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The Poison Boy

Written by Fletcher Moss

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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 by Fletcher Moss

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

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11-14 Shortlist

After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross

The Poison Boy by Fletcher Moss

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The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

Hostage Three by Nick Lake

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Click here to download more information on the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition for promising, unpublished children’s authors.


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

About the Author

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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352 pages


Fletcher Moss
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Chicken House Ltd

Publication date

1st April 2013




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