A New York Times Bestselling Author
A National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature
A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner for Fiction and Poetry
A Walter Dean Meyers Honor Book
A Stonewall Book Award-Winning Author
A Lambda Literary Award-Winning Author
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. 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 that Sandy might be gay. But then King agrees to help Sandy escape from his abusive father, and the two 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.
Age Range: 8-12 | Grade Level: 3-7 | Lexile Measure: 830L