Tracey Baptiste (The Jumbies, Angel’s Grace) will give the Saturday keynote address at KidLitCon 2015, the annual gathering of youth literature bloggers and critics, held this year on October 9-10 at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Baltimore, MD.
Conference organizer Paula Willey had this to say in her review of The Jumbies forBooklist:
Structural elements similar to those of classic European fairy tales (brave girl, evil stepmother, magic amulet, and so on) look fresh, lively, and no less scary in this middle grade novel’s Caribbean setting. Readers will thrill to the werewolflikelagahoo and the creepy little douens, who have backward-facing feet. With a diverse cast of multidimensional characters, a swift plot, and a unique setting, this book will delight
Tracey Baptiste was born in Trinidad, where she grew up on jumbie stories and fairy tales, and decided to be a writer at the wise old age of three. Her debut, a young adult novel titled Angel’s Grace, was named one of the 100 best books for reading and sharing by New York City librarians. Tracey is a former teacher, textbook editor, ballerina, and amateur librarian who once started up a library in her house in the hope that everyone would bring their books back late and she would be rich! You know, like other librarians. She is now a wife and mom and lives in New Jersey, where she writes and edits books for kids from a very cozy office in her house that is filled with more toys than she can count. The Jumbies is her second novel.