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Tracey Baptiste


Tracey Baptiste

I’ve wanted to write since I was three and my mother bought me an oversized illustrated Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It was so spellbindingly beautiful, I thought I wanted to live in its pages my entire life.
I decided to be a writer when I was three. But I didn’t tell anyone until I was thirteen. I was inspired to write for kids after reading Rosa Guy’s “The Friends.”
Before I became a published author, I was a teacher. I taught mostly 2nd grade because it’s the AWESOMEST!
After teaching for a few years, I worked in educational publishing making reading and language arts textbooks for kids. Then I left to make non-fiction books for kids. I love my job!
Know what else I love? Helping writers with their own books for kids.
You can find me at school and library visits, writing conferences, book fairs, and teacher and library conferences.
My debut novel was Angel’s Grace. It was named one of the 100 best books for reading and sharing by NYC librarians. I’ve always liked librarians. It was also the first novel I ever tried to write (except for the one when I was 12, but let’s not go there.)
My latest novel will be published by Algonquin Young Readers. And I am writing more books!
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Tracey Baptiste

Books by Tracey Baptiste

by Tracey Baptiste - Children's 8-12, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship

Corinne LaMer defeated the wicked jumbie Severine months ago, but many of her neighbors treat her with mistrust. When local children begin to go missing, suspicious eyes turn to Corinne. To rescue the missing children and clear her own name, Corinne goes deep into the ocean to find Mama D’Leau, the dangerous jumbie who rules the sea. But Mama D’Leau’s help comes with a price. The only thing more perilous than Corinne’s adventures across the sea to Ghana is the foe that waits for her back home.

by Tracey Baptiste - Fantasy, Fiction

Corinne La Mer isn't afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They're just tricksters parents make up to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest. Those shining yellow eyes that followed her to the edge of the trees, they couldn't belong to a jumbie. Or could they?