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Josephine Against the Sea



by
Shakirah Bourne

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Scholastic
Imprint
Scholastic Press
ISBN
9781338642087
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Meet Josephine, the most loveable mischief-maker in Barbados, in a magical, heartfelt adventure inspired by Caribbean mythology.Eleven-year-old Josephine knows that no one is good enough for her daddy. That's why she makes a habit of scaring his new girlfriends away. She's desperate to make it onto her school's cricket team because she'll get to play her favorite sport AND use the cricket matches to distract Daddy from dating.But when Coach Broomes announces that girls can't try out for the team, the frustrated Josephine cuts into a powerful silk cotton tree and accidentally summons a bigger problem into her life . . . The next day, Daddy brings home a new catch, a beautiful woman named Mariss. And unlike the other girlfriends, this one doesn't scare easily. Josephine knows there's something fishy about Mariss but she never expected her to be a vengeful sea creature eager to take her place as her father's first love! Can Josephine convince her friends to help her and use her cricket skills to save Daddy from Mariss's clutches before it's too late?

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

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Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2021

Book Genres

Magical Realism

Topics

Barbados. Fathers and daughters. Family life. Friendship. Cricket (sport). Mythological creatures. Schools. Caribbean folklore. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-7–Eleven-year old Black girl Josephine has one duty—protect her father. That’s why she has successfully scared off all prospective girlfriends through pranks and trickery. Growing up in Barbados, Josephine thinks she’s more than enough for her father and even schemes to distract him with their shared love of cricket. Things don’t go according to plan and in a moment of frustration, she scratches her initials into a tree. She thinks nothing of it until her father’s newest girlfriend Mariss appears and is impervious to any of Josephine’s tricks. Turns out, Mariss is a River Mumma, a terrifying creature who can cause many good things to happen, but can and will easily take those things away out of spite or jealousy. Josephine and her best friend Akhai will have to figure out how to defeat Mariss, or it’ll be her father who will pay the price. This novel features many references to fascinating creatures from Caribbean mythology, including the protective baccoo and the scary vampirelike soucouyant. As if those two creatures don’t sound difficult enough to deal with, Josephine has to contend with what is probably the scariest of them all, the River Mumma. Josephine’s determination in the face of great odds is one to be applauded, as it seems there’s nothing too big for her. Josephine is not without her limitations, but she learns to do her best to overcome them, making her a character readers will want to root for every step of the way. ­VERDICT An entertaining read featuring many references to creatures from Caribbean mythology; sure to be a great addition to any library’s middle grade collection.–Myiesha Speight, formerly at Towson Univ., Baltimore

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-7–Eleven-year old Black girl Josephine has one duty—protect her father. That’s why she has successfully scared off all prospective girlfriends through pranks and trickery. Growing up in Barbados, Josephine thinks she’s more than enough for her father and even schemes to distract him with their shared love of cricket. Things don’t go according to plan and in a moment of frustration, she scratches her initials into a tree. She thinks nothing of it until her father’s newest girlfriend Mariss appears and is impervious to any of Josephine’s tricks. Turns out, Mariss is a River Mumma, a terrifying creature who can cause many good things to happen, but can and will easily take those things away out of spite or jealousy. Josephine and her best friend Akhai will have to figure out how to defeat Mariss, or it’ll be her father who will pay the price. This novel features many references to fascinating creatures from Caribbean mythology, including the protective baccoo and the scary vampirelike soucouyant. As if those two creatures don’t sound difficult enough to deal with, Josephine has to contend with what is probably the scariest of them all, the River Mumma. Josephine’s determination in the face of great odds is one to be applauded, as it seems there’s nothing too big for her. Josephine is not without her limitations, but she learns to do her best to overcome them, making her a character readers will want to root for every step of the way. ­VERDICT An entertaining read featuring many references to creatures from Caribbean mythology; sure to be a great addition to any library’s middle grade collection.–Myiesha Speight, formerly at Towson Univ., Baltimore

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