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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
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Book Level: 4.9
Interest Level: MY
Quiz Number: 223843
"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"