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The Serpent King

(2016)
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Named to ten BEST OF THE YEAR lists and selected as a William C. Morris Award Winner,The Serpent King is the critically acclaimed, much-beloved story of three teens who find themselves--and each other--while on the cusp of graduating from high school with hopes of leaving their small-town behind. Perfect for fans of John Green's Turtles All the Way Down.

"Move over, John Green; Zentner is coming for you." - The New York Public Library

"Will fill the infinite space that was left in your chest after you finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower." - BookRiot.com


Dill isn't the most popular kid at his rural Tennessee high school. After his father fell from grace in a public scandal that reverberated throughout their small town, Dill became a target. Fortunately, his two fellow misfits and best friends, Travis and Lydia, have his back.

But as they begin their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. His only escapes are music and his secret feelings for Lydia--neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending--one that will rock his life to the core.

Debut novelist Jeff Zentner provides an unblinking and at times comic view of the hard realities of growing up in the Bible belt, and an intimate look at the struggles to find one's true self in the wreckage of the past.

"A story about friendship, family and forgiveness, it's as funny and witty as it is utterly heartbreaking." - PasteMagazine.com

"A brutally honest portrayal of teen life . . . [and] a love letter to the South from a man who really understands it." - Mashable.com

"I adored all three of these characters and the way they talked to and loved one another." - New York Times


    

Praise for this book

"The Serpent King is a book you won't be able to resist or forget. The Southern boy in me savored every syllable and the reader in me fell in love with every page." - John Corey Whaley


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Hardback Editions

March 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Serpent King
Author(s): Jeff Zentner
ISBN: 0-553-52402-X / 978-0-553-52402-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
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March 2016 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Serpent King
Author(s): Jeff Zentner
ISBN: 1-77049-883-4 / 978-1-77049-883-9 (Canada edition)
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March 2016 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Serpent King
Author(s): Jeff Zentner
ISBN: 0-553-52403-8 / 978-0-553-52403-1 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Serpent King
Author(s): Jeff Zentner
ISBN: 1-78344-647-1 / 978-1-78344-647-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Andersen Press
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June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Serpent King
Author(s): Jeff Zentner
ISBN: 0-553-52405-4 / 978-0-553-52405-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ember
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June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Serpent King
Author(s): Jeff Zentner
ISBN: 0-7352-6358-2 / 978-0-7352-6358-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Teen
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2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Serpent King
Author(s): Jeff Zentner
ISBN: 1-78344-381-2 / 978-1-78344-381-9 (UK edition)
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March 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Serpent King
Author(s): Jeff Zentner
ISBN: 0-399-55436-X / 978-0-399-55436-0 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

March 2016 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Serpent King
Author(s): Jeff Zentner
ISBN: 0-14-752131-9 / 978-0-14-752131-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
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March 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Serpent King
Author(s): Jeff Zentner
Publisher: Listening Library
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March 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Serpent King
Author(s): Jeff Zentner
Publisher: Listening Library
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Kindle Editions

June 2017 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Serpent King
Author(s): Jeff Zentner
Publisher: Ember
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March 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Serpent King
Author(s): Jeff Zentner
Publisher: Tundra Books
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March 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Serpent King
Author(s): Jeff Zentner
Publisher: Andersen Digital
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