November 21, 2017

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Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste | SLJ Review

BAPTISTE, Tracey. Rise of the Jumbies. 272p. Algonquin. Sept. 2017. Tr $16,95. ISBN 9781616206659.

Gr 4-6 –This sequel to The Jumbies, a dark fairy tale woven from elements of traditional Caribbean folklore, does not disappoint. Shunned by most of the town on her small island for her recently revealed part-jumbie heritage, Corinne is lonely and yet still wants to help when several children are lost after a tidal wave. After discovering that these are not the first kids to go missing near water, Corinne […]

44 Terrific Titles | August 2017

August’s stars feature Molly Idle’s “Flora” adventures, an illustrated biography of the legendary Arturo Schomburg, and audiobooks of two popular YA titles.

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Tracey Baptiste on Writing, Trinidadian Folklore, and Scary Stories | Under the Covers

Librarian Karen Yingling talks with Tracey Baptiste about her novel, The Jumbies, and the need for diverse representations in middle grade fiction.

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste | SLJ Review

BAPTISTE, Tracey. The Jumbies. 240p. Algonquin. Apr. 2015. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781616204143.

Gr 3-5 –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 […]