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Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky
Unabridged edition
By (author): Kwame Mbalia Read by: Amir Abdullah
9780593167236 CD-Audio English Juvenile: Age (years) from 10, Grade (US) from 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / African Oct 15, 2019
$73.00 CAD
Active 5.1 x 5.88 x 1.13 in 0 pages Duration: 660 minutes Listening Library Listening Library (Audio)
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?



SUCCESS OF RICK RIORDAN PRESENTS LINE: With multiple out-of-the-gate New York Times bestsellers, Rick Riordan Presents is becoming a go-to imprint for fast-paced fantasy with snarky narration that features well-known gods and heroes.

INTRO BY RICK RIORDAN: Rick provided editorial notes, as well, and will promote heavily on social media.

EXCITING DEBUT: Kwambe Mballa has an accessbile writing style. Real world problems and a high-stakes fantasy problems challenge Tristan Strong simultaneously.

MORE TO COME: A second book about Tristan is coming, so we can look forward to further adventures with Anansi, Gum Baby, and many other unforgettable characters.

HEAR DIVERSITY: The vast worlds of West African and African American mythology await you in the Tristan Strong series. Look for this title on

CROSS-PROMOTION: Simultaneous with the Rick Riordan Presents hardcover, which has a 75,000 copy announced first print, 978-1-368-03993-2.

Kwame Mbalia is a part-time pharmaceutical calibration tech, part-time writer, and full-time dad. Follow him on Twitter @KSekouM.

Marketing: Review coverage in library trade journals & magazines including Booklist, School Library Journal, AudioFile, and Publishers Weekly.

National feature and review attention

National media attention

Online outreach

School & Library Marketing

Display at national conventions

Feature on BOT Library website and in e-newsletter.

Author Social Media: Twitter: @KSekouM
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