Poison Plate


When Mark first becomes the foster child of restaurant owners, he thinks they just want free help, but when he is wrongfully accused of trying to sabotage the business, he is determined to find the true culprit.
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When Mark first becomes the foster child of restaurant owners, he thinks they just want free help, but when he is wrongfully accused of trying to sabotage the business, he is determined to find the true culprit.
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Children's Literature - Monserrat Urena
Mark Thomas is going to a foster home. He is being placed with the Morris family which consists of Red Morris, Della Morris, and their son Tim. The Morris family owns and operates a small family restaurant located next to their home. Once Mark Thomas arrives he lends a helping hand. He also gets to know the assorted characters in the restaurant. There's the cook who is constantly threatening to leave. There's the mysterious dishwasher. There's also the waiter with a grudge, but everything seems to be going well for the Morris family. Mark Thomas is adapting, though not without some difficulties, to his new life. Then, someone breaks in to the restaurant. The Morris family chooses to ignore the break-in given that nothing was stolen. They're busy preparing for the arrival of a well-known food critic. The big day arrives and everything goes well—until the next day when they discover that the food critic has been struck by a horrible case of food poisoning. It's up to Mark Thomas to find out who poisoned the food critic. The title says it all. This is a dark book, but its moments of violence and death seem to be gratuitous. And the moment of revelation, when Mark Thomas learns who is behind the poisoning, is unnecessarily complicated. I'm still not completely sure, even after several rereads, why Spirn thought that the extra piece of evidence could be anything other than superfluous and confusing. And with the book's insistently dark undertones, the unusually saccharine ending seems sadly out of place, leaving the reader with a strange aftertaste.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598890693
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Vortex Bks.
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michele Sobel Spirn started writing when she was sixteen. She won a contest and got to go to Washington, D.C., and meet the President. She has always wanted to be a writer because she loves to read and always thought that being a writer was the best job anyone could have. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York.

Kelley Cunningham has wanted to be an artist for as long as she can remember. After art school, she worked as an advertising art director, then went back to her first love, illustration. She has illustrated many books for children, as well as book covers and pieces for magazines. Kelley lives with her three sons, Sam, Noah, and Nathaniel, and their cat, Ivan, in Pennsylvania. In her spare time she is an art director in children's publishing.

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