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The Apothecary | [Maile Meloy]

The Apothecary

It's 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows - a fascinating boy who's not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin's father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia.
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It's 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows - a fascinating boy who's not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin's father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies - Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. Discovering and testing potions they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending disaster.

©2011 Maile Meloy (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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    Joyce 10-15-11
    Joyce 10-15-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply Wonderful!!!!!"

    The Apothecary exists in a class with Scott's Alchemist series, Riordan's Lightening Thief series, Divergent and Michael Vay-- and is simply wonderful...I have a Tween daughter who is an avid reader and I am always looking for new authors for her to try...I hit a gold mine with Maile Meloy. Obviously I am not the target audience...but I thoroughly enjoyed this book...My daugher is on her second go-round listening and is quoting passages. It is original, funny, action packed and full of fantasy--a recipe my child cannot resist. She did, however, have one complaint--she does not like the ending--it is a cliffhanger and now she has to wait and hope he author publishes a follow up book...which we will be certain to add to our collection. There is a select group of books (comparison books I listed among them) that we purchase in hardcover and on audio...this is firmly in that category. Highly recommended by Mother and daughter...

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Laurene New York 01-30-12
    Laurene New York 01-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Delightful story, beautifully read"

    This is a YA adventure story set in the 1950s featuring an American girl (14, I believe), whose screenwriter parents have to leave the US due to the blacklist and relocate to London. She has the usual adjustment troubles, until she gets involved with a group of underground apothecaries who can make potions with magical powers and who are trying to rein in the nuclear arms race. There are chases, a lot of colorful characters, a small dash of romance and wistful ending. I think there will be a sequel, to which I look forward eagerly.

    Meloy is a renowned author of adult fiction, and one plus of THE APOTHECARY is that it is exceptionally well-written for a children's book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SLM Brooklyn 11-04-11
    SLM Brooklyn 11-04-11
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    "Instant Classic"

    For lovers of "A Wrinkle in Time," "Narnia" and Pullman's "His Dark Materials" series, this captivating story comes complete with a plucky heroine, a fast-paced and adventure-packed plot as well as an excellent performance by the narrator. Can???t wait to read everything else Meloy???s written.

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    stephanie sandler 04-13-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Great read for a young adult!"
    If you could sum up The Apothecary in three words, what would they be?

    Mystical, Adventurous, & Exciting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The magical aspects


    Which character ??? as performed by Cristin Milioti ??? was your favorite?

    All great!


    If you could rename The Apothecary, what would you call it?

    The name is perfect


    Any additional comments?

    I would love a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Fishers, In, United States 12-26-11
    Lisa Fishers, In, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2013

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    "PreTeen age novel"
    If you could sum up The Apothecary in three words, what would they be?

    PreTeen Novel


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great fantasy.


    What about Cristin Milioti’s performance did you like?

    SHe went from character to character very smoothly and was easy to follow


    Who was the most memorable character of The Apothecary and why?

    All three kids because it was their fantastic journey


    Any additional comments?

    I only wish I had known that it was about young people. Great story, reminded me a bit of the Hunger Games..as the characters were about the same age.

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    Richard Hibbing, MN, United States 12-12-11
    Richard Hibbing, MN, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Excellent!"
    Would you listen to The Apothecary again? Why?

    Such a fun story. Well written and an excellent narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I rather liked the poor gardener, even though his appearance was brief.


    What about Cristin Milioti’s performance did you like?

    Excellent character distinctions, good accents.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori United States 12-06-11
    Lori United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Nice Adeventure Story"

    I liked this book, but was suprised that others fell in love with it. It was a good adventure story focused on young adults (14/15ish). But the story was complete fantasy which I was not expecting. It was a fun read & The reader was excellent.

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    Eaddy Mays 05-29-15
    Eaddy Mays 05-29-15

    i get paid to act in tv shows & films so i can fund my audible addiction. sci-fi is m'fav. wanna kno more? google me, tweet, tumlr etc etc :

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    "Very Visionary! Great story line and performance!"

    I would always listen to this book for fun all the time! This is definitely one of my favorites for sure! I'd strongly recommend this book anytime someone wants a good adventure with laughter along the way, and sometimes even tear-jerking moments. I love every little bit of the way the storyline reads and how it is said. I honestly had fun myself listening to this book every second. I was sad once a GREAT book is over (along with the sequel), and now I will wait however long it takes for the third book. I am one happy woman when I decided to listen to this thanks to my brother. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to listen to this book and open for the possibilities in life.

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    Kristi Jones 02-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    That was literally the best book I have ever read!!!! I'm so glad that I decided to read it! I loved it so much! Thank you:)

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    Scooter 01-31-15
    Scooter 01-31-15 Member Since 2010

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    A well crafted tale which delves into the realm of the fantastic, without getting bogged down there. Enjoyed it very much

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