Announcing the DENbrarian Selection for June:



The DENbrarian selection for June is a great kickoff to summer reading!!

Twofer: This book has a sequel coming out June 4- so you might want to order both!

June’s selection: The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

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.

Together with Ian Schoenherr’s breathtaking illustrations, this is a truly stunning package from cover to cover.

Here’s the link to the pinboard for The Apothecary:

Sign up to be a DENbrarian and you’ll be added soon as a “Pinner”!

The Apothecary Book Trailer


Click here for the Common Sense Media Review of The Apothecary.


Discovery’s DENbrarians are getting their YA “book on” every month!  Wanna join us?

Welcome to our book club- EVERYONE is invited! You do NOT have to be a Library Media Specialist to join this group– …you just have to love great Young Adult books!  We began in April with The One and Only Ivan, then we read Wonder in May.  All books selected will be in the upper elementary to middle grades range and our group will soon move to to online connections, Skyped author visits, virtual discussions, resource sharing, a student project showcase, and hangouts starting next Fall.

Click here if you’d like to participate in gathering and sharing resources related to each month’s book selection, or  follow our main DENbrarian Pinterest Board which will contain archives of each month’s materials.

Questions about the DENbrarian Project? Contact Sandi Dennis– Queen of the DENbrarians

Media and Instructional Technology Specialist- Lead Media Specialist, City Schools of Decatur, Georgia


P.S. If you’re looking to spice up your professional library, check here for the DEN Reads group curated by Kelly Hines has some great ideas for your professional library.



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One Comment;

  1. Ana Hale said:

    Good call on The Apothecary! It was good timing for me because I had just finished Bomb! about the building of the atomic bomb and the beginning of the Red Scare.

    I liked Janie’s character a lot. She’s a strong female main character. This book reminded me of A Wrinkle in Time. If you liked Meg in AWIT you will like Janie.

    My only complaint about the book was that it got a little too detailed in places that didn’t need a whole lot of detail, but that makes for good practice ‘scanning’ the text, right??

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