King and the Dragonflies

by Kacen Callender


King and the Dragonflies | 9780702302817 | Kacen Callender

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Format:Paperback / softback

Published:04/06/2020 by Scholastic


Winner of the 2020 National Book Awards for Young
People’s Literature.
In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, King lost his
older brother.

To move on, he must find himself.

King is convinced his brother isn’t dead,
that he has instead turned into a dragonfly, and he searches
for Khalid down by the bayou.

Khalid visits him in turn, in King’s dreams. King must keep
these secrets to himself as he watches grief transform
his family.

It would be easier if King could talk with his best friend, Sandy.
But King had ended their friendship. Before his death, his brother
had said, “You don’t want anyone to think you’re gay too,
do you?”

But when Sandy goes missing, sparking a
town-wide search, King finds his former best friend and the two begin
an adventure as they hide Sandy down by the bayou, among the
dragonflies. As King’s friendship with Sandy is reignited,
he’s forced to confront questions about himself and the reality
of his brother’s death.

In this raw and exquisite story, we see that love can set us
all free.

The Thing About Jellyfish meets The Stars
Beneath Our Feet in this story about loss, grief, and
finding the courage to discover one’s identity, from the author
of Hurricane Child.

“This quiet novel movingly addresses toxic masculinity,
homophobia in the black community-especially related to men-fear,
and memory. Elegiac and hopeful” Kirkus Reviews

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