Snotty Saves the Day by Tod Davies
The History of Arcadia

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“Look inside this world and find wonder.” —KATE BERNHEIMER, editor of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me and author of The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair

A book arrives by Owl, left under an old fir tree in the snow. With it, a mysterious message: another world’s scientists have discovered the laws of the universe are found in—fairy tales. Is it true?

Snotty—the unlikely hero of this tale—is a streetwise adolescent mastermind transported to a mystical realm where the fate of the world rests on discovering who he really is. As Snotty’s perceptions of might and right are upended, the scholarly footnotes point toward a deeper truth—that in the endless fight against evil, the toughest warriors come from the most despised group of all: the smallest, the poorest, the funniest, the snottiest.

A fantastic adventure story, smart political allegory, and philosophical treatise, this is a book to be savored by adults of all ages.

The History of Arcadia series tells the story of a world that was literally formed by a story, by one person discovering and claiming who she really is . . . and of the subsequent events that led first to a deceptively happy world, then to an inevitably tragic outcome, and finally to a slow rebuilding of the world on foundations more deeply and thoughtfully laid. Each book includes bonus Arcadian legends and fairy tales, and relates how the manuscript crossed the barriers between Arcadia and our own world to arrive at Exterminating Angel Press. The first two novels in the series are Snotty Saves the Day and Lily the Silent.

Tod Davies lives with her husband and her two dogs at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, in Boulder, Colorado and in the alpine valley of Colestin, Oregon, where she discovered Snotty Saves the Day, the first Arcadian manuscript.

Illustrator Gary Zaboly is the author and illustrator of The Barack Obama Coloring Book (Dover Publications) and many books on American military and frontier history. He lives with his wife Cora in Riverdale, New York, overlooking the Hudson River.

About Tod Davies

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Tod Daviesis the author of the cooking memoirJam Today: A Diary of Cooking With What You’ve GotandSnotty Saves the Day,the first book in The History of Arcadia series.Lily the Silent,the second of these books from another land, continues to show how fairy tales make a world, and how changing the story can change a world—for better or for worse. Unsurprisingly, her attitude toward literature is the same as her attitude toward cooking—it’s all about working with what you have to find new ways of looking and new ways of being, and in doing so, to rediscover the best of our humanity. Davies now lives with her husband Alex, and her two dogs, in the alpine valley of Colestin, Oregon, and at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, in Boulder, Colorado.Mike Madrid, a native San Franciscan, is the designer and Popular Culture Editor for Exterminating Angel Press. He is also the illustrator ofLily the Silent: The History of Arcadiaby Tod Davies and author ofThe Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines.
Published April 19, 2011 by Exterminating Angel Press. 208 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Dressed up with footnotes, scholarly introductions and a bibliography, as well as lovely line drawings by Gary Zaboly, Snotty's story seeks to prove that fairy tales rank with quantum mechanics in their ability to establish parallel worlds where Small is Beautiful and Powerful but must also be co...

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New York Journal of Books

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Davies’ Snotty is called “fiction/fantasy” for the convenience of bookstore shelving and media, and is considered a “niche” book, the depth and breadth of Snotty Saves the Day is likely to break through the niche label and, in time, become a bestseller with a future strong backlist.

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Despite having wisdom that can often be applied to reality, some people firmly believe that folk and fairy tales are in the realm of fiction and fantasy.

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If you hate the word “snotty”—the taste of reading that word, the visceral memory of that kid in grade school who actually did keep a collection of boogers stuck to the inside lid of his desk—it’s going to be hard to read Tod Davies’ novel-length fairy tale, The History of Arcadia: Snotty Saves t...

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