★ An Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year selection
Meet Caleb and Bobby Gene, two brothers embarking on a madcap, heartwarming, one-thing-leads-to-another adventure, for fans of As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds, Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina, Front Desk by Kelly Yang, and One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. Friendships are forged, loyalties are tested . . . and miracles just might hapepn.

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 new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx is sixteen and oozes cool. Styx 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 dream. 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

Five best of the year lists!
NPR, Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, SLJ, Shelf Awareness

Five starred reviews!
"Reminiscent of now-classic works by Katherine Paterson, Natalie Babbitt and Lois Lowry, The Season of Styx Malone brings the darkness of fear and trauma into the bright sun of summer days." --Shelf Awareness, Starred

"Interweaving themes of risk taking and trust, betrayal and forgiveness, Magoon crafts a novel that is genuinely funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting--extraordinary, in fact." --Publishers Weekly, Starred

"Spending time with Styx, Caleb, and Bobby Gene is an experience no reader will soon forget." --The Horn Book, Starred

"Heartening and hopeful, a love letter to black male youth grasping the desires within them, absorbing the worlds around them, striving to be more otherwise than ordinary. Please share." --Kirkus Review, Starred

"A summertime romp filled with trouble-making, camaraderie, and substance." --School Library Journal, Starred

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on October 16, 2018 by Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN-10: 1524715956
ISBN-13: 9781524715953
1 Book Review
  • satwikagejara
    satwikagejaraMonday, February 15, 2021 at 9:27 am55 stars
    Caleb Franklin and his big brother, Bobby Gene, spend an extraordinary summer with their new, older neighbor, Styx Malone, a foster boy from the city. Styx has a lot of knowledge on how to trade things and knows a lot of people too. He isn't ordinary. Caleb doesn't want to be ordinary either. So he follows Styx in whatever he does. Hopefully, that won't lead to trouble. This book was awesome and everyone should read it.