Parents' Guide to

King and the Dragonflies

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Beautifully told coming-of-age tale full of grief and hope.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Heartwarming story

This is a beautifully written coming-of-age story. I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up based on its themes of grief, identity, racism, and bullying.

Is It Any Good?

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This enchanting and unforgettable book pulls readers in from the first page. Kacen Callendar's writing in King and the Dragonflies is lush and lyrical, a joy to read solely for the beauty of the sentences. Especially when King remembers his brother, the text takes on a magical feel that magnifies King's grief for the reader. Young people will appreciate the inclusion of queer characters who take different paths to coming to terms with being gay and the insightful portrayal of the intersections of race and sexuality. Callender portrays King's family with a noteworthy sensitivity. They have problems -- namely, the crushing grief of Khalid's death, King's father's homophobia and sexism, and King's mother's acceptance of those things --but it's clear that this is a family that can heal and grow together.

There are several sob-worthy passages, though ultimately this is a deeply hopeful and inspiring tale that will leave readers smiling, even if it's through happy tears.

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