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9780553524024
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384pp
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Overview

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, National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

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Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
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Story held my interest 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0

The Serpent King

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Setting
Taking place in a small town in Tennessee, The Serpent King shows the classic small town crisis. You either get out and go to better places, like through college, or you get stuck with family ties, like debts or curses in this case.
Characters
All the characters were well developed, especially for being a debut novel. Throughout the novel Dill had many challenges, dealing with family problems, having feelings for Lydia, not knowing what to do. And his whole pretty relatable, especially being a teenager at the same point in life. Some of Dill’s circumstances are not what would be considered “normal” but it can be related to whoever is reading it, in some way.
Good Points
Through all three’s point of view, Zentner tells this relatable story in a very diverse way. Through all three teen’s points of view, the story flows. Some stories with multiple points of view can be a little hard to follow, and confusing. But Zentner did it in a way that made it flow, and kept the story all together. He’s a very talented writer and keeps the reader interested through heartbreaking moments, along with successes, that keeps you hooked so you don’t want to put the book down.
Plot Summary
The Serpent King, by Jeff Zentner, is a story that follows three teenagers - Dill, Lydia, and Travis - in their struggles with family. All three have plans that do not quite coincide with their parents. All three teenagers have rough home lives, such as Dill’s father being arrested for child pornography, or Travis’s abusive father. The book goes through the different feelings of going through senior year. The end of high school, and the start of a big change. For Lydia, its a good thing, because she has a successful blog and has her plans set. For Dill, not so much, because he’s struggling with his faith and his cursed name. He’s stuck between his mom begging him to drop out so he can help pay off family debts, and Lydia who’s pushing him towards going to college.
Ending
It was a satisfying ending, I was not left wondering about the end. It gave me what happened and didn't leave anything unresolved.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0

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Setting
The Serpent King is based just on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee in a small runoff town. Their town is closely knit in every way. Once the word spreads about any event, everyone is bound to be talking about it. Through the majority of the novel the three main characters, Dill, Lydia, and Travis are living through their senior year at their small town’s high school. The three main characters venture throughout the town, learning to make a future for themselves out of the little that is provided for them.
Characters
Dill, the spotlighted character in The Serpent King, goes through one of the most drastic character developments I have ever witnessed within a young-adult novel. Dill is portrayed at the beginning of the book as your normal, teenage outcast. Dill struggles with his schoolwork, but always seems to make time to hangout with his best friends, Lydia and Travis. Dill’s father is a man of the deep south, worshiping his religion is something that many find strange. His practices often involved urging Dill to hold poisonous rattlesnakes. Their small town uses this against Dill, because even though he has a father they do not see him as “good”. These family issues surround Dill and his decisions. Deep in his head he cannot resist the idea that he too will end up like his father has, despite his desire to rise above his father’s influence.
Good Points
Jeff Zentner does a fantastic job at writing from a southern viewpoint. The fluidity of his writing keeps the reader going throughout until somehow they have suddenly reached the end without realization. With a swift switch in pace, or a sudden turn of events Zentner kept The Serpent King interesting with every chapter. Zentner not only told the story though Dill’s perspective but through his two best friends as well. He incorporates many stories and even a surprising death, that lead to the ending of Dill, as he becomes his own person.
Plot Summary
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner was an unforgettable realistic fiction novel aimed towards young adults. Dill is the main character, with deep southern Pentecostal roots, and son to a father who is in prison. Being a teenager in his town in Tennessee is a constant uphill battle. Dill is judged consistently by his classmates for his father’s strong religious beliefs. As senior year comes to a close Dill’s quirky friends Lydia, Travis, and Dill himself begin to diverge upon different paths. Deep down Dill is still afraid of his dark future, and is seeking to find himself in a triumph of light.
Ending
The ending to The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner was a good one, at that. Although my questions throughout the novel seemed to have been answered, it still seemed bittersweet. The reflection of Dill and his friends lives in their small town is one of growth and many emotions. I feel almost as if I got attached to Dill’s character by the end of the book, and hope that whatever happens next for him, is something great.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG-13
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.5

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Setting
The setting takes place in a small town in Tennessee. This is where Dill and his friends, Lydia and Travis, live. Living in a small town means that everyone in town knows each other which mean they hear everything about everyone in town. For Dill this is not good at all because this means that everyone is talking about his father and they personally knew his father and him too.
Characters
Dill is the main character in the book. He is the son of a preacher, a senior in high school. Dill is sort of an outcast because his father is in prison. Although he is cast out from the popular kids he still lives a normal life. His friends Lydia and Travis are the ones that are always there for him. They are all outcast and that is how Zentner brings them together. They find ground in this messed up civilized world.
Good Points
This book was written very well. It just flowed perfectly while reading and I did not want to put it down. Each chapter Zentner was able to switch things up without missing a beat and it made things stay interesting. The story was told in the perspective of not only Dill but his two friends two and I really liked this because it helped the story come to life. It showed a contrast between each character and was very unique.
Plot Summary
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner is about three friends that come from very different families. The book shows Dill, a senior in high school, dealing with his dad being sent to prison for having pictures of a girl. His father is a preacher and uses snakes while he preaches. This leads to everyone making fun of Dill’s serpent dad. Dill has to later testify against his father at his court case.
Ending
I really liked the ending of The Serpent King. It did not leave me wondering at all like most books do. Everything I wanted answered in the book was at the end. It was a very good way to end this book.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Story held my interest 
 
3.5
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0

The serpent king

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Setting
The setting was in a small town near Nashville, there wasn’t much to the place or the high school.
Characters
The main characters are Dill, Travis, and Lydia, the are seniors in high school. Dill is very quiet, he doesn’t think much of himself, his dad was a priest and would drink snake venom. Travis is very tall and comes from a mean family but he has a big heart. And Lydia had moved to the small town and wasn’t born there, she has big dreams and has a very bubbly adventures personality, she cares a lot about her friends.
Good Points
A lot of the good points are towards the middle and end of the book, I liked the book because of the setting and how the characters were and how it all flowed together.
Bad Points
I liked how the beginning sort of explained everything that was starting to happen, but I felt it drug on just a little bit.
Plot Summary
It’s about three friends that come from different backgrounds, they all want to get away from the town the grew up in. At one point Travis was shot. Another Dill had went and seen his father in prison.
Ending
The ending was really good is was sad and happy all at the same time and it really finished off the book on a good note.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Story held my interest 
 
3.5
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0

The Serpent King

User Review

Setting
Set in a small rural town in Tennessee.
Characters
Dill is the son of the local preacher, who is currently in prison. He has two best friends, Lydia and Travis.
They are all somewhat outcasts in their own way.
Dill is shunned because of what his father did, Travis is unique and loves Fantasy. Lydia has many awesome qualities. Quick witted, smart, and doing well financially.
Good Points
The book sends a good life lesson. Be yourself, be kind to others, and pave your own path.
Bad Points
I was a little disappointed that the book didn't get into more detail about the Serpent King. It was based more on his grandson.
And there is a death in the book that took me by surprise.
Plot Summary
Dill's father was not only the preacher, but he used serpents in his sermons. He is sent to prison, and Dill has to testify against him.
Never feeling confident, he relies heavily on his friends for support.
Lydia is an internet sensation, with her own blog. Travis beats to his own drum, is a big kid with a soft heart. Both boys have terrible home situations.
Ending
Loved the ending.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG-13
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
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