The Riddle of the Poisoned Monk by Sarah Matthias
  

The Riddle of the Poisoned Monk

Written by Sarah Matthias

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A fast-paced medieval mystery which is cleverly plotted, fast-paced and full of intrigue.

See if you the reader can solve the riddle of the poisoned monk and of some missing treasure before Charlie who has been lifted out of his time to some 400 years earlier to do just that.

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The Riddle of the Poisoned Monk by Sarah Matthias

Charlie's mother is about to be taken for witchcraft, Charlie too. With the aid of Balthazar, his cat, he escapes - only to find himself in another time and a different kind of danger!

In medieval Northumbria there are sinister goings-on at Goslar Abbey. Someone is poisoning the monks. In peril of his own life, can Charlie decipher the runic riddle and solve the mystery?

A fast-paced tale of secrets, potions, hidden treasure!

About the Author

Sarah Matthias

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Is there a reason that you chose to write books or poems for children rather than adults?
I have four children and I began writing for them. I might try to write for adults in the future but at the moment all my idea are for children's books. I really like children and I find the idea of exciting them to read with my writing very fulfilling. I also like the fact that with children's fiction you get to visit schools - I really love doing school events and RIF events.

What would you say to a reluctant male reader of any age?
Just read anything you like, whether it is the newspaper of fiction or factual accounts or picture books. Just read and try to discover what you like. There's no right and wrong about what you should read. Reading is for pleasure! My son who is fifteen read almost nothing until one day somebody gave him To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee. He did not move from his chair until he finished it and has read constantly ever since. He then read One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, 1984 and Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell. It was so odd how he suddenly found a love for reading from being sucked into book and finding what a pleasure it is to read!

What do you read with your children (if appropriate)?
I love a good story well told so I like things like Ann Pilling and Roald Dahl and Cornelia Funke. I like reading things that inspire my children's imaginations so something in the historical fantasy genre like Joan Aiken always goes down well.

Why do you think reading is fundamental?
If you want to know how to spell and to write and to communicate I believeyou need to read. Reading is the bedrock on which everything elseis built. If you want to know how to communicate you need to read good writing and find out how other people do it.

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Format

Paperback
256 pages
Interest Age: 9-12

Author

Sarah Matthias
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Author's Website

www.sarahmatthias.co.uk/

Publisher

Catnip Publishers

Publication date

1st September 2006

ISBN

9781846470097

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