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King and the Dragonflies

King and the Dragonflies

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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"--
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2020
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781338129335
Branch Call Number: J CALLEND
Characteristics: 259 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: King & the dragonflies


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While King and his family grieve for his brother's death, an ex-friend reaches out for King's help. MS

(KIDS FICTION) 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. - NoveList

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This is a coming of age story where the main character is dealing with the death of his brother and the pressure of conforming to society. I really liked that this book showed not only the growth of the main character but also that of his father. This book also touches on racism and other kinds of discrimination. Grades 5+

DCLkids Jun 11, 2021

A Great Books for Great Kids staff pick. A boy's coming-of-age story dealing with loss and finding his personal identity. Grades 7-8.

JCLChrisK Mar 24, 2021

A sensitive pursuit of identity and love spurred by hard events: the death of King's older brother and the disappearance of his best friend. Thrown into the mix are issues of race, abuse, and homophobia in his Louisiana bayou town. It is personable, poetic, moving, authentic, and approachable. 4.5 stars.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 15, 2020

A lovely tale of love, loss, and acceptance. Will appeal to fans of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.

Nov 19, 2020

Winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature at the 71st Annual National Book Awards presented by the National Book Foundation.

JCLEmmaF Aug 27, 2020

Poetic, tender, strong, and important.

Aug 19, 2020

King is one of those characters you will hold close to your heart for all the things he says and does not say. In an unimaginable sense of loss, Kind grapples with grief that is overcoming - when you lose a sibling-a brother-a sun-half of your heart. The book is probably one I will come back to in my lifetime to wrestle with all that was left unsaid between a brother and a sibling. “You don’t want anyone to think you’re gay, too, do you?” is one of the things, Khalid, his brother said, before his absence, before King could speak on it. Because he never told Khalid, that maybe he did like boys. How could he tell his brother, whom he loved more than life, his truth. Yet, King manages to walk along his brother’s presence as he comes to accept truths about himself that could not be denied. Khalid, was and will always be with King. Just like dragonflies, Khalid, would shed old beliefs to make room for all of King's truths.

Tigard_HollyCP Aug 06, 2020

King’s older brother can’t really be dead. Khalid just left the shell of his human body to become a dragonfly. He’s sure of it, but he'll keep that information to himself so everyone doesn't think he's crazy. Luckily, King kept a journal of all the things Khalid used to say in his sleep so he can relive some of their moments together. He also relives the moment that Khalid told him to cut off his friendship with his gay friend, Sandy. Khalid pointed out that it’s hard enough to be Black in this town, let alone be friends with a gay kid. But then Sandy, who happens to be the son of the town’s racist sheriff, goes missing. King can’t let Sheriff Sanders know he was the last person to see him. Throughout the search for Sandy, King learns a lot about himself, his brother, and the love of family. This is a wonderful, sometimes difficult, story by an #ownvoices queer Black author. Highly recommend for upper elementary and middle school.


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