ISBN-13: 9781448188246

RRP: £7.99

Published: 3rd March 2016

Length: 384 Pages

The Serpent King

Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal
Winner of the American Library Association Morris Award for best debut YA
Winner of the
Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction
A Buzzfeed Best of 2016 book
Goodreads Choice Awards finalist
A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2016
Publishers Weekly Best of 2016

Dill is a misfit in his small, religious Tennessee town. His dad is in prison for a shocking crime, and his mom is struggling to make ends meet. The only things getting Dill through senior year are his guitar and his fellow outcasts, Travis and Lydia.

Travis is an oddball who finds comfort from his violent home life in an epic fantasy book series. And Lydia is like no one else: fast-talking, creative and fiercely protective. Dill fears his heart will break when she escapes to a better life elsewhere. What Dill needs now is some bravery to tell Lydia how he feels, to go somewhere with his music – and to face the hardest test of all when tragedy strikes.


"Some of the most beautiful writing I’ve ever read."
Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places

"This moving, character-driven story is sure to stick with you long after you finish."
Buzzfeed, Best YA Books of 2016

"Dazzlingly written ... A tale to make you weep, and be glad, about big questions and small joys"
Nicolette Jones - Sunday Times

"A richly textured tale... The universal highs, lows and power shifts in friendship are played out by three compelling characters until tragedy brings loyalty to the fore."

"An acute portrayal of small-town secrets and a moving take on faith and friendship."
Martin Chilton - Telegraph