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Author Kwame Mbalia Portrays the Value of Family and Community with New Book "Tristan Strong Destroys the World."

Acclaimed Youth Author Kwame Mbalia Continues Addressing the Complexities of Kids Emotional Health with Latest Book ‘Tristan Strong Keeps Punching’


I had the pleasure of talking to author Kwame Mbalia in 2020 about book two in his Tristan Strong Rick Riordan series. He returns to our show again to discuss the final book in the trilogy, ‘Tristan Strong Keeps Punching,’


Author Kwame Mbalia Portrays the Value of Family and Community with New Book "Tristan Strong Destroys the World."


New York Times best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Kwame Mbalia’s epic fantasy,

a middle grade American Gods set in a richly-imagined world populated with

African American folk heroes and West African gods.





After reuniting with Ayanna, who is now in his world, Tristan travels up the Mississippi in pursuit of his archenemy, King Cotton. Along the way they encounter new haints who are dead set on preventing their progress north to Tristan’s hometown of Chicago.


It’s going to take many Alkean friends, including the gods themselves, the black flames of the afokena gloves, and all of Tristan’s inner strength to deliver justice once and for all.  Shocking twists, glorious triumphs, and a cast of unforgettable characters make this series conclusion as satisfying as it is entertaining.





The finale of Kwame Mbalia’s trilogy, in which Tristan Strong faces off with his archenemy King Cotton once and for all.

“Imagine if you combined Anansi the Spider, John Henry, and Marvel into, like, one book.”


New York Times best-selling author and Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander



Kwame joined me to share more about the final book in the trilogy, Tristan Strong Keeps Punching, which addresses emotional health issues that youth may experience such as conquering certain fears, anxiety, anger management, and more.




About Our Guest


Kwame Mbalia is the New York Times  best-selling author of  Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky,  for which he received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor award.   The book was also named to best-of-the-year lists  compiled by  Publishers Weekly , the Chicago Public Library, and the  New York Times. 


The second book in the trilogy is  Tristan Strong Destroys the World , and Tristan Strong Keeps Punching is the third . Kwame lives with his wife and children in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he is currently working several projects, including a new middle grade series. Follow him on Twitter @KSekouM.

Wife. Mom. Believer. Writer. Advocate.

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