Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Dyerville Tales by M.P. Kozlowsky

Kozlowsky, author of the acclaimed Juniper Berry, returns with a new release in The Dyerville Tales.  In the latest tale, we meet Vince, a boy left in an orphanage after a fire destroyed his home and his family.  His mother was confirmed dead after the fire, but he is determined that his father still lives because no remains were found.  When Vince receives notice that his senile grandfather (Vincent) has passed away, he vows to attend the funeral at all costs because his father is bound to be there.

Throughout the book, we experience parallel stories:  Vince's journey to Dyerville for his grandfather's service and Vincent's outrageous tales from his earlier years.  In one tale, there are battles of blizzards and criminals and mean ol' guardians.  In the other, the battles are against trolls and witches and unbelievable magic.  Both meet obstacles, yet both experience unforgettable friendships and love.  Both leave me satisfied at the end, though one took me a bit by surprise.

The Dyerville Tales starts out slow, but once both story lines are introduced, I quickly became invested in both stories.  I found myself rooting for Vince and Vincent.  And, when I read the final page, my heart filled with warmth.  I'm hoping we get to revisit these characters again!  In the meantime, I need to find my copy of Juniper Berry and read it to tide me over!

The Dyerville Tales just hit bookstores yesterday, so be watching your local haunt for this one!

Thank you to Waldon Pond Press for a review copy of The Dyerville Tales by M.P. Kozlowsky. 

Have you experienced the adventures of The Dyerville Tales yet?  If so, which one was your favorite?


  1. I've never heard of this author before, but your review plus that gorgeous cover have won me over! I'll keep an eye out for this at the library the next time I go.

    1. Jenny @ Reading the End ... I definitely recommend you do, especially if you like a good spin on fairy tales!

  2. I really liked Juniper Berry too so I'll have to look for this one. What I'll probably do is get Z's school librarian to buy it for the school and then I'll borrow it. :)

    1. Kristen M. ... GREAT idea! That way, all the kids can have access to it too!!


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