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Content warnings: - 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.
FINALLY!!! A fantasy series in which kids of color can see themselves! I was absolutely riveted by this story, spine-tingly created by author Tracey Baptiste from Caribbean folk tales she heard growing up. I love Corinne’s courage and the unconditional love for her family that drives her to face her fears.
Further, the allegorical aspect of the story - whose land is this? - is something we can connect to the treatment of Natives by white Europeans as they colonized what are now the United States and Canada.
I will be adding this trilogy (the third one is out in September 2019!!) to the list of books from which kids can choose for their fantasy book clubs.
This book has been a HUGE hit in my fourth grade classroom! I bought six and as soon as one student finishes and turns it in, it is snatched up by the next. We have a "no spoilers" policy. This book is real deal literature for children!