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About the Author

Peggy Tibbetts is the author of two middle grade novels, Letters to Juniper and The Road to Weird; two young adult novels, PFC Liberty Stryker and Hurricane Katrina; and a suspense novel for adults, Rumors of War. She has worked as a professional editor and is a fervent blogger. She enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and camping with her husband, Tod and beloved Malamute, Zeus, in the mountains of western Colorado, where they live.

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  • File Size: 233 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0967786827
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sisterhood Publications (April 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V5I746
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,744,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hiking and skiing with her dogs in the Rocky Mountains give Peggy Tibbetts a passion for life that fuels her inspiration as a writer.

Peggy is the author of "Crazy Bitch: Living with Canine Compulsive Disorder." Also, "PFC Liberty Stryker" and "Letters to Juniper", a 2012 Colorado Book Award Finalist. She was managing editor and columnist at She has also worked as an associate producer of educational videos for Upper Midwest Films, contributing editor for Children's Magic Window magazine, and Children's Writing Resource Editor at She lives with her family in Silt, Colorado.

She blogs at Advice from a Caterpillar, From the Styx, and YA Authors You've Never Heard Of.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chynna on May 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
As an author and an avid reader, one thing I look for in books--whatever the genre--is the author's ability to capture my attention from the get-go, allowing tiny snippets of information to come as needed to keep me reading. And that's exactly what author Peggy Tibbetts succeeded in doing with the amazing YA book, LETTERS TO JUNIPER.

At first, the reader meets Sarah Smith. She's a twelve-year-old girl who forced to live an isolated life in a cabin deep in the woods...far away from `normal' civilization. Sarah lives in the small cabin with her father, step-mother and three younger brothers. Sarah spends most of her day doing chores, caring for her brothers, and hunting. She longs to do the fun things other girls her age normally do, including making friends, listening to music, watching the latest movie or television show, going to dances and gossiping about boys. But she isn't allowed to do any of those things. In fact, her father forbids his family from interacting with the outside world. He even has them carry rifles and believing that outside forces are constantly watching them. The isolation and loneliness has Sarah start writing letters to her best childhood friend, Juniper.

With each letter, the reader is drawn deeper into Sarah's life. We see exactly what she has to endure from hard chores to her step-mother's harassment to her father's spiral into paranoia and fear. We start wondering what's really going on in this family. Is there a secret so devastating that her father is willing to die to protect?

I won't spoil the ending but this book is brilliant. Not only does Peggy get into the mind of a young adult, and does it so well, she also tells the story through letters--not many people can write in that style successfully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MandytheBookworm on April 6, 2012
Format: Paperback

I didn't see that coming is what I thought!

"Letters to Juniper" is Sarah Smith's story as told via her letters to a long ago best friend named Juniper. Poor Sarah has to endure life as a recluse because this is what her father has decided. I cannot imagine being away from everyone in what seems to be the middle of nowhere where your father and stepmother are the people who tell you how things are and how they are meant to be. Sarah only knows what she sees and what she is told by those who shelter her from the big wide world. She doesn't know that her father and stepmother are mad and delusional, she doesn't know the way they behave would be considered wrong and unacceptable by most people who do not live within the compound.

I really felt sorry for the children. Not only for the immediate storyline but thinking beyond that, the repercussions this kind of seclusion can have on children. Of course if they stay in the compound for the rest of their lives they won't know any different but if a child were to leave the compound I can't help thinking how he/she would find the world outside. I imagine it would be quite daunting and he/she probably wouldn't know how to act appropriately around people. It's a scary thought.

Getting back to Sarah though I felt sadness for her and her lost memories. Sarah's few memories of her past give her something to cling to and Juniper gives her someone she can confide in. I imagine Sarah might feel she doesn't have much of a voice around the household hence the decision to start writing to Juniper and free her thoughts and feelings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie French on March 28, 2012
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As the Underground's first Middle Grade novel review, I am pleased to present Letters to Juniper. Peggy Tibbetts' gripping novel introduces us to twelve year old Sarah, raised in a secluded Idaho farm with extreme fundamentalist parents. Sarah's letters paint a vivid picture of a world all too real for thousands of children throughout American history.

Set in rural Idaho, Sarah introduces us to her isolated world. At twelve, her circumstances couldn't be more different than that of her peers. Sarah's mother is dead. Her father and step-mother now raise Sarah and her siblings on a farm straight out of the 1800s. There's no electricity, no running water. Sarah's father lives and breathes by the supreme law of Yashua. Strict adherence to these laws are required. The reader feels instant sympathy for Sarah who must write secret letters by candlelight, cook meals for her three younger brothers and, worst of all, spend days in the birthing shed during her menstrual cycle.

Then her father is arrested by Federal Agents for dealing in illegal firearms. The Feds want Sarah's father as an informant on a group of Neo-Nazis. When her father refuses, their world begins to unravel.

The story is told through a series of heart-felt, emotional letters from Sarah to her long lost friend Juniper who she vaguely remembers from her life in Florida. Though I sometime found myself longing for more depth of setting description than a letter could provide, the letters themselves touched me. We are drawn in to Sarah's world by the sympathy we feel for her plight and we are hooked through the end to find out what becomes of her.
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