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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...
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...
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  • 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.
    Darcie Little Badger introduced herself to the world with Elatsoe. In A Snake Falls to Earth, she draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure to weave another unforgettable tale of monsters, magic, and family. It is not to be missed.
 

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  • 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, <i>Elatsoe</i>, 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 <i>TIME</i>. Her second novel, <i>A Snake Falls to Earth</i> was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature and received a Newbery Award Honor.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from August 23, 2021
    The second novel by Lipan Apache author Little Badger (Elatsoe) is a smartly intertwined, shifting-perspective story about two characters in worlds that diverged thousands of years ago: Earth-living Nina, who is nine, and Reflecting World–living Oli, 15. With a basis in Apache stories, this sharply told speculative novel details Nina’s lineage from her great-great-grandmother Rosita, who has just passed away; her grandmother, who’s inherited some of her Reflecting World ancestors’ healing powers; and her bookstore-owning father, who distributes books to Reflecting World visitors in human form. Oli, a cottonmouth snake of the Reflecting World, has recently left his mother’s home and made friends in wolf sisters Rise and Reign as well as sweet, silent frog Ami. But when Ami grows ill, Oli knows the cure is on Earth—where he meets and helps Nina with her own problems. Fun, imaginative, and deeply immersive, this story will be long in the minds of readers. Ages 12–up.

  • Kirkus

    Starred review from August 15, 2021
    A 16-year-old Lipan Apache girl from Texas and a cottonmouth person from the spirit world connect when both need help. When Nina was 9, her Great-Great-Grandmother Rosita told her a story in Spanish and Lipan Apache. Using dictionaries to painstakingly make sense of the garbled transcription app results, Nina uncovers a mysterious story about Rosita's sighting of a fish girl in her well, long after the joined era when animal people still lived on Earth. Nina uploads her musings about her family's stories to the St0ryte11er video platform. In the Reflecting World, innocent Oli, a cottonmouth snake person, reluctantly leaves home, settling down and befriending ancient toad Ami, two coyote sisters, and a hawk. Animal people can shift between their true and false (humanoid) forms and are able to visit Earth; Nina's and Oli's lives intertwine when he and his friends travel to Texas seeking help after learning that Ami is dying because the earthly population of his toad species faces extinction due to human environmental destruction. They in turn help Nina with the suspicious man lurking near her Grandma's home, an impending tornado, and her Grandma's unexplained illness whenever she leaves her land. Little Badger (Lipan Apache) alternates between two distinct, well-realized voices--Nina's third-person and Oli's first-person perspectives--highlighting critical issues of language revitalization and climate change. The story leads readers through 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. (Fantasy. 12-18)

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  • Booklist

    October 15, 2021
    Grades 7-12 *Starred Review* Before nine-year-old Nina's great-great grandmother Rosita passes, she dictates a mysterious story in Lipan (partly lost in translation) about a fish girl in a well, which Nina is unable to forget as she grows into her teens. Meanwhile, in the Reflecting World (the land of spirits and monsters), Oli--a cottonmouth snake boy--is venturing out into the world alone for the first time, making enemies with other animal people but also friends in what seems like equal measure. What Nina and Oli don't know is that their lives are about to converge when Oli learns his toad friend, Ami, is dying. His species is on the verge of extinction on Earth (which is inextricably linked to their world) due to, no surprise, environmental destruction caused by humans. While on Earth, Oli and his friends help Nina as her world becomes more precarious, answering the questions she has for so long wondered about. Little Badger's sophomore novel in the manner of traditional Lipan Apache storytelling is just as unique and enchanting as Elatsoe (2020), and it's sure to garner her an even broader readership. Nina's third-person perspective is beautifully ruminative compared to Oli's faster first-person point of view, but it's the writing on the whole that resonates most, singing like poetry with lyrical, literary wisdom. Magical, stunning, and wholly original.

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    November 1, 2021

    Gr 7-10-Little Badger's sophomore effort is an atmospheric, world-straddling, dual-narrative tale laced with themes of climate change, family, and identity. Nina is a Lipan girl living in Texas, a budding documentarian working to find her voice. As she hones her videos over the years, she also works to decipher tales of her family's history-stories full of animal people and the Reflecting World. Oli is a young cottonmouth, sent away by his mother to find his own way. Lost and beset upon by monsters, he eventually makes a home on the banks of a bottomless lake, where he befriends a frog and two coyote twins. When Oli's frog friend and Nina's grandmother are endangered because of climate troubles on Earth, their lives intertwine. Magic and monsters combine with internet stardom and hurricane warnings to create a wonderful fable set in modern-day Texas. Following traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure, this is an entertaining and illuminating look at how traditions and magic can exist in the modern world. Oli and his friends are delightful to read about, while Nina's human concerns and love for her grandmother shine. VERDICT A modern-day fable with real-world significance, perfect for magical realism fans and fantasy lovers alike.-Elissa Bongiorno, Washington, DC

    Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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