Friday, August 12, 2011

Review: Juniper Berry - M.P. Kozlowsky

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 4.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 5 stars (I love everything about this cover. I also love all the illustrations inside. Magnificent!)  
Genre: Middle Grade
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Page Count: 227 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon

Juniper Berry's parents used to love her a lot. Now they mostly just ignore her. Being the daughter of famous movie stars isn't very exciting. She has to hang around the house all day, lonely, save for her dog and her tutor. She doesn't much like her tutor. When playing in the woods, Juniper stumbles upon a boy her age, she is excited to make a friend. Terrible things lurk in those woods though and the things that Juniper and Giles have in common are things they'd rather do without. Both of their families are acting strange, and Giles might have a lead on what made them this way. They follow their parents to a tree that leads underground and what they find there will tempt and terrify them.

I really love middle grade books like this one. Gorgeous illustrations, fun protagonists and an interesting but odd tale, really make this novel pop. Juniper was a very fun character and I liked seeing things from her point of view. She was a strong and educated girl, that was very curious about lots of things. Juniper always wanted to know the truth about things and would study to better understand them. The whole underground world was quite fabulous to, even in it's limited description. I loved the concept with the balloons, even though it makes balloons seem sort of terrible. You would think that her parents would know better, they should have known that fame wasn't everything. Instead though, her parents leave it up to Juniper to save them when they can't save themselves. I would recommend this to Coraline fans, it has the same sort of creepy feel to it, with frightening things lurking in dark places. One thing is for sure I really want to read more Kozlowsky as soon as possible.

First Line:
"The house was a mansion, the lake was a pool, Kitty was a dog, and Juniper Berry was an eleven-year-old girl."

Favorite Lines:
"Then, finally, she saw the light. The night was over. The sun had begun to rise."
This is my favorite illustration from the book.


  1. Just added this to my TBR. It sounds really cute & wow that illustration is immensely lovely.

  2. Love the review! You certainly caught my interest. I will add this to my TBR and will have to share it on my blog after I have read it. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. I've never heard of this one before but it does sounds interesting. I always enjoy reading the occasional middle grade so I'll have to give it a try sometime. Great review! :)


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