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Elatsoe

By Darcie Little Badger & Rovina Cai
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A National Indie Bestseller
TIME's Best 100 Fantasy Books of All Time
An NPR Best Book of 2020
A Booklist's Top 10 First Novel for Youth
A BookPage Best Book of 2020
A CPL "Best of the Best" Book
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2020
A Buzzfeed Best YA SFF Book of 2020
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2020
An AICL Best YA Book of 2020
A Kirkus Best YA Book of 2020
A Tor Best Book of 2020

PRAISE

"Groundbreaking." —TIME

"Deeply enjoyable from start to finish." —NPR

"Utterly magical." —SyFyWire

"Atmospheric and lyrical...a gorgeous work of art." —BuzzFeed

"One of the best YA debuts of 2020. Read it." —Marieke Nijkamp

FIVE STARRED REVIEWS

★ "A fresh voice and perspective." —Booklist, starred review

★ "A unique and powerful Native American voice." —BookPage, starred review

★ "A brilliant, engaging debut." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "A fast-paced murder mystery." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "A Lipan Apache Sookie Stackhouse for the teen set." —Shelf-Awareness, starred review

A Texas teen comes face-to-face with a cousin's ghost and vows to unmask the murderer.

Elatsoe—Ellie for short—lives in an alternate contemporary America shaped by the ancestral magics and knowledge of its Indigenous and immigrant groups. She can raise the spirits of dead animals—most importantly, her ghost dog Kirby. When her beloved cousin dies, all signs point to a car crash, but his ghost tells her otherwise: He was murdered.

Who killed him and how did he die? With the help of her family, her best friend Jay, and the memory great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother, Elatsoe, must track down the killer and unravel the mystery of this creepy town and its dark past. But will the nefarious townsfolk and a mysterious Doctor stop her before she gets started?

A breathtaking debut novel featuring an asexual, Apache teen protagonist, Elatsoe combines mystery, horror, noir, ancestral knowledge, haunting illustrations, fantasy elements, and is one of the most-talked about debuts of the year.

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“Loved this! It has a bit of a slow start, but after the halfway point it has plenty of action. The characters are lovable, the plot is well-thought-out, and the world-building is well done. I absolutely loved the Indigenous representation and magic. I don't usually like YA because the characters make stupid choices, but Elatsoe is just brave, not stupid. Another staple of YA -- the dreaded instalove romance/love triangle -- doesn't appear here because Elatsoe is ace. In every way, this book is a breath of fresh air! I will definitely be reading the prequel that just came out.”

About Darcie Little Badger

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. Her Locus Award-winning debut novel, <i>Elatsoe</i>, was a National Indie Bestseller, named to over a dozen best-of-year lists, and called one of the Best 100 Fantasy Novels of All Time by <i>TIME</i>. Her second novel, <i>A Snake Falls to Earth</i> was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature and received a Newbery Award Honor.

Rovina Cai

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. Instagram @rovinacai

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