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School Library Journal Review
Gr 4-6-This sequel to The Jumbies, a dark fairy tale woven from elements of traditional Caribbean folklore, does not disappoint. Shunned by most of the town on her small island for her recently revealed part-jumbie heritage, Corinne is lonely and yet still wants to help when several children are lost after a tidal wave. After discovering that these are not the first kids to go missing near water, Corinne bravely consults the queen of water for help, Mama D'Leau. Mama D'Leau does not give advice for free, however, so Corinne and her three steadfast friends must retrieve a priceless jewel in payment. They are magically led through the seas by Mama D'Leau's mermaid daughters to Ghana, where many years ago the daughters were kidnapped by slavers and drowned when the ship went down. Mama D'Leau does not always keep her promises, and Corinne must use all her ingenuity and some of her own jumbie magic to help the missing children. The novelty of the fantasy elements, the complex characters, and the superb world-building combine in a tale well worth reading, both as a sequel and a stand-alone. VERDICT A stellar recommendation for fans of edgy fantasy such as Aaron Starmer's "The Riverman Trilogy" or Adam Gidwitz's "A Tale Dark and Grimm" series, and, of course, fans of the first book.-Gretchen Crowley, formerly at Alexandria City Public Libraries, VA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Somewhere in the Caribbean, on an island Corrine La Mer calls home, children have gone mysteriously missing. Since Corrine is half-jumbie, many of the townspeople suspect she's had something to do with it, or else she's in league with those who did. So she begins a journey to prove that despite her heritage, she loves her island and her people, and maybe she doesn't have to choose whether she's a girl or a jumbie. Corrine journeys across oceans with friends and mermaids to retrieve a precious stone for the jumbie who rules the sea, faces an old foe upon her return, and works toward restoring her little island to its former beauty. Young readers are probably familiar with Greek myths, thanks to Rick Riordan, and other enduring European classics, so this series with twists on Caribbean (particularly Haitian and Trinidadian) and West African tales is a welcome change. Despite that new flavor, however, Baptiste explores an all-too-familiar theme after all, who can't relate to feeling like they're being pulled in two directions, when they just want to be themselves?--Pino, Kristina Copyright 2017 Booklist
Horn Book Review
When several children go missing, suspicion falls on the mischievous jumbies and on half-jumbie Corinne (The Jumbies). Corinne and friends set out across (and under) the ocean to secure help from powerful water jumbie Mama D'Leau. As Baptiste's rich seascape of Caribbean myth expands to Ghana's coast, she fully integrates the impact of the transatlantic slave trade on Caribbean people into her complex and deeply thoughtful narrative. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
Corinne La Mer has settled back into island life after her fight with the jumbie Severine (The Jumbies, 2015), but no sooner does normalcy arrive than it leaves again when an earthquake rocks the island and her friend Laurent goes missing.Other children start to disappear, and Corinne's only clue leads her to the water. With steadfast friends Malik, Bouki, and Dru, she sets out to uncover what mysterious force has taken the children and defeat it. She makes a bargain with the water jumbie Mama D'Leau for help, but even with a supernatural boost, Corinne will need all of her strengths to defeat the mysterious kidnapper and save her friends. Baptiste's colorful, rich Caribbean characters return triumphantly in this sequel, and the mythos of the island continues to expand. Baptiste deepens what could be a light and charming undersea adventure with ties to African religions and the historical legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. As other young children of the African diaspora sort out their feelings about and relationships with slavery, so do Corinne and her loyal friends. While other tales may address it with a casual aside or scrub out the grimiest bits, leaving history in a shiny, tidy package removed from reality, Baptiste allows her characters to find and create ways to grapple with uncomfortable truths. A stirring and mystical tale sure to keep readers thinking past the final page. (Fantasy. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.