Root Magic

Root Magic Review

A historical ghost story set in South Carolina in the 1960s—a tale of courage, friendship, and Black Girl Magic.

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 train them in rootwork.

Jez and Jay have always been fascinated by the African American folk magic that has been the legacy of her 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.

Title:Root Magic
Edition Language:English

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    Root Magic Reviews

  • Gavin

    Atmospheric and all-round-fantastic, a story of twins who discover family magic in their historical setting of South Carolina in the 1960s. Jez and Jay are twins who have just lost their Gran, and fro...

  • Ms. Woc Reader

    Root Magic is set in 1963 and follows young Jezebel Turner who is turning 11 and entering sixth grade. While her twin brother Jay has no problems making friends that's not the case for Jez. Her peers ...

  • Justina Ireland

    Excellent fun! I highly recommend. Bonus for a sensitive depiction of Gullah Geechee culture. Loved it....

  • Diana | Book of Secrets

    ★ Magical Middle Grade Historical Fiction ★Reading ROOT MAGIC was such a joy — can I give it more than five stars? The protagonist, 11-year old Jezebel Turner, is a mighty and memorable middle g...

  • Jen (LOHF/Book Den)

    My ultimate hope for this book is that teachers and librarians who are looking for books for their spooky-loving readers will add this book to their shelves.There's so much history and Gullah culture ...

  • Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] I loved reading “Root Magic.”There are so many aspects that I appreciated in the tale. Firstly, I loved the timeline. The aut...

  • Toya (the reading chemist)

    Set in 1960s South Carolina, this story follows 11 year old Jezebel ‘Jez’ Turner, who is starting sixth grade. But, she does so without her twin brother Jay since she skipped a grade. Jez quickly ...

  • Mia Pia (mia.pia.reads IG)

    I really enjoyed this book. It was so so magical. Literally. I loved the Root Magic being taught and practiced. It felt so much more truthful than other magic based kids books.. I also loved how the a...

  • Jennifer

    I couldn't help but feel a little bit the way I felt when I first read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry when I was in the middle grades. This is a slow burn, but it encompasses so many complex, difficult ...

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusTwins Jezebel and Jay are twins living in South Carolina in the early 1960s. Their grandmother has just passed away, and they are being raised by their mother, since th...