Publisher: Scholastic

Year: 2020

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From Jennifer Donnelly, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Stepsister, comes a fairytale retelling that’ll forever change the way you think about strength, power, and the real meaning of “happily ever after.”

The Story

Once upon a time, a girl named Sophie rode into the forest with the queen’s huntsman. Her lips were the color of ripe cherries, her skin as soft as new-fallen snow, her hair as dark as midnight. When they stopped to rest, the huntsman took out his knife … and took Sophie’s heart.

It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Sophie had heard the rumors, the whispers. They said she was too kind and foolish to rule — a waste of a princess. A disaster of a future queen. And Sophie believed them. She believed everything she’d heard about herself, the poisonous words people use to keep girls like Sophie from becoming too powerful, too strong . . .

With the help of seven mysterious strangers, Sophie manages to survive. But when she realizes that the jealous queen might not be to blame, Sophie must find the courage to face an even more terrifying enemy, proving that even the darkest magic can’t extinguish the fire burning inside every girl, and that kindness is the ultimate form of strength.


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  1. Kayla Rainey says:

    I absolutely loved Stepsister, so I’m super excited to read Poisoned! Is there anywhere I can get a signed copy?

  2. Hi, I’m new here and trust me I had to let you know how much I loved step sister. Fairytale retellings appeal to my inner child a bit too much. Anyway I just wanted to say that you have a fan for eternity. I’m a book reviewer (vey new at this) and I would like to review your books on my blog.

  3. Harrellette Tate says:

    Hi! I am one of your fans from years ago, the Tea series :). My heart literally felt like it broke when you began writing young adult books. It’s sooooo hard to find a writer that you LOVE and I diidn’t think I would see you leaving the YA genre anytime soon. ! I want to know if this new book is for YA’s and if it is, would it be something that older adults too would enjoy because I miss your writing so very much!

    • Jennifer Donnelly says:

      Hi Harrellette! Yes, I think and hope older adults will enjoy Poisoned, as they seem to appreciate Stepsister. These books are based on timeless — and I would argue ageless — themes, and I hope they speak to adults of all ages! (And on the Tea Rose front, stay tuned — the books have been optioned for the screen and I hope to have some news to report on that before too long!)

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