The Apprentices

By MELOY, Maile

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ISBN
978-0-399-16245-9
Publisher
Putnam


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2013  |  Grades 5-up

Gr 5–9—It is 1954, and 16-year-old Janie attends a private school in New Hampshire. When her roommate's father, Mr. Magnusson, kidnaps her and holds her hostage on a Malay island, Janie's friends Benjamin and Pip come after her. Despite living on three different continents, the friends share a special bond. In The Apothecary (Putnam, 2011), they harnessed the Pharmacopoeia, a magical apothecary manual, to stop Russia's first nuclear weapons test. Janie then returned home with her parents, Pip became a London actor, and Benjamin pursued humanitarian wo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on July 1, 2013

This engrossing follow-up to The Apothecary, set two years later, reunites Janie, Benjamin, and numerous other characters as they attempt to thwart madmen from manufacturing nuclear weapons. Vivid descriptions make it easy to envision the story’s unusual settings. Caught in Vietnamese civil unrest, “Benjamin Burrows and his father were huddled in a makeshift foxhole, beneath the exposed roots of a fallen tree, waiting for the shooting to stop....Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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