Poison by Bridget Zinn

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Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she''s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom''s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend. But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses. Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king''s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she''s not alone. She''s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can''t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her? Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she''s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she''s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

About Bridget Zinn

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Author Bio: Bridget Zinn was a writer, librarian, and teen literature enthusiast who lived with her husband and two feisty cats in Portland, Oregon, until her untimely passing in 2011. Poison is her debut novel.
Published March 12, 2013 by Disney Hyperion. 290 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Kyra, a 16-year-old Master Potioner (specialty: poisonous weaponry) is on a mission to kill her best friend, Princess Ariana. Sounds grim, except this assassin has a piglet guide (dubbed Rosie) and oc

Feb 04 2013 | Read Full Review of Poison

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There's an implication of Kyra as a sex object when a bad guy looks at her body and asks what she can offer in return for a favor, but the issue isn't pursued further, and Kyra responds as though unaware of the implication.

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A Patchwork of Books

Feb. 13 – Octavia Butler – (YA ).

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A Patchwork of Books

Since they’re not reading superhero comics, but lots of indie kid comics, I wonder if that will keep them reading into their teens and beyond.

Feb 07 2013 | Read Full Review of Poison


Each chapter, Kyra would remember an event or she and Fred would find some new enemy in the woods.

Mar 11 2013 | Read Full Review of Poison

Pink Me

Although that's a lot of Tom Hanks, and the young scientist/astronaut in this movie is more like a Nicholas Hoult or - whoa - Tina Majorino.It is all problem-solving and suspense and truly, truly unprecedented situations.

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Gr 6–9—Sixteen-year-old Kyra is on the run. She may be one of the Kingdom of Mohr's most highly skilled potions masters, but she has also just tried-and failed-to poison Princess Ariana. And Kyra is determined to finish her mission even if it means killing her best friend. There's no room for com...

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