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Thank you! Antilles PTA
Posted 02/08/2017 12:56PM
Once again the PTA has gifted the library with a selection of this year's ALA award winners. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner won the William C. Morris which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature "Grades 9-12. In small-town Forrestville, Tennessee, broody musician Dill Early begins his senior year with a general feeling of dread because it means his best friend, Lydia, will be leaving for college once they graduate. As the son of a snake-handling Pentecostal preacher currently in prison, Dill is unable to escape his father's shadow. Lydia, on the other hand, is an outspoken blogger and fashionista, who can't wait to get out of Dodge. Completing their trio is Travis, a gentle giant who carries a staff and is obsessed with fantasy novels. In chapters that shift among the teens' perspectives, Zentner effectively shows the aspirations, fears, and dark secrets they harbor during their final year together. A musician himself, Zentner transitions to prose easily in his debut, pulling in complex issues that range from struggles with faith to abuse to grief. Refreshingly, this novel isn't driven by romance—though it rears its head—but by the importance of pursuing individual passions and forging one's own path. A promising new voice in YA. " Booklist Review
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