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Publisher's Summary

A spine-tingling tale rooted in Caribbean folklore that will have listeners holding their breath as they fly through the audio.

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, cooking dinner for Corinne's father, 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 save her island home.

With its able and gutsy heroine, lyrical narration, and inventive twist on the classic Haitian folktale The Magic Orange Tree, The Jumbies will be a favorite of fans of Breadcrumbs, A Tale Dark and Grimm, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

©2015 Tracy Baptiste (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Adventure with Just Enough Scary

Tracey Baptiste really took me on a ride into Caribbean lore and creepy (but not too creepy for my fifth graders) adventure. An enjoyable book that my students are sure to pick up and pass around with enthusiasm.
I should also add that I though Robin Miles did an outstanding job. Her pace was perfect and her character voices were seamlessly part of the story.

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it was funny and Suspensfull

my 8 and 13 year-old girls and I laughed and gasp though out the story. it made our 8 hr drive go by in a blink. absolutely loved this story and may listen to it a few more times.

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Made me wish I was 8 or 9 again

These are the characters and type of stories I grew up with. As I listened I could hear my mother voice telling it.
Scary, adventurous, hilarious, hidden gems if you pay close attention and most of all original. Can't wait for the sequel!

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Highly recommend

Loved it! It definitely kept my attention until the end! Highly recommend reading/listening to this.

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Goosebumps went to the Caribbean

I love books with magic, folklore, and mysticism. This is a fun creepy tale for young people without being too scary. Imagine if Goosebumps just got on a plane and went to the Caribbean.

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Like A Story Told Around The Campfire

LOVED this book! The writing style and the way the story unfolds reminds me of the stories we'd tell around the campfire on summer nights when I was young. Loved the story so much I've already started the 2nd book. Can't wait to read more.

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Fantastic Creatures!

I didn't know what to expect when I started listening to this story, as I hadn't heard of a Jumbie before. But the various Jumbies Tracey described were unique and scary. I wouldn't want to cross paths with any of them! This original story is enthralling! I can't wait to start the sequel!

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a real treat

It was wonderful to listen to a story about the jumbies I grew up hearing about as a child. I am looking forward to passing this on to my little niece in the States who otherwise might never learn our Trini folklore. And as always, Robin Miles weaves her magic into this tale.

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Excellent

Really enjoyed this book. I came to for research and stayed for the brilliant storytelling and narration