Booklovers can read Indigenous fantasy “A Snake Falls to Earth” as an ebook or audiobook for free and discuss with global audience


CLEVELAND – November 2, 2022 – Readers of all ages can join Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club, with a Newbery Honor Award-winning young adult novel. From November 2-16, booklovers with a valid library card can participate with thousands of others around the globe by borrowing Darcie Little Badger’s Indigenous fantasy novel, A Snake Falls to Earth, from their public library. Library card holders may read the ebook and audiobook for free without waiting on the Libby app. Readers can then discuss online at

This Big Library Read novel is available in more than 21,000 libraries around the world, including approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America, along with thousands of schools. During the program, readers participate in engaging online discussions about the title. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the Libby app.

“When I learned that A Snake Falls to Earth will be part of Big Library Read, I was really excited,” Little Badger said. “Hopefully, through this program, many new readers will find and connect with my story. To everyone participating in Big Library Read this November, thanks for reading!”

A Snake Falls to Earth tells the story of Nina, a Lipan Apache girl who always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories. Meanwhile, Oli is a cottonmouth kid from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he’s been cast from home and has now found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake. Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli’s best friend, will drive their worlds together in ways they haven’t been in centuries. And there are some who will kill to keep them apart.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with a featured ebook through public libraries. A Snake Falls to Earth is the 29th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at

A Snake Falls to Earth was published as an ebook by Levine Querido and as an audiobook by Recorded Books. The title can be borrowed from public libraries with a valid library card and read on all major computers and devices through Libby or, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [U.S. libraries only]. The title is “always available” during the two-week program and will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.  With digital book borrowing, there are never any late fees.

Download Libby or visit a local library branch to get started.

Find more information about Big Library Read.

About OverDrive

OverDrive is a mission-based company that stands with libraries. Named a Certified B Corp in 2017, OverDrive serves more than 81,000 libraries and schools in 106 countries with the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, video and other content. OverDrive’s commitment to empower every library and school includes expanding access for all, tireless industry advocacy and consistently innovating. Award-winning apps and services include the Libby library reading app, the Sora student reading app, Kanopy, the leading video streaming app for libraries and colleges, and, which offers one of the largest catalogs of supplemental materials that enhance literacy outcomes. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is in Cleveland, Ohio USA.

David Burleigh
Director of Brand & Communications