There is plenty for Caleb Franklin and his older brother Bobby Gene to do during summertime in Sutton, Indiana. However, Caleb longs for adventure outside their small town. Bobby Gene is content to stay where their dad insists life is safer. Then Caleb and Bobby meet Styx Malone. Styx is a little older and brimming with ideas that lead to the adventure Caleb wants. He promises the boys can pull of a Great Escalator Trade--trading smaller things to reach a bigger prize. But each trade leads to more trouble.
The Season of Styx Malone is a light-hearted tale of small town adventure. However, it also delves into the deeper subjects of friendship, family, loyalty, and growing up. The characters are enjoyable and tweens will make easy connections in their coming of age journey.