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Mar 14 2011

Poison Pen by Tanya Landman

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Walker, 2010. ISBN 9781406328615.
(Best suited for 11+) Genre - Murder mystery. When Poppy Fields and her friend Graham are selected to help at a local book festival, they think it will be an easy way to spend the week-end. But when famous authors start being attacked by a mysterious person, it is up to them to find out who it is and stop them.
Overall, it was a good story. The dialogue and writing style - which is usually an important element in this type of story - was simple but very effective. The plot was clever and engaging, although the twist at the end may be easy to guess for some people.
It was a great length, neither too short to build suspense, or too long for younger readers. I loved the characters because they were realistic (although the idea of someone as young as Poppy solving murder-mysteries without developing mental problems was a little unbelievable.)
It is a smart and clever mystery for the younger readers.
I recommend this book.
Rebecca Adams (Student)

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