Chronicle Books


A Snake Falls to Earth

Darcie Little Badger
Levine Querido
Newbery Honor Winner National Indie Bestseller National Book Award Longlist Minneapolis Star Tribune Best of the Year Publishers Weekly Best of the Year Kirkus Best the Year Apple Best of the Year Chicago Public Libr...
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★ "Magical, stunning, and wholly original."
—Booklist, starred review


Newbery Honor Winner 
National Indie Bestseller 
National Book Award Longlist 
Minneapolis Star Tribune Best of the Year 
Publishers Weekly Best of the Year 
Kirkus Best the Year 
Apple Best of the Year 
Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best 
New York Public Library’s Best of the Year 
Autostraddle’s Best Queer Books of the Year 

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.

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.

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 5.5 x 8.25
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years
Publication Date: 11/23/2021
ISBN: 9781646140923
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 and received a Newbery Award Honor.

★ "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, starred review

★ "Fun, imaginative, and deeply immersive, this story will be long in the minds of readers."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "Magical, stunning, and wholly original."
—Booklist, starred review

"Masterfully woven imaginative and multilayered work of speculative fiction."
—Horn Book