King and the Dragonfliesby Kacen Callender
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- Grades: 5 - 8
- Ages: 10 - 13
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.
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
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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.