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Description - The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

A mysterious apothecary. A magic book. A missing scientist. An impossible plan. It's 1952 and the Scott family has moved unexpectedly from Los Angeles to London. Janie feels uncomfortable in her strange new school, until the local apothecary promises her a remedy for homesickness. But the real cure is meeting the apothecary's son Benjamin, a curiously defiant boy who dreams of becoming a spy. Benjamin's father is no ordinary apothecary, and when he's kidnapped, Benjamin and Janie find themselves entrusted with his sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia. And it seems that Russian spies are intent on getting their hands on it. What secrets does the book contain? Who is the Chinese chemist Jin Lo? And can they trust a skinny pickpocket called Pip to help them? Discovering transformative elixirs they never imagined could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous quest to save the apothecary and prevent an impending nuclear disaster. The Apothecary sparkles with life and possibility. This is a story that will delight kids and return not-so-young readers to the magic of childhood.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781921758171
ISBN-10: 1921758171
Format: Paperback / softback
(197mm x 129mm x 24mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: The Text Publishing Company
Publisher: Text Publishing
Publish Date: 29-Aug-2011
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Apothecary by Maile Meloy - Reviewed by (28 Nov 2011)

The Apothecary is an incredible book, written with powerful prose that immediately takes the reader on a journey with Janie, a young girl from America who is forced to leave her country because her parents don't agree to everything the goverment wants them to. They end up in England, a place that looks dreadfully dreary to Janie, bought up in the bright, sunny and avocardo strewn streets of centeral Amercia. But there are some very interesting things about this new country, an Apothecary run by a strange and kind old man which is situated just across from her new, cold, home. There is something quite mysterious about this place, buut Janie could never imagine all that it holds.

A truly once in a million book! Must get it!


Author Biography - Maile Meloy

Maile Meloy is the award-winning author of several short-story collections and novels for adults including Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It and Liars and Saints. The After-Room is the third and final novel in the Apothecary series for young adults.

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