If there is one thing I enjoy is pushing books on you guys that you might not have heard of before. And guys this one of them!
The Magical Apothecary is a lovely middle grade where scents are magic. Lucie and her family move to a German town near the Dutch border where they move into a very old house that isn’t entirely theirs. Not only does the house look like it is going to fall apart, the gardener is a creepy grump and the elderly lady who sold them the house seems to find it hard to remember things. When she stumbles upon the attic and a hiding place for a key with her younger brother and next door neighbor, they fall into a big secret below the house.
This book is written and published by a German author in 2018 and it was just translated to Dutch this year. It has not been translated to English and I think that is an outright shame. So here are three reasons I really enjoyed this middle grade book.
One thing that stood out to me in this book was the sister and brother bond throughout the book. Lucie is a 13 year old girl and at the on set of puberty. Her younger brother Benno is just 5 years old. However never in the book does she feel dragged down by him being around her. She seems to want him around and feels protective of him. She thinks about his safety and he seems to listen to her (as much as one can expect from a 5 year old). I loved their unforced relationship.
The idea of the magical apothecary is what drew me to this book in the first place (well besides that stunning cover). The idea that combinations of smells with a secret ingredient can change things like give people memory loss, let there be a snow storm on a Summer day and other things like that. There are also parfums and scents that are permanent and others are more flighty. The book has a poster with it where it shows some of the parfums on it and I really liked that touch. It looks really pretty too!
And if those two things weren’t going to sell you on this book the parents are mostly present. I know! Of course this wouldn’t be a magical middle grade book if it wasn’t worked around some way but that also has a clear effect on the children and they are briefly taken care of by another adult.
All in all I feel like this middle grade is just a great fantastical adventure that is still set completely in our world and I can’t wait to read the sequel!
Title: Die Duftapotheke / The Magical Apothecary (Die Duftapotheke 1) by Anna Ruhe
Release Date: January 18th 2018
Tags: Middle Grade / Fantasy / Parfums / Scents / Plants / Adventure / Search / Present Parents