Synopses & Reviews
Bestselling author Rick Riordan presents the second book in the New York Times best-selling and award-winning Tristan Strong trilogy by Kwame Mbalia.
Tristan Strong, just back from a victorious but exhausting adventure in Alke, the land of African American folk heroes and African gods, is suffering from PTSD. But there's no rest for the weary when his grandmother is abducted by a mysterious villain out for revenge.
Tristan must return to Alke — and reunite with his loud-mouthed sidekick, Gum Baby — in order to rescue Nana and stop the culprit from creating further devastation. Anansi, now a "web developer" in Tristan's phone, is close at hand to offer advice, and several new folk heroes will aid Tristan in his quest, but he will only succeed if he can figure out a way to sew broken souls back together.
"The world building of this series is truly spectacular and easily comparable to the best titles in children's literature." Nerds and Beyond
"Mbalia returns with a sequel as impressive and even more compelling, offering all the power-packed goodness of the previous volume... A stunning conclusion will leave readers breathless and eager for the next installment." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
"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. Packs a punch." Kirkus (starred review)
"Mbalia's universe continues to excite through sheer conceptual brilliance, nonstop action and adventure, and — let's be honest — the comical aggression of sidekick god Gum Baby." Booklist
About the Author
Kwame Mbalia is the New York Times best-selling author of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, for which he received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor award. The book was also named to best-of-the-year lists compiled by Publishers Weekly, the Chicago Public Library, and the New York Times. The second book in the trilogy is Tristan Strong Destroys the World. Kwame lives with his wife and children in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he is currently working on the third book about Tristan.