An Elatsoe Book
by written by Darcie Little Badger, illustrated by Rovina Cai
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Pub Date 16 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 16 Mar 2024
Shane works with her mother and their ghost dogs, tracking down missing persons even when their families can’t afford to pay. Their own family was displaced from their traditional home years ago following a devastating flood – and the loss of Shane’s father and her grandparents. They don’t think they’ll ever get their home back.
Then Shane’s mother and a local boy go missing, after a strange interaction with a fairy ring. Shane, her brother, her friends, and her lone, surviving grandparent – who isn’t to be trusted – set off on the road to find them. But they may not be anywhere in this world – or this place in time.
Nevertheless, Shane is going to find them.
Darcie Little Badger’s Elatsoe launched her career and in the years since has become a beloved favorite. This prequel to Elatsoe, centered on Ellie’s grandmother, deepens and expands Darcie’s one-of-a-kind world and introduces us to another cast of characters that will wend their way around readers’ hearts.
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Doc’s upcoming new book and it was absolutely amazing. The world building is fantastic in a universe not entirely unlike our own and not unlike the one you wanted to live in when you were 12 and dreamed of being the chosen one. It’s a real place, her world feels lived in, it’s got magic sure but also all the colonial BS and real life traumas that we’re used to. The blend is so smooth.
We know I’m a sucker for (the land currently known as) Texas based stories and Doc being a local makes her a must read on my list. This book is set in the 1970’s on unceded native homeland and with heart and soul you feel her knowledge of that. Read Own Voices stories guys, it makes all the difference.
As extra bonus points, my favorite publishing illustrator Rovina Cai does the cover art and the chapter headers which tell a story all their own.
4.75 only because the story of Hurricane Alda made me feel so bad again (see Hurricane Harvey 2017) that I had to take three days off reading. The rage and uselessness and the scent of that moldy drywall all came back up vividly.
Sheine Lende was a quick delightful read. I could not put the book down. I had to find out how Shane was going to solve the mystery of the missing child and her mother. The words by Darcie Little Badger are beautifully written.
I'm so happy to get to go back to the world of Elatsoe (Elatsoe Cinematic Universe?). I just really love this world and its fantastical and supernatural elements and exploration of culture and the afterlife.
Something about the way DLB writes just immerses me and gets my brain foggy brain to pay attention. The bits of humor and science nourish me.
The cornerstone of the story were the authentic characters and the relationships between them. However, the appearance of a couple of more whimsical characters stole the show for me.
What I loved about the book:
- Exploration of the afterlife (the Below)
- Portraying grief, history, culture, family and family that isn't perfect
- Tough, badass women
- Worldbuilding that doesn't overexplain and bore me to tears
- The epilogue
I really need more books in this series and world, preferably specifically with Elatsoe, my ace queen.