Friday, October 11 @ 3:30
Meloy, the acclaimed author of novels and short stories for adults, continues the adventures of Janie Scott and Benjamin Burrows in a novel Publishers Weekly has already called “magical (in multiple senses)” in a starred review.
Released in Fall 2011, The Apothecary received an onslaught of media and award attention. It won the E.B. White Read-Aloud Middle Reader Book Award and the California Book Awards Gold Medal, made many 2011 Best Books lists, including those from Publishers Weekly and the Chicago Public Library, and was a New York Times bestseller. The end of the novel left Benjamin and Janie separated, but now we have The Apprentices:
An extraordinary science experiment. A sinister island. A magical elixir. A daring rescue.
It’s 1954, and Janie Scott is in boarding school in New Hampshire, trying to make a new life. Two years have passed since she last saw the mysterious apothecary—or his defiant son, Benjamin. All she knows is that her friends are out there somewhere, trying to keep the world safe in an age of mounting atomic power.
On the other side of the world, Benjamin is treating the sick and wounded in a jungle war, and experimenting with a magical new formula that will let him communicate with Janie across the globe. But Janie has her own experiment underway, and it’s attracting interest from sinister forces. Benjamin calls on their friend Pip for help, and they have to race to find one another, and to unravel the mystery of their powerful new enemies.
With captivating illustrations by Ian Schoenherr, The Apprentices is a brilliant continuation of The Apothecary, following “the same fun, fast-moving formula as the first book, with charming characters and exciting intrigue mixed with a handful of magic” (Publishers Weekly starred review).
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