by Martin Griffin

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April 2016 Debut of the Month Amidst panic on the streets of Dark Manchester and an atmosphere of political and social unrest, Preston is desperate to find his friend Alice. While searching for her, Preston unearths more than he’d bargained for when he discovers a secret scientific institute with a sinister young offenders prison in its cavernous, steam punk-esque depths. Inside, the kids are fighting and fast becoming feral due to lack of food, and one of them, the daughter of a formerly prominent and now deceased politician, needs serious medical attention. Alongside this mounting urgency, Preston and a well-intentioned warden have a chance to expose this horrific government scheme at the New Conservative party conference that’s taking place in Dark Manchester that night. But time is running out…

Set in an entirely imaginable future world, this is a tense and tautly written dystopian sci-fi page-turner. The in-the-moment action feels like watching a thriller through the eyes of the hero, and the theme of young people fighting corrupt politicians is explored with style and poise. ~ Joanne Owen

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Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review The Poison Boy, written by Martin Griffin under his pen-name, Fletcher Moss.

Amy Clare, age 11  The emotions that flow through out the book are fantastic. Fletcher Moss has certainly tried his very best to make this book amazing and he has succeeded in that mission of powerful description and amazing language. Click here to read the full review

Aaryan Sheth 
I have really enjoyed reading Poison Boy because I especially enjoy books that include large amounts of suspense and mystery. One aspect that really made the book so incredible was the description. All the adjectives brought the book to life and gave a clear picture of the story in my mind. Click here to read the full review

Charlie Mulvanney, age 11  I could read this book again and again. It is a quality story and it was a pleasure to read. Click here to read the full review 

Aimee Sweet, age 11  I love the way Moss creates these so life-like characters in front of my eyes, they seem so real that it’s like their my friends.  Click here to read the full review        Aimee has her own book review website The Sweet Review

Karl McGuigan, age 11l  a thrilling adventure and I would strongly recommend this book Click here to read the full review 

Ryan Conway, age 11  The story had a very exciting start which I love, but it ended too quick.  I loved reading the book and look forward to more by that author. Click here to read the full review 

Grace and Louise Parker, age 10 really gripping  Click here to read the full review 

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ISBN: 9781910002254
Publication date: 07/04/2016
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910002254
Publication date: 7th April 2016
Author: Martin Griffin
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Thrillers (Children's / Teenage), Science fiction (Children's / Teenage),

About Martin Griffin

M.A. Griffin studied English Literature at Manchester University. His first novel, The Poison Boy, was written under the name Fletcher Moss and won the 2012 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. He lives in Manchester.

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