• Title: Eat Your Poison, Dear (Sebastian Barth Mysteries)
  • Author: James Howe
  • Released: 1986-10-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 144
  • ISBN: 0689312067
  • ISBN13: 978-0689312069
  • ASIN: 0689312067
From Publishers Weekly As original and well constructed as Howe's Stage Fright and What Eric Knew, this is the third in the series that stars the smart teenager Sebastian Barth. In the cafeteria at Pembroke Middle School, Sebastian and his friends are aghast when the "inspired" cook, Miss Swille, celebrates apple month with apple lasagna, apple chili dogs and other offenses. Nobody is surprised when Milo Groot is sickened after lunch. Even when he seems to have been poisoned, the students react mildly: Milo is universally disliked and his classmates joke that anyone could have slipped a toxin into his food. At first, only Milo suffers. Later, however, 77 school children are made seriously ill and hospitalized, a fact that the principal tries to cover up as a flu epidemic. Sebastian vows to find out the truth and publish it. Readers will be intent on unraveling the mystery and be dazzled by the triple shock in the windup.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal Grade 4-6 This mystery centers around the sudden illness experienced by students in Pembroke Middle School's cafeteria. Milo, class nerd, is the first to be stricken. Other students soon succumb, and the official explanation for the epidemic is "flu." Suspicions surface: could it be poisoning? Veteran cafeteria manager Miss Swille comes under question, as does Harley, school "toughie" and leader of the small but visible Devil Riders. Young sleuth Sebastian and his friend David set out to solve the mystery. Despite a deliciously sinister cover (and title), this mystery is less than gripping. Several extraneous plot elements interfere with the momentum of Sebastian's investigation, and the young peoples' conversations strike a false tone that mars the story. Yet it should appeal to children who enjoy school stories, and is an adequate addition to junior fiction collections.Cynthia Percak Infantino, Lake Forest Library, Ill.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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