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Juniper's parents have not been themselves lately. In fact, they have been cold, disinterested and cruel. And lonely Juniper Berry, and her equally beset friend, Giles, are determined to figure out why.

On a cold and rainy night Juniper follows her parents as they sneak out of the house and enter the woods. What she discovers is an underworld filled with contradictions: on...more
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Walden Pond Press
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Monica!
Juniper Berry gets three stars for plot and ten glorious, glorious stars for illustrations. I just was... I was underwhelmed, friends. I had such high hopes, and the whole "My parents are having their souls sucked out of their heads bit by bit" idea is madly fantastic, and Skeksyl, with his limbs like anacondas and his long yellowed teeth and his feminine way of moving, is quite clearly the sort of thing nightmares are made of.

But still, meh.

I think my problem with the book boils down to one lin...more
Pierce
Better than Coraline and not as scary. I wish this was made into a movie instead of that creepy book.
Misty
When I came across this on Goodreads, it became one of those things that just takes over your brain. Or takes over mybrain, anyway... Everything from the cover to the title to the fantastic little tag line just called to me. So when I was offered a copy out of the blue, of course I casually said, Oh, thanks but nah.... O_O Or HELLS YEAH. It was one of the two.
And when it came in the mail (so if you went with Choice 1, sorry, you lose), I promptly sat down and made short work of it. And though th...more
Cathy
Juniper Berry is an only child who lives in a beautiful mansion, yet she longs for life the way it used to be before her parents became famous movie stars. In the past, Juniper’s parents spent lots of time with her, reading lines from the scripts Juniper would write. But things have changed in the Berry home, and Juniper’s parents are now distant and cold. Her mother has even lost the sparkle in her eyes. While exploring the woods behind her home, Juniper and her friend Giles discover a strange...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
I love delving into worlds featuring the fantastic. If left up to me, life would be a fantasy...or a fairy tale. I love novels brimming with epic quests and the discovery that comes as a child discovers him/herself. JUNIPER BERRY by M.P. Kozlowsky fills all of these requirements, albeit in a creepy, unforgiving way. The novel’s children, Juniper and Giles, are forced to grow up as them embark on a journey to save their parents.

Everyone has been comparing JUNIPER BERRY to the little-known tale TH...more
Danielle Larca
Juniper Berry’s parents have been acting very strange lately. The days when they all used to make pizzas together or put on one of Juniper’s plays are just a memory that grows more and more distant each day. It seems as though the more famous they become (her parents are movie stars), the less interest they have in Juniper.

Without friends or her parents, Juniper spends one lonely day after another pacing her gargantuan mansion and its expansive grounds with her dog, Kitty. One day, she meets a...more
Alison
Deliciously spooky!

I will never look at a red latex balloon the same again!
"A Tale of Terror and Temptation" is the phrase on the cover of Juniper Berry, and it's right on the money. This clever Middle Grade book takes you on a modern-day morality tale, with precocious Juniper Berry as the guide.

My 8 year old son read the first chapter and handed Juniper Berry back to me saying, "It's for girls!" Well, I am a girl, sure, but I have to totally disagree with him!

Juniper encounters a new friend, Gi...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

Juniper Berry is a fabulous middle grade mixed with fantasy, mystery, twists and great characters. The story has a powerful message of being careful of one's true desires and what you wish for. Outback in Juniper's spacious backyard lies a tree which leads to a world controlled by an evil man who prays on the weak minded making their desires and dreams come true. Everything comes at a price and not everything is what it seems. "Be careful what you wish for".

Juniper Berry is such a fabul...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Sometimes the key to writing something scary is to simply write the truth. M. P. Kozlowsky in his debut middle grade novel Juniper Berry combines just the right aspects of the truth with powerful storytelling for a novel that grabs you from beginning to end. Juniper Berry has everything in some ways except for the attention and affection of her famous parents. She wishes for friends, for a life outside of her family's home, and most importantly for her parents to see her again. While exploring t...more
babyhippoface
This is a deceptive cover. I love the art; it's graceful and willowy. But there is some seriously--seriously--creepy stuff in here.

Juniper's famous parents (think Brangelina) are not themselves lately. They're angry, shallow, and their eyes seem hollow. They don't seem to care about Juniper anymore, either. in an attempt to find out why they've changed, Juniper follows them one night to the base of a tree, where they just...disappear. Determined to save her family,
Juniper goes after them, and...more
April
I very much enjoy when books creep me out and give me goosebumps. Juniper Berry by MP Kozlowsky read in 2011 for the Dewey 24 Hour Readathon accomplished this. Juniper, the titular main character, has celebrity parents. You’d think her life is baller, but lately her parents have been acting weird, with no time nor thoughts to spare for her. Juniper then makes a friend, Giles, who is a lonely and neglected boy dealing with the same issues as her.

Read the rest of my review here
Dena (Batch of Books)
Find more reviews on my blog: Books for Kids

Juniper Berry is an adventurous middle grade thriller about an 11 year old girl and her friend Giles searching for the cure to their parents' strange behavior over the past few years.

The beginning was a little bit slow, and at first you think that this is going to be yet another woeful tale of a child not receiving attention from their parents. Then Giles enters the scene and tells Juniper about his own parents and their strange behavior. They decide...more
Deb Tyo
"Sometimes I feel like the whole world knows something I don't. I just want to belong. Somewhere."

It is a primal need for all of us...to belong. To feel wanted. To feel needed. To be accepted for who we are. For me. For you. For Juniper Berry, too.

Juniper Berry is an eleven year-old girl who feels trapped living in her mansion with her famous film star parents. To make matters worse, her mom and dad are changing before her eyes. They are no longer interested in Juniper; they are more intereste...more
Patty
I found this book to be a sweet and really profound moral tale. It involved Juniper...an only child who was once much loved by her parents. Juniper's parents were once struggling actors who have finally become very famous and esteemed. They have won Emmys and Grammys and Oscars and have a huge mansion and adoring fans and everything they ever thought they wanted. Juniper is miserable. Her parents barely notice her or her dog, Kitty. She is often pushed aside,is home schooled by teachers who ofte...more
Cristina Rizzuto
Review is also up on my personal blog: http://crisrizz.wordpress.com/2011/11...


“For a while now, everything, including her, had been neglected.”

JUNIPER BERRY by M.P Kozlowsky is the first in my Kids Lit Comfort series of reviews. Sometimes a reader just needs a break from dark themes or long, prose-heavy works, or, simply, the present reality of life. At times like these, the only logical thing to do is pick up a classic (or contemporary) middle-grade or children’s book and get swept into its co...more
Brittany
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 thei...more
Sarah W
Juniper Berry is a delightfully creepy read that in many ways feels like a modern day fairy tale. It's not a fluffy, light, sparkles and wings fairy tale. It is a story where you worry what is happening just out of sight, a story where the supernatural is sinister.

Juniper Berry lives what might seem like a dream life. Her parents are famous stars. She lives in a huge, rambling house with a built-in theater. The grounds around the house are sprawling. Juniper doesn't have to go to school because...more
Donna
When I first picked up this book, I was expecting a very childish rendition of a "spooky story;" boy, was I surprised! Though meant for younger children, there is a strong voice throughout this modern-day fairy tale and a clear moral spelled-out by the end.

Juniper Berry, the main character and narrator of this delightful tale has what ever little girl wants--a beautiful house and famously fabulous parents. But what is a book without a conflict? It turns out Juniper's parents are being bewitched...more
Sky
This is a great book, it made me shiver several times!
I was looking around a bookstore, and this book caught my eye.
I'm glad I bought it, as it's now my favorite book!

In this fantastic book by M. P. Kozlowsky, eleven year old Juniper Berry is a child of two famous movie stars, and yet she is completely alone.
Her parents have almost completely neglected her, even forgetting to feed her. Her parents used to be loving and caring, but lately they haven't been themselves, and young Juniper is ready...more
Theresa Milstein
This book had an intriguing premise. Juniper, the main character, was characterized well. And the mystery kept me wanting to turn pages.

But sometimes this read like a manuscript to me. The whole first chapter could be cut. Just about everything was said in the second chapter. The idea that a book starts when everything changes didn't ring true here. There were a lot of tells and not shows, especially when it came to the friendship between Juniper and Giles. He never got developed enough as a res...more
Reading Vacation
Juniper Berry combines childhood innocence with adult ambition not often seen in children’s books. It touches on the age old saying of “be careful what you wish for.” Juniper’s parents learn this lesson the hard way, when they discover an unusual tree in their backyard. Now it is Juniper’s turn to see just why this lesson may be the most important one of all.

I love mysteries, especially ones of a paranormal variety. What I like about this mystery is that the answer seems to be just out of reach...more
April
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian)

I have always been a fan of stories about children having to somehow get back the magic of childhood that somehow they've lost as their parents drift further away from each other and from them. In Juniper Berry, Kozlowsky takes that notion and really explores what it would be like to deal with that while hoping against hope that there's some darker force at work to explain what happened. Although his explanation is, of course, really strange and creepy, there's...more
Kristen
First Impression:
I had been eying this book since I had heard about it. The cover struck me first and then I just had to read it because it was a modern fairy tale, and I absolutely love fairy tales. It definitely looks a little frightening on the cover and was looking forward to an interesting read.

While Reading:
It's funny how something strikes you in a conversation. I remember a discussion about how authors write parents in MG and YA literature and how there's always an excuse to get them out...more
Kristi
I wish I could give this book two ratings, one for the storyline and one for the author's writing.

My rating for storyline would be 5 stars, for sure. I loved the premise of this book. It was creepy, spooky but so full of truth and honesty and love.

My rating for the author's writing, on the other hand, would be 2 stars. I mean come on, for a former English teacher I had high expectations. This book was littered with adverbs and adjectives and so much telling it really came across as amateur or...more
Tanja Berg
Juniper Berry lives in a big mansion with her über-famous parents. The trouble is, she has difficulty recognizing them as such these days. They act strangely. Juniper lives is homeschooled and doesn't have any friends, until one day Giles shows up. He's got the same problem - his parents doesn't seem like his parents anymore. Together they decide to figure out what is going on.

This is an unenganging, boring, moralizing tale with a feeling of déjà vû on every other page because the presented them...more
Bethany
Juniper Berry has famous parents. Not just rich, not just well-known, but famous. Angelina & Brad famous. But they're also...missing something. Something's just not right, and Juniper needs to get them back. They hardly even notice her anymore, and she's lonely, locked away from the paparazzi and the rest of the world.

But then she meets Giles, a small boy with more hair than his head can hold who becomes Juniper's very first friend--and whose parents are also more than a bit off, these days...more
Jackie Liu
This was one of the books that I read that I expected to be too childish for me. I was totally wrong.

Juniper Berry - the daughter of two of the most popular celebrities, Mr. and Mrs. Berry. You would think life for her was amazing, perfect, dreams made into reality...well, it used to be. Mr and Mrs Berry used to be funny, entertaining, happy and enthusiastic about everything they did. Now Juniper feels as if they don't even know she's there.

She is left a lonely child, with no company except for...more
Bah! Humbug!
This book asks the question what good is it to gain the whole world and lose your soul. I love to read debut novels and see the fresh ideas and perspectives that come from hearing these new voices, but it's hard to believe that this is Mr. Kozlowsky's first book.
Kozlowsky is a deft story teller who kept the book going at a pace that made it hard to put down. I love the characters he created and cared what happened to them.
Some might find the book "preachy" but I found it refreshing that streng...more
Susan
Aug 25, 2011 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: magic
This book is a different slant on a kids save adults theme. The main characters are well developed and you want them to succeed. A dark force is in the woods and adults are slowly selling off their souls for fame and glory. Two children, Juniper and Giles, with needs of their own, set out to find the cause for the change in their parents. I really liked the way the author had Giles as an adoptive child. Without going too much into his background the author kept it very clear Giles adoptive paren...more
NaomiRuth
Wonderfully written, and beautiful drawings. I loved the descriptions. I would caution younger readers that there are some more disturbing parts, but I believe they were done tastefully. But for particularly squeamish individuals, I don't know if I could still recommend this to you. Also, it does have a 'Moral to the Story' feel to parts of it, but I did not feel that it was bothersome. I just know some people run away from stories with a 'Moral to the Story' feel. Indeed, sometimes such people...more
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M.P. Kozlowsky was a high school English teacher before becoming a writer. He is the author of The Dyerville Tales and Juniper Berry, and lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.
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