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Poison Most Vial

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Murder in the lab! The famous forensic scientist Dr. Ramachandran is stone-cold dead, and Ruby Rose’s father is the prime suspect. It’s one more reason for Ruby to hate the Gardens, the funky urban neighborhood to which she has been transplanted. Wise but shy, artistic but an outsider, Ruby must marshal everything and everyone she can to help solve the mystery and prove he

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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams
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Catie
I was very excited when I received this book because the author is a science reporter for the New York Times, which would suggest that he knows a little something about science. And he does! Hooray! Sadly this book has the feel of a very thinly disguised science text book. If you’re going to encourage kids to learn a little science, in a sort of “ooh I’ve hidden some carrots in the mac and cheese!” kind of way, then you have to make sure the delivery vehicle is at least a compelling one. And thi ...more
Adriana
Feb 20, 2012 Adriana rated it liked it
Ruby Rose's father is going to jail. That is if she doesn't solve the mystery of Dr. Ramachandran's death, a forensic scientist who works at the DeWitt Lab. Her father is a janitor there and with him being the one giving him tea that day plus the vials found in his locker he is the prime suspect. Ruby knows her father didn't do it... well mostly didn't think he did it.

Rose moved about a year ago but still hasn't settled in. She still thinks of Lillian often, her best friend, and is sad that she
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Barbara
When a famous forensic scientist dies at the lab where Ruby Rose's father works as a janitor, the evidence seems to point to him as the murderer. Although he seems to have had no motive to kill Dr. Ramachandran, police find vials of deadly poisons in his locker. Ruby, who sorely misses the rural area from which her family has moved, bands together with Rex, another resident of the housing projects where she now lives, and Mrs. Whitmore, a reclusive elderly woman who has a few secrets of her own ...more
Sarah
At it's best, this book is a contemporary remix of Flavia De Luce meets Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, meets Harriet the Spy. There are some good moments of forensic deduction for CSI fans and the intellectual crowd and some tense chase scenes for the action seekers. What struggles a bit is the dialogue and point of view. The dialogue attempts to capture the rich diversity of the neighborhood, but sometimes just reads clunky. The point of view while steadily third person dips in with first person tho ...more
Tyler Jing
Apr 20, 2014 Tyler Jing rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Dr. Ramachandran has been poisoned, murdered. And Ruby's dad is the prime suspect. Ruby knows that this is a terrible mistake, and that her dad would never do anything that bad, and has no reason to. Her, along with Mrs. Whitmore, her friends Rex, Sharon and Simon, risk everything to prove that Ruby's father is innocent. They gather evidence, clues and proof, and find that these paths may not lead them where they want to go.

The cover seemed interesting, (Yes, I judge the book by it's cover.). I
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Natalie S.
May 28, 2014 Natalie S. rated it really liked it
I think that this book is a good book when you have nothing to read and need to get reading done. It follows two people, Ruby Rose and Rex (his name because he looks like a T-rex). They try to investigate the murder of Dr. Ramachandran, one of the best known forensic scientists in the area. When Ruby's father is the number one suspect, Ruby and Rex try to set things right. Then things get interesting. (view spoiler) ...more
2017izzym
May 25, 2015 2017izzym rated it it was amazing
Poison most vial by Benedict Carey is a fascinating murder mystery about a 7th grader, her dad, and her band of "friends". When somehow Dr.Rama, the head of the lab, is poisoned and murdered, Ruby's dad becomes the prime suspect of the murder. It is now ,after layer and layer, that Ruby decides to take matters into her own hands, with the help of Rex, Sharon, and Simon. Now this isn't just an ordinary group of middle schoolers Sharon can hack almost any database the school has, Simon is like a s ...more
Charlie' (Ohana means family)
Apr 21, 2014 Charlie' (Ohana means family) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Charlie' (Ohana means family) by: Library
MURDER IN THE LAB!

The famous forensic scientist Dr. Ramachandran is stone-cold dead, and Ruby Rose’s father is the prime suspect. It’s one more reason for Ruby to hate the Gardens, the funky urban neighbourhood to which she has been transplanted. Wise but shy, artistic but an outsider, Ruby must marshal everything and everyone she can to help solve the mystery and prove her father didn’t poison his boss. Everyone? The list isn’t too long: there’s T. Rex, Ruby’s big, goofy but goodhearted friend;
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Tina (yAdultReview)
Mar 27, 2012 Tina (yAdultReview) rated it really liked it
Originally published at Nose in a Book.

First of all, the page designs on this thing are beautiful. I stared at them for awhile every time I reached a new chapter. The summary is pretty self-explanatory. We follow Ruby Rose, the girl with two first names, as she tries to solve a murder that has been pinned on her janitor father. She and her friend, Rex, seek out of the help of an old recluse they call “the Window Lady.” There was something different about this book that I couldn’t quite put my fi
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Melanie
Mar 31, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
Dr. Ramachandran is a famous forensic scientist and teacher at DeWitt Polytechnic University and has been found dead from poisoning. Ruby Rose attends Dewitt Lab School which is connected to the university. Her father is a janitor at the university.
Murdered in his office, the prime suspect is Ruby’s Father, Mr. Rose. Feeling that police aren’t doing anything to solve the case, Ruby and her friends try to piece it together with the help of a 70 year old recluse from their apartment building.
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Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Background: Ruby Rose is in a bind; her father is the prime suspect in the murder of a very important forensics lab. She and her friend Rex are on the hunt for clues about the murder, which her father did not commit. Ruby and Rex, with the help of a shut-in Mrs. Whitmore are trying to re-trace the steps of all of the people that could have been involved with the murder and why they did it.

Review: This was a very quick read, and I am not really sure of what age group it is intended for. The stor
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Ms. Yingling
Apr 03, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok
Carey, Benedict. Poison Most Vial.
When Ruby's dad, a custodian at an urban university, is accused of murder when Professor Ramachandran's tea is poisoned... and he made it! Ruby feels that the only way to get her father off is to investigate herself, with her friend Max and the retired toxicologist Clara Whitmore. Mrs. Whitmore has ties to the police still, and is able to get the professor's autopsy report, and a variety of people help along the way, but it's up to the children to save the day.
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Rebecca
Jan 01, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Ruby Rose and her father have moved from the rural south to a sketchy neighborhood in the big city, where her father works as a janitor in a lab at the nearby university. Unfortunately, when the head of the lab, Dr. Ramachandran, is found murdered, Ruby's father is the main suspect. Along with her friend Rex and a reclusive former forensic scientist who lives in their building, Ruby starts to investigate, to try to keep her father out of jail.

I enjoyed this book, and the mystery was well-constru
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Jessi
May 17, 2012 Jessi rated it really liked it
Poison Most Vial is a classic young sleuths mystery that brings out the nerdy detective in the best of us. Ruby and Rex are determined to find who really killed Dr. Ramachandran and clear her father's name. But these two are lacking in experience so how in the world are they going to solve a mystery that's too confounding for even the police? And what are they going to do to disprove the clear evidence against her father? Rex and Ruby will find that things are not always as they seem and help ca ...more
Alice in Readerland
Mar 31, 2012 Alice in Readerland rated it liked it
Ruby Rose needs to do some detective work of her own to prove that her father didn’t murder the famous Dr. Ramachandran. She’s going to need help. But from who? From her friend, T. Rex? From the mysterious “Window Lady”? From the girl who is said to have hacked into the school computer? From the boy who has the map of the catacombs beneath the library? From Bernie Diaz, the lawyer who seems to support Ruby’s sleuthing?
Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.

Poison Most Vial is a fun mystery with advent
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Heather
Mar 13, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Ruby Rose's father works in the great DeWitt forensics lab as a janitor. He's been accused of killing the great forensic scientist, Dr. Ramachandran in the lab. But Ruby knows he didn't do it, he had no reason to do it. She just has to prove it. And to prove it, she needs the help of her friend Rex. And Rex suggests the old lady in the window. She's rumored to have been famous for working with chemicals or something. But he's scared of her, he's heard from "The Minister of Information" or Jimmy ...more
Bundles of
Apr 05, 2012 Bundles of rated it liked it
Title: Poison Most Vial
Author: Benedict Carey
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Amulet Books (Abrams)
Age Group: 9- 13 years old
Hardcover: 240 pages
Source: Publisher

Book Summary: Murder in the lab! The famous forensic scientist Dr. Ramachandran is stone-cold dead, and Ruby Rose’s father is the prime suspect. It’s one more reason for Ruby to hate the Gardens, the funky urban neighborhood to which she has been transplanted. Wise but shy, artistic but an outsider, Ruby must marshal everything an
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Vanya D.
Apr 17, 2012 Vanya D. rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I received this book to review from Netgalley. Here are my thoughts:

This is a middle grade book, and I know what you're gonna say, but honestly - the story is quite intriguing and really funny. It's got some awesome mystery, a murder case, and a great exploration adventure.

The only reason why I'm giving it this rating, is because the world building could've been more detailed. I mean, the whole time I was reading, I was wondering where the action was taking place. It felt like the States, but wa
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Caitlyn
Nov 01, 2015 Caitlyn rated it really liked it
It's possible to see how this was compared to The Westing Game - in my opinion, just as confusing until the end, when the solution finally makes sense and you reread. Some of the terminology in this book was unfamiliar, but overall, a good plot.
Chloe Ga
Mar 27, 2015 Chloe Ga rated it liked it
Grade/interest level: Middle School
Reading level: ?
Genre: Mystery
Main Characters: Ruby Rose
Setting: Lab
POV: 3rd Person
I never finished this book because it was kind of boring to me. I couldn't pay attention easily.
Mickey
Oct 02, 2012 Mickey rated it liked it
This was a quick read but a surprisingly interesting one. I thoroughly enjoy mysteries. Give me Nancy Drew and Veronica Mars in a death match show down and I'm having a good time. This story had a lot of fun elements - quirky sidekick, mysterious old woman who is this crazy amazing source of intel, hidden (or at least, overlooked) passageways and, of course, MUUUUURRRDDDEEERRRR! I enjoyed the twists, the building urgency, and the simplicity of a good clue-hunt-style mystery. Great for middle sch ...more
Gary Paulson
Sep 11, 2014 Gary Paulson marked it as to-read
Shelves: ebook
Heard author interviewed on NPR. They did not have his latest book, but they did have this one.
I ended up buying his new book: How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens
Ms. Yockey
Apr 01, 2012 Ms. Yockey rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries-2012
From Abrams web site:
"Murder in the lab! The famous forensic scientist Dr. Ramachandran is stone-cold dead, and Ruby Rose’s father is the prime suspect. It’s one more reason for Ruby to hate the Gardens, the funky urban neighborhood to which she has been transplanted. Wise but shy, artistic but an outsider, Ruby must marshal everything and everyone she can to help solve the mystery and prove her father didn’t poison his boss. Everyone? The list isn’t too long: there’s T. Rex, Ruby’s big, goofy b
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Ash Carroll
Jun 14, 2015 Ash Carroll rated it it was ok
To be honest, I wasn't expecting much, I did enjoy the little twists but I would have enjoyed it a lot more if there were more descriptions and if the plot spaced out. It felt very rushed, but it was a nice break from the series I was reading.
Indian Creek Middle School
Apr 11, 2016 Indian Creek Middle School rated it it was amazing
What a great classic-style mystery! It's a whodunit with interesting characters and a great ending.
Caitlin
Aug 15, 2012 Caitlin rated it liked it
This was a fast and easy read considering the mystery story is pretty in depth. Poison Most Vial is definitely a book that engages your brain, and even though there is a murder, there is nothing gruesome to be seen. If you have a child who likes science, this is definitely the book for them! Carey, a science reporter for the NY Times actually makes a topic I disliked in school, fun.
It would also be a great book to use for integrating language arts in middle school and to connect with science cla
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Mary
Jul 24, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-mystery
An enjoyable "real" science mystery for middle grades with a real crime and clues. A forensic toxicologist is murdered and Ruby Rose, the janitor's daughter, is desperately gathering information to keep her father from being arrested.

Ruby and her four odd-duck friends, are likable, well-drawn characters with a carefully crafted mystery to solve. The mystery is filled with science-based clues, but can be solved with attentive reading. A fun stand-alone, but this would be a great first book for a
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Talhah
Nov 04, 2015 Talhah added it
SUSPENCE
Robyn
Apr 21, 2015 Robyn added it
good
Jake.j
Oct 23, 2014 Jake.j rated it liked it
confusing, but okay
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