Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature
★ "Two richly constructed worlds using a style that evokes the timeless feeling of listening to traditional oral storytelling. A coming-of-age story that beautifully combines tradition and technology for modern audiences."—Kirkus Reviews (starred)
★ "Fun, imaginative, and deeply immersive, this story will be long in the minds of readers."—Publishers Weekly (starred)
"A highly descriptive story which absorbs the audience into its world, readers will become invested in reading until the very end."—School Library Connection
Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She's always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories.
Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he's been cast from home. He's found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake.
Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli's best friend, will drive their worlds together in ways they haven't been in centuries.
And there are some who will kill to keep them apart.
A Snake Falls to Earth is a breathtaking work of Indigenous futurism. Darcie Little Badger draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure to weave another unforgettable tale of monsters, magic, and family. It is not to be missed.
About the Author
Darcie Little Badger is an Earth scientist, writer, and fan of the weird, beautiful, and haunting. She is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. Her Locus Award-winning debut novel, Elatsoe, was a National Indie Bestseller, named to over a dozen best-of-year lists, and called one of the Best 100 Fantasy Novels of All Time by TIME. Her second novel, A Snake Falls to Earth was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
“Both authentic and original. Strong, subtle worldbuilding allows readers to immerse themselves in Nina’s near future world of increased climate change and advanced social media technology and in Oli’s magical world of spirits, monsters, and old stories come to life.” -The Hub (a YALSA Blog),
[STAR] “Evokes the timeless feeling of listening to traditional oral storytelling.”-Kirkus Reviews (starred),
[STAR] “Fun, imaginative, and deeply immersive, this story will be long in the minds of readers.”- Publishers Weekly (starred),
[STAR] “Magical, stunning, and wholly original.”-Booklist (starred),
“A highly descriptive story with open dialogue which absorbs the audience into its world, readers will become invested in reading until the very end."-School Library Connection,