The Apothecary (The Apothecary #1)
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
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
The Apothecary is not just another pretty face thoug...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 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
"We were on a nuclear test site with an untested antidote. The Soviet Nav...more
Von Amerika ins langweilige England. Eine drastische Veränderung, die Janie überhaupt nicht gefällt. Noch immer erkennt man die Spuren des Zweiten Weltkrieges, der erst vor wenigen Jahren endete. Warum gerade England? Warum gerade diese öde Schule? Warum gerade Benjamin, der Janie in ein waghalsiges Abenteuer entführt?
Benjamin wäre gerne ein Spion, und aus anfänglichem Spiel und Spaß wird bitterer Ernst, als er von seinem Vater, einem Apotheker, ein Buch in die Hand gedrückt bekommt. Die P...more
But the age of the protagonist feels confused to me, even for 1952. And the "bad guys" and politics feel flat and simplistic, for a book which has attempted to address such matters. It's as if Meloy intended to get into these issues in a more serious way, but then lost steam (or her initial project was edited into a simpler one). Also, I struggled here, as I do with a lo...more
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The story is about Janie Scott, a Los Angeles girl who moves to London with her parents for a job opportunity. Once in London Janie meets an Apothecaries son Benjamin Burrows who goes on to tell Janie that he suspects that her p...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
Fourteen-year-old Janie and her parents move from L.A. to London in 1952 to escape questions of communism. In London her parents will write for a new Robin Hood series, and Janie will continue being fourteen - just with a new school and new friends.
Instead, Janie becomes friends with Benjamin Burrows whose only dream in life is to become a spy. He has already picked out his first suspected Russian "spy" to w...more
I like this genre of books, and the main characters were interesting. I also thought that making it a historical fiction book was interesting, but overall I thought the execution was poor. The explanation of how the Apothecary worked was not very convincing. Either have a scientific explanation or a magical one; instead this boo...more
What I liked about The Apothecary from the very beginning was the voice of first person narrator Janie Scott. She’s witty, intelligent, and...more
I'd noticed The Apothecary, but it wasn't particularly on my radar. However, I certainly wasn't going to pass it up when I saw Meloy's short signing line just where I happened to be at BEA. I'm glad I did pick up a copy. The Apothecary is a thoroughly fun and silly middle grade novel, and even has some history lessons.
I straight up love history, so I was all about the Cold War aspects of the story. Spying and atomic bomb testing? Sign me up. This definitely doesn't read li...more
The most interesting aspect of t...more
Janie Scott has to move to England with her parents in 1952 because they've been accused of being Communists. She hates leaving her warm and sunny California home behind, and London is dreary and still shell-shocked from WWII. But a ray of hope shines on her when she meet...more
"My memories of what happened to me in 1952, when I moved to London from Los An...more
This is one great story, with adventure, friendship, social issues, contemporary life, and a tiny bit of magic.
I don't like blanket comparisons, but allow me just this once: The Apothecary is as solid a story as the great HP (and as this is only book number one it may even get better). The comparison holds true in the following respects: it is an even story that holds your interest the whole way through, and you never quite know what's about to appear around the corner. And the consistency of i...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.”