Held three times each year, the next Big Library Read starts today with the title A Snake Falls to Earth by Dr. Darcie Little Badger. A Snake Falls to Earth will be available in eBook and audiobook formats for simultaneous downloads on Bridges from November 2-16.
The Big Library Read is literally a global reading program. It’s a worldwide digital version of a local book discussion club. Sponsored by OverDrive, this program represents an opportunity to connect your local readers with book lovers around the world as they read and discuss the same book at the same time without wait lists or holds.
Learn more about Bridges, consortium for Iowa public libraries and how to access eBooks, audiobooks and more with your library card. Also, check out the Big Library Read website for a discussion guide and discussion forum.
A Snake Falls to Earth draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling to weave a tale of monsters, magic, and family. Published in 2021, it has won the Newbery Award Honor, the American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor, the National Book Award Longlist, Publisher’s Weekly Best of the Year, and Minneapolis Star Tribune Best of the Year, among other honors.
From the Big Library Read website, here’s more: “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.”