January 17, 2017
  New Release: Author Note, Book Giveaway, and More



Dear Readers, 
In this issue, you'll meet Marinda -- a powerful assassin trapped in a life she didn't choose and doesn't want --  in the YA fantasy POISON'S KISS by Breeanna Shields. 
Happy reading and best wishes for the new year,          
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

Ages 12 and up / YA Fantasy / Random House Books for Young Readers

Win a copy of o f POISON'S KISS by Breeana Shields. Enter to win by emailing the author (write "KidsBookclubbing" in the subject line).
Dear Reader,

POISON'S KISS is about an assassin who can kill with a single brush of her lips. She's powerful. She's deadly. And she's trapped in a life she didn't choose and doesn't want.

But it's not until she receives orders to kiss a boy she knows --  
a boy she's sure doesn't deserve to die -- that she begins to question what she's really working for. But that thread, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose. 
POISON'S KISS is filled with murder and mystery, secrets and betrayals, but ultimately, it's about the sacrifices one girl will make for the people she loves.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it.

Breeana Shields
Book reviews:      

"...the subsequent speedy unraveling of every aspect of Marinda's life will likely leave readers as floored and shocked as it does Marinda...a story about Marinda's unbreakable bond with [her brother] and the desperate measures she'll take to protect him."
- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review 
" Quick and addictive....The sequel won't come quickly enough."
- Booklist
Discussion questions:  

1. At the beginning of the novel, Marinda says, "I'm not a bad person." Do you think she's right? Do you think Marinda really believes this? Why or why not?
2. What's the significance of Marinda killing with a kiss? Would the novel play out differently if she killed with a weapon instead?
3. How does being raised as a visha kanya shape Marinda's character? Do you think she would have been the same person if she'd been raised in a more traditional environment?
4. POISON'S KISS has several important relationships -- between Marinda and Mani, Marinda and Iyla, and Marinda and Deven. Which of these relationships did you identify with most strongly? Why?
For the latest news about POISON'S KISS and other upcoming novels, and to keep up with the author via her blog, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, please visit her website.

Author call-in information: Breeana Shields is happy to call-in to or Skype with your club. She can also meet with your group if you live in the Pacific Northwest. Email Breeana Shields with your request.

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