Legend has it that deep within the dark woods on the island lives mysterious creatures known as The Jumbies. They are a terrifying evil that lurk among the trees waiting to seize anyone who ventures into their territory. Or so legend has it.

But Corrine is no ordinary girl. She doesn’t believe in such fairy tales. Soon, she will discover that the stories are true. And the jumbies are real. Before she knows it, Corrine and her family are in terrible danger.

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

The Jumbies

Author: Tracey Baptiste

Age Range: 9 – 12

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Paperback: 240 pages

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook


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Corrine is a typical tom-boy raised by her widowed father on an island in the Caribbean. He is a fisherman and spends most of his time working as sea. So that gives plenty of time for Corrine to roam the island on her own.

They live together in a small house by the shore, on the edge of a forbidden forest. No one goes in for fear of the jumbies. But Corrine and her father don’t believe in such rumors. He always told her the forest is dangerous because of wild animals. So she wasn’t instilled with the fear of most of the people on the island.

That is why she was so brave and foolish to run into it chasing after an agouti that two boys had tied her mother’s necklace to. Corrine was not about to lose the precious necklace, one of the few things she has left of her dead mother. She soon discovers that the woods are scarier than she imagined. The hairs on the back of her neck stand up and she senses danger. Then she spots a pair of glowing yellow eyes in the darkness of the woods. Could it be the jumbies?

Luckily, she races through the mahogany forest and gets home safely. But something follows her back. The next day a mysterious, beautiful woman known as Severine appears in the village market. Corrine is there selling the infamous oranges that she grows. Gossip erupts across the market as the woman approaches the white witch on the edge of the market. Even Corrine is curious.

Later, Corrine returns home to find Severine in her home with her father, cooking dinner. Something is off and Corrine knowns it. Before she knows it, the woman is always there, following her father around like a lost puppy. Then Corrine discovers that Severine is no ordinary woman. She is a jumbie. She has cast a spell on her father and is determine to turn him, Corrine, and the whole island into jumbies.

What can a young girl do against a powerful, magical jumbie? What would you do?

Teaming up with a friend who knows a lot about the legend of the jumbies and two homeless, orphan brothers, they seek the advice and help of the white witch and form a plan to fight back, save her father and the island from the wicked Severine.

The Jumbies is a fascinating, heart-pounding read that will keep you are the edge of your seat. It is perfect for young readers looking a spine-tingling adventure that is close to home.

If you’re looking for a new, fun series to devour, give The Jumbies a try. You will be glad you did!