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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

Tristan Strong, Book 1
Narrated by: Amir Abdullah
Series: Tristan Strong Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
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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?

©2019 Kwame Mbalia (P)2019 Listening Library

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I have read all rr presents books/plain rr books and this was one of my favorites,I am crossing my fingers for a book 2 narration was amazing

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  • 11-10-19

a gray tree telling of many old stories

a fascinating group of stories woven from familiar childhood Tales with the African myths on which they were probably based woven through them. Well worth the listen and something most adolescents could benefit from hearing. I will look forward to book 2

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woven by an anansesem

tightly woven threads of memories, stories forgotten, adventures, imagination, create a legacy to share with all.
this is powerful, entertaining and thought provoking.

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awesome

This story was amazing. We listened to it on our trip from Missouri to Alabama and it was perfect. Amir Abdullah was on of the best narrators I have listened to ever. and if you are like me that makes or breaks a book on audible. So the book is awesome and the narration took this story to another level.

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