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The Jumbies
The Jumbies: Free Preview - The First 9 Chapters plus Bonus Material | Tracey Baptiste
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SPECIAL PREVIEW! A spine-tingling tale rooted in Caribbean folklore that will have readers holding their breath as they fly through its pages. Corinne La Mer isnt afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. Theyre just tricksters parents make up to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest. Those shining yellow eyes that followed her to the edge of the trees, they couldnt belong to a jumbie. Or could they? When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger speaking to the town witch at the market the next day, she knows something unexpected is about to happen. And when this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinnes house, cooking dinner for Corinnes father, Corinne is sure that danger is in the air. She soon finds out that bewitching her father, Pierre, is only the first step in Severines plan to claim the entire island for the jumbies. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and learn to use ancient magic she didnt know she possessed to stop Severine and save her island home. With its able and gutsy heroine, lyrical narration, and inventive twist on the classic Haitian folktale The Magic Orange Tree, The Jumbies will be a favorite of fans of Breadcrumbs, A Tale Dark and Grimm, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
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Kaylamburson
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The Jumbies is the perfect MG October read! Based on Carribean folklore, jumbies are types of malevolent creatures that come out at night to kill humans. There's a war going on between jumbies and humans, and although this is a creepy read, it's also a story of friendship, family, acceptance, and love. There's lots of action, so perfect for reluctant readers.

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TheReadingMermaid
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Despite its fantastical premise the message is classic... love conquers all! ❤️ Beautiful book!
This is a book that I would recommend to children of all ages!

Please read my full review here:
https://thereadingmermaidsreviews.weebly.com/book-reviews/the-jumbies-by-tracey-...

Or you can watch my review here:
https://youtu.be/H_4DRXpRPus

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TheReadingMermaid
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Review video for the week is up:

https://youtu.be/H_4DRXpRPus 😊

Soubhiville Those both look fun and creepy! 3mo
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swynn
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It's a middle-grades novel based on a Caribbean folk tale about a girl who goes into the forest and catches the attention of something that has lived there a very long time .... Fun, fresh, and the right sort of spooky for its audience. I'll read the next.

The author was a guest earlier this month at my employer's Children's Literature Festival. I didn't catch her presentation but heard enthusiastic reports that she is an excellent storyteller.

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Snoteleks
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Although I feel there were parts it could‘ve been written a bit better, this was an enjoyable book. I love the idea of more fairytales surrounding other parts of the world. Overall a very good read and perfect for children

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3and13
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#booktober day 9:favourite mg series. The Jumbies and Rise Of the Jumbies are such exciting books with realistic characters who handle their situation in a way that‘s believable (despite the fact they are taking on Jumbies!) My 8yr old kid loves it‘s do I! #mgbooktober

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MandaMT
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This was a fun middle grade read! Would be perfect addition for a unit on folklore. I‘m excited to read the sequel.

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MandaMT
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Love this!

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riversong153
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I clocked in a total of 4 hours and 14 mins for #24in48. Wish I could‘ve read more but I did manage to finish a book and a half. This middle grade novel was scary but fun in every way. Really glad to have met this author and hear her speak this year. POC fairytales are a thing! And I love it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

RebL #24in48 is hard! Congratulations on your time and finishing your book. 1y
riversong153 @RebL thanks!! 1y
kgriffith Have you read any Anna-Marie McLemore? She writes queer Latinx magical realism, so so good 😍 1y
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riversong153 @kgriffith I haven‘t but I will have to check it out! I‘m really loving these diverse voices writing in magical realism! 1y
kgriffith @riversong153 Same! So many POC getting platforms they never have before, such a long time coming. And selfishly I love it bc I actually find out about their books without as much digging. I love folklore-based and fairy tale/fantasy stories from around the world 🤓😍 1y
Reggie Still a great job!!! Any reading time is great!! 1y
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riversong153
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This is my stack for #24in48 ... it‘s rather small but I don‘t know how much time I‘ll have to read. I may not make the full 24 because of a certain 9 year old, but I‘m excited to try!

tammysue Nice stack! 😍 1y
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KaraDunn
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I love fairy tale retellings, and this spooky middle reader based on Caribbean fairy tales was edpecially fun because I genuinely didn‘t know what would happen next.

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Chelsibno
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I really enjoyed this middle grade novel focusing on creatures from Caribbean folklore. The characters were interesting, and the story was well written and had amazing pacing. I can‘t wait to read the sequel!

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Amie
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Letter J #litsyatoz

A slightly scary kids book to finish off October!

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RanaElizabeth
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Looking for a sweet but spooky fairy tale? How about one set on an island and with creatures from Trinidadian folktales? Middle-grade but definitely not middle of the road boring.

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RanaElizabeth
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Box opening from AfroFuture Books! SF&F from black authors, this is shaping up to be an excellent subscription. Plus, man. Anybody sending me caramel apple candy is gonna be on my good side.

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absolutebookish
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Finished Walk on Earth yesterday & loved it! Will definitely continue the series!
So I decided to start reading The Jumbies! I had to...I've been neglecting my #MGlit. Gotta mix it up. Don't want to suffer "mal-LIT-trition". ? No? Too much? Sorry. ?
Well, let's just say that so far I'm LOVING THIS BOOK! I ? Corinne, our brave & bold MC. The setting, a beautiful Caribbean island. And our Jumbie, so cunning & elusive. Can't wait to find out more.

WhatDeeReads So. Good! And there‘s a sequel. 2y
absolutebookish @WhatDeeReads 💙💙💙 That's actually what encouraged me to read this book. And I'm looking forward to it already! 😄 2y
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Iceangel9
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Absolutely charming for younger readers.

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Liberty
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More evening reading. ❤️📚🤘🏻#catsoflitsy

BookBabe 😻 3y
Curley_Bender The Jumbies is great! 3y
Dolly ❤️😻 3y
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MrBook 😻😻😻 3y
AccioAlltheBooks I really enjoyed The Jumbies! Yay for middle grade novels with strong female protagonists! 3y
keithmalek Beautiful kitty! I have a Siamese. 3y
minkyb Love the title! 3y
MujerPerdida Cats and books. Two of my favourite things! 3y
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AccioAlltheBooks
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This must be what heaven is like: Indian food, Girl Scout cookies, and a fun middle grade novel to pass the evening. Baptiste's novel is inspired by the Haitian folktale "The Magic Orange Tree." This is just the sort of book my budding horror fiction fangirl 9-year-old self would've devoured. So pleased that the female protagonist, Corinne, is a strong, smart, and brave character. I recommend for the Rebel Girl (or Boy) in your life! #litsyatoz

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AmandaFields
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An excellent, spooky fairy tale retelling from the Caribbean with a courageous and clever young girl as the protagonist. I'm suggesting this to middle grade readers looking for a longer chapter book that's like Goosebumps or American Chillers.

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HighShelfEsteem
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Starting my Month of spooky reads with The Jumbies. I love October! 👻

Gissy Me too! 3y
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Curley_Bender
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This book is so much fun--a creepy Caribbean folktale full of bizarre creatures. I am now compelled to re-watch one of my favorite movies, "I Walked With A Zombie"--which is essentially a retelling of "Jane Eyre" with Haitian voodoo.

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Curley_Bender
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Third reading location of the day--time to ease up a bit and coast into the evening. Should have this one finished before the glass runs dry.
#readathon #24in48

WordWaller Yummmm. If I wasn't sick, I'd be devouring the Strongbow my husband brought home. It'll have to wait until tomorrow! 3y
MrBook That's how I gauge my progress 😎👍🏻. 3y
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Curley_Bender
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Off to a late start, but with a vengeance! First up is "The Jumbies"--will go nicely with coffee and the first of many snacks to come, scratch blueberry muffins. Snacks will be secured throughout the day, as I bounce from station to station!
#24in48 #readathon

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Curley_Bender
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Haven't read any J-fiction in 2016, so I'm using @24in48 as an excuse to plow through my Youth Librarian's SRP book talk recommendations. I am particularly excited for "The Jumbies", a Haitian horror tale.

ASimilarKite Such an excellent pile of books! 3y
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AnnaKStevens
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Summer reading stack shaping up nicely.

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WhatDeeReads
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Middle grade novel based on Haitian folklore. Rings my bells. I enjoyed it very much. Made me miss my time in the Caribbean, especially since summer has not found Chicago, yet.

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ASimilarKite
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Currently reading! Middle grade creepiness set in the Caribbean!