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The Jumbies

(The Jumbies #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,511 ratings  ·  533 reviews
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
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Fun little folktale based upon the Haitian story "The Magic Orange Tree."
Corinne is not afraid of much. After two of the village boys tie her dead mom's necklace around a agouti and it heads off into the woods she thinks nothing of chasing it down. Even if that forest is forbidden, the tales of the Jumbies have never bothered her. It's a story that adults made up to make the children behave. Isn't it?

She sees the yellow glowing eyes watching her from the forest but shakes it off as her imaginati
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Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing storytelling...
Corinne is a skeptical little girl who does not believe in the magical beings that inhabit the island along with her and her village people. But when they become larger than life itself, it becomes difficult for Corrine to deny the fact of their existence.
Masterfully written, this Haitian fairytale comes to life in vivid color as the author takes you on a well detailed journey of love and discovery. Very well put together and thought out this book is both easy to follow an
Read for my 2018 women of speculative fiction challenge.
The spookening season begins 🎃🎃🎃🎃

“A seed is a promise, Corinne, a guarantee. Plant it and watch it grow.”

So What’s It About?

Corinne La Mer lives with her beloved father, growing oranges for a living on their island home. Of course she has heard stories of the monstrous jumbies that lurk in the forgotten places of the island, but she believes they are just stories made up to frighten children. But when a beautiful stranger shows up in the ma
Rebecca McNutt
This is probably the first Haitian-based fantasy novel I've ever read, and it was an excellently-written story with a down-to-earth quality about it, but lots of resourcefulness and magic at the same time. Corinne, the main character, uses her own wit, craftiness and newfound magical talents to outsmart a powerful trickster, helping her family and her whole island in the process. While primarily a fantasy novel in a folktale style, The Jumbies also has an eerie supernatural quality to it that re ...more
“All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” So sayeth Leo Tolstoy (at least in theory). Regardless of whether or not it’s actually true, it is fun to slot books into the different categories. And if I were to take Tracey Baptiste’s middle grade novel The Jumbies with the intention of designating it one type of story or another, I think I’d have to go with the latter definition. A stranger comes to town. Not quite true though, is it? For you ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
#RWLChallenge: A book inspired by Caribbean folklore (own voices)

This book is a great (literary) palette cleanser. It is definitely age appropriate but is still worth reading at any age. I love the way Baptiste writes action sequences. I removed one star for small things that irritated me, like the constant use of "brother."

I look forward to reading the sequel, and I do hope she makes it into a trilogy. I am truly excited to see Caribbean folklore so well done. I wish I had these stories when I
*NetGalley book review*

Great Caribbean folklore story with a lot of twists and a not too spooky. Very well written characters that grow through out the story. I enjoyed this fast read very much.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Does anyone else crave oranges after reading this book? LOL! This is a great story, and I think kids will love it! While it deals with some creepy/scary things, I don't feel that it is full horror. It reads more fantasy/folklore to me. I loved the kids, I loved the creatures, I loved the little songs, and that ending!!!!! The way the ending plays out is so cool...super cool!!! I love that we get little snippets of what everyone is doing...oh, the goosebumps!!! It needs to be a movie!!! I can't w ...more
Skye Kilaen
I don’t know if anybody following me on GR needs upper elementary / middle grade audiobook recs, but this was SO good on audio. Inspired by Carribean folklore, girl MC, magic and danger. My son was 8 or 9 when we listened to it; he and I both enjoyed it a lot.
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great Caribbean middle grade fantasy novel. I didn't think it was particularly scary, despite the horror label. The audiobook is wonderful - I believe Robin Miles is the narrator, and she does a fantastic job of bringing the story and characters to life!
The Jumbies is a unique take on an old folktale. It's beautifully written and although it’s intended for younger readers it held my attention throughout the entire book. I love the main character Corinne and her friends. Especially the two brothers, Malik and Bouki. I could totally see my twelve year old niece reading and enjoying this book as much as I did.

Side note: I craved oranges the whole time I was reading.

*Received an ARC through Goodreads*
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Creepy story with a great atmosphere and wonderfully described creatures from the forbidden forest. In addition, there is a lot to be said about being friends with people who are unlike you. I loved, in particular, how original this story felt to someone who has grown up in the tradition of European fairytales, rather than folktales of the Caribbean and that there was not only a diverse cast of characters, but that the book cover reflected that as well.
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Ah this was so cute! I'm so happy I picked this one up on a whim off of Bookoutlet.

Ms. Yingling
Mar 25, 2015 rated it liked it
ARC from Baker and Taylor
Corinne is happy living with her father in a house very close to the woods on an island near Haiti. She misses her mother, but sells oranges in the market and has some good friends. When the evil Severine shows up, things start getting very strange. Not only does Severine put Corinne's father under a spell, she tells Corinne that her mother was Severine's sister, which makes Corinne half Jumbie. Some Jumbies are nice, but Severine and many of the other magical creatures
Constance Burris

It was okay. It needed to be a bit more polished. especially The side characters and their relationship with the main character.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So wonderful. What a middle-grade should be, sweet and adventurous. Definitely going to keep reading this author and already put the sequel on hold.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
STOPPPPP wait why did I love this so much?!
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a great, modern folktale story. The characters were all pretty well developed, the main character had grown by the end of the book and the setting was lushly described. The jumbies were spooky enough to give me a nightmare, not too scary, but I could tell it was inspired by the book.

The plant magic was great. I really wanted to try one of those oranges, I have to say! The friendship in the story was natural and the ending for the brothers was sweet. There were a couple of harsh parts, o
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: r4r-and-arc
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
Vikki VanSickle
This dark fantasy novel set in the caribbean will delight readers who enjoy their stories dark and magical. Baptiste's island setting is vivid and a breath of fresh air in the often too-familiar worlds of middle grade fantasy (vaguely medieval, magic schools, dragons). Corinne is a formidable but relatable protagonist and her band of unlikely heroes battle great stakes. The biggest villain is the woman in green, who has ensnared Corinne's single father and is intent of taking Corinne (and the is ...more
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided through NetGalley.

A wonderful book! Baptiste explains in her afterword that she grew up on European fairy-tale literature, and this book is an attempt to do the same for the Caribbean fairy tales of her childhood in Trinidad. It's a great story, spooky and exciting and moving by turns, with a terrific heroine in Corinne and a marvelous decolonial, pro-environment message. Loved it.
I really enjoyed this adventure that featured jumbies. I hadn't heard of them before and loved getting a glimpse into this wonderfully creepy tale.

Corinne is the kind of person I would have wanted to be friends with as a child. She is scared, but does what needs to be done anyway.

I hope to see more from Tracey Baptiste and can't wait to share this with my students.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it

An easy read for older kids or younger teens. It’s a fantasy story about how people can work together to conquer evil spirits
Sinead Anja (Huntress of Diverse Books)
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I’d been meaning to read more middlegrade fiction, and I was in the mood for something about the main character finding out they had magic, so I decided to read The Jumbies.

This book is #ownvoices for Caribbean representation.


It’s such a creepy story. I had shivers while reading it. It was also a very emotional story, as Corinne was still dealing with grief and trying to find her own place in the world. The pacing is quite fa
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-tbr
"I think you like to look for dangerous things."

I was looking for books to read for Women in Horror Month and Black History Month (both in February), and I came across The Jumbies series. I don't read a ton of middle grade books, so I wasn't entirely sure how this was going to go. I decided to take a chance on it, and I'm so glad I did!

The Jumbies is set on a Carribbean island, and the story is rooted in Carribbean folklore. This was not something I had been exposed to before, so I loved diggin
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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Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A captivating and an enjoying read about Caribbean folklore. It was a super quick and easy read, but it was a little repetitive.
Rowan MacBean
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya-mg-na-kids
I received THE JUMBIES as an ARC through

Full disclosure: The reason I requested this book from NetGalley was because the cover art appealed to me so strongly. I didn't really look into what it was about or who wrote it until after my request had been accepted.

THE JUMBIES is founded on a particular Haitian folktale and various Caribbean lore, twisted together and built into its very own--pardon the pun--monster. The author, Tracey Baptiste, is a woman of color, born and raised on
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I want to go back to school to study this in the context of Caribbean folklore and I want it to be a movie and I want to fan cast it at book club.
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