harry
6/5/2009 04:47:19 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,

In our middle school Language Arts class, we read your great book,The House of the Scorpion. We loved how Matt ended up succeeding, even though everyone considered him a nasty animal. Something we didn't like was the abrupt ending, but it would be better if there was a sequel. We also think you should get a movie deal for the book.

Sincerely,
Harry and Walker

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Alexander Chaparro
6/5/2009 04:47:24 am

Dear Ms. Farmer

MY names is Alexander Chaparro. I am a 7th grade student at Hosford Midlle School in Portland, Oregon. This Spring my reading class read your book The House of the Scorpion. I am writing to you because your book got me interesed in reading. I'm a kid that loves sports but hates reading, but your book was so excitedand iteresting that it changed the way i think about reading. The only thing i disliked is that you haven't made a movie. I really want to see a movie of your book. I still think that your book is one of the best books, and I hope you keep having succes.Good luck.

sincerely
Alexander Chaparro

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Nathan T
6/5/2009 04:47:28 am

Dear Ms.Farmer

I am a sixth grade student at Hosford Middle School in Portland, Oregon. This spring my class read The House of the Scorpion. I am writing to you because I didn't like the ending. It happened too fast. For example,one moment they were in Atzlan the next they were landing a hover craft in Opium. Other than that I liked the book.

Sincerely,
Nathan T

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Danny and Nicolas
6/5/2009 04:48:54 am

Dear Ms.Farmer

We are two students from Hosford Middle School in Portland, Oregon. We have read one of your books recently, The House of the Scorpion. It was a good book and we enjoid reading it, but we have a few questions to ask you. How did you think of writing this story; Matt being a clone was a brilliant. At the end why did Tam Lin have to die. We thought that Celia and Tam Lin were going to ge married. Why didn't they? Any way, Fidelito mooning the gards at theOrphanage was pretty funny. We really liked it as a class.

Sincerely,
Nicolas and Danny

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madino hassan
6/5/2009 04:49:03 am

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Mario
6/5/2009 04:52:24 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,

I am in 7th grade at Hosford Middle School. In my Readding and Writing class my teacher read us your book The House of The Scorpion, it was really awesome. One question that i would like to ask you, when one are you going to make a movie about The House of The Scorpion? My Language Arts class would like to see it. The other question is why did Tam Lin have to have killed people in the past? I don't like reading books,but that book got me so interested that i read it twice.

Sincerely,

Mario

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Joclynn .E
6/5/2009 04:54:46 am

Dear Ms. Farmer

My name is Joclynn Estus,
I walk the halls of Hosford middle school in Portland Oregon. In the spring we read the book The House of the Scorpion. Our class enjoyed this book.My favorite part in the book is when Matt found the treasure chest. I have 2 questions for you. Why did Tam Lin have to die? Is celia ever going to find love? I thought Tam Lin was going to get married to celia.

Sincerely,
Joclynn Estus

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Mdino Hssan
6/5/2009 04:58:48 am

Dear Mr. Farmer

I am a seventh grader student at Hosford Middle School in Porland,Oregon. This spring oir class read The House of the Scorpion. I am writing to you beacouse i think you should make a movie about it. I really think the book was intersting. You should make more books that little kids could read. I think you are a great aurthor. Sincerely,
Madino Hssan

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Madison H.
6/5/2009 04:59:34 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,
My name is Madison Heilbrun; I'm in the sixth grade, at Hosford middle school, in Portland Oregon, and I don't read! When my class read your book The House Of Scorpion, I loved it. My freinds said, "apluad the woman that made Madison read and enjoy it!" Your book was fascinating. I think if you where to consider writing another book that you might consider to barrow my idea. You could write the same story again from Tan-Lin's point of veiw. He is a crucial and inverting charter, and his point of veiw could give a new spin. Thanks for making me read!
Sincerely,
Madison Heilbrun

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Kelly Lieb
6/5/2009 05:04:13 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,
I am a student at Hosford Middle School and our class was reading The House Of Scorpion. I loved the book; I never lost interest in the book and I couldn't wait to read the next chapter. However, I think it would be way better if you had a different ending for example you had five years into the future or something that told us a little what Matt chooses and how their doing and that way you don't have to write another book.
Peace,
Kelly Lieb

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ruth doti
6/5/2009 05:06:13 am

Dear Nancy Farmer,
I am a 8th grade student in hosford middle school in Portland,Oregon.This spring our class read the house of the scorpion.I am writing to you because i think you are a great writer,your writing enchanted me in many ways ,and i have one reason to write to you,I love your work and i thank you,because your writing made me be interested too.I have never in my life enjoyed a book this way before.I hope you are writing another book because i am ready to read it.From all of us we say good luck and good work.

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Eddy C.
6/5/2009 05:07:45 am

Dear MS. Farmer,

I'm a 6th grade student at Hosford Middle Scool in Portland,Oregon.This spring our class read THE HOUSE of the SCORPION.I am writing because i want to tell you how much I enjoyed your book.Fist, I want to congratulate you for the awards your book won.I like how Celia cared plenty about Matt,but I did not like how she did not allow Matt to call her mother.I did not like that because Matt did not have parents,and it was sad how he did not have someone he could call mom or dad.If someone asked you if you wanted your book to become a movie what would you say?

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madino hassan
6/5/2009 05:08:55 am

Dear Mr. Farmer
I am a seventh grade student at Hosford Middle School in Portland,Oregon. This spring our class read The House of the Scorpion. I am writing to you beacuse I think you should make a movie about it. I really think the book was interesting. You should make more books that little kids could read. I think you are a great aurthor. Sincerely,
Madino Hassan

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Hannah
6/5/2009 05:09:41 am

Dear Ms.Farmer,
MY name is Hannah and I go to Hosford Middle School. I dont like to read but I read your book The House Of Scorpion and it was the best book I have ever read! I liked it so much that I got my mom, my friend Timmy,and my big sister to read it.
I think the best part was when Matt learned to talk again because the teacher said something my friend Timmy would say. Also, I liked it all and thought it was a great book.


Love your friend Hannah

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Jayr
6/5/2009 05:24:37 am

I am 7 grade student at Hosferd Middle Scool in Portland, Oregon. This spring our class to read The House of the Scorpion.I am writing you because I enjoy The House of the Scorpion.My favorite book is The House of the Scorpion because I don't read alot of books.This book was not boring at all it was exciting and confusing book.Your friend Jayr.

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Unity
6/5/2009 07:00:36 am

My name is Unity angel, and I am writing to you about your book The House Of The Scorpion. I just wanted to know if you're writing a seqel, because I love to read and write a lot. I loved the first so I would enjoy reading the next. You're book also gave my ideas for my own stories. If you are writing a seqel just let me know. Thank you for reading my letter.

Sincerly,
Unity

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Rachael W.
6/5/2009 07:03:32 am


Dear Ms. Farmer,
I am a 7th grade student at Hosford Middle School. During this year, my class read The House Of the Scorpion. I'm writing to you beacuse I want you to know that your book was absolutey incredible! When our teacher, Janice Ingersoll read it to us, none of my class mates wanted to put it down! I just want to say that you're very creative and super unique! I look forward to reading the sequel of The House of the Scoripon.

Sincerely,
Rachael W.

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Kien, Devin
6/5/2009 07:04:32 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,
My name is Kien and my partner's name is Devin. We are 7 graders at Hosford Middle School. Devin is wondering if you are going to make a movie out of the book, because he would really like to see what the characters and setting looks like. I, Kien, was wondering why El Patron wants to die on his 150th birthday? Is It an important date or is it a moment when he wants to end the opium business. In the book it says he saved the wine for his 150th birthday.
Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We hope you make the sequel to The House of the Scorpion as good as the first.
Sincerely,
Kien,
Devin

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Victor Ponce
6/5/2009 07:05:34 am

I am a 7th grade student at Hosford Middle School in Portland Oregon. This spring we read The House of the Scorpion. I am writing to you about why Tam Lin had to die. Could you have thought of another way to end the book? Anyway, it was a great book and had a very touching ending. I would give this book two thumbs up and the most awesome book award there is. Thank you for raeding my letter.

Sincerely,
Victor Ponce

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Helen
6/5/2009 07:11:34 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,
I am a 7th grade student at Hosford Middle School in Portland, Oregon. This spring our class read The House of the Scorpion. I am writing to you because I had questions. One that stood out in my mind the most was why did Tam Lin have to die? I thought that it would be interesting if Tam Lin married Celia. The House of the Scorpion was the most exciting and entertaining book I have read in a long time. I would love to be able to read the sequel. Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Helen

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Claire
6/5/2009 07:13:16 am

Dear Ms.Farmer,

my name is Claire St.John; I live in Portland OR, and i am a 7th grader at Hosford Middle School. All my life i have love writing, until 7th grade , i had lost my imagination.But, when i started reading your book i slowly got more and more ideas for my old book i wrote in 4th grade, it was more then 50 pages long,until my cat "redecorated" it. You have inispired me to rewrite my old book and add more ideas and descriptions to it.Thank ouy for reading

sincerely,
Claire S.

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Raymond and Matthew
6/5/2009 07:13:35 am

We are students from Hosford Middle School, in Portlan,OR. This spring our class read one of your books, The House of the Scorpion. We are writing to you because the book was very interesting and hooked us into the story. When we were reading your book we didn't understand the concept of the story until the fifth chapter. The reason why we didn't understand the concept was how Matt got into Celia's apartment. We think that the book was great and very exciting. We can't wait to read the sequel.

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royston
6/5/2009 07:13:47 am

Dear Ms.Farmer,

I am a seventh grade student at hosford middle school,in Portland,Oregon.This spring our class read The House of the Scorpion.I am writing to you because I want you to make a movie of the book.

I want you to make a movie so i can see and,better understand what the setting and the characters looked like.You described the setting very well and added plenty of details but I want to see it visually instead of imagining.I could barely imagine what Celia looked like.That's another reason I want you to make a movie of it.Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.

Sincerely
Royston Derrick

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6/5/2009 07:14:26 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,

I am a 7th grade student at Hosford Middle School in Portland, Oregon. This spring our class read The House Of The Scorpion. I am writing a letter to you because I really liked your book. I will admit that in the beginning I was very unintersted, like i am with all books, but this one got very exiting as it went on. Most books I read do not suck me into the story as well as yours did. I love how you always had something going on in the reader's mind, keeping wondering what was going to happen next in the story. I think it's amazing how there always seemed to something that I was waiting for in the story. Whether it's a character, place or event, it's always something. I just love that. You probably get millions of these a day, but I think you are a fascinating writer. I appreciate you taking the time to read my letter. Thank you very much.

Sincerely,
Louis Suhr

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Paul Mann
6/5/2009 07:20:36 am


Dear Ms. Farmer,

I am a seventh grader at Hosford Middle School in Portland, Oregon. This spring our class read The House of The Scorpion. I am writing to you because I enjoyed your book so much. Your book was probably one of the best books I have ever read. My favorite character was Tam Lin. But one question I have for you is why did he have to die? And also, a suggestion I have is that you should definetly consider making a movie out of The House of The Scorpion Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,

Paul Mann

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Ryan W.
6/5/2009 07:21:46 am

Dear Mis Farmer,
I just finished reading your book, The house of the Scorpion, in my class. I really enjoyed it. I think that you should think about making a movie about the book so that all the people who liked your book can see what they were imagining. Also other peolpe might think about reading it.
sincerly,
ryan walker

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Lucy Bautista
6/5/2009 07:22:28 am

Dear ms. Farmer,
I am a 7th grade student at Hosford Middle school in Portland, OR. This spring our class read The House of The Scorpion. I am writing to you because I would like to compliment you on what a great book you wrote. Many of my classmates and I would like to know why did Tam Lin had to die. He was very essential to the story. He could have helped Matt rule Opium. If you are not too busy , I hope you could answer my question. However, thank you for writing such an inspiring and fascinating book. In addition, thank you for taking the time to read my letter.

Sincerely,

Lucy Bautista

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Scott Taylor
6/5/2009 07:23:06 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,
I am an 8th grade student at Hostford Middle School. Our class read your book this spring. I'm just writing to complement you on your book and ask you why Tam Lin had to die the way he died. When I read about Tam Lin dieing it upset me in a way. Why couldn't he died a more honerable way? Thank you for you time, and good luck with your sequel.

sencerly,
Scott Taylor

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Kate
6/5/2009 07:23:40 am

Dear Ms.farmer

My name is Kate Chaumeton. This spring we read your book The House of the Sorpion. I was atonished by your creativity. I read that you said this book was based on your lilfe. My question is, how does this book compare to your life? Have you ever had to prepare someones escape? Have you ever worked at a plankton factory, and did you get acnee from it? Did you have a loving family like Tam Lin and Celia? Thankyou so much for reading my letter. Good luck on the rest of your books.

Peace,
Kate

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Zoe J.
6/5/2009 07:24:59 am

Dear Ms. Farmer
I enjoyed your book, The House of the Scorpion.It was full of excitement and I think it would be a good movie,it would be cool to get to see all the parts of the book I liked. I hope you make more books.

Sincerely,Zoe

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Josh and Cristiano
6/5/2009 07:25:06 am

Dear, Nancy Farmer,
We are students at Hosford Middle school. We enjoyed your book and are anxious to read a sequel of The House of the Scorpion.
One thing we didn't like was that Tam Lin died and did not marry Celia. We also wished the book would be longer and have a better ending. We did enjoy the adventorous story. What fascinated us most was how Matt was skilled in every subject and still called a filthy clone.
Thank you for being a good writer and writing The House of the Scorpion.

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6/5/2009 07:30:18 am

Dear Ms. Farmer,

My name is Taylor Gleason;I'm a seventh grade student a Hosford Middle School in portland,Oregon. This spring my reading class read your book The House of the Scorpian. Everyone in my class loved reading it. It was really good! I am writing you because I have a couple questions. First why did Tam Lin have to die? I really liked him he was one of my favorites. I actually thought ham and Celia were goanna get together in the end. Second if you could expand the ending what would you write? Thank you for writing this amazing book!!!

Sincerely your friend,
Taylor gleason

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Rikkie Hampton
6/5/2009 07:31:03 am

Dear Ms.Farmer,

I am a student at Hosford Middle School Portland, Oregon. This spring out class read House of the Scorpion. I am writing to you because I really enjoyed your book and because I have a question to ask you.
On your website you said that part of your story was based on your childhood. That made me very curious. What part of your childhood? Matt went through some interesting situations and it got me wondering.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read my letter. I really hope to hear back from you.

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Sophie
6/5/2009 07:31:46 am

I am Sophie Thorsen from Portland, Oregon. While i was reading The House of the Scorpion with my class. i was wondering how Matt's musical talent tied into your story. Why was it important.I absolutly love your writing. i enjoyed this book so much it makes me want to rush over to the library and check out one of your other books. I hope you can get back to me. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Sophie Thorsen

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6/5/2009 07:32:13 am

Dear Ms. farmer,

My name is Olivia Warner and I'm a 7th grader at Hosford middle school. I have recently read your book The House of the Scorpion in class. After I read the book,my teacher, Ms. Ingersol, informed me that your publisher would not allow you to continue the ending to your story.if you could expand the ending to the book, what would it be.

sincerely,

Olivia Warner

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Oswaldo and Mario
6/5/2009 07:32:48 am

Dear Ms.farmer,

Our names are Oswaldo and Mario and we are writing you about your book The House of the Scorpion.We thought it would be a good idea if you made a sequal and a movie about House of Scorpion.Thanks for taking the time to read this.


Sincerely,
Oswaldo Ortega and Mario Ramirez

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Rose Moore
6/5/2009 07:32:59 am

Dear Ms.Farmer,
I am a sixth grade student at Hsford Middle School in Portland, OR. This spring our class read House of the Scorpion. It was vigorous with details and tremendous with action and excitement. Reading was a pleasure, every chapter glorious. (I even read ahead sometimes!)
While I was reading this book, Ib tried to develop an image of what all the characters looked like in person. Nothing apeared, Are you going to make a movie? Our whole class urges. We just need to see!
The only thing I didn't like about the book was the ending. It was so mysterious! Thank you for reading this.
Sincerley,
Rose Moore

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Helmut
6/5/2009 07:33:15 am

Dear Ms Farmer,

This sring our class read THE HOUSE of the Scorpion. I enjoyed this story very much. One part that I disliked is when TamLin died, he was one of my favorite character in the book. Every other part was wounderful. I hope you make more books and go on in life happy and joyful. Sincerly, Helmut

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Joness C
6/5/2009 07:38:08 am

Dear Ms.Farmer

I am a 7th grade boy at Hosford middle school in Portland,Oregon. This spring my class read your book House Of The Scorpion.Iam writing you this letter because I have some ideas you should have put in the bokk. You should have let Tam Lin live and marry Celia. You should have Mr.Ortega be Chancos father. Or maybe you could add that in the next book if you make one. If you do i look forward to reading it and also the sea of trolls book.Thank you so much for reading my letter. I hope you respond to my letter.
sencerly joness

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Janice Ingersoll
6/5/2009 08:45:04 am

I am a Language Arts teacher at Hosford Middle School in Portland, Oregon. As you can see my students have thoroughly enjoyed listening to me read The House of the Scorpion. Since so many of their comments/questions are similar, I am sure they wouldn't mind a response to the entire group under my name. They wrote individually or in pairs practicing friendly letters, and of course each wanted to type theirs in to you.

I have taught using this story for the past five years. You could hear a pin drop as I read. The story engages students who have responded to nothing all year. I have developed a very extensive unit that not only focuses on literary elements, but we examine the use of words (similes, metaphors,etc.), generate detailed setting drawings, discuss the ethics of cloning, drugs & illegals. It is one of the most powerful units I teach.

Thank you for providing me such a powerful tool.

P.S. I think you were a student at Reed when my mother was the research librarian there!

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sammy uttke
6/26/2009 11:26:44 am

Hi, I wrote to you and I accidentally said that this is the only book I have ever read. What i meant to say was that this is the only book I have ever read that I ever wanted to read a sequel to. I have read many books in my life and I don't want you to think I'm stupid! Thank You!

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xoxo Holly :]
12/5/2009 04:51:32 am

Hii~
I absouloutly loved your book " The House of the Scorpian " my Tutor assigned that book to me. At first i was unsure about this book, because i am more of a fantasy and adventure reader, not really a science fiction type of person. But i really enjoyed this book! It was ad that Tam Lin died, but I was glad that Matt was unharmed. I was wondering if you would have a sequel for it?
Thnxxx :]

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sarina
7/10/2010 03:08:33 pm

Dear Nancy,
I luuuuuuuv all ur books. I tell my friends to read them
to!

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9/14/2010 11:36:31 am

Fun, fun, fun! These are amazing! I'm going to come back and vote after I've really absorbed each one, just wanted to say how much I love them all. So inspirational!
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