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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-07 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1368039936
LANGUAGE:English

" In the not-yet-released category, Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky has been on my reading list for a while. I was not disappointed in Kwame Mbalia's work. The book is rich, engaging, and draws on a mythology that has often been overlooked by mainstream YA literature. I will happily share this book with students in my classes. An enthusiastic 5 stars. " said.

" 4.5 stars! I will DEFINITELY be adding at least two copies of this amazing new mythology book to my library. I learned a lot from reading and did a LOT of googling. Tristan was such an easy character to root for! I loved his journey and all of the other characters he encountered. There was SO MUCH packed into this book. I am thrilled that my mythology/Rick Riordan readers will soon have this book in their lives!! " said.

"The note by Rick Riordan made me think this was going to be more like his Percy Jackson series but with African-American folklore and myths. That part is there, but the Percy part isn't as much - Tristan doesn't interact with others his age, only with the myths (John Henry, Gum Baby, etc.). There's more of a quick dive rather than the slow immersion into those stories which may be a problem for readers who don't understand the terms (Maafa) or the significance of Uncle C in that world.

eARC provided by publisher.
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"A full review to come. Pre-ordered. Can't wait for hard copy. This would be a fabulous read aloud, so I'll probably buy the audio-book, too.

Meanwhile, I'm going to do some research into African and African-American folklore. My hope is that Kwame Mbalia will publish a companion guidebook similar to Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief.

No spoilers, but Tar Baby steals many scenes and made me laugh out loud. The set-up for the next installment is perfect and involves a talking/magical object, a signature Rick Riordan element.
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"Get ready for a wild ride with Tristan Strong! Tristan is grieving over the death of his best friend and upset over losing his first boxing match when he arrives at his grandparents in Alabama. He and his best friend, Eddie were working on a project for school. Eddie was keeping a journal of traditional African American diaspora stories that Tristan's grandmother told. When Tristan discovers someone stealing the journal, he takes off after him to discover a world that values stories and needs Tristan's help. The action and suspense that ensue are boundless. The characters are wise, funny, and enchanting.I can't wait to recommend this book to my middle schoolers who love Percy Jackson. This book will definitely be prominently displayed in my library. Can't wait!" said.

"Thank you to NetGalley for a digital copy of this book.
I absolutely LOVED Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. Kesler Mbalia weaves (pun intended, you’ll get it when you read it) beautiful African hero folktales, a modern-day setting and main character, and laugh-out-loud supporting characters together in a tale for these trying times. Tristan learns and grows so much through his quest, overcoming fears and guilt to understand who he really is and what it means to be “strong.” Considering this book to read aloud during our fantasy unit and I’m THRILLED that more kids can see themselves in mythological heroes.
I am desperately hoping for a map when the final copy is published, and I’ll definitely be purchasing this one!!
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"Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky is an incredible forte into African American Folklore. Honestly, a person of any age could read this book and be completely immersed in the story and culture. I'm so happy books like these exist. The Rick Riordan Presents imprint is delivering an impressive number of quality MG books but I think this might be my favorite one yet. The action humor and wit of this story goes along with the Rick Riordan style. The characters were diverse and fun. The author was able to make you care about what happened to them which is always a plus in a MG book. The fast paced tone of this book is sure to pull in any reader! The only problem is its over too soon! Can't wait to see where Tristan Strong goes from here!
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"Kwame Mbalia makes a "Strong" entry into the world of Rick Riordan presents. This book was packed with adventure and emotion from the very beginning. Tristan is reeling from the loss of his best friend, loses his first official boxing match, and then is sent to his Grandparents farm for the summer. When some strange creature makes off with his best friends journal, the only thing Tristan has left of his friend, Tristan goes after it with everything his has. The result is that he and Gum Baby (the thief) fall into Gum Baby's world along with an evil that had long been banished. Tristan has to wrap his head around the fact that Brer Rabbit, Anansi, John Henry, and all the other stories his grandmother told him are actually alive and are "gods". Tristan must help them save their world and his from from the evil that he released and figure out exactly how Strong he is." said.

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