Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
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.
Rise of the Jumbies an adventure fairy tale is a follow up to one the first book The Jumbies. Magic, mermaids and a brief history lesson all encompass this amazing book. This book is based on Caribbean folklore, while the first Haitian. I thoroughly enjoyed this plotline, and 15 pages in, pulled my 9-year-old to my side and read aloud with him. We spent 3 nights reading the story and he really enjoyed it. We will be reading The Jumbies very soon.
Baptiste does an amazing job at setting the scene, through descriptive writing and fantastic language. Coupled with lovable characters and an easy to follow, adventure-packed storyline, Rise of the Jumbies is a perfect book for those with children looking to expand their in-home library with culturally diverse characters. If you have middle grades readers struggling to find something enjoyable, then this is the book you want them to read.
Rise of the Jumbies is an amazing book, as an adult I found myself wanting more. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more.
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