King and the Dragonflies

by Kacen Callender


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  • Item #31V1 in Voices Fall Voices Fall
    • Grades: 5 - 8
    • Ages: 10 - 13
    National Book Award ; Coretta Scott King Author Honor
    • Format: Hardcover Book
      Hardcover Book
Short Summary
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 one right way to be yourself.

Good For:
Lush Descriptive Writing, Unforgettable Characters, Richly Nuanced Coming-of-Age Novel, Intersecting Black and Queer Identities

Topics and Themes:
Louisiana Bayou, Death of a Sibling, LGBTQ Issues, Missing Persons, Child Abuse, Overcoming Grief and Loss, Search for Identity

Some mature content.

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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 his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. Khalid still visits in dreams. 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 might be gay.

But when Sandy goes missing, it sparks a town-wide search—and King ends up finding 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 paradise down by the bayou and among the dragonflies. As King’s friendship with Sandy is reignited, he’s forced to confront questions about himself and the reality of his brother’s death.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 5 - 8
    • Ages: 10 - 13
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-12933-5