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The House of the Scorpion
The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer
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Mr. Ortega

Character Analysis

Mr. Ortega, Matt's music teacher, is one of the few nice adults in our young hero's life. Mr. Ortega is deaf and therefore desperate for a job, which is why he agrees to teach Matt, even though Matt's a clone. Mr. Ortega loves music and seems to appreciate Matt's musical ability. Matt pays a subtle tribute to his kind teacher when he adopts his last name after arriving in Aztlán.

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