Princess Juniper Of The Hourglass by Ammi-Joan PaquettePrincess Juniper Of The Hourglass by Ammi-Joan Paquette

Princess Juniper Of The Hourglass

byAmmi-Joan Paquette

Paperback | June 28, 2016

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In this royal adventure, Princess Juniper learns what it means to rule a kingdom—the perfect story for girls who love princesses AND adventure!

For her thirteenth nameday all Princess Juniper wants is a country of her own. So when rumblings of unrest start in his kingdom, Juniper's father decides to grant his daughter's wish and sends her to a small, idyllic corner of the Hourglass Mountains until trouble blows over. Once there, Juniper discovers that ruling a small country–even just for the summer–is a bit harder than she'd expected, especially when cousin Cyril challenges her rule. Still, the most difficult part is to come. Juniper and her friends discover that her father's kingdom is at war. The only way to stay safe is to remain in the Hourglass Mountains much longer than planned. Juniper may have her own country after all . . . but what will that mean for the kingdom of Torr?

This book is perfect for fans of Frozen and Brave, who like their princess strong and smart as well as sparkly. 

"I absolutely loved Princess Juniper of the Hourglass!  It's fantastically delightful, delicious, and satisfying.  You'll want to follow Juniper to her kingdom -- or even better, start your own!"—Sarah Beth Durst, author of Enchanted Ivy and Ice

“I adored Princess Juniper! Readers will cheer as she leads and defends her hidden kingdom in this deliciously charming fantasy.”—Julie Berry, author of The Secondhand Charm and The Amaranth Enchantment
Ammi-Joan Paquette ( is the author of many picture books including The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies and The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids. She lives in Boston with her family, but often wishes of a country of her own. Follow her on Twitter @joanpaq.
Title:Princess Juniper Of The HourglassFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.75 × 5.07 × 0.77 inPublished:June 28, 2016Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0147513774

ISBN - 13:9780147513779


Read from the Book

The next day crawled by. Juniper’s plan took shape slowly in her mind, growing more defined with each passing hour. Everything hinged on the all-important first step: her request—and its answer.Her father had invited her to dine with him that night, just the two of them. “I’ve started to forget the shape of your face,” he’d grumbled playfully, then had called to Lefarge, “Have a buffet set up for the rest of the court. I’ve got a date with my daughter.”It was a rare treat, and Juniper enjoyed it to the fullest. She also kept a sharp lookout for the right moment to ask her question.Sitting across the long mahogany table from her father, she waited out the cheese puffs, and the aubergine bisque, and the crispy oven-roasted root vegetables with thin-sliced pheasant breast in a mulled wine sauce. Her father should be comfortably full, she decided, before receiving any unexpected requests. And hers was as unexpected as they came. Finally, after the second helping of pheasant and roots but before the fig pudding, the gleam in her father’s eye as he stretched back in his seat told her that the time was right.Juniper clasped her hands under the table. “Papa,” she said. “I have been thinking about my Nameday gift.”“Ah, excellent,” he said. “It is one of the great pleasures of my year, and I have been awaiting this request with particular interest. It is your thirteenth, after all!”Juniper nodded. “It is an important year. And so I wondered . . .” She just had to come out with it. “May I have a country for my Nameday?”“A country?” King Regis lowered his forkful of rutabagas and studied his daughter.“Yes! A very small country, but one that’s all my own. I could find subjects to settle it, other kids probably, and I should rule it all myself. To practice being queen, don’t you see? I’ll get to make up my own rules and such.”Juniper’s heart hammered out a galloping beat, but she kept her face smooth and focused on sawing the pheasant breast with her ivory-handled game knife, the very picture of a calm, unruffled royal daughter.“A very small country,” her father mused.“Oh—well, yes! If you have any to spare, that is.”“Just sort of lying around.”“That’s it exactly!” Juniper opened her mouth to say more, to tell him of her wishes and longings. Then she stopped. How could she put any of that into words, here in the formal dining room, over rutabagas and roast? She settled for a tentative smile. “I could set up court there over the summer. Think of all the time you’ve spent instructing me in rulership! This could make a grand sort of test, to see how well I’ve taken to it.”Sensing she’d given her father enough to think about, Juniper picked up her gold-hemmed napkin and dabbed at her lips. She glanced around. Three staff members stood at attention at the edges of the room, ready to leap to any dinner-related assistance. The first two looked suitably blank and disinterested. The third was a tall, wispy girl with a turned-up nose and bright, smart eyes. This girl’s eyes were wide with excitement, and her fingers, when she refilled Juniper’s goblet, trembled just a little. The king’s attention seemed to have been equally captured by her request; Juniper soon realized that she wouldn’t get much more conversation out of him this evening.“If I may be excused, Papa dear?” she murmured, and he nodded absently. This was the time to give him plenty of thinking space. She’d planted the idea seed and now he would go about watering, pruning, and harvesting it into a perfectly executable plan. Or so she hoped, anyway.Meanwhile, she had her own planning to do. A great deal of it.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Princess Juniper of the Hourglass: "I absolutely loved Princess Juniper of the Hourglass!  It's fantastically delightful, delicious, and satisfying.  You'll want to follow Juniper to her kingdom -- or even better, start your own!"--Sarah Beth Durst, author of Enchanted Ivy and Ice    “I adored Princess Juniper! Readers will cheer as she leads and defends her hidden kingdom in this deliciously charming fantasy.”--Julie Berry, author of The Secondhand Charm and The Amaranth Enchantment “Princess Juniper proves that you can love your silk dresses and still be a hero. This is a smart, feisty kid with a thirst for experiences, and I loved watching her learn to lead. A fun and insightful coming-of-age tale.”—Ellen Booraem, author of Small Persons With Wings  "A gently adventurous and luxuriously detailed romp."--Kirkus Reviews"With elements from William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies and Paul Fleischman’s Westlandia, this story can be enjoyed by those who love princess stories and adventure tales....A rollicking tale that will please a wide range of readers."--School Library Journal"This...dramatic and humorous novel...involves some entertaining twists and paves the way for more lighthearted intrigue ahead."--Publishers Weekly "Paquette takes young readers gently by the hand into the adult world of responsibility, danger, and the unknown. The fully developed cast of characters is engaging, and readers will cheer the conclusion and happily await Juniper’s further adventures."--Booklist    Ammi-Joan Paquette Awards and Reviews:Ghost in the House A Huffington Post “Best Halloween Books of 2013,” School Library Journal “Great Books for Halloween” pick; and Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Best Books for Kids & Teens” 2014 pick Petey & Pru and the Hullabaloo Starred review, Kirkus The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies A "Best Books for Children 2009" choice by the Association of Booksellers for ChildrenFeatured in Scholastic: Parent & Child magazine’s “Fun Finds”