The Season of Styx Malone

Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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A Coretta Scott King Honor Book and the Winner of The Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Fiction!

"Extraordinary friendships...extraordinary storytelling." (Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of One Crazy Summer)

Meet Caleb and Bobby Gene, two brothers embarking on a madcap, heartwarming, one-thing-leads-to-another adventure in which friendships are forged, loyalties are tested...and miracles just might happen.

Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene are excited to have adventures in the woods behind their house. But Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town. Then Caleb and Bobby Gene meet new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx is 16 and oozes cool. Styx promises the brothers that together, the three of them can pull off the Great Escalator Trade - exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. But as the trades get bigger, the brothers soon find themselves in over their heads. Styx has secrets - secrets so big they could ruin everything.

Five best of the year lists!

NPR, HornBook, Kirkus Reviews, SLJ, Shelf Awareness

Five starred reviews!

©2018 Kekla Magoon (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Reminiscent of now-classic works by Katherine Paterson, Natalie Babbitt and Lois Lowry, The Season of Styx Malone brings the darkness of fear and trauma into the bright sun of summer days.” (Shelf Awareness, starred review)

"A summertime romp filled with trouble-making, camaraderie, and substance." (School Library Journal, starred review)

"Heartening and hopeful, a love letter to black male youth grasping the desires within them, absorbing the worlds around them, striving to be more otherwise than ordinary. Please share."(Kirkus Review, starred review)

"Interweaving themes of risk taking and trust, betrayal and forgiveness, Magoon (How It Went Down) crafts a novel that is genuinely funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting- extraordinary, in fact." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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REEEEEEEEE but good

I loved this book but the plot twist was very questionable for me good job 0-0

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Not bad

Great story. Good narration. Good moral story for kids and adults. Worth a listen or two.

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I love it<br />so adventurous

great and awesome
near my best book ever
I just want to read it all over again

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Purchased for my 13 and 11-year-old boys

I Purchased it for my kids but found myself hanging on to every word. A Very interesting story

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Timeless FriendShip

The Season Of Stix Malone is a timeless story of Friendship and true brotherly love defying all odds. Meetine a life long friend in the woods? Unlikely. But changing their life (and yours) forever? Just sit back and watch these boys do it with timeless class.

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loved this story

I'm in a writing program, so I've read 60 books so far this year, and this one is a definite highlight. What a fun, sweet, well-written story.