Contemporary YA Literature by Indigenous Authors: Background information when reading A Snake Falls to Earth

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A Snake Falls to Earth

by Darcie Little Badger

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A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
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Contemporary YA Literature by Indigenous Authors

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Darcie Little Badger's second young adult book, A Snake Falls to Earth, contains cultural elements from the Lipan Apache tribe, of which both the author and the book's main character, Nina, are members. The book references the animal people who appear in the Lipan Apache creation story, and it is inspired by traditional Indigenous storytelling. It is one of a number of contemporary young adult books by Indigenous authors that feature representation of Indigenous cultures and people in their many forms.

YA Books by Indigenous Authors

Of course, when looking at some of the exciting new titles with Indigenous main characters in YA, Little Badger's debut novel Elatsoe is a real standout, having been nominated for and awarded several literary prizes, including a Locus Award. It is also on Time magazine's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time list. Elatsoe features an alternate America that has been shaped by magic and monsters, where some magic is as simple as making lights appear, but other kinds are dangerous. ...

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