Princess Juniper of the Hourglass

Ammi-Joan Paquette. Philomel, $16.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-399-17151-2
This spirited be-careful-what-you-wish-for story opens on an enticing note as King Regis grants the request of his daughter, Princess Juniper, to rule her own country as a present for her 13th “Nameday.” Paquette’s (Rules for Ghosting) dramatic and humorous novel sends Juniper off with a ragtag group of children to establish her kingdom in the remote Hourglass Mountains. “Being queen, it turned out, was rather easier thought than done,” Juniper observes as she copes with her “wild and unruly” subjects, who include Cyril, the son of her father’s chief advisor. But Juniper’s gumption and optimism prevail as she reassures her followers, “We’re going to build the very best kingdom there ever was. We’ll have fun, too, as we go.” Though the fledgling queen’s confidence flags in the face of Cyril’s scheme to usurp her sovereignty and ominous signs that her father’s palace has fallen to enemies, readers won’t doubt her eventual triumph, which involves some entertaining twists and paves the way for more lighthearted intrigue ahead. Ages 8–12. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (July)
Reviewed on: 06/22/2015
Release date: 07/21/2015
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-0-14-751377-9
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