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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Tristan Strong Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky: The Graphic Novel overflows with references to African and African American culture and folklore. It recognizes the impact of slavery on the psyche of the United States across the centuries.
The wisdom of our ancestors can help us face adversity in the present.
Positive Role Models
Still traumatized by the death of his best friend Eddie, Tristan lacks confidence at the beginning of the novel, reluctant to put himself in danger before others. Gradually he finds the courage to put himself in the line of fire.
Virtually all the characters are African or of African descent. Tristan use storytelling to combat his enemies,
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Violence & Scariness
Tristan and his allies fight monsters called Fetterlings. Weapons are nostly blasts of fire or energy. Friends are captured and hurt. Sensitive readers might be upset by some of the imagery.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky is an adaptation of the award-winning fantasy novel of the same name based on African folklore. A seventh grader goes toe-to-toe with gods and monsters. Plenty of fiery battle scenes but little actual bloodshed.
Is It Any Good?
Some books are made to be adapted for comics, and this series shows its appropriateness from the get-go. Tristan Stronng is a reluctant hero for our times -- thoughtful, brave, and respectful of the past. Olivia Stephens's illustrations are alive with kinetic energy, and Robert Venditti's adaptation is smooth and nuanced. Tristan Strong Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky: The Graphic Novel is graphic storytelling at its best.
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