Rise of the Jumbies
by Tracey Baptiste
Algonquin Young Readers, 2017
Rise of the Jumbies is the second book in a new fantasy series,uniquely set within the culture of the Caribbean islands. It introduces the reader to the rich and sometimes frightening folk tales of the Caribbean islands and Africa.
"There are more children missing," Mrs. Ramdeen said. "Three of them, all of them lost by water. The sea, the river, and now the well." Her voice carried over the sounds of the market. People dropped the produce they were buying to watch and listen. Mrs. Chow tried unsuccessfully to hold back a sob.Through the adventures of Corinne, the series' spunky protagonist who is half jumbie herself, the reader will meet the wily head of the mermaids, Mama D'Leau, and many more magical beings. Some may be helpful if one is careful, like the land-loving, Papa Bois and the local white witch. Some will cause only evil.
"Children fall into danger all the time," the witch said. "Especially by the water."
"But three in less than a day?" Mrs. Ramdeen asked.
"Coincidence," the witch said, shrugging. She looked pointedly at Corinne and pursed her lips as if she was waiting for something.
Corinne swallowed. "Could it be a jumbie?"
Corinne and her friends travel with mermaids to Africa to unravel mysteries that may free the children of her village who have been trapped under the sea. They will meet danger and deception at every turn.
I suggest starting with the first book in the series, The Jumbies, to better familiarize yourself with the culture and the large cast of characters.
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Watch the trailer for the first book in the series, The Jumbies.
My copy of Rise of the Jumbies was provided by the publisher at my request.