Todd Mitchell

Author of "The Namer of Spirits"

Todd Mitchell is the author of several award-winning middle grade and YA novels including The Last Panther (Penguin Random House), The Traitor King (Scholastic), The Secret to Lying (Candlewick), and Backwards (Candlewick). He has two new books coming out in fall 2021—one for writers, artists, and creators titled Breakthrough: How to Overcome Doubt, Fear, and Resistance so that You Can Be Your Ultimate Creative Self, and a middle grade novel that’s recently been optioned for film/TV development titled The Namer of Spirits. Currently, Todd teaches creative writing and literature at Colorado State University where he serves as Director of the Beginning Creative Writing Teaching Program. You can visit him (and learn about his squirrel obsession) at


Discover Todd's Work

In the frontier village of Last Hope, people dismiss twelve-year-old Ash Narro as a flighty child who claims to hear the true names of things. But when enraged forest spirits attack, Ash shows that the names she hears have power. After taming a destructive forest spirit, Ash embarks on a wild journey to save her village. In this steampunk eco-fantasy, the perils of deforestation and the power of friendship are explored through a fantastical adventure involving giant mistcats, tempestuous forest spirits, a supernatural puppy, and a girl with a special gift for shaping what things become.

Praise for "The Namer of Spirits"

New York Times
bestselling author Eliot Schrefer

“The Namer of Spirits is what readers want and the world needs.”

“Simply spellbinding. Teachers and librarians who are searching for well-written fiction to pair with environmental non-fiction need to snap this one up! Highly recommended.”

Darby Karchut,
author of Del Toro Moon

Jenny Goebel,
Green Earth Book Award-winning author of Out of My Shell

“Absorbing, masterfully crafted, and brilliantly original, The Namer of Spirits is an illuminating story about friendship, courage, and the power of words.”