Debut author Eden Royce arrives with a wondrous 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.
"This richly detailed narrative offers elements of magical realism against a backdrop of social change."
- Kirkus Reviews
"South Carolina comes to life in this middle grade debut filled with magic and heart."
- Publishers Weekly
"There is power in allowing people to tell their own stories and not only power, but nuances that could never be captured by an outsider. Eden Royce gives us a radiant example of this needed phenomena in ROOT MAGIC."
- FIYAH Literary Magazine
“Eden Royce’s debut is a spellbinding southern gothic tale of bravery, family, and historic truths that need to be told. Black Girl Magic has never been more powerful.”
- Ronald L. Smith, author of Hoodoo
“A terrific, wondrous glimpse of Gullah Geechee culture, richly detailed and inviting. Blending familial and ancestral lore with folk magic, Royce’s novel set in a racist South, resonates powerfully. An original, compelling must-read.”
- Jewell Parker Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Boys
“A poignant, necessary entry into the children’s literary canon, Root Magic brings to life the history and culture of Gullah people while highlighting the timeless plight of Black Americans. Add in a fun, magical adventure and you get everything I want in a book!”
- Justina Ireland, New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation
“Royce pulls back a curtain and invites the reader to a world within a world, a place in time full of both danger and magic. You won’t just read it; you’ll live it.”
- Saundra Mitchell, author of Shadowed Summer and All the Things We Do in the Dark
On sale January 5, 2021
Published by Walden Pond Press an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers