Children’s Books | Recent novels for teens
by Emily Whitten, Hayley Schoeppler & Alysha Mitchell
Posted 10/30/15, 01:00 am
In 1660 London, 14-year-old Christopher possesses a cipher that may be the key to finding the truth about who is murdering the city’s apothecaries. Officials suspect the boy, so he sets off down dark alleys and into strange, nearly magical shops to discover the real killer … before it is too late! Careful research lends historical realism to the apothecaries’ practices. Christopher’s narration is lively and enjoyable—but has occasional crude humor. Most young readers will race through the book to unlock the ending.