Are you in the mood for fantasy? Mystery? Historical fiction? How about adventure? The Apothecary has all of these things to offer, and more. The year is 1952. Fourteen year old Janie has spent her whole life in sunny Los Angeles, where her parents are writers for television. When the feds start questioning them about their Communist sympathies, they decide to move to London. Janie is sent to a private school, where she is sure she won't fit in. She meets a defiant classmate named Benjamin there, and he would rather be a spy than follow in his father's footsteps. His father is the neighborhood apothecary, but the two friends soon find out that he does far more than sell aspirin and hot water bottles. He is actually an alchemist, and in possession of a 700 year old book of formulas that can do everything from turn you invisible to transform you into a pile of salt. Janie and Benjamin are swept up into an adventure where scientists aren't just scientists and they must race to stop the Russians from setting off a nuclear bomb. This fast paced story gives a good picture of what life was like after WWII, and stirs the imagination as well.
Similar books: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle; The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
Awards nominated: 2014 Rebecca Caudill Nominee
Date read: 10/4/2012
Great Fantasy Adventure to Listen To
This story is great to listen to on CD. Readers get to know Janie and Benjamin as though they are old friends. When Janie's father gets a chance to write again and Benjamin gets the chance to achieve his ambition to become a spy, listeners will feel as though they too are part of the adventure.