The Apothecary is by Maile Meloy. The first book in a new fantasy series for young adults. Set in 1952, an American family with Communist friends moves to London to avoid McCarthy's hearings. While there, fourteen-year-old Janie, meets Benjamin, whose father is a mysterious apothecary. When his father goes missing Janie and Benjamin must find him and keep his Pharmacopoeia from falling into the hands of Russian spies who are after its secrets. A very different story. Boys and girls should find it enjoyable.
Ratings: 7th grade - 6 out of 10.