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Bumps in the Night by Amalie Howard

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Horror

Publishing Date: February 20, 2024



The middle grade horror debut from USA Today bestselling author Amalie Howard in which a girl stays with her grandmother in Trinidad for the summer and discovers that she comes from a long line of witches.

Thirteen-year-old Darika Lovelace is in big trouble. The kind of trouble that means she’s being sent off to her grandmother in the Caribbean. She should be grateful, but instead she’s angry. Angry at her dad and step-mom for sending her away for an entire summer. Angry at her mom who went away and never came back.

But the island is definitely not what she remembers! The minute she steps off the plane, strange things start happening, including being stalked by a baby iguana. When she meets a ragtag group of children on her Granny’s estate, she knows they are not what they seem, but after they promise to take her to her long-lost mom, she leaps at the chance.

Thrust into an incredible adventure involving strange monsters, a supernatural silk cotton tree, and a mysterious maze, soon the truth about her unique magical roots comes to light. She’s the island’s only hope, but unless she learns to believe in magic, all will be lost.


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AMALIE HOWARD is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling novelist. Always Be My Duchess was one of Cosmopolitan’s 30 Best Romance Books of 2022 and The Beast of Beswick was one of Oprah Daily’s 24 Best Historical Romance Novels to Read. She is also the author of several award-winning young adult novels. A Caribbean-born AAPI writer, her books have been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, and Seventeen Magazine. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found reading, being the president of her one-woman Harley Davidson motorcycle club, or power-napping. She lives in Colorado with her family.


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I have read quite a few middle grade books about Jumbies but they were nothing like Bumps in the Night which in my view was the best.

Every character from Rika who was annoying at the start to the side characters like Nox were all so well written they literally felt like they were real and omg don't get me started on the whole atmosphere which was AMAZING.

Amalie was not afraid to have such a dark story and then add to it the many many revelations really made it a stonking read

I am praying that there will be a sequel to Bumps in the Night and if there is I shall be buying a copy just for me.

For all the above reasons Bumps in the Night receives 5 big fat stars.

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