It's the First Friday of June time for another book trailer. This month's feature is The Apothecary by Maile Meloy, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr.
Overview: It's 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows - a fascinating boy who's not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin's father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies - Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. Discovering and testing potions they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending disaster.
My Review: In 2011 my daughter and I attended a Mother/Daughter Book Signing Tea at Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse in La Cañada where we meet Ms. Meloy. We were very impressed by her telling of the story and sharing of the illustrations and book trailer on her iPad. It was the first time either of us had seen an entire book presentation done with an iPad. We thought it was very cool, so of course we bought the book. My girl came home and read it right away and so did I. Recently I had the chance to check this book out from our local library as an audiobook and I fell in love with it all over again.
It has been said that a cover sells the book, I believe that this cover, although beautifully illustrated, does not convey the adventure that is about to unfold in your journey through The Apothecary. Page after page Ms. Meloy does an excellent job of creating worry, the writer's best friend, which kept me turning the page (or in my case popping in the next CD). I was so engrossed in the story I actually folded laundry in the middle of the day just so I could have an excuse to keep listening. If you get a chance pick up Ms. Meloy's The Apothecary in print or audio book. I think you will enjoy the adventure.
Today is also Celebrate the Small Things Blogfest with VikLit over at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author. The rules are simple; think of something that happened to you this week that made you smile, laugh or jump for joy and celebrate with a Friday post on your blog. Go here for full info but in short: sign up on the linky list, celebrate small things of awesomeness with a Friday post, hop around and congratulate others on their celebrations. That's IT!
Today I'm celebrating a not so small thing: ten years ago I stopped teaching to be a full-time Mom. Last month I got a letter informing me that one of my former students selected me as the one teacher she would honor from her entire K-12 school experience. It left me proud, humbled, and speechless. I have very fond memories of this student. She was smart, sweet, kind, and I loved her, like I loved all my tiny first graders. Little did I know that that love would come back to me all these years later. Tonight I will attend a luau where I'll get a chance to reconnect with her. Next Tuesday I get to sit in a coveted seat as her Honor Guard when she graduates from 12th grade. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to pour into the lives of my students and humbled by the fact that one has chosen to give back. Thank you, Lindsey, I look forward to sharing this special day with you and your family.
What are you celebrating this week?