A Pocket Full of Murder

A Pocket Full of Murder

Book - 2015
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A determined young girl joins forces with an adventure-loving street boy to save her father's life in this "thoroughly entertaining" ( Kirkus Reviews ) magical murder mystery.

In the spell-powered city of Tarreton, the wealthy have all the magic they desire while the working class can barely afford a simple spell to heat their homes. Twelve-year-old Isaveth is poor, but she's also brave, loyal, and zealous in the pursuit of justice--which is lucky, because her father has just been wrongfully arrested for murder.

Isaveth is determined to prove his innocence. Quiz, the eccentric, eyepatch-wearing street boy who befriends her, swears he can't resist a good mystery. Together they set out to solve the magical murder of one of Tarreton's most influential citizens and save Isaveth's beloved Papa from execution. But is Quiz truly helping Isaveth out of friendship, or does he have hidden motives of his own?
Publisher: New York ;, Toronto :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781481437714
Characteristics: 342 pages ;,22 cm

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Chinamonkey
Mar 04, 2017

The sequel is very good and includes social structure that grasped my attention right away. It is fast paced and keeps me wanting to read more, especially the mystery involvment.

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marthabwaters
Feb 19, 2017

This book feels like it was written specifically for me: middle grade fantasy/mystery mash-up in a world that feels sort of late-Victorian/early 20th c.? Yes please. And, predictably, I really really enjoyed this. I thought the concept here (a world where nobles use proper sorcery and everyone else uses "common magic") was really interesting, I felt invested in the characters, and Anderson included lots of issues of religion and social class that you might not expect in such an overall light read, and yet they're handled in a way that feels totally age-appropriate. And there's a sequel! Cheers all around.

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