Rise of the Jumbies
Based on Caribbean and West African mythology, these stories combine fantasy with myths. Honestly, it isn’t a series that I would have intentionally picked up to read, but I received a pre-release copy for review.
I found the book interesting. I also enjoy reading books about local folklore and other unexplained happenings. This book was also read with one of the little ones. I think taking the time to explain the background on folklore and myths goes a long way in the enjoyment of the story for younger readers.
The characters are well developed and the story line is easy to follow. Although this is a sequel, this book can stand alone.
Corinne LaMer defeated the wicked jumbie Severine months ago, but things haven’t exactly gone back to normal in her Caribbean island home. Everyone knows Corinne is half-jumbie, and many of her neighbors treat her with mistrust. When local children begin to go missing, snatched from the beach and vanishing into wells, suspicious eyes turn to Corinne.
To rescue the missing children and clear her own name, Corinne goes deep into the ocean to find Mama D’Leau, the dangerous jumbie who rules the sea. But Mama D’Leau’s help comes with a price. Corinne and her friends Dru, Bouki, and Malik must travel with mermaids across the ocean to the shores of Ghana to fetch a powerful object for Mama D’Leau. The only thing more perilous than Corinne’s adventures across the sea is the foe that waits for her back home.
With its action-packed storytelling, diverse characters, and inventive twists on Caribbean and West African mythology and fairy tales, Rise of the Jumbies will appeal to readers of A Snicker of Magic, A Tale Dark and Grimm, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: The Jumbies
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (September 19, 2017)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
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. For more information on this series and other writings by Tracey Baptiste, visit her website. Also connect with her on Twitter.
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