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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


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


★ 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.

Author: Darcie Little Badger
Publisher: Levine Querido
Published: 08/25/2020
Pages: 368
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.49lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.70w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9781646140053
Age Range: 13-17

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.7
Point Value: 11
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 512240 / Elatsoe

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 06/15/2020
Publishers Weekly 06/22/2020
School Library Journal 07/01/2020 pg. 56
Booklist 07/01/2020 pg. 62
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2020
Kirkus Reviews 08/15/2020 pg. 73
Shelf Awareness 11/24/2020
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2020 pg. 98
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2020 - Superior,Well Above Average

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.
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