Makayla in the Land of Papa Bois is the first book to launch in a Middle Grade series on folklore written and illustrated by Trinidadian authors Marsha and Christiana Mckie and published by Aajumbee Publishing House.
The mother and daughter came up with the idea while discussing an SEA themed folklore topic. In 2021, they found themselves drafting an idea for a Middle Grade series that would make folklore more attractive to the next generation. During the lockdown, they passed their time researching, completing story drafts, and drawing characters to bring these stories to life.
Makayla meets jumbees and folklore characters
The story is about a young girl named Makayla who receives a mysterious game of jacks from her father, which was once owned by her grandmother who passes away. Makayla and her siblings have a play at the game and are pulled into a vortex.
They embark on a wild adventure as Makayla is responsible for getting them home. They trample through a psychedelic forest, avoid jumbees, talk to folklore characters, and wrestle with a deep feeling that maybe the game was never supposed to be played, and her granny left a secret bigger than all of them.
Life in Trinidad and Tobago comes alive in the exciting, entertaining, comical, dramatic, thrilling, mysterious and suspenseful tales in Sweet TnT Short Stories. The novella consists of 34 fictional pieces written by authors from around the twin islands who share narratives with you under the sections Lifestyle, Superstition and Fauna. Created by Culturama Publishing Company, producer of Sweet TnT Magazine from San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago, this book is one of the publications that commemorates the 10th anniversary of the publisher from 2009-2019.
Mystical Jacks to explore Caribbean folklore
Makayla in the Land of Papa Bois is Book 1 in the Mystical Jacks series that was released during the Caribbean Folklore Month in October 2023. Marsha and Christiana plan to publish a new book during the month of October over the next few years. Get your copy of this exciting book on Amazon and stay tuned for other publications in the series.
When Makayla’s granny dies her father gives her a Jack’s game he found in her safe. One stormy day, the box glows and as Makayla tosses the ball and grabs a jack, the unimaginable happens.
Soon she’s responsible for getting Malcolm, Amaya and herself home, trampling through a psychedelic forest, avoiding Jumbees, talking to folklore characters while wrestling with a deep feeling that maybe the game was never supposed to be played and her granny left a secret bigger than all of them. Will Makayla find all the jacks and take them home or are they destined to become a part of the game?
We follow Makayla, Malcolm and Amaya as they traverse all 10 levels of this exciting game.
Mystikal Jacks will explore Caribbean Folklore in 10 exciting books, which will be released during Caribbean Folklore Month in October.
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