The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
  

The Apothecary

Written by Maile Meloy

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July 2012 Debut of the Month.

Spies, secrets and spells lie at the heart of this thrilling mystery adventure set in the 1950s. Newly arrived in England after her parents' hurried flight from Los Angeles, Janie finds it hard to adjust. But meeting Benjamin, son of the apothecary, she finds herself caught up in an incredible adventure as they struggle to keep the precious and sacred book of spells and potions safe from the many evil hands who want to get hold of it. Exciting, evocative and full of surprise, this is a real page turner.

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A magical and thrilling novel about Janie, a 14 year old girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war. With a sacred book in hand can she and Benjamin uncover the book's secrets before the Russian spies grab it for themselves ? Part fantasy and part historical, this beautifully written and expertly paced, stunning and poignant novel will have readers on the edge of their seats.

As this is a great book for reading groups and book clubs, the publisher has provided us with some Discussion Notes. Click on 'Readers Guide' on the right hand side of this page to download them. They're best for use after reading the novel, since there may be some spoilers !

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Synopsis

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Janie Scott is new to London and she's finding it dull, dreary and cold - until she meets Benjamin Burrows who dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin's father, the mysterious apothecary, is kidnapped he entrusts Janie and Benjamin with his book, full of ancient spells and magical potions. Now the two new friends must uncover the book's secrets in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies - Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons.

The Apothecary trailer:

The Apothecary is currently being adapted into a screenplay by the writers and directors of 'Nim's Island' and 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'. With an enchanting feel similar to Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, the world in which The Apothecary takes place feels historically accurate yet leaves you with the sense that anything is possible. Ian Schoenherr's elegant black and white illustrations perfectly match the mood of the story and add depth to the wonderfully complex world that the author has created.


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Reviews

'Meloy weaves fantasy into a fine work of historical fiction.' - New York Times

'Two children are swept up in an enthralling race to save the world, by way of
international intrigue, danger and a good dose of apothecary's magic.' - Fiona Noble,
The Bookseller

'Thoroughly enjoyable adventure, filled with magic, humour, memorable characters . . with evocative, confident prose.' - Publishers Weekly

'Inventive, smart and fun, an absolute delight.' - Rebecca Stead, author of When You
Reach Me

About the Author

Maile Meloy

Maile Meloy has written several adult novels and short story collections.Her stories have been featured in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and Granta. This is her first young adult novel.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
368 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Maile Meloy
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Author's Website

www.mailemeloy.com/mailemel...

Publisher

Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th July 2012

ISBN

9781849395069

Categories

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Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

Publisher's Website

www.andersenpress.co.uk


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