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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2020 Darcie Little Badger (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

What the critics say

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

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  • Morae
  • 2020-10-13

I highly recommend Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

For Indigenous Peoples day (or any time) I highly recommend Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger!

A great piece of Indiginous Fiction full of Indigenous mythology and stories in a modern tale.

It is available on Audible, Kindle and via Amazon.

It seems appropriate for young adult and older kids, as well as readers of all ages, and has relatable as well as digestible experiences of being a native youth, sprinkled with history and Lipan Apache stories.

The main Character is a young Lipan Apache high schooler. 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.

This is a wonderful Indigenous Nancy Drew type mystery novel, filled with magic and myth. I can't recommend it more and truely hope Darcie gives us more stories of Elatsoe's adventures. A great story for those looking for Indigenous fiction and Indigenous authors, as well as those who just enjoy truely good writing!

Darcie Little Badger is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas.

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  • PMA1984
  • 2020-10-01

Interesting, enjoyable story w mystery & magic

The characters in this story were well-drawn, and the mystery was interesting. You know what the outcome was, but you have to follow along with the main characters to figure out what exactly is going on. Just enough hints dropped that I figured it out about the same time the main character did. I loved the culture (#weneeddiversebooks); as a middle-aged mom, I can tell you that we didn't get these kinds of stories when I was a teen. The narrator did a good job, but I wish her director had let her or asked her to act it out more. I had trouble in a few places telling characters apart in dialogue, and I'm a listener who prefers when narrators act it out and give each character a really distinct voice.

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  • Joella Berkner
  • 2021-03-27

Absolutely riveting

One of the best stories I have listened to this year. Darcie Little Badger creates a fascinating world similar to our own but with touches of mythology from many cultures. The protagonist Elatsoe is fully believable and the kind of person I’d want to know in real life. Her struggles after the death of her cousin were so realistic. I felt like I learned things about the culture she comes from. Her Best friend was wonderful a true helper and equal. I sincerely hope that this is the first in a series and that we get to see much more of this incredible world. The narrator Kinsale Hueston did an excellent job of breathing life into the characters and world. I strongly recommend this book.

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  • Mitch
  • 2021-03-01

A different kind of ghost story

It’s a nice simple who/how done-it told from the perspective of a young, Apache, asexual, super powerful, ghost whispering, still in high school, female POV.

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Magic and psychics and fraudsters are all real and will routinely kill you almost as fast as falling from a bridge while graffitiing symbols of love on a bridge.

The world is a confusing mess of 1920s crotchety old people who will shoot you for walking on their lawn to cellphones and googling skills critical (and more than sufficient) to unraveling a multiple century old serial murder cabal.

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  • Vonetta Berry
  • 2020-10-15

Riveting and impressive world building

I binged this book in less than two days. It is a great and imaginative piece of speculative fiction in which the world of magic is so normal. And a wonderful way for POCs to be SEEN in this world.

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  • Mayehm
  • 2021-11-16

It was okay

This is marketed as a YA book and the main character is 17, however the writing felt more middle grade and I feel like I would’ve enjoyed this more were the protagonist a bit younger.

The narrator was nice. She had a nice clear voice that I enjoyed listening to. My only critique is there wasn’t a lot of emotion during intense moments - like on the bridge - and I had a hard time believing the characters were actually in peril or feeling intense emotions, as a result.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-11-11

Would recommend!!!

This is beautifully written and performed. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The stories within the main story to connect present and past and stress how engraved storytelling is in indigenous culture was truly awe inspiring and spoke to my very soul. I love the alternate universe setting, with magic and folklore feeling real, like the bleed over from using other realm magic causes harm to the world.

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  • Kate
  • 2021-09-11

Wonderful magical realism

Great story that did an excellent job of weaving indigenous folklore into a fast paced mystery.

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  • SmartShopper
  • 2021-08-12

Cliff hanger

Fast paced interesting story. Entertaining but not substantial. Pretty good beach book for young teens?

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  • Jasen Stengel
  • 2021-03-30

loved it.

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Great characters and plot. I will definitely recommend it.