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The jumbies are coming! Corinne La Mer isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. She knows that jumbies aren’t real; they’re just creatures parents make up to frighten their children. But on All Hallows’ Eve, Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden woods. Those shining yellow eyes that follow her to the edge of the trees, they couldn’t belong to a jumbie. Or could they? Corinne begins to notice odd occurrences after that night. First she spots a beautiful stranger speaking to the town witch at the market. Then this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne’s house, cooking dinner for her father. Danger is in the air. Sure enough, bewitching Corinne’s father is the first step in Severine’s plan to claim the entire island for the jumbies. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and ancient magic to stop Severine and to save her island home.
About the Author
Tracey Baptiste lived in Trinidad until she was fifteen; she grew up on jumbie stories and fairy tales. She is a former teacher who works as a writer and editor. Visit her online at traceybaptiste.com and on Twitter: @TraceyBaptiste.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was so adorable! Okay, so I was perturbed by the boys in the beginning with their cruelty to frogs. But everything after that was great. Lots of action and drama with a solid quad of new friends. MC is a stubborn and realistic little girl that doesn't have all the powers or know it all being raisef by a single dad. She's definitely someone plenty of kids will relate to and enjoy reading.
When a girl discovers the malevolent monsters mentioned in Haitian folklore are very real, she must fight to save her family, friends and her island home. But is love enough for the battle she's about to face? Corinne is a young girl who loves her father with all her heart. But her heart also aches for the mother she lost so long ago. But when a woman comes into her father's life, looking to take over, Corinne enlists the help of her friends and the local White Witch. But when the woman, Severine, gives Corinne information that shakes her entire existence, she's got a decision to make, and a fight to prepare for. This book was one of the novels on my shelf for homeschool reading. I didn't expect to become engrossed the way I did, finishing the book in 24 hours! Not completely straight through, but in the course of a day and a half- I read it cover to cover! The creatures described, and the ones I later looked up, where nightmarish and fascinating. The story built up over a course of time that allowed you to care for all involved, but never with lag. The story is very well written and the chapters are broken perfectly, leaving me with a strong curiosity of book two and if it picks up where this one left off. If you enjoy reading with your child, or just a good book on the lore of other countries, this is one for you. I'm off to the next read. Cheers! http://bit.ly/JumbiesAreComing The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste 241 Pages Middle Grade, ages 9-12 Algonquin Young Readers (April 28, 2015)
I think this was a pretty good read. It wasn't that fantasy/magical, which are one of my favorite genres, so I rated it 4 stars. Other than that, the book was great! It was very adventurous, and it was an evil against a good, which is exactly how I like the problem to be like. Baptiste deserves a good round of applause for this. It was a good, and sometimes confusing, due to the fact that the main jumbie was a few different things, not only a jumbie. Corinne La Mer was a brave girl that took on a HUGE risk to save her dad. I don't think I can be that brave! Great book, you should read it and buy your first copy today! Baptiste gave us an extraodinary book!