“Juniper Berry: A Tale of Terror and Temptation” by M.P. Kozlowsky, illus. by Erwin Madrid

Juniper BerryHere’s another book I read for the Bout of Books 14 readathon. Since it was a week-long readathon, I threw this one into the mix because it’s short.

Quick summary:

Juniper Berry and her friend, Giles, are worried about their parents. Their parents changed since acquiring their desires and became cruel and disinterested in their kids. They only care about their careers. Curious about what has happened to their parents, the kids investigate the woods behind their house, where they often see their parents disappear into, for answers.

My thoughts: (minor spoilers)

“The house was a mansion, the lake was a pool, Kitty was a dog, and Juniper Berry was an eleven-year-old girl.”

So starts this middle-grade novel about resisting powerful temptations. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading. I bought this book because I liked the cover and the title. The first sentence, above, drew me in and I felt so sorry for Juniper that I had to keep reading to see what becomes of her and her parents. The more I read, the weirder the story became, which increased my interest.

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Bout of Books 14: Update 6

Yesterday was Day 6 of Bout of Books 14 and I’m late with the update. You see, I was tired. Exhausted, actually. I’ve started to workout a bit and run in the mornings to build up my stamina in case a herd of cows stampede through Washington D.C. I need to be able to outrun them. My body was tender from exercising and I made it tired by walking around the downtown area. Then I went to the zoo and was exhausted by the time I left. For me, that’s a lot for one day so I didn’t get much reading done.

Saturday, Day 6 progress

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