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A Little Taste of Poison
Contributor(s): Anderson, R. J.
ISBN: 1481437747     ISBN-13: 9781481437745
Publisher: Atheneum
    OUR PRICE: $17.81  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: September 2016
Annotation: Twelve-year-old Isaveth eagerly accepts an opportunity to study at the most exclusive magical school in the city but her scholarship might prove be more a trap than a gift.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Schools; Fiction.
Social classes; Fiction.
Magic; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries & Detective Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015049932
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.25" W x 1.25" (1.00 lbs) 362 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 186575
Reading Level: 6.1   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 12.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall)
Isaveth earns a scholarship to an elite magical school, where she's snubbed and bullied due to her commoner status and "Moshite" religious background. Best friend Esmond enlists Isaveth's help to foil his brother's persecutory political schemes, but they run into old and new problems in the process. This sequel to A Pocket Full of Murder offers another successful blend of magic, mystery, and social commentary. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 September)
Gr 5–7—Struggles with class and religious differences and conflicts arising from abuse of power are smartly woven into this sequel to the fantastical mystery A Pocket Full of Murder. Isaveth is given a scholarship to the prestigious magical school Tarrenton College by Glo-Mor, the company that bought her spellpaper in the earlier book. Isaveth, a Moshite whose father was imprisoned, attempts to fit in among her aristocratic new peers. Though her father has since been released, she and friend Esmond, the son of the dying Sagelord, work to prove that Isaveth's father was framed. Isaveth is concerned about Esmond's brother Eryx becoming Sagelord; Eryx will prevent Moshites, who face continuous discrimination and pressure to convert, from receiving relief. Isaveth tries to blend in at her new school but is bullied, outed as a Moshite, and accused of thievery. Fortunately, she makes friends with Eulalie Fairpont and Mander Ghataj, who help her as she sneaks into a masked ball, confronts family troubles, and is kidnapped. The second installment has an excellent story line and solid character development. Anderson keeps her world-building detailed but never overwhelming, revealing the history of the Moshites and why they have a lower social standing than other groups. Broader issues of prejudice and social class give readers a chance to reflect on religious and socioeconomic discrimination. VERDICT An excellent series for readers who enjoy a mix of magic, murder, and social issues. Purchase where the first volume in the series and fantasy are popular.—Liz Anderson, DC Public Library. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.