Saturday, 1:00 pm EST - 2:30 pm EST October 23, 2021
Online via Zoom
Get ready for Halloween with a book discussion of Tracey Baptiste’s The Jumbies for kids ages 9-12. Corinne La Mer isn’t afraid of anything – until the night she finds herself in a dark forest, shining yellow eyes watching her. Are the Jumbies hiding, just waiting for their moment to claim her island home? It’s a riveting read based in Caribbean myth and folklore that you won’t forget . . . and that may keep you looking more closely at the shadows.
Part of The Center for Fiction’s KidsRead program, which annually serves 2,500 students from under-resourced New York City Public Schools with author-led reading and writing events.
Rosemary Kiladitis is a librarian with Queens Public Library with a background in publishing. She holds an MLIS from San Jose State University, with a concentration in Children’s Librarianship, and blogs children’s and YA book reviews at her blog, MomReadIt. She loves connecting the right kid with the right book and watching the magic happen and dreams of world domination through story time. Rosemary lives in Queens, New York, with her husband and an assortment of kids and pets.
By Tracey Baptiste
Published by Algonquin Young Readers
Corinne La Mer claims she isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not Jumbies. They’re just tricksters made up by parents to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes follow her to the edge of the trees. They couldn’t belong to a Jumbie. Or could they?
When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger at the market the very next day, she knows something extraordinary is about to happen. When this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne’s house, danger is in the air. Severine plans 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.
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