Monday, November 29, 2010

The Poison Diaries

The Poison Diaries
by Maryrose Wood
young adult historical fantasy
278 pages
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, 2010

Jessamine Luxton lives a solitary life with her father, an herbalist. While he tends to his special plants and patients, Jessamine does the cleaning, cooking and gardening of the traditional sort. She longs to be allowed into her father's "locked garden" yet he feels she is not ready. Her life drastically changes when an orphan boy, Weed, is dumped on their doorstep. His uncanny knowledge of the plant kingdom intrigues Jessamine's father while the boy himself fascinates her. Eventually the lives of all three are entwined with that of the dangerous poison garden. The question then becomes, who will survive the encounter? A strange, yet curiously appealing story.

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