Parents need to know that A Snake Falls to Earth, by Lipan Apache author Darcie Little Badger, is a 2022 Newbery Honor Book. It's a fantasy set in the present day, featuring the dual narratives of Nina, a Lipan girl in Texas who's 9 when the story opens and 16, almost 17 for most of the action, and a little older is Oli, the snake of the title, a shy, bespectacled cottonmouth who lives in the Reflecting World of the spirits and wants nothing more than to bask peacefully on his rock. There's not much communication between the worlds any more, and there are definitely some on Earth who want to keep it that way and are happy to kill animal spirits unlucky enough to cross their path. Their stories come together as a hurricane threatens the home and safety of Nina's grandmother, who may also be the target of a murderous villain's henchmen, and Oli finds the courage and determination to gather a band of animal people and head to Earth in a desperate attempt to save their dying friend, a toad. Nina's father is a bookseller, her mom's a translator for scientists on ocean research vessels, and author Little Badger is a scientist herself, so storytelling and science are part of the rich landscape throughout. Ecosystems and their interconnectedness are strong themes. The characters and world-building are imaginative, fresh, and irresistible as the tale unfolds, with family, friendship, culture, courage, and teamwork all looming large. Occasional strong language includes "s--t" and its variations, "damn," and "a--hole."