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Books to Bond Over With Your Tween Reader

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16. 'The Apothecary,' by Maile Meloy

In 1952 the Scott family moves from Los Angeles to London where fourteen-year-old Janie meets Benjamin Burrows - a boy with dreams to become a spy.

When Benjamin's father, an apothecary, is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin try to solve the secrets of the apothecary's sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, to find him. But they must keep the book out of the hands of Russian spies.

As they discover and test new potions, Janie and Benjamin race to save the apothecary and prevent disaster.