Imagine an America very similar to our own. It's got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream. But there are some differences. This America 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 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 captivating debut speculative fiction novel, accented with stunning spot illustrations, is part murder mystery, part paranormal fantasy.
"Even as [Elatsoe] discovers some of her own tribal relatives have been complicit in historic wrongdoing, she must save her family, animals, and community from destructive forces and restore balance to the world. A fast-paced whodunit set in a contemporary world like our own, this is a creative fusion of Indigenous cultural influences and supernatural fantasy." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||13 and up|
|Author||Darcie Little Badger|
|Publication Date||Aug 25, 2020|