The Jumbies is by Tracey Baptiste. This book is a re-imagining of Caribbean fairy tale creatures called Jumbies. The Jumbies live in the forest and everyone in the villages are afraid of them; they stay out of the forest, especially at night. The story revolves around four youngsters: Corinne, Dru, and the brothers Malik and Bouki. When a Jumbie follows Corinne out of the forest, things become dangerous for the friends and their village. Corinne must learn the truth of her heritage and save her father and her village. A charming multi-cultural fantasy tale that is also appropriate for younger readers.
Ratings: 6th grade - 8 out of 10.