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The Hollow Bettle (The Poisons of Caux Series #1)

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Magic at its best!

    When I read The Poisons of Caux with my 12 year old daughter, it took me back to the knotty tree trunks and emerald hills of the English countryside (as well as its cozy pubs...) and brought back the best of children's adventure literature. Appelbaum is not only a witty writer with a knack for coming up with the perfect name for things (the evil King Nightshade and the River Marcel are just two examples), but her writing absolutely jumps off the page in a swirl of sensual detail, so that you can almost smell the wood panels that line the rooms where her characters play out the engrossing plot, touch the heavy cloth of the taster's robes, and taste the bubbly potions her main character Ivy conjures up. This is a book for both kids and adults and is suspensefully written but also has lots to teach about the power of herbs -- both good and bad -- and the resources within each one of us to both harm and heal. I loved it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

    Fascinating and Fun

    Gave this book to my niece and she absolutely loved it! Can't wait for the next installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

    Could not put it down!

    I rarely write reviews for books I have read, but this has to be the exception to the rule. the character development is brilliant, the storyline really compelling and overall I would highly recommend this for children aged 9 and above

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Fantastic fantasy appeals to both boys and girls

    Step inside the world of the Hollow Bettle and be transported to a world of peril, adventure, valor and magic. The world of Caux is rich, sumptuous and very, very dangerous. A wonderful book for both adults and their young adult readers it has so many levels that one can return for a second or third read and always find new elements to mine. Ivy Manx is an strong character who will appeal to both girls and boys - girls will love her for her spirit and strength and boys for the daring adventure she embarks on.

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  • Posted October 30, 2009

    BRILLIANT!

    Mark my word, this book will soon be a classic! I bought it for my niece and thought I'd check it out a little and before I new it I was compelled, the writing is clever and the imagery is amazing the story is so incredibly full of creative action. Right away, I was in love with the characters. The last time I read a children's novel was Harry Potter and I must say this one was way more appealing to me. Im hooked, I kept that copy for myself! (I got her another one). I cant wait for 2 and three. Beautiful!

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