This is a middle grade fiction book based upon Caribbean folklore. The description of the island and the characters is well done. It definitely evokes the moral of treat others as you wish to be treated. The book tends toward getting the reader to look at things from other's perspectives. All in all a good message during a very tumultuous time in the world.
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was an intriguing Middle reader read. Based upon Caribbean folklore Baptiste spins a tale of magic and evil. Readers are drawn into the seaside land and the mahogany jungle it sits next to. The level of detail in the writing makes it easy to visualize the island and its residents
The 4 central children are realistic in their fears and boldness as they try to get to the bottom of the dark magic that has overcome their home. The mystical story is one of strength and perseverance. It’s also one that reminds readers that we should look at both sides to a situation and not judge others without getting to know them and their situation This is the first book in the series and I am intrigued to read more
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