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  - Elisa Banninga - Goodreads

I found this series when shelving in the children's room at the public library, and checked all three books out partly to create more space on the shelf (there were quite a few Anglebergers that ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

a fun children's book about evil king & queen that get everyone in kingdom to try and poison others and turning the apothecy school into a school for tasters, those that taste your food to keep you safe from poison. There is a young girl hero and a lost magical land. Read full review

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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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