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The Poison Boy

Written by Fletcher Moss

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The Poison Boy Review

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Gritty Reads

Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2014 - April 2013 Debut of the Month - Winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2012 - Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 11-14 category   When poison boy Dalton Fly, a food taster for the rich, narrowly escapes death, he sets out to save his city from the poisoners within. Thrilling, richly imagined, swashbuckling adventure for ages 10-14.

A Piece of Passion from Publisher, Barry Cunningham   What a job. Tasting for poison isn't exactly a lifelong career! And what if you also live in a topsy-turvy world of swords, feuds, disguises and madcap violence - and don't know who you are? Oh, and there's a girl you are supposed to save, and you find yourself hunted by absolutely everyone for reasons that are totally unclear. Welcome to the brilliant and exciting world of Dalton Fly. You'll love it. Just don't drink the wine.


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The Poison Boy Synopsis

Poison boy Dalton Fly, a lowly food taster to the rich, has a lucky escape after drinking laced wine. But his mate is less fortunate, and Dalton wants answers. Who murdered his friend and what were they were really after? With the help of aristocratic girl, Scarlet Dropmore, whose life he unwittingly saved, he sets out to rescue his city from the poisoners within.


Leeds Book Awards 2014

9-11 Shortlist

The Battles of Ben Kingdom by Andrew Beasley

The Great Ice-cream Heist by Elen Caldecott

Ways to See a Ghost by Emily Diamand

Osbert the Avenger by Christopher William Hill

The Child's Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston

Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones

11-14 Shortlist

Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce

After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross

How to be Invisible by Tim Lott

The Poison Boy by Fletcher Moss

Blood Tracks by Paula Rawsthorne

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

14-16 Shortlist

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood

Hostage Three by Nick Lake

Siege by Sarah Mussi

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

The Quietness by Alison Rattle


Click here to download more information on the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition for promising, unpublished children’s authors.

The Poison Boy Press Reviews

Amy Clare age 11  The emotions that flow through out the book are fantastic. Fletcher Moss has certainly tried his very best to make this book amazing and he has succeeded in that mission of powerful description and amazing language. Click here to read the full review

Aaryan Sheth 
I have really enjoyed reading Poison Boy because I especially enjoy books that include large amounts of suspense and mystery. One aspect that really made the book so incredible was the description. All the adjectives brought the book to life and gave a clear picture of the story in my mind. Click here to read the full review

Charlie Mulvanney, age 11  I could read this book again and again. It is a quality story and it was a pleasure to read. Click here to read the full review 

Aimee Sweet, age 11  I love the way Moss creates these so life-like characters in front of my eyes, they seem so real that it’s like their my friends.  Click here to read the full review        Aimee has her own book review website The Sweet Review

Karl McGuigan, age 11l  a thrilling adventure and I would strongly recommend this book Click here to read the full review 

Ryan Conway, age 11  The story had a very exciting start which I love, but it ended too quick.  I loved reading the book and look forward to more by that author. Click here to read the full review 

Grace and Louise Parker, age 10 really gripping  Click here to read the full review 


‘We loved its visceral style and the notion of poison boys, as well as the utterly believable
friendship ...’ Michelle Paver

‘There is loss, betrayal, counter-poisons and first love.’ Amanda Craig, The Times

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ISBN: 9781908435446
Publication date: 01/04/2013
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781908435446
Publication date: 1st April 2013
Author: Fletcher Moss
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Gritty Reads
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Fletcher Moss

Fletcher Moss won the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2012, with his swashbuckling novel The Poison Boy. He works as an assistant head teacher at a school in Greater Manchester, having previously worked as a classroom teacher, shelf-stacker and van driver in France and Spain. Fletcher is busy writing the sequel to his award-winning debut. He lives in Manchester with his wife and young daughter.

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