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From debut writer Eden Royce comes a wondrous historical ghost story set in South Carolina in the 1960s—an unforgettable tale of courage, friendship, and Black Girl Magic.

It’s 1963, and things are changing for Jezebel Turner. Her beloved grandmother has just passed away. The local police deputy won’t stop harassing her family. With school integration arriving in South Caro
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 5th 2021 by Walden Pond Press
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Justina Ireland
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent fun! I highly recommend. Bonus for a sensitive depiction of Gullah Geechee culture. Loved it.
Ms. Yingling
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
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Twins Jezebel and Jay are twins living in South Carolina in the early 1960s. Their grandmother has just passed away, and they are being raised by their mother, since their father left the family when they were younger. Their Uncle Doc lives very close, and offers to teach them root magic, so that they can help protect the family since their grandmother is gone. Jez is a bit apprehensive about it at first, although she was interested in learning magic. She and her
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Ellie M
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Jezebel Turner is regretting her decision to skip a grade and start middle school a year before her twin brother, Jay. While she does have one friend, Susie, the rest of her class makes fun of her and avoids her because her family does rootwork. She really isn't scary, so why should everyone be so afraid of something they don't understand?
When they turn eleven, the twins' uncle begins teaching them how to do their own root magic. Soon, Jezebel notices her late grandmother's doll moving and acti
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Kat
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Thanks to NetGalley for the eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

It's 1963, and everything is changing for Jezebel Turner. Her grandmother has just died, she's skipped to sixth grade and is about to be in a new school with all new kids, and she and her twin brother have been drifting apart lately. Not to mention, the local police officer who just won't stop harassing Jez and her family, because they do root magic - which, now that she is old enough, she and her twin brother get t
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Soup
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A unique & dark adventure/coming of age story set in a 1963 Gullah Geechee community. Following the death of their grandmother, twins Jezebel and Jay are inducted into the family tradition of root work. Particularly adept at the magic, Jezebel quickly becomes embroiled in a number of adventures with haints, boo hags, and the lost spirits of the dead while simultaneously struggling with the dual changes of school integration and being promoted to a grade level above her twin. The theme of racism ...more
Amy Nicole
Oct 29, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley
I read about 45% of this book, but I am stopping there. I loved the Gullah representation; I grew up watching Gullah Gullah island. I thought this would be a fun fantasy book that incorporated some cultural elements. However, the presentation of 'root work' and conjuring is a bit too "real" for my tastes. I got to the scene where the bat's blood was being collected, and it seems like too much for kids to be exposed to animal sacrifice and blood letting. That crosses a line for me whether I'm bei ...more
Terry Jennings
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Root Magic Is a story of Jezebel, a young Gullah girl who grows into the legacy from her ancestors-- her rootworker heritage. She is an eleven-year-old from a family of rootworkers, who use their connection to the the earth and the spirit world to make their life, and that of others, better. More than once, Jez has to make difficult decisions—decisions to act in a way counter to how she knows she should behave. But she follows her heart, or her intuition, or the knowledge she has garnered as a d ...more
Lisa
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book. It managed to capture the time period and aspects of the civil rights movement, the history and culture of the Gullah people, as well as make it relatable to middle schoolers by incorporating a wonderful main character in Jezebel, an African American child growing up in Louisiana. I loved the fantasy aspect and feel it will really appeal to a lot of middle school kids - I'll definitely be using it for my classroom. I appreciate it's honesty in portraying the r ...more
Dr G
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A unique ghost story with local folklore and traditions abound. This is a fun and interesting book for young adults that will get their imaginations twirling.
Lauren
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book was lovely - I loved the characters, the plot, the themes and topics the author touches on. It was just a wonderful, magical story about growing up and learning how the world works.
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Eden Royce is a Freshwater Geechee from Charleston, South Carolina, now living in England.

She's the recipient of the Speculative Literature Foundation's Diverse Worlds grant for her stories featuring Gullah-Geechee people, traditions, and folklore.

When she's not writing, she's probably roller-skating, watching quiz shows, or perfecting her signature dish for Masterchef. Sometimes all at once.

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