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It’s 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows—a fascinating boy who’s not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin’s father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary’s sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies—Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. Discovering and testing potions they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending disaster.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Meloy] brings to her first book for young readers the same emotional resonance that has won acclaim for her adult fiction, grounding her story in the intricacies of family love, friendship, and loyalty blended here with the complicated fluctuations of adolescence.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Maile Meloy’s sly commingling of the real and the imaginary make this a witty and entertaining Cold War romp—with a touch of age-appropriate romance.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Smartly written…It’s for curious readers who, like Meloy’s characters, can make room in their imaginations and ‘allow for the possibilities.’”

    USA Today

  • “Even those with a vague understanding of the times will be quickly swept up in this thoroughly enjoyable adventure, filled with magic, humor, memorable characters, and just a bit of sweet romance. With evocative, confident prose…adult author Meloy’s first book for young readers is an auspicious one.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Meloy offers a strong narrator in Janie and an intriguing mix of history and mystery.”


  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2012 Indies Choice Book Award: Middle Reader

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peggy | 11/6/2011

    " The liked the setting of London during the Cold War with an American girl and a British boy. Good friendships and real trust. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Emily | 10/17/2011

    " Mediocre magic at best. I was un-dazzled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melanie | 10/14/2011

    " This was a surprising fun read! I snatched it off the library shelf where they review books. Loved the characters and I really hope they come together again in a book two :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jemima | 10/13/2011

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. It was well-written, and I really liked the story, in particular the parts about alchemy, which were fascinating. "

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