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Tracey Baptiste
Tracey Baptiste was born in Trinidad, where she grew up on jumbie stories and fairy tales, and decided to be a writer at the wise old age of three. It took a few more years to get her first publishing contract though. Her debut, a young adult novel titled Angel's Grace, was named one of the 100... show more

Tracey Baptiste was born in Trinidad, where she grew up on jumbie stories and fairy tales, and decided to be a writer at the wise old age of three. It took a few more years to get her first publishing contract though. Her debut, a young adult novel titled Angel's Grace, was named one of the 100 best books for reading and sharing by New York City librarians. Tracey is a former teacher, textbook editor, ballerina, and amateur librarian who once started up a library in her house in the hope that everyone would bring their books back late and she would be rich! You know, like other librarians. She is now a wife and mom and lives in New Jersey, where she writes and edits books for kids from a very cozy office in her house that is filled with more toys than she can count. The Jumbies is her second novel.
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FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt rated it 2 months ago
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-CycleA good follow up to the first book. This one starts off right where the last one ended.I was glad to see new characters and situations in this one. It is a completely new adventure while continuing elements and themes found in the previous book. While ...
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt rated it 3 months ago
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-CycleAn interesting read filled with magic, adventure, and elements of Haitian folklore.As Baptiste points out in her Author's note, in comparison to European fairy tales, there are not a lot of Haitian folklore and jumbie fairy tales in mainstream literatu...
Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality!
Audience: Middle Grade Format: Hardcover/Library Copy Corinne La Mer's heart beat like wild drums as she ran through the forest. - first sentence The Jumbies takes place on a Caribbean island and is based on Caribbean fairy tales. Everyone in the village avoids the forest, but Corinne doesn’...
Saturdays in Books
Saturdays in Books rated it 4 years ago
If you love Uprooted and have a younger reader who isn't ready for it, may I suggest The Jumbies? Folktale fantasy adventure where a girl saves her friends and family from the darkness in the forest, but for ages 10-13. I liked this one quite a bit.
By Singing Light
By Singing Light rated it 5 years ago
A really lovely middle grade fantasy, based on Haitian folklore. I loved the way Baptiste examines the intricacies of family, without leaving any easy conclusions. Corinne is a great protagonist, who makes mistakes but also cares about her father and her friends.
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