Reviews for Tristan strong destroys the world Tristan strong series, book 2. [electronic resource] :

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Tristan Strong is back in this sequel to Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (2019).A months passed since rising eighth grader Tristans first adventure in Alke, the world where African American folktale heroes are gods who live alongside African deities. Tristans now an Anansesem, a carrier and spreader of stories, and after the Shamble Man, a new foe, kidnaps his grandmother and takes her back to Alke, he follows, determined to rescue her. Tristan heads off on an adventure that will challenge his reluctant hero-ness (realistically, this aspect of his character hasnt changed) and force him to reckon with the truth: Though he saved Alke, he was also the reason Alke was in danger in the first place. Fans of the first book will cheer the return of old friends, like capable, reliable Ayanna; the ever quippy Gum Baby (who steals the show, as per usual); and cellphone-bound trickster Anansi, and appreciate the new characters. The ending is nothing short of earth-shattering, promising a fascinating next entry. Well-pacedjust like the previous installmentthis sequel focuses on themes such as the meaning of diaspora and the effects of trauma, making for a more nuanced and stronger story than the first. The human characters are Black with varying shades of brown skin.Packs a punch. (map) (Fantasy. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


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Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Tristan Strong is back in this sequel to Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (2019). A month’s passed since rising eighth grader Tristan’s first adventure in Alke, the world where African American folktale heroes are gods who live alongside African deities. Tristan’s now an Anansesem, “a carrier and spreader of stories,” and after the Shamble Man, a new foe, kidnaps his grandmother and takes her back to Alke, he follows, determined to rescue her. Tristan heads off on an adventure that will challenge his reluctant hero-ness (realistically, this aspect of his character hasn’t changed) and force him to reckon with the truth: Though he saved Alke, he was also the reason Alke was in danger in the first place. Fans of the first book will cheer the return of old friends, like capable, reliable Ayanna; the ever quippy Gum Baby (who steals the show, as per usual); and cellphone-bound trickster Anansi, and appreciate the new characters. The ending is nothing short of earth-shattering, promising a fascinating next entry. Well-paced—just like the previous installment—this sequel focuses on themes such as the meaning of diaspora and the effects of trauma, making for a more nuanced and stronger story than the first. The human characters are Black with varying shades of brown skin. Packs a punch. (map) (Fantasy. 10-14) Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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