My sophomore book, a young adult fantasy spanning two worlds and two perspectives, is now on the National Book Award Longlist (Young People’s Literature)!!!!
I’m still wrapping my head around this incredible news – A Snake Falls to Earth is the book of my heart, written during the most painful & difficult year of my life. I am so grateful for both this honor & everyone who helped me along the way.
In 2019, I attended Dublin WorldCon alone (my father had planned to join me, but he fell ill that year … so I flew across the ocean and sent home every picture I could take, showing him the city and the beautiful countryside). Friday morning, I walked the from my hotel to the main conference center. Through a glass revolving door and past several groups of mingling SFF enthusiasts, I found the dealer’s area. I’d left room in my suitcase for a couple new books (fun fact: I bought way more than a couple) and wanted to grab them early. That’s when I came upon a table covered with copies of Locus Magazine.
At the time, my first book, Elatsoe, had just been announced. With bated breath (for real), I found the July 2019 copy of Locus Magazine and flipped through pages of articles and announcements until …
It was surreal. Wonderful. Physical proof that I’d accomplished a dream. I bought four copies and carried them with me all conference, as if holding the paper-and-ink announcement would stop me from waking up, from losing this tiny light in an otherwise dark year.
This summer, 2021, I accepted the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Elatsoe won. When the trophy arrives, I’ll place it beside the copies of Locus Magazine, July 2019. Yeah, I still keep those close.
To the SFF community–to every reader, writer, editor, and fan who championed for my book and supported me during a terribly difficult debut year–thank you. I wouldn’t be here without you.
Here’s a link to my full Locus Award acceptance speech:
Elatsoe, my debut novel, was released in August, 2020! As a YA fantasy/mystery, it’s now eligible for awards for young adult fiction, including:
The Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction
The Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book
Notably, Elatsoe was illustrated by Rovina Cai. I encourage you to check out her hauntingly beautiful work and consider Rovina for visual art award categories, such as Best Professional Artist.
Finally, if you haven’t read Elatsoe yet, how about an elevator pitch? My book tells the story of a Lipan Apache teen with a unique ability: Elatsoe (Ellie for short) can wake the ghosts of animals, including mosquitoes, trilobites, and dogs. With the help of her family, friends, and ghost pup Kirby, she investigates the murder of her beloved cousin in a creepy town called Willowbee. Unfortunately, Willowbee is none too willing to give up its dangerous secrets …
2020 was a very difficult year. I am deeply grateful for the support of readers, publishing professionals & members the SFF community who supported Elatsoe’s debut.
Just got back from camping in the desert for 10 days and need to share this astonishing book-related update with y’all …
ELATSOE, MY DEBUT ABOUT A TOUGH APACHE NERD AND HER GHOST DOG KIRBY, HAS BEEN LISTED AS ONE OF THE TOP 100 FANTASY BOOKS OF ALL TIME (Time Magazine) and ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2020 (Publishers Weekly)?!
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: I’m so grateful for all the support my debut has received from readers, mentors, and others. Thank you ❤
Two weeks have passed since Elatsoe launched. I’m stunned to report that my book debuted as an Indie bestseller. Then, it appeared on the list for a second week. Elatsoe has also received five starred reviews (Shelf Awareness, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, BookPage). Aaaaah wow!!!
To the readers and indie bookstores who’ve supported Elatsoe, as well as the entire hardworking team of Levine Querido: thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
It’s one month until Elatsoe’s book birthday (August 25th), and I have exciting news (and more exciting news)!
Booklist gave Elatsoe a starred review! Combined with the stars from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, my debut can now create a little constellation 😀
“Little Badger’s stunning, haunting debut brings to the fantasy genre a fresh voice and perspective, weaving in folktales, omens, and urban legends of the protagonist’s Lipan Apache culture”. —Booklist
Secondly, Elatsoe was chosen as a New England Book Award finalist in the YA category. Wow!
I’m so grateful for all the support my book has received. ❤ Thank you!
Although Elatsoe won’t hit the shelves until August 2020, early reviews are in. So far, my YA debut has received stars from both Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. Wowie! I’m so humbled and grateful for the support Elatsoe has already received from readers. Thank you!
Now, gotta get back to writing and nervously checking my email 🙂 I promise to update this blog more often!
A brilliant, engaging debut written by a talented author, it seamlessly blends cyberstalking with Vampire Citizen Centers and Lipan Apache stories. —Kirkus Reviews