Drop Shadow

Conjure Island

By Eden Royce


From the award-winning author of Root Magic comes the story of a girl who leaves home to spend the summer with a great-grandmother she’s never met—only to discover she runs a school for Southern conjure magic.  

If you ask Delphinia Baker, she’d tell you she has all the family she needs. Sure, her mom passed away when she was young, her dad is often away on deployment, and she’s had to move so much that she’s never had close friends. But even though Del has never had anyone she can call her people, she has always had her grandmother—and for Del and Gramma, best friends since forever, that’s enough. Besides, having no roots just makes it that much easier when you have to move again.

All of that changes, though, when Gramma falls ill and Del is sent to stay with her great-grandmother. Del has never even heard of Nana Rose, and she has no interest in spending the summer with a stranger on an unbearably hot island off the South Carolina coast. And when Nana Rose starts talking about the school she runs dedicated to their family’s traditions—something called “conjure magic”—Del knows she’s in for a weird, awkward summer.

That is, until the magic turns out to be real.

Soon, Del is surrounded by teachers who call themselves witches, kids with strange abilities, creatures and ghosts who can speak to her. She has a hundred questions, but one more than any other: Why didn’t Gramma ever tell her about her family, the island, this magic? As Del sets out to find answers and to find her place in a world she never knew existed, she also discovers a shadowy presence on the island—and comes to believe that it all might be connected.

Eden Royce, the acclaimed author of Root Magic, returns to the folklore of Gullah-Geechee culture to weave an enchanting tale of magic, mystery, and belonging.

Eden Royce

Eden Royce is a writer from Charleston, SC, now living in the garden of England. She is a Shirley Jackson Award finalist for her short fiction for adults. Her debut novel, Root Magic, was a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, an ALA Notable Children’s Book, a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award winner, and a Nebula Award Finalist for outstanding children’s literature. Find her online at edenroyce.com.

“Royce offers readers another strong fantasy steeped in Gullah culture. A rich window into a unique cultural community.”

- Kirkus Reviews

"Royce’s narrative is filled with magic, but the heart of the story lies in its connection to Southern conjure and Gullah Geechee culture."

- The Horn Book

“Celebrates the folklore of the African diaspora. An excellent read for anyone who enjoys getting lost in a world of magic.”

- Booklist

“An engaging tale of magic, friendship, and family steeped in Black Southern culture that highlights the importance of knowing one’s history.”

- Publishers Weekly


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