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Nina, a 16-year-old Lipan Apache girl, wants to believe the fantastical stories of monsters and magic she hears from her elders. The stories tell of a race of animal-people who once roamed the earth, shifting between their true and false (humanoid) forms. Nina is led to believe they no longer exist, but clues revealed in her great-great-grandmother’s stories indicate otherwise. While Nina searches for the truth, on a different plane of existence called the “reflecting world," Oli is a cottonmouth person hoping to help his ill friend Ami, an ancient toad-person. He discovers that animal-people become sick when their species on earth is endangered. Nina and Oli’s universes collide when Oli and his two coyote friends come to Texas to try to save Ami’s species and end up helping Nina avert an earthly crisis. Darcie Little Badger weaves an epic story steeped in oral storytelling tradition that combines modern and ancient worlds in A Snake Falls to Earth.
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Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache writer with a PhD in oceanography. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Elatsoe, was featured in Time Magazine as one of the best 100 fantasy books of all time. Elatsoe also won the Locus Award for Best First Novel and is a Nebula, Ignyte, and Lodestar finalist.
Nick Thomas is a Senior Editor with Levine Querido. Previously, he was Senior Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books, where he started as an Editorial Assistant. He has also held positions with Bloomsbury, Chicken House, and David Fickling Books before returning to his Arthur A Levine Books roots. He edits middle grade and young adult books, and looks for stories that change something about you by the time you’re finished.
Ages 12 and up