Book Spotlight On “The Jumbie God’s Revenge” By Tracie Baptiste @AlgonquinYR @Traceybaptiste
Tracey Baptiste’s extraordinary 2015 novel The Jumbies was celebrated as a “spellbinding adaptation of a Haitian folktale” (Parents), with “endlessly addictive and hypnotic” storytelling (Essence). The Jumbies, which introduced middle-grade readers to the titular spirits that trick, steal, and go bump in the night in Afro-Caribbean stories, garnered remarkable praise from the Washington Post, Bustle, The Horn Book, and more. Baptiste’s 2017 follow-up, Rise of the Jumbies, was declared a Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal and Kirkus, and called “a captivating tale” in a rave review from BookPage. This fall, Baptiste takes readers on the grandest adventure yet in the thrilling culmination of the trilogy, THE JUMBIE GOD’S REVENGE (Publication Date: September 3, 2019; ages 8-12, $16.95).
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 the 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.
Fierce, courageous, and a natural born leader, Corinne embarks on her most challenging mission yet in THE JUMBIE GOD’S REVENGE. Her previous adventures and mishaps with the capricious and sometimes cruel jumbies that share her island have given her a sense of both purpose and responsibility—she is determined to keep her people safe, and that means never backing down from a fight…especially a fight that she may have started. Buoyed by the love and support of her father, Pierre, and her friends Malik, Bouki, and Dru, Corinne stands up to face the greatest danger she’s ever encountered, and comes into her own emerging powers in a way we’ve never seen before.
With all the signature wit, whimsy, and breathtakingly vivid storytelling that readers have come to know and love from The Jumbies series, Tracey Baptiste delivers a stunning finale that will shock and delight young and old readers alike.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tracey Baptiste is a New York Times bestselling author who grew up in Trinidad and Tobago on jumbie stories and fairy tales. Moving to the United States at fifteen was one of the hardest and most exciting times of her life. Tracey is a former elementary teacher and editor. She writes everything from picture books to middle grade and young adult novels, both fiction and nonfiction. She currently teaches at Lesley University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. You can find her online at traceybaptiste.wordpress.com and on Twitter: @TraceyBaptiste
The Jumbie God’s Revenge
By Tracey Baptiste
Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
272 pages • 5.5 x 8.2 inches