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Jeff Zentner - Author

About the Author

Jeff Zentner was a singer-songwriter and guitarist who released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. He is now an appellate attorney for the State of Tennessee and lives in Nashville with his wife and son. He wrote The Serpent King in a month, writing on his mobile phone on his commute and at night, weekends and lunchtimes between court cases.

 

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Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee

Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee

Author: Jeff Zentner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

Josie and Delia are best friends and co-hosts on their own public access TV show, Midnite Matinee. They dress as vampires Rayne and Delilah, perform daft skits involving skeleton raves and dog weddings, and show the weekly so-bad-it's-good low-budget horror movie. But the end of senior year is coming, and Josie is torn between pursuing her television dreams in a new city or staying making TV with her BFF. What's more, she's just met a boy, Lawson, who is totally not her type, but is just a little bit intriguing . . . Meanwhile, Delia is searching for her dad, who walked out on her and her mom ten years ago. When the private investigator she hired unearths his contact details, she agonises over digging up the past. A road trip to ShiverCon, a convention for horror filmmakers, may just have the answers the two need - but will Josie and Delia be prepared for life taking some seriously unexpected plot-twists?

The Serpent King

The Serpent King

Author: Jeff Zentner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2018

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.

Zusammen sind wir Helden

Zusammen sind wir Helden

Author: Jeff Zentner Format: eBook Release Date: 21/12/2017

Ohne seine Gitarre ware Dills Leben wirklich trostlos: Sein Vater ist im Gefangnis, seine Mutter unglucklich, und nach der Schule soll er im ortlichen Supermarkt arbeiten, um die Schulden abzubezahlen. Aber Dill sehnt sich nach einem anderen Leben, irgendwo da drauen. Seine Traume teilt er mit seinen beiden besten Freunden: Lydia, selbstbewusst und mit dem festen Plan, als Modebloggerin nach New York zu gehen, und Travis, der halb in seiner geliebten Fantasy-Serie lebt. Zusammen, glauben sie, konnen sie alles schaffen ...

Goodbye Days

Goodbye Days

Author: Jeff Zentner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

'Gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately life-affirming' Nicola Yoon 'Hold on to your heart: this book will wreck you, fix you, and most definitely change you' Becky Albertalli Can a text message destroy your life? Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can't stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths. Then Blake's grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a `goodbye day' together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli's bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver's own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help?

Goodbye Days

Goodbye Days

Author: Jeff Zentner Format: eBook Release Date: 07/03/2017

';Gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately life-affirming,' says Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also A Star, of this novel about finding strength and hope after tragedy. Perfect for fans ofMe and Earl and the Dying GirlandLooking for Alaska. Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. But now Carver can't stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation. Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli's girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake's grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a ';goodbye day' together to share their memories and say a proper farewell. Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye day with Carverbut he's unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these goodbye days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown oreven worseprison?Includes the song ';The Motion of the Earth' by Jeff Zentner, performed by Jeff Zentner and Elin Palmer ';One of the most stunningly heartfelt, lump-in-your-throat novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Hold on to your heart: this book will wreck you, fix you, and most definitely change you.' Becky Albertalli, author of Morris Award winnerSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda ';Tender, honest, moving, and lyrical. His characters live and breathe.Ahh, lucky me. Lucky us. Zentner is the real thing.'Benjamin Alire Senz, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and Printz Honor winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Serpent King

Serpent King

Author: Jeff Zentner Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2016

';The Serpent King is a book you won't be able to resist or forget. The Southern boy in me savored every syllable and the reader in me fell in love with every page.' John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole lifeat 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.Includes the song ';Birds Fly South,' performed by the author and Elin Palmer.Praise for The Serpent King:"e;Zentner combines the melancholy of being 17 with the melancholy present in the best of Southern fiction and gives us a novel that will fill the infinite space that was left in your chest after you finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower."e; -- BookRiot"e;The Serpent King gripped me in its coils and kept me turning pages late into the night. A triumph of love and dignity."e;--Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling authorFrom the Compact Disc edition.

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