Tristan Strong Punches A Hole in the Sky

Tristan Strong Punches A Hole in the Sky

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Seventh-grader Tristan Strong tumbles into the MidPass and, with allies John Henry and Brer Rabbit, must entice the god Anansi to come out of hiding and seal the hole Tristan accidentally ripped in the sky.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Disney/Hyperion, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781368039932
1368039936
Characteristics: 482 pages : map ; 22 cm

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Rural Alabama is a long way from Chicago, but that’s where seventh grader Tristan is headed after losing his best friend Eddie in a tragic bus accident. Eddie was an incredible storyteller who was forever spinning tales of Anansi, Brer Rabbit and John Henry. In his lap, Tristan carries Eddie’s jo... Read More »

Coretta Scott King Author Honor

Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the very best fiction books published for kids in 4th through 8th grades in 2019.


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RandomLibrarian Jun 13, 2020

This book is great for fans of Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson" series - it's promoted under Riordan's "Presents" line. The main character is a Black boy and the mythology is based upon aspects of West African and African American culture and beliefs.

CCPL_Teens Apr 09, 2020

Action, adventure, humor, mythology, a hero's quest, and an absolutely hilarious sidekick! Featuring characters from African American folklore and African mythology, this fantasy series-opener is not-to-be-missed for Rick Riordan fans and even better as an audiobook narrated by Amir Abdullah who delivers an unforgettable performance of Gum Baby. SAP ATTACK!

JCLTamiT Mar 21, 2020

Nerdy kid gets caught up in a world of myths and folklore centered around stories and storytellers -- I had to read this book! Though I only had a little knowledge of the African and African-American folktales and mythology in the book, the action-packed story kept me turning the pages and wanting to explore the land of Alke. Gum Baby was fantastically annoying, and in the end, completely endearing. I would definitely read this again (maybe after brushing up on the legendary characters), and look forward to future books in the series. Recommended for fans of Rick Riordan books and lovers of middle grade fantasy.

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leawells
Jan 25, 2020

Sounds wonderful. I’ve placed a hold!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 21, 2020

Fans of reading lengthy action sequences will rate this book higher than I did. What I loved about this one: the way in which the power of story was used in the magic...and the way that the West African and African American folk tales were interwoven.

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carnell0214
Jan 16, 2020

Are we no longer getting audiobooks

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Oct 07, 2020

"What's Gum Baby doing here? Being insulted. How dare you leave on a mission without Gum Baby! That's like leaving the sand out of a sandwich. Or toes out of tomatoes. Or-" - Gum Baby

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