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By: Maile Meloy
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Format of Review Copy: Paperback
Recommendable for people who enjoy: Middlegrade, fantasy, adventure type books.
Synopsis (from Amazon):
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 apothecaryor 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 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. A magical new adventure, following Maile Meloy’s critically acclaimed novel The Apothecary, with captivating illustrations by Ian Schoenherr.
I really loved this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was phenomenal. It was so in depth that it felt like I was with Janie, Benjamin, Marcus, Jin Lo, and Pip all throughout their journeys. The ending could have been better. It was a page turner. That is for sure. Just when you think you know what is going to happen it doesn’t.
I really loved this book. It was so different than other books. Mystery and magic. A definite page turner. I never wanted to put it down. Dazzling. It was amazingly in depth. Meloy definitely made a page turner. This is amazing. I felt like I could feel their emotions and see through their eyes. I has multiple point of views.
For Students and Parents:
ATOS Book Level: 5.1
Interest Level: Middle Grades Plus (MG+ 6 and up)
AR Points: 12.0