The Poison Diaries

By Maryrose Wood

A dark, gothic tale of romance… and murder.

In the right dose, everything is a poison.

Jessamine has spent her whole life in a cottage close to her father’s apothecary garden, surrounded by medicinal plants and herbs that could kill her – although her father has never allowed her into the most dangerous part of the grounds… the poison garden. And so she’s never had reason to be afraid – until now. Because now a newcomer has come to live with the family, a quiet but strangely attractive orphan boy named Weed.

Though Weed doesn’t say much in words, he has an instant talent for the apothecary’s trade, seeming to possess a close bond with the plants of the garden. Soon, he and Jessamine also share a close bond. But little does Jessamine know that passion can be just as poisonous as the deadliest plants in the garden – for behind Weed’s instinctive way in the garden is a terrible secret. The plants can talk to him – and not just the kind ones that can heal, but the ruthless ones that can kill too…

Format: Paperback
Ageband: from 13
Release Date: 27 May 2010
Pages: 240
ISBN: 978-0-00-735443-6
Maryrose started out writing for the theater and film, as a lyricist, librettist, playwright and screenwriter. She was the first recipient of the Georgia Bogardus Holof Lyricist Award, and is a three-time recipient of the Richard Rodgers Award for New Musicals, which is administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.She has written a number of novels for young adults including WHY I LET MY HAIR GROW OUT, HOW I FOUND THE PERFECT DRESS and WHAT I WORE TO SAVE THE WORLD.She enjoys gardening, kayaking, napping, reading tons of books, and trying new vegetarian recipes (with mixed success). She lives in New York with her two children, two kittens, and a small, feisty, red-headed dog.