Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Volume 1)

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Disney Electronic Content, Oct 15, 2019 - Juvenile Fiction - 482 pages
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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?

 

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User Review  - jennybeast - LibraryThing

What an absolute delight -- hilarious, full of heart, stuffed with adventures, and a beautiful and thoughtful centering on African-American folklore. I mean really, I honestly don't see how this book ... Read full review

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User Review  - HeidiSV - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this book and the Hero's arc and journal are extremely presented and well done. It is a conversation style which annoyed me at first, but I do believe if I was reading this a young adult or ... Read full review

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Contents

Legend of the Bottle Rocket 23 The Golden Crescent
Nyames Palace
That Was No Statue 26 Bronzey to the Rescue 27 Nyames Charm 28 Anansis Lair
Rock Lasers
Spirit of the Imbongi
Abiyoyo
High John 35 A Different Perspective
The Man of Fire and Smoke
Missing Memories 38 The Story
Unwelcome Visitors 40 Hullbeasts and Brand Flies 41 The Magic
The Mmoatia Forest
Were All BrokenStory Box Too 45 Flight of the Midfolk 46 A Dangerous Bargain
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