Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Will Juniper Berry Go After Her Dreams?

Juniper Berry lives a very lonely life. Her parents are famous actors and keep her secluded from the outside world. Although there are constantly fans at their gate trying to get in, the only people Juniper gets to talk to are her tutors and people who work in her home. Thank goodness she has Kitty, who is actually her dog. Juniper longs to play with other kids, but even more than that she wants to have her parents back. She remembers when her family used to spend time together. They would laugh and cook together, and they had a blast when her parents would act out one of the scripts that she created. Unfortunately, Juniper’s parents never have time for her anymore. They are moody, unhappy, and they are not behaving at all like the parents in her memories. She isn’t sure if it is her imagination or not, but her parents just don’t seem like her parents anymore. When Juniper runs into a neighbor boy named Giles deep in the woods near her house, she hears his tale about his parents who came into the woods and disappeared inside of a tree. Juniper is convinced that her parents have done the same thing. Even though she is nervous, she decides to follow her parents into the woods and when she does she will see terrible images that she will not soon forget. Is there any way for Juniper and Giles to save their parents? Is there anything that is worth giving up so that you can have your dreams fulfilled? What will happen when Juniper and Giles make their own trips through the tree? Read this spooky tale to see how everything turns out!  


If you like a book that is on the scary side, then you will certainly enjoy Juniper Berry by M.P. Kozlowsky. Fans of Coraline will be thrilled to find another book about a world that is off kilter and eerie. I would recommend this book to kids at the end of elementary school through middle school. Some kids might be too terrified by it, but anyone that likes stories that make their knees knock will find it to be a unique read. I thought it was a fast paced book, and I was definitely curious to see how everything would turn out in the end. Juniper is a girl who believes in being kind to others. I also liked that she was brave and clever throughout the book. I must say the cover first drew me to this book, but the interesting storyline kept me reading. October is the perfect month to huddle under your covers with a book that will make your heart race with fright.

Has anyone else read Juniper Berry by M.P. Kozlowsky?  Of have you read another book by this author? We would love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading! You may want to sleep with the light on ; ) ~L

32 comments:

  1. Loving that cover and I did enjoy the sound of the book until I read mention of Coraline which is not a book (or film) that I enjoyed.

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    1. Petty- The cover is beautiful! I think if you didn't like Coraline you could like this book- but they seem very similar to me. I am curious to hear what others think. :) ~L

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  2. That is a great cover and this sounds like a good book to get ready for Halloween. Very interesting review Jess.

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    1. Anna- A perfect book for this season. I can't get over how great the cover is! Thanks for stopping by. :) ~L

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  3. This books sounds perfect! I love the cover and this fabulous review! Can't wait to start this one :D

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    1. Cheles- So glad you liked the review! What a cover! I hope you enjoy this one. :) ~L

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  4. I too like that cover! And the story sounds very interesting.

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    1. Bish- It is definitely interesting. :) ~L

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  5. Great review...and yes, I've read the book and loved it as well! The cover caught my attention but the story held it firmly along with the strings of all those balloons...~shudders~. A good creepy read with a great message. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. GMR- I am glad to hear that you loved Juniper Berry, too! It is an eye-catching cover. The balloons...yikes! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :) ~L

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  6. I haven't read this one, but it's been on my list for a while. Now that I've read your review, I'll move it up. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Michelle- I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this one. It is perfect for October. :) ~L

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  7. I love finding scary books for younger readers. You ladies are certainly giving me lots of books to add to my pile for when my kiddos are a bit older!

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    1. Heidi- This is definitely a scary book! I am glad we gave you an idea of a good spooky book for your kids when they get a bit older. A fun book to read together. :) ~L

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  8. It really is the most wonderful cover - whoever thought up the artwork for it is a genius! Makes me want to read the book - and your review makes it sound all the more enticing.

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    1. Sharon- I can't get enough of this cover. Love it! Happy reading! ~L

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  9. Following you back from TheStuffofSuccess - have a great week. Athena

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    1. Hi- Thanks for stopping by and following back. :) ~L

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    1. Patty- Yeah! Thanks for sharing. :) ~L

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  11. I hadn't heard of this one before I saw your post on Book Blogs but I'm so glad I found it it sound like just the type of book I like to read. I always find new reads when I visit your blog! Great review and I love the cover for this!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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    1. MissKimberlyStardust- Thanks for stopping by from Book Blogs. So glad we could introduce you to a book that sounds like one you will love! Thanks for stopping by. :) ~L

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  12. I've seen this one before. Ugh. Parents seem to be always the bad guys in children's books but maybe this is not the real problem? I would have never thought it would be scary let alone Coraline scary. I love her name! And her cat's name too.

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    1. Adriana- The parents are certainly not the best and my heart went out to Juniper Berry. Especially because they used to be fantastic parents. I definitely got the Coraline vibe when I read it. :) ~L

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  13. Having fun exploring your blog. :-)

    I hadn't heard about this one, but I am a fan of Coraline, so it might be up my alley. Even if her parents are distant and unhappy, at least she has parents and they are together. I've been reading too many stories of orphaned children.

    Danika

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    1. Danika- So glad you had fun exploring the blog! If you are a fan of Coraline then I think you will enjoy this book! I think you will be happy with the parents in this book (and unhappy at times, too). :) ~L

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  14. I think I've heard of this book from somewhere, and I did enjoy Coraline (the book) so maybe I'll pick this up soon. By the way, Jess & Steph, I picked out 'Breadcrumbs' based on your review and one of my students is reading it. It'll be my turn next! Can't wait. :)

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    1. Hi Claudine- If you enjoyed the book, Coraline- then I think you will also enjoy Juniper Berry! How exciting that your student is reading Breadcrumbs. Can't wait to hear what they think of it- and what you think of it when you read it. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  15. This sounds like something I'd like to read! Also, the cover is beautiful! Thank you for the review. :)

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    1. Petra- I agree with you that the cover is beautiful! I think this is an interesting and unique book! Thanks for stopping by. :) ~L

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  16. Guess I'll have to read this to see if her parents are really in the tree.

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