The Jumbie God’s Revenge
Written by Tracey Baptiste
Algonquin Young Readers 9/10/2019
272 pages Ages 8—12
Genre: Middle Grade Trilogy, Fantasy
Synopsis—Corinne knows that the sudden hurricane that sweeps through her seaside village is out of the ordinary. It’s tempting to blame the out-of-season storm on Mama D’Leau, the powerful jumbie of the sea. But then an even worse gale wracks the island, sending the terrified villagers out of their rain and wind-battered homes to seek shelter of the mountain. There Corinne learns that the torrential weather is not the work of a slighted jumbie, but of the god Huracan, who is angry and seeking vengeance . . . but for what? It is up to Corinne, along with the help of her friends—and even some enemies—to seek answers and defend their island before Huracan succeeds in destroying it forever. (from publisher)
Why I like this book—The jumbie world ends with The Jumbie God’s Revenge. The powerful, once quiet God is irritated with the jumbies. Known as Huracan, he strikes the island village not once, but twice, with off-season hurricanes. In desperation, the village people head up into the mountains, led by two of the young stars. Corinne faces off with Huracan, believing she is responsible for his all-mighty wrath. Her friends and fellow jumbies are never far from her side. Corinne discovers her true jumbie self and the powers she possesses. All the major characters face life-changes, as Baptiste ends her story; all questions answered.
Readers who enjoy folklore, fantasy, and well-crafted original worlds will thoroughly enjoy this trilogy. Huracan is an unforgiving and vengeful god. His wrath is the perfect scare for middle grade readers who enjoy magically enhanced characters and fights between good and evil. While the jumbies can be contradictive, there is no doubt where Corinne’s allegiance lies.
Each of the three books can stand alone, but when read in order, The Jumbies will completely captivate readers. I found the books addicting and difficult to put down. Baptiste’s writing is thoughtful, engaging, and just plain fun to read.
And . . . the first two books are now available in paperback.
The Jumbie God’s Revenge. Text copyright © 2019 by Tracey Baptiste. Published by Algonquin Young Readers, Chapill Hill, NC.
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