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The Jumbies

The Jumbies

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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Eleven-year-old Corinne must call on her courage and an ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616204143
Characteristics: 234 pages ; 22 cm.


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A great creepy fairytale in a Caribbean setting - and the start to an excellent trilogy!

Hillsboro_RobP Jul 27, 2020

A surreal and creepy Haitian fairy tale with an army of monstrous creatures.

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Hillsboro_Kids Jun 24, 2020

A creepy fairy tale using Caribbean folklore, this is a great trilogy!

Recommended for a fan of Percy Jackson and other series by Rick Riordan

"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 fo... Read More »

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Apr 27, 2021

Corinne and her father live on the edge of the forest. Most of the rest of the villagers on their tiny Caribbean island fear the forest for its jumbies, a type of spirit that looks almost human but isn't quite and is believed to trick and lure people to their deaths.

She's never been particularly scared of the jumbies, until one comes out and sets her sights on her widower father.

With a jumbie in her kitchen, controlling her father, she's helpless until she can learn more about her deceased mother's jumbie heritage. She must tap into her mother's magic in the seeds of an orange tree planted outside their house to defeat her mother's sister and restore balance to the jumbies and people living on the island.

This was an interesting, if super-short, middle grade fantasy. There are two other books in the series, as well.

Dec 22, 2020


Hillsboro_RobP Jul 27, 2020

A surreal and creepy Haitian fairy tale with an army of monstrous creatures.

Feb 08, 2019

I really enjoyed this book! The folklore, originating from the Caribbean, wasn't one that I was familiar with so I really enjoyed being introduced to a new sort of fairytale. The main character was brave and cool, her friends all had distinct personalities.

Tracey Baptiste’s The Jumbies is middle grade fantasy. Corinne was taught by her father not to be afraid of the stories of monsters and strangeness in the woods, but while racing through the forest to save her mother’s locket she catches the attention of an old spirit. When the strangeness starts coming out of the woods, she must call upon the all her strengths as well as those of her friends to save herself and her village. A thrilling tale, the Jumbies is based on the classic Haitian folktale: the Magic Orange Tree. (Submitted by Meghan W).

Oct 29, 2018

To be fair, this is a YA book, so the plot and descriptions are for a younger audience than me. However, I found the book tedious at times.

Still, if your young person is into zombies and other such creatures, this would be a good story.

ArapahoeStaff1 Aug 14, 2017

This was a great spooky tween read full of mysterious creatures, strong female characters, and the hunt to take down the Jumbies and save the village! If you like a little spooky, but not enough to keep you up at night worrying, this is a great choice!

JCLChrisK Jun 22, 2016

A chiller based on Caribbean folklore steeped in the atmosphere of the setting. The roles are familiar--gutsy heroine, evil stepmother, magic pendant, dark and dangerous forest, faithful friends, largely irrelevant adults, an ambiguous witch--yet they take on new meaning and resonance due to their cultural forms. Entertaining and effective.

JCLKatieS Feb 10, 2016

Corinne is a very brave girl who has to save her father from an evil spirit after she caught it's attention one day in the forest. She learns about herself, her family and what true friends really are in this fun story based on Caribbean folklore.

DPLchandra Aug 08, 2015

A wonderfully creepy tale set in Trinidad. The author grew up in Trinidad and her love for the island shows through. Most readers will not be familiar with Caribbean folklore, and that makes this story all the more exciting.

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Dec 22, 2020

black_rabbit_401 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Oct 29, 2018

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ArapahoeNatalia Mar 03, 2021

Children, children, stand on guard.
No one enters through our yard.
Sharpen claws and sticks and stones.
Tonight we shall retake our home.

ArapahoeNatalia Mar 03, 2021

My mother tells me all the time that if you don't trouble trouble, then trouble won't trouble you.

ArapahoeNatalia Mar 03, 2021

How would you like it if someone moved in, shoved you and your family into the deepest pockets of the island, and refused to leave for a couple hundred years?


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