Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

When you grow up in a small town and your family is from that same town, the sins of people you're related to can follow you around like a shadow.

For Dill, whose father is a preacher serving out a state prison sentence, this is especially true because he's also carrying his dad's name. For his best friend Travis, his dad's disapproval is what's darkening his path. For Lydia, townies think she looks down on them, but when she gets recognized by the outside of the world, it's through the lens of someone who's backwater and backwards.

This Morris Award winning debut follows these three teens through their last year of high school. Dill looks at Lydia and can't help but see the clock ticking down on his time with her before she leaves for college. Travis dreams of a life with deeper meaning and more to fight for, something more like the fantasy novels he escapes to. And Lydia wants both of her friends to want more for themselves.

The three friends have more love and support for each other than the boys find in their own houses. Through the year, the three defend and protect each other as they work to find what's next. If you like stories with true friendship at the heart, be sure to check out The Serpent King.

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