In The Apothecary, award-winning author Maile Meloy’s first book for young readers, 14-year-old Janie Scott and her parents are forced to flee from Los Angeles to the cold, gray city of London. The local apothecary offers her a cure for her homesickness—and so begins the adventure full of magical occurrences and imaginative transformations, as well as Russian spies, a mysterious disappearance, and a very curious boy named Benjamin Burrows.
When Janie and Benjamin are tasked to protect a sacred book called the Pharmacopoeia, they join with a cast of odd characters to deliver it to its rightful owner. But first, they’ll need to interpret the recipes inside the centuries-old tome. With guts, wits, and their combined knowledge of the natural word, they create transformative elixirs and potions—including a truth serum so powerful that one whiff forces you to answer any question with complete honesty.
In a dangerous race to outrun the Russians, Janie and Benjamin experiment with increasingly complex and powerful recipes. Part science and part magic, the Pharmacopoeia and its secrets teach the kids that extraordinary things can happen—if only you have faith.
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