Looking for an intriguing, thrilling fantasy? Try this middle grades fantasy set in Cold War-era London! Fourteen-year-old Janie and her parents move from Los Angeles to London where Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows- a boy who dreams of becoming a spy. When the apothecary is kidnapped, the two teens begin piecing together the clues of where and why the apothecary was taken. Uncovering carefully guarded secrets and potions hidden in the apothecary’s sacred books, the Pharmacopoeia, Janie and Benjamin try to keep the invaluable book from the hands of their enemies- Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons- while trying to rescue Benjamin’s father.
This well-written and suspenseful adventure will keep you turning the pages.