In an alternate Texas where major cities have Fairy Ring Transport Centers and the university offers an invasive monster program, Ellie, a Lipan Apache teenager, simply wants to reincarnate prehistoric fossils and teach her ghost canine new tricks. Then her cousin visits her in a dream, says that a man named Abe Allerton murdered him and asks her to shield his family from further harm.
Together with her mother and father and her pal Jay, Ellie travels to Willowbee to find the truth approximately Abe Allerton, who by all outside appearances has led a virtuous life. As Ellie gathers evidence, pieces together clues and retells the myth-tinged adventures of her six-generations-returned great-grandmother, whom she calls Six-Great, it becomes clear that the cousin’s murder is a part of a larger secret. With Willowbee’s bicentennial simply days away, the time is proper to conquer a horror that’s preyed on Native human beings for far too long.
Darcie Little Badger’s Elatsoe is a smart thriller narrated through a teen whose voice radiates with first-rate self-confidence. Six-Great’s tales spotlight the significance of storytelling in Ellie’s world, and observant readers will pride inside the setting’s sociopolitical details: Same-intercourse marriage is unremarkable, as is Ellie’s asexuality, and the villain is marked in element through his environmentally unfriendly overuse of disposable ingesting utensils.
Like the self-posted comics Ellie often devours, Elatsoe presents readers with a robust heroine, a supernatural mystery and a unique and effective Native American voice.