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read The Apothecary mobi ✓ Hardcover ✓ maile meloy ´ 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 WheIt’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 Janie is a bright all American girl living in Los Angeles in the 1950’s Her world is like a lovely dream until her parents tell her that they must pack everything and hastily leave the country to avoid being detained and uestioned as suspected “communists” Days later they arrive in dreary London still recovering from the aftermath of WWII Janie is immediately homesick especially when she attends school for the first time wearing the wrong clothes and feeling left behind in her classes But everything changes in the blink of an eye when she meets adventurous Benjamin who plays at being a spy and wants nothing to do with his father’s Apothecary shop However his father’s work is much than it seems Their spy games become reality when Benjamin's father disappears leaving behind a mysterious bookI really enjoyed this for the most part It’s a fun fast paced adventure with espionage magic escapes in the nick of time and lots of action The setting is wonderful and it lends a real dose of gravity to the story as the characters deal with a world in which large scale death and destruction are now possible with the flick of a switch And I must say that I am very pleased by this new illustrating trend I think that everything should be illustrated Why let the kids have all the fun? The drawings in this novel are lovely and they add uite a bit to the storyHowever there are a couple of areas in this book where I wanted This book is middle grade in some areas but in others it feels overly simplified for that age group The magic is a nice element but it seems too simplistic and easy The kids find the book and are successfully crafting potions within hours there are no mistakes made the potions always work and they’re incredibly easy to put together And while some of the minor characters feel alive and vibrant like the fabulously crafty Pip and even the haughty but rebellious Sarah the two major characters are a bit flat I never felt like I really knew them I really liked what I could see but they’re not completely fleshed outThe setting and time period provide an excellent opportunity for this novel to delve into moral dilemmas and earn itself a little substance but it never uite gets all the way there in my opinion In many ways this feels like a childrens’ book I love the ending though The scenes on the boat and on the train are just beautiful and I like that things are left a bit open ended I am a sucker for open endingsPerfect Musical PairingThe Jimi Hendrix Experience 1983 A Merman I Should Turn To BeThis is my favorite Jimi Hendrix song make sure to turn it up right at 325 When war is raging and the whole world’s gone to hellwhy not just disappear into the sea and live under water forever? Sounds awesome Sort of like how I wish there really were teams of superhero alchemists out there who could stop hydrogen bombs Alas

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F 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 disast 95 points for an original story with scientific interest and authentic Cold War detail despite belonging to the overdone YA magic genre 5 for Southern California 15 for making the Latin teacher the villain 50 for a ridiculous Latin error 50 for letting the otherwise wonderful illustrations be marred by SAME LATIN ERROR 10 for Chinese character 30 for describing Chinese character with hair like a silken rope and a kung fu kick 15 for gratuitous seuel trolling Sum 50HEAR YE AUTHORS AND EDITORS Pay me to fix your Latin and Greek Maile Meloy I don't care if your brother is in the Decemberists You have lost all cred with me Rectie well that's just like forcing my mouth open and vomiting into itOn a personal note my copy of this book came from the Malden Public Library via the main Boston branch It was in Malden that my Chinese grandfather got into a fight with an Irish kid and as a direct or indirect conseuence dropped out of school never getting beyond approximately 10th grade He died when I was 16 but I'm sure he would be glad that his granddaughter was fortunate enough to acuire so much education that it turned her into the pedant who wrote this

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The ApothecaryAnd 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 o I really liked this middle grade adventure story The writing style is very good and story is promising enough Its actual audiences are young adults but I think anybody who likes magic and adventure can enjoy this bookIt’s 1952 and Janie is a 14 years old American girl living with her parents in California As her parents become suspected as “Communists” they decide to move to London and work for BBC Janie doesn’t like this change in her life and starts her new school skeptically She meets Benjamin there a strong boy who is not afraid of telling his opinion They soon become friends and when Benjamin’s father disappears they start a journey to find him and also keep a very important book away from Russian spiesThis book is not only about adventure but friendship and love too I liked mixture of spy thriller with magic and everything else