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Hi beautiful readers! I'm back with another fun post for you all. This time around I'm part of the Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky blog tour with Cake Literary. I'm so very honored every time I take part of these tours because I absolutely adore every single book of theirs. Tristan Strong is part of the Rick Riordan Presents imprint. Each new announced title they keep releasing gets better and better and when this was announced, I was just so excited for Kwame Mbalia. I'm ready to talk more about this title in my review below so if you want to know my thoughts about it, just head a bit down! 

Title: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
Author: Kwame Mbalia
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Release date: October 15th, 2019
Pages: 496

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 journal. 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 gods 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?

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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky is one amazing novel. The fun I had while reading this book is out of this world. From the very start you get the feeling that something incredible is happening and that will move your world upside down. Tristan Strong is definitely one book you have to pick up if you love and enjoy fun, mythological, action-packed novels.

Tristan has been feeling kind-of ... not so well. After losing his first boxing match and losing his best friend in a bus accident, Tristan is not ready to spend a month on his grandparents' farm for a MONTH. Things start happening really early on, like Eddie's journal is shining with this green, bright glow and Tristan doesn't know what's going on. No one can see it, only him. And then when he arrives to the farm, the action starts. Every time you meet a new character, you get all these butterflies in the stomach. Kwame Mbalia is a master of telling this intricated story with so many layers, but he does it in a way that it feels so easy and fresh, and you're ready to have the time of your life. The story is flowing through the pages and every page you read, there is something new waiting for you that you won't expect.

I'm so happy this book is going to be released. Kids, teens, adults, we all need it. My heart keeps racing and I seriously want more from this. It's that excitement of meeting new characters to love, going on this wild journey that takes you places that you won't be able to imagine, and a protagonist that feels so much and doesn't know what to do with that, but this adventure will give him the answers.

Tristan Strong punches a whole in a tree and accidentally releases gods, monters and the adventure of his life. You won't be the same after reading this beautiful novel.
Kwame is a husband, father, writer, and pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. His debut middle-grade novel, TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY (October 15, 2019) is published by Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion. A Howard University graduate and a Midwesterner now in North Carolina, he enjoys impromptu dance sessions and Cheezits.

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