I used to do thing called Goodreads Monday, in which I shared a book on my Goodreads TBR to 1) share the books I wanted to read so other people might find a book that piques their interest, and 2) to remind myself of the books on my TBR. But I don’t use Goodreads the way I used to now that I’ve mostly switched to The StoryGraph, so I’m going to make a new-ish thing for the blog: StoryGraph Saturday, in which I share a book from my To Read Pile in case you might find it interesting, too. It’s like Goodreads Monday, except it’s on Saturday. And involves StoryGraph instead of Goodreads.
by Darcie Little Badger, illustrated by Rovina Cai
Published August, 2020, by Levine Querido
From The StoryGraph: Imagine an America very similar to our own. It’s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream.
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 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. We have paired her with her artistic match, illustrator Rovina Cai. This is a book singular in feeling and beauty.