A Snake Falls to Earth Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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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|Listening Length||10 hours and 36 minutes|
|Author||Darcie Little Badger|
|Narrator||Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Kinsale Hueston|
|Audible.ca Release Date||November 23 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #74,674 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#191 in Paranormal & Supernatural Fiction for Teens
#1,743 in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Teens
#1,866 in Literature & Fiction for Teens
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Apache folklore as here depicted is peopled by animal spirits, who have "true forms", which are animals, and "false forms", which resemble humans. The second protagonist, Oli, is one of these: he's a cottonmouth snake. The spirits live in a world that is mostly separate from Earth but is linked to it. After some initial coming-of-age type adventures, Oli settles comfortably in the spirit world, where he makes friends of some of the other animals. One of his friends falls ill, and the healer tells him the problem is on Earth. Oli finds a way to travel to Earth, where he and Nina help each other out.
I enjoyed this introduction to Apache folklore, about which I knew almost nothing. (And therefore I can say nothing about how accurate a representation of that folklore it is.) It was also an entertaining story, probably well targeted for Middle Grades.
The little girl grown to a teenager is recording tales her great grandma told her.in a strange mixture of two American Indian tribal languages and Spanish. The Spanish is not so hard to figure out but there are no dictionaries for Lipan and the other tribal language but with much research she pieces together the story of animals with human forms. These creatures used to live on earth with regular humans. Something happened and now all the animals with human forms live in a pseudo earth but can travel back to earth for a short time.
With great surprise Nina, the girl, welcomes a snake human form named Oli, twin foxes and a hawk named Brightness. They have come to save an nearly extinct species of toad so their friend Eli a tiny dying toad can live.
Meanwhile a hurricane is bearing down and about to destroy Grandma's house and property where the toads used to live. Will this strange crew be able to save Grandma and her property and the toads of Texas?
A good read and makes you want to hear the continuing adventures of Oli, Risk and Reign the foxes and Brightness and the mockingbird who can shape shift into many different forms.
trip. Kittens, wolves, snakes, frogs, catfish, coyotes, and people all learned to get along; wish the wider world could follow their lead.
This is a lovely second book by an American writer who redefines American to include Apache culture, just as it should. It's a pleasure to read and even an action epic (roping a tornado, lol), so I'm glad my library sponsored it as a read together book.
Looking forward to what comes next!
Definitely suitable for readers 11 and older, with no subjects or scenes that should be of concern to a parent. It would be a great story to share with a younger reader (upper elementary or older).