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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

Winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Kwame Mbalia's epic fantasy, a middle grade American Gods set in a richly-imagined world populated with African American folk heroes and West African gods.

Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he's going to spend on his grandparents' farm in Alabama, where he's being sent to heal from the tragedy. 

But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie's notebook. Tristan chases after it--is that a doll?--and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature's hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this world. 

Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left Black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price. 

Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves?

Kwame Mbalia is the New York Times best-selling author of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, for which he received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor award.The book was also named to best-of-the-year listscompiled by Publishers Weekly, the Chicago Public Library, and the New York Times.The second book in the trilogy is Tristan Strong Destroys the World. Kwame lives with his wife and children in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he is currently working on the third book about Tristan. Follow him on Twitter @KSekouM.

by Alexandra

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 3:13pm

Tristan Strong just lost his best friend, and now on top of everything else, he accidentally punched a hole in the universe. As in all the Rick Riordan Presents stories, Tristan goes on a mythological adventure. What sets this book apart from others I’ve read from the same imprint is that in addition to exploring the rich cultural mythology of West Africa, Tristan also encounters folk heroes from the American tradition (like John Henry and the Brer Rabbit) who were deeply inspired by those original myths.

From Books To Read Together

ISBN: 9781368039932

ISBN-10: 9781368039932

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Publication Date: 10/15/2019 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/15/2019 - 12:00am

Pages: 496


Juvenile Fiction / Legends, Myths, Fables / African

Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American

Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship

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