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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

CLOSED Excerpt & Giveaway: Juniper Berry

Yesterday, I shared my review of Juniper Berry, the deliciously macabre middle grade debut by M.P. Kozlowsky.
But that wasn't really enough.
I needed to share just a little more with you.
Allow me to present to you: Juniper Berry, her friend Giles, and the villain turning their

“As Juniper and Giles entered the room, the man stood.  He was extremely tall, taller than any man Juniper had ever seen.  In fact, almost everything about him had length.  Each body part was extended:  long legs, long arms, long neck, long fingers.  He was enveloped in a ratty hooded cloak, his elongated face concealed in shadow.  His bony pale fingers wrapped around a wood staff and Juniper noticed his nails were long and dark as if painted midnight blue.  As the shroud pulled tight against his body with each movement and gesture it was clear how very feminine it was.  There seemed to be no fat whatsoever and little muscle – a fragile, lank, and stretched frame.  Barefoot – his feet were nearly skeletal – he leaned against the staff, hunched over and shifting all his weight to one hip.  He was a gangly creature, and would have seemed close to the point of breaking if not for the fact that he nearly slithered about, his limbs like anacondas in their movement.
            The man, if he could be called such a thing, stepped closer, slinking his way toward the children, his face still hidden but for a smile that glowed like moonlight.  It was all teeth, long yellowed teeth that stretched his purplish lips wide across his face – a twisted triangle of sneering terror.  “I’m so glad you came,” he nearly squealed.
            Juniper didn’t know what to say for she wasn’t glad to be in that room with him, far from it.  She considered running, fleeing for safety, but convinced herself to remain if she wanted to help her parents.  She had to be brave even as a fearful voice repeated over and over in her head, He has too many teeth.  He has too many teeth.  He has too many teeth.


Thanks to the lovely people at Walden Pond Press, I have a hardcover copy of Juniper Berry to offer 1 lucky winner!
To enter, leave a comment telling me why you want to read it, and leave a way to contact you if you win.
+1 for spreading the word or commenting on my review.
US/CAN only

Ends May 5th May 8th!


  1. I love tales -thi is not an entry for the contest-

  2. i CANT GET ENOUGH books to read.

  3. O count me in! I would love to read this one.


  4. "Deliciously macabre" AND a fairy tale? I'm in.

    susanna dot pyatt at student dot rcsnc dot org

  5. I want to read this because it looks good - I like books that make kids imagine the possibilities, and imagine the worlds that can exist in literature, Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this! :)

  6. The artwork looks super creepy!

  7. I would love to read this with my son. Thanks for the giveaway.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  8. I would like to read this with my son, he would enjoy it.

  9. This sounds like a great (and fun) read...one that engages multiple parts of the mind.

    mk261274 at gmail dot com

  10. +1 I commented upon the great review!

    mk261274 at gmail dot com

  11. It looks great! Creepy, but not too creepy. I`d love to read it and pass it on to my daughter when I`m done.
    +1 commented on review

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  12. looks like a great read...i love reading kids book..actually i love to read any kind a book

    gfc follower


  13. I love reading books. I would love to read it to my son. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  14. Ooh, I had no idea what Juniper Berry was about, but the excerpt now has me really wanting to read it. ^_^

    The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

  15. This sounds like an adorable young read :)

    +1 spread here

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  17. I want to read this book because it seems to have such wonderfully descriptive writing! I'm in my early twenties but I still love a good middle-grade read! Also, I will pass this on to an actual middle-grader once I read it! :)

    +1 commented on your review

    rain_orchid11 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  18. Everything about this book looks awesome and I love the illustrations. Thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 - commented on your review


  19. As the mother of a couple of kids in the middle grade age range. I am always looking for something good for them. I am also running the Book fair at my elementary school, I like to keep up to date for recommendations for the kids. ke7yca at gmail dot com

    commented on your review.

  20. I would love to win this book - first because I LOVE the cover, and second because I liked the blurb. Thanks for hosting.

  21. Any book with a character with the name Giles (of Buffy fame--at least to me) is gonna be great!

    jason [at] jasonkivela [dot] com

  22. I'm in it mostly for the illustrations, but the story sounds great and I love that Juniper was thinking the same thing I'd have been thinking in that situation, "He has too many teeth. He has too many teeth."
    +1 I commented on your review.
    zombiegirrrl21 at aol

  23. I would love to read this!! It sounds adorable. And I LOVE the illustrations.


  24. Would love to read this with my students! I think they'd really enjoy it from reading the excerpt!


    swaggirl01 at gmail dot com

  25. I love the excerpt. The title reminds me of a Bath and Body works scent. I'd love to share it with my teens!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  26. This sounds like a wonderful book that I could read to my granddaughter, she and I would both enjoy it.

    +1 http://twitter.com/#!/alterlisa/status/63785242464489472

    +1 commented on review-http://www.thebookrat.com/2011/04/juniper-berry-by-mp-kozlowsky.html#comment-679119883268267121

    I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  27. Because I love the cover
    Because I love the title
    Because it sounds eerily fantastic
    Because I'm in love with the illustrations
    Because it reminded you of Coraline
    Because my daughter is going to prom and I may never be able to afford to buy this.
    Because if I don't get to read it, all life as we know it may stop instantaneously and every molecule in my body might explode at the speed of light. (ok, maybe nothing that drastic, but any time is a good time for a Ghostbusters quote.)

  28. I would like to read this because it sounds like a refreshing change from all the other books coming out lately!

    +1 spread here http://www.goodreads.com/event/invite/117328-excerpt-giveaway-juniper-berry

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  29. The blurb has gotten me all excited to read this book, I'd love to win!


  30. I seen this book on shelf awareness and thought it sounded so good... now what you said here makes me want to read it now ;)


  31. Because I know I have some students that would love it!!!!

    +1 commented on review

    themgowl at gmail.com

  32. I would like to read this book because it sounds very intriguing! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net


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