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King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

King and the Dragonflies (edition 2020)

by Kacen Callender (Author)

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"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"--
Title:King and the Dragonflies
Authors:Kacen Callender (Author)
Info:Scholastic Press (2020), 272 pages
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King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender


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Hard hitting young reader book with serious topics handled in a delicate but very real way (no "sugarcoating"). Hopeful message without hiding the trauma; a great book for a child either struggling with identity and coming out, as well as a child handling grief or unexpected loss. Would definitely hold onto this one and recommend to others. ( )
  ToriC90 | Oct 4, 2021 |
A beautiful story of grief and the ways your family changes. King's brother has died, soon after he told King that he shouldn't be friends with Sandy because he was gay, and Khalid didn't want that for him. But now King is lost, with only Jasmine to rely on. But even that makes him nervous, because he knows he doesn't like her the way she likes him.

I definitely cried in places, and loved the way that King's relationship with his father evolved. Unfortunately, the storyline of King's sexuality isn't was well done. Maybe because King is outed involuntarily, there isn't much time to explore King's feelings about it all, or to deal with the consequences of some of his actions. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
I gave this a 3.75. For more of my thoughts on this, check out my wrap up vlog coming soon to my YouTube channel called Completely Melanie. ( )
  Completely_Melanie | Sep 10, 2021 |
children's middlegrade fiction - queer/questioning, Black middlegrade boy in Louisiana deals with the sudden death (heart attack) of his 16-y.o. brother, and homophobia in his small town.
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  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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