'The Poison Season' Book Club Readalong Day 4!

By: Cori Reed Photo By: @ kmp.bookreads

Welcome to the fourth day of our book club readalong for OwlCrate's December book, The Poison Season by Mara Rutherford!

Just a reminder that this will be a SPOILER discussion for Chapters 25-31 of The Poison Season, so make sure you read are finished this section before continuing.

Discussion questions are listed below, and anyone who participates in the comments will be entered to win a free OwlCrate box! Don't forget, you can also post about the readalong on Instagram with the hashtag #OCThePoisonSeason for another chance to win!

The story continues...

Chapter 25:
Leelo returns to treats his wounds. They sit together, talking of their siblings.

Chapter 26:
The next morning Leelo wakes to an angry Sage. She is angry because she thought Leelo had left the island when she wasn’t there for her Watcher shift the previous day.

Chapter 27:
Leelo visits Jaren again, telling him that she is going to look for the boat on her day off. Jaren found a book of Endlan songs in the cabin, and against her better judgment Leelo let’s him keep it. He tells her about Lupin, the incantu in the village, and hearing how she lives comforts Leelo, but Leelo doesn’t remember her.

Chapter 28:
Leelo talks to her mom about what happened to her dad and uncle. When they were young and on Watcher duty a group of outsiders tried to cross the ice to fell the Forest. They were able to stop them and three were captured. Her mom won’t say how, but she does reveal they were all killed. She also reveals that Sage’s father was an abusive man and that Ketty sacrificed everything for her.

Chapter 29:
Leelo heads to the grotto - the only place on the island she’s never been before as children are told to avoid it. There she finds bones, suspiciously human looking, and once squeezed into a cave at the back of the grotto she finds the boat, which, unhelpfully, is still broken. She breaks the news to Jaren.

Chapter 30:
Both in need of a wash, Leelo and Jaren bathe in the pools, and he teaches her a song from his childhood. She promises to return the next day.

Chapter 31:
Sage tells Leelo there’s more to the story than what her mother revealed about the abuse, but refuses to say more, telling Leelo it would break her.




  1. What do you think Sage is hiding about her family?

  2. Why do you think the council has discouraged people from visiting the grotto?

  3. Do you think the singing at the midsummer festival will influence Jaren?

  4. Why do you think Leelo can't remember Lupin?

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