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The Season of Styx Malone



by
Kekla Magoon

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN
9781524715960

Awards and Honors
2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner, Fiction and Poetry
2019 Coretta Scott King Award Honor, Author
ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019
MRLS Cream of the Crop - 2019 CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Fiction for Children
CSMCL Best Books - 2018
Amazon Best Books of 2018, Children's
Kirkus Best Books, Middle-Grade - 2018
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2018
School Library Journal Best Books - 2018
Horn Book Fanfare - 2018
Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Elementary School 2020-2021
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Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene are excited to have adventures in the woods behind their house. But Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town.
Then Caleb and Bobby Gene meet new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx is sixteen and oozes cool. Styx promises the brothers that together, the three of them can pull off the Great Escalator Trade--exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. But as the trades get bigger, the brothers soon find themselves in over their heads. Styx has secrets--secrets so big they could ruin everything.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language, Crime: Theft

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

3.8: points 7

Lexile

510L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

13

JLG Release

Jan 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Adventure and adventurers. Family life. Indiana. Foster children. African Americans. Small towns. Friendship. Summer. Brothers.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine*, Kirkus Reviews*, Booklist, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

Horn Book

It’s summertime, and the living is easy. At least it was before narrator Caleb and his older brother Bobby Gene make a bad deal with their nemesis, Cory, leading to four long weeks of morning chores as punishment. It looks like things are going nowhere fast—until they meet Styx Malone, a mysterious, lanky, smoothtalking teenager who adds excitement to the brothers’ otherwise humdrum summer. Living in the small town of Sutton, Indiana, Caleb and Bobby Gene are confined to play within the woods in their backyard. Caleb dreams of a chance to see the world—at least to make it to the big city of Indianapolis—and doesn’t understand his father’s stubborn insistence that they don’t need to travel anywhere outside of Sutton. (The father’s fears for their safety, as African American young men, is mostly subtext.) Caleb doesn’t want the ordinary life that his family lives, and Styx becomes the magic ticket to escape. The boys embark on a journey that encompasses rule-breaking, laugh-out-loud humor, and nail-biting adventure, while exploring the importance of family ties and deep friendships. Spending time with Styx, Caleb, and Bobby Gene is an experience no reader will soon forget. monique harris

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

It’s summertime, and the living is easy. At least it was before narrator Caleb and his older brother Bobby Gene make a bad deal with their nemesis, Cory, leading to four long weeks of morning chores as punishment. It looks like things are going nowhere fast—until they meet Styx Malone, a mysterious, lanky, smoothtalking teenager who adds excitement to the brothers’ otherwise humdrum summer. Living in the small town of Sutton, Indiana, Caleb and Bobby Gene are confined to play within the woods in their backyard. Caleb dreams of a chance to see the world—at least to make it to the big city of Indianapolis—and doesn’t understand his father’s stubborn insistence that they don’t need to travel anywhere outside of Sutton. (The father’s fears for their safety, as African American young men, is mostly subtext.) Caleb doesn’t want the ordinary life that his family lives, and Styx becomes the magic ticket to escape. The boys embark on a journey that encompasses rule-breaking, laugh-out-loud humor, and nail-biting adventure, while exploring the importance of family ties and deep friendships. Spending time with Styx, Caleb, and Bobby Gene is an experience no reader will soon forget. monique harris

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