DUE JANUARY 5, 2021: Root Magic combines all of the great things about children's books: a vivid setting, adventure, friendship, family love and stability, overcoming hardship, and more than a sprinkling of magic. In Eden Royce's debut novel, we meet Jezebel Turner, an eleven-year-old girl of Gullah-Geechee heritage living in the turbulent days of the 1960s in Jim Crow South Carolina. For generations, her family members have been root workers, or witch doctors, who harvest cures and powerful medicine from the natural areas around them. When her uncle Doc decides she and her twin brother Jay are old enough to begin learning root work themselves, a series of unforeseen and spooky events challenge they and their family to the core. Royce's is a powerful new voice in children's literature! Recommended by Kelly
“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.