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The Blackthorn Key (2015)

by Kevin Sands

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This book was a fun mystery with a Davinci Code (for kids) kind of set up. It takes place during the 1600's in England, and had a bit of fun history. I definitely will be recommending this book to intermediate age kids looking for a good mystery! ( )
  mollypitchermary | Oct 11, 2017 |
An orphan, Christopher Rowe feels lucky to be chosen as an apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn, a great and kind apothecary. In order to keep recipes for his medicines and potions secret, his master uses complex codes and puzzles which Christopher is being taught to decipher. But when his master is brutally killed and a strange cult appears to be targeting London’s apothecaries, Christopher must also run for his life. He becomes entangled in a desperate and dangerous race to unravel codes in order to find the key that unlocks a terrible secret that could destroy the world if it falls into the wrong hands. This is an exciting, tween fantasy and mystery that will keep readers turning pages well into the night.

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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
Fabulous fast paced thriller for the middle grade reader (and for those of any age who just enjoy a well written adventure) The Characters are likeable, the story interesting and deftly written and the setting , absolute perfection. I could go on and on about the shop and the Library (Yeah, I know I am a Librarian - a description of an ancient library is a beautiful thing) I thoroughly enjoyed the friendship between Christopher and Tom and the dialogue is crisp, honest, and often funny. A perfect tale for the avid middle grade reader. Heads up more boy friendly - not a lot of female characters

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"What you must always remember is that they are only that: tools. They can heal, or they can kill. It's never the tool itself that decides. I't the hands-and the heart-of the one who wields it." ( )
  mountie9 | Apr 30, 2017 |
A secret code mystery! Christopher Rowe, an apothecary's apprentice, is learning to solve puzzles and create medicines, potions, and even weapons. Until one day he gets a cryptic message that leads him on a dangerous adventure.
  Jennifer LeGault | Dec 2, 2016 |
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  melcbooks | Mar 16, 2016 |
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In 1665 London, fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe, apprentice to an apothecary, and his best friend, Tom, try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.… (more)

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