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The Jumbies - Online Book Club

Welcome to our online book club for grades 5 - 8! We are excited for you to join us in our discussion for The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a flyer for this website, a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Amanda know!

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want!

"The Jumbies" by Tracey Baptiste

“Corinne 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. 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.”

*Here are the following pages that you will receive with your kit!*

More about the author, the artist, and jumbies:

Tracey Baptiste’s website:

Algonquin/Workman’s page on The Jumbies, including the link to Jumbies: A Field Guide:

Demopedia Wiki’s entry on jumbees (or jumbies):

Kiddle Encyclopedia’s page on the Caribbean islands:

The song ‘Zombie Jamoree’ was originally called ‘Jumbie Jamboree’; read about its history and hear versions of the song here:

Included as well: create your own jumbie, a word search, and an orange coloring page!

Like The Jumbies? There are two more books in the series. Check them out!

We hope you enjoy these activities and cannot wait to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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