Title: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
Author: Kwame Mbalia
Pub. Date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion, Rick Riordan Presents
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD
The latest book from the Rick Riordan Presents line of books may just be the best one yet. I have been looking forward to Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky since the day it was announced. An own voices blend of West African and African American mythology and folklore, it’s the perfect alternative to a kids book market already saturated with Roman, Greek, and even Norse mythology. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky was just released earlier this month and we can’t wait to get to read it. We bet you can’t either!
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About the Book
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 journal. 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 gods 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?
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About the Author
Kwame is a husband, father, writer, and pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. His debut middle-grade novel, TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY (October 15, 2019) is published by Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion. A Howard University graduate and a Midwesterner now in North Carolina, he enjoys impromptu dance sessions and Cheezits.