Have you read any “Rick Riordian Presents” books yet? Why not!? Check out Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the first novel about Tristian Strong by Kwame Mbalia. Tristian accidentally punches a hole in the sky and enters into the mythological world of MidPass and begins the most epic quest. Not only is the book full of West-African and African-American mythology, adventure and fantasy, it also has heart. Through his adventures, Tristian is coming to terms with the death of his best friend and attempting to live up to the legacy of his father and grandfather. You will not want this adventure to end!
For more folklore inspired reading, try Lalani of the Distant Sea by Newberry Medalist author Erin Entrada Kelly. Inspired by Filipino folklore, this is the story of 12 year old Lalani, an island dweller who dreams of a far off island full of good fortune. After a fateful wish, Lalani sets off to discover this island and save her village. Lalani is just an ordinary girl who faces her challenge with determination. Readers of The Girl Who Drank the Moon will enjoy this story.
Sal & Gabi Break the Universe has it all. This fast-paced sci-fi book is humorous, but also deals with the loss of a loved one. Sal, the new kid at school, discovers his ability to open up holes in the universe and uses his power to play pranks on the school bully. When he meets Gabi, they begin a friendship that may break the universe... or perhaps save it. Readers will love Sal and Gabi; check out the next book in the series too!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride dinosaurs into battle? Of course you have! Follow along in 1863 with Magdalys and her friends from the Colored Orphan Asylum as they face danger on a normal outing in Brooklyn. Magdalys discovers that she can communicate telepathically with the dinosaurs and uses her new skill to save her friends and help the Union Army. Dactyl Hill Squad is an exiting historical fantasy certain to thrill.
Finally, more folklore! The Serpent’s Secret is the first book in a series about Kiranmala, a true Indian Princess who thought she was a normal 6th grader in New Jersey. On her 12th birthday, a rakkhosh demon appears and kidnaps her parents, sending Kiranmala on a quest to another dimension. To save her parents, Kiran will have to embrace her true heritage as the demon slayer.
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