The Apothecary

The Apothecary

Book - 2011
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Follows a fourteen-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war.
ISBN: 9780399256271
9780142422069
Characteristics: 353 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Schoenherr, Ian - Illustrator

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violet_sparrow_
Jul 04, 2016

I cannot praise the book enough. The perfect depiction of a teenager's thought process was evident in Meloy's writing as Janie. I felt this rapid beating inside me every page I turned. I mourned with the characters, laughed with the characters, and endured through the struggles alongside my newfound friends. Every moment was boldly accentuated with Maile Meloy's brilliant plot twists and unique sequence no one would expect. As with the great feel I have for Harry Potter, the book highlights whim and fantasy, but also presents the story more elegantly and maturely. I was hooked, reading it for a few hours before bed then waking up and heading straight to the book without breakfast. Best 6hrs of my life! I highly recommend.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

An American girl, an alchemist in training, and a street-wise thief get involved with kidnapping, murder and a plot to detonate a nuclear bomb. This is a great adventure novel.

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rebanne
Sep 13, 2014

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mystery, a bit of magic, romance, humour, suspense....
I also love how all the cold war stuff is incorporated.
If you like reading, than just read it, okay?

JCLChrisK May 16, 2013

Intrigue, I think, is the word for this book. Spies and international espionage. Cold war politics, plots, and double crossings. A secret society dedicated to protecting scientific and alchemical magic, and to using that magic to better the world. Adults who can't be trusted. At times it feels like an unusual and unexpected mix of ingredients, but the one common element is that wherever the young teens in this story turn, whatever they get involved in, it involves intrigue.
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And danger. The stakes are surprisingly high, from the opening chapter that has Janie followed by U.S. marshals and her parents deciding to flee the country under suspicion of Communist sympathies to the German and Soviet operatives murdering people in London to attempts to detonate a nuclear bomb.
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The one hope lies in the Apothecary's ancient tome of magical secrets, the Pharmacopoeia, that falls into Janie's hands. At her new school she is befriended by Benjamin, who just happens to be the Apothecary's son. They are at his shop the night he is abducted, leaving the book in their hands. Neither believes in magic, but soon the directions in the book have them turning into birds and becoming invisible, among other things, in their efforts to save Benjamin's dad while avoiding capture themselves. It's quite the ride.
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I wasn't as swept off my feet or as thrilled as I hoped to be, but it's quite an intriguing tale.

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primus
Sep 20, 2012

1952 back to the past

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Jul 04, 2016

violet_sparrow_ thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Jul 02, 2013

pinkuinchik0025 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 14

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