Tristan Strong punches a hole in the sky The graphic novel

Robert Venditti

Book - 2022

Seventh-grader Tristan Strong tumbles into the MidPass and, with allies John Henry and Brer Rabbit, must entice the god Anansi to come out of hiding and seal the hole Tristan accidentally ripped in the sky.

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Subjects
Genres
Action and adventure comics
Graphic novels
Comics (Graphic works)
Fantasy comics
Mythological comics
Published
Los Angeles : Disney Hyperion 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"Based on the New York times best-selling novel by Kwame Mbalia."
Chiefly illustrations.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781368072809
1368072801
9781368075008
1368075002
Main Author
Robert Venditti (author)
Other Authors
Olivia Stephens (artist), Kwame Mbalia (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This graphic adaptation of Kwame Mbalia's groundbreaking adventure fantasy hits all the major plot points: Following the death of his best friend, Tristan visits his grandparents' Alabama farm, where his pursuit of a mysterious burglar leads him to accidentally punch a bottle tree, releasing an evil haint and tearing a hole into the world of Alke, home to the pantheon of African and African American myths, gods, and folk heroes. In Alke, Tristan must come into his own as an Anansesem, a magically powerful storyteller, if he's to save the people from an uprising of fetterlings and other evil, oppressive monsters. While Venditti's adaptation is an impressive feat of storytelling efficiency and artist Stephens visualizes so many memorable characters, the meager page count and sparse background art give little room for the original 496-page epic or its characters to breathe, giving the feeling of a rushed product. Nonetheless, the original's popularity will have readers queuing up for their turn with this version, and the graphic-novel space remains in desperate need of more Black representation. Stock up. Grades 4-6. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–7—Tristan Strong is living with grief and guilt because he survived a bus accident that killed his best friend, Eddie. When he is sent down to stay at his grandparents' farm in Alabama, he brings Eddie's journal along, but he doesn't realize until it's too late that this journal makes him a target. Soon Tristan meets many of the characters from his grandmother's folktales, such as Brer Rabbit, John Henry, and Anansi the spider, and he finds himself in the middle of a battle that could destroy the world. This graphic adaptation of the children's novel that began the "Tristan Strong" trilogy will have plenty of appeal for readers who are interested in African and African American characters and folklore. The illustrations pop with energy and color, and the off-kilter panels will pull readers into the surreal story. The creative reimaginings of classic folktale characters will keep readers entertained, and may also inspire them to learn more about the originals. VERDICT For fans of Rick Riordan–style mythology stories, these feature plenty of action and diverse characters.—Andrea Lipinski Copyright 2022 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Seventh grader Tristan Strong accidentally opens a portal to another world while staying on his grandparents’ farm and must convince the god Anansi, the Weaver, to seal the hole in the sky, which comes at a high price. 20,000 first printing. Simultaneous. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The best-selling and awarding-winning novel about a Black boy who helps folk heroes and gods through storytelling is now a dynamic graphic novel!"This graphic adaptation of the children's novel that began the 'Tristan Strong' trilogy will have plenty of appeal for readers who are interested in African and African American characters and folklore. The illustrations pop with energy and color."--School Library JournalThe talented team of Robert Venditti and Olivia Stephens brings to glorious full color the novel that best-selling author Jason Reynolds called "A brilliant action adventure rooted in African American lore."Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he's going to spend on his grandparents' farm in Alabama, where he's being sent to heal from the tragedy. But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie's notebook. Tristan chases after it--is that a doll?--and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature's hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this world. Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left Black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves? Find out by diving into this stunning graphic novel adaptation of the original book.Endorsed by Rick Riordan, author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, soon to be a series on Disney+.Complete your graphic novel collection with these fan favorites:Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, adapted by Robert VendittiThe Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, adapted by Orpheus CollarThe Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, adapted by Robert VendittiArtemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, adapted by Michael Moreci, illustrated by Stephen GilpinAru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, adapted by Joe Caramagna, illustrated by Anu Chouhan