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The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

This month, we're diving into a great new book for middle-great readers: The Season of Styx Malone.

Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene are excited to have adventures in the woods behind their house. But Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town.
Then Caleb and Bobby Gene meet their new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx is sixteen and oozes cool. He promises the brothers that together, the three of them can pull off the Great Escalator Trade — exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dreams. But as the trades get bigger, the brothers soon find themselves in over their heads. Styx has secrets...secrets so big they could ruin everything.


About the Author


KEKLA MAGOON is the author of over a dozen books for young readers. She has received an NAACP Image Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, two Coretta Scott King Honors, The Walter Award Honor, the In the Margins Award, and been long listed for the National Book Award. Kekla conducts school and library visits nationwide and serves on the Writers' Council for the National Writing Project. Kekla holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now serves on faculty.