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The Jumbies

(The Jumbies #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,621 ratings  ·  735 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
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of genuinely creepy kidlit with a classic fairy tale vibe
Recommended to jade by: Shannon { Magical Wonder of Books }
“a seed is a promise, corinne, a guarantee. plant it and watch it grow.”

partially based on the haitian fairy tale the magic orange tree, this book tells the story of a young girl finding her magic, discovering her heritage, and fighting back against evil with her newfound friends.

this book is so imaginative.

i was completely absorbed in the setting and all these incredibly cool mythological creatures -- the titular jumbies -- from haitian folklore. even though baptiste keeps her prose
✨Bean's Books✨
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
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 market one day, she will be forced to rethink her assumpti
3.5 Stars

This was a great start to a middle grade series. The Jumbies focuses on the experiences of a young girl by the name of Corrine who lives with her father. Corrine is known for growing the best oranges on the island. While at the market she encounters a woman by the name of Severine who ends up "bewitching" her father. Although she doesn't believe in the legends of the Jumbies, Corrine must start to consider their existence in order to save her father.

There were a few things that I reall
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review in my video:
Timestamps for titles in description!
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
“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
I hope this is the kind of book that will make your eyebrows shoot up wen you hear a noise at night. Well author Tracey Baptiste, that is exactly what happened after I finished reading this book- I was on edge the entire night.

WARNING: If you are a fraidy cat like me, do not read this book at night.

I have always said that Trini Folklore slaps differently and in reading this book I was sufficiently reminded of this. In reading this book I thought, “this cannot be a book for children because…”
*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.
The is a middle grade horror fantasy, and this is the first book in the Jumbies series. There are some scary parts of this book, and it would make a great read around halloween. I love some parts of this book, but there are parts that I just did not understand. I liked the characters. (*)
“This time, I didn’t trouble trouble. Trouble came troubling me. And I intend to do something about it.”

This one joins the ranks of books that didn't quite work for me, but that I'd still readily recommend to people interested in these genres.

Although, I mean, it's not that it didn't work for me. A lot of things about this certainly seem as if it's catered to me. It's a children's/middle-grade fantasy/folklore book that draws onCaribbean history and mythology. When I saw that the author is a
Rachel (Kalanadi)
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! ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-author
A cute read with some heart.
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*
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
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
Tracey Baptiste's The Jumbies is a middlegrade horror novel full of Trinidadian folklore. The history of the island is rich and deep and wonderfully explored in our main character, Corinne.

I knew this book would have spooky elements to it, but was pleasantly surprised at the tension Baptiste was able to create. There was true suspense that even gave me, an adult, the creeps!

I was so impressed with the integration of Trinidadian folklore. I had recently read Lynn Joseph's two folktale collections
Stephanie Gillespie
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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One of my favorite parts of the book was Corinne’s friendship with her friends. Dru is shy and timid but hen she meets Corrine she starts to come out of her shell. Malik and Bouki, were a comic relief but also so much more. I loved the relationship Corrine had with her father.

The chapters are usually short, and with all the action, the jumbies reads quickly. The tone of the story sets it up perfectly for a spooky fall read.
Ms. Woc Reader
I loved how the author took old West Indian stories and wove them together for this tale. The book has some eerie moments involving the forest and the jumbies that dwell in it. Corrine, our brave little hero and her crew must fight to save the island from the evil Severine. Beautiful and mysterious newcomer to town Severine has the entire village mystified but especially Corinne's papa. Corinne must battle Severine and her jumbie army to defend her home and save her papa and while doing so disco ...more
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.
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.
Dee Dee G
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good and a little tense. Best suited for middle school readers.
(Ellie) ReadtoRamble
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Jumbies is such a unique, special book, I was drawn into it immediately. We first meet our main character, Corinne, when she goes to her mother's grave with her father. I think it's really important for middle grade to have this theme added because a lot of children grow up with only one parent (because of divorce, death, never knowing them, etc) and instead of it being glossed over, here it was spoken about, and it makes it a bit less uncomfortable to read about, especially if you have lost ...more
Simoné Eloff
Two stars is a harsh review from me, and I can't bring myself to give a well-meaning book like this such a low rating, but three stars also feels too high. Let's call it a sympathetic 3-star rating, rather than my usual "this was perfectly fine" 3-star rating. Trust me, no one is as disappointed as me.

The interesting and new-to-me folklore in this book was its biggest redeeming factor. I'm definitely reading up on jumbies and Caribbean folklore in general after this. Unfortunately though, the wr
***4 STARS!***

Now that was good! I think this would be a perfect October read. I really enjoyed how spooky and dark this was while also still playing with fantastical elements, it worked perfectly. To be honest I don't understand the need for two more sequels and I don't think I'll be picking those up because this ended like a standalone and I like it that way. I'd highly recommend this if you're looking for something dark, creepy, and full of adventure. - R.
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