StoryPlanet English story: The Snake Tamer

Writer: Jim Peterson                CEFR Level: B2

Synopsis: What happens when a delinquent fiddler finally meets his match — and she’s a banjo player? Meet Snake, a man people will pay just to stop him playing, and Ellen, the belle of the town, who uses music to bring people together. A story about musicians in the U.S. before the age of television and TikTok.

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