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A Pocket Full of Murder
Contributor(s): Anderson, R. J.
ISBN: 1481437712     ISBN-13: 9781481437714
Publisher: Atheneum
    OUR PRICE: $18.85  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: September 2015
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Annotation: In Tarreton, where the rich have all the magic they wish and the poor can barely afford a spell to heat their homes, twelve-year-old Isaveth's father is accused of murdering an influential citizen and Isaveth, aided by eccentric street boy Quiz, tries tosolve the magical murder mystery before her father is executed.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Murder; Fiction.
Social classes; Fiction.
Magic; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries & Detective Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2014040718
Lexile Measure: 890
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (0.95 lbs) 342 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 180355
Reading Level: 5.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 11.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q66550
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 16.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
Isaveth's poor family struggles to survive in magical, socially stratified Tarreton. When her father is wrongly arrested for the murder of an important political figure, she sets out to prove his innocence with the help of an enigmatic street boy named Quiz. Magic, mystery, and adventure mix well here; the investigation takes surprising twists and offers a reflection on inequality.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 July)

Gr 5–7—An appealing novel for readers who like fast-paced fantasy with a dash of mystery and a political angle. Thirteen-year-old Isaveth is a lower class girl, or Moshite, in the fictional city of Tarrenton, where the wealthy have all the magic. When her father is wrongfully arrested for the magical murder of an important political figure, it's up to Isaveth to prove his innocence. A young man named Quiz befriends her and decides to help her solve the crime. Isaveth soon learns that Quiz may be lying about his identity and have motives of his own, and she doesn't know whom she can trust. The story wraps up while leaving enough loose threads for a sequel. Throughout the novel is a parallel story about Auradia Champion, Lady Justice of Listerbroke, a former city justice who is the inspiration for many radio dramas. Isaveth seeks to emulate Auradia's justice as she confronts potential citywide corruption. Though the characters are fully fleshed out, readers may need to suspend disbelief in order to accept their astonishing array of special skills and capabilities. Isaveth makes her own spells and engages with magic throughout the story, but she also grapples with everyday issues of bullying, social class, prejudice, charity, and justice. The atmosphere is fully realized, but there are some minor issues with world-building. For example, the book mentions that there are different days of the week such as Duesday, but does not clearly explain the order of the days. VERDICT Fantasy readers who also enjoy a bit of mystery will appreciate the story, cast of characters, and layers.—Liz Anderson, DC Public Library

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 August)

Gr 5–7—An appealing novel for readers who like fast-paced fantasy with a dash of mystery and a political angle. Thirteen-year-old Isaveth is a lower class girl, or Moshite, in the fictional city of Tarrenton, where the wealthy have all the magic. When her father is wrongfully arrested for the magical murder of an important political figure, it's up to Isaveth to prove his innocence. A young man named Quiz befriends her and decides to help her solve the crime. Isaveth soon learns that Quiz may be lying about his identity and have motives of his own, and she doesn't know whom she can trust. The story wraps up while leaving enough loose threads for a sequel. Throughout the novel is a parallel story about Auradia Champion, Lady Justice of Listerbroke, a former city justice who is the inspiration for many radio dramas. Isaveth seeks to emulate Auradia's justice as she confronts potential citywide corruption. Though the characters are fully fleshed out, readers may need to suspend disbelief in order to accept their astonishing array of special skills and capabilities. Isaveth makes her own spells and engages with magic throughout the story, but she also grapples with everyday issues of bullying, social class, prejudice, charity, and justice. The atmosphere is fully realized, but there are some minor issues with world-building. For example, the book mentions that there are different days of the week such as Duesday, but does not clearly explain the order of the days. VERDICT Fantasy readers who also enjoy a bit of mystery will appreciate the story, cast of characters, and layers.—Liz Anderson, DC Public Library

[Page 73]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.