TRISTAN STRONG KEEPS PUNCHING – Kwame Mbalia

The third and final installment of Kwame Mbalia’s Tristan Strong series, Tristan Strong Keeps Punching (Disney Hyperion 2021), was a near perfect conclusion to a story that writes itself in your bones and whispers in your sleep. All three works were five star reads for this bookdragon, and I know had I read this asContinue reading “TRISTAN STRONG KEEPS PUNCHING – Kwame Mbalia”

PAX – Sara Pennypacker

“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” – The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Those were the words I couldn’t shake while reading Sara Pennypacker’s Pax (HarperCollins Publishers, 2016).  The fox’s wise words from a beloved childhood classic echoed on each page of Pennypacker’s middle grade book about a boy and his fox.Continue reading “PAX – Sara Pennypacker”

THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON – Kelly Barnhill

I read forty-seven books in 2020, and my last read of the year ended up one of my top two.  I knew I’d like Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Algonquin Young Readers, 2016), but I didn’t anticipate it even being in my top five.  Yet I found this novel of an “enmagicked”Continue reading “THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON – Kelly Barnhill”

TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD – Kwame Mbalia

In January of this year, I posted a review of Kwame Mbalia’s Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky.  In that review, I encouraged everyone to read the book and to it in little hands.  Representation matters, and the literary world needed (and still needs) that “nerdy, black kid from Chicago.”   In February,Continue reading “TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD – Kwame Mbalia”