This past summer I stumbled across teachers write camp. I signed up for this free activity in the hopes that it would help me. While I wasn’t able to participate as much as I wanted ( July is county fair and that takes up quite a bit of my time) I did benefit by finding some new authors and their books. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste is one of those books that I found. This book is geared towards the middle level readers, but since I teach a Second Chance Reading class, this is perfect for those students. Interesting enough to keep their attention but easy enough to read, yet they are not going to feel like they are reading a book just for little kids.
From Amazon “Corinne La Mer isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They’re just tricksters parents make up to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest. Those shining yellow eyes that followed her to the edge of the trees, they couldn’t belong to a jumbie. Or could they?
When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger speaking to the town witch at the market the next day, she knows something unexpected is about to happen. And when this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne’s house, Corinne is sure that danger is in the air. She soon finds out that bewitching her father, Pierre, is only the first step in Severine’s plan 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.”
This book is set in Haiti using one of the original Haitian folk tales. It is a riveting story of a young girl that fights to keep her family intact. There are scary elements in the story, however they are not so scary that a middle level student and above would be fine reading this story.