The Season of Styx Malone (Hardcover)

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(CHILDREN 9-12 FICTION)

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MIDDLE-GRADE FICTION

Caleb, this splendid story’s narrator, wants only to be outstanding in some way; his parents and younger brother seem devoted to being ordinary and inconspicuous. Then one summer the brothers meet Styx Malone, a teenage foster child, who’s anything but ordinary and seems to have all the answers – and all the schemes. The three boys get into mischief, sometimes borderline illegal, and readers become willing co-conspirators. All the main characters are black, and how refreshing it is that race is just one aspect of their very realistic and complicated lives.

-Banna

— From Banna's New Recs

Caleb, this splendid story’s narrator, wants only to be outstanding in some way; his parents and younger brother seem devoted to being ordinary and inconspicuous. Then one summer the brothers meet Styx Malone, a teenage foster child, who’s anything but ordinary and seems to have all the answers – and all the schemes. The three boys get into mischief, sometimes borderline illegal, and readers become willing co-conspirators. All the main characters are black, and how refreshing it is that race is just one aspect of their very realistic and complicated lives.

-Banna

— From Books for Middle Grade Readers

Description


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 sixteen 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!

About the Author


Kekla Magoon grew up in Indiana but wanted to see the rest of the world. Now she travels all over the country meeting young readers and sharing her books, which include The Rock and the River, Camo Girl, and Shadows of Sherwood (The Robyn Hoodlum Adventures series). She has won numerous awards for her work, including two Coretta Scott King Honors, an NAACP Image Award, the Walter Award Honor, and inclusion on the National Book Award Long List. She holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now serves on faculty. Visit her online at keklamagoon.com and you'll see: she is anything but ordinary!

Praise For…


"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

"Spending time with Styx, Caleb, and Bobby Gene is an experience no reader will soon forget. "—Horn Book, 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
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524715953
ISBN-10: 1524715956
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: October 16th, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English