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Maile Meloy


Maile Meloy

Maile Meloy is the author of the novels LIARS AND SAINTS and A FAMILY DAUGHTER and the story collections HALF IN LOVE and BOTH WAYS IS THE ONLY WAY I WANT IT, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review and one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times and She has also written a trilogy for young readers, beginning with THE APOTHECARY, which was a New York Times bestseller and won the 2012 E.B. White Award.

Meloy’s short stories have been published in The New YorkerThe Paris ReviewGranta and BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2015, and she has received The Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two California Book Awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2007, she was chosen as one of Granta’s 21 Best Young American Novelists. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalThe New Yorker, SlateSunset and O.

Her new novel for adults is DO NOT BECOME ALARMED.

Maile Meloy

Books by Maile Meloy

by Maile Meloy - Children's 10+, Fantasy, Magic

It’s 1955, and Benjamin Burrows and Janie Scott are trying to live a safe, normal life in America. It’s not easy, when they have the power to prevent nuclear disaster, and sinister forces are circling. Soon the advice of a mysterious, unscrupulous magician propels Janie and Benjamin into danger, and toward the land of the dead.
Meanwhile, their friend Jin Lo washes up on a remote island where an American spy is stationed, and finds herself on the trail of a deadly threat in China. But she’s on the other side of the world --- how can Janie and Benjamin reach her?

by Maile Meloy - Youth Fiction

It’s 1954, and Janie Scott is in boarding school in New Hampshire, trying to make a new life. Two years have passed since she last saw the mysterious apothecary --- or his defiant son, Benjamin. All she knows is that her friends are out there somewhere, trying to keep the world safe in an age of mounting atomic power.

by Maile Meloy

It's 1952, and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, 14-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows --- a fascinating boy who is 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.