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Root Magic de Eden Royce
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Root Magic (edició 2021)

de Eden Royce (Autor)

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"A poignant, necessary entry into the children's literary canon, Root Magic brings to life the history and culture of Gullah people while highlighting the timeless plight of Black Americans. Add in a fun, magical adventure and you get everything I want in a book!"--Justina Ireland, New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation Debut author Eden Royce arrives with a wondrous story of love, bravery, friendship, and family, filled to the brim with magic great and small. It's 1963, and things are changing for Jezebel Turner. Her beloved grandmother has just passed away. The local police deputy won't stop harassing her family. With school integration arriving in South Carolina, Jez and her twin brother, Jay, are about to begin the school year with a bunch of new kids. But the biggest change comes when Jez and Jay turn eleven-- and their uncle, Doc, tells them he's going to train them in rootwork. Jez and Jay have always been fascinated by the African American folk magic that has been the legacy of their family for generations--especially the curious potions and powders Doc and Gran would make for the people on their island. But Jez soon finds out that her family's true power goes far beyond small charms and elixirs...and not a moment too soon. Because when evil both natural and supernatural comes to show itself in town, it's going to take every bit of the magic she has inside her to see her through.… (més)
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Títol:Root Magic
Autors:Eden Royce (Autor)
Informació:Walden Pond Press (2021), 352 pages
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This was exquisite middle grade historical fiction, steeped in cultural richness. Eden Royce does an incredible job depicting the folk magic and spirituality of the Gullah people. And, you can just feel the South Carolina low country jump off the pages, with references to plough mud and sweet grass baskets. The author is so clearly connected to her culture and upbringing.

I loved the sibling relationship between Jez and Jay, and the focus on family history and ancestral knowledge in this book. There is some important commentary on police brutality, racism, and the Civil Rights movement as well, portrayed in a way that makes such topics accessible to middle grade audiences. Additionally, this will 100% appeal to the many kids who enjoy books that have horror or ghost stories.

I thought this was a brilliant read, and I can’t recommend it enough- to older middle grade readers, teens, and adults alike. ( )
  KellyNorris | Jun 27, 2022 |
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  slittleson | Jun 14, 2022 |
Jezebel's grandmother has just died. Her rootwork kept their family safe, so with her passing Jezebel and Jay's Uncle Doc begins to teach them rootwork. The 1960s are a dangerous time to be African American in South Carolina, but other African Americans treat rootworkers badly even though many in their families might also take advantage of the potions that Doc makes. Jezebel's only friend turns out to be a boo-hag, an evil creature, but Jezebel helps her to get back to her family. In turn, that good deed comes back to save the family. ( )
  ChristianR | Apr 29, 2022 |
Such a fantastic read for pre-teens. While steeped in history and African-American folk magic, it also tackles tough issues facing children today, such as bullying and racism.

I really enjoyed learning about the Gullah culture. The author did a wonderful job. I hope she continues writing children's fiction. ( )
  amyghilton | Jul 28, 2021 |
RGG: Very middle grade depiction of a 1960's Gullah family, and twins discovering their family ability to do root magic. Jez is the more well-drawn. There are a few scary bits. A harder read because of all the historical context. Reading Interest: 9-12.
  rgruberexcel | Apr 30, 2021 |
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"A poignant, necessary entry into the children's literary canon, Root Magic brings to life the history and culture of Gullah people while highlighting the timeless plight of Black Americans. Add in a fun, magical adventure and you get everything I want in a book!"--Justina Ireland, New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation Debut author Eden Royce arrives with a wondrous story of love, bravery, friendship, and family, filled to the brim with magic great and small. It's 1963, and things are changing for Jezebel Turner. Her beloved grandmother has just passed away. The local police deputy won't stop harassing her family. With school integration arriving in South Carolina, Jez and her twin brother, Jay, are about to begin the school year with a bunch of new kids. But the biggest change comes when Jez and Jay turn eleven-- and their uncle, Doc, tells them he's going to train them in rootwork. Jez and Jay have always been fascinated by the African American folk magic that has been the legacy of their family for generations--especially the curious potions and powders Doc and Gran would make for the people on their island. But Jez soon finds out that her family's true power goes far beyond small charms and elixirs...and not a moment too soon. Because when evil both natural and supernatural comes to show itself in town, it's going to take every bit of the magic she has inside her to see her through.

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