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The Juniper Game (Point) Paperback – March 1, 1994


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From School Library Journal

Grade 7-10-- Take an almost perfect teenage girl and have her notice a bumbling but talented artistic boy and combine them with time-travel, ESP, and medieval witchcraft and lore. The result is a Julian Thompson cast in a Margaret Mahy plot. There is, no doubt, an audience for fantasy that seems grounded in this contemporary reality of high school and single-parent households. Yet Dylan's artistic abilities and Juniper's telepathic powers never take on reality. The time traveling that takes the daring young woman into medieval times and the visions that she sends her friend to sketch never quiver or seem subject to any human failings. Even the trappings that could help readers buy into the fantasy, such as Juniper's completely medieval room, seem artificial. Real life, on the other hand is very hard--so difficult that breezy competent Juniper panics just crossing a shallow ford, and fails to realize that her popular boyfriend is a jerk--until he almost kills her. Dylan's home life is such a disaster that readers will wonder where he gets the energy to receive Juniper's mental images of another time and to render his perfect drawings. Jordan's fiery ending pulls together threads of story and, without dodging or prettifying, provides that climax to which all the earlier suspense has been leading. This is the best part of the book, and, while melodramatic, it has a genuineness and excitement that satisfies. It almost makes the book worthwhile. But not quite. --Carol A. Edwards, Buckham Memorial Library, Faribault, MN
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

A 14-year-old finds herself psychically linked with a young woman who was burned as a witch in medieval England. Juniper, whose wide interests include reincarnation and time travel, drags feckless Dylan Pidgley into her experiments with telepathy because he is a marvelous artist and can draw the scenes she transmits. Some of these are from the past-- experiences of a young mother and herb-wife, Joanna. Juniper's mother warns Dylan that Juniper can be heedless, but Dylan is too fascinated by Juniper and by his own vision of Joanna's plight to withdraw. Events rush to a conclusion as Joanna is tried by the ordeal of water and then burned, with Juniper in danger of being pulled into a 20th-century parallel. Fortunately, Juniper and Dylan together find the strength to shield Joanna from the agony of her burning. With vividly depicted, believable characters, this is superior fantasy. Though Dylan is drawn like a moth to Juniper's flame, she soon realizes that he has a strength and grace that her sexier, older boyfriend lacks. Playing their drama against the death of a young woman in the past--whose love of knowledge resembles Juniper's, but whose quest leads to tragedy rather than love--gives the story poignancy and depth. (Fiction. 12+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Point
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Point (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590447297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590447294
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

I first read this book in 6th grade and instantly fell in love with it.
mrtheprofessor
It is one of the best books I've ever read, right up there with Donna Jo Napoli's and Philip Pullman's stuff.
Zohariel@hotmail.com
I'd borrow it from the library two or three times in month just so i could read it over and over again.
Katrina

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Zohariel@hotmail.com on May 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was so shocked to discover that this book is out of print. It is one of the best books I've ever read, right up there with Donna Jo Napoli's and Philip Pullman's stuff. The plot looks really weird, but once you're into it, you won't be able to put it down, read it, read it, read it!! See if it's in the library--that's probably easier than an out-of-print order. A Time Of Darkness (by the same author) is also EXCELLENT. Other out of print books I highly recommend are The Silver Crown and A Pack Of Lies: 12 stories in one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought and read this book about eight years ago. I still have it and have read it many times. The mind is a wonderful tool and this book was one of the first pieces I ever read that had anything to do with the ways of the it, and the ignoring of the norms associated with the use of the mind. Spirituality and mind and body energies are essential to many people today. I fell in love with the personality of the characters... I have since reading this book, made a promise to myself to name my first daughter after Juniper.It is a great book for any ages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book, The Juniper Game is a great book for anyone who is into mysterious magic and medieval insides. It is an interesting book that at first, will seem confusing and strange, but you will soon fit the "pieces of the puzzle" together. As you read The Juniper Game, you will understand the concept, and you will feel like you are right there with the characters with the extreme details. The story starts with a 'confusing' introduction, and then starts with the present time, in the book. Juniper, a beautiful "out of the ordinary" girl is into medieval history, and objects that include castles, knights, and peasants. She is also into experiments to prove herself points. One of the experiments that she wants to do is a telepathic image exchange with her mother, but her mother is far to busy to do anything with her like that now. So, Juniper is silently searching for an artistic person to do the experiment with. At school, she meets the nerd-like Dylan and finds out that he is quite the artist! She is overjoyed beyond repair. So they start the experiment. At first, it seems like it wont work, but then this look up for it. Juniper is traveling back in time and through telepathic image exchanges, she is having Dylan draw pictures showing evidence of where she's been so that she can keep them for her medieval collection, but as she witnesses a first hand account of a past medieval witch happening, through different day sessions, she sees to much. What she sees happening to the people is scary, and the telepathic images are screwing-up Dylan's thought. After they have perfected the image exchange, Dylan can "feel" everything happening with Juniper, including things that are going wrong.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book a great read, and it still is one of my favourite books. Perfect for people 12+, and especially those who like reading about telepathy, witch trials, and the medievel times of England.I would recommend The Juniper Game to anyone. A book hard to put down, devestating to finish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is possibly the best book I've ever read. It starts out with basic stereotypical people : a strong minded, popular girl, and a quiet, artistic boy who is a nobody. But then Sherryl goes on, and shows people are deeper than what they look like and each has his own strengths. The plot is flowing and deep. Each scene is simply discribed, yet tantilizes the imagination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2001
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Book: The Juniper Game Author: Sherryl Jordon # of pages: ?
Juniper is a popular girl who is interested in telekinetic. Dillon is quiet, shy boy and a wonderful artist. They meet in science class when Dillon faints. Soon after they meet Juniper is sending telekinetic images to Dillon while he draws them. But soon it goes too far. There are psychological and emotional effects because of telekinetic that neither of them could have imagined. Who knows what will happen if they go to far? While soon they will! I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone interested in a good book. This is a book mainly for young adults/ teenagers. It is a well written, fantasy that you won't be able to put down. It is one of my personal favorites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mrtheprofessor on June 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
I first read this book in 6th grade and instantly fell in love with it. It was one of the very few books I was not only able to get through, but couldn't put down. I woke up early to read it during breakfast before school, I read it during recess, and then hurried to the library after school to read it in privacy. It isn't the kind of book I can go back to now as a college student and enjoy as much, but at the time I was happy to read it over and over. It really is a very imaginative story with many interesting subjects intertwined. I would especially recommend it to girls in 6th - 9th grade who are interested in history and the fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Taylor on September 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
Is it an action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller? No. But it is a story of young love and learning to help each other through issues you can't control. If you are looking for a nice break from adult romance with a side order of time travel then this is the book for you.

I'll definitely look for other books by Sherryl Jordan.
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