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The Last Snake Runner

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  58 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
"Will Kendall survive his clan's massacre and live out his destiny as the last Snake Runner?"
Kendall can't believe how quickly his dad remarried after his mom died, and he especially can't believe his dad's choice: Juanita is of Spanish descent. That feels like a slap in the face considering Kendall's mom was Native American. This is all more than Kendall can handle, and
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 14th 2002 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Easily her best book. I'm so sad it's done. The history is accurate. The rituals I can only guess at. Suitable for adults and younger readers both.
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookclub2, children
This was a nice story. Though quick read, I was still able to see some underlying themes and have thoughts provoked.

The beginning of the story finds Kendall learning that his father has not only been dating a new woman (after his mother’s death), but they have gotten married; this devastated him. The story progresses through an adventure where he learns more about his ancestors.

I have a few frustrations with this book: first, I do not see that Kendall is in any different “place” at the end of th
Jason Frank
Jan 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
This could easily be added to my top three least favorite books of all time. This book is essentially a long list of clichés that does nothing to help the world. It has everything from an evil stepmother, to a wise old mystical mentor. As far as I can tell, the only thing that anyone has credited this book with is that it's well researched. You can do all researching you want, but unless you have an original storyline or at least some original take on a tired storyline, I think I'll just stick t ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
another great story from KGL... continues the story of Kendall, "The Enchanted Runner" (title of the book preceding this one), & his coming-of-age process. In this book, Kendall (who is half Acoma/Native American & half Anglo) time-travels back to live with his Acoma Snake Clan just about the time the Spanish conquistadors come to threaten their land & their way of life. Lots of beautiful characters & scenery, & although the book was written for a "middle-grades" audience, I ...more
May 23, 2013 rated it liked it
The Last Snake Runner was a kind of bitter-sweet book. It was about a nativ american tribe and how they were forced into slavery, lost their homes, and many of their lives, to the Spanish. The story takes place from the point of view of Kendall, the last of the snake tribe, and the fastest person because the snake tribe had the gift of speed. The book wasn't the most captivating at the beginning but as it progressed it got better. It was a kinda sad ending but you knew it was coming. I recommend ...more
Mar 02, 2009 rated it liked it
After reading this book, I'd REALLY like to visit Sky City. It was an interesting look inside the history of the Acomoa people.
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was touching and interesting, although it's been a while since i read it.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Kimberley Griffiths Little was born in San Francisco, but now lives in New Mexico with her husband and their three sons.

For such award-winning middle grade novels as When the Butterflies Came, The Last Snake Runner, The Healing Spell, and Circle of Secrets, her writing has been praised as "fast-paced and dramatic," with "characters painted in memorable detail" and "beautifully realized settings."
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