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The Poison Apples

The Poison Apples

Lily Archer

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We all know the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel. But have you ever heard of Alice Bingley-Beckerman, Reena Paruchuri, or Molly Miller? Of course you haven't. Not yet. What these girls have in common with their fairy tale sisters is this: they are the stepdaughters of three very evil stepmothers. And they're not happy about it. They think they are alone in their unhappiness until they arrive at Putnam Mount McKinsey, a posh boarding school located in lovely rural Massachusetts. Here is where they will plot their revenge. But first they have to meet.

In her first novel, Lily Archer tells a knowing, wickedly funny story about how friendship just may turn out to be more happily-ever-after than family.

Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List, Book Sense Children's Pick


Dear Stepmothers of the World:

As you probably know, more than 50 percent of marriages in America end in divorce. And more than 75 percent of divorced men end up remarrying. That means there are thousands—millions!—of stepmothers out...


Praise for The Poison Apples

“Archer makes a wickedly funny debut...Alternating among their perspectives with considerable wit... The teens' initial misjudgments of one another fuel much of the initial comedy, while Archer's knowing prose gives even the old-fashioned moral a hip ring.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred review

“...friendship forms the core of Archer's tender, funny debut novel... Writing in the alternating voices of the three girls, Archer displays a sure sense of teens' dialogue, anxieties, and, best of all, humor...Clever, hip, and satisfying, this will attract many readers, who will look forward to the sequels suggested at the story's close.” —Booklist

“This pleasant read offers food for thought for even the most reluctant reader. The strength of the story lies in its realistic portrayal of teen insecurity and the need to have love and structure in a seemingly hostile world....Archer smoothly alternates the point of view among the three girls, offering insight into how their different personalities cope with hardship. Fans of Ann Brashare's Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants will enjoy this tale of feisty young women on the brink of adulthood.” —VOYA

“The Poison Apple members...are entertaining and their hyperbolic tales of woe might be what's most appealing to gossip-loving adolescents.” —Kirkus Reviews

“...Good fun.” —School Library Journal

“...funny, often poignant first novel...What sets the book apart from many in the boarding school genre is the underlying compassion these three retain, despite their new and uncertain circumstances... Readers will hope for more from this likable trio--and this talented storyteller.” —Shelf Awareness

The Poison Apples is Lily Archer's first novel and it's a very good riff on how much good friends can save you when everything else goes to hell. It's also very funny and one of those pitch perfect reads for sharing with many girlfriends (whether they have stepmonsters of their own or not).” —Bookslut

“There definitely seems to be sequel potential for this book and dare I say it might be even as big as the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” —The YA YA YAs (blog)

“...debut novelist Lily Archer handles the contemporary issues faced by families with delightfully wicked humor and a heartfelt exploration of love, friendship, forgiveness, and the true meaning of 'family.' Middle grade and teenage girls from around the country will laugh at and identify with the themes of this novel and the adventures of three unique main characters.” —Midwest Book Review

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About the author

Lily Archer

Lily Archer lives in New York City, where she reads the dictionary for fun and secretly hankers for a pet penguin. She has known many stepmothers; some kind, others wicked.

Lily Archer

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