Philomel, 2015

All Princess Juniper wants for her thirteenth birthday is a very small country all her own. When her father agrees, Juniper is overjoyed, and sets off for her new kingdom along with her group of kid subjects. But being a queen turns out to be not quite so easy as Juniper expected. And meanwhile, outside their mountain hideway, a bigger trouble is brewing…

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“A gently adventurous and luxuriously detailed romp.”—Kirkus

“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

“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. … Her eventual triumph involves some entertaining twists and paves the way for more lighthearted intrigue ahead.”—Publishers Weekly

“Borrowing themes of world building and exploration from Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia, 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

"Sometimes you just want an old-fashioned story of a princess making it out of a tough situation by the strength of her wits and the loyalty of her friends. ... The balance between work and play, and one’s own standards and others, is both tricky and valuable. It’s all wrapped up in a sparkling adventure woven through with darker threads. Mostly, this stays on a level that’s exciting without being too scary for elementary students able to read a full-length novel on their own. There’s appeal for older readers, too, but I’d peg this most solidly for third through sixth grade readers." —Library Mama