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 P...more
It's the year 1952, and 14-year-old Janie is living a happy, carefree life with her parents in Los Angeles. One day, while walking home from school, she notices a black sedan following her, which causes her parents to panic and make some sudden decisions. Suspected of being communist sympathizers, they feel like they have no choice but to pack everything up and move to London.
Starting school in London is harder than she ever imagined. Janie hates e...more
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This book was AMAZING. At first, I was hesitant to buy it, but after a while, I proceeded to order the book. And thank goodness my money had been well spent!
The story starts out with a girl,Janie Scott,who's parents just happen to be Communists (which I'm not sure actually counts as a spoiler, but if it does, sorry), and flee- I think that's a word I can use for the situation- to England. There she meets and apothecary and his son, Benjamin, and when something happen...more
All you have to do is go to the library and take it out, and you will become immersed in the magical adventures of 1952.
Janie's family just moved across the ocean to England because the U.S. government thinks her parents are communists.
They move into a flat (British slang for apartment) with minimal heating, and Janie ha...more
I picked up this book because m...more
And danger. The stakes...more
Jane, or “Janie” as she prefers, is a total fish-out-of-water in 1952 London. Because her uniform is not ready yet, she attends her...more
When Janie's family moves to London from Los Angeles she feels like she doesn't fit in at her new school and is desperately homesick. When she first spots Benjamin Burrow ignoring the bomb drill she can't decide if her interest in him is because of the excitment he brought to the day or something else.
When she decides to follow him she finds out that he is the son of the local...more
The year is 1952. The place is London. Janie Scott has been forced to move from Los Angeles with her screenwriter parents who have been blacklisted. Soon she meets and makes friend with the daring a...more
The Apothecary is not just another pretty face thoug...more
"We were on a nuclear test site with an untested antidote. The Soviet Nav...more
This book was an interesting mix of genres. Mystery - Fantasy - historical fiction. I think a lot of students would enjoy this book, but I was personally put off by the author's representation of communism. Pg. 9 of the book defines communism as "the idea that people should share resources, and own everything communally, so there aren't wildly rich people who have everything and desperately poor people who have nothing." That sounds wonderful! Except that's not what...more
The author does a great job with character development using u...more
Janie, our heroine, begins the story in sunny California, where her parents are screenwriters in Hollywood. But it's the 1950s, her parents are suspected of being Communists, and so the family flees to cold war-ravaged London. Janie's parents are happy work...more
Janie Scott, the daughter of two successful Hollywood writers is wrenched from her comfortable life in 1952 Los Angeles when her parents take a job writing for BBC...more
By Maile Meloy; Putnam, 2011
Despite its widely positive reception, I am baffled how Maile Meloy’s fifth book, THE APOTHECARY—her first for Young Adults—could engage a serious writer’s talent, even as a holiday from seriousness. There are investments: in the historical framework of 1952, in the Los Angeles of that time (with McCarthyism and the black list), and the London of that time. The author has done research and invested time and setting with realistic detail. The heroine, fou...more
History and fantasy are the perfect combination in my ideal book. The best kind of fantasy is set in a world we're not entirely familiar with, to enhance the feeling of wonder. Although The Apothecary (Putnam/Penguin, Oct. 2011) is set in 1950s London - not too far away from modern day - we're looking at a world overrun with the fear of Communism. It's crazy to imagine what that world was like. Feeling like you had to watch what you say, perhaps you w...more
Set in post war London, 14 year old Janie Scott moves across the ocean with her parents to escape being labeled communists. There they met an Apothecary who likes to brew potions. His uptight son, Benjamin, goes to the same school as Janie. Janie and Benjamin develop a somewhat interesting relationship made stronger by all...more
Mostly, the students seem fairly snobby, but one boy, Benjamin, appeals to Janie. Intense and defiant, he wants to be a spy...more
Janie is an American teen forced to move to England with her parents to get away from the blackballing of the "Red Scare" in Hollywood (they are script writers). She meets Benjamin, who is not afraid to state...more
It's a historical set during the Cold War about a girl named Janie who moves from Hollywood where her parents are TV writers to go to London and she meets a boy named Benjamin who thrusts her into this magically scientific world of potions and spies and adventure!
Janie is an awesome heroine! She's brave, funny, smart, and exactly the type of girl i'd love to be friends with! I loved watching her become strong through her adventures and you really see her m...more
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He stood over the pot, looking down at the leaves. 'Something like, Who do you fancy?'
'That might work,' I said, even though it was the last question I wanted to answer. But it was impossible, suddenly, to tell a lie.
Benjamin took a deep sniff over the steam and turned to me. 'All right,' he said. 'So who do you fancy?'
I hesitated. 'Fancy means like, right?' I said stalling.
I gritted my teeth against the answer coming out. but I couldn't stop myself. 'You,' I said helplessly.”