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Children's LiteratureJuniper is the secret name of Ninnoc, princess of Cornwall. She was given this name that tells who she really is by her godmother, Euny. As the story begins, Ninnoc is a sweetly spoiled princess with a servant to bathe and dress her. After Euny visits, Ninnoc realizes that there may be more to life than luxury. She goes to live with Euny where life is simple and austere. At first it seems there is nothing but hard, tedious work, but she is learning those things that will be important to her. Juniper makes the challenging and difficult journey from being a pampered princess to becoming a wise healer who must try to save her parents' kingdom from the evil sorceress, Meroot. The book is a prequel to Furlong's wonderful Wise Child. As in all good series, this book can be read alone, but the reader surely will want to know more about this strong heroine and her equally interesting friends. This is an IRA Young Adults' Choice and an NCTE Notable Children's Book in Language Arts. 2004, Random House, and Ages 9 to 16.
—Janet Crane Barley