Jeff Zentner

Jeff  Zentner

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The Serpent King

The Serpent King
Realistic Fiction
Recommended for teens

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.




When we asked our authors what they were or might have been voted in HS, Jeff answered Most likely to be broody.

Other Fun Facts

  • I speak fluent Portuguese from living in the Amazon region of Brazil.
  • I once had a pet sloth.
  • I've played on recordings with Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop.
  • Vince Gill used to own my house when he was poor.
  • I wrote most of The Serpent King on my iPhone.