Russian spies, the Cold War and a little bit of magic…

Posted: October 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

‘The Apothecary’ by Maile Meloy is a new book set during the Cold War.  It’s 1952 and Janie and her parents have moved from sunny California to a grim, post-war London to work on the production of a television series about Robin Hood.  This means a new school for fourteen year old Janie where  she first meets Benjamin, the son of their local Apothecary and the real adventure begins.  Janie and Benjamin get dragged into a plot to steal an ancient, magical book called the Pharmacopaea.  Not only must they protect it at all costs but they have to save the world from another more powerful atom bomb.  This is a fast- paced spy thriller with a bit of magic thrown in.  Janie and Benjamin are a feisty pair who are extremely brave, smart and loyal in the same vein as Harry, Ron and Hermione of Harry Potter fame.  It is a great read, full of suspense, humour and a bit of romance to boot.  Check it out at your friendly school Library!

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