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Elatsoe (Hardcover)

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By Darcie Little Badger, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
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Description


Imagine an America very similar to our own. It's got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream.

There are some differences. This America been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across the world through rings of fungi. But other forces are less charming and should never see the light of day.

Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family.

Darcie Little Badger is an extraordinary debut talent in the world of speculative fiction. We have paired her with her artistic match, illustrator Rovina Cai. This is a book singular in feeling and beauty.

About the Author


Darcie Little Badger is an Earth scientist, writer, and fan of the weird, beautiful, and haunting. She is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas.

Rovina Cai is a freelance illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. She works out of an old convent building that is possibly haunted. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and the Children's Book Council of Australia. Recently she has illustrated books by Patrick Ness and Margo Lanagan.

Praise For…


"A brilliant, engaging debut written by a talented author, it seamlessly blends cyberstalking with Vampire Citizen Centers and Lipan Apache stories."-KIRKUS REVIEWS(starred review)

"Creative and meticulously plotted...a Lipan Apache Sookie Stackhouse for the teen set." -Shelf-Awareness


"Creative and meticulously plotted...a Lipan Apache Sookie Stackhouse for the teen set."-SHELF-AWARENESS(starred review)

"Groundbreaking." -TIME

"Little Badger's stunning, haunting debut brings to the fantasy genre a fresh voice and perspective, weaving in folktales, omens, and urban legends of the protagonist's Lipan Apache culture."-BOOKLIST(starred review )

"Refreshing. Indigenous myths, modern-day technology, and the supernatural successfully blend to build a fast-paced murder mystery."-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY(starred review)

"This absorbing and haunting speculative fiction debut challenges expectations at every turn."-HORN BOOK

"Utterly magical." -SYFYWIRE

"[A] refreshing voice. Indigenous myths, modern-day technology, and the supernatural successfully blend to build a fast-paced murder mystery."-Publishers Weekly, starred review


"A strong heroine, a supernatural mystery and a unique and powerful Native American voice."-BOOK PAGE(starred review)

"Groundbreaking...A brilliant, engaging debut" - Kirkus Reviews, starred review


"The 100 Fantasy Books of All Time" - TIME

? "Little Badger's stunning, haunting debut brings to the fantasy genre a fresh voice and perspective, weaving in folktales, omens, and urban legends of the protagonist's Lipan Apache culture."-Booklist, starred review


Product Details
ISBN: 9781646140053
ISBN-10: 1646140052
Publisher: Levine Querido
Publication Date: August 25th, 2020
Pages: 368

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