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Jeff Zentner

Biography

Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who has recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave and Debbie Harry. In addition to writing and recording his own music, Zentner works with young musicians at Tennessee Teen Rock Camp, which inspired him to write a novel for young adults. He lives in Nashville with his wife and son. THE SERPENT KING is his first novel.

Books by Jeff Zentner

by Jeff Zentner - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Young Adult 13+

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show "Midnite Matinee." But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to chase her dream career in mainstream TV. Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad. If "Midnite Matinee" becomes a hit, maybe he'll see it and want to be a part of her life. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

by Jeff Zentner - Fiction, Friendship, Mental Health, Young Adult 14+

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 and even worse, a judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation. Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies, including 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 Carver, but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace, or will these goodbye days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or prison?

by Jeff Zentner - Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

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 --- not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.