The Jumbies

The Jumbies

Book - 2015
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Eleven-year-old Corinne must call on her courage and an ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616204143
Branch Call Number: Bap
Characteristics: 234 pages ; 22 cm


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Corinne doesn't believe in monsters - but that doesn't stop them from coming out of the forest...

Folktales, Fairy Tales, & Legends

Corinne le Mar isn't afraid of anything, and it may be that only her bravery can save her island from the Jumbies. Tracey Baptiste brings Caribbean folktales to life in this delightfully creepy novel.

Almost everyone on the island believes jumbies - spirits, monsters that live in the woods and want to trap unwary children. Everyone except Corinne, who thinks the stories about weird creatures are just that - stories meant to frighten kids and keep them from wandering away. She's in for an unple... Read More »

Corinne La Mer claims she isn't afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They're just tricksters made up by parents to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes f... Read More »

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Dec 22, 2020


Hillsboro_RobP Jul 27, 2020

A surreal and creepy Haitian fairy tale with an army of monstrous creatures.

Feb 08, 2019

I really enjoyed this book! The folklore, originating from the Caribbean, wasn't one that I was familiar with so I really enjoyed being introduced to a new sort of fairytale. The main character was brave and cool, her friends all had distinct personalities.

Tracey Baptiste’s The Jumbies is middle grade fantasy. Corinne was taught by her father not to be afraid of the stories of monsters and strangeness in the woods, but while racing through the forest to save her mother’s locket she catches the attention of an old spirit. When the strangeness starts coming out of the woods, she must call upon the all her strengths as well as those of her friends to save herself and her village. A thrilling tale, the Jumbies is based on the classic Haitian folktale: the Magic Orange Tree. (Submitted by Meghan W).

Oct 29, 2018

To be fair, this is a YA book, so the plot and descriptions are for a younger audience than me. However, I found the book tedious at times.

Still, if your young person is into zombies and other such creatures, this would be a good story.

ArapahoeStaff1 Aug 14, 2017

This was a great spooky tween read full of mysterious creatures, strong female characters, and the hunt to take down the Jumbies and save the village! If you like a little spooky, but not enough to keep you up at night worrying, this is a great choice!

JCLChrisK Jun 22, 2016

A chiller based on Caribbean folklore steeped in the atmosphere of the setting. The roles are familiar--gutsy heroine, evil stepmother, magic pendant, dark and dangerous forest, faithful friends, largely irrelevant adults, an ambiguous witch--yet they take on new meaning and resonance due to their cultural forms. Entertaining and effective.

JCLKatieS Feb 10, 2016

Corinne is a very brave girl who has to save her father from an evil spirit after she caught it's attention one day in the forest. She learns about herself, her family and what true friends really are in this fun story based on Caribbean folklore.

DPLchandra Aug 08, 2015

A wonderfully creepy tale set in Trinidad. The author grew up in Trinidad and her love for the island shows through. Most readers will not be familiar with Caribbean folklore, and that makes this story all the more exciting.

Ms_Gaye Jul 27, 2015

Based on Caribbean folktale elements, this a fresh and exciting tale about a girl facing down the terrible and frightening "jumbies" who live on the island. It's a good choice for middle-grade readers looking for a dramatic, fast-paced read.


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