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King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
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King and the Dragonflies

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Narrator Ron Butler
Length 5 hours 3 minutes
Language English
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Twelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he shed what was his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. Khalid still visits in dreams, and 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 Sanders. But just days before he died, Khalid told King to end their friendship, after overhearing a secret about Sandy—that he thinks he might be gay. "You don't want anyone to think you're gaytoo, do you?" But when Sandy goes missing, sparking a town-wide search, and King finds his former best friend hiding in a tent in his backyard, he agrees to help Sandy escape from his abusive father, and the two begin an adventure as they build their own private paradise down by the bayou and 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.

Born and raised on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kheryn Callender holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where they studied fine arts, Japanese, and creative writing, as well as an MFA from The New School's Writing for Children program. Their debut novel Hurricane Child was met with high praise and was a Kirkus Best Book of 2018.

Ron Butler has over 150 stage, television, and film credits as both an actor and producer. He is a multiple Earphones Award–winning narrator and a SOVA and Audie Award nominee. His titles have made annual Best Of lists across multiple genres, and AudioFile magazine consistently describes his work as superb, expressive, and nuanced. Originally from the Bahamas, he grew up singing calypso, and hasn’t stopped performing since.

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