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Tristan Strong Destroys The World

(Tristan Strong #2)

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Bestselling author Rick Riordan presents the second book in the New York Times best-selling Tristan Strong trilogy by Kwame Mbalia. Tristan Strong, just back from a victorious but exhausting adventure in Alke, the land of African American folk heroes and African gods, is suffering from PTSD. But there's no rest for the weary when his grandmother is abducted by a mysterious ...more
Published October 6th 2020 by Rick Riordan Presents
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megs_bookrack
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO KWAME MBALIA AND TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD!!!



This is such a fun Middle Grade Adventure series. I am already excited for the next book!

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Tristan Strong Destroys the World was my most anticipated Middle Grade novel of 2020.

I had so much fun reading Kwame Mbalia's debut, Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, last year. I fell in love with Tristan, as well as Mbalia's wit and compelling writing style.



At the time, I was blown away by the fact that it was a
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The Artisan Geek
Feb 29, 2020 marked it as to-read
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We have a cover!!! Absolutely loved the first book (video review), so can't wait for this one to come out! :D


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JoyAnn
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of the Rick Riordan Presents books. Aru Shah and Tristan Strong are my personal favorite series from this so far.

This is a great follow up to Tristan Strong number 1. I appreciate how it shows that even though Tristan did some heroic things in book 1, he also did some harm. I like how his grandmother is tied in and am hoping for more back story on her in book 3. Gum Baby and Tristan’s bickering continues to provide comic relief. Appreciated how the villain of this one is shown as
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Lorie Barber
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Tristan Strong Destroys the World from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

And honestly? I loved it. It was wonderful to be with Tristan and his cohort of African folktale heroes again. His voice - the sarcasm and witty humor of a preteen - came through so clearly and kids will be laughing out loud at his asides to the reader. And don’t get me started on the pure joy I felt at reading the return of Ayanna and GUM BABY!!! (You know you were hoping she’d be there.)
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Allison
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good to be with Tristan and the Alkeans again! Can’t wait for more!
Cayla (bad and bookish)
Jan 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
DO YALL SEE THAT TITLE?????
Ms. Yingling
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Netgalley

While Tristan is making progress dealing with his friend Eddie's death and is enjoying being with his grandparents on their farm in Alabama, he is still reeling from his experiences traveling into the world of Alke and dealing with the forces of evil there. Being an Anansesem, he used the power of stories to get many things done, and now has a cell phone with the trickster god Anansi trapped in it that is a modern version of the Story Box. Being careful, however, he ha
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Laura
I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"A storm had already ripped through my life. What was a few more drops of water?"

At the beginning of summer, Tristan Strong accidentally punched a hole in the sky, sending him into Alke, a world filled with African folklore. After defeating the iron ships and fetterlings that plagued the people using his own unique gift as an Anansesem, Tristan returned home to his grandparents' farm, working to collect more stories.
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Britt
This book picks up soon after the events of the last book (spoilers ahead), so Tristan is still on the farm with his grandparents. When a mysterious, deadly figure called the Shamble Man kidnaps Tristan's Nana, Tristan heads to Alke to get her back.

These books are amazing! I think they are now officially my favorite Rick Riordan presents series - they are so clever in the presentation of the mythology and they touch on really difficult concepts and topics in a way that's approachable to middle
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Chris
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review based on a digital ARC provided via NetGalley

Tristan Strong is back in this fast paced follow up to Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. Thrown into the realm of Alke to save someone important to him, Tristan must enlist the help of some friends from the first book, some very powerful friends who happen to be African American folk heroes and West African gods. Not much time has passed since we last saw Tristan and he continues to deal with the grief of his friend’s death – on top of
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Megan Chasteen
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley and Disney Publishing Worldwide for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

In this sequel to Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, a month has passed since Tristan has left Alke and his new friends after defeating an evil haint and fixing the tear between worlds. Things seem slightly back to normal under spirits show up at his grandparents' farm and warn him of a new evil coming his way...which soon shows up, trashes the farm, and kidnaps Nana, taking her b
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Chrissy
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No spoilers follow!
In the second installment of his Tristan Strong series, Mbalia does not disappoint. When the world of Alke, the land of African, African American and Afro-Caribbean gods and heroes, once again crosses into Tristan's world, he returns on a mission to try to save both his beloved grandmother and Alke itself. Readers once again get to admire the unflappable capability of Ayanna, talent and bravery of Chestnutt, the infuriating likability of Anansi, and the incomparable Gum Baby -
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Beth Mendelsohn
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arc-s
I received this e-ARC from Rick Riordan Presents and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The events in the second Tristan Strong book occur a couple of weeks after Tristan’s return from Alke. He is still on his grandparents’ farm in Alabama, working and training, and trying to recover from the events in Alke. His grandfather volunteers him to a sparring match with another youth boxer who happens to be nearly twice Tristan’s size! It’s during this time that Tristan
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Kamrin
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This summer, I got the pleasure of reading the second in the Tristan Strong series, Tristan Strong Destroys the World, by Kwame Mbalia! When I tell you that this series is one of the most brilliantly written novels I've read...believe it! This book follows Tristan after the first book. He's trying to appease his grandfather by trying to follow in his footsteps and being the best boxer in the area. However, Tristan soon realizes he has more in common with his grandma. We again are taken to the la ...more
Jenny
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to review this ARC! My son loved the first Tristan Strong book, which he owns, so I read that first before diving into this sequel. The story follows Tristan, a rising 8th grader, who discovered he is a magical Anansesem story teller in a parallel world filled with Black and African folktales and mythology. He returns to Alke, this amazing world, when his beloved Nana is abducted and taken there.

Stars: This story moves fast! Definitely difficult to put do
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Kathleen Guinnane
An action packed sequel, this book introduces new characters to the reader, including Keelboat Annie (my favorite), and a Boo Hag. Favorite characters from the first story, like Tar Baby and Ayanna, return for more adventure. When Tristan notices voices at his grandparents' farm, he's worried that nobody else can hear them except Anansi in the Story Book Phone (SBP). However, when two plat-eyes come to track him down, Tristan sees them and so does his grandmother! His grandmother helps him and p ...more
Pam
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Disney Publishing Worldwide through NetGalley.
The second book in this series opens with time at Tristan's grandparents' farm. Readers see him adjusting to his new title, Anansesem (story teller), and beginning to come out of his grief for his friend. Visitors from Alke spill over into the farm and ask for help. During a confrontation, his grandmother is taken. Together with Anansi, who is still trapped in the phone/story box, they set out to rescue his grandmoth
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Rebecca Morrell
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. If you read the reviews for the previous Tristan Strong, you will see it was right up my alley for middle grade fantasy literature that I cultivate for my fifth grade students. Especially those students that enjoy Percy Jackson or Harry Potter. Teachers if recommending the series, do so for those Rick Riordan fans of mythology, but even those students without a background in the stories reimag ...more
J.D. DeHart
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am an avid reader of the Rick Riordan books, as well as his imprint, and was pleased last year to discover Kwame Mbalia's work in the first Tristan Strong novel. Both the first book and its soon-to-be-released sequel invite the reader into a sprawling world of realistic youth concerns and supernatural elements. I love the way Mbalia weaves together lore and local experience to create a fun experience.

In fact, I love these books so much I'm already lending them to my literacy students, and thei
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Danielle
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Thank you NetGalley, for sending me an Advanced Reader's Copy. This has not influenced my review.*

Listen... you can tell Kwame Mbalia was feeling himself when he wrote this book. From the start, we are once again carried away by Tristan's strong (no pun intended) and hilarious voice. One of my favourite things about this series is that Tristan regularly reacts exactly like how I would react in a similar situation - particularly thinking 'oh, absolutely not' when presented with an absurdly dange
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Megan
Kwame Mbalia continues to explore deep themes of grief, trauma, Diaspora, and connection with grace, wit, and poise. Tristan returns to face a new threat to the magical, story-driven world of Alke, to collect new tales and spin some of his own, and to deal with the consequences of his first adventure. A gorgeous and hilarious story about the words that tie people together and keep us real, about picking up the pieces and owning your mistakes, about the power and magic of stories and the strength ...more
Danielle
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listen... you can tell Kwame Mbalia was feeling himself when he wrote this book. From the start, we are once again carried away by Tristan's strong (no pun intended) and hilarious voice. One of my favourite things about this series is that Tristan regularly reacts exactly like how I would react in a similar situation - particularly thinking 'oh, absolutely not' when presented with an absurdly dangerous suggestion. I am grateful for a main character with a sarcastic will to survive.

You can sense
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Rosalyn
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an African American woman I am ashamed to say I have not read all of our folktales. I enjoyed reading Kwame's first Tristen book and would recommend that you read it if you haven't already. However, to write a series you have to continue to pull in your audience old and new and I'm happy to say I love the way the author has done this within the story. First as a mother of boys, my boys were hooked after the first few paragraphs; the action, the emotions, they could envision themselves in Tris ...more
Ashley
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I really enjoyed this book, and I think I liked it a lot more than the first one.  I already had an idea of all the characters we were re-encountering so seeing them again was really fun.  The stakes of this story were a lot higher, which was really interesting to explore.  You saw the direct effects of the previous story on the world of Alke, and you see Tristan struggle with his legacy and how things maybe weren't as simple when one is a hero as one might think.

I liked that we got a
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Lori
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley and Rick Riordan Presents for an advanced eARC of this book. Wow, Kwame Mbalia does it again! I thought the first Tristan Strong book was great and was hoping the sequel would be just as good....it is even better! Tristan is such a great relatable hero to all kids. He's experienced loss and trauma and is struggling to deal with it. I love how Mr. Mbalia addresses this through Tristan's eyes. It's not preachy, it's matter of fact and it talks about it in a way that kids can un ...more
William Schaller
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Strong keeps punching! Page turning, awesome continuation to the Tristian Strong storyline. After Nana goes missing, Tristian returns to Alke to rescue her and discovers more trouble than he was originally expecting.

The storyline of each god and legend was awesome—each character plays a critical, purposeful role in the plot. This book “sews” the characters’ storylines together seamlessly as (most) everyone works together to save the world cause, well, Tristian.

Mbalia’s voice, sense of humor, an
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Sue
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would love to see a graphic adaptation of this book. I could visualize as I was reading it that it would also make a great film, but only if they kept Tristan as the young, preteen hero that he is in the story, unsure, vulnerable and not always sure of what he is doing.
Tristan’s Nana has been kidnapped by the Shamble Man who has traveled from Alke into his world. Tristan must travel to Alke and with the help of his friends and a few American Folktale heroes rescue Nana before the Shamble Man
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Elizabeth Herr
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

You know how sequels are rarely as good as the first? Totally untrue in this case, Tristan Strong Destroys the World is even better than Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. There are so many good lessons and takeaways in this on top of the great plot, plus of course the familiar characters we all enjoyed from the first book. I really liked Nana's greater role in this, as well as seeing Tristan gr
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Trisha Perry
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tristan and his friends are back, along with some new ones. This time trying to save both his world and theirs from collapsing, but is this a race Tristan can win.
This the second book in the Tristan Strong series is just as good if not better than the first, if that is possible. The fast paced, non stop action and suspense, will leave you on overload and up way past your bed time. These books bring back the old songs of the south stories along with many tall tales for a new generation to explo
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Nic Cho
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great sequel picking up the action right after the events of the first book. I really liked the introduction of trauma, how it affects people differently, and how it was incorporated into the aftermath of Tristan punching a whole through the sky in the first book. Like the first book, I still really like Gum Baby and her one-liners but the SBP was also pretty neat with Anansi being able to make apps(remember to put the phone in rice when wet!). Lastly, I really appreciated Nana's story an ...more
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