No doubt you are eager to dive deep into books this summer, so here is early news about our selection for August. Author Maile Meloy won the 2012 E.B. White Award for The Apothecary, which also was named one of the best children’s books of the year by Publishers Weekly, the Chicago Public Library, and Booktrust in the UK.
Synopsis: 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.
Sounds exciting, right? It’s doubly exciting because Meloy’s new book, The Apprentices, is released TODAY as a sequel to The Apothecary. Be sure to explore these related sites, too:
- The Apothecary – Official site and book trailer at Penguin Books
- Penguin Books Discussion Guide for The Apothecary
- What kids demand in a novel, Maile Meloy in The Wall Street Journal (2011)
Plans for our July Dive are online and the Dive Team is planning our September excursion, so keep your dive compass handy and come back here for the latest news. We also are logging an update about our theatrical April visit with William (Will) Alexander and his family that will include a review of Ghoulish Song, the recently released companion to Goblin Secrets.