“I sucked in a mouthful of smoky, spicy air and held it in a while I lay on the ground. It was full of all the potions and herbs Doc, Jay, and I had created together. It was full of our family’s magic, made by our own hands with love and intent. Protection magic. Root magic.”
Root Magic, by Eden Royce, makes you believe in magic. When twins Jay and Jezebel turn 11 years old, they start to learn more about the world outside of their relationship and they also learn root magic. This is a story of family traditions, loyalty, protecting each other and being kind to others. This culturally rich book also explore themes of grief, death, discrimination, bullying, confidence, knowing who you are, family, and coming of age. This is a thought provoking book that had me pondering the engaging plot and compelling characters well after I finished the last page.
About Root Magic
Debut author Eden Royce arrives with a joyous 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. But the biggest change comes when Jez and her twin brother, Jay, turn eleven and their uncle tells them he’s going to train them in rootwork—African American folk magic that has been the legacy of their family for generations.
And it’s 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 Jez has inside to see her through.
Praise for Root Magic
“This richly detailed narrative offers elements of magical realism against a backdrop of social change.”
“South Carolina comes to life in this middle grade debut filled with magic and heart.”
About the Author
Eden Royce is from Charleston, South Carolina, and is a member of the Gullah Geechee nation. Her short stories have appeared in various print and online publications, including Fiyah, and she is the recipient of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Diverse Worlds grant. Root Magic is her first book. Eden now lives in England with her husband and cat. You can find her online at www.edenroyce.com.
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