the jumbies

A spine-tingling tale rooted in Caribbean folklore that will have readers holding their breath as they fly through its pages.

Corinne La Mer isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They’re 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 couldn’t 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 Corinne’s house, cooking dinner for Corinne’s 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 Severine’s 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 didn’t 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.

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a nice easy to read children’s story. I think that it could have flowed a little better and the characters could have had more depth but other than that I really enjoyed it.

The story was exciting and is the kind that would be loved by children of all ages. I loved hoe Corrine was nice to animals (except scorpions) and she showed the same kindness to people. She wasn’t scared of stories that every one told her, she was practical and a great main character to read about.

The setting wash lush and exotic, I want to dive right in. I think it’s a great testament to the author when a reader wants to visit the setting and can imagine it clearly in their head.

It was good to see strong supportive adults who looked after the children even if they didn’t help them in their adventure.

3 out of 5 stars