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The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
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May 22, 2011

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bookshelves: kids, middle-grade
Read from May 25 to 26, 2011

Though the setting is intriguing, THE APOTHECARY is a little uneven in voice and in plotting -- Janie is supposed to be 14, but this is definitely a middle-grade story. There are several clumsy explanations of things that a 14 year old/10-12 year old reader might not know (Communism, a Geiger counter etc). I'm not sure whether or not this would bother & distract the intended readers, or whether the adventure of the story is engaging enough to render the flaws irrelevant...
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