Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

The Jumbies
Tracey Baptiste

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.

Click here to visit the Author's Web page on The Jumbies 

Vocabulary Activity

Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.
  1. Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.
  2. Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.
  3. What is the definition of the word?
  4. Can you use it in your own sentence?
  5. Explain how the word connects to the story. 
Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the 
other MCBA books you read.

What is a jumbie? Find out in this four-part web series: Jumbies a Field Guide.

Episode 1: Douens

Episode 2: Lagahoo 

Episode 3: La Diablesse
La Diablesse, a devil woman with a cow foot.

Episode 4: Socouyant 
The kids explain the scariest of all jumbies: the soucouyant!


For Teachers:
Jumbies a Field Guide: How to Recognize, Trick, and Outmaneuver Them

The Jumbies Reader’s Guide