Ever since my kids were introduced to Percy Jackson, they have read any and everything they can get their hands on that talks about gods, mythology, and the supernatural. When Tristan Strong landed on our doorstep I couldn't have been happier for them. Being a bi-racial family, it's important to my husband and I that the children learn about their heritage. This book, that dives into African American folk heroes and West African gods, is an exciting and fun way for the kids to immerse themselves in that world that is part of their background.
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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky Review
I love that Rick Riordan presents books give our middle-grade readers diverse reads that are not only fun but allow kids to immerse themselves in different cultures and folklore. Just like the Percy Jackson series, I read Tristan Strong with my children so that we could talk about our favorite characters and discuss what we learned.
While some characters like John Henry and Brer Rabbit were familiar to us, others like Gum Baby and Anansi were completely new. Kwame Mbalia brought these beings to life in a way that pulls the reader in and makes them want to know more. What is a bottle tree? Is The Thicket a real place? Could The People really fly?
Just like the Percy Books, within the first few pages you are right in the thick of things. You are running alongside Tristan trying to figure out who is Gum Baby and why these animals can talk? Wait these stories are real?! Yes they are, and just like Tristan we have a lot to learn. From start to finish you are on a ride through fantastical realms, chock full of action, heart, and wonder.
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky ends on a high note with promise of a future in this world that is equal parts new and familiar. I know we are hoping for a sequel and I think you will be too.
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky is available October 15, 2019
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That sounds like a great book series. My 6th grader would love to read these I’m sure.
i’m always looking for a great book series and i think my daughter would love to try this when she gets older!
This sounds like a great book series for kids. I bet my daughter would like it. I might have to get it for her for Christmas.
That looks like a great book, my niece is going to love it, adding it to my list to get her one for the holidays
I haven’t heard of this series, but this book looks great. I bet my girls would really enjoy it too.
My daughter really liked the Percy Jackson series. I bet Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky would be great too since Rick Riordan wrote it!
I love these types of books!I have never heard of Tristan Strong but this is on my radar now.I am always looking for new books to add to our home library.
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This sounds like a great read. I’ve been looking for a new book to read and I will have to see if this is available in digital format.
I have a 10 year old daughter and a soon to be 12 year old daughter. I think they would really love these books.
If I see a kid reading with a lot of interest and passion, I am so excited. I cannot wait to learn more about this book.
What a wonderful action/adventure book for kiddos! This reminds me: I need to pick up a few new books for my own fall reading pleasure!
This book is interesting! I would love to read it for myself as well.
My son is a fan of Percy Jackson and we got him all the books for Christmas. I will have to tell him about this one. Sounds like a fun book.
This sounds like it would be a great book. I think my daughters would really enjoy it too. My youngest daughter really loves to read.
It sounds like a great book! I think my kids would want to read it! This would make a nice holiday gift!
I need to pass this along to my niece who loves this type of book. She probably already is aware of it though as finding interesting books for her homeschooling.
I’m always looking for new books for my middle-schooler to read! I’ll have to check out this book
Sounds like great book to read. My kids are small. I will get them once they slightly bigger. She is enjoying the book I can see that.
Books that trigger a child’s imagination is awesome and it’s definitely something that I’d recommend to parents for their kids to be more excited about reading. Great review!