I absolutely loved this story. laugh out loud! He has not only created a story that will connect with every reader regardless of their age, Mbalia has brought to the page the tales of High John and John Henry, which more readers need to read about. Review: Butterfly Broken by Rebecca Carpenter, Review: Daddy’s Little Hero: Dan wants to be a Fireman by Chrys McDuffie, Illustrated by Amber Fitz-Herbert, Review: The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn by Kate Gordon, Review: Blackbirch: The Beginning by K.M. Change ), Book Review: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, Follow The Midnight Book Blog on WordPress.com. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Book Reviews; Support The Blog; About; Contact; Book Review: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. Love to hear that (: let me know how you like them! Review (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky will tear at your heartstrings as it craftily deals with grief and highlights the power of storytelling. ( Log Out /  When he broke that bottle on the Bottle Tree, Tristan created a hole in the MidPass sky which grew larger and unleashed a vicious group called the Maafa. Tristan Strong hasn’t felt strong since the day his friend died. I very much underestimated this book. I really think this book is amazing, it has so much history and is beautifully written. Not every mythology story for middle grade students can be a success, right? If we ignored the past, how would we learn from it?”, Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 4.5/5 (rounded up)Pace: FastIntended audience: Middle Grade (but all ages should read this book)Content warnings: mentions of slavery. Tristan Strong can weave a story much like the god of storytelling Anansi. This book sounds interesting!
This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Reviews. But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie’s notebook. When he passes through that hole in the ground to MidPass, though he lands in a world in conflict, it is here that Tristan truly learns to move on.

June 10, 2020 / No Comments. Laughing Place is not endorsed by or affiliated with the Walt Disney Company, or its subsidiaries. With their metallic monsters called Fetterlings, the Maffa have been kidnapping everyone they could. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. James Jani Recommended for you I might try it one day , You def should!! Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky is brilliant. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price. His Nana and Granddad come up for his debut boxing match, and Tristan loses. The main enemy that is controlling the evil that effects MidPass is known as Uncle C. Thinking he was torturing Tristan by stealing all his happy memories of Eddie and only leaving the painful memory of his death, Uncle C helped Tristan in the long run. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The worldbuilding is rich with description and magic. 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. Kwame Mbalia has written an emotionally intelligent, socially relevant tale. The Toxic World of Self Help: Hustle Culture, Toxic Positivity, Addiction, and Fake Gurus. Here he argues with Gum Baby, and the raw anger that has settled beneath the grief of losing his friend bubbles over. All the therapy sessions and chores on his family farm won’t erase the memory of what happen to Eddie. Change ). The narrative accelerates from this point.

When the story opens, Tristan Strong isn’t having the most ideal seventh-grade year. Tristan is brought to another world called MidPass where he meets humans and mythological creatures alike. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Fantasy, Kwame Mbalia, My opinion, Mythology, Review, talking animals, Tristan Strong, Tristan Strong punches a hole in the sky. ( Log Out /  The young boy is grieving the loss of his best friend, feels like he has let down his family, and is lost in a flurry of emotions that he doesn’t understand. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Awoken by a talking doll named Gum Baby who appears in his room on his first night, Tristan races off into the dark night chasing Gum Baby and hoping to recapture the journal his friend Eddie wrote that Gum Baby took. The legendary men, women and gods of black folk tales, mythology and stories passed down through the ages are the real heroes, and monsters of iron, boneships, evil spirits and trickster creatures are their foes to overcome. Tristan is a smart hero, a thinker, a story-teller and a boxer. Synopsis: “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.

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. To fix what has broken Tristan joins forces with new friends full of fire, grit and determination, a moody living doll, animals who talk and figures of legend to save this incredible world. August 17, 2020 About the Book: 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 …

Click here to inquire about commission pieces and here to view my custom bookmarks on Etsy! ( Log Out /  “As Anansesem, it was my job to carry the stories of the land to its people. Tristan has experienced severe trauma in the last few weeks. And it is Tristan and his friends who must stand against them, going on an epic journey to find the story-box and the missing weaver to repair the hole in the sky and save the people of this unique and colourful world. - Duration: 18:51.

His best friend Eddie died in a bus accident, and Tristan blames himself for not helping his friend. How do you go on when someone so close to you dies? Everyone should read it. Shoutout to JV for picking this for our book club’s monthly read, and Happy reading! 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. He is the perfect hero for this adventure. Since the creation of the Rick Riordan Presents banner at Disney/Hyperion, middle school readers and adults have had the chance to explore mythologies all over the world with a variety of characters. Tristan said it best, so I will leave you with a final quotation, and my insistence that EVERYONE READS THIS BOOK. Learn how your comment data is processed. ( Log Out / 

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky is an action packed story that tackles grief, guilt, and the power of stories. This book is full of beautiful (and heartbreaking) African Mythology, and a lot of it is rooted in the stories of slaves. The boy who thought he wasn’t a boxer learns to be a warrior physically and mentally. It is through the power of storytelling that Tristan can prevail. Paired with folk heroes like John Henry and High John, Tristan cannot lose.

Tristan is blamed and expected to help fix the problem he created. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The journey may seem impossible, but for the time Tristan spends in this other world, he grows in maturity, strength, and confidence. No matter your age, you will be able to immerse yourself in poor Tristan’s shoes as he sits in the car, endures the taunts of his Granddad and the nurturing of his Nana.

Gloriously detailed mythology is blended with a modern hero in a world built of stories. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia. Fighting and living alongside heroic characters like High John and John Henry, Tristan learns that those who are not always helping you have your best interest at heart, and those who seem to be your enemy may not really be the enemy. Review by Ciara Javier. I loved that he wasn’t sure of himself in every step of his quest, unlike so many heroes. Review of "Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky" by Kwame Mbalia, from the Rick Riordan Presents imprint. All icons, animations, and graphics on this blog were designed by me. Tristan is the most developed protagonist I have read about in a long while. I think because it’s technically a middle-grade read, I was expecting it to be slow, easy, and predictable. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. enjoy the following. And if Disney doesn’t jump on this series for Disney+ then they are total fools! His parents decide that it would be best for Tristan to get away and spend a month at the family farm in Alabama with his Nana and Granddad.
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Perfectly written with depth and humor, crafted with the greatest care and detail, readers will want more of this world that author Kwame Mbalia has brought to the page. PodcastLaughing Place PressDiscussion Boards, More DisneyStar WarsMarvelDisney TheatricalDisney Consumer ProductsDisney InteractiveDisney BooksD23ESPN, FollowFacebookYouTubeTwitterInstagramRSS Feed, Book Review – “The Trials of Apollo: The…, Marvel Studios Happy Meal Toys Arrive at McDonald’s, ABC to Present New Series “The Con” Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg Starting October 14, Stage 17 at Disney California Adventure to Become “Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop” as Extension of Downtown Disney District, Pin Traders Can Virtually Celebrate 20 Years of Disney Pins This November 13th and 14th, TV Review: “DuckTales” Season 3, Episode 10 – “The Trickening!”, Star Wars Trading Post – shopDisney: Legacy Lightsabers, Attire and Gear, New Episodes Every Wednesday, House of Mouse Headlines Presented by Laughing Place Every Sunday, Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Project Tracker, Universal Studios Florida Live Wait Times, Universal Studios Hollywood Live Wait Times. Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. How Mbalia chronicled the drive Tristan endures with his grandparents back to their home in Alabama is literary beauty. He can hook and jab like any boxer, but it is when Tristan spins a story to his worst enemy that he prevails on the battlefield. Review: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account.