The Jumbies Paperback – 1 July 2016
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with a marvelous setting.&; &;The Baltimore Sun
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 follow her to the edge of the trees. They couldn&;t belong to a jumbie. Or could they?
When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger at the market the very next day, she knows something extraordinary is about to happen. When this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne&;s house, danger is in the air. Severine plans to claim the entire island for the jumbies. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and learn to use ancient magic she didn&;t know she possessed to stop Severine and to save her island home.
&;Entrancing and engaging . . . Baptiste enters an all-new folktale adaptation into our regular fantasy lore. Original. Haunting.&;&;Fuse 8
&;Endlessly addictive and hypnotic.&; &;Essence
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- Publisher : Algonquin Books (division of Workman); Reprint edition (1 July 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 161620592X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616205928
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 204 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.52 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #166,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- hints of animal cruelty
- some fighting (including fire, improvised weapons, though nothing extremely graphic)
- some blood (mentioned in context of fighting and when a character is hurt by accident)
- an almost-drowning scene
- mentions of death
Okay, so, let me get this straight: I loved this book. Seriously. I read it for the diversity bingo challenge because of its setting in central america and I didn't excpect I'd like a childern's fantasy book this much, yet here I am, desperate for part 2 already because I fell hard and fast for this story.
All of the characteres were really interesting and well-portrayed as far as I can tell. The setting is lovely. The folklore this book is based on is super interesting and refreshing, considering all the same old (kinda boring) fairytales we usually get. Bonus points for diversitsy, of course, although I can't say much about the representation and its quality since I don't belong to any of the minorities included in this book.
The writing was so nice I almost immediately got my perfect "reading flow" and finished "The Jumbies" within 24 hours.
The only thing that bothered me a little: Although the dark atmosphere is great and there is lots of suspense, especially towards the end, I think the suspense could have been improved by not telling the reader so much so early on. A few secrets kept a little longer from the audience would've worked even better in my opinion. That's why my actual rating is "only" 4,5 stars, not the full 5.
All in all I highly recommend giving this book a try, it was really entertaining and interesting to me.