!!> KINDLE ❄ Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky ❁ Author Kwame Mbalia – Pocket-bikes.us

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the SkySeventh 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 Of The Things He Loves

!!> KINDLE ❄ Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky ❁ Author Kwame Mbalia – Pocket-bikes.us
  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
  • Kwame Mbalia
  • English
  • 22 October 2017
  • 9781368039932

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  1. says:

    Don t get me wrong Greek myths are great But you can t swing a gorgon s head in any bookstore without hitting at least a dozen Greek myth inspired books Try finding great adventures based on Western African gods and heroes like Nyame or Anansi Try finding stories about modern kids who encounter African American folk legends like High John, John Henry and Brer Rabbit Those books are a lot harder to locate, despite that fact that millions of kids would relate to those gods and heroes even than they would to Hercules and Perseus sorry, my Greek dudes Can you imagine what it would be like if you could find a book that wove the whole brilliant, beautiful tapestry of West African and African American legend into one magical world A world that made young African American readers think, YES THIS IS MY AWESOME MYTHOLOGY THIS IS MY MAGIC WORLD TO EXPLORE, AND THESE HEROIC KIDS ARE JUST LIKE ME A book that left all readers thinking, WOW WHY DIDN T I KNOW ABOUT THESE AMAZING STORIES SOONER Kwame Mbalia has written that book You are about to discover TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY, and your world will never be the same I won t even try to describe all the incredible adventures facing Tristan Strong in this debut novel That would spoil the fun But when Tristan accidentally punches a hole through our world into the sky of the Midpass, the world of African American legends, he starts on the most epic of quests Awaiting him are malicious haints, iron monsters, bone ships, flying rafts, burning seas, talking animals, ancient gods, and But for all its great fantasy elements, what I love most about this book is its human side Tristan is struggling with grief after the death of his best friend He has just lost his first fighting bout, disappointing his father and grandfather s hopes for him carrying on the family legacy Sentenced to a summer at the grandparents farm in rural Alabama, this Chicago city kid is struggling to figure out who he wants to be, and whether his parents and society will let him be that person Tristan is tough but tender, smart but cautious, courageous but insecure He is someone every kid will relate to, and you will immediately want to be his friend I ll tell you a secret I cried while reading this book Several times, I just got overwhelmed with happiness, thinking about what this book would have meant to many of my students back when I taught middle school I was delighted to see old friends like Brer Fox, John Henry and Gum Baby in such a fresh, modern, page turning adventure I felt grateful to Kwame Mbalia for writing this book so that new generations of young readers could grown up with Tristan Strong and get to know the rich stories of West Africa and the African Diaspora In a lifetime full of highlights, I have to say that helping to publish this book is right up there at the top I know you will enjoy TRISTAN STRONG I envy you reading this book for the first time As for Tristan s further adventures, the sky s the limit Wait, no Tristan punched a hole in the sky There ARE no limits.


  2. says:

    4.5 stars rounded up Holy smokes That was a debut Y all, Tristan Strong is a hella ambitious first novel that felt like an entire world being built in front of your eyes I am really dang impressed with this Okay, now with the initial swooning out of the way, let s get into it.Tristan Strong is a 7th grader who has had a tough time of late After losing his best friend in a horrific bus crash, Tristan is struggling with his grief and feels like no one understands him.His parents decide to send him to Alabama for a month with his grandparents to help with his recovery.Yeah, he s not super crazy about the idea either Nonetheless, he heads off with them with only his best friend s journal, Eddie, to truly remind him of home On his first night there, the most bizarre thing happens Some sort of little doll baby thing steals Eddie s journal from him and takes off.Tristan gives chase It s all he has left of Eddie He needs that thing back He follows the doll baby into some creepy woods and around the mysterious bottle tree There as he is wrestling to retrieve the journal, he inadvertently punches a hole in the fabric of the universe, opening up a hole to another world, named MidPass.This is where things get crazy I can t even go on to describe all that happens next, you will just have to read for yourself This story is full of action, African folklore, mythology, African American history, the power of words, stories coming to life and a boy finding the hero within himself.I was so impressed with the level of Mbalia s writing So detailed, so funny, so engaging All of the things You may wonder why I decided to give this 4.5 stars versus a full 5 and really it boils down to the scope I think the book was a little long for my taste I sort of feel like this story could have been broken down into two books There were moments too, that there was so much going on, I felt a little confused.However, with that being said, that is such a minor thing and totally personal preference This is such a fantastic, important story I urge everyone to pick it up Thank you so much to the publisher, Disney Book Group and Rick Riordan Presents, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review I greatly appreciate it Kwame Mbalia is a gift to the world and I can t wait to see what he comes up with next


  3. says:

    VIDEO REVIEW 4 10 19FINISHED What a story, I laughed and I cried, but I mainly laughed So fun to read a book about African gods D My review will be up next week 2 10 19A HUGE thank you to Disney Hyperion for gifting me a copy of this book Blessed30 3 19Did I hear that correctly Black American Gods My gosh this book sounds so good I can t wait You can find me onYoutube Instagram Twitter Tumblr Website


  4. says:

    DUUUUDE I don t even care that it s MG, Imma read it


  5. says:

    I never wanted to be a superhero as a child, but I wanted to do heroic things Tristan Strong epitomizes the dreams of young black children who want to do and be both be heroes heroines and do heroic things Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky is the Harry Potter for young black children A heavy claim, I know It is a grabbing combination of African folklore, African American history, African mythology, and the innate magic that is Blackness.Tristan Strong just lost his best friend His best friend, Eddie, was the peanut butter to his jelly Eddie s journal is all that remains of their friendship The journal is a leather bound book of stories, told by Eddie and Tristan s grandmother, respectively Tristan takes the journal with him to Alabama where he s sent to stay with his grandparents, to heal from the loss While there, he encounters a sticky doll and a bottle tree Don t tell Gum baby I called her a doll Gum Baby sneaks into Tristan s room and steals Eddie s journal In pursuit of the doll who stole his best friend s journal, Tristan knocks into the bottle tree ripping a hole between his world and the Mid pass As a result, he lets loose a long contained spirit.Tristan falls into a chasm with the loud mouthed sticky creature and finds himself in a world where haunted ships and African gods exist.I can t tell you all how good this book is, at least not properly, or eloquently enough I opened the book and Tristan grabbed me by the throat, threw me and Gum Baby into his hoodie, and did not let me go until the very last page It was unputdownable.I rarely find books unputdownable, but I did not want to put this book down Rich in history, contemporary language, and a teachable juxtaposition between today s African American and yesterday s African lay a beautiful story, worthy of being passed down not unlike the folklores told in the story.Tristan s relatability, his touchable grief, and his insecurities will reach readers young and old, but specifically the youth This book is perfectly suited for its audience and even beyond In the story, readers are introduced to a cast of characters they won t soon forget Though Anaya, our witty guide, among other small but vital characters weren t as fleshed out, I didn t find the story lacking With a series, there should be some expectation of left out details Later books expound on the smaller details Hashing everything out, in the beginning, leaves little to be desired later in the series Book one gave enough backstory to hook the reader and keep the reader.The world is like a multi layered onion The descriptions made the world leap off the page in frightening real and otherworldly detail The descriptions of the gods, the villains, the physical spaces lands, and the characters in all their uniqueness were one of the book s shining spots It brought life and color to the words making the story that much lively and enjoyable.Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky is the book this generation s black youth needs It shows them as heroes, gods, and heroines It teaches Black history in a fun and approachable way It is a beautiful piece of literature that will land itself a forever home on any book lover s bookshelf An outstanding and unforgettable debut I want , and , and .


  6. says:

    The Rick Riordan Imprint is actually here giving us quality content I M HERE FOR THIS BOOK YAAASSSS


  7. says:

    EDIT 2 4 2019 Y all this cover gave me CHILLS Like real, legit chills EDIT 10 12 2019 SWEET PEACHES THAT WAS GOOD Real review to come EDIT 10 24 19 You can find of my reviews here at my blog Take Me AwayI have started and restarted this review so many times I even had to stop one night so I could sleep on it But I just didn t think I could get this review right There s so much in this book tto hhat I didn t think I d ever see in a book, let alone one for kids Tristan Strong hasn t felt like his self since he lost his best friend Eddie He goes to his grandparent s house to heal While there, strange things begin to happen A sticky doll comes out of nowhere and steals Eddie s journal and he chases her She almost gets away until he punches a Bottle Tree which sends them to MidPass where there s African American gods To get back home Tristan has to make sure the sky is fixed and that he won t lose anything else he won t love I can t express how much this story meant to me Seeing so many strong Black characters fighting against the very things that haunted them chains and Uncle C it was than amazing And this story was also filled with so much Blackness that I never thought I d see in a book For instance, the Bottle Tree The fact that I had one of those in my front yard, thanks to my own mother, made me realize just how imoprtant it was to me Before I even finished it I called my mom and said she needed to read it too As for the characters, I loved every one of them But no one can top Gum Baby lol I loved seeing some of the characters I ve heard from stories back when I was younger from my mom John Henry and all of them were straight from the tales But there were still some tales I hadn t heard and went back and did some research on those that I didn t Not only was this entertaining, but it was also educational As for the plot, I did feel that it was too close to the chosen one troupe It ticked every box for it, but, with all the fighting and the storytelling, I thought that was than ok And for this to be the first in the series, I can t imagine a better origin story It s definitely only rivaled by the other origin stories from the Rick Riordan imprint This book was everything I needed and I remember hearing about this story and being extremely excited to see the cover reveal And now I m super excited that I ve read and loved this book I can t wait to read Tristan Strong.


  8. says:

    Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia took me right out of my comfort zone of known mythos and plunked me down in an unfamiliar world that I ended up totally invested in.I loved the main character Tristan Strong who feels like he s failed every time something important has happened has no desire to be a hero If he tries, who knows what else bad will happen I feel that Feel that down to my bones I know there are many younger readers who will be unfortunately familiar with that feeling as well Still, when push comes to shove, and lives are at stake, Strong holds to his name Gum Baby is his perfect companion She s an annoying, mouthy brat that gives some much needed comic relief when things are getting a bit too tense She s the mouth that runs before the brain thinks the sass attack that serves to keep on their toes She is also as she will be the first to tell you one of the heroes of this story.As for the rest of the characters, they were all well done and I found myself almost surprised by a reveal made near the end.Mbalia s world is a well crafted one Some of the scenes come alive in your head It s easy to say that this would be great if adapted for the big screen Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky is an excellent read for both kids and adults A story this good knows no age limit.Disclaimer I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.


  9. says:

    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 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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