King And The Dragonflies
ISBN: 1338129333
EAN13: 9781338129335
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 4, 2020
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 8.3" L x 5.8" W
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

Winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Winner of the 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry

In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy's grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself.



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Twelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he shed what was his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. Khalid still visits in dreams, and King must keep these secrets to himself as he watches grief transform his family.

It would be easier if King could talk with his best friend, Sandy Sanders. But just days before he died, Khalid told King to end their friendship, after overhearing a secret about Sandy-that he thinks he might be gay. You don't want anyone to think you're gay too, do you?

But when Sandy goes missing, sparking a town-wide search, and King finds his former best friend hiding in a tent in his backyard, he agrees to help Sandy escape from his abusive father, and the two begin an adventure as they build their own private Read More chevron_right

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   Not good
Gravel-out, lacking excitement, type of book victim-mentality. Definitely not recommend for anyone, let alone for children.
   Excellent Story
This young adult book, also enjoyable for older adults, focuses on many important issues, including grief, race, sexuality, friendship, spirituality and forgiveness. The characters are complex and deal with real issues. The story is well-written and captivating. A story worth reading is a story worth telling.
Dragonflies have become a thing for me since my mother passed last year and this novel made me realize how fraught we are with the hope of always being around. In this novel, grief, love, abuse, racism, and homophobia gather to make it all one hell of a story. Definitely worth the read!
I have received this book for a college course and I love it. It is for children on the older side. One problem I had was when this book came to me, several pages were bent in the book, but that is an easy fix!
   lovely coming of age book
Kacen Callender writes tender yet vibrant prose, shimmering off the page. I really enjoyed getting to know King and going on his family journey with him.