Win a Free Copy of The Apothecary From Us

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.


1) You MUST submit a comment on this post to be entered. Whatever you’re feeling.

2) You can garner ANOTHER entry by tweeting about the contest. Be sure to include @paperlanternlit in your tweet so we don’t miss it!

3) You can get YET ANOTHER entry by being a subscriber to our newsletter! If you’re not already, sign up by following the link in our sidebar. If you are, be sure to let us know so we can mark down your entry. YOU DO NOT NEED TO INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL IN YOUR COMMENT TEXT. Just let us know if you’re a subscriber.

Do all three and you’ll be entered three times. Easy peasy! Contest ends 11:59pm Friday, October 14 and winners will be announced Monday, October 17. Good luck!



27 thoughts on “Win a Free Copy of The Apothecary From Us

  1. As someone who moves a lot and is therefore very familiar with homesickness, I’d love to read this one!

    I’m definitely already a subscriber : )

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