Book Buzz: Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Educates about settler colonialism while also entertaining with paranormal twists.

―Kirkus Reviews



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


There are some differences. This America has been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly every day, 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.

This was deeply enjoyable from start to finish, with moments of shockingly clear insight and sharp knife-twists of plot.
―NPR

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

368 Pages

ISBN 9781646140053


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.

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