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The Apprentices

The enthralling sequel to The Apothecary, Maile Meloy’s first book for young readers.

Illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

Two years have passed since Janie Scott last saw Benjamin Burrows, the mysterious apothecary’s son who stole her heart. She’s thrown herself into an ambitious chemistry project and, when it vanishes, she suspects the rich and powerful Magnusson of stealing it. And she knows she needs help to fight him.

On the other side of the world, Benjamin and the apothecary have been working in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam, using their elixirs to help the sick and wounded. But Benjamin has also been experimenting with a new formula that allows him to see into Janie’s world.

The friends are thrown into a whirlwind chase around the Pacific Ocean, trying to find each other and the truth behind what threatens them.

The Apprentices is a magical blend of fantasy and reality that sparkles with life and adventure—a delightful sequel to the much-loved The Apothecary.

Maile Meloy
About the Author

Maile Meloy is the award-winning author of several short-story collections and novels for adults including Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It and Liars and Saints. The After-Room is the third and final novel in the Apothecary series for young adults.

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22 May 2013
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Praise for Maile Meloy
andThe Apprentices

‘Set in 1954, this sequel to The Apothecary features the same fun, fast-moving formula as the first book, with charming characters and exciting intrigue mixed with a handful of magic.’

‘Maile Meloy breaks new ground with The Apothecary, which can only be described as a magical historical, adventure, fantasy, science-fiction novel.‘

‘Enchants from the beginning.’

‘This cleverly plotted “le Carre for kids” adventure is driven by a memorable, quick-witted protagonist.’

‘Maile Meloy writes with sensitivity from the mind and heart of a 14-year-old girl. Janie’s voice is dry, smart, funny, practical, and good company.‘

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