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Tristan Strong Keeps Punching: Tristan Strong, Book 3

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fantasy finale hits magical mark with suspenseful showdown.

Book Kwame Mbalia Fantasy 2021
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The smart writer saves the best material for last, and this fantasy trilogy concludes with a titanic showdown worthy of the exceptional first two books. In Tristan Strong Keeps Punching, author Kwame Mbalia orchestrates Tristan's rescue mission so that his path intersects with key sites from Black history, giving the fantasy plot a richness beyond the usual fare. Tristan continues to mature over the course of the story, and readers will continue to enjoy his interactions with mythical characters such as Anansi, Ayanna, High John, King Cotton, and Gum Baby. By the time the story's climax arrives, Mbalia has cranked up the suspense to the point it's almost unbearable. The trilogy is complete, but there's room for more adventures in this universe. Tristan Strong deserves the right to keep punching,

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