Author(s): Maile Meloy; Ian Schoenherr (Illustrator)
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 apothecary--or 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.
* Will attract wide review coverage in newspapers such as the Australian, Herald Sun, West Australian,Sydney Morning Herald and NZ Herald * Reviews assured in YA magazines such as Magpies and Viewpoint and tween magazines such as Total Girl, DMag and K Zone. * Online review coverage on YA blogs such as We Love YA, Alpha Reader, Mostly Reading YA and Hey!Teenager of the Year * Online interviews on select YA blogs * Teaching notes available at www.textpublishing.com.au/resources * The first novel in this series,The Apothecary, showed trade sales of over 3.5 K in ANZ * The Apothecary had a love-it-or-your-money-back-guarantee and not a single copy was returned * Advertisements in YA / education publications such as Viewpoint, Reading Time and Magpies * Budget available for bookseller catalogues * Social media campaign including competitions * Author has a significant Twitter following at @mailemeloy
'Maile Meloy breaks new ground with The Apothecary, which can only be described as a magical historical, adventure, fantasy, science-fiction novel.' Weekend Press on The Apothecary 'Enchants from the beginning.' Canberra Times on The Apothecary 'This cleverly plotted "le Carre for kids" adventure is driven by a memorable, quick-witted protagonist.' Saturday Age on The Apothecary '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.' LA Times on The Apothecary
Maile Meloy is the award-winning author of the short story collections Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It and Half in Love and the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter. The Apprentices is her second novel for young readers. The Apothecary was published by Text in 2011.