THE JUMBIES SERIES
RISE OF THE JUMBIES (book 2)
In this sequel, Corinne LaMer comes face to face with danger once again. When local children begin to go missing, suspicious eyes turn to Corinne. To rescue the children and clear her name, Corinne must face another jumbie–deep in the ocean. The only thing more perilous than Corinne’s adventures in the sea is the foe that awaits her back home. (Middle Grade)
A Junior Library Guild selection. Starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Listen in the Best Books of 2017 by Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Book Riot, and NPR. Nominated for the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award.
Caribbean island lore melds with adventure and touches of horror in a tale about Corinne La Mer, who on All Hallow’s Eve accidentally draws a monstrous jumbie out of the forest, sparking a very personal war that only she can stop – a war made even more difficult once she discovers her own dark truth. (Middle Grade)
A Junior Library Guild Selection, New York Public Library Staff Pick, Brightly Best Kids Books of 2015, We Need Diverse Books Must Read, and Bank Street Best Books of 2016.
When Bianca Marshall, an avid Minecraft enthusiast wakes in the hospital, almost paralyzed by injuries from a car crash, she finds herself drawn into a new VR version of Minecraft which promises her control over a world at the very moment she’s lost control over the real one. Is her best friend Lonnie in there with her too? And can Bianca help him to return to reality with her? The road to recovery may not be without its own dangers! (High Middle Grade/Young Adult)
Follow two kids during the 1800s as their families survive in the Old West where cattle ranchers drive through the plains, general stores rule, and charlatan doctors try to bilk people of money. (Elementary)
An anthology of 44 short stories by popular kidlit authors and illustrators from writing prompts they gave to each other. Read the stories, look at the illustrations, find out who got whose prompt, then try a prompt of your own. (Middle Grade)
An anthology of horror short stories by Black women. Not for the faint of heart. The collection was the #1 bestseller on AALBC in December 2017 and a shortlisted finalist for the Bram Stoker award for “superior achievement in dark fantasy and horror writing.”
My contribution, titled “Ma Laja” is about a modern La Diabless who finds new freedom in a fast-paced world where no one stops to look at her feet. (Adult)
Named “one of the 100 best books for reading and sharing” by New York City Librarians, the story is narrated by 13 year old Grace, on summer vacation in Trinidad, where she discovers a blurred photograph of a man with a birthmark exactly like her own. Grace’s search for this stranger changes Grace’s definition of family. (High Middle Grade/Young Adult)