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The Jumbies


Series
The Jumbies

by
Tracey Baptiste

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Workman Publishing
Imprint
Algonquin
ISBN
9781616204143

Awards and Honors
100 Notable Titles for Reading and Sharing 2015, Children’s Books
2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Elementary / Middle Grade Speculative Fiction
Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, Fantasy
2016 Américas Award Commended Title
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Corinne thinks jumbie stories are nonsense. But who can explain the yellow eyes that glow at the forest’s edge, or the mysterious stranger who visits the island witch? Author’s note.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

240

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

Fic

AR

4.6: points 6

Lexile

680L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

11

JLG Release

Aug 2015

Book Genres


Topics

Spirits. Magic. Haitian folktales. Horror stories. Caribbean area.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

A middle grade twist on a traditional Haitian folktale. Corinne and her father don’t believe in jumbies, malevolent creatures that come out of the island’s dark woods to prey on people. Then one day a strangely beautiful lady named Severine walks into Corinne’s house and takes over, her Papa begins acting weird, and evil creatures attack the village. Corinne and her friends approach the white witch for help but she can’t assist because it would affect the ancient balance between creatures and humans. However, the white witch does tell Corinne that she has a special power that can help. Readers will find Corinne engaging and her determination authentic. Corinne’s friends, Dru, Bouki, and Malik are also fully formed and believable characters whose loyalty and bravery help save the day. Even the evil Severine is drawn well enough to evoke empathy in readers. The story builds nicely to the inevitable confrontation between Corinne and Severine. Though the denouement seems a little too good to be true, the themes of fairness, justice, and retribution meld into a better than average evil witch story. VERDICT This is a well written tale full of action with enough scary elements to satisfy fans of Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm (Penguin, 2010) or Laura Amy Schlitz’s Splendors and Glooms (Candlewick, 2012).—Gretchen Crowley, Alexandria City Public Libraries, VA

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School Library Journal

A middle grade twist on a traditional Haitian folktale. Corinne and her father don’t believe in jumbies, malevolent creatures that come out of the island’s dark woods to prey on people. Then one day a strangely beautiful lady named Severine walks into Corinne’s house and takes over, her Papa begins acting weird, and evil creatures attack the village. Corinne and her friends approach the white witch for help but she can’t assist because it would affect the ancient balance between creatures and humans. However, the white witch does tell Corinne that she has a special power that can help. Readers will find Corinne engaging and her determination authentic. Corinne’s friends, Dru, Bouki, and Malik are also fully formed and believable characters whose loyalty and bravery help save the day. Even the evil Severine is drawn well enough to evoke empathy in readers. The story builds nicely to the inevitable confrontation between Corinne and Severine. Though the denouement seems a little too good to be true, the themes of fairness, justice, and retribution meld into a better than average evil witch story. VERDICT This is a well written tale full of action with enough scary elements to satisfy fans of Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm (Penguin, 2010) or Laura Amy Schlitz’s Splendors and Glooms (Candlewick, 2012).—Gretchen Crowley, Alexandria City Public Libraries, VA

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