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Grade 5 Up-- A rich, deeply colored novel of a young girl's coming of age. Ninnoc is the indulged only child of King Mark of Cornwall as Christianity is beginning to overcome the ancient Celtic religion of the Mother Goddess. She has abilities as a healer and the ambition to rule her father's small kingdom. She is sent to her unusual and unappealing godmother, who teaches her to become a doran , a sort of wise woman or white witch. Euny is no fairy godmother--her lessons are hard, slow, and obscure. Ninnoc returns home to find her father's kingdom under her evil aunt Meroot's enchantment. She then realizes that she must use her new powers to save both herself and her cousin Gamal, the gentle musician whom Meroot is forcing to become a warrior knight. Furlong's story, the prequel to Wise Child (Knopf, 1987), is neatly constructed, with several interesting parallels embellishing the story line. Background details are vivid and smoothly incorporated. The feminist perspective is clear but not obtrusive; characters of both sexes are well drawn and balanced as to appeal and interest. The pace is sure and steady with light touches of humor. The action is quite believable given the beliefs of the time, and our own growing knowledge of psychology, herbalism, and pre-Christian religions. Historical fantasy of the calibre of Bradley's Mists of Avalon (Knopf, 1982), and just as satisfying. --Barbara Hutcheson, Greater Victoria Public Library, B.C., Canada
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“This prequel to Wise Child recounts the childhood and spiritual initiation of Juniper, who will in turn pass down the secret teachings of the dorans to Wise Child. Readers will again enjoy the details of herb-gathering, spell-casting and mystic rituals. An atmospheric story that will both satisfy confirmed fantasy fans and involve readers new to the genre.”—The Bulletin

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0394832205
  • ASIN: B000I0RTHY
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gary R. Bradski on January 27, 2005
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I'm a guy (you know the drill - testosterone has me rooting for the robots in the terminator movies) with 3 young daughters and so story time for me can be it's own kind of hell, overpopulated with too many thoughtful ponies, joyous princesses and other terrors from the Id.

Juniper at least is a story that can engross a child while being satisfying to the adult reader. I never once had the urge to plunge my head through the sheetrock in the bedroom whereas when forced to read stories like the Pony Pals, that's all I can think about. The wise women in Juniper are are a bit too knowing and all seeing, the plot a bit formulaic but other than that, it's a story of growing up, persistence against adversity good and evil, courage and adventure and some things in between. Same holds through the rest of the trilogy: Wise Child and Colman though they're not written in order.

I suspect that these stories catch the mind of young girls more than boys and are aimed more at a female audience. I don't know if I would have read it by myself, but with mission to read to my daughters, it was an enjoyable journey. I could see adult women enjoying this for it's own sake. In any case the books of this trilogy are well above the average children's fare for girls or for boys. Definitely worth the price of admission.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2000
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Ninnoc finds herself caught in a web of love, friendship and magic. Her life at the palace is interupted by her having to go to her god mother's house to learn to defeat her evil aunt using her own good magic against her aunt's bad. Mainly, this is a story of love, friendship and magic, all tied into a beautifully written prequil to Monica Furlong's Wise Child. I have enjoyed reading Wise Child and Juniper over and over agiain since fourth grade, this is truely a book for all ages so i'd say forget that young adult stamp there and buy this book! It is amazing!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 8, 2004
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What would you do if you, the princess of Cornwall were tolld to live with your disgusting, peasant of a godmother in a tiny shack on the outside of town? this is what happened to Juniper. She had always known there was something special about her since the day she picked up a stick and it wiggled about like a snake. She had a great life with her cousin, Gamal,her parents, and her friends. When she moved in with Euny everything changed. She was underfed, dirty, tired, and had to sleep on the floor. And when the year was over, she found out her wicked aunt Meroot had put a curse on her country, her unborn brother is going to rule the county in her place, and Gamal has been frozen in a trance by Meroot, too.
Monica Furlong writes with so much detail, and everything is full of so much color and can be pictured in your mind. It is almost as if you're in the book, living in Euny's house, walking the long tiring journies, and learning the ways of the Doran yourself.
If you like enchanting stories about magic and the struggles between good and evil you will like this book. I did, and I couldn't stop reading until it was over. I went on the read the sequels Wise Child and Colman, and I hope you will too and like then all as much as I do.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Erin VINE VOICE on July 16, 2001
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I've always loved tales of "wise women" with knowledge of herblore, healing, and a special understanding of nature. And that is exactly what "Juniper" is about. I read it first (before "Wise Child") and enjoyed it as a stand-alone novel. However, for those who are not as interested in "wise women" and herblore I would recommend reading "Wise Child" first. "Wise Child" has more suspense and excitement and will get you interested in the character of Juniper. Otherwise you might find yourself asking, "Why should I care?"
After reading both novels, I wish that "Juniper" had gone further. "Wise Child" reveals the events between the two novels, but I still wish the author would have actually written a third novel about the intervening events, or at least extended "Juniper." Neither novel lacks--it's just that I liked them both so much I wish that there was more.
As much as I enjoyed reading "Juniper," I would be careful giving this book to younger children as there is a detailed description of mother goddess worship. The initiation of the two young girls may also be disturbing to younger readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "saraswathi" on March 29, 2002
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Juniper by Monica Furlong
Set in Medieval England, this book tells the story of Juniper and her quest to become a doran. Juniper, also called Ninnoc, is a princess, daughter of the king of Cornwall, and wants for nothing, until one day, when an old woman named Euny arrives. To Juniper's displeasure, this rag wearing woman turnes out to be her godmother. Euny offers her the chance to give up her life, and live with her for a year and a day to study healing, herbs and magic. Her parents agree, at first to Juniper's dismay, and she lives with Euny learning to be a doran, a person skilled in magic.
In living with Euny, Juniper faces many trials; cold, hunger and sleeping on the hard floor, which Euny claims are her teachers. But slowly she begins to learn to observe, to learn about healing herbs, to spin and weave and other such skills. Just in time, as well, for when Juniper returns to her home, a fully initiated doran, she finds things going badly for the kingdom.
Her aunt, Meroot, whom Juniper has long disliked and distrusted, in a conspiracy for her son, Gamal, Juniper's closest friend, to gain the throne, is trying to bend him to her will along with another sorcerer whom Euny has encountered before. Juniper, and Gamal's good friend Finbar must track down Gamal and cure him before the kingdom is completely in Meroot's hands. Juniper is a book full of magic, wisdom, guidance and narrated by a young, spirited and bright heroine who gradually comes to understand the ways of the dorans and her place in the world.
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