Palabras envenenadas
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Bárbara Molina left home when she was merely fifteen years old. Four years went by since then and her disappearance remains an unsolved mystery: in spite of the thorough investigations the police undertook, nobody could find the girl, either alive or dead. The policemen focused their efforts on two main suspects: Martí Borràs, a monitor for summer camps who is a few years older than Bárbara, and Jesús López, a Social Science teacher at her Secondary school. But even though these two guys don’t shine certainly for their moral virtues, truth is that no one has found out to date any relevant evidence to charge them with a kidnap and most probably an added crime. And just today, when deputy inspector Salvador Lozano starts his last working day before retirement and while he is reliving the frustration of these four years of unsuccessful inquiry, a brief call from Bárbara, presumably asking for help from afterlife, will reopen every previous question on the enigma.


Maite Carranza is a writer, scriptwriter and teacher. Born in Barcelona in , she has a degree in Anthropology and worked for some time as a teacher of language and literature while becoming initiated in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Her first work won the Crítica Serra d’Or Award and in successive years she won the Folch i Torres Award in and the Joaquim Ruyra in .
In the nineteen nineties she took part in the creation of early Catalan television soap operas and wrote the scripts for several series and films adapted for TV, which she still combines even today with her teaching on master’s courses and scriptwriting workshops.

Her literary production, however, has been constant and her books republished, translated and awarded. The most great and recent the National Award for PALABRAS ENVENENADAS. She has published forty-one titles, most for children and young adults. Her most successful works are proof of her achievement, but without a doubt, her most emblematic and most successful work is the fantasy trilogy The war of the witches (-) a best-seller that was well-received by the critics, highly popular among her readership and translated into more than languages.


“Meanwhile I was writing the novel, I trembled, I was scared and distressed, I felt disgust and rage, all the feelings that I’ve tried to pass on with this book.”
La Vanguardia, //

“This is an issue that continues to be taboo in a hypocrite society that tends to hide its rubbish under the carpet. There are judges that accuse the victims of seducing the offender and schools that tell the families to be quiet in order to keep clean the name of the school.”
El Periódico, //

“To find the tone was rather difficult. I tried the novel not to be crude but also to be able to explain clearly the distress, fear and manipulation that the offender exerts over the victim. I wanted that every youngster that could indentify him/herself with such situation could have the courage to move forward.”
Yo Dona, //

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