The Poisoned House by Michael Ford

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Life can be cruel for a servant girl in 1850s London. Fifteen-year-old Abi is a scullery maid in Greave Hall, an elegant but troubled household. The widowed master of the house is slowly slipping into madness, and the tyrannical housekeeper, Mrs. Cotton, punishes Abi without mercy. But there’s something else going on in Greave Hall, too. An otherworldly presence is making itself known, and a deadly secret will reveal itself—a secret that will shatter everything Abi knows.

About Michael Ford

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Michael Ford studied English and Classics at Oxford University before a stint teaching English in Greece. He worked in children's nonfiction publishing for several years before becoming an editor of adult fiction. He lives in England.
Published September 10, 2013 by Albert Whitman & Company. 328 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction

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Her mother was servant and nursemaid to Sam, who is now back, injured, from the Crimean War, and Abi hopes the return of Sam will both cheer the ailing Lord Greaves and protect her from Mrs. Cotton.

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Soon begins what she calls the "slow, excruciating process of our undoing," with her father's military defeat at Actium and her parents' suicides, the murder of her elder step-brother, and the forcible transportation of the rest of the family to Rome.

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Historical Novel Society

In the year of 1855 the story begins with the attempted escape of Abigail Tamper, scullery maid, from the house of her employment just off Pall Mall, London.

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Middle schools, high schools and public libraries.

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