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The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
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Mar 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, historical-fiction, my-favorites, young-adult, 2012, mother-daughter-book-group
Read in February, 2012

Fourteen year old Janie Scott unexpectedly moves from sunny Los Angeles to gray London in the mid 1950s. Her parents were in the process of being blacklisted as "Commies," and relocate because of a job offer at the BBC. Already feeling paranoid and out-of-place, she connects easily with fellow student Benjamin, who is also suspicious of authority it turns out with good reason. The action moves quickly once Benjamin's father disappears and Benjamin is entrusted with a mysterious old book called the Pharmacoepia, a book which everyone wants.

This is an exciting tale and highly recommended to those who like a bit of history with their fantasy/mystery. Meloy has a lot of fun here, and although I was hoping her talented SIL Carson Ellis would do the illustrations, I'm pleased with the excellent pencil drawings supplied throughout the book. Highly recommended.

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