The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This young adult novel sheds light on some very difficult topics. The three main characters are bonded together through their shared positions as outsiders in their rural Tennessee town. The characters deal with harsh realities that include poverty, physical abuse, emotional abuse, alcoholism, death, depression, religiosity.

Dill, Travis, and Lydia forge a bond that enables them to persevere through the judgement of their small town and through the humiliations heaped on them.

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