The Hollow Bettle

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 399 pages
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Introducing a witty and macabre new fantasy trilogy.

There's little joy left in the kingdom of Caux: the evil King Nightshade rules with terrible tyranny and the law of the land is poison or be poisoned. Worse, eleven-year-old Ivy’s uncle, a famous healer, has disappeared, and Ivy sets out to find him, joined by a young taster named Rowan. But these are corrupt times, and the children—enemies of the realm—are not alone. What exactly do Ivy and Rowan’s pursuers want? Is it Ivy’s prized red bettle, which, unlike any other gemstone in Caux, appears—impossibly—to be hollow? Is it the elixir she concocted—the one with the mysterious healing powers? Or could it be Ivy herself?

Told with wry humor,The Hollow Bettleis the first installment in the Poisons of Caux trilogy, an astonishing tale of herbs and magic, tasters and poisoners.

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Review: The Hollow Bettle (Poisons of Caux #1)

User Review  - Caroline - Goodreads

This was a good story. I just feel like this was not a good time for me to read it and enjoy it. I had a hard time staying focused on it. I think this is a vacation book. Or read with your kids at bedtime book. I would like to read the following 2 books in the series. Read full review

Review: The Hollow Bettle (Poisons of Caux #1)

User Review  - Jenie - Goodreads

2.5 stars, probably best for ages 9 and up, unless you have an advanced reader; it jumps around too much, otherwise. Story elements similar to Harry Potter in violence/fright. Really on the fence over this one. Jumps around a lot, from POV to POV. Not sure I will read more in this series. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Susannah Appelbaum lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband and their two young children. This is her first novel.

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