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The apothecary

The apothecary

Meloy, Maile; Schoenherr, Ian

14-year-old Janie Scott is new to London and she's finding it dull and dreary - 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 sacred book, full of spells and potions

Book. English. Adventure. Children's stories. Suspense fiction. Fiction 9+.
Published London: Andersen, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: Maile Meloy ; with illustrations by Ian Schoenherr
ISBN: 1849395063, 9781849395069
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Note: Originally published: New York: G.P. Putnam's, 2011.
Physical Description: 352 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.
Subject: London (England) Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4.9
Interest Level: MY
Points: 11
Quiz Number: 223843

Author note

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


"If you read anything this summer, this book should be the one."
Daily Telegraph||"Meloy weaves fantasy into a fine work of historical fiction."
New York Times||"Book of the Week"
Sunday Times||"An absorbing and original historical thriller with a Pullman-esque feel. There's an irresistible seam of magic, and a vivid 1950's setting."
The Bookseller||"Cracking read"
Evening Standard