Kid View: The After-Room by Maile Meloy (The Apothecary series, book #3)

The After-room by Maile Meloy front cover on top of books

Kid View: The After-Room by Maile Meloy (The Apothecary series, book #3)

The After-Room Book Cover The After-Room
The Apothecary series
Maile Meloy
Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Middle Grades, Mystery
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
October 21, 2015

Janie and Benjamin are back from a dangerous adventure yet again and are trying to live normal teenaged lives but they are finding it exceedingly difficult. Because now they have not only the ability to stop a nuclear disaster but also they are able to a land between the living and the dead.

Meanwhile on the other side of the world, Jin lo washes up on the shores of a small island where an American spy was based. There she discovers that there may be a deadly threat approaching China. But she is on the other side of the world so how could they reach her?

The After-Room by Maile Meloy with The Apothecary series


Janie, Benjamin, and the crew are back and the dangers are greater than ever. The After-room is a thrilling fantasy and adventure novel that will whisk any reader off into the pages before you can read the second line. It sadly is the finale to the award-winning Apothecary series, but it is great all the same. This is very much a one of a kind book as I have not been able to find another to compare it to. Even out of all the books I’ve read, very few have had this same kind of creativity to them. This book is set in the real world in 1955 so there are many historical things talked about in this book. I love how the novel is based in the real world but tiny bit of magic float here and there. I think it is so cool how a lot of the story line is very believable (well maybe not the parts where they turn into birds and stuff but mostly everything else) and it make you wonder like what if there are actual powders that can turn you into salt or a bird? That would be epic!!
The After-Room spine and front without cover
Maile Meloy has a very rare gift to her storytelling that will hook any reader. Her talent is great, you just want to keep reading about Janie and Benjamin’s adventures for ever! But I’ll admit, I was a bit bummed when the series ended. This series is actually the first middle grades book series she has ever published and I’d  say, she off to a great start for writing more middle grade novel! I really hope she writes more. When I was reading the series I was trying to figure out if Colin Meloy‘s Wildwood chronicles had sort of the same feel as Maile Meloy’s Apothecary series, but I think both were very different and unique in their own ways.
The After-Room first page
This series is one of my favs and I think every reader of the age 11 and up should read this book at least once (and maybe two or three times more couldn’t hurt either). I really, really, really,really, really hope Maile writes more middle grades books or series! Really!


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