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by Maile Meloy

Follows a fourteen-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war.
Download The Apothecary (Thorndike Press Large Print Literacy Bridge Series) epub
ISBN: 1410445046
ISBN13: 978-1410445049
Category: Children
Subcategory: Mysteries & Detectives
Author: Maile Meloy
Language: English
Publisher: Thorndike Press; Large Print edition (February 1, 2012)
Pages: 435 pages
ePUB size: 1263 kb
FB2 size: 1814 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 303
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I read this with my 5th grade daughter. It was the best YA novel I have ever read. I loved all of the history wove into the story. We stopped to watch a Duck and Cover video like they talk about in Chapter 1. We discussed how the atomic bomb impacted the world. I would sometimes pause to look up pictures of fashion or items mentioned in the book, so she could visualize thimgs more fully.
My daughter loved it.
The whole family ended up reading this book--from Nana (70) to little bro (8). We also listed to the audio version, which has a fabulous reader. Everyone loved the story! My daughter, who is in 6th grade and had resisted the novel because I suggested it (we're at that stage...), ended up falling in love with the book and has read it numerous times. My eight-year-old surprised me by not only loving the story but also developing an interest in World War II. I thought that elements of the story might be confusing for him, but instead of being confused he became very curious and began asking questions about the McCarthy era and drawing parallels between those times and our own. The magical bits are well done--fantastic and yet still believable. It's funny and has a touch of romance, but not so much that boys are put off by yucky "girl" stuff. The mix of characters makes the book appealing to both girls and boys (not an easy task in the YA world). And there is enough adventure to make everybody ask for "one more chapter!" when you say it's time for bed.

Bottom line, this is a fabulous book with characters you will have such affection for that you will be sorry to see the story end. It's literary and engaging and well written and yet the whole family can enjoy it (the audio version is particularly great for multigenerational family car trips). We can't wait for the sequel! (And if you are a grownup, be sure to check out Maile Meloy's other work, which is equally awesome, though very different.)
I liked the plot, the characters, it was all good. Nothing terribly memorable but the illustrations were also great and I would recommend this to middle readers and adults with a child-heart :) The only thing was the characters were suppose to be 14ish and I kept thinking they were 9 or 10 based on their thoughts and actions, until they were kissing and then I was surprised until I remembered they were suppose to be older. Oh, yeah. Nice to have a female protagonist that boys will probably not mind reading about.
This book was certainly not what I expected! It surprised me in a very good way! I was afraid it would be extremely scary and strange, but decided to get it anyway. Although it did have magical/fantasy parts it also had action, adventure, and spine tingling suspense. I do not want to give away the book, but if you do not enjoy fiction and fantasy you should not get this book. Instead of an ordinary apothecary the apothecary in the book conducts spells, the change of matter (and humans changing into birds). But, the author combined fantasy and real-life events in a very interesting and engaging way. The book was extremely well written. I would recommend it to anyone of any age! Well done Maile Meloy!!!!!! :-D
READ THIS BOOK! It's amazing! I really love it! The romantic tension between Ben and Janie, the mystery and different factors that play into the apothecary's magical secrets and the plots of the enemies! My very favorite was Pip! He was the perfect third to the trio, and he was always very witty and clever. Some people may not like the ending (I'm not going to spoil it, so I'll just say the special drink Janie has), but I thought it was a nice wrap-up, especially when you read the sequel. Take a chance on it!
If you are a fan of young adult fiction that weaves history and the far out, then the Apothecary is for you. I read the novel and quickly purchased the follow up "The Apprentices". The second is equally satisfying. The best part of the story is these are characters one can connect to and , of course, root for!
My daughter is a voracious reader. She read this 3 times in a couple of months because it really grabbed her attention. I, mom, read it afterwards: a well told story, kid heroes you can identify with, the story line is a combination of historical novel (American communists running away to London to escape McCarthyism) and magical fantasy. A very good read.
It was a real page turner from start to finish. I could hardly put it down. It was a fast and easy read. I hated for it to end as I enjoyed the characters so much. Read it and you'll see what I mean.