Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines


Open the POISON FILES if you dare…


By Sarah Albee

Published by Random House Children’s Books

ISBN-13: 9781101932230

Age Range: 8 – 12 Years

Science geeks and armchair detectives will soak up this non-lethal, humorous account of the role poisons have played in human history.

For centuries, people have been poisoning one another—changing personal lives and the course of empires alike.

From spurned spouses and rivals, to condemned prisoners like Socrates, to endangered emperors like Alexander the Great, to modern-day leaders like Joseph Stalin and Yasser Arafat, poison has played a starring role in the demise of countless individuals. And those are just the deliberate poisonings. Medical mishaps, greedy “snake oil” salesmen and food contaminants, poisonous Prohibition, and industrial toxins also impacted millions.

Part history, part chemistry, part whodunit, Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines traces the role poisons have played in history from antiquity to the present and shines a ghoulish light on the deadly intersection of human nature . ..and Mother Nature.

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Sarah Albee’s latest creepy book is called Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines. She has written lots of other nonfiction books for kids aged 8 and up, on subjects that include poop, bugs, wacky fashions, deadly diseases, and weird-but-true stories. Fun fact: she used to be a semi-pro basketball player. These days she lives in Connecticut with her family. She loves to cook, but ever since Poison released, her friends have stopped accepting her invitations to dinner. Sarah travels around the country, visiting schools and presenting to kids. Invite her to your school . . . if you dare!!!