THE BLACK MAMBA IS FAST !
IN THE SHADOW OF THE SERPENT:
LIFFEY RIVERS MUST BE FASTER.
13-year-old Irish dancer Liffey
Rivers is on safari in South Africa
with her eccentric Aunt Jean headed
to an Irish dance competition in
After dodging a charging rhino, fending
off a pride of lions and re-routing an
enraged mother elephant, Liffey's
problems have just begun.
When Liffey is confronted by a deadly
Black Mamba snake in the tall savanna
grasses, she must rely on instinct and
her Irish dancing ability to survive.
At the Johannesburg Feis, Liffey's
troubles continue and she finds
herself, along with a little boy in a
wheelchair, again in the shadow of the
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"A huge surge of adrenalin caused
Liffey's legs to quiver and her arms to
twitch as she tried to focus the
camcorder on two female lions lying
low in a crouching position behind two
They were eyeing the little buffalo
Liffey heard a high pitched voice
"The old Sangoma woman heaved a
deep sigh. Then she shook her head
back and forth sadly like she had seen
She stood up slowly, walked right by
Aunt Jean and over to Liffey.
Her dark eyes were full of compassion
and sadness when she put her hand
on Liffey's shoulder and said:
"You are in shadow of serpent!"
During my summer break, I read Liffey Rivers: In the Shadow of the Serpent by
Brenna Briggs and it was really good. It’s the fourth book in the series. Liffey
Rivers and her Aunt Jean set out on another adventure, this time in South
Africa. But with her long lost mom in the hospital and her dad with her, Mr.
Rivers doesn’t know that his daughter is in Africa on a safari. With a feis only a
few days away, is someone out for Liffey this time with a deadly snake? This
story kept me asking questions every minute. If you like Irish dance or
mysteries, I would definitely recommend this book.
Chicago Irish American News Columnist
This morning I finished reading ‘the Serpent’; as usual it was a really
good read. Again you left me wanting more...I really enjoyed reading this
book, just like all the others. You do a really good job making the books
quite interesting, exciting, and moving quickly. I think Aunt Jean is
becoming a ‘pain...can you imagine that dance dress?????? I guess
you did imagine it, you wrote the book!!!!!!!!!!!
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