Doesn't the title draw you in already? A Pocket Full of Murder, by R.J. Anderson is the book I'll be reviewing today!
Age group: 9 - 12
Page count: 352 pages
Summary from Amazon:
A determined young girl joins forces with an adventure-loving street boy to save her father’s life in this “thoroughly entertaining” (Kirkus Reviews) magical murder mystery.
In the spell-powered city of Tarreton, the wealthy have all the magic they desire while the working class can barely afford a simple spell to heat their homes. Twelve-year-old Isaveth is poor, but she’s also brave, loyal, and zealous in the pursuit of justice—which is lucky, because her father has just been wrongfully arrested for murder.
Isaveth is determined to prove his innocence. Quiz, the eccentric, eyepatch-wearing street boy who befriends her, swears he can’t resist a good mystery. Together they set out to solve the magical murder of one of Tarreton’s most influential citizens and save Isaveth’s beloved Papa from execution. But is Quiz truly helping Isaveth out of friendship, or does he have hidden motives of his own?
Why I liked A Pocket Full of Murder:
- The murder. The mystery! It's full of twists and turns, and in the end it is so astoundingly shocking.
- The setting is so interesting! In Tarreton, the wealthy have good magic and the poor don't have much magic at all! We get go through lots of small streets.
- The relationship between Isaveth and her sisters is wonderful! It's so nice to see how Isaveth would do anything to help them.
I give this book a seven out of ten! A wonderful book full of mystery, murder and intrigue.
Her debut novel Knife, which has sold more than 50,000 copies in the UK, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and won the Concorde Book Award, while her teen psychological thriller Ultraviolet was shortlisted for both the Sunburst Award in Canada and the prestigious Andre Norton (Nebula) award in the US. Her most recent book, a magical mystery entitled A Pocket Full of Murder, was published in September 2015.
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