Signed & early copies of A SNAKE FALLS TO EARTH are coming to an indie near you!!!

Officially, A Snake Falls to Earth will be launched on the 23rd of November, but …

400 INDIE BOOKSTORES ARE RECEIVING COPIES ON THE 12th – 16th!!! All these copies have a SIGNED TIP IN SHEET (yay!!) with art by Mia Ohki.

I’ve listed the bookstores in the spreadsheet below – if you want to read A Snake Falls to Earth 1 week early, please consider giving them a call. These are the only copies with a signed tip-in sheet. Get them while you can 🙂

PS, the e-reader copy of A Snake Falls to Earth will be released on NOVEMBER 9th (even earlier!!!)

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A Snake Falls to Earth is on the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST!

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)!!!!

The 2021 longlist books. Now, we all have shiny silver stickers 🙂

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.

The New York Times shared the news!

I made a video about it here:

What a journey it’s been ❤

A Snake Falls to Earth is a Publishers Weekly BEST BOOK OF 2021!!!

I am so happy to share that A Snake Falls to Earth was chosen as a Publishers Weekly BEST BOOK of 2021!! 😀 😀 😀 Fifteen young adult novels were included on the list.

Y’all, I am incredibly grateful for the recognition A Snake Falls to Earth has received. There’s one month to go ’til the launch date in November, and all buzz helps this Indie book reach its readers.

So if you’re interested in a book described as “a smartly intertwined, shifting-perspective story about two characters in worlds that diverged thousands of years ago”, please consider preordering A Snake Falls to Earth at your local bookstore or one of the links on this page (or request it from your library – libraries are great!).

Thank you, kind reader 🙂

Images are from Publishers Weekly “Best Books 2021”.

For the full Best Of 2021 list, click here:


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 …

Copies of the July 2019 Locus Magazine. Darcie is pointing to Elatsoe’s announcement.

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.


Thank you.

Here’s a link to my full Locus Award acceptance speech:

Darcie Little Badger Locus Award acceptance speech

New year, new award eligibility post!

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.

Thanks for reading. ❤

Time Magazine lists Elatsoe as one of the 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time & Publishers Weekly lists Elatsoe as one of the Best Books of 2020 and I’m like :D


Just got back from camping in the desert for 10 days and need to share this astonishing book-related update with y’all …


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 ❤

Here are links to the pages:

Time 100 =

Publishers Weekly =

From Publishers Weekly Best Books 2020

Elatsoe debuts as a YA Indie Bestseller and receives 5 starred reviews!

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.

I’m writing a Dani Moonstar one-shot for Marvel’s Voices!

From “Marvel’s Voices Expands with ‘Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices’ #1”: “Geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger joins acclaimed Whitefish Lake First Nation artist Kyle Charles for a Dani Moonstar story where she will face the crucial question of what her Indigenous heritage means in the new era of mutantkind.”

Guess that means I’m adding new superhero beadwork to the collection ;D

Honestly, I’ve been humming the X-Men theme song for a month.

My ConZealand schedule (with time zone conversions)

It’s VIRTUAL WORLDCON TIME! Here’s where you can find me this year:

Infinite Entangled Futures: Indigenous Voices in Conversation
Programming – Programme Room 4 (Webinar)
Wednesday 15:00 NZST – 15:50 NZST | 50 minutes
(That’s 11:00 PM Tuesday, Eastern Time, USA)

Climate Change: Adaptation vs Resilience
Programming – Programme Room 4 (Webinar)
Thursday 9:00 NZST – 9:50 NZST | 50 minutes
(That’s 5 PM Wednesday, Eastern Time, USA)

Kaffeeklatsch: Darcie Little Badger
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Programming – Kaffeklatch and Literary Beer Room
Friday 12:00 NZST – 12:50 NZST | 50 minutes
(That’s 8 PM Thursday, Eastern Time, USA)

Writing for Young Adults
Programming – Programme Room 3 (Webinar)
Saturday 12:00 NZST – 12:50 NZST | 50 minutes
(That’s 8 PM Friday, Eastern Time, USA)

Reading: Darcie Little Badger
Programming – Reading Room 2
Saturday 13:30 NZST – 13:55 NZST | 25 minutes
(That’s 9:30 PM Friday, Eastern Time, USA)

If you can, please say hello! 😀