Monday, May 27, 2019

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon - OPTIONAL


The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon, 295 pages. Wendy Lamb Books (Penguin), 2018, $17.

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content G; Violence: G;

BUYING ADVISORY: MS – OPTIONAL.

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

Brothers Caleb and Bobby Gene are having a pretty boring summer until Styx Malone shows up.  He is a 16 year-old that seems suave and sophisticated.  Styx is full of ideas and seems to know how to achieve his goals, which is to pull off the Great Escalator Trade so the boys can engage in a grand adventure.  Caleb, who thinks his older brother is too much like their dad, dreams of not being ordinary and latches on to Styx.  As the summer progresses though, it seems that Styx isn’t being completely honest with Caleb and Bobby, and his secrets might ruin everything. 

This was a nicely written book that captures summer, friendship, family and finding yourself. It was engaging and fun and I found myself wanting to know more about Styx.  This is a great summer read. 

Michelle in the Middle/Teacher

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